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January 11, 2012

Parrot Intros Two New Wireless Audio Products

Provider of wireless devices for mobile phones Parrot has unveiled two wireless audio products at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The two products are ZIK, the music and Bluetooth phone headset, and Zikmu SOLO, the single-piece Hi-Fi stereo speaker. According to company officials, both these products are highly -technological and highly intuitive and emphasize the spirit of the ‘Parrot by’ collection: “the perfect match between design and technology.”

Under the design of Philippe Starck, the ZIK Parrot by Starck Bluetooth headset features high-end technology. It’s equipped with an active noise cancelling system and insulates the users from surrounding noise to guarantee the purest sound experience, whether listening to music or making phone calls.

To ensure that music is heard in all its harmony, intensity and depth, ZIK features digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms that recreate the contours of the music in full. Company officials said that this is the “Parrot Concert Hall” effect: the music is in front of you, like at a concert.

Moreover, thanks to a touch panel located on the entire surface of the ZIK’s right earpiece, access to basic functions is hyper-intuitive. Company officials said that swipe the panel vertically to set the volume, or swipe it horizontally to skip music forward/rewind.

Also, ZIK has a “unique” presence-sensor system, and removing the headset puts it into standby mode automatically. Company officials said that ZIK is compatible with all mobile phone brands and accepts a large number of music sources -- connecting via a cable jack; transferring audio files using Bluetooth A2DP stereo or using contactless NFC technology.

Zikmu SOLO Parrot by Starck comes with a total power of 100W RMS. Company officials said that it produces a stereo sound image thanks due to the new side speakers. Plus, flat-panel NXT technology has been deployed to achieve an optimal sound radius on both sides of the speaker.

Company officials said that the single-piece Hi-Fi stereo speaker enables a unique stereo experience with a minimal form factor, regardless of the size of the listening room. The speaker’s main features are accessible on either side of the docking station, by a remote control, and via a free dedicated app for iPhone and Android smartphones.

In addition, music can also be accessed from any device or network: iPhone (News - Alert), iPod, PC, Mac, Wi-Fi, or a Bluetooth and NFC mobile phone.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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