Smart 'phones for your smartphone
You may not be familiar with Parrot, a French company that has quickly become a leader in wireless technology for cars. Now they have used their Bluetooth expertise to create a uniquely powerful set of headphones that have us very excited. The Parrot Zik are as stylish as they are versatile, offering more features than just about any headphone we've seen.
The earcup is a touch panel
Naturally, the Zik offers wireless connection with your compatible Bluetooth phone for simple hands-free calls and music streaming. What makes the Zik unique is how you control those functions. The right earcup features a touch panel — no buttons, dials or knobs — so you can answer calls or skip tracks with the swipe of a finger. The touch panel offers the same functionality as an in-line remote, except with the same intuitive ease as your smartphone's touchscreen.
Sure, we'll take active noise-cancelation too
Bluetooth headphones need built-in microphones for phone calls. So why not use them to cancel out external noise as well? That's what Parrot does with the Zik, further enhancing the versatility of these smart headphones. Take them on the plane to minimize engine noise or to the office to block out your coworkers' conversations so you can focus on the job. You can use the noise-canceling and Bluetooth functions simultaneously, independently, or not at all. So if you're ever stuck with a drained battery, just plug in the supplied cable to enjoy passive listening, no battery required. Although, the included USB cable makes recharging a snap with any computer.
The Parrot Zik's right earcup features a touch panel for simple swipe and touch control of music and call functions.
Get the sound just right with the Parrot Audio Suite
Sure these headphones perform a lot of tasks. But what about sound quality? The Zik leaves that up to you, with a host of options for customizing the sound to your own taste. Download the free Parrot Audio Suite app for Apple and Android™ and use it to tweak the Zik's configuration. You'll definitely want to try the Concert Hall Effect, which lets you control Parrot's digital sound processor to simulate various listening environments, the kind of technology usually reserved for A/V surround receivers. The app also includes graphic EQ, so you can bump up the bass or tone down the high frequencies.
Oh, there's one more thing…
Actually, there are several more interesting things about these headphones: touch pairing with NFC-compatible devices; a jawbone sensor for enhanced voice clarity; and a motion sensor that pauses your music or transfers calls to your mobile phone when you remove the headphones. With so many features and such sharp looks, the Parrot Zik might just be a bargain.