Reinvent the magic of Zikmu sound: Famous wireless speakers now available in 5 stylish colour

Macworld Australia Staff
4 April, 2011
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Press Release

Sydney, 1 April 2011 – Parrot, global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, reveals the coloured range of its stereo speakers Zikmu by Philippe Starck: Classic Black, Arctic White, Pearl Grey, Sorbet Lime and the new Dragon Red.

A range without a false note
Magnified by the smart and aerial design from Philippe Starck, the state-of-the-art technology and the pure sound of the Zikmu take another dimension with the ‘in color’ collection: the elegance of Black, the purity of White, the sobriety of Grey, the fancy of Yellow and the passion of Red. Let your imagination run wild.
“With Zikmu, we created a beautiful and a unique object, for listening to music with today’s digital devices: iPod, iPhone, PC, Mac, television,” explains Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “With the ‘Zikmu in colour’ collection, we pursue the idea of a high-tech product which is part of everyday life, in the same way as a piece of furniture or a decorative object. You choose it because you like it, because you will live well with it.”


Parrot provides regular software updates* to continuously improve the customer experience.

The web interface includes:
- A new browsing mode available from the web browser that enables you to select the music in the iPod
- An equalizer offering pre-settings according to the chosen music themes

*As for each Parrot product, Zikmu speakers benefit from new software improvements, available for free via Parrot’s website:

Pure sound, wireless
Parrot Zikmu by Starck offers 360° immersive sound, perfect and crystal clear sound image thanks to the NXT technology and very specific control of all electrodynamic elements via a system of DSP processing and amplifiers.

With Parrot Zikmu, you can listen to your music from today’s digital devices:
- iPod®/iPhone™ via a dedicated docking station
- PC with audio streaming via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Mac computers and Bluetooth mobile phones, with audio streaming via Bluetooth® Stereo (A2DP)
Furthermore, a RCA line-in enables Parrot Zikmu to be connected to a TV screen for a home cinema sound.

Wireless stereo speakers Zikmu Parrot by Starck are available at Space Furniture stores and other selected stockists across Australia for AU$1,999 (for a pair) RRP.

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