This is a 2 725 upgrade on the standard. Rcf and rcf track editions and provides 830 835 watts of power through its 17 speakers. This is going to be an in depth. Sound system review i’m going to check out some stacks chat. Some tracks static here go on the road, listen to those at highway speeds. I’Ll give you my impressions at the end before we get started, let’s hop out and take a quick look at this beast of a car, the weather’s. Finally getting nice and warm up here in michigan. The car is already running. Keep that ac going for me. This is lexus luxury performance coupe, a big aggressive, grill 475 horsepower 5 liter v8 it’s been awesome. Spending a week with this car check it out to the track link to those videos in the description, if you want to see more on the car, but this is a sound system review so let’s take a look at speaker locations here now, with this 17 speaker System, a lot of different speakers are hidden behind the same speaker, grille, but let’s, see where they’re at so. We got one down here and then is that just one in the door yup just one in the door here, bigger girls, two up there, three four five you’ve got six seven on the left, eight nine on the right and then ten eleven twelve at the back. There, including your subwoofer, like i said, there’s five more speakers in there kind of hidden behind other grilles, but you’ve got an idea of where they’re located in terms of audio inputs for the lexus rcf, pretty standard fare.
You’Ve got your standard, am fm sirius, xm radio, as well as a usb slot and bluetooth audio, and on top of that you do have a 3.5 millimeter auxiliary input, jack right there. So what are you missing? Nothing because there’s also cd. Look at that. So everything you might want in the mark levinson system get your high end audio. However, you want it. However, you are missing apple, carplay and android. Auto support actually take that back there. There should be apple carplay support, but no android, auto support so that’s. The only thing you’re missing from the system in terms of inputs and audio controls, you’re dealing with this frustrating touch pad that lexus devised back in the mid 2018s and hasn’t gotten rid of yet all their vehicles. So you can go here to media and then you sort of scroll around with this touch pad turn the music down a little bit. So if i wanted to say turn on shuffle here and sort of shuffle my way over using this touchpad and there’s there’s, some haptic feedback there, but i sort of move the trackpad around and then click on that you start you push down on the whole truck Track pad now, i do like that a little bit better than using a touch screen, especially with the screen being way up there, but it’s, not the most intuitive system. I much prefer the knobs that many of the other manufacturers use. It is a little bit better than lexus’s little touch, knob that you had to sort of scroll around scroll, knob thing, but this pad isn’t too much better, especially if you’re wearing gloves or if your fingers are sticky from sweat or water, or something like that.
So it is a little bit frustrating to navigate around, but you can get used to it. I suppose. Fortunately there are some manual buttons here. You have power, uh, sorry volume, knob turn up and down as well as volume adjustment on the steering wheel. There aren’t any detents on this volume, knob it’s, just smooth. I would like to see some detents on there, but i know lexus and toyota don’t care for that. Then you can also switch tracks with this knob. These buttons, these buttons on the wheel or with the touch screen right there, sorry not the track pad on the screen. Okay, let’s, listen to a track or two and then get on the road Music. Oh one more thing almost forgot sound setting adjustments, so you go over here. You’Ve got your standard treble mid range bass. Let’S go through those Music we’ve also got front back, left right, fader and valence automatic sound levelizer. So, as you get up to a faster speed, the sound volume sort of maintains and then a surround sound setting here not going to really be able to tell the difference but i’ll turn that on and off later, as we’re moving. But we always do these sound system tests with all the settings set to their factory defaults. So we’ll start out that way all right, let’s just get on the road, Music, Music, foreign, Music, Music. All right we got on the highway here, turn into the sport plus mode, and let you hear the engine love listening to that five liter roar.
I got tired of that that’s for sure all right, let’s get down to 75 miles per hour here and let you hear what road noise is like, so there’s a decent bit of road noise. Just coming from those michelin pilot sport, 4s performance tires other than that. No engine noise, once the v8 calms down, no wind noise, either so pretty refined cabin, and if the road noise really bothered you you could slap on some quieter tires and be good to go. One other thing: i’ll note: the blinker is one of the quietest turn signals i’ve ever heard, so take a listen. You could barely even hear it at highway speeds, it’s kind of cool anyway. Let’S do a few more tracks. Now, for those of you who watch these sound tests regularly, you know this song can really put systems to their knees, let’s check it out, Music, so Music. So i noticed this when i first started listening to music in this car, and i noticed it exactly the same here. Listening to these songs, there’s too much upper mid range it’s, a very harsh part of the the audio spectrum for us for people and when you turn it up, it just really grinds on your ears and just does not sound pleasant at all. It can almost feel painful and a lot of the sound seems to be coming from the front of the car even with the surround system. So what i’m going to do is i’m going to go through a few of the sound settings here and sort of work them into how i adjusted it to make the system sound much better first off here’s surround on here.
Is it off Music, it’s, probably gon na be hard for you to tell with just the binaural headphones, but it actually makes the sound seem more surround with it off so it’s a more natural sound to leave that off then went to the fader and balanced and Moved it back two clips, you have to turn it up a little, but now the sound is a little more balanced around me and more bass sounds are coming out through the rear, subwoofer and more powerful speakers. Then. Lastly, up to treble mid range gon na turn. The mid range up one now for pop or hip hop type music. I would only have bass up zero or one. This type of music, i’m gon na do two clicks, actually one on the treble as well. So now let’s. Listen to this, as it comes up sound again, you can just hear a little bit more of the instrumentation Music as it gets loud again. Here you’ll hear the stairs a little bit quieter on the ears Music, getting a little more stumped underneath i’m hearing the guitar a little bit more, rather than just snare drum let’s go back and listen to one of the other tracks. I want to do whoops wrong direction. This one right here, we’re gon na listen to this again with these adjusted sound settings here what it sounds like Music, Music, much more satisfying bass. Note there Applause, Music, it’s, just a more well rounded pleasant, listening experience, and what that kind of tells me is that they still have the high quality mark levinson speakers in this car, but for some reason, whoever tuned it they just tuned it a little too far Forward and not really optimized for this type of music, especially when you’re moving when you’re stopped.
It sounds pretty good at the factory default settings, but when you’re dealing with the tire noise of these michelin performance tires and kind of all that other interference, you need to sort of set the sound back for you a little bit calm down the upper mid ranges Or also just come through too strong and they’re grading on the ears, so all things considered, objectively speaking, what would i rate this mark levinson system in the rcf i’d? Give it about a seven and a half. It sounds pretty darn good it’s, not nearly in the same league as the mark levinson from the lexus gx460 that we tested recently and i’ve heard. I’Ve heard definitely other systems that are better, but when you get it dialed in just right, it is pretty good. However, i do have to take a little bit of score off for the frustration of using this system. This track head is not great it’s, not super intuitive and even after you get used to it, you’ll have frustrations of trying to get to a certain button and it taking a few clicks which just results in more time with your eyes off the road. Less time. Concentrating uh subjectively speaking within sort of the luxury coupe marketplace, i think a seven and a half is also fair, maybe seven given the price of the system. However, you could definitely pay a lot more for a bowers and wilkins system than a bmw, coupe or mercedes, or something like that so anyway, i hope you all enjoyed the video.
I hope you’re able to get a good impression of the mark levinson system here in rcf. If you want to see more on the car check out the links in the description for our full review and check out some of our other sound system tests as well.