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Polk Audio 80F/X-RT

In-ceiling surround speakers

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Polk Audio 80F/X-RT

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Hear your movies come alive
Your favorite film soundtracks materialize with the crack of gunfire from behind, or the patter of footsteps across the room. While the Polk 80F/X-RT surround speakers fill your home theater 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 3/4" silk/polymer tweeters and an 8" woofer. High-quality construction keeps the drivers in rigid alignment, and practically eliminates muddying resonance. These speakers are voice-matched to Polk's renowned RTi series of free-standing speakers, as well as the rest of the in-wall and in-ceiling RT Vanishing series.

Hear your movies come alive
Your favorite film soundtracks materialize with the crack of gunfire from behind, or the patter of footsteps across the room. While the Polk 80F/X-RT surround speakers fill your home theater 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 3/4" silk/polymer tweeters and an 8" woofer. High-quality construction keeps the drivers in rigid alignment, and practically eliminates muddying resonance. These speakers are voice-matched to Polk's renowned RTi series of free-standing speakers, as well as the rest of the in-wall and in-ceiling RT Vanishing series.

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I used these as a replacement set for my rear surrounds and they sound great.

James H, Hartford, Ky

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
  • Sheer-Grille Painting instructions
  • Online Registration Card
  • Polk Audio product brochure

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response 50-25,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • dual 3/4" silk/polymer dome tweeters
  • 8" Dynamic Balance® woofer
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • sensitivity 87 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • wall distance switch for flexible mounting
  • paintable Sheer-Grille™ for stealth installation
  • cutout: 11-1/8" diameter
  • mounting depth: 4-3/4"
  • warranty: lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

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Polk Audio 80F/X-RT

Edgar H from Las Vegas, NV on 8/12/2016

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I paired 80F/X-RT rears and the 90-RT for my mains. The (80F/X-RT) they sounds fantastic. Once I was done setting everything up, I tried The Book Of Eli as demo to try them out. It blew my mind away I was glad I made a perfect decision. Buy them you won't regret it! My wife's loves how it sounds and shows off the surround more than I do when we have visitors over

Pros: Great build speakers Cleared and very detailed in every sound.

Cons: None

Superb build and sound to match

Keith from Seattle, WA on 5/26/2016

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I have a 7.1 system consisting of all Polk Audio speakers: TSi200 mains, CS20 center, and FX Bipole read surrounds, and now these as my surrounds (sides). These blend seamlessly sonically and aesthetically. Although they are almost directly over my couch, I cannot pinpoint their placement. As spaceships fly overhead, the sound truly rolls from the front of the room to the rear of the room without a noticeable transition between speakers. I chose in ceiling speakers to avoid having wall speakers where I might bump into them. I was concerned that they would be a compromise, but they are not. I enjoy them for 7.1 channel music as well. I think they might work well as music only speakers in another room. I feel the Bipole arrangement might solve some placement problems encountered in typical living areas where the listener is not ideally located between the speakers.

Pros: Easy install. Great sound. Aesthetically pleasing.

Cons: None

Polk Audio 80F/X-RT Review

James H from Hartford, Ky on 2/25/2016

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I used these as a replacement set for my rear surrounds and they sound great.

Pros: easy to install, great sound

Cons: none

Polk Audio 80F/X-RT Reviews

Max from Wisconsin on 6/5/2015

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Sound great, look great

Pros: Great sounding speaker at reasonable price

Cons:

Polk Audio 80F/X-RT Ceiling Wide Surround

Mikey from Santa Barbara, California on 1/14/2015

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Being used in an 11.2.4 Dolby Atmos configuration as wide surround speakers. Driven by 100w/ch Outlaw PA. They are mounted ~2' from side walls and initially were slightly bass heavy (w/ switch set to "close to wall mounting") & slightly treble weak in my room as confirmed by Audyssey. With a little EQ they sound wonderful.

Pros: Efficient, good overall frequency response, well made & easy to install. Good value for the $. While one reviewer suggested a lack of bass response, I found the opposite.

Cons: None

Polk Audio 80F/X-RT

MAG from ST George Utah on 12/16/2014

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Higher quality In ceiling speakers. Easy to install Good build quality. Clear highs

Pros: Ease of install. Quality Dispersion of high frequencies.

Cons: Thought I might get a bit more bass out of a 8" but with Sub (as intended) they are more than adequate.

Ceiling speakers

Trickyt from Cypress, TX on 3/5/2014

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Wonderful sound and easy to use

Pros: great sound

Cons: none

Polk Audio 80F/X-RT

bobby from portland, or on 2/24/2014

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We are using these for surround in 5.1 setup alongwith 70 rt for front firing with 550 wi sub. They blow you off as surround.

Pros:

Cons:

Great product

Anonymous from Sunrise, fl on 1/18/2014

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Great speaker exceptional quality of sound and the magnet grill system is amaizing

Pros: Crisp, quality speakers

Cons: None

Polk Audio 80 f/x-rt

JP from Chula Vista, CA on 12/23/2013

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I installed these speakers as my fronts (right and left) and my rears (right and left)! They sound awesome! Very clear sounding and I have not heard any distortion when I crank it up. I am using a Pioneer VSX-30 to run them. I would recommend these speakers! Easy to install with the template, once you pick your positioning and get the holes cut out.

Pros: Price, easy to install, look good and sound awesome! Delivered on time and well packaged.

Cons: No cons...They sound great!

Polk Audio 80F/X-RT

DougB from St. George, UT on 12/5/2013

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Absolutely awesome speakers! Using them as rear surround sound in a 5.2 system. Now I need to upgrade the front SS speakers because these blow them away. We have an odd layout and could only fill the rear void with in ceiling speakers. I was worried how the sound would carry down and still sound like rear speakers. These are great, the sound travels well and it's hard to tell they are in the ceiling about 6 feet up from our heads.

Pros: Install easy, sound great, paintable grills hide them pretty good.

Cons: None

Reviews for the Polk Audio 80F/X-RT

Ronald P from Houston Texas on 11/20/2013

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Great Sound

Pros: Price

Cons: none

Polk Audio 80F/X-RT

Erick from Fort Worth, TX on 11/28/2012

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These speaker are awesome. I am using them for my rear surrounds on my 7.1. 5 star product.

Pros: Good sound... quality construction... easy install. Arrvived in secure package and in timely manor.

Cons: Crutchfield had me install backwards with woofer angled towards wall.... polk had me angle to listening area.

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Type In-ceiling
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Dome
Midrange Size ---
Woofer Size 8
Woofer Composition Mineral composite poly
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range (Watts) 10-100
Sensitivity 87 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 50-25kHz
Connector Type Spring post
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime

Product Research

Vanishing Series In-Ceiling Surround Speakers: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series 80F/X-RT in-ceiling surround speakers feature a precision-engineered, minimally flanged design. Polk's exclusive Sheer-Grille protrudes only 7mm from its surroundings, and installs virtually flush in your ceiling. Mounting the speakers is simple with a one-cut, drop-in installation and the rotating cam stabilizing system. The speakers provide superior high-performance sound from their 8" woofers and dual 0.75" tweeters. There are two speakers, one left and one right, included in the box.

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 80F/X-RT in-ceiling surround speakers employ an 8" 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 speakers employ two 0.75" Dynamic Balance silk polymer composite dome tweeters for crisp, clear imaging. The tweeters are angled so that they are firing away from each other for a more diffuse soundfield.

Wall Distance Switch: These in-ceiling speakers perform better when placed more than 2' away from side walls. If mounting limitations prevent mounting at 2' feet or more from the side wall, the close proximity of the wall can cause increased response between 50 and 200 Hz. This can make the speakers sound "boomy." To prevent this, the speakers have a "Wall Distance" switch that allows you to indicate the distance from the wall at less than 2' (< 2') or more than 2' (> 2'). The switch flattens the response to eliminate "boominess" without sacrificing deep bass response.

Timbre-Matched: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-ceiling surround speakers 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-ceiling speakers is 35Hz 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.

Wafer-Thin Sheer-Grille: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-ceiling 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 ceiling or 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: Each 80F/X-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-ceiling surround speakers for the rear channels in a 5.1- or 7.1-channel surround configuration. In a 5.1-channel system, the speakers should be mounted to the sides of the seating positions. When two additional in-ceiling speakers are installed, they should be mounted at the back of the room.

Left/Right Orientation: The 80F/X-RT speakers have a left/right orientation, and each is clearly marked on the serial number label.

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

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

  • Existing Construction: In existing ceilings, 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-Ceiling Dimensions Model # 80F/X-RT
Overall Dimensions (with grille) Diameter = 11.125"
Cutout Dimensions Diameter = 9.375"
Product Depth Depth = 5.25"
Mounting Depth (using 1/2" drywall) Depth = 4.75"

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

seems perfect for rear sound effects, along with 3 front 90rt [ EDGAR  Jul 18, 2016 ]
good value and matched with the other RT series in ceiling speakers I chose. [ Francesco Del  Apr 25, 2016 ]
I chose these for a couple reasons. The first being I am a Polk Audio fan. I have had a few different speaker systems and soundbars and have always been impressed with the sound quality. Secondly the fact that the speakers are angled. Rather than emitting the sound straight down, it can be deflected towards the prime seating/viewing area. [ Ian  Apr 13, 2016 ]
Great speakers for mounting in the ceiling [ Elizabeth  Dec 29, 2015 ]

2 questions already asked

the rt should be fine with your set up i have the a 7's same center better frequency responds using the 80 f/x [ ALVIN  May 03, 2015 ]
Thanks guys for the reply. That was really helpful. [ Sridhar  Nov 05, 2014 ]
Yes. They are good speakers and they can be used in stereo too. [ JEFF  Nov 05, 2014 ]
Suggest you direct your question to Polk Audio directly. They are very responsive to direct customer inquiries. These are nice speakers. They are great for music as well as surround sound. [ DAVID  Nov 03, 2014 ]
I have the 80R/X-RT set up as rear surrounds in my living room that opens to the kitchen. I have the MC-80's in the kitchen. However, we do also listen to music in 7 channel stereo, where these act as normal speakers. In my opinion, the 80R/X-RT speakers sound better. Of course they are more expensive. [ ALLEN  Nov 03, 2014 ]
We have our Polk Audion 80F/X-RT Speakers installed in very close to our kitchen. Our house layout is open, so the living, dining, kitchen, den areas are one contiguous space with no walls. These particular speakers are engineered to play crystal clear acoustics, for example with the 80F/X-RT you can hear a pin drop. They would work well in the kitchen, where you would not want overwhelming "bass booming" or a focus on low frequency sound. When installing the speaker you can control the direction where the sound is "aimed" (similar to most Polk speakers). After making your connections to the speakers and lightly fastening the compression connectors to hold them in your ceiling, turn on your audio and rotate the speakers until the sound is to your liking and then securely tighten the compression fittings to hold the speaker firmly in place. The bottom line is Polk Audio is a superior product and extremely durable. The entire speaker is corrosion proof, including the cone. These speakers will last forever and we would never again purchase any other brand speaker except Polk Audio. [ KEMPS M  Nov 02, 2014 ]
These speakers can be used where there is no surround sound wiring, basically they would just be used for audio sound such as from a radio. These are really exceptional speakers and will make any audio signal sound better. [ DOUGLAS  Nov 02, 2014 ]
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