Parrot Zik 3 Review

Introduction


One of the more memorable, better performing wireless headphones we’ve used in the last year has been the Parrot Zik 2.0. At a whopping $400 when it was first released, you kind of expect nothing except top-notch performance, given the hefty price tag and whatnot. Fortunately, even despite its premium cost, the Parrot Zik 2.0 proved its worth in almost every way imaginable. A year later, we have its successor in the Parrot Zik 3.

Design


The Parrot Zik 3, for the most part, doesn’t deviate much from the design language of its predecessor. It’s still incredibly comfortable to wear over long periods of time, thanks in part to the adequate amount of soft padding around the headband’s underside and ear cups. Trust us, if you’re planning to do some listening on your couch, or during a long flight, the Zik 3 doesn’t disappoint with its fit and comfort.

At the same time, it features the same smart touch panel from before that allows us to launch various commands by using tapping and swiping gestures along the outside surface of its right ear cup.

For this year’s model, however, Parrot offers the Zik 3 in an assortment of colors and stitching patterns for greater variety than ever before. With renowned designer Philippe Starck at the helm once again, Parrot has something stylish on hand with the Zik 3. Now, while we appreciate the updated look, there’s just one thing about the design that makes us go bonkers. And that, folks, is how the headband is more flexible than ever before.

That’s both good and bad, but sometimes the headphones has a habit of moving around so much – appearing somewhat lopsided on our head. It wasn’t an issue with the Zik 2.0, just because the headband didn’t have any flex to it at all. And lastly, it really would’ve been better if the new stitch pattern were interchangeable, but they’re not.


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5 Comments

1. TerryTerius unregistered

Thanks for the review. I've been on the fence as to whether or not I would buy these, and this has edged me a bit further in the direction of doing so. I'm aware they don't have the sound quality of Sennheiser, Grado, AKG, Audio-Technica or Shure... But they would be a nice addition to my collection, especially when you don't want to lug around multi thousand dollar headphones in public. Appreciate it JV.

2. jonathonpower7

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 09, 2016

Do they come with a free brown Zune?

3. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

If they are so great why such a low score....I'd think they would at least score over 8 for the price and greatness. I bet my Bluedio Victory has a better sound than that with touch control, and they are wireless bluetooth 4.1, and optical fed with a sturdy wired input if you so desire.

4. Krjal

Posts: 425; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Despite the lack of active sound canceling I'd take V-moda's Crossfade Wireless over these. Better sound quality, longer battery life and a tanky build while still looking just as good.

5. JR_Ewing

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Just got V-moda's Crossfade Wireless and the are very good. However I can't neglect the fact that the Parrot's amazingly well designed noise-cancellation pushes them above V-moda if you do your listening in a noisy environment.

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