Reviewed on Feb 26, 2016

Parrot Zik 2/Zik 2.0 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
6.8
Mixed Usage
6.4
Neutral Listening
7.3
Commute/Travel
6.9
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
5.2
Wireless Gaming
7.1
Wired Gaming
6.8
Phone Call
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Parrot Zik 2.0 are an above-average, feature-packed set of headphones. The design is stylish and comfortable, but the unique touch controls can get a little frustrating. By default, the audio reproduction is also only satisfactory, though this can be improved by adjusting settings through a bundled app.

Test Results
Design 6.9
Isolation 8.3
Microphone not tested
Active Features 6.6
Connectivity 6.8
Pros
  • Great sturdy and durable design.
  • Feature packed.
  • Great customization options thanks to The Parrot Zik app.
Cons
  • Sensitive touch controls.
  • Poor treble audio reproduction
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 6/5/2019: We've updated the Build Quality section of the review to better reflect the defect with the pads.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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6.9

Design

Much effort was put into the design of the Zik 2.0 and it shows. They look great. The frame is all metal, and feels sturdy and durable. The ear cups are soft and comfortable on the ears, although the ear hole is a little small. The unique touch controls are an unfortunate negative, and can get a little infuriating. Accidentally raising the volume, or stopping or skipping tracks, is common.

Style

The Zik 2.0s look and feel premium. The sleek metal headband is moderately padded and has a unique hinge mechanism that looks well-thought-out and polished.The oval ear cups are large, well-padded and match the headband which comes in many color variations. They look amazing, feel amazing, and are definitely a pair of stylish headphones.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.60 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.97 lbs

Despite being slightly heavy, these headphones are decently comfortable. The only issue is the size of the "ear-hole" on the pads. If your ears are on the larger side, you may have difficulty getting a comfortable fit.

7.1 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Mediocre
Feedback : Subpar
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : Adjustable
Talk-Through
:
Adjustable
Additional Buttons : No

These headphones lose points for the "Smart Touch Panel". Although the design is very clever, the lack of tactile and visual cues means that mistakes are inevitable. The Zik 2.0 also has a sensor that turns them off when they are not being used, to save battery.

6.5 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.4 C
6.2 Portability
L : 7.87 "
W : 6.69 "
H : 1.57 "
Volume : 82.92 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The Zik 2.0 are decently portable headphones. They have relatively small ear cups that fold flat, to not take too much space. However, they do not fold into a more compact format, which may be too bulky for smaller handbags and won't fit in any pockets, even larger jacket pockets.

5.5 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

Comes with a soft fabric pouch that will protect the headphones from scratches and does not add bulk. Sadly, it will not shield them from hard falls, which is disappointing given the ZIK 2.0's premium appeal.

7.5 Build Quality

Update: 06/05/2019 We've updated the build quality score of the Zik 2.0 to reflect the tear in the padding. This seems to be a widespread issue that has been addressed with the Zik 3.0. On the upside, you can purchase replacement pads for both models directly from the Parrot website or on Amazon.

Very solid feel and high-quality material. The metal parts feel strong, and the plastic parts seem quite durable. Very solid click on the headband adjustments, with marks on the headband representing each notch.

7.0 Stability

The Zik 2.0 like the Zik 3.0, deliver an above-average listening experience. They're sufficiently tight on your head and won't slip off during moderate physical activity. Sadly, these are not sports headphones and the large ear cups and weight of the headphones makes them sway a little when running.

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Sound

0 are a sub-par sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a very good bass, and an average mid-range, but a lacking treble. Additionally, their mid-range is a pushed-back and recessed, and their treble lacks detail and sounds sibilant. They also don't have an open sounding soundstage, due to their closed-back design. On the plus side, their performance across multiple users is quite consistent.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
8.1
Bass-Heavy
:
9.1
Warm
:
4.4
Bright
:
8.0
5.0 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
3.36 db
Dips
:
3.52 db
8.3 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.33 dB
8.6 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.15
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.88
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.97
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
3.83
2.7 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
8.29 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
5.69 dB
PRTF Distance
:
1.48 dB
Openness
:
1.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.2
5.3 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
1.866
WHD @ 100
:
0.593
8.3

Isolation

The Zik 2.0 have a great isolation performance. The added Parrot Zik app allows a lot of control over their very good active noise cancelation. The large, plush ear cups provide a great seal that leak very little sound. That combination makes the Zik 2.0 a well isolated pair of headphones that are convenient for traveling or noisy commutes even if they generate a bit of self-noise.

8.4 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-23.2 dB
Bass
:
-17.64 dB
Mid
:
-16.48 dB
Treble
:
-35.03 dB

Great performance throughout the frequency range. With ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) set to Off these headphones provide very good isolation down to 600Hz. The ANC seems to be kicking in from 600Hz downwards, so enable it when you want more bass isolation. Using the smartphone app that comes with the Zik 2.0, you can also set the ANC to "Street Mode" which opens up the headphones so you can hear the surroundings and have a conversation.

8.1 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
32.79 dB

Minimum leakage from the bass to the low-mid range. However, there is increased leakage in the treble range from 1KHz to 6KHz.

not tested

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The microphone of the Parrot Zik 2.0 was not tested, due to issues regarding connecting them to our test computer.

6.6

Active Features

The Zik 2.0 have an average wireless range and a mediocre battery life but an excellent bundled app that gives you a wide array of practical and customizable options. They only deliver about 6 hours of continuous playback and take quite a bit of time to charge. However, thanks to the control over the active features that the app provides, you have access to an adjustable auto-off timer which saves a lot of power. They can also play audio while charging which is practical if you have access to a power outlet.

6.4 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
6.1 hrs
Additional Charges
:
0
Total Battery Life
:
6.1 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.9 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Yes
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : micro-USB

The Zik 2.0 have a mediocre-at-best battery life. They won't be the ideal headphones for prolonged use through the day but last a bit longer than the Zik 3.0. They also have an auto-off timer to save power and can play audio while charging which is convenient if you're close to a power source. However, they take a long time to charge.

8.5 App Support
App Name : Parrot Zik
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
Mac OS : Yes
Windows : Yes
Equalizer
:
Parametric + Presets
ANC control
:
Adjustable
Mic Control : No
Room effects
:
Yes
Playback control
:
Yes
Button Mapping : No
Surround Sound : N/A

The Parrot Zik suite a is a sleek and feature-packed app that offers an incredible amount of control. It gives you access to both a graphic and an advanced parametric equalizer with presets. It gives you control over the amount of noise canceling provided. It has an auto-off timer, an in-app player, and a unique community feature, that allows members of the app to share presets and equalizers. It is simply one of the best headphone companion apps we've tested so far.

Zik 2.0 Parametric Equalizer

Zik 2.0 Graphic Equalizer

Zik 2.0 Room Effects

Zik 2.0 Auto-Off Timer

Zik 2.0 ANC control

6.8

Connectivity

7.5 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
3.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
Yes
Line of Sight Range
:
94 ft
Default Latency
:
141 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A
0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.5 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.08 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio Only
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

In the box

  • Parrot Zik 2.0 Headphones
  • Carrying pouch
  • Audio cable
  • USB cable
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

Parrot Zik 3/Zik 3.0 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Parrot Zik 3.0 are slightly better than the Parrot Zik 2.0, but not by much. The Zik 3.0 have a slightly more durable design with earcup pads that will last longer than on the Zik 2.0. The Zik 3.0 are a bit more customizable and have fewer bugs in their software than the Zik 2.0. The 2.0, on the other hand, have a slightly stronger isolation profile that isn't as adaptive but cancels a bit more noise overall.

Bose QuietComfort 35/QC35 Wireless 2016
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Bose QuietComfort 35 are a better noise canceling headset than the Parrot ZIk 2.0. The Zik 2.0 are better-built and look a bit more premium. They also have a lot more customization options via their app and a stronger isolation performance since they do not leak as much. However, the Bose QC35 are more comfortable and have a better-balanced default sound quality than the Parrot. They also have a much longer battery life which makes them more suitable for long trips and traveling. They're slightly easier to use than the touch-sensitive control scheme of the Parrot.

Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Parrot Zik 2.0 are much better wireless headphones than the Skullcandy Hesh 2. The Zik have a lot more customizable features than the Skullcandys. They're also better built and a bit more comfortable than the Hesh and they're noise canceling headphones so they do much better in noisy conditions. On the other hand, the Skullcandys are much lighter and have an easier to use control scheme. They also have a longer battery life than the Parrot, and since they're cheaper, they might be a better value for some.

Jaybird X3 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

If you prefer in-ear headphones that are more compact to carry around, then go for the Jaybird X3, but if you're looking for noise cancelling over-ears, the Parrot Zik 2.0 are a good option. The Parrot Zik are well-built over-ears with great noise cancellation that make them a suitable choice for commute and travel. They also have a lot more features and customization options than the Jaybird X3. However, the Jaybird X3 are a lot more portable. They're also a better choice for sports, since they have a breathable and stable in-ear design.

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Zik 2.0 are good everyday headphones. They have enough features to handle most test cases and environments.

6.4 Neutral Listening

Decent for neutral listening. They deliver a customizable audio profile but sound too closed for pure and isolated neutral listening.

7.3 Commute/Travel

Good for commuting. The Zik 2.0 are comfortable and have a decent control scheme. They're well-built and not too cumbersome. Additionally, the noise canceling works well in loud environments and will substantially reduce the ambient noise of a busy commute or noisy flight.

6.9 Sports/Fitness

Above-average for sports use. They're comfortable, stable and wireless, with a good control scheme. However, they’re a bit too bulky for strenuous exercise.

6.8 Office

Above-average for office use. They don leak much and cancel a great deal of ambient noise and chatter in a busy office.

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