THE LYRIC SPEAKER INVITES DESKTOP KARAOKE
If you like the idea of doing an Andrea Bocelli or Celine Dion in your home office, you’ll love the new COTODAMA Lyric Speaker.
Why so? Do we hear you ask? Because the moment you stream music to this speaker its rear panel turns the colour of a cafe latte while the lyrics to your chosen music are magically displayed on its front screen.
Lame, you might normally think. But hang on, the Lyric can sync with Japan’s biggest lyrics database called, SyncPower Corporation (PetitLyrics).
No wonder the name COTODAMA translates to Soul Of Words in Japanese.
What’s more, the Lyric has the techno-smarts to use what’s called its “expression engine’’ to put you in the mood and groove of the music by choosing fonts and animations that suit the mood of the music.
Bocelli love songs, for example, will display via fragile fonts that waft over the speaker’s screen. And Celine bellowing the title song from the movie Titanic might show as a barb-wired font with whip handles for all uppercase letters. Only kidding folks.
Controlling the Lyric's mode is via an app naturally. But be careful what you wish for because the app does Wi-Fi, but not Bluetooth, which is kind of daft given the device most of us would want to sync with the Lyric is a smartphone.
The Lyric's iOS software supports Deezer, Apple Music, Google Play, SoundCloud, YouTube and other music services. But Android owners will have to make do with just two: Spotify and the Lyric Speaker app.
The Lyric can crunch through 96khz/24bit FLAC files, and its frequency response is said to span 40Hz to 40KHz. The speaker compliment comprises a pair of coaxial drivers supported by two passive drivers.
Internally we are guessing the amplifiers are most likely class D digital chosen for their efficiency and low energy consumption relative to power output.
If you’re planning to put the Lyric on Santa’s bucket list, I doubt he’ll be delivering one this year even if you’ve been as innocent as an altar boy. This Lyric is handmade in Japan and limited to only 15 units per month. This Karaoke dream machine also costs an eye-watering US$4500.
One of the veterans of the Australian HiFi industry, Peter was formerly the Audio-Video Editor of the Herald Sun for over two decades. One of the most-respected audio journalists in Australia, Peter brings his unparalleled experience and a unique story-telling ability to StereoNET.
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