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Lexicon's RV-8 Receiver Bristol RI

With the level of customization provided by the RV-8, it comes as no surprise that the instruction manual resembles the phone book of a small city. Details below may be helpful before your purchasing.

Home Genius
(508) 324-1810
376 Milford Road Home Genius
Swansea, MA
 
Lydecker And Co. Llc
(401) 884-1170
138 Love Lane Lydecker And Co. Llc
Warwick, RI
 
Mulholland Audio and Video
(508) 336-6464
1448 Fall River Avenue
Seekonk, MA
 
Magnolia Home Theater
(508) 336-1391
41 COMMERCE WAY
Seekonk, MA
 
Creative Entertainment Systems (CES)
(508) 824-0212
36 Grinnell Street
Berkley, MA
Services
Audio / Video, Furnishings, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Atlantic technology, Boston Acoustics, Canton, Denon, LG, Samsung, Lutron, Snell, Panasonic, Stewart, Vutec, Stealth Acoustics, Somfy, Kinetics, BDI, Bello, Fortress, Salamander, Life/Ware, Sonos, RTI, Universal Remote
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Thomas Kossler, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Magnolia Home Theater
(401) 826-7007
24 UNIVERSAL BLVD
Warwick, RI
 
Sound Images
(508) 636-3400
803 Main Road
Westport, MA
 
Innovative Home Systems. Inc.
(401) 841-9433
307 Oliphant Lane Unit #26
Middletown, RI
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Leviton, Vantage, Lutron, Savant, NAD, Niles, B&W, Russound, Onkyo, Denon, Parasound, NHT, Triad, James Loudspeaker, Proficient, Bay Audio, Canton, JBL, Zenith, In-Focus, Panasonic, Pioneer, NEC, Samsung, Sharp, Bell''O, Salamander
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Shawn Bennett, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Flint Audio Video
77 East Main Road
Middletown, RI
 
Sound II
(508) 996-5454
576 State Rd.
North Dartmouth, MA
 

Lexicon's RV-8 Receiver

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April 1, 2005 By Dennis Burger

When I interview custom installers for Robb Report Home Entertainment’s Home Portfolio section, I love to ask why they chose each piece of equipment. Every component seems to have its own story. This projector was selected for its high light output and low maintenance; that screen gives the best contrast for this room; those speakers complement the owner’s taste in music.

However, I have stopped asking, “Why did you choose the Lexicon?” because I always get the same answer, delivered as if I had asked why the seating faces the screen: “It’s the best.”

I can tell already that I am going to have to remove another question from my standard battery: “Why use an integrated receiver instead of a separate surround processor and amplifiers?” The Lexicon RV-8—the first receiver from one of the true pioneers in surround sound—renders that question moot. By combining the inner workings of its CX-7 amplifier and the functionality of its renowned MC-series processors, Lexicon delivers a single-box solution for home theater audio that in no way compromises the sound you hear.In fact, the RV-8 sports a feature set that puts many high-end processors to shame. In addition to the standard complement of sound modes—Dolby Digital EX, Pro Logic II, DTS ES, et cetera—there is also Lexicon’s own Logic7 processing and a host of THX Ultra 2 configurations. But this hardly skims the surface of the receiver’s configurability. Moments after calling up the amazingly intuitive onscreen menus, I have reconfigured analog inputs 3 through 5 as a six-channel external input, renamed the DVD2 input as “DVDAUDIO” and set the default mode for that input to benefit from the superior bass management and digital delay of the RV-8. Even if you are not familiar with these arcane surround-sound parameters, your installer will be—and he or she will find every necessary option in the RV-8’s menus. It even offers a wonderful little mode called “5 Speaker Enhance,” which mimics the sound of a seven-speaker configuration with only five speakers.

A versatile universal remote, which is in fact made by the company named Universal Remote, accompanies each RV-8. It can be programmed to control other components as well. (Click image to enlarge)

With the level of customization provided by the RV-8, it comes as no surprise that the instruction manual resembles the phone book of a small city. Thankfully, the receiver’s on-screen menus are so intuitive that I consult the 235-page tome only once or twice, and even then merely out of curiosity. Setting up separate custom configurations for each input is easier than changing the ring tones on my cell phone.

Of course, features and modes hardly mean a thing if sound performance is not up to snuff. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, the RV-8 is by far the sweetest-sounding receiver I have heard. I love its rich, luscious midrange, neutral dialogue delivery and revealing detail, but I am almost as impressed by the...

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