Parrot Zik 2.0

8.4/10 AVG.
RATING

  • Parrot Zik 2.0
  • Parrot Zik 2.0
  • Parrot Zik 2.0
  • Parrot Zik 2.0
  • Parrot Zik 2.0
  • Parrot Zik 2.0

The vibrant style, reliable functionality of both hardware and software and stellar sound performance make up for the steep price.

- Cameron Faulkner , TechRadar 

Parrot's feature-packed and pricey Zik 2.0 wireless headphones will wow some users but intimidate others.

- David Carnoy , Cnet 

Specs / Features


Flight mode. Listening Time in Bluetooth Mode: up to 6 hours | Smart touch panel and Bluetooth audio streaming | Adaptive noise cancelling and stunning sound with 32 Bits processing | Free App Parrot Zik 2.1 to enjoy Parrot Concert Hall effect, artist presets and share your favorite settings with other Zik users | Available in different color options to fit your style.

Flight mode. Listening Time in Bluetooth Mode: up to 6 hours | Smart touch panel and Bluetooth audio streaming | Adaptive noise cancelling and stunning sound with 32 Bits processing | Free App Parrot Zik 2.1 to enjoy Parrot Concert Hall effect, artist presets and share your favorite settings with other Zik users | Available in different color options to fit your style.

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Specification

Brand Parrot
Model PF561000
Release date 5-September-2014
Size 19 x 9 cm (7.5 x 3.5 in)

Reviews (8.4/10 Avg. rating)


Audioholics

Wonderful sound

from Audioholics

The Parrot Zik has been touted as the most technologically-advanced wireless headphones on the market. A recent redesign brings many improvements to an already impressive piece of hardware. These headphones have a wonderful sound. Their forte is in their features, but quite a bit of attention has been paid to sound quality via software....

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The Parrot Zik has been touted as the most technologically-advanced wireless headphones on the market. A recent redesign brings many improvements to an already impressive piece of hardware. These headphones have a wonderful sound. Their forte is in their features, but quite a bit of attention has been paid to sound quality via software.

Overall, the Parrot Zik 2.0 is very much worth an audition for Bluetooth listening from a smartphone or tablet if the app is compatible with your device.

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PhoneArena

Undoubtedly an indulgence we don’t mind relishing on time-after-time

from PhoneArena

This one doesn’t come cheap at all, oh no. Rather, you’ll have to fork over a whopping $400 to pick this up. That’s a serious investment when you look at the number, which costs just as much as any good tablet. However, it’s a treat we’d be delighted to hand over because the Parrot Zik 2.0 is undoubtedly an indulgence we don’t mind relishing on time-after-time. From its striking design, its rich set of features, and outstanding audio quality, it’s worth every bit of the money. Hands down, this one is a clear winner on all fronts!

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This one doesn’t come cheap at all, oh no. Rather, you’ll have to fork over a whopping $400 to pick this up. That’s a serious investment when you look at the number, which costs just as much as any good tablet. However, it’s a treat we’d be delighted to hand over because the Parrot Zik 2.0 is undoubtedly an indulgence we don’t mind relishing on time-after-time. From its striking design, its rich set of features, and outstanding audio quality, it’s worth every bit of the money. Hands down, this one is a clear winner on all fronts!

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TechRadar

App-powered Bluetooth headphones with features and more features

from TechRadar

If you own a smartphone, are intrigued by the idea of a set of headphones that sidesteps conventional plug-and-play and have $399 to spare , get the Parrot Zik 2.0.

Despite some comfort issues and a weak battery, the Zik 2.0 live up to my standards as high-performance headphones that offer stellar design and tons of functionality.

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If you own a smartphone, are intrigued by the idea of a set of headphones that sidesteps conventional plug-and-play and have $399 to spare , get the Parrot Zik 2.0.

Despite some comfort issues and a weak battery, the Zik 2.0 live up to my standards as high-performance headphones that offer stellar design and tons of functionality.

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Cnet

A wireless headphone for hardcore tech fans

from Cnet

The Parrot Zik 2.0 is an impressively engineered, strikingly designed headphone that's loaded with features and is an improvement over the original Zik, both in terms of design and performance. I think some people will love it. But I also think it has some small, niggling issues that may grate on some users, making them feel the headphone has been over-engineered and is too complicated to deal with (a lot of people don't want to bother with EQ and noise-cancelling settings or an app in general)....

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The Parrot Zik 2.0 is an impressively engineered, strikingly designed headphone that's loaded with features and is an improvement over the original Zik, both in terms of design and performance. I think some people will love it. But I also think it has some small, niggling issues that may grate on some users, making them feel the headphone has been over-engineered and is too complicated to deal with (a lot of people don't want to bother with EQ and noise-cancelling settings or an app in general).

And then there's the battery life. If you have everything turned on and are using these continuously, you simply won't make it through the entire day without recharging. That's not necessarily a deal-breaker, especially since you have to weigh that negative against the positive of the battery being user-replaceable. But ideally, battery life would be closer to 10 hours rather than 6.

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The Guardian

Slimmer, lighter, more comfortable

from The Guardian

The Parrot Zik 2.0 are some of the best wireless headphones available. They are more configurable for personal audio taste using a simple app than any other headphones available in Britain.

They sound great, the noise cancelling is also top notch, and the touch controls are the best available on any wireless headphones. The battery life could be better, but a second battery helps.

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The Parrot Zik 2.0 are some of the best wireless headphones available. They are more configurable for personal audio taste using a simple app than any other headphones available in Britain.

They sound great, the noise cancelling is also top notch, and the touch controls are the best available on any wireless headphones. The battery life could be better, but a second battery helps.

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Gizmag

Solidly built, comfortable to wear, nice to look at and great to listen to

from Gizmag

It will also take a little while to get used to the capacitive touch panel on the right earpiece. Swiping forward to skip, swiping back to play the previous song and up or down to adjust volume seems simple enough, but does require a certain amount of pressure from your finger and isn't all that intuitive out of the box....

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It will also take a little while to get used to the capacitive touch panel on the right earpiece. Swiping forward to skip, swiping back to play the previous song and up or down to adjust volume seems simple enough, but does require a certain amount of pressure from your finger and isn't all that intuitive out of the box.

These minor gripes aside, it's hard to imagine anybody forking out the US$400 for the Zik 2.0s and being disappointed. Sure they ain't cheap, but you'd be getting a pair of headphones that are a solidly built, comfortable to wear, nice to look at and great to listen to. If you're spending your commute on busy subways, weekends on crammed flights or just like that feeling of isolation, then the noise-cancelling ability paired with superb audio quality might be just the escape you need.

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Tom's Guide

Head-turning design, improved audio quality, active noise-cancellation and an innovative revamped app

from Tom's Guide

Parrot's done it again. Somehow they've once more straddled the line between gorgeous design and innovative technology, with little to no fuss. For $399, you get a headphone that's even lighter, slimmer and prettier than the original. The headphones really shine with the accompanying app, which offers equalizers, adaptive noise control and adjustable soundstages. You also get the benefit of the custom artist presets tuned with the help of artists themselves.

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Parrot's done it again. Somehow they've once more straddled the line between gorgeous design and innovative technology, with little to no fuss. For $399, you get a headphone that's even lighter, slimmer and prettier than the original. The headphones really shine with the accompanying app, which offers equalizers, adaptive noise control and adjustable soundstages. You also get the benefit of the custom artist presets tuned with the help of artists themselves.

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Forbes

A bit pricy, even if they are gorgeous to look at and come with a ton of interesting features

from Forbes

Just can’t recommend headphones that require the use of an app for their basic functions (like noise cancelling), especially when that app requires you to give Parrot personal info they have no right to. Am I blowing that out of proportion? Your call.

If you don’t mind having to use an app (and the nonsense that goes with it), the Zik 2.0s are quite something. The noise cancelling is fantastic, they look great, and the EQ (since you have to use the app anyway), does a good job dialing in whatever sound you like.

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Just can’t recommend headphones that require the use of an app for their basic functions (like noise cancelling), especially when that app requires you to give Parrot personal info they have no right to. Am I blowing that out of proportion? Your call.

If you don’t mind having to use an app (and the nonsense that goes with it), the Zik 2.0s are quite something. The noise cancelling is fantastic, they look great, and the EQ (since you have to use the app anyway), does a good job dialing in whatever sound you like.

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Wired

It’s a price level lousy with high-quality headphones to choose from

from Wired

All in all, the headphones are pretty great. The audio quality (at least with the Bluetooth turned on and the app tweaks enabled), the noise-cancellation performance, the build quality, and the fancy sensor-driven extras add up to a product for which $400 is a fair price. It’s a price level lousy with high-quality headphones to choose from. But the Parrots are the only ones in their class that let you go about your business without ever fumbling around for buttons or, heaven forbid, taking your phone out of your pocket.

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All in all, the headphones are pretty great. The audio quality (at least with the Bluetooth turned on and the app tweaks enabled), the noise-cancellation performance, the build quality, and the fancy sensor-driven extras add up to a product for which $400 is a fair price. It’s a price level lousy with high-quality headphones to choose from. But the Parrots are the only ones in their class that let you go about your business without ever fumbling around for buttons or, heaven forbid, taking your phone out of your pocket.

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Engadget

Still the world's most advanced headphones

from Engadget

Parrot is so close to making the perfect Bluetooth headphones. Well, they pretty much are if you ignore the voice-calling feature and just use them for music. Put it this way: The original Zik remained the most advanced Bluetooth headphones for two years straight, and now we have a new version that's better-looking, more comfortable to wear and even better at noise cancellation, to the point where it's arguably best in class. As a bonus, the cans come with more tuning options to entertain obsessed audiophiles on the road. They also offer artists a new way of interacting with their fans by letting them share their very own audio presets, which can also be set to target specific songs and albums. This social element might be perceived as a gimmick, but even so, you gotta admire Parrot for thinking out of the box.

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Parrot is so close to making the perfect Bluetooth headphones. Well, they pretty much are if you ignore the voice-calling feature and just use them for music. Put it this way: The original Zik remained the most advanced Bluetooth headphones for two years straight, and now we have a new version that's better-looking, more comfortable to wear and even better at noise cancellation, to the point where it's arguably best in class. As a bonus, the cans come with more tuning options to entertain obsessed audiophiles on the road. They also offer artists a new way of interacting with their fans by letting them share their very own audio presets, which can also be set to target specific songs and albums. This social element might be perceived as a gimmick, but even so, you gotta admire Parrot for thinking out of the box.

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