When I think of parrots, I think of tricks and mimicry. (Except for the feathered “performers” that I used to watch on Johnny Carson’s version of The Tonight Show that, despite copious cheerleading from their handlers, would invariably sit at Johnny’s desk like brilliant pieces of taxidermy.) But when I listen to Parrot’s Zikmu system, imitation is most definitely not what comes to mind. As innovative and stylish as it is powerful, Parrot is the system for folks who like their music served beautifully and wirelessly.
Let’s start with what any self-respecting audio geek should judge loudspeakers by – sound: Parrots immerse you in 360 degrees of it. That’s because rather than generating a wall of sound, like conventional speakers, Parrots bounce sound off the walls, which means there’s virtually no bad place in the room for me to enjoy Zooey Deschanel (sigh). And when I’m listening to my Beastie Boys, the downward-firing woofer built into the base creates a righteous thump that makes “Brass Monkey” sound extra funky.
Parrot speakers are designed for compatibility with your iPhone and the latest generation of iPod and iPod Touch. Simply place your device in the docking station built atop one of the columns, and listen to your favorite tunes while recharging it. Then control your speakers and iPhone from your lounge chair using the remote control. Parrots can also stream music from computers and anything that’s Bluetooth-enabled. Bossa Nova Breakfast (iTunes radio) anyone?
Finally, Parrot loudspeakers are crafted with stylistic input from designer extraordinaire Philippe Starck. Colors include black, white, gray, red and lime green. The result is a modern, streamlined system that fits seamlessly into any home’s aesthetic – including The Century House, including yours.