OK, I have to be brutally frank here, I did not come by the RCA Lyra that I have honestly. Which is to say that I did not actually pay money for it. It was a re-gift!
Anyone who is anyone and who has watched Seinfeld knows that a re-gift is a gift with a life of it's own. It passes from giftee to giftee with impunity. Well this particular re-gift made its way from my daughter's room mate's boss to my daughter's room mate to me! Then it took me a good three months from the Christmas festivities that bestowed it upon me to the point that I actually fired the little bugger up!
The wonderful plastic encapsulated packaging in which it came proudly extolled the fact that the device was compatible with Windows, Windows Millennium, Windows SE, Windows 98, 95 and ought three etc, etc, and Oh Yeah, It worked with Macs!
So I fired the sucker up and attached the little USB patch cord to my trusty Mac Powerbook G3, utilizing OSX 10.3.2 and presto there was the little disc icon! Of course the software disc that came with the machine and all the pages of installation information were totally useless with my machine as they were dedicated to that cumbersome and complicated world of PC's and Microsoft. So instead, as I mentioned before, I simply plugged the thing in and presto it showed up on the desktop. Then I dragged some music into it and played it! What could be simpler, I still don't understand why people use PC's but hey it's a free country! Anyway back to the point Gary!
So this little music box stores and plays about thirty songs and depending upon the sample rate it lasts about an hour and a half to two hours. When you're tired of the music on it, you just drag the stuff into the trash and empty it. Then you drag and drop more music into it. It's not big in terms of storage. It's only 128 meg, but it's flash memory so it doesn't use a lot of juice to run a disc. It runs on a triple-A battery and the one I have in there has been playing for about 6-7 hours now. The one that came with it only lasted about two and a half but hey, how long had it been on the shelf?
This thing is about the size of an old fashioned Zippo lighter and weighs even less! It comes with the earphones shown and an arm band, not shown. This thing is perfect for athletes!
It doesn't skip. Doesn't wow. Has no flutter. It simply plays what you drop into it! It features five preset roll-offs (treble and bass adjustments). It plays plenty loud enough to overcome train noise in the East River Tunnels, and it just keeps running! The sound reproduction is as good as the MP3's you drop into it, and the price is right too! 79.95 at retail!
I recommend this item highly! Of course, never never
play this instrument with both ears covered while cyclng in traffic! But if you are on a protected trail, with reasonable sound levels, enjoy your own custom music as well as your ride!