Lexicon's RV-8 Receiver Columbus IN
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Lexicon's RV-8 Receiver
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...