29 Nov '12, 8pm

High Tech Gifts for the Holidays

High Tech Gifts for the Holidays

For less than US $100, you can get several beefy, bass-heavy headphones with 40-millimeter neodymium drivers and a frequency response ranging from a few hertz to somewhere just north of 20 kilohertz. So what justifies the $400 price tag for the Parrot Zik , when it has essentially the same noisemakers? For starters, Parrot has cut the cord. The headphones connect wirelessly to iOS and Android smartphones via Bluetooth or Near Field Communication. And there’s also an active-noise-cancellation system. But the key feature is the gesture control. With the phone in your pocket or on your desk, you can control the volume, skip back and forth, pause a song, and answer a call (using a built-in mic) by swiping or tapping a finger on a touch-sensitive surface on the right ear cup. If you pull the headphones off your ears, a sensor stops the music. The music resumes where it left off...

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