Parrot Zikmu Solo, first impressions
A few hours ago we met with people from Parrot in Madrid’s Plaza de Santa Ana to see the last of the company, the Zikmu only presented itself a few months ago that the CES 2012 in Las Vegas in January. Very similar to the design of the first Zikmu, and Philippe Starck’s signature on it, just lines have not changed much compared to its predecessor. It accompanies this time of an application for iOS and Android that allow you to control your phone from all the sound options, which are numerous.
How sounds Zikmu Solo? Well brutally good. HARP has two Speakers (technical name stands for: High Aspect Ratio Panel) responsible distribute sound left and right and a BMR (Balanced Modal Radiator) central projects the sound forward. The subwoofer is in the bottom and causes the sound to “bounce” into the ground at 360 degrees, has a technology that can extend the bass range to drop to 30Hz without altering the volume.
The connectivity in this case comes to NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, supports DLNA and UPnP protocols. We of course with both line input analog signal to digital signal, apart from an ethernet port, which together allow us the sound source is a PC, a TV or an amplifier, to give some examples. It is complemented by the application for iOS and Android, also compatible with the iPad.
Personally I would have the functionality of the application is also available for the desktop, but for many with the remote control included in the device is usually sufficient. Since the application can however configure aspects such as the equalizer can customize the volume for each input type and tell the system especially if the Zikmu Solo is a paredm stuck in middle of a room or in a corner, and the size of the room, with five levels of customization. Accordingly, the Zikmu sound adapts according to its location and size of the room, quite impressive.
While we hope our test unit, and used to use daily to play music wireless devices such as Sonos, we can ensure that the sound quality will not disappoint many Zikmu only. As always, sound purists find alternatives for $999 which costs sound better, but the connectivity options and versatility of the mobile application are also elements to consider. It will be available in mid-November in trade outlets.