Review: Add the Parrot Zik 3.0 to the List of Best Bluetooth Headphones

Review: Add the Parrot Zik 3.0 to the List of Best Bluetooth Headphones

If you are a modern mobile audiophile, you'll really appreciate this new Bluetooth headset from Parrot. I recently had the opportunity to spend some time testing the Parrot Zik 3.0 ($399.99). This is truly one of the best pairs of Bluetooth headphones and would make any audiophile's ears tingle with appreciation. And the user experience the headphones deliver is second to none, combining lightweight, modern styling with the latest in touch-controlled, custom-tuned, luxury headphone design.

The App

The Zik 3.0 sounds fantastic out of the box, there's no doubt about that. But one of the areas where these headphones raise the bar and really shine the most is when used in conjunction with Parrot's accompanying Zik app (free). The Zik app allows you to make things personal. It's one of the most in-depth and precision apps for tailoring the acoustics of a Bluetooth device that I've ever come across.

Despite how infinitely customizable the Zik app made the headphones, in the end I had to simply close my eyes and just listen to fully appreciate each setting of the app and how it varied the headphone's sound and acoustic nuances. As I delved deeper into the high level of tweaking that can be done with the sound, I soon realized that using the Zik app was like the proverbial "rabbit hole"; it opened up whole new worlds within worlds of audio soundscapes.

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For instance, while I could chose how I wanted to have the sound oriented positionally in 3-D space (for instance, like a quiet room, a jazz club or a concert hall, among other options), I could also use the app's "basic" settings as a jumping-off point to really sculpt the sound exactly as I wanted. Whether it was fine tuning the noise reduction levels from minimum to maximum, or dragging the frequency response controls up or down, the Zik provided a practically unrivaled listening experience in a pair of headphones, Bluetooth or otherwise.

The Design

The  Zik 3.0 took the sharp, defined edges of the 2.0 version, and rounded them and softened them. They now have a more aerodynamic feel and the redesigned form factor also results in a less bulky looking pair of headphones. The headphones swivel and pivot to fit your cranium perfectly and the headband is both comfortable and extremely flexible. The arms of the headphones allow for a great deal of adjustability and each increase or decrease in length is met with an audible and palpable "click".



The earcups are comfortable and well-fitting, completely covering your earlobe and delivering excellent passive noise cancellation. The plush, full grain leather exterior is icing on the cake and enhances their decadent comfort factor immeasurably. Thanks to their overall thoughtful design, the Zik 3.0 are a pair of headphones that you can wear for many hours on end without any discomfort, either from headband clamp or from earcup pressure.

The Zik 3.0 have an easily swappable 830mAh Li-ion battery, which means you can replace the battery if it ever needs replacing after years of use, or you can carry an extra battery ($29.99) with you for almost two full days worth of use without ever needing to find a charger.

The Sound

Are you an audio geek? Well consider these impressive stats; the Zik 3.0 has two, 40mm Neodymium drivers with a 32-bit processor, which pretty much guarantees crisp and crystal clear digital audio. Along with Parrot's trademark Auto Adaptive Noise Cancellation, which detects the surrounding audio levels and adapts accordingly, the Zik 3.0 bring high definition audio with 5.1 surround sound and a parametric equalizer (via the app) with five peak filters. As previously mentioned, the app really makes a huge difference with these headphones and goes a long way towards crafting the Zik's sound to your exact specifications.

Pros:

  • Exquisite sound quality out of the box.
  • Extremely comfortable, allowing for long listening sessions with zero discomfort.
  • Premium full grain leather exterior.
  • The Zik 3.0 automatically turn off playback when you remove the headphones from your ears and turn back on with they are returned to listening position.
  • The ability to custom tune your audio to your personal specifications and preferences via the Zik app elevates these headphones above the crowd.
  • The Zik's Smart Touch technology, while not unique to these headphones, is still an extremely convenient and modern way to control your audio playback.

Con:

  • Pricey, though certainly well worth it if you have the funds.

Final Verdict:

The Zik are one of the best Bluetooth headphones as you'll find. Simply put, they are everything a premium pair of headphones should be. I give them a five-star rating, something I reserve only for the cream of the crop.

Review: The Parrot Zik 3.0 Luxury Bluetooth Headphones
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