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Polk Audio 80 F/X-LS

In-ceiling surround speakers

5 Reviews

Overview

Our take on the Polk Audio 80 F/X-LS

Whether it's the chirp of crickets outside that deceptively serene cabin, or the roar of an alien ship flyover, a carefully crafted movie soundtrack sets the mood like nothing else can. While the Polk 80F/X-LS surround speakers fill your room with vibrant sound effects, they virtually vanish into the ceiling. These stealthy speakers are designed specifically to produce an enveloping rear soundstage, each one equipped with dual offset 3/4" ring-radiator tweeters and an 8" woofer. Dual bandpass bass ports reinforce the angled woofer's lows for surprising bass from this compact design.

These speakers will really make a scene

Whether it's the chirp of crickets outside that deceptively serene cabin, or the roar of an alien ship flyover, a carefully crafted movie soundtrack sets the mood like nothing else can. While the Polk 80F/X-LS surround speakers fill your room with vibrant sound effects, they virtually vanish into the ceiling. These stealthy speakers are designed specifically to produce an enveloping rear soundstage, each one equipped with dual offset 3/4" ring-radiator tweeters and an 8" woofer. Dual bandpass bass ports reinforce the angled woofer's lows for surprising bass from this compact design.

Meet the rest of the family

These speakers are voice-matched to Polk's renowned LSi M series of free-standing speakers, as well as the rest of the in-wall and in-ceiling LS Vanishing series.

An optional in-ceiling bracket is recommended for installing the 80 F/X-LS speaker in a home with new construction.

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Crutchfield personnel were great to work with. Being used as ceiling speakers in an Atmos 7.2.4 configuration. They timbre match well with my LSI 15's.

rencan, Texas

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Round in-ceiling surround speakers (separate left and right speakers)
  • 2 White metal grilles
  • Mounting template
  • Owner's Manual
  • "Fitting the Grille to the Wall" label (attached to bag)
  • Online Registration Card
  • Polk Audio product brochure

Product Highlights:

  • sold in pairs
  • frequency response 45-29,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • dual 3/4" ring-radiator tweeters
  • 8" Dynamic Balance® woofer
  • dual-port bandpass enclosure for better bass response
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • sensitivity 88 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • wall distance switch for flexible mounting
  • paintable Sheer-Grille™ for stealth installation
  • cutout: 9-3/8" diameter
  • mounting depth: 5-1/8"
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Polk Audio 80 F/X-LS Reviews

Average Customer Review:

5 Reviews

Ya gotta get these!!!

Written by: T from Nevada on November 15, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome Speakers!! Very simple to install, amazing sound and they hide very well into the ceiling. With the addition of these speakers my surround sound is complete. The detail heard from these speakers is awesome and the walk through installation made it extremely simple to put in. I did it by myself in approximately two hours. They are pricey but well worth the price when you experience the sound. Some of the reviews complain about the lack of base but you should be getting the majority of your base from your subwoofer and front speakers anyway. I think the detail in sound from these speakers should complete a surround system and these do just that.

Pros: Easy installation. Look great. Sound great.

Cons: None

Polk 80FX Ceiling Speakers

Written by: rencan from Texas on June 1, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crutchfield personnel were great to work with. Being used as ceiling speakers in an Atmos 7.2.4 configuration. They timbre match well with my LSI 15's.

Pros: Sound great, they were extremely easy to install in my 9' ceiling.

Cons: none

Polk Audio 80 F/X-LS

Written by: P.M. from Oregon on March 27, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These were an upgrade for a pair of smaller downward facing Klipsch ceiling speakers. Polk's tilted speakers design helps put the sound where you need it vs. straight downward facing types.

Pros: Clear sound.

Cons: Could use some more bass.

Excellent Surround Speaker

Written by: NateS from Illinois on March 11, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Superb sound and clarity! Nice bass for an in-ceiling speaker as well. The ring radiator tweeters deliver crisp high frequencies and the direct/diffuse switch is an excellent addition. I switched from Paradigm ADP 350s when I moved my system into a new room and was concerned an in-ceiling would not perform as well as the on-walls. Very happy with the Polk 80 F/X LS.

Pros: Clear high frequency. Nice bass. Easy install and the grills have a low visual impact.

Cons: None.

Polk Audio 80 F/X-LS

Written by: Kauai Dave from Alameda, Ca on February 15, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These Polk Audio speakers are truly phenomenal. The clarity is amazing. I have these as my surround backs. Can't wait for the 70 RT's to arrive to use as my front height speakers.

Pros: Pure audiophile bliss!

Cons: Absolutely none!

Details

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What's in the box?

Download the Polk Audio 80 F/X-LS manual

  • 2 Round in-ceiling surround speakers (separate left and right speakers)
  • 2 White metal grilles
  • Mounting template
  • Owner's Manual
  • "Fitting the Grille to the Wall" label (attached to bag)
  • Online Registration Card
  • Polk Audio product brochure

Features and Specs

Enclosure Type In-ceiling
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Ring radiator
Midrange Size ---
Woofer Size 8
Woofer Composition Aerated Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range (Watts) 10-125
Sensitivity 88 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 45-29kHz
Connector Type Spring post
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime

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Features
Connections
Mounting Options
Dimensions

Features

Vanishing Series In-ceiling Speakers: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-ceiling loudspeakers feature a precision-engineered, minimally flanged design and Polk's exclusive Sheer-Grille, which protrudes only 7mm from its surroundings. Installing virtually flush in your ceiling, the Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-ceiling loudspeakers offer a one-cut, drop-in installation and rotating cam stabilizing system. The Vanishing LS series in-ceiling speakers are timbre-matched to Polk Audio's flagship LSi and LSiM series loudspeakers for seamless blending from speaker to speaker when you're building a speaker system.

Note: There are two 80F/X-LS speakers in this package, one for the left surround channel and the other for the right surround channel.

8" Woofer: These Polk Audio Vanishing Series 80F/X-LS in-ceiling surround loudspeakers employ an angled 8" Dynamic Balance aerated polypropylene cone woofer, with rubber surround, for a smooth, consistent frequency response. The aerated polypropylene cone is 20% lighter than conventional polypropylene, and 35% lighter than aluminum, to give you clear midrange, punchy bass, and high efficiency. Polk Audio's patented Dynamic Balance technology eliminates unwanted resonances.

Dual Ring Radiator Tweeters: The 80F/X-LS employs two 3/4" Dynamic Balance ring radiator tweeters for detailed highs and superb imaging. The tweeters are angled so that they are firing away from each other for a more diffuse sound field.

Imaging Control: The 80F/X-LS surround loudspeakers offer switchable imaging patterns to create the surround effect you desire. The control, labeled "Imaging", is located near the inner rim of the speaker basket. If you desire a "cloud" of sound, or a less localized sound, you should select the "Diffuse" position on the switch. For a more pin-point, localized sound, you should choose the "Solid" position on the switch.

Wall Distance Toggle Switch: If you mount your in-ceiling loudspeakers closer than 2 feet from a side wall, the proximity of the surface can elevate the midbass response between 50 and 200Hz, causing a boomy sound. To compensate, the 80F/X-LS is equipped with the Vanishing Wall Distance Toggle switch, located on the front panel. The filter adjusts the crossover to flatten the response, and tune out the boominess, without sacrificing the deep bass response of the speaker. The switch is labeled "Wall Dist." with two positions: "<2' (60cm)" and ">2' (60cm)."

Frequency Response: The overall frequency response of the in-ceiling loudspeaker is 30Hz to 33kHz, and the -3dB frequency response is 45 to 29kHz.

Sheer-Grille: The 80F/X-LS features Polk Audio's exclusive wafer-thin Sheer-Grille, a magnetically-secured metal 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 perforations, and is acoustically inert, for dynamic, unimpeded sound and more uniform coverage, even in larger rooms. The grille diameter is 11-1/8".

Connections

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

Mounting Options

Applications: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series 80F/X-LS in-ceiling loudspeakers are designed to be used as surround speakers in a 5.1- or 7.1-channel home theater configuration. They can be matched to a Vanishing LS Series (two 265-LS and one 255c-LS), or traditional LSi or LSiM front stage. It is recommended that the speakers be mounted in the ceiling directly behind, or straight out to the sides of the listening area. The position of the Diffuse/Solid Imaging switch depends upon the speaker placement.

Note: The speaker isn't recommended for installation in high-moisture locations.

Left/Right Orientation: The 80F/X-LS loudspeakers have a left/right orientation. Each speaker is clearly marked near the Imaging and Wall Dist. toggle switches, and on the serial number label on the speaker magnet. Left and right are defined from the listening area as you face the system's center channel. The speakers have angled drivers, so you should also consider the rotational orientation of the speaker when mounting.

Rotating Cam System: The Polk Audio in-ceiling loudspeakers utilize a rotating cam system to ensure a secure, vibration-free installation. Each 80F/X-LS has 4 rotating cams to hold the speaker in place. The cams can be tightened from the front panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Installation: The 80F/X-LS can be installed in new or existing construction:

  • Existing Construction: In existing walls, use the included cardboard template for one-cut, drop-in simplicity. Achieve secure, vibration-free efficiency with a simple turn of Polk's Rotating Cam system (4 rotating cams).
  • New Construction: The optional PB LC80i pre-construction brackets should be used for new-build or open-wall retro-fitting.

Dimensions

Overall Dimensions (with grille) Diameter = 11-1/8"
Depth=5-1/2"
Cutout Dimensions Diameter = 9-3/8"
Mounting Depth (behind 1/2" drywall) Depth = 4-11/16"
Weight 4.1 lbs.

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