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Parrot ZIKMU by Philippe Starck - Sorbet Lime (UK)

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  • 100W speakers with NXT technology and down firing woofers
  • Unrivalled 360° sound field, regardless of position or room size
  • Stream music from any PC or Mac over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
  • Complete iPod and iPhone compatibility
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  • Item Weight: 3.5 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 14 Kg
  • Delivery information: We cannot deliver certain products outside mainland UK ( Details). We will only be able to confirm if this product can be delivered to your chosen address when you enter your delivery address at checkout.
  • Item model number: PF550420AB
  • ASIN: B006K9S4LC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Dec. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Parrot Zikmu speakers are a daring blend of design and acoustics. We wanted to create an elegant high performance object that would integrate harmoniously into any interior. After nearly three years of research, and with the help of leading audio specialists, these loudspeakers of a different kind are now available. The Parrot speakers by Starck have been designed for compatibility with your iPhone and the latest generation of iPod and iPod Touch.

The concept is based on a unique combination of various acoustic technologies, made possible by means of sophisticated signal processing (DSP). By placing your device in the docking station built into one of the columns, you can listen to your favourite music whilst recharging it. These loudspeakers offer an extra dimension created by the vibration, where the air itself comes to life. The result is an impressive sound image emanating from an unobtrusive beautifully-designed object.

Their stunning, ultra-modern sculpted shape incorporates advanced technology that delivers an intense and powerful sound with spectacular clarity. From Tokyo to Mexico and from Paris to New York, Philippe Starck turns everyday life upside-down, from urban and prestigious architecture to our very own bathrooms. Find all the amazement of a Starck invention in your living room. From Bluetooth to Wi-Fi, the ZIKMU Parrot speakers by Starck stand on the cutting edge of the new wireless technology. At last, relive the music stored on your PC by transferring it to the speakers by Wi-Fi or music on your Mac by Bluetooth Stereo. Stream your music in style from your cell phone via Bluetooth stereo.

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1 x remote; 1 x pair of speakers; 2 x speaker cables; 1 x user guide


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Well well, i hesitated quite a bit before buying the Zikmu speakers (Zikmu stands for "Musique" in a twisted form). In fact i went to a local dealer and asked him if i could take them home for several days of testing before actually buying them. I was mostly interested in the wireless streaming features and of course the sound quality the speakers were providing.

The sound is not bad by any means, but it is not really top-quality either. For this price one would expect a more refined sound. You can already get very good sounding speakers for 1000 bucks.
Bass is quite powerful for their size, it is a bit flabby, but it makes music sound quite powerful and smooth. What really put me off was the treble which is rather dull and undetailed out of the box. You can improve this with the built in EQ, but then treble can already start sounding a bit artificial. What's good is the broad sound dispersion. The speakers even emit to the rear and put up in the middle of the room, you really get a huge sound-stage without being limited to a narrow sweet-spot. I found placement to be really unproblematic. Putting them about half a meter from any wall enables them to fill a whole room with sound.

Wireless streaming possibilities are great. I didn't try bluetooth, as it compromises audio-quality. But streaming through Wifi should give you an uncompressed audio. After a bit of a hassle with the Wlan-router setup i finally got the speakers to work and was able to stream my music from the laptop directly to the speakers. You are not bound to Apple's Itunes or whatever like it's the case with Airplay. The Parrot Audio Suite works like a kind of audio-driver where you can choose if you want the internal speakers or the Zikmu to play your music.
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