Parrot may be known for its A.R. Drone 2.0, but the company has officially entered the headphone segment with its Zik Parrot by Stark unit. The company’s first headphones are designed for the “smartphone generation” and are made to be an extension of your smartphone. The over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones feature playback control via simple gestures—swipe forward to move to the next track, up to increase the volume and down to lower it.
It also features a motion detector sensor that pauses the music when you take off the set and then starts it back up again once you place them back on your head. There’s even NFC connectivity that allows you to tap your phone to the headphones to connect. In terms of sound quality, the Zik headphones feature DSP (Digital Signal Processor) algorithms that offer true-to-live sounds (which they’re calling the “Parrot Concert Hall Effect”). It also has active noise control, providing an uninterrupted listening experience.
Taking calls is easy thanks to the mic inside the headphones, so you can easily transition from listening to music and taking calls seamlessly. With a charged battery, they can last up to five hours, but they’ll still continue to work if the battery dies by just plugging them in. Parrot has yet to release info on pricing and availability.