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.
- Great sturdy and durable design.
- Feature packed.
- Great customization options thanks to The Parrot Zik app.
- Sensitive touch controls.
- Poor treble audio reproduction
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audio reproduction for the Zik 2.0 is slightly above average. The audio profile tends to be bass-heavy but won't overpower most vocal or instrumental tracks. Depending on your music taste this profile might not be optimized for you but will not disappoint you either. Especially with the bundled app that allows you to preset the internal equalizer.
Very good performance. Bass and high-bass are mostly neutral, but the low-bass is quite hyped. However since low-bass is forgiving to over-emphasis, people who prefer larger-than-life bass to true representation of the source material would find these headphones pleasing.
Good performance. The high-mid bump at 2KHz makes the headphones a little honky and forward sounding.
Poor performance. Low-treble, which is crucial for giving presence and clarity to vocals and lead instruments, is mostly missing. On the other hand, treble and high-treble are hyped to the point of being almost sibilant. If your ears are hyper sensitive to these frequencies (hyperacusis), you may find the highs on these headphones piercing and fatiguing.
The overall distortion numbers are relatively high, with a peak at 5KHz. Slightly less distortion in the right ear, at lower frequencies.
The Zik 2.0 have good isolation performance. The added Parrot Zik app allows great control over the somewhat-decent 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.
Very good 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.
Minimum leakage from the bass to the low-mid range. However, there is increased leakage in the treble range from 1KHz to 6KHz.
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.
The Parrot Zik 2.0 have an average wireless range that won't be the most far-reaching in obstructed conditions. They managed to hold a steady connection above 30ft when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room. However, compared to some less expensive headphones, their range is not the most reliable, which is not ideal for large offices or a big house with many rooms and walls. They have an automatic pairing procedure that's not user-friendly or easy to pair. Their Bluetooth version is also slightly outdated and will cause some latency issues when viewing videos. Luckily, pairing is a bit better for NFC-enabled devices.
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.
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.
In the box
- Parrot Zik 2.0 Headphones
- Carrying pouch
- Audio cable
- USB cable