First Impressions: Parrot Zik 2 Bluetooth Headphones

Parrot Zik 2 headphones are available in many different colors.

On Friday, I was sent a review unit of the Parrot Zik 2 Bluetooth Headphones. I didn’t have much time to play with them until Super Bowl Sunday. Needless to say, I am initially impressed and the $400 price tag really may be worth it for these advanced–actually, very advanced–headphones. They are, so far, more impressive than the impressive wireless Bluetooth headphones that Bose and Beats offered in the past year.

I tried the first Parrot Zik headphones that came out in 2012 and wasn’t very impressed; they were too big, too heavy, and the sound they produced didn’t warrant a $400 price tag. Things certainly change in two-and-a-half years. I am using the Parrot Zik 2 with the Galaxy Note 4. The equalizers offered on the Parrot Zik app, which you need to download in order to operate the headphones, are far better than the ones on Samsung’s music player. In my full review, I will test the Parrot Zik 2 with the iPhone as well.

Things weren’t as easy setting the headphones up as I hoped. Besides pairing the headphones with the Galaxy Note 4, I also had to pair them with the wireless app, which didn’t recognize the headphones at first. After I turn the Parrot Zik 2 headphones off and back on, I have to repair the Zik Parrot 2 with both the Galaxy Note 4 and the wireless app–it gets quite annoying. I’m sure there is a way to work through this and I will report on it in my final review.

The Parrot Zik 2 headphones have excellent noise cancellation features.

The first thing I noticed was the noise cancellation feature, which blows away anything I’ve heard on Bose and Beats. The Parrot Zik 2 can easily be used as sleeping headphones, just as long as you don’t lay on the side of your head all the time. You can change the noise cancellation levels as well. Regular noise cancellation works very well, but maximum noise cancellation is incredible. It may produce a little too much pressure in your ears, but that’s probably something you can get used to.

The sound is not only the best thing I’ve heard on expensive wireless headphones, but wired headphones as well. I can’t believe how far Bluetooth has come and how Parrot has used Bluetooth to reproduce music that doesn’t seem too digitally enhanced. You have to hear these headphones to understand what I am talking about.

I will post a full review of the Parrot Zik 2 headphones in the next week. I can already tell that one shortcoming is battery life, but it’s not a deal breaker. In the meantime, you should definitely get to Brookstone and test the Parrot Zik 2 out–it just may make you a believer in $400 headphones.

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Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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