Parrot Zikmu Solo puts high-end sound in a single speaker design
By Dave LeClair
August 14, 2013
Parrot, a company known for its high-end audio devices, has released a new entry in its Zikmu line of wireless speakers. The new model, called the Zikmu Solo, features a 2.1 configuration, which is designed to generate high-performance sound quality without the need for two separate speakers.
From a pure power standpoint, this and the original Zikmu peak at 100RMS. The difference comes from the way the power is distributed. Where the original featured 50W in each of the two channels, the Solo is divided with 20W in each of two side panels, 20W in a center channel, and 40W in a dedicated woofer.
The company calls it a 2.1 system, but as the speaker configuration indicates, it comes with two side channels, a center channel, and a subwoofer. Typically, this would be considered a 3.1 system, so the naming is a little confusing. Either way, we know it has three speakers.
Another notable addition to the Solo is the integrated ethernet port. This lets users still connect their Solo to their network, if Wi-Fi coverage is not available. The speaker can also use Bluetooth to connect wirelessly, for users who don't want to connect it to the Internet at all.
The Solo also includes an iPod and iPhone dock at the top. It's made to work with older devices, as it has Apple's older 30-pin Dock connector. This seems like a smart move, because as popular as the iPhone 5 is, there are more older devices on the market, especially when you consider the vast number of iPods in the wild. It also comes with a 3.5-mm and optical audio port.
The Zikmu Solo is available now, and can be found at the Amazon links below for US$999.
The following video shows off the new features of the Solo.