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Revel Concerta LCR8

Passive 3-channel home theater sound bar

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Overview

Our take on the Revel Concerta LCR8

These days, most sound bars on the market are designed to "go it alone" — they're self-contained systems with built-in amplification and connections for your TV. Think of Revel's Concerta LCR8 not so much as a sound bar, but as a high-end home theater speaker that impersonates one.

A high-performance 3-channel speaker with a "sound bar" look

These days, most sound bars on the market are designed to "go it alone" — they're self-contained systems with built-in amplification and connections for your TV. Think of Revel's Concerta LCR8 not so much as a sound bar, but as a high-end home theater speaker that impersonates one.

This passive loudspeaker takes the place of the front three speakers in a traditional home theater setup. Left, center, and right channels are combined into a single, sleek aluminum bar that mounts on your wall or sits on your TV stand. The LCR8 is designed to work with a home theater receiver. It's a great option for folks who want a neat, clean-looking system that can delivers enthusiast-level performance.

Revel Concerta LCR8 speaker, wall-mounted under a TV

A scientific approach to great sound

During development, Revel's engineers evaluated the LCR8 in a variety of on- and near-wall installations, measuring the on- and off-axis response in an anechoic chamber from dozens of different listening angles. They balanced that with a series of double blind listening tests performed by a panel of experts in the company's Multichannel Listening Lab. The LCR8 consistently delivered flat frequency response across an exceptionally wide listening area. That translates to clean, accurate sound in real-world listening rooms.

Room-filling sound from a total of nine drivers

The LCR8 uses two woofers and one tweeter for each of its three channels — left, center, and right. The woofers and tweeters are both made of Micro Ceramic Composite (MCC), a proprietary material created by anodizing both sides of an aluminum core. This adds strength and stiffness, but very little weight, which is exactly what you want for accurate sound reproduction.

Build a complete Revel system

To complete your home theater system, you'll definitely want to add surround speakers. And a powered subwoofer is all-important for great home theater sound, too — this speaker plays loud and clear, but it's not designed to cover the bass frequencies by itself.

Recommended surround speakers: Revel Concerta M8
Recommended subwoofer: Revel Concerta2 B10

Who is Revel?

Revel is one of the high-performance audio companies of global electronics giant Harman International. Since 1996, Revel has used cutting-edge design tools and one-of-a-kind testing facilities to develop speakers that measure well and sound amazing. The intensive design work happens at Harman's state-of-the-art speaker R & D facility in Northridge, California.

Product Highlights:

  • includes separate left, right, and center channels in a single sound bar speaker design
  • non-powered — connects to your home theater receiver's front three channels
  • included wall mount bracket allows the speaker to swivel up and down up to 30°
  • tuned for clear, natural sound with on-wall installations
  • speaker base included for placing on a tabletop under your TV screen
  • frequency response: 110-21,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms nominal
  • recommended power: 10-125 watts (per channel)
  • three 1" micro-ceramic composite (MCC) dome tweeters (one for each channel)
  • six 3" MCC woofers (two per channel)
  • 3 sets of gold-plated binding post speaker terminals (one set per channel)
  • rigid aluminum bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
  • black finish
  • 40-1/16"W x 4-1/4"H x 4-1/2"D
  • weight: 11.4 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • LCR loudspeaker
  • Grille (pre-installed)
  • 4 Endcaps (two installed)
  • Tabletop base
  • Wall-mount bracket
  • Wall bracket cover
  • 4 Machine screws
  • Allen-wrench
  • Owner's Manual
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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Design Bar
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter 1" Dome (3)
Midrange None
Woofer 3" Cone (6)
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver Not Given
Features
Surround Sound Decoding No
Dolby Atmos No
DTS:X No
Dialogue Enhancement No
Auto Volume No
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible No
Audio Return Channel No
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) N/A
Control by App N
Bluetooth Connectivity No
Wi-Fi No
Wall-mountable Yes
Mounting Bracket Included Yes
Surface Mount Stand Included Yes
Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty N/A
Amplifier Labor Warranty N/A
Specifications
System Frequency Response 110-21k Hz
Powered System No
Sound Bar RMS Power 0
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Inputs and Outputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
Optical Digital Audio Inputs None
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs None
USB Port No
Subwoofer Output 0
Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches) 4-1/4H x 40-1/16W x 4-1/2D
Sound Bar Weight 11.4 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A

Product Research

Features

Concerta Series: The Revel by Harman Concerta series of loudspeakers are voice-matched for use in any combination to build movie and music systems of uncommon realism. The series includes an innovative 3-channel LCR system mounted in a single enclosure (LCR8), a highly capable center channel speaker (C10), and a choice of satellite loudspeakers (M8 / M10) - all sold separately.

LCR Application: The Revel Concerta LCR8 simplifies the look of a multichannel theater system by doing the work of three front speakers. It delivers left, right, and center channel signals with the clean dialog and distinct imaging you would expect from separate speaker components. Simply add Revel satellite loudspeakers (M10 or M8) for the surround channels and a Revel powered subwoofer (such as the B1) to complete a high-performance home entertainment loudspeaker system.

3-Channel Driver Configuration: The Revel Concerta LCR8 loudspeaker is actually three discrete speakers built into a single enclosure. The LCR8 incorporates the front left, center and right speaker channels of a home theater system. Each channel of the LCR8 utilizes a one 1" dome tweeter and two  3" cone woofers (for a total of three 1" tweeters and six 3" woofers). The tweeter and woofer diaphragms are constructed of Micro Ceramic Composite (MCC); a new material created by anodizing both sides of an aluminum cone. Anodizing both sides of an aluminum cone adds strength and stiffness, while still allowing it to be lightweight. 

  • Three 1" Tweeters w/ CAI Waveguide Technology: The three 1" dome tweeters feature an underhung voice coil and a ferrofluid magnetic damping and advanced neodymium motor system for optimal performance. Constant Acoustic Impedance (CAI) waveguide technology provides ideal acoustic loading across the tweeters' frequency range, as well as flat response over a wider listening area.
  • Six 3" Cone Woofers: The six 3" Micro Ceramic Composite (MCC) cone woofers feature die-cast alloy frames, oversized magnetic assemblies with flat spiders and butyl-rubber surrounds.
Note: When using the system in a home theater system, make sure your AV receiver or processor is set to "Small" for the LCR8 loudspeaker. Some receivers/processors offer a choice of crossover frequencies; select 110Hz as the crossover frequency for the LCR8 loudspeaker.

High Order Crossover Network: The Concerta LCR8's high order crossover network features carefully-selected components that contribute to its great performance. The high order crossover network blends the tweeter and woofers together for a smooth, natural sound. This advanced crossover network also dramatically reduces distortion and dynamic compression for clear sound that maintains the same quality over a very wide dynamic range. In addition, this precision crossover network optimizes the speaker's timbral accuracy, enhancing musical enjoyment for listeners who are anywhere in the room, not only those seated on-axis to the loudspeakers.

Rigid Aluminum Ported Enclosure: The Revel Concerta LCR8 loudspeaker employs a rigid aluminum enclosures that is styled to complement the look of today's flat-panel televisions. There are six front-firing ports for greater efficiency and better midbass response.

Three Sets of Binding Post Terminals: The Concerta LCR8 loudspeaker features three sets of gold-plated binding-posts that provide connection to the left, right, and center speaker outputs of your AV receiver or integrated amplifier. The binding-posts offer a secure connection for speaker cables terminated with banana plugs (single or dual), spade-lugs, pin-connectors, or bare wire (up to 10AWG). You will need to remove the binding post's plastic inserts in order to use banana plugs.

Mounting Options: The LCR8 speaker can be placed directly on a shelf, using the included tabletop stand which allows you to tilt the speaker upward 18° or downward 7°. The LCR speaker can also be mounted on a wall using the included wall-bracket. The wall-mount bracket allows you to tilt the speaker up or down 30º, so you can position the speaker toward your primary listening position (it does not swivel left or right). The wall-mount bracket positions the speaker 1.0625" away from the wall. The included wall bracket cover provides wire-management and offers a professional looking installation. Dimensions are as follows -

  • Table-Top Base Installed: 40.0625" (w) x 4.4375" (h) x 4.5" (d)
  • Wall-Mount Bracket Installed: 40.0625" (w) x 4.25" (h) x 5.5625" (d)
  • Speaker Only (No Stand or Bracket Installed): 40.0625" (w) x 4.25" (h) x 4.5" (d)

Notes:

  • See Owner's Manual for instructions on how to install the table-top stand and wall-mount bracket.
  • Only use the wall-mount bracket which comes with this speaker; 3rd party wall-mount brackets are not recommended.

Position-Independent, Double-Blind Listening Tests: Every Revel by Harman loudspeaker is compared head-to-head with competitors' models in a position-independent, double-blind listening facility. True research-quality processes assure the validity of the listening tests, which employ the latest psychoacoustic research.

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