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by Marshall Chase
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Polk knows great sound from a hole in the wall
Researching the amp, running the wire, cutting the drywall. Everything about your system says "commitment." After all that, why get just any in-wall speaker when you can have Polk's 65-RT? It's packed with Polk engineering and design expertise, from the stealth Sheer-Grille™ down to the laser-tuned Dynamic Balance® drivers. Backed with a lifetime warranty, this speaker will delight for years and years.

Vanishing speaker, prominent tone
Visually speaking the 65-RT is quite modest. It has a paintable magnetic grille that mounts flush with the surface of your wall. But look out. You get a 6-1/2" woofer dishing out solid mids and bass, and a 1" pivoting silk dome tweeter reproducing crystalline highs. It all leads to accurate, realistic sound when you fire up an action-packed movie or a track from your favorite band.

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Mix and match the 65-RT with other members of Polk's Vanishing RT in-wall and in-ceiling speakers for seamless sound. Grab a pair of 65-RTs for striking stereo sound. Or mix and match them with other members of Polk's Vanishing RT in-wall and in-ceiling speakers for seamless surround sound. The 65-RT RTi speakers. Your system can be as creative as you are.

An optional in-wall bracket is recommended for installing the 65RT in a new home under construction.

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Highlights:

  • sold individually
  • frequency response 50-25,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • 1" pivoting silk/polymer dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance® woofer
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • sensitivity 90 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • paintable Sheer-Grille™ for stealth installation
  • cutout: 7-1/4" x 12-3/4"
  • mounting depth: 3-1/8"
  • lifetime warranty

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Type
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In-wall
Video Shielded
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No
Tweeter
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Dome
Midrange Size
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Woofer Size
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6.5
Woofer Composition
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Polymer Composite
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Power Range (Watts)
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10-125
Sensitivity
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90 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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50-25kHz
Connector Type
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Spring post
Bi-Amp Inputs
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No
Parts Warranty
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Lifetime
Labor Warranty
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Lifetime
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 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

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Vanishing Series In-Wall Loudspeakers: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series 65-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 6.5" woofer and aimable 1" tweeter with Reflective Room Compensation control.

Driver Technology
Infinite Enclosure Design
Connections
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.

Woofer: The 65-RT in-wall loudspeaker employs a 6.5" Dynamic Balance mineral composite polypropylene cone woofer with a rubber surround for a smooth, consistent frequency response. The driver features 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 32Hz to 27kHz, and the -3dB frequency response is 50 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 65-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.

Connections

Gold-Plated Spring-Loaded Posts: The 65-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 stealth side or rear surround speakers in an RTi theater system setup, 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 six rotating cams to hold the speaker securely to the wall.

Installation: The 65-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.

Dimensions:

In-Wall Dimensions Model # 65-RT
Overall Dimensions (with grille) Width = 8.875"
Height = 14.375"
Cutout Dimensions Width = 7.25"
Height = 12.75"
Product Depth Depth = 3.625"
Mounting Depth (using 1/2" drywall) Depth = 3.125"
 
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Polk Audio 65 RT

Written By Anonymous, Lakeway, TX on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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Excellent speakers for the money!
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4 out of 5

Great....too a point

Written By Me, Florida on Friday, February 21, 2014
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Had these originally as left and right front and as center channel as well. Powered by Yamaha 90 x 7 receiver. These speakers are great in terms of ease of installation, appearance and most notably sound quality EXCEPT as a dedicated center channel. As a center they struggle at high volumes to provide clean separation between vocals and loud, dynamic soundtracks. This is only apparent at high volumes , but caused me to purchase a Polk 255-lc center channel to replace my 65 RT as my center. If your not using as a center, it's great on all levels even down to the speaker grills which are paintable, magnetic and fit very flush against wall.
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers-Awesome Sound

Written By James L, Punta Gorda, FL on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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I was somewhat skeptical about buying these speakers since they were replacing two Yamaha tower speakers. My wife wanted to "clean up" our entertainment center which meant replacing the towers. These Polk speakers sound just a good as the large towers they replaced. Installation was very easy and they look great!
Pros:
Great sound. Simple installation. Great appearance - low profile.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

Wow! What a difference!

Written By Mike V., San Antonio, TX on Thursday, May 30, 2013
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This speaker is serving as our center channel in our surround sound set-up. All I can say is WOW! Great power, great fidelity, clear and crisp. Really does well as a center speaker, especially when you compare it to the wimpy in-set TV speakers. Very pleased. Installed easily (was a little nervous cutting such a big hole in the sheetrock, but the template was spot-on and the speaker went right in, no worries.
Pros:
Excellent sound, easy install.
Cons:
None really--a little large, but I knew that going in. Nothing I'd consider a con.
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5 out of 5

awsome sound

Written By lew b, utica ny on Monday, November 05, 2012
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I had the polk rc65i speakers and wanted a little more after hearing anouther persons seround that had a high end polk speakers that sounded amazing ! After installing and letting my onkyo reciever calibrate them , I was amazed on how much i was missing such detail and crispness . the rc65i were great speakers but these made me yern to watch all my old movies to see what my ears have missed !
Pros:
great grills mutch easier than the old ones . nice that the adjustments were on the front .
Cons:
no gaskets to seal on uneven walls , latts and plaster or repaired walls
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