Parrot Zik 2.0 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (Yellow)
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- Flight mode
- Smart touch panel and Bluetooth audio streaming
- Adaptive noise cancelling and stunning sound with 32 Bits processing
- Free App Parrot Zik 2.0 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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Top Customer Reviews
I visited a store at Logan Airport on my way out of town and was shown these headphones by a sales person at a store and loved the idea of noise canceling bluetooth headphones that I could use for calls and also for Skype/PC calls to colleagues abroad without the need to be frustrated by a cable that is always in the way. (when boarding, using the headset for calls around the house, etc)
During the course of my next week traveling I read extensively about them and the reviews of the 2.0 Zik revision that hifi audio websites and forbes had written about, in addition to the first few reviews on Amazon.
Here are my thoughts after having them and using them for 2 weeks. (spoiler alert! ;) I returned them)
+Wonderful Sound quality once engaging the equalizer (without the equalizer they sound flat to me)
+Noise Canceling that FAR exceeds the Bose, I'm not sure why all the reviews claim the QC15's/QC25's are better as they don't even compare.
Voice's from a TV at typical listening volume can't even be heard with them, and that's a HUGE plus if you're working from an airport or don't want to hear annoying people around you on a plane, or even at home :P :)
+Fantastic range from the bluetooth source (I live in a townhouse, and with my phone in the second floor bedroom, furthest from the front of the house I could let the dog outside and still hear music uninterrupted if I held my head in a certain position)
+touch controls are intuitive and allow for volume/track change with ease (more on this later)
+having music pause when removing them, and starting when you put them back on is wonderful!
+very loud sound without any sound degradation, much louder than the Bose (I never thought the Bose had decent bass or were loud enough)
+Poor battery life, @ 6 hours for wireless use and the manufacturer recommending using a cable to achieve 18 hours of use, why bother going wireless? Using the direct cable doesn't have the same sound quality
+No spare batteries available (the old model batteries aren't the same), to those of you thinking they'll come out with them? Too late, a $400 product should have what's required to use it when it's launched, at least that's my opinion
+Terrible multi-device bluetooth support [ crucial to me ]
(to elaborate, if you are using the headphones with your phone, you must disable bluetooth and manually force them to connect to your Mac/PC/iPad)
+Horrible Microphone connectivity with a Mac (I've got a Retina Pro 15 with the latest Yosemite Rev on it)
You must manually change the audio device settings to use the Parrot's mic and once you engage the microphone for either a call with the phone, or with a Mac with say Skype the Noise Canceling seems to automatically disable itself. The audio quality/sound level becomes garbage
+No hard case included with the headphones ( I bought one of the previous gen's cases that worked fine, add $43 to the price )
+uncomfortable after 1-2 hours use (I was on a call for around 2 hours, and after an hour and trying to adjust them for comfort the touch controls decided I was attempting to hang up, bye bye con-call people :P )
I'd like to add that I reached out to Parrot, first trying sales (no luck) and then contacting support to inquire about battery life and options (maybe even a spare charger or extra batteries, wow, what a concept!)
The first person in support hung up on me. I had literally only uttered the phrase "battery life" and then click, they were gone :( I did call back and explained to the support person I really WANTED to like them but needed an ETA on battery spare options to which I was directed to a sales email address. I never heard back from sales.
I am not an audiophile but do appreciate what I consider to be better than average sound. I own MartinLogan Electrostatic speakers for my home theater system, Polks, Boston Acoustics and some other reasonable quality gear.
Although I am not an advocate of Bose as I think in most areas they are a compromise their customer service is second to none and my initial experience with Parrot really gave me concern as to what would happen if I had an actual problem and required service.
I hope the above review is useful to some that might be considering these for travel, calls, and of course enjoying music.
- The sound quality of the v2.0s exceeded my expectations for a bluetooth wireless headset. As some mentioned, the sound quality is better in wireless mode.
- I like the Parrot Zik app which has a pseudo equalizer although I didn't really use any of their presets.
- ANC is good, not as great as the QC15s but very close.
However, I was quite disappointed with the overall quality of the headset. As others have noted, the headphones are not meant for L or XL skulls.
1st purchase: I was EXCITED to receive the 2.0. I extended the earcups and realized that it didn't quite fit. I didn't put much force on the headphones but I actually thought that it was NOT fully extended. When I tugged on the headphone a little more, the left aluminum arm holding the ear cup snapped. I know aluminum is a more fragile metal but...REALLY?! Back to Amazon for a replacement.
Replacement #1: I was cautiously hopeful after I received the replacement pair. I put the headset on while handling it with extra care. I started to listen to Stylo by Gorillaz and notice that the right earcup had a weird vibration and was very annoying. I believe it had a defective driver. Ughh...Back to Amazon..again...for a replacement.
Replacement #2: I was naively hopeful that the 3rd time will be the charm. I put the headset on with extra care. Sound was very good. Fit was very tight as I expected but I thought "I think I can work with this". I took this pair on a flight to London. Given that the battery will not last the whole flight under wireless bluetooth mode, I used the headphone jack and noticed that the sound quality was not as good as in wireless mode. However, the deal killer came when within an hour of wearing the v2.0, the extra tight fit caused an unusual amount of pressure on the top of my head which lead to a headache. I took off the headset and used the airline issued headphones for the rest of the flight. I decided on one last attempt with the v2.0 on my way back home and the headache was so painful that I stopped using it. Sadly, I decided to give up on this product.
I decided to go a different direction and purchased a pair of the B&W P7s. While his pair is a wired headset with noise "isolation" instead of ANC, I've been very pleased with it. The sound quality is amazing and when paired with an equalizer app (I ended up downloading the Denon Audio iOS app) it really made an A product an A++ product. It's too early to tell if it will be durable but my initial impressions have been positive.
I may revisit the Parrot Zik line in the future if they can resolve the quality issue and stop discriminating against people with large skulls. In the meantime, I can't justify paying $400 on such poor quality and fit.
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I have a pair of Beats, and Monster noise canceling over the ear headphones and these blow them out of the water.Read more
Batter life is very short . Super disappointing