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Parrot Zik Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Touch Control - Black Gold by Review Summary ,  Aug 16, 2015

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Parrot Zik Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Touch Control - Black Gold
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 486 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 8.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.8   average
Range4.8   above average
Fit4.7   above average
Concert4.6   average
Design4.6   above average
Control4.5   above average
Listening4.4   average
Noise4.3   above average
Quality4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Travel4.3   average
iPhone4.1   average
Price4.0   below average
Bluetooth3.8   below average
Music3.7   below average
Volume3.7   average
Audio3.6   below average
Amazon3.5   below average
Microphone3.5   average
Support3.5   average
iPad3.3   mediocre
Battery3.0   below average
Connection2.9   below average
Service2.9   mediocre
Cable2.8   below average
Heavy2.6   below average
Video2.5   mediocre


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Amazon

Amazon:
"Came home went on Amazon and ordered one, with excitement... What a disappointment when I received it."
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"My last gripe is similar to other complaints I've read on Amazon about these headphones."
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"Second, this is my first time ever reviewing anything after probably 500 orders on amazon due to the fact amazon reviews are about dead on on from other reviews from products I have bought."
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"Although I have already reviewed the Parrot Zik headphones and retuned for a new pair, my disappointment lies with Amazon."
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"I didn't buy mine from Amazon, I couldn't wait, but i love these things so much that i had to write a review."
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"I have a number of reviews for headphones all over Amazon so I figure I should make a review for these as well."
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"I researched them for several weeks, put them on my wish list here on Amazon, and when the price dropped ($299) I dropped the money on them and have been very pleased that I did."
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"I tried these in an airport store and really liked them so I got them here on amazon."
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"Ouse cancellation is good yet doesn't match the Bose quiet 15, littleMore expensive than the Bose though I found a deal at amazon and the price was too good to be true."
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"Thank u amazon for the great price ($240!"
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Android

Android:
"No other platform announced yet - which means that everybody not owning an Apple (update: or Android) device currently is not able to turn on off the noise cancellation or change sound settings."
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"I loved the noise reduction feature it was easy to pair with my NFC bluetooth android phone."
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"You can tweak the settings from the android apple app, they did a great job with this."
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")- amazing sound quality (super balanced and accurate, although it's possible to alter the built-in EQ however you like using the Android iPhone app)- good battery life- AWESOME touch controls on the right earcup (very futuristic, and in my experience, it all works flawlessly)Here are a few other POSITIVE things that I've noticed throughout my last month of ownership:- great for travel and long flights because they're comfortable and have excellent sound cancelation- very versatile."
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"If you are using with your Android (works great with NFC and the Note 3), iPhone iPod, or bluetooth enabled MP3 player, these are for you!"
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"I really liked these headphones when they arrived- they paired with my android phone and controlled everything beautifully."
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Application

Application:
"A; Generally, this problem is related to the audio player or application."
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"They do work as advertised but the application you use to listen to your music is **very very important** -- the wrong one will turn your experience from, I love these headphones, to someone please shoot me in my face."
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"This is rather absurd, at least a Windows application for the laptop computer is a must."
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"Controls:a) Software: There is a [free] application that you download in order to take advantage of operational controls, such as ANC, equalizer, etc."
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"That being said, it is close in comparison (tested in front of a fan, in front of traffic, on various airplanes, etc).PLEASE NOTE: do not open this application on your phone without first powering up the headphones."
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"With this application, I feel that you get a great deal of configuration options (Im currently using an iPhone 4s)."
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"a) Wireless: I find that as long as I have configuration properties set up in the application, that I get very good sound quality."
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"Once you are aware of these limitations, you can easily decide if the Zik will work well in your intended application."
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Audio

Audio:
"From my desk, I can move ~30yrds from the audio device without signal loss degradation."
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"The only reason I don't rate with five stars is that when using the audio cable, the headphones sound terrible vice Bluetooth which are awesome!"
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"(by the way, the keyboard buttons DO work correctly)Lastly I often have problems pairing the device, sometimes it takes several attempts before the audio comes on."
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"The Sennheisers feature set is about the same but the volume is weak in addition to the average audio quality."
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"There is occasionally an audio delay when watching video, but it's hard to attribute this to the headphones since it is sporadic."
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"... grrrNotes (nor pro nor cons):- battery do not last very long but is not dramatic and is easily rechargeable with USB also on the trips- audio quality is good but not exceptional (considering the product level)- noise cancelling is like audio quality (good but not exceptional)- good the touch commands but they are elementary (eg there is no fast forward or rewind) and could be extendedPS: this headphones have the possibility to be upgraded via software (unfortunately since there is a closed source this possibility is just available to producer); anyway, in case the connecting problems will be solved I'll put all the stars that this set deserves! "
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"Excellent audio quality and features."
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"These sync effortlessly with every bluetooth audio device I own."
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"The included USD and miniplug audio wires are real nice and canvas wrapped."
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"I enjoy the fact that you can use them via the supplied audio cable or Bluetooth mode."
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"I wanted headphones that were:- Bluetooth wireless (I'm a neat freak and extra wires are not acceptable)- svelte (I'm fashionable and don't like ugly technology)- good sounding (duh)- NOT bass-heavy (although I mostly listen to top 40's stuff, I'm also a classical musician and need accurate sound replication)- capable of wired audio* (more on this later...)- comfortable (I'd be wearing them throughout prolonged study sessions)- noise canceling (college roommates = noisy)I went to various stores (Apple, Best Buy, etc) to test out the Beats Studio Wireless, Parrot Zik, and other headphones."
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Battery

Battery:
"First the positive -------- I like the sound quality and the very good noise cancellingWhat I not like ....- It's to heavy when you used it for a long time I used it for a flight to Europe ----- it's to heavy- It's hard to pair it in Bluetooth mode ---- I needed several attempts to pair it with my PC ( Window's 10 ) or even with my iPhone 4S and 6 plus- and not a good battery liveI would not buy it again and I would not recommend it"
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"The battery life is horrible."
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"Battery life -- i saw some negative reviews on this, but i don't seem to have any issues -- well allow me to retort -- actually, I only put the expectation of about 3 hours on them then i instinctively charge them -- as oppose to my plantronics (backbeat go2) which I generally get all day use from."
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"When purchasing I would only consider two things.... 1) the battery life is not great and will not last the entire day at the office."
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"I hear lots of complaints about battery life but I get a good 6-8 hours, which is more than enough time for me."
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"love&hate....; the battery is a pain... very short lifetime... and while charging it you cannot use the wireless... and i also wished the headset was a bit longer, yes i have a big head... for this price $$$$ i really expected more....."
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"Recommendation: If you have this headphones buy an additional battery and the external USB charger, that made my life much better...Now I can confidently recommend them, possibly Ver.2.0 is even better, I do not know since I never tried them, but at least I neither feel the urgency to get a newer pair of headphones nor the regret of having bought this one.."
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"I hear lots of complaints about battery life but I get a good 6-8 hours, which is more than enough time for me."
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"Battery life is good 12 Hours is what I have averaged."
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"Battery life is adequate for my uses throughout the day, averaging about 6-7 hours with most functions turned on."
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"This could be a con for those looking to use these on international flights but in that case I recommend buying and charging a spare battery."
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Bluetooth

Bluetooth:
"First the positive -------- I like the sound quality and the very good noise cancellingWhat I not like ....- It's to heavy when you used it for a long time I used it for a flight to Europe ----- it's to heavy- It's hard to pair it in Bluetooth mode ---- I needed several attempts to pair it with my PC ( Window's 10 ) or even with my iPhone 4S and 6 plus- and not a good battery liveI would not buy it again and I would not recommend it"
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"One of the worst Bluetooth connections I've experienced."
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"At first I thought there was something wrong with the bluetooth connection causing the static sound but it never occurred in any other song and only in the first 45 seconds of the test track."
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"I was worried because with bluetooth speakers, I always end up with popping sounds."
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"For those of you who (weirdly) like to keep playing music while the headphones are around your neck, don't worry, this feature can be turned offHere are some NEGATIVES that I've discovered:- Bluetooth memory and connectivity are spotty."
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"However, there's an easy remedy to this: keep your battery charged (or keep a micro-USB cord handy) and simply keep the Ziks turned on (both when using the cord and Bluetooth)- Earpads fold the wrong direction!"
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"The sound quality IMO is over-rated - my $75 Sony MDR-V6 are much superior (but no Bluetooth), as are my Denon and Sennheiser headphones."
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"And of course the bluetooth wireless listening is great."
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"Pros:Newest bluetooth so sound quality is greatHighs are the best part of this headphoneEasy setupCons:App isn't really that usefulIntegrated battery which takes a while to chargeDisconnects on rebootUncomfortable after long period of use because they're closed back headphonesI like these pair of headphones but wish they were better."
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"This is my first time having Bluetooth headphones so I wanted to find something good that wouldn't break the bank."
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"These sync effortlessly with every bluetooth audio device I own."
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Cable

Cable:
"I can connect both wired and wirelessly to my phone (when I am missing my cable)."
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"The only problem I have is the fact of using the cord when the battery dies the sound using the cord is not the best."
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"However, there's an easy remedy to this: keep your battery charged (or keep a micro-USB cord handy) and simply keep the Ziks turned on (both when using the cord and Bluetooth)- Earpads fold the wrong direction!"
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"I mean if I have to have a cord if the battery is dead I'd rather it be a power cord than a passive connection."
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"Parrot Ziks for the common Man or Woman that want off the Cord are again the Best Headphones on the Market!"
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"Obviously being wireless and not tethered to my device(s) by a cord is truly a great freedom."
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"This particular hard case has a smaller container internally that easily fits a spare battery, a charging cable (which I do not need have), and a audio tether (i. e. direct connect to the audio player if your battery dies), with room for more batteries (personally, i do not need a third battery) or other small items."
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"Using the headphones without power and only the cable works very well."
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"Summarized in the following:Style and Design - Stylish - Nice cables with weaved fabric, not cheap plastic - Nice sturdy and weighty headphones - Easily adjustable, marked notches to remember adjustments - Magnet battery cover for easy access and clean linesTechnology- Bluetooth connectivity- Easy to use and intuitive touch pad audio controls- Volume slider adjustment is great, hear the volume change as you slide- Auto pause feature is awesome, take your headphones off and the music stops!"
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Deep rich base, crisp highs, understandable mid range sound coupled with a comfortable headset that does not make every attempt to introduce you to migraines (whether you have ever had them or not in your life) make this a very pleasant experience."
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"There are some great aspects to the Parrot Zik:+ Reliable Bluetooth pairing+ Track changing and volume control by touch sensitive swipe surface+ Well made+ Stylish+ Comfortable to wearHowever the negatives are a bit too substantial:- Audio quality is simply not very good - with or without the noise cancellation on."
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"I'd still have to compare them to my wife's Bose Quite Comfort, but overall, I am VERY happy with the current situation since I do not know of a better combination of plugged Bluetooth headphones.3) Also from I forum, I've found out that this happened because the sensors inside the right cushion sometimes lost the contact with the face skin."
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"Great quality, comfort, style and functionality!"
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"The ear comfort is superb, and the noise canceling technology is fantastic."
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"Comfortable, nice design and suberb sound"
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"they are very comfortable to wear and I love the touch controls."
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Concert

Concert:
"When I started messing with the App and the EQ and Concert Hall settings I became disappointed."
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"Overall gives a good 3D sound a concert hall can provide."
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"SOUND***Default sound settings are Parrot Concert Hall and it sounds really good."
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"- iPhone iPad app for audio controls and headphone settings- Lithium batteryAudio Quality and Comfort- Excellent fit and comfort- Great bass and audio range and clarity- Adjustable sound settings for noise cancellation, concert sound, equalizer- Phone calls are clear and easy to answerWhat's Included- Headphones- Rechargeable battery- Headphone cable for hardwire connections- Charging cable- Travel bag- Free downloadable app"
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"The sound quality is excellent, with the equalizer and concert hall features working well."
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"They sound absolutely amazing with the Concert Hall effect enabled."
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Connection

Connection:
"One of the worst Bluetooth connections I've experienced."
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"At first I thought there was something wrong with the bluetooth connection causing the static sound but it never occurred in any other song and only in the first 45 seconds of the test track."
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"For those of you who (weirdly) like to keep playing music while the headphones are around your neck, don't worry, this feature can be turned offHere are some NEGATIVES that I've discovered:- Bluetooth memory and connectivity are spotty."
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"I mean if I have to have a cord if the battery is dead I'd rather it be a power cord than a passive connection."
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"The headphones are weak in their main feature, Bluetooth connectivity."
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"These are by far the weakest I've owned when it comes to maintaining a connection."
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"The bluetooth connection functions real well and hassle free."
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"Summarized in the following:Style and Design - Stylish - Nice cables with weaved fabric, not cheap plastic - Nice sturdy and weighty headphones - Easily adjustable, marked notches to remember adjustments - Magnet battery cover for easy access and clean linesTechnology- Bluetooth connectivity- Easy to use and intuitive touch pad audio controls- Volume slider adjustment is great, hear the volume change as you slide- Auto pause feature is awesome, take your headphones off and the music stops!"
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"Was intermittent at best when connecting."
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"No problems connecting to a Mac, either as in input or an output device."
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"The sound is really impressive, so much so, it is easy to forget that the headphones are connected via Bluetooth."
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Control

Control:
"If I were to have a point of criticism here, it would be that the controls are super sensitive and prone to activating while adjusting the headphones."
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"When they stop working -- the touch controls fail, or they stop pairing -- you will not be able to get support."
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"I already have the headphones, I don't need to be sold, and I hate the delay getting to the controls."
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"Not only do they look sleek, but the controls are so 'smart' (looking and in ease of use); no fumbling!"
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"I have several Bose which are great but this is really not only great no cords and fun to control the music etc."
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"When I first turned them on and connected them to my iPad, I was unable to control the audio."
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"these headphones are great if you're into gimmicks like trackpad touch control and cordless bluetooth audio."
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"The controls are easy to use and master, and the phone quality is great as well."
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"Control -- again, another reason for 5 star rating -- when it works, it offers fantastic control of music."
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"although it is a good app and allows for relatively good control of the headset, you can only get it on a phone-- not on your computer."
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"having said that, when you are walking with them, it is nice to be able to control features (volume, answer phone, skip tracks, pause) with touch control."
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Design

Design:
"I will not go into great detail why IMO these specific design features are a deal breaker in my book as others before me have covered this in great depth."
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"But as soon as you're done listening, and want to put the headphones away, all the practical design problems once again rear their ugly head."
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"That said including a cable to switch to when the battery fails is great design"
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"Not only would I expect them to fall off, but it would look really weird to be wearing a $400 set of Philippe Stark designed headphones to the gym."
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"A very high price to pay for a designer's name but not such good design."
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"However, I love the design and it is perfect for the price! "
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"Beautiful sound, DSP with Lou Reed design & updates from Parrot makes it even better."
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"It is crystal clear that aesthetic excellence was a priority for the design."
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"I love the design!"
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"Comfortable, nice design and suberb sound"
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Fit

Fit:
"Its very sad that Parrot failed to make the headphones fit those with large or long heads."
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"Fit was also very important and one of the reasons I started moving away from my Klipsch S4is - I could never get a good fit with those."
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"These fit the bill quite nicely."
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"Excellent sound , lightweight fit with first class sound."
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"Love the fit and the sound quality."
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"design: fair but like most things Starck designs, a little too self indulgent to be very practical although they fit great in an attache or briecase."
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"My 9-year-old daughter has tried them out as well and they have fit her very well."
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Functionality

Functionality:
"There are some drawbacks that I've found:1) while the cup functionality works very well and is very slick, there is no way to activate Siri without digging the phone out of your pocket and holding down the home button."
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"Unfortunately, the set provides only On-Off functionality over phone calls (no redial, ignore, switch call function, ...)The set is designed beautifully."
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"It shouldn't be difficult to fix the Bluetooth pairing problems, given how well this functionality works on other headphones."
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"While I found the battery power to be adequate, you don't want to be caught with a dead battery because going wired (you lose some functionality as well), defeats the whole purpose of these cans."
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"Great quality, comfort, style and functionality!"
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"I am very pleased with their operation and functionality."
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"There are some drawbacks that I've found:1) while the cup functionality works very well and is very slick, there is no way to activate Siri without digging the phone out of your pocket and holding down the home button."
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"No complaints about the design, the functionality or the sound quality."
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"It shouldn't be difficult to fix the Bluetooth pairing problems, given how well this functionality works on other headphones."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"First the positive -------- I like the sound quality and the very good noise cancellingWhat I not like ....- It's to heavy when you used it for a long time I used it for a flight to Europe ----- it's to heavy- It's hard to pair it in Bluetooth mode ---- I needed several attempts to pair it with my PC ( Window's 10 ) or even with my iPhone 4S and 6 plus- and not a good battery liveI would not buy it again and I would not recommend it"
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"However, my only complaint would be that it's quite heavy for a headphone and does not stay on very well unless you remain very still."
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"2) They are a bit heavy and can get uncomfortable if worn for a long period of time."
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"Cons ------------------------ They're heavy- Headband becomes painful after wearing it for even short periods of time, even for as low as 30 minutes."
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"Terrible sound, horrible noise cancellation and very heavy."
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"The Noise Cancelling is amazing, and again, comparable to the Bose Quietcomfort 15 (slightly better the latter though on this).Battery life is ok but not amazing, so I suggest for a heavy usage to buy the spare battery."
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"really good sound a little heavy nice features killer effects"
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"feels good on your head -- not too heavy."
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"This is perfect for me it plays well, easly blue tooth, not heavy on the head"
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"They sound great but are pretty heavy."
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"It can make a song sound truly amazing but others can be base heavy."
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Listening

Listening:
"It's definitely a problem to be listening to something on my iPad and not be able to automatically switch over to my iPhone if a call comes in."
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"They don't sound as good as listening to music, but get the job done."
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"Maintain the comfort level in terms of ear cup plushness (although the issue of ear cup material construction is addressed below) and the amount of head clamp (that is to say, these headphones clamp the head securely, but not so much as to become painful over long listening sessions - which I define as 2+ hours).7."
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"My ears are really uncomfortable after just 15 mins of listening to music, i only have the volume up to half way."
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"And of course the bluetooth wireless listening is great."
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"This issues made me a bit unhappy about the Ziks, despite the fact that I loved the sound quality;1.- When travelling, they are great for music listening, but not for movies using Bluetooth, specially because of the lag2.- Audio quality while using cable3.- I had a LOT of interruptions while trying to use them while in bed1 and 2) these objections did go away simultaneously when I connected the Ziks with an audio cable to the source (iPad mostly in my case)."
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"That means crystal clear sound quality when listening to music."
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"I also carry a extra Battery for my Phone and IPad and you can use a portable Battery for charging as the ZIK headphones and Charger is USB poweredRock On and Happy Listening!"
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"This is no exaggeration, even while listening at the lowest volume that could be conceivably enjoyed, anyone standing anywhere near you would be wishing poxesupon you, your house, and anyone who might look like you."
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Loud

Loud:
"The first set I purchased developed a problem approximately 1 month into ownership - loud static crackles and pops that were random and near-deafening."
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"Good battery life (4+ hours LOUD).Cons:- No good for phone if your voice quality must be great (no surprise, no BT headsets do this well except Plantronics Voyager series)- Intuitive ear swipe thing is a pain in the ass for the first 48 hours."
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"When I wear them play not that loud, anyone in near me can hear it and they complain."
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"With no music going, you hear nothing at all- (after you turn the headphones on).The sound is good and loud, which has been a problem for any Bluetooth headphones that I have had in the past,(5 pairs of other brands)."
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"Pros:Loud, sharp and accurate sound."
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"Phone calls are good, but my friends say I'm LOUD, I'll have to experiment with that."
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"Sennheiser 500- not loud enoughlong and short .. the Zik's are great!"
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"I don't play loud (I love my ears) music, I do _not_ listen to rap or any sort of music that requires emphasis on bass etc."
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"I told him this: If you're not the kind of person (like me) who can name every pair of headphones he's owned, and enjoys cranking his music as loud as possible, and if you're not bothered by the $400 price tag, sure, buy the headphones, and you'll love them."
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Material

Material:
"Only disappointment is the travel bag, which is cloth material and doesn't really protect the headphones."
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"COMFORT: The material encapsulated ear covers and padded headband are very comfortable for long periods, as I can attest during my flights to and from and subsequent layovers in Dubai, The headset was on for 7 hours and my ears didn't feel sore or sweaty nor do they feel heavy on your head."
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"Material quality is high, and durable."
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"Superior material and build qualitySwapable battery!"
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"Design is amazing as you can see and the feel of the headphones is robust - you feel that material used is high-quality."
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"Let's start with pros:- design is super;- very good materials;- robust and precise construction;- useful the automatic start stopSo, why I do not like this headphone set?"
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Microphone

Microphone:
"I upgraded from a Plantronics wireless set I owned that I broke the microphone on."
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"Bose does offer wireless headphones with built-in mic but I thought the sound quality on that is not as good as the QC15."
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"I see there are a good many complaints about the microphone in these headphones on calls...but I have had no issues."
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"The sound, functions and design are awesome, but.....1) could never get bluetooth connect to Windows 7 on laptop, common problem in forum (more Apple friendly)2) on cell calls, microphone delivers broken sound (to listener), apparently a defective microphone3) every time I turn my head to the right, reception cuts out."
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"- Magnetic door for the battery is well built- Bone-conduction mic is built into the headset, (no wind problems) much better than a standard microphone."
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"The headphones also do an incredible job of blocking ambient noise as well as the mic not picking up every single sound in the room."
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"The sound is great, the built in mic and phone integration are great, but if I can't wear them more than a few minutes what good are they?"
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"The quality of the mic is good and its sensitive enough to detect your voice without raising it."
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Music

Music:
"The final niggling complaint I found was with the nifty sensor which pauses the music when you remove your headphones and resumes when you pop them back on your skull."
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"Sound is not as good as they claim and i understand about music."
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"It is more of a headphone of music lovers (not recommended for gym usage)."
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"If you're an audiophile of modest earning potential, beware-- you will hate yourself in between the times you're just enjoying the music."
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"Also I have noticed on other peoples reviews that they are saying these headphones are heavy, uncomfortable and drop calls or music."
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"They don't sound as good as listening to music, but get the job done."
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"This issues made me a bit unhappy about the Ziks, despite the fact that I loved the sound quality;1.- When travelling, they are great for music listening, but not for movies using Bluetooth, specially because of the lag2.- Audio quality while using cable3.- I had a LOT of interruptions while trying to use them while in bed1 and 2) these objections did go away simultaneously when I connected the Ziks with an audio cable to the source (iPad mostly in my case)."
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"Control -- again, another reason for 5 star rating -- when it works, it offers fantastic control of music."
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"That means crystal clear sound quality when listening to music."
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"I enjoy the fact that via the Parrot Zik app I can customize my listening experience easily, quickly and enjoy a music filled atmosphere that is nearly unparalleled."
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"Wonderful sound canceling and sensational music sound."
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Noise

Noise:
"The noise cancelling goes in and out on its own and there's always an annoying pop as it tries to start the noise cancelling."
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"As much as I adore the fact that theyre Bluetoothand the fact you can control the volume and track selection by swiping your fingers around on the surface, I was ultimately unable to wear them as everyday headphones because of the noise they cause."
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"I would pay at most $150 before feeling like I got ripped off somehow, and thatsonlyif they fixed the noise leak problem."
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"Terrible sound, horrible noise cancellation and very heavy."
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"I got the Sennheiser MM-450X, which had ok sound, but the noise reduction was weak and sucked the life out of the sound."
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"The sound is amazing and the noise cancelling is also very good."
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"Nice sound, but the noise redux keeps dropping the sound."
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"Best headphones with wireless and noise cancel."
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"the bass response, the sonic accuracy, the clarity of voice, the noise cancellation (means you do not have to play music as loud), the highs and ethereal quality thereof."
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"I loved the noise reduction feature it was easy to pair with my NFC bluetooth android phone."
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Pairing

Pairing:
"There is no easy way to switch between devices, pairing to my Mac, iphone, or ipad involves turning everything off that you don't want it to connect to, then re-pair to the device you want."
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"When they stop working -- the touch controls fail, or they stop pairing -- you will not be able to get support."
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"(by the way, the keyboard buttons DO work correctly)Lastly I often have problems pairing the device, sometimes it takes several attempts before the audio comes on."
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"In short, the bluetooth pairing problems are too severe to warrant this purchase."
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"It shouldn't be difficult to fix the Bluetooth pairing problems, given how well this functionality works on other headphones."
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"The bluetooth pairing worked great and was quick, even if the iPhone doesn't use the touch pairing."
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"As far as Bluetooth goes, pairing was perfect and it connects to my Galaxy S3 as soon as I turn it on."
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"The easily paired with my laptop and my iPhone."
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"I really liked these headphones when they arrived- they paired with my android phone and controlled everything beautifully."
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"It shouldn't be difficult to fix the Bluetooth pairing problems, given how well this functionality works on other headphones."
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Price

Price:
"I consider the few hundred dollars I spent on these to be money down the drain - unfortunately my purchase return period has expired."
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"These do not operate very well Too much money for what you get! "
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"If you are worried about the money, spend it."
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"When deciding to buy these I read a review that complained about the cheap bag it comes with for a case."
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"But the only complaint I have is with the price."
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"Lightweight, but durable (unlike the cheap BOSE)There is nothing in this headphone that I don't love"
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"However, I love the design and it is perfect for the price! "
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"These are not cheap headphones, I would be ok throwing out for the next great thing."
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"I started out just looking for another pair of headphones as back-up extra for my Creative Aurvana Platinum headphones, and I almost got another pair of those because I love mine and the price was down about a hundred dollars."
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"I researched them for several weeks, put them on my wish list here on Amazon, and when the price dropped ($299) I dropped the money on them and have been very pleased that I did."
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Quality

Quality:
"Needless to say, I wasn't too happy with the quality so I returned those too."
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"I would like to give it a great comment on it, however, what I don't like about is the seller's quality in packaging service, but even worse is that there was a missing accessory, the carrying pouch of the headphone."
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"Noise cancellation alright not the greatest,music quality alright not the best of bass etc."
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"Before I get to sound quality, let me say a few things that were disappointing about the Parrot Zik headphones."
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"The sound quality on these is not as good as the m-100's, but they definitely compete."
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"However, Sennheiser disapointed me due to the sound quality."
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"Because of the comparably short battery life (the MPOW and Beats are both at about 12 hours and definitely good enough for a full work day but the Parrot Ziks only last about 8 hours) you actually need to get a HeadphoneMate Rechargeable Battery for Parrot Zik Headphones (Zik First Generation Headphones) (about $20 on sale) and a HeadphoneMate USB Powered Compact Charger for Parrot Zik Headphones (Zik First Generation Headphones) (both from Headmate and very good quality, I already have both of these items at work) so you can charge the extra battery while using the headset."
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"Excellent audio quality and features."
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"Great quality sound."
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"This issues made me a bit unhappy about the Ziks, despite the fact that I loved the sound quality;1.- When travelling, they are great for music listening, but not for movies using Bluetooth, specially because of the lag2.- Audio quality while using cable3.- I had a LOT of interruptions while trying to use them while in bed1 and 2) these objections did go away simultaneously when I connected the Ziks with an audio cable to the source (iPad mostly in my case)."
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"The sound quality is exceptional and features a bone conduction sensor, five microphones and a powerful digital signal processor which makes the best."
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Range

Range:
"Im not comfortable fumbling with buttons on the side of the headset and while I found them good for the bass tracks (Black Eyed Peas-Boom Boom Pow) I felt they fell short on some of the more vocal tracks (Janet Jackson-Lets wait awhile) and weak on the mid range."
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"I've listened to everything from AWolnation to the Carpenters, to Trey Songz to Tachovsky thru them and they have reproduced an amazing listening range that at times has had me mesmerized:-)SOUND: So, as eluded to in the last category, these headphones reproduce a wonderful and exceptional range of tones."
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"great headset the sound blocking works good and the range of sound from them are goodthe only down side is ZIK needs more program apps downloads for more things to use like laptops or stereo receiver Bluetooth systems"
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"The range and sound quality are perfect for him."
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"c) General Operation: Bluetooth works well, and have a pretty good range."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"The final niggling complaint I found was with the nifty sensor which pauses the music when you remove your headphones and resumes when you pop them back on your skull."
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"The major problem, though, is with the touch sensor on the right ear cuff."
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"The problem comes in that the sensor is on a malleable foam pad, meaning it doesn't always stay rigid enough to make the sensor compress on your jaw."
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"The sound quality is exceptional and features a bone conduction sensor, five microphones and a powerful digital signal processor which makes the best."
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"These headphones have a app that allows the user to customize both the levels and the angle of the speaker, touch sensors works great."
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"FEATURES:This is where the Zik overrun the competitors, the touch sensor works great and responsive, sometimes there cann be a slight delay but for sure won't be a big of a deal."
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"Only wished i can disable the motion sensor, there are times i cant have them on my head but would still love to hear the music around my neck."
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"Wonderful product idea, however, the Jawbone sensor caused playback to constantly start and stop, and when their latest updated caused constant crashes of the actual device I had to download a new update patch and their customer service person (Mike) was one of the worst customer service representatives I have EVER spoken too."
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Service

Service:
"I would like to give it a great comment on it, however, what I don't like about is the seller's quality in packaging service, but even worse is that there was a missing accessory, the carrying pouch of the headphone."
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"Headset failed within 3 months, called customer service, they told me to fill out online form."
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"Very frustrating customer service."
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"Wonderful product idea, however, the Jawbone sensor caused playback to constantly start and stop, and when their latest updated caused constant crashes of the actual device I had to download a new update patch and their customer service person (Mike) was one of the worst customer service representatives I have EVER spoken too."
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"I heard about all the other problems with their customer service based on other products they sell and didn't want to take a chance on a 400 dollar pair of headphones."
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"I was expecting to pay for a repair, but even so was denied all service, pretty disgusted that a set of fairly expensive headphones are now garbage."
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"I look forward to getting another 8+ months and beyond of excellent service from it."
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"great product, service, fast shipping!"
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"4 years of reasonable service; then an update this month rendered my Zik a totally useless very expensivepiece of junk."
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"So much wonderful sound (or no sound if that is what you want) and great service."
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Setting

Setting:
"These may not be everyones cup of tea but I think the sound is really great and if they don't sound good, I just go in the app and change a few settings and BAM."
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"When I started messing with the App and the EQ and Concert Hall settings I became disappointed."
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"I then tried fiddling with the various built in equalizer settings and also found no combination that was pleasing to my ears."
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"You can tweak the settings from the android apple app, they did a great job with this."
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"- iPhone iPad app for audio controls and headphone settings- Lithium batteryAudio Quality and Comfort- Excellent fit and comfort- Great bass and audio range and clarity- Adjustable sound settings for noise cancellation, concert sound, equalizer- Phone calls are clear and easy to answerWhat's Included- Headphones- Rechargeable battery- Headphone cable for hardwire connections- Charging cable- Travel bag- Free downloadable app"
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"I enjoy the sound quality, and playing around with the settings."
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"The App that you will use to change settings is really well made, and it makes a great addition to the experience."
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"The app is full of issues and the headphones only sound good when the settings are correct in the App."
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Size

Size:
"I would say they are not quite as good as the Bose but I think the difference is very small."
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"My only complaint, and it is a small one, is that the earpiece surface easily shows finger marks."
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"However, my ears get tired of having the IEMs in my ear canal and full size headphones are not great for travel."
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"I'm just amazed how the bass is so deep and warm from such a small speaker."
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"Matte black, sleek and wireless; I admit Ihad a small incident in my pants over them."
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"And with the adjustability of the headband I suspect they can be nicely fitted to a variety of head sizes."
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"My wife has to mess around with it for a bit to fit her small, cone-shaped head, but she enjoys it as well."
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"The size is perfect for my head (normal, round head)."
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Sound

Sound:
"It is not looking good, which is too bad because the sound was excellent."
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"This issues made me a bit unhappy about the Ziks, despite the fact that I loved the sound quality;1.- When travelling, they are great for music listening, but not for movies using Bluetooth, specially because of the lag2.- Audio quality while using cable3.- I had a LOT of interruptions while trying to use them while in bed1 and 2) these objections did go away simultaneously when I connected the Ziks with an audio cable to the source (iPad mostly in my case)."
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"At first I thought there was something wrong with the bluetooth connection causing the static sound but it never occurred in any other song and only in the first 45 seconds of the test track."
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"Before I get to sound quality, let me say a few things that were disappointing about the Parrot Zik headphones."
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"I got it as a gift, they have a problem at high volume the sound is distorted."
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"They sound just fine after youve gone through the rigamarole of downloading the special app which unlocks the EQ feature (which they sound pretty lousy without), but however good they may sound, they also sound just as good to the person standing 15 feet away from you."
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"The sound is amazing and the noise cancelling is also very good."
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"Nice sound, but the noise redux keeps dropping the sound."
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"And they sound great...when they are working properly...which is almost never."
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"Great headphones after you equilized their sound..."
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"Good sound but ears getting very sore."
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Support

Support:
"When they stop working -- the touch controls fail, or they stop pairing -- you will not be able to get support."
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"The good news is that all of these issues will potentially be resolved in time, and so far Support seems aware of these problems and is working towards solutions on upcoming updates."
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"Update:Customer support finally got back to me in broken english and told me that there were no plans to add support for Siri (aka holding pause for 2 seconds on most headphones) and that the auto pause feature could not be turned off."
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"The only negative is that they only support BT 2.1 instead of the newer 3.0."
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"First, tech support is non-existent (pretty poor for a $350-400 headphone!"
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"Good News:Patch 1.04 gives support to Atheros made Bluetooth radios."
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"If you are planning to purchase it, call Parrot Customer support to make sure your system is compatible!"
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"(Note: I could not establish connection with the Image One neither)During the trouble shooting, I received adequate assistance from Parrots US technical support."
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"They don't support Android Jelly Bean 4.20.Customer Support is pretty much non existent."
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Video

Video:
"They were much too concerned doing construction work or escaping the path of that 757.The final nail in the coffin was caused by the outdatedBluetooth 2.1 technologyused in the Zik, which leads to low range and occasional drop-out, but thats paltry when you find that the audio lag this causes while trying to watch videos or movies makes them frustratingly unwatchable."
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"There is occasionally an audio delay when watching video, but it's hard to attribute this to the headphones since it is sporadic."
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"When movies are played I can usually not here very with other headphones but these did a great job filtering out background noise and allowing me to watch a movie on my iPad."
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"However, I also wanted to use the headphones with my mac computer for video conferences and such and that's where it wasn't so great."
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"On short flights i have not been able to get through a movie on my ipad withou removing the headphones to take a break."
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"This issues made me a bit unhappy about the Ziks, despite the fact that I loved the sound quality;1.- When travelling, they are great for music listening, but not for movies using Bluetooth, specially because of the lag2.- Audio quality while using cable3.- I had a LOT of interruptions while trying to use them while in bed1 and 2) these objections did go away simultaneously when I connected the Ziks with an audio cable to the source (iPad mostly in my case)."
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"Movies as well."
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"It was probably Lou Reed's last work before his death, a great video on the site about him."
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"Also, before I forget, they are great for watching movies on a laptop or tablet."
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"Finally, and this is key, though perhaps it is a limitation of Bluetooth technology and not a fault of Parrot; when I watch a movie on my iPad using the headphones the sound is out of sync by about 5 to 10 frames which is extremely annoying."
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iPad

iPad:
"It's definitely a problem to be listening to something on my iPad and not be able to automatically switch over to my iPhone if a call comes in."
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"But I'm throwing in the towel after days of trying and failing to get a reliable connection to any of iPad, iPhone, and MacBook Pro."
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"On short flights i have not been able to get through a movie on my ipad withou removing the headphones to take a break."
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"VERY VERY HARD TO PAIR WITH IPAD, IPHONE AND MAC, THE SOFTWARE'S NEW VERSION DOESN'T WORK, THE BLUETOOTH CONNECTION IS POOR"
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"Furthermore, I could compare its noise cancellation with the Sennheiser PXC BT310i (Zik markedly better); its comfort with both the over-ear Sennheiser and the on-ear Sennheiser (Zik more comfortable), and its Bluetooth connect capabilities to the Sennheiser PXC (Sennheiser connects more easily with PCs and the Sennheiser Bluetooth dongles one needs to add Bluetooth to the iPod Classic and TVs; Zik connects well only to the iPod Touch, iPhone 4, and iPad 1 (and I asume the other iPads) and is very fussy, gets driver error messages, or does not connect at all to the others... Sennheiser connects to these Apple products easily as well).I prefer the cloth bag that the Zik comes in to the hard case of the Bose, as the bag can be folded away to very small size when empty."
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"When I first turned them on and connected them to my iPad, I was unable to control the audio."
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"I didnt expect the volume to be able to be finely adjustable but the touch reminds me of the sensitivity and accuracy of Apple touch screens on iPhone and iPad."
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"This was the case when connected to either my Macbook Pro 15 Retina (early 2013) running 10.9.2 (Mavericks), my iPhone5 (iOS 7.1), as well as my iPad Mini (iOS 7.1).Noise-Cancelling:Excellent."
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"I have enjoyed them on my iPhone, iPad, desktop, and laptop and also at the gym."
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"But I'm throwing in the towel after days of trying and failing to get a reliable connection to any of iPad, iPhone, and MacBook Pro."
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"Being able to adjust the sound on your iphone or ipad is really cool."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"First the positive -------- I like the sound quality and the very good noise cancellingWhat I not like ....- It's to heavy when you used it for a long time I used it for a flight to Europe ----- it's to heavy- It's hard to pair it in Bluetooth mode ---- I needed several attempts to pair it with my PC ( Window's 10 ) or even with my iPhone 4S and 6 plus- and not a good battery liveI would not buy it again and I would not recommend it"
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"Problem with the App on iPhone, it crashes a lot."
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"It's definitely a problem to be listening to something on my iPad and not be able to automatically switch over to my iPhone if a call comes in."
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"Sure, you can mess with the iPhone EQ and change a little, but I was never satisfied."
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"But I'm throwing in the towel after days of trying and failing to get a reliable connection to any of iPad, iPhone, and MacBook Pro."
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"VERY VERY HARD TO PAIR WITH IPAD, IPHONE AND MAC, THE SOFTWARE'S NEW VERSION DOESN'T WORK, THE BLUETOOTH CONNECTION IS POOR"
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"The pair still works great with my iPhone but sadly the majority of my use time is when sitting at my desk."
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"I didnt expect the volume to be able to be finely adjustable but the touch reminds me of the sensitivity and accuracy of Apple touch screens on iPhone and iPad."
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")- amazing sound quality (super balanced and accurate, although it's possible to alter the built-in EQ however you like using the Android iPhone app)- good battery life- AWESOME touch controls on the right earcup (very futuristic, and in my experience, it all works flawlessly)Here are a few other POSITIVE things that I've noticed throughout my last month of ownership:- great for travel and long flights because they're comfortable and have excellent sound cancelation- very versatile."
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"If you are using with your Android (works great with NFC and the Note 3), iPhone iPod, or bluetooth enabled MP3 player, these are for you!"
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"They designed this for your iPhone but it pretty much sucks for laptop."
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