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The Best of CES: Zik Parrot By Starck Headphones

The elegance of these headphones took us by surprise: stylish and ergonomic industrial design, wireless active noise-cancelation, NFC-integration, presence-sensing, and touch-controls are a combination of features we’ve never seen before in a pair of headphones. Not to mention, they sounded pretty darn good.

Though Parrot has not yet announced a price or a launch date for the Zik headphones, we look forward to comparing them to other leading brands of noise-canceling headphones so that we can know for certain that this first attempt from Parrot blows the others out of the water.

Watch the video below to get a sense of what it’s like to listen to music via the Zik headphones. I couldn’t tell if I was screaming or whispering because I couldn’t hear myself speak. Also of note: I knew the presence-sensing feature was working because when I took the headphones off, the music was paused on the iPod Touch, and when I put them back on, I could not only hear the music resume but I could see it "play" on the iPod.