|Lexicon Displays Flagship RV-8 A/V Receiver|
|Home Theater News AV Receiver News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Friday, 18 March 2005|
Lexicon is proud to introduce the new RV-8 Receiver, an eight-channel audio/video control center with independent zone monitoring that provides control of audio and video source selection in three zones. According to Lexicon, this receiver is optimized to serve as a cornerstone of a home theater experience in an integrated package.
Created to match the industrial design of Lexicon’s home theater products, the RV-8 includes eight configurable inputs, and a built-in tuner. Inputs comprise eight digital audio, eight analog audio, one phono, five composite video, five S-video, and three component video inputs. The analog connectors can be configured for up to two 5.1-channel sources. In addition, RV-8 comes with an intuitive pre-programmed/learning IR Remote Control that provides full operation of the unit, performing commands such as menu navigation that are not available from the front panel. The Remote can also provide complete control over the entire audio/video system.
The RV-8 Receiver — Separates in an Integrated Package
The RV-8 has an integrated seven-channel power amplifier that is designed to achieve high power levels. Equipped with a large toroidal power transformer, the amplifier also includes thermal and DC protection. The AM/FM stereo tuner allows for the automatic or manual storing of up to 40 preset stations, and is fully configurable for ease of operation.
Featuring an expandable design for future upgrades when available, the RV-8’s rear panel has two RS-232 connectors; one capable of performing configuration downloads and flash memory software upgrades and the other capable of supporting possible future product enhancements. The rear panel also includes a removable access panel to accommodate new connectors, should Lexicon decide to offer them.
In addition, the RV-8 offers the latest version of Lexicon’s LOGIC7 decoding, which creates a 7.1-channel output signal from stereo, 5.1- and 6.1-channel sources. Unlike other decoders, LOGIC7 decoding is compatible with all input sources and requires no special encoding. A LOGIC7-encoded downmix of multi-channel source material is also available when using the Headphone listening modes. If a stereo source is present, the HEADPHONE L7 listening mode processes it using LOGIC7, then uses Head Related Transfer Functions to create a headphone output that introduces a subtle sense of surround sound, while preserving the original stereo image.
In addition to LOGIC7, the RV-8 offers today’s most popular audio and video playback formats such as: Dolby Digital Surround EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS 96/24, DTS-ES, DTS neo:6, THX Ultra2, and THX Surround EX decoding.
With two Hammerhead Digital Signal Processing (DSP) engines, the RV-8 has enormous processing power, according to Lexicon. These powerful processors perform custom Lexicon processing such as LOGIC7 decoding, bass enhancement, dialog enhancement, auto azimuth, five-speaker enhancement, bass management, digital crossovers, and audio controls. These features are available at sample rates up to 96 kHz, with 24-bit resolution. In addition, a third DSP engine is dedicated to decoding multi-channel compressed audio sources.
High-precision 24-bit/96 kHz A/D converters can be used to convert stereo analog audio input signals to digital signals. 24-bit/192 kHz D/A converters are utilized for all output channels. Alternatively, 5.1-channel and stereo analog signals can bypass A/D conversion and internal processing, allowing a pure analog signal path from input to output.
Digital audio input signals are processed through a two-stage phase lock loop for low intrinsic jitter and high jitter rejection. Lexicon’s Auto Azimuth Technology corrects timing and level imbalances in stereo sources, for accurate playback of surround-encoded sources. A digital audio pass-through output is available for recording digital signals with a CD recorder or similar component.
The RV-8 Video Conversion
Complementing its audio performance, the RV-8 features two broadcast-quality video switchers. A wide-bandwidth component video switcher accepts analog component or RGB High Definition TV (HDTV), Enhanced Definition TV (EDTV), and Standard Definition TV (SDTV) video signals, while a composite and S-video switcher accepts high-quality SDTV video signals. Composite and S-video inputs can be converted to SDTV component video output. Both switchers are designed to pass video signals without alteration or degradation.
The Lexicon RV-8 Receiver comes with a three-year warranty and joins Lexicon’s line of home theater products which includes: the MC-12, MC-8 and MC-4 Digital Controllers; RT-10 Universal DVD/SACD Disc Player; and LX and CX Multi-channel Power Amplifiers. The RV-8 is available now at a U.S. MSRP of $6,995.