December 22, 2008 Renowned and prolific French Designer Philippe Starck has added to his diverse portfolio in a collaboration with wireless specialist Parrot. The result is the 'Zikmu', an iPod ready wireless speaker system that combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability with 360° NXT surround sound in a design that's a fusion of modern minimalist lines and 70's bell-bottom fashion - it certainly works for us.
A remotely controlled iPod docking station is incorporated at the top of one of the 2.5 feet tall, dense black speakers and music can be streamed from computers and phones via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth® stereo (A2DP) wireless technology.
Zikmu has a 100W RMS total power output and the design, as well as utilizing the immersive surround sound properties of NXT flat speaker technology, includes a special acoustic hollow within the columns to optimize bass frequencies. The two speakers can also communicate with each other using the Bluetooth link and can automatically adapt to the acoustics of different size rooms.
The 'Zikmu' Parrot by Starck wireless speakers will hit US shelves in Spring 2009 at a suggested retail price of USD$1,500.