It was only last October when we took a close look at Parrot's new Zikmu Solo (as well as chatting up CEO Henri Seydoux, pictured above), so we were a bit surprised when the company made an announcement for the same Bluetooth speaker at CES. You see, while the original Starck-designed Zikmu was sold in a pair, the slightly smaller Zikmu Solo -- powered by a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor no less -- was designed with small rooms in mind and is therefore sold singly. However, at some point this year, Parrot will offer a "Duo" option that lets you hook up two Zikmu Solos over WiFi to form a 2 x 100W RMS stereo system, which is conveniently twice as powerful as the Zikmu. Obviously nothing has changed in terms of audio input methods and sources for the high-end Zikmu Solo: iPhone, iPod, PC, Mac, WiFi, Bluetooth mobile phone, Ethernet and more. So, how about a discount when we buy two then, Parrot? $999 times two is quite a lot (insert wink here).
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Parrot Zikmu Solo
Sound takes on another dimension with the 'Duo' option
Revealed at CES 2012, the wireless stereo tower speaker Parrot Zikmu Solo produces a natural stereo musical experience with deep bass capabilities.
For music lovers seeking an even more powerful audio system, Parrot is developing the 'Duo' option.
Thanks to the 'Duo' option, two Parrot Zikmu Solo speakers can now be connected together via Wi-Fi, in order to create an audio stereo system with the amazing power of 2 x 100W RMS.
The Parrot Audio Suite application, already available for free on App StoreTM and Google Play, will enable users to manage the connection of the two speakers and their audio parameters, as well as taking advantage of the existing setting capabilities like the positioning of the speakers in a room, the volume, the equalizer...
Parrot Zikmu Solo is the most technologically-advanced wireless speaker in the market.
For the first time, a 1 GHz ARM A8 processor controls the path of the coil of the bass loudspeaker in real-time. This provides maximum power of the loudspeaker, without distortion.
Ultra-connected, Parrot Zikmu Solo is compatible with any peripheral or network (iPhone, iPod, PC, Mac, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth mobile phone, Ethernet, etc.).
Project name: Parrot Zikmu Solo, 'Duo' option
Date of availability: 2013