Polk Audio 265 RT

In-wall speaker

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This Polk speaker practically disappears
No, it isn't magic. But it's close. A member of Polk's "RT Vanishing" series, the 265 RT offers stellar sound in an inconspicuous design that hides in your wall. Close your eyes, and you might just think you're listening to a bookshelf speaker. The 265 RT is voice-matched to Polk's renowned RTi series, so you can put together a system mixing in-wall and floor-standing or bookshelf speakers — whatever suits your room and your decorating sense best.

A terrific trio of drivers
You can bank on great performance. Dual 6-1/2" woofers and a pivoting silk-dome polymer tweeter deliver wide frequency response, from deep bass to crystal-clear highs. Built-in switches let you tailor the sound to match your specific room and installation. Finish off by painting the magnetic Sheer-Grille™ to match your wall color and the '265 is ready for showtime.

An optional in-wall bracket is recommended for installing the 265-RT in-wall center channel speaker in a home with new construction.

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Product Highlights:

  • 1" swivel-mount silk/polymer dome tweeter
  • dual 6-1/2" woofers
  • sound-shaping controls
  • frequency response 45-25,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • handles up to 200 watts
  • sensitivity 91 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • paintable Sheer-Grille™ for stealth installation
  • cutout: 7-1/4"W x 19-3/16"H
  • mounting depth: 3-1/4"
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Very Happy

Written By cspann, Maryland on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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Extremely pleased with ease of installation and sound quality. Built in filters for near wall reflection and cavity constraints a plus. Way easy to pop into the wall and clean looking once installed.

Pros: awesome instructions and included drywall cut template

Cons: none


Written By JohnnyT, South Carolina on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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Sounds super, I'm using this with 4 625RT fronts and RM8 surrounds with 2 660 powered sub. The grills look even better then I hoped for, so thin and clean. They carry mid and high's very cleanly. The mid bass is tight and accurate and work very well with the 12" Polk powered sub 660wi. They mount solidly so I haven't heard any vibrations even with high volume.

Pros: EZ mounting, Very clean look

Cons: None yet


Written By Anonymous, 54313 on Saturday, May 02, 2015

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Great speakers! Plan on sound insulation of you can for dampening sound on the back side. Good sound

Pros: Easy install

Cons: Not used to alot of mid range sounds.

Polk Audio 265 RT

Written By TomS, Kansas on Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Very pleased with the fullness of the sound these sparkers deliver. They were very easy to install, my walls were prewired for speakers just needed to cut holes and connect the speakers.

Pros: Great sound in my basement bar area which is about 15x25. Also sounds great in the adjacent TV viewing area.

Cons: None from me

good deal

Written By someGuy, usa on Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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These are great speakers for the price. Good balance of brand, value, and cost

Pros: Good quality and sound for the price. Looks great

Cons: Could use a little more midrange, but dialing things in via the amp and pivoting the tweeter seems to be acceptable

Excellent speakers

Written By Emre, Arkansas on Saturday, January 31, 2015

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I purchased 2 pairs of these for our house that was under construction at that point in time. Also got the plastic templates to be attached to the framing to mark drywall openings. Easily installed after moving in, hooked up to Yamaha RX-A1020, and absolutely amazed with the quality of the sound, which is very clear and crisp. I installed one pair in the den with Polk 111 sub and the other pair in the living room with another Polk 111. Using these for listening music only, although the pair in den is also attached to my TV. I am not a music pro, but I enjoy listening music loud and I really like what these pieces can deliver. Of note, the wall in the living room that these were installed has insulation and the one in den does not. To me, they give equally good results. If you are looking for a pair of speakers that literally vanish in your wall as their name implies and give excellent sound at the same time, these are for you.

Pros: Quality of sound in listening music

Cons: Nothing so far.

Great sounding in-wall speakers

Written By Anonymous, Lafayette, CO on Friday, January 02, 2015

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Great option if you don't want large speakers sitting on the ground. Created a very clean look in the wall and the sound in my opinion was just a good as traditional towers because the other speakers installed with it (5.1) complemented very well. Easy to install.

Pros: Good sound, easy to install, reasonable price

Polk Audio 265 RT

Written By Anonymous, Lakeway, TX on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Excellent speakers for the money!

Polk 265 RT

Written By Steven, MS on Friday, March 07, 2014

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Great speaker, easy install, sounds great

Polk Audio 265 RT

Written By Anonymous, Sunrise, fl on Saturday, January 18, 2014

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The craftmanship of this speaker is great, the quality of crisp sound, very sophisticated speaker system,

Pros: The lows, highs and mids make it the perfect speaker

Cons: None

Polk does it again

Written By Anthony, Huntington ct on Monday, September 09, 2013

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Another great product from Polk audio excellent sound powerful base crisp clear highs great value for the price

Pros: Easy install look great clean neat appearance no need to paint due to the stream line trim all you see is the speaker grills

Awesome Sound

Written By JimH, Carmel, IN on Sunday, August 18, 2013

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Awesome sound. Much better than the Bose AM10 System they replaced.

In-wall speaker technology at it's BEST!!!!!!!

Written By Toby L., Davidsonville, MD on Monday, June 03, 2013

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I installed these 265RT speakers as front L & R speakers in my media room and am currently driving them (along with a Polk 255C-RT center channel speaker) with an Emotiva XPA-3 amplifier. Each speaker is being pushed by 200 watts and they are POWERFUL, PRISTINE AND PUNCHY. I also have a PSA XV-15 sub in the room but even without it, they hang pretty well in terms of bass, mids and highs. These speakers met and exceeded all of my expectations right out of the box. I've only got about 20-30 hours on them but I know they are only going to get better. I highly recommend driving these speakers with an amp to really make them shine. I have a 7.1 surround system in my media room with a pair of Polk 65RT's as surrounds (in-wall) and a pair of Polk RC80i's as rear surrounds (in-ceiling). The 7 speakers together are just magnificent and are all timbre-matched. The grills on the 265RTs are really well made and they are flush with the wall just as long as your walls are flush as well! Looking forward to years of enjoyment out of these for both movies and music!

Polk Audio 265 RT

Written By JH, Glenwood Springs, CO on Saturday, March 23, 2013

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The speakers are being used for music. They are matched to Polk 550 sub. Still working to adjust sound between sub and 265 RT, but am happy with the sound quality. These were super easy to install. Used "you-tube" and Crutchfield site for tips on installation. I have not painted the grille yet but speakers fit well into wall and look decent.

Pros: Easy install, decent sound.

Cons: None


Written By Tony 7.1, San Antonio Texas on Monday, December 31, 2012

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Awesome Speakers especially for the price! I bought this along with the RC 55, 65, and 85 in wall speakers for my 7.1 system and it sounds amazing! My suggestion though would be to get a great receiver to get the maximum sound you are looking for. I lucked out as i have a friend who upgraded to a 11.2 system and sold me his $1500 Pioneer receiver for $400! God is Good and my system sounds Great! The installation was easy to install as i had my room pre-wired for a 7.1 system so all i had to do was cut out the holes in the walls and install. Once installed I painted the grill as the instructions said with spray paint and my Theater Room looks amazing! I'm not one to pay somebody to do what I can do myself and I'm no professional but the installation was a breeze and my room looks professional grade! Also, they sent me the Polk PSW111 for free with my purchase and OMG! My room is booming! I haven't had to push the limits of my system but I have turned it way up and the sound is crystal Clear! My wife talked me into getting the 7.1 and I'm glad she did because I am one satisfied customer. Thanks Crutchfield!

Pros: Easy Installation

Cons: none so far

Only one complaint

Written By Anonymous, pittsburgh, pa on Sunday, February 26, 2012

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I LOVE these speakers and hands down I would have given them a 5 but the reason I gave them a 4 is due to the poor construction/design of the magnets that hold the speaker grill/cover in place. The problem I had with ALL 4 of the speakers I purchased was after I placed the cover on and then removed it to make adjustments the magnets pulled out from their "glued" position on the speaker and stuck to the cover; something I did not expect and actually took me a minute to realize it happened after I tried to place the cover back on only to discover that it would not "stick" to the speaker frame. So I figure the little magnets will not stay in place unless they are glued back on the speaker, which I have not attempted to do. For the price this is just something I think should not be a problem. The result: my speaker covers are in place, but there are corners that are not flush with the speaker/wall making for a not so clean finished look.

Pros: Sound is great.

Cons: Read my review.

pretty sweet

Written By Rob, Cincinnati, OH on Friday, March 18, 2011

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Got this one as a center in a 5.1 system. Awesome full sound. Worth the price.
The sound is sparkley and clear with lots of detail. I had set this system up
and was listening to some music before the sub was delivered and in my 12 x 15
room the sound was decently rich. More to the point, I heard a lot of nuance
that was not apparent either in good headphones or my crappy old speakers. For
my $ this was a good value choice.

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What's in the box?

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  • Rectangular in-wall speaker
  • Foam rubber port plug
  • White metal grille
  • Mounting template
  • Owner's Manual
  • Sheer-Grille Painting instructions
  • Online Registration Card
  • Polk Audio product brochure

Features and Specs

Enclosure Type In-wall
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Dome
Midrange Size ---
Woofer Size 6.5
Woofer Composition Polymer Composite
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range (Watts) 10-200
Sensitivity 91 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 45-25kHz
Connector Type Spring post
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime

Product Research

Vanishing Series In-Wall Loudspeakers: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series 265-RT in-wall loudspeaker features a precision-engineered, minimally flanged design. Polk's exclusive Sheer-Grille protrudes only 7mm from its surroundings, and installs virtually-flush in your wall. Mounting the speaker is simple with a one-cut, drop-in installation and the rotating cam stabilizing system. The speaker provides superior high-performance sound from its dual 6.5" woofers and aimable 1" tweeter with Reflective Room Compensation control.

Driver Technology
Infinite Enclosure Design
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Dynamic Balance Technology: Laser-imaging technology allows Polk Audio engineers to see the entire vibrating surface of a driver and tweeter. This allows the engineers to actually see performance-robbing distortion develop on the speaker cone. Using this data, they can determine the Dynamic Balance of their high-tech materials, and alter the geometry and construction of the speaker to effectively tune out the offending resonance. Exclusive Dynamic Balance Composite Material Technology delivers sound that is effortlessly clean and clear, even at lifelike volume levels.

Klippel Optimized Motor Structures: The Klippel Distortion Analyzer allows Polk engineers to optimize each driver's motor structure, voice coil alignment and suspension to insure smooth, unimpeded movement even at extreme listening levels. This is especially important in the shallow depth area afforded an in-wall loudspeaker.

Dual Woofers: The 265-RT in-wall loudspeaker employs dual 6.5" Dynamic Balance mineral composite polypropylene cone woofers with rubber surrounds for a smooth, consistent frequency response. The drivers feature a lightweight, strong composite basket that works in conjunction with Klippel Optimization to keep moving parts in rigid alignment while further damping performance-robbing resonances.

Silk Dome Tweeter: The speaker employs a 1" Dynamic Balance silk polymer composite dome tweeter for crisp, clear imaging. The high-performance tweeter features a 15° swivel housing, for more direct high frequency control, excellent off-axis imaging and more placement flexibility.

Reflective Room (Tweeter) Compensation Control: An easily accessible Reflective Room (Tweeter) Compensation switch allows you to make detailed adjustments to optimize the sound for any installation. The switch can be used to digitally compensate for harsh reflective surfaces. The switch doesn't merely reduce high frequencies, it actually allows you to "notch-out" a specific area of the spectrum (3500-6000Hz) where room acoustics most often interfere with performance. The switch has two settings:

  • Filter Setting: If your listening room is very reflective, with smooth sheetrock walls, hardwood floors, and non-cushioned furniture, the sound will be overly "bright" and unnatural. Selecting the "Filter" setting compensates for the effect of reflectivity in a hard room. Tweeter attenuation flattens room response, without hindering higher frequency response, for warmer, more realistic sound and more accurate imaging.
  • Normal Setting: If your room is not reflective, with curtains, artwork, lots of cushioned furniture and carpeting, sound will be absorbed by the room, resulting in more realistic reproduction and more accurate imaging. In this case, select the Normal setting.

Timbre-Matched: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall loudspeakers are timbre-matched to Polk Audio's high-performance RTi bookshelf and floor-standing loudspeakers. This allows you to match them to an existing Polk Audio home theater speaker system and enjoy seamless blending from speaker to speaker. Timbre-matched speaker components will insure the same true response throughout your system.

Frequency Response: The overall frequency response of the in-wall speaker is 30Hz to 27kHz, and the -3dB frequency response is 45 to 25kHz.

Infinite Enclosure Design

Infinite Baffle Tuning: Infinite Baffle Tuning uses the virtual enclosure of the in-wall space for deep bass response and superior overall sound.

PowerPort Bass Venting: The 265-RT features Polk Audio's patented PowerPort Bass Venting. The oblong-shaped port has rounded edges which smooth air turbulence at the mouth of the port to eliminate distortion. A foam rubber port plug is included, and should be inserted when the speaker is installed in an area larger than a standard open stud bay.

Wafer-Thin Sheer-Grille: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall speakers feature Polk's exclusive wafer-thin Sheer-Grille, a magnetically-secured grille that protrudes only 7mm from its surroundings. The Sheer-Grille can be painted to match your décor, making it virtually indistinguishable from its surroundings. The Sheer-Grille has nearly transparent, ultra-small perfs, and are acoustically inert, for dynamic, unimpeded sound and more uniform coverage, even in larger rooms.

Note: When painting the grille, it is highly recommend that you use a can of spray paint matched to the color of the surrounding wall. Brushes or rollers should not be used to paint the grille, as this will clog the perf holes.


Gold-Plated Spring-Loaded Posts: The 265-RT has a gold-plated pair of spring-loaded binding posts that can accept up to 12-gauge wire, single banana plugs, or pin connectors.

Mounting Options

Applications: You can use the Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall loudspeaker as main left and right speakers mounted alongside your flat screen TV, or for superior dynamics in practically invisible multi-zone music systems.

Rotating Cam System: The speaker utilizes a rotating cam system to ensure a secure, vibration-free installation. There are eight rotating cams to hold the speaker securely to the wall.

Installation: The 265-RT can be installed in new or existing construction:

  • Existing Construction: In existing walls, use the included cardboard template for one-cut, drop-in simplicity.
  • New Construction: Pre-construction brackets (sold separately) are available for new-build or open-wall retro-fitting.


In-Wall Dimensions Model # 265-RT
Overall Dimensions (with grille) Width = 8.875"
Height = 20.875"
Cutout Dimensions Width = 7.25"
Height = 19.1875"
Product Depth (including grille & wiring) Depth = 3.75"
Mounting Depth (using 1/2" drywall) Depth = 3.25"

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The Polk Audio 265-LS offers these features:

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frequency response 28-33,000 Hz