Before you balk at the hefty $1,500 price tag for these gorgeous speakers, let me remind you that they are designed by one of the most iconic designers of our time, the one and only Philippe Starck. For more than 30 years, this unconventional creator, designer and architect has changed the way we experience everyday life, creating unbelievable destinations that defy reality.
"These speakers are thoroughly modern, thanks to all their technical specifications and minimalist design," explains Philippe Starck. "They feature the most extreme and innovative technology with the fewest possible materials to deliver maximum effect: that is the magic."
Now how do these work? 'Zikmu' stands at the cutting edge of new wireless technologies and streams audio tracks without any wires in sight thanks to its dedicated iPod® / iPhone™ docking station and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® technologies. The two speakers communicate with each other using Bluetooth technology in order to position both speakers wherever in the room.
"The way we listen to music has radically changed: when I was a kid, you took an LP, you put it on the record player and then you listened to it," explains Henri Seydoux, CEO and founder of Parrot. "Nowadays, you carry your music around with you, which can come from a wide range of sources. With the Parrot by Philippe Starck speakers, we wanted to create an eye-catching product to accompany these new ways of enjoying music," Henri Seydoux adds.
More than just wireless speakers, however, these speakers promise to revolutionize traditional acoustic design by using innovative audio technology to bring consumers a 360° immersive sound experience. "We were not aiming to create just another speaker," says Philippe Starck. "Our design focused more on making the air vibrate. There is actually a three-dimensional feel to this vibration, meaning that the air is palpable, almost human-like in presence, like a fragrance."
Turn air into fragrance? What next water into diamonds? So maybe we don't believe everything Starck says but we're interested in seeing how amazing these high end speakers will ultimately sound.
Set to debut in Spring 2009 by Parrot.