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Polk Audio MC60

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by Amanda P.
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Experience rich, engaging sound from speakers that disappear into your room. Polk's MC60 speakers, sold individually, install flush in your ceiling for a sleek, attractive look. The 3/4" tweeter lets you aim the high frequencies for the clearest sound in your room. The 6-1/2" woofer provides smooth bass and mid-bass. And this speaker's moisture-resistant design means you can enjoy it in your kitchen, bathroom, sauna, or even outdoors, installed under the eaves.

Building a system
Install a pair of the MC60s for stereo music listening. These speakers can also work as the fronts, center, and surrounds in a surround sound system. The MC60s are voice-matched with the other MC in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, so you can mix and match.

An optional in-ceiling bracket is recommended for installing the MC60 speaker in a home with new construction.

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Highlights:

  • sold individually
  • frequency response 60-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • 3/4" aimable silk dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance® woofer
  • Infinite Baffle Tuning for improved bass response
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • sensitivity 89 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • paintable white matte grille
  • durable, moisture-resistant construction
  • cutout: 8-3/16" diameter
  • mounting depth: 4"
  • lifetime warranty

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Type
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In-ceiling
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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Composite
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Power Range (Watts)
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20-100
Sensitivity
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91 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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60-20kHz
Connector Type
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Spring clip
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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  • White in-ceiling speaker
  • White grille
  • Cardboard template
  • Plastic paint shield
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Online registration card

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Features
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Features

MC Series: The Polk Audio MC Series in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeakers offer great built-in sound for multi-room listening. The MC Series features Dynamic Balance driver technology, an aimable tweeter, and polymer cone woofers, which ensures your music always sounds crisp and clear. The MC Series also uses infinite baffle tuning for excellent bass response, so you can install them in virtually any kind of wall.

Dynamic Balance Technology: Laser imaging technology allows Polk Audio engineers to see the entire vibrating surface of a driver and tweeter; they can actually see the resonance develop on the speaker cones-resonance that is the root cause of loudspeaker distortion. Being able to see the resonance develop, they then determine the Dynamic Balance of high-tech materials, geometry and construction that together 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.

Woofer: The Polk Audio MC60 in-ceiling speaker features a 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance Polymer Composite Cone for smooth wide-range response with low distortion. The polymer composite cone provides excellent damping and bass response while resisting deterioration. For a smoother response and improved durability, each woofer uses a rubber surround.

Tweeter: The MC60 in-ceiling speaker uses a 3/4" aimable silk dome tweeter with neodymium magnet for clear, detailed highs and excellent imaging even for off-axis listening positions. Aiming the tweeter toward your listening position improves imaging and detail.

Infinite Baffle Tuning: Infinite Baffle Tuning uses the virtual enclosure of in-wall/in-ceiling space for superior bass response.

Moisture-resistant: Durable, moisture-resistant materials allow you to install the speakers in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, even under outdoor eaves.

Timbre-matched: The MC Series speakers are timbre matched to Polk Audio's freestanding speakers, such as the Polk Monitor, TSi, and OWM series; just in case you need in-wall/in-ceiling surround speakers to match your freestanding fronts.

Mounting Options

Installation: The round shape and flush-design allow the MC60 to mimic the look of a recessed lighting fixture. Each speaker requires a cutout diameter of 8.1875" and a depth of 3.9375" behind the drywall. Each speaker frame has a 9.1875" diameter. Once the holes are cut, each speaker is placed in the opening and the Rotating Cams are tightened, allowing you to secure each speaker to the drywall without any extra assembly. The cam extends 1.75" deep from the mounting surface of the speaker and will accommodate up to 1.5" drywall thickness. When the cams are rotated, each extends 0.875" beyond the 8.1875" cutout diameter. If you will not be mounting these speakers in drywall, make sure the wall or ceiling material can safely support the weight of the speakers before installation; each speaker weighs approximately 3.1 pounds.

Paintable: The grille and flange can be painted, allowing these speakers to match any decor.

 
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4 out of 5

mc60 polk audio ceiling speakers

Written By h s spindler, albuquerque on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
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very good sound for the price in a casual listening area, could use more low frequency response but to be expected in such a small speaker
Pros:
the adjustable tweeter position adds good flexibility to mounting locations in the listening area
Cons:
low frequency response is limitd
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio MC60

Written By Anonymous, El Centro California 92243 on Friday, March 28, 2014
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Sound is crisp and clear
Pros:
Price and quality
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

does the job

Written By PT CV, Charlottesville, VA on Thursday, March 27, 2014
 
I needed ceiling speakers for TV watching and some music listening. These do the job and have the best range of speakers in this price range.
Pros:
Relatively low price
Cons:
Wish I could have gotten with enclosed back, but not a big issue
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4 out of 5

Great Surround Sound Speakers

Written By TravisM, Kennewick, WA on Monday, March 10, 2014
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Great speakers for the price. I'm using these for my rear surround speakers in my home theater. They work great, good clear sound and extremely easy to install. Well built with Polk Audio quality.
Pros:
Sound quality is very good for only a 6" speaker and install is a breeze
Cons:
None yet. I've only had them installed for about two weeks.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio MC60

Written By kevin, Enfield ct on Monday, February 24, 2014
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Delivered quickly and no damage. Product was reasonably priced, easily installed and sounds great.
Pros:
Exactly what I thought I was buying
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Easy install and super sound!

Written By Joanie, Northern California on Friday, December 20, 2013
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We have Polk outdoor speakers and have been super happy with the performance so when it came time to upgrade and streamline our speakers we looked to Polk again. We have limited space and like a streamlined look so we looked to in ceiling/wall options. There are terrific! They installed in a snap and the sound is great! Really happy with this purchase! I do think these additional speakers are pushing the limits of our current receiver/amp if we ever want them all on at once and I am sure we will look to Crutchfield for that purchase as well. They have been terrific so far!
Pros:
Easy to install Great sound Clean look
Cons:
Non so far
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5 out of 5

great sound and depth

Written By Tom, Pensacola, FL on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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great sound quality. easy to install, looks great as well! For the money, you can't beat it!!
Pros:
style, ease of install, sound, clarity
Cons:
none
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good speakers

Written By Raja, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Nice powerful speakers. Easy to install. They sound pretty good. I had them on my outside patio.
Pros:
Sounds clear, decent base.
Cons:
None.
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4 out of 5

excellent buy

Written By jc, NY on Sunday, October 27, 2013
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very solid performance
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5 out of 5

awesome speakers

Written By Anonymous, pembroke pines Florida on Friday, August 23, 2013
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Nice hi and mid tones
Pros:
Easy to install
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Full Moon, Dallas,TX on Sunday, May 05, 2013
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Very easy to install. The speakers have a nice clean sound with more than adequate range for my application in the living room. Crutchfield had the best price and delivery was quick.
Pros:
Ease of installation, clean sound,great value
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Nice speakers!!

Written By Eric, Buffalo, NY on Friday, April 19, 2013
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I installed them in the soffit in my kitchen. I'm no audiophile but they sound great to me. I generally listen to either a set of original Advents or my newer Infinitys through a mid-grade pioneer amp. They are crystal clear and the low end response is more than adequate for me. (I prefer a tighter thump than some) They were super easy to install, they fit nearly flush with the ceiling and look terrific! Great speaker for a great price.
Pros:
Great speaker for a great price.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

owner

Written By mike iles, columbus , ohio on Friday, March 15, 2013
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These speakers sound great
Pros:
easy to install
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Excellent Speakers

Written By Pedro, Southampaton, pa on Friday, December 21, 2012
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Easy to install. Amazing sound for wall speakers. Crutchfield's price was the best I could find anywhere.
Pros:
Sound and Quality.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Living Room Home Theater

Written By Michael, Rockwall on Saturday, December 08, 2012
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I wanted to buy quality speakers without breaking the bank. These speakers are it! They have excellent sound! The adjustable tweeters only adjust a small amount but it is a nice feature. The template that comes with the package was perfect and made the install a lot easier. I do not have any regrets about my decision to purchase these speakers.
Pros:
Excellent sound and adjustable tweeters
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Nice!

Written By BT, AZ on Thursday, November 08, 2012
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These speakers sound great. Perfect for a surround sound system.
Pros:
Sound great.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Home theater

Written By cbrown, Roach, MO on Thursday, September 06, 2012
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I am in the process of creating a home theater in what was once a garage. I used these speakers for my front 3. I was impressed with the clarity and separation of sound they delivered, and the bass is more than adequate for the our intended use. I have these mounted in my ceiling, and I liked the fact that the tweeters can be directed to the area of focus of my seating. I will purchase more of these and install in them in the kitchen/dining and living area for my 2nd zone. Well worth the money spent. :)
Pros:
People come into the room and hear the music and can't locate the speakers initially. The dispersion of sound is great and the flush mount to the ceiling almost invisible. Price.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

dining room speakers

Written By David G, San Antonio, Tx on Sunday, July 01, 2012
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Needed a piar of speakers that could be played a low volume when needed and still sound good. These appear to do the trick. Can enjoy back ground music during dining and still be able to talk to my wife.
Pros:
easy insulation, good sound at low volume
Cons:
none yet
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio MC60

Written By Rick in Denver, Denver, CO on Monday, April 02, 2012
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Excellent speakers, easy installation and nice full bottom end. I installed these in my bedroom and dining room as zone 2 speakers. I could not be happier with my purchase.
Pros:
Installation, Sound, Delivered on time.
Cons:
None that I can think of.
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5 out of 5

Very good as rear surrounds

Written By Rob, Santa Rosa, CA on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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I installed these in a new media room in a 5.2 configuration as surrounds. They are replacing a much "higher end" Polk audio rear surround suite that was part of a 6.1 configuration. These speaker offer excellent clarity and a very enveloping surround experience. I consider the surround sound quality an improvement over my former setup. I have the tweeters aimed away from the listening position at an adjacent wall to achieve slightly better diffusion. My former side surrounds were configured as dipoles, while these are direct radiators which may explain a portion of my results. Very happy with the performance of these speakers. If you choose to paint as I did, I do not believe it is possible to remove and replace the fabric "scrim" behind the grill. I just removed it(in about 50 pieces), and you really can't see the drivers anyway.....as if that were a bad thing.
Pros:
Sound Quality, Build Quality, Price, Appearance
Cons:
Scrim Removal
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great for use in open great room!

Written By PatrolCaptain, Cedar Rapids, IA on Monday, November 28, 2011
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We moved to a new home with an open great room from a house where we had separate rooms. The MC-60's replaced two Polk RM7500 satellite speakers that I purchased from Crutchfield in 2002 with no degradation in performance. I was very concerned about these as replacements but not anymore. They work great in the ceiling - as usual what I would expect from Polk Audio.
Pros:
Great replacement for RM7500 satellites!!
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio MC60

Written By Jeff, Greeneville, TN on Friday, September 09, 2011
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Great Product, Good Sound and Price
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio MC60

Written By Joseph, San Jose on Saturday, May 28, 2011
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I have used many different Polk speakers over the years and they continue to impress me with the build quality and audio output. This MC60 was no exception - great sound and quality. They are worth every penny!
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5 out of 5

Excellent Sound

Written By Anonymous, New York on Saturday, March 06, 2010
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Impressed with the sound and it dramatically improved the sound in my 7.1 system. Purchased based upon the recommendation of the crutchfield advisor.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great In-Ceiling Speaker

Written By Anonymous, Orlando, Florida on Sunday, December 06, 2009
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I was building a home theater system on a budget and purchased four MC-60 ceiling speakers for my main family room/living area in conjuction with a polk audio csr centre channel and PSW-111 sub. (Crutchfield had a great deal going on at the time and threw in the subwoofer for free). This room is dominated by tile flooring and 12 foot ceilings. I was expecting lots of echo and only middle of the road sound quality but I was quite impressed by the clarity, bass response, and power of these in ceiling speakers. Installation was a snap (after locating the studs and making a mess of the drywall cuts). I can really appreciate the excellent quality Polk has to offer!
15 out of 15 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great Center Channel!

Written By Greg, Portland, OR on Monday, September 14, 2009
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Great choice for a center channel speaker! Installs quick (as much as possible - cutting ceiling drywall is never easy). The low end response is a little better than some other speakers I've used, but you still need a sub-woofer down on (or in!) the floor for the full effect.
36 out of 41 people found this helpful
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Wanted to hear from people who own this product. I am on the fence over the MC60 vs the MC80. I hear a lot of differences of opinions and am not sure which way to go yet. My ceiling height is only 10' and is flat. The room is 15x15 with no back wall, open concept. I hear that MC80 will be clearer and fill up room more but I have 2 bookshelf Infinity speakers with 4-4.5" woofers that fill up the room pretty well. I will be using speakers for surround sound and music application and will have a subwoofer. Want to know how pleased you are with the speaker in general? [ Dave  Dec 06, 2013 ]
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  • I really can't compare the two speakers since I've only heard the MC60. I bought four to use for ceiling surrounds and they are working fine. The ceiling in my house is also about 10' high, but slanted, and I don't have any problem getting enough surround level. If you are using the speakers for full-range playback (not just surround), I would probably go with the MC80 because of the extended low frequency response. [ PAUL C   Dec 09, 2013 ]
  • Thanks Bryan, do you ever use the MC80's for music or just for movies? How big of a space is the MC80's in if you don't mind me asking. I know it is an open concept but like I said my space is literally 15x15 with no back wall to an open concept of the rest of the house, also how high is your ceiling?. I have a son that sleeps 2 rooms over from the TV room and was curious if you thought the 80's produce lot of sound, worried about him sleeping. 1 last question since you have 80's and 60's do your 80's look whiter than your 60's? I had both sent to my house and the 80's look whiter than the 60's. Still undecided about which way to go but all answers are appreciated to help with my decision. [ Dave   Dec 07, 2013 ]
  • Thanks Thomas for the response. My room is not as big as yours but with the open concept, no back wall I am wondering if the 60's will get lost as well. I have heard that the 80's will sound better than the 60's but have also heard that I don't need to go with the 80's. Do your MC60's look white or do they look like they have a slight tint to them? Thanks again. [ Dave   Dec 07, 2013 ]
  • Jerry, Thanks for the response. I have a question about the color of your speakers though if you don't mind. Are they white or are they a little bit of an off white(slight tint to them). Just wondering because I have the MC80's and MC60's in my house at the moment because I am not sure which way to go and the 80's look very white compared to the 60's which look like a different hue. Thanks [ Dave   Dec 07, 2013 ]
  • I bought the MC60 in Oct for a 7.2 surround. I don't have a back wall either. Long (40ft) open room. I am pleased with the sound and quality of his speaker. I use it for the same applications that you asked about. [ JERRY   Dec 06, 2013 ]
  • I have the MC60's and feel they are a bit lost in the room. My room is 21' ? 20' with no back wall. Overall, I'm pleased with the speakers, but wish I had gone with the MC80's. [ THOMAS   Dec 06, 2013 ]
  • Dave, I recently finished my basement, open floor plan, and used 5 MC80s for my theater area, 2 front, 2 rear and center channel, all in the ceiling, they are amazing and would highly recommend for that use. I also have a polk sub in that space. I also have 4 MC60s in what I will call zone 2, 2 speakers in the bar area and 2 in my kids play area. The MC60s are fine for that use, but hard for me to rate for surround sound utilization. Both speakers allow for directional sound, which is nice, but I am very pleased with the MC80s in my theater area. Hope this helps. [ BRYAN C   Dec 06, 2013 ]

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