Japanese company COTODAMA and luxury brand Saint Laurent have teamed up for a limited edition all-black speaker called Cotodama Lyric Speaker Canvas.
Cotodama Lyric Speaker Canvas has two versions of its lyric speaker, both of which display a song’s lyrics while music is playing.
To be clear, this isn’t a glorified karaoke machine. It’s more like a work of art.
Cotodama’s Lyric Speaker first came out last year and has a silver and black design. That speaker was built around a transparent LCD display that showed song lyrics and animated special effects as music played. Pretty cool, but the size and price made it a true luxury sound system.
Cotodama followed up the original Lyric Speaker with a second model, the Lyric Speaker Canvas. This new wireless speaker looks nothing like the original, with the family resemblance only showing up once it’s playing music and displaying song lyrics. It’s also smaller and less expensive.
The Lyric Speaker was big and boxy, with a heavy steel frame, rounded corners, and a transparent body with drivers embedded in it.
In contrast, the Lyric Speaker Canvas is a slab of minimalist design, all sharp angles and visually much more compact — although still much larger than typical wireless speakers.
From the front, a thin, flat black slab has been positioned in front of and to the side of a slightly larger square covered with fine silver/white metal mesh. No LEDs, no obvious buttons. The two panels are slightly angled for better sound dispersion, but they really look like two blank panels leaned up against a wall.
The black resin panel has a matte finish, and it can collect fingerprints and smudges, so keep touching to a minimum.
There are several discrete buttons and a 3.5mm AUX input jack. The buttons are black, low profile and unlabelled. One is power, the other is volume. The power input is actually beneath the speaker.
Cotodama really doesn’t say much about the audio technology inside the Lyric Speaker Canvas. There’s a 1.5-inch full range driver driven by a 12W amplifier, and a 3-inch woofer with 20W of power. Stated frequency response is 40Hz – 20,000Hz.
Wireless support includes integrated AirPlay, Spotify Connect and Google Chromecast — with those you can hit up all the major streaming music services including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.
This edition of the speaker has the same specs as the original, but comes with an all-black colourway and the Saint Laurent logo on the back panel. Slathering products entirely in black instantly makes them look more sleek.
If you want to grab this rare speaker, it costs several hundred dollars more than the original version, but in return you get the all-black aesthetic and Saint Laurent logo. The companies haven’t said how many units will be produced, but it will set you back €1,995 ($2,241) and is only available at Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Los Angeles and Paris.