Parrot Zik 3.0 in-depth review - An ugly duckling with a beautiful voice

A frequency adjusting app and incredible sound quality, more than makes up for the ugly appearance of the Zik 3.0

 Parrot Zik 3.0 Review - An ugly duckling with a beautiful voice
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,4/20/2016 10:19:59 AM

10

out of 10

Performance

5

out of 5

Look and feel

9

out of 5

Ease of use

10

out of 5

Features

9

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Fantastic sound quality | superb app makes customising sound easy |

Cons:

Quirky design | heavy

- By Zak Garner-Purkis

Never judge leather tortoise patterned headphones by their heavy metal frame or ear sweat inducing earphones, that’s the lesson learnt from the Parrot Zik 3.0. There is one reason to put those grievances to one side, because the audio experience is so mind blowingly good.

The Zik 3.0’s premium design looks like something Peter Stringfellow would wear whilst doing the hoovering. A leather patterned number that also wouldn’t looked out of place attached to a dash board. It might be style that works for some people but it doesn’t exactly have universal appeal.

The weight of the headphone is also pretty intense, the metal frame might give a ‘high end feel’ but it weighs pretty heavily on the head and neck. If you find yourself craning over to read something on your phone, as basically anyone in who owns a mobile finds themselves doing, the additional weight is noticeable.

The earphones are well fitted, soft and have superb noise cancellation, almost too good- actually to the point where you feel like you’ve entered a sound vacuum. The drawback is that they will suffocate you ears to the point that you’ll find yourself collecting sweat circles around your lobes.

…Then you start listening, and all the problems with comfort and appearance just melt away. It’s not just that the audio quality on the headphones is exceptional, you expect that for the price point. It’s the level of customisation that they offer.

The major problem with high end headphones is that too often some songs sound incredible, but others just don’t. It’s no good listening to Bach on headphones which have been optimised so that every sub bass swoosh of a Drake song can be heard. But with the Zik 3.0’s accompanying app you can adjust the headphones to your taste or genre of music. It’s what all high end headphone products should offer.

For the casual listener the pre-sets modes provide an easy way to tune your headphones to the music you’re listening to. And the musical geek can take this to a whole new level, right down to frequency level adjustment. All the apps tools are straightforward to use and genuinely offer a different sound experience. In terms of audio experience there is little better on the market.

There is no doubt the Parrot has its singing voice sorted, it’s just a shame about the feathers it chose to wear.