Powered speakers are flexible as never before. The Parrot Zikmu (1300 euros the pair) even Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support.
- Parrot Zikmu speakers
- Data sheet
In addition to the traditional signal sources are increasingly computers and mobile devices that provide music data. Headphones may suffice for enjoy on the road, but it’s still room-filling sound only in combination with high-quality amplifiers and speakers.
Mobile devices can be often via RCA cable with stereo, but really this solution is not smart, because the analog outputs of mobile devices are mostly of modest construction due to the design.
A manufacturer had HiFi fans so far probably not on the radar shows how elegant is such challenges cope with modern radio technology, now. Parrot from France, market leader in the field of Bluetooth hands-free kits, supplies recently active speakers that comfortably communicate with sources of various types.
The Zikmu, so the name of the table-high standing speakers, support four operating modes, two of them wirelessly. In the socket, cinch sockets are wired devices such as CD player or tuner. On top, there is a dock for Apple products iPod and iPhone. The interface powered devices and receives lossless digital audio signals.
The Parrot-boxes are also Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the dominant wireless formats for mobile devices and in the network area. Current details pertaining to device types and level of support information interested persons on the website of the manufacturer. In addition, Parrot offers a downloadable equalizer for comfortable and sensitive adaptation of the character on the screen.
A slim, lightweight remote controls input selection and volume, as well as the essential functions of docked Apple devices. Wireless sources can be a book within a radius of up to 15 meters and operate.
The handling is simple and mostly self-explanatory. Four input steps meet to sign, for example, a mobile phone or notebook. Ten devices can be managed, send musical data logically only one should be.
The plastic housings offer space for a 13 centimeter big bass chassis, as well as a DML system, based on patents of the British company of NXT. While ordinary transducer so to speak as rigid piston Act, a distributed mode loudspeaker (DML) generates a gigantic number of not correlated single sources, in total without directional effect.
The NXT spotlights can swing freely without shock-absorbing case, the sound radiation pattern occurs freely in all directions. A certain distance from the wall is necessary to limit early reflections – Parrot recommends at least 40 centimeters.
For each stand box are tight 100 Watt amplifier power available, distributed on three energy-efficient class-D power amplifiers. Two are associated with the stimulant elements of the NXT Panel.
The design of refreshing simplicity is in contrast to the technique. The design comes from Philippe Starck, the world-renowned architect and designer.
The registration of mobile phones and notebooks worked in test mode within a few seconds, wireless worked up about 10 metres distance trouble-free, partially even from neighbour rooms out.
The sound character trended clearly towards relaxed with soft MIDs and highs. Whether the tape was wirelessly or wired, played no role. The round to radiation, there was no narrow stereo triangle.
The bass branch sounded very adult size and seemed rhythmically well integrated. The tonal balance was balanced, with sensitivity and accurate imaging not the level of conventional active speakers reached with direct radiation as those from issue 10/2009.
The Zikmu only indicate the size of instruments, connoisseurs should not be overestimated, because in return, the whole room is towards the listening area. The comfort is enormous: the user pulls out its wireless source, logs on to short and can be heard seconds of later room-filling music. Quickly and completely without wires.
Technical data and test results
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|tested in output||12 / 09|