Parrot is launching the Zikmu Solo wireless speaker tower designed by Philippe Starck to “revolutionizes the codes of wireless audio.” The tower is a true speaker system featuring Bluetooth, WiFi as well as NFC wireless connectivity. It also has a dock for iOS devices for direct music playback. Parrot says that the 2.1-channel Zikmu Solo stereo audio system is designed to produce high-performance acoustics that adapts to the size of your room. Unique acoustic configuration and advanced sound technology are used to deliver optimum audio quality.
On the upper part of the tower, you can find three loudspeakers, including two 20W HARP (High Aspect Ratio Panel) drivers that diffuse the sound on the right and/or left side, and one 20W central BMR (Balanced Modal Radiator) driver deliver the sound to the front and the back of the speaker. To deliver deep bass, the Zikmu Solo sports a powerful 6-inch 40W Neodymium woofer on the bottom part to project the music toward the floor before it “bounces” in the room, at 360°. The speaker tower features the Sound Flex algorithmic processor to deliver “a pure and perfectly balanced musical image”, and the Bass Extender and Non Linearity Compensation algorithms for perfect acoustic performance.
With Bluetooth, The Zikmu Solo is able to stream music from any Bluetooth devices such as mobile phone, tablets, notebook, and the NFC technology allows users to pair their Android 4.1 or above smartphone with speaker tower with a simple tap. You can also connect the Zikmu Solo to home network using WiFi and play music stored on PC/Mac/tablet or network drives via UPnP and DLNA protocols. There are also Ethernet LAN port for connecting to home network without the need for WiFi. For wired input, you can find a digital optical input for high-quality 24 bit sound, and a 3.5mm Line-in jack. iPhone and iPod users can simply dock their devices to the dock at the top of the tower for direct music playback and recharging.
The Zikmu Solo comes with a remote control and you can use the Parrot Audio Suite applications to configure the speaker tower. Coming in November, Parrot’s Zikmu Solo will be priced at $999. It comes in classic black and arctic white.