The Parrot Zik 3.0 are stylish, well-engineered headphones that feel solid and look premium. They deliver nice, exciting sound that's customizable with the Parrot app. They're comfortable and isolate well with their noise cancelling. However, the touch controls are prone to mistakes and can get slightly frustrating.
- Great sturdy and durable design.
- Feature packed.
- Minimal self-noise generated by ANC.
- Sensitive touch controls.
- Poor treble audio reproduction.
The Zik 3.0 are amazingly well built, comfortable headphones. The ear cups and headband are well padded and do not exert too much pressure on the head. The sturdy metal frame makes them feel durable and able to withstand moderate physical stress and the ear cups fit well around most ears. The touch controls are a nice addition but too sensitive at times, causing mistaken inputs.
The Parrot Zik 3.0 are superbly well-crafted headphones. Their design looks and feels premium. They haven't changed much from the Zik 2.0, retaining the sleek modern look and two tone color scheme of black for the padding and ear cups and the metallic silver for the frame and hinges. The 3.0 come in a variety of colors, some with a patterned finish on the ear cups and headband, for added flare and style.
The Parrot Zik 3.0 are a moderately comfortable set of headphones. The decently sized ear cups are well padded and fit around most ears quite well, although the ear cup opening is a little on the small side. They don't feel too heavy when on the head and don't exert too much pressure, so you won't get sore after longer listening sessions.
Button layout and functionality is essentially the same as that of the previous model. The touch-sensitive track pad is a nice addition and gives you sufficient control over your audio. Unfortunately, the touch-sensitive controls are a little to prone to mistaken inputs and the delay can sometimes cause additional unnecessary inputs.
The Parrot ZIk 3.0 are tight enough in your head, to not slip or fall, during casual listening sessions. Unfortunately, they are not meant for sports and won't be ideal for gym use. The weight of the earcups causes them to sway while running or jumping and they will eventually slip off your ears during high-intensity activities. On the upside, they can be used wirelessly, which removes the chances of the audio cable getting hooked on something and pulling the headphones off your head.
The Zik 3.0 are moderately portable. They are mid-sized over-ear headphones with relatively small ear cups that fold flat, to not take too much space. They will easily fit into a backpack, but sadly, they do not fold up into a more compact format, which may be too bulky for a handbag or pockets, even larger jacket pockets.
The Zik 3.0 are a remarkably well-built pair of headphones. The metal frame feels robust and sturdy, able to withstand physical stress without deforming or breaking. The ear cups also feel dense and solid, which overall makes for a very durable headphone that looks sleek and high-end thanks to the premium materials used.
The Parrot Zik 3.0 sound great with most music genres and have minimal harmonic distortion. The bass thumps and rumbles, adding excitement to tracks and the well-balanced mid-range ensures that vocals and instruments are clear and slightly forward. Treble is not the best but does not ruin the listening experience, and the low-end rumbles of bass might be a little too much for some listeners, especially with already bass-heavy music. On the upside, the Parrot Zik app does offer an equalizer for audio customization.
Very good performance. The slight bump in bass and low-bass adds more weight to the kicks and low frequencies. Since low-bass is forgiving to over-emphasis, people who prefer a slightly hyped bass will find these pleasing.
Very good performance. The only note is the bump in high-mid, which over-emphasizes vocals/leads and pushes them slightly forward.
Sub-par performance. Although the issues that existed in the treble of Zik 2.0 (dip surrounding 5KHz, bump at 8KHz and above) still exist in Zik 3.0, they are noticeably tamed. These headphones lack a little in presence and clarity, and instead are slightly sibilant.
Decent distortion results, and virtually identical to those of the Zik 2.0. The 100dB SPL results are slightly high.
The Zik 3.0 provide above-average isolation in loud environments. The medium-sized ear cups create a decent seal around the ear and doesn't leak much sound and adds some passive isolation. That, in addition to the great noise cancellation, will substantially reduce the ambient noise of a daily commute or an international flight. The active cancellation also barely generates any self noise, which is a plus.
Good isolation. Although the noise isolation profile of Zik 3.0 is very similar to that of Zik 2.0, it scores slightly worse in all categories except for self-noise (in which it does exceptionally well). In fact, Zik 3.0 has the lowest amount of self-noise among the headphones we have tested so far.
Good leakage performance, although slightly worse than that of the Zik 2.0. From 1khz to 6khz is what leaks most and at high volumes will be audible to the people near you.
The Zik 3.0 have an above average set of wireless features. They have a decently fast wireless connection with an average range of about 33ft. They also have nfc to easily pair with mobile devices and a great bundled app which gives a wide variety of customization options. Unfortunately, they do not have the best battery life although they have quite a few power saving features, which makes them decent headphones for casual use but not for extended critical listening sessions.
The Zik 3.0 have decent wireless range. They perform slightly worse than the ZIk 2.0 but still manage to achieve a range of 30+ ft without any audio loss, when the Bluetooth source is placed in another room. However, they won't be the most reliable for large offices or big homes with a lot of rooms and walls. Their Bluetooth version is also a little outdated, which causes some latency issues when watching videos. Unfortunately, they have an automatic pairing state that makes it difficult to pair with devices that do not have NFC.
The Zik 3.0 have a faster charging time than the Zik 2.0 but run out of power quicker. They have a subpar battery life for a full-size over-ear model lasting only about 5 hours when all the active features were enabled. This means they won't be ideal for very long flights or road trips. However, they can charge while playing audio, which may be convenient if your traveling by train or plane and have access to a power source.
The Parrot Zik suite is one of the best headphones apps we've tested so far. It gives you access to a graphic and an advanced parametric equalizer with presets. It also allows you to control the amount of noise canceling provided. There's an auto-off timer, an in-app player, and a community feature, that allows members of the app to share presets and equalizers configurations.
In the box
- Parrot Zik 3.0 Headphones
- Carrying pouch
- Audio cable
- USB cable