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Polk Audio MC65

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by Amanda P.
Polk Audio
Polk MC65 in-wall speaker

The paintable, low-profile grille allows Polk's MC65 in-wall speaker to blend easily into the background.

Vanishing act

Experience rich, room-filling sound from speakers that disappear into your surroundings. Polk's MC65 speakers install flush in your wall for a sleek, décor-friendly look. Use the 3/4" pivoting tweeter to precisely direct the high frequencies and really dial in your system's sound. The 6-1/2" woofer provides smooth bass and mid-bass. And this speaker's moisture-resistant design means you can use it in your kitchen, bathroom, sauna, or even under the eaves outside.

Building a system

Install a pair of the MC65s for stereo music listening. These speakers can also work as the fronts, center, and surrounds in a surround sound system. The MC65s are voice-matched with the other MC in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, so you can mix and match.

An optional in-wall bracket is recommended for installing the MC-65 in a new home under 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
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • sensitivity 89 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • paintable white matte grilles
  • durable, moisture-resistant construction
  • cutout: 7-1/4" x 12-3/4"
  • mounting depth: 3-3/16"
  • 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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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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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • White in-wall speaker
  • White grille
  • Cardboard template
  • Plastic paint shield
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Online registration card

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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 MC65 in-wall speaker features a 6.5" 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 MC65 in-wall 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: Each speaker requires a cutout of 7.25" (W) x 12.75" (H), with a depth of 3.1875" behind the drywall. Each speaker frame has a width of 8.5" and a height of 14.3125". 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 1.25" deep from the mounting surface of the speaker and will accommodate a drywall thickness up to 1.25". When the cams are rotated, each extends 0.8125" beyond the 7.25" cutout width. 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 3.4 pounds.

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

 
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5 out of 5

Good Speakers

Written By KMCD, Seattle, WA on Saturday, April 12, 2014
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Good product for installation in new construction.
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5 out of 5

MC65

Written By Ray, Buffalo, NY on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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Great in-wall speakers. I started out with 2, purchased 2 more and plan to purchase 2 more again to use on my covered patio for outdoor listening. I originally was going to put smaller speakers on shelves around my room but I am so glad to have seen these instead. They look great in the wall and the sound quality is excellent. Great value as well.
Pros:
Sleek looking, good value
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio MC65

Written By Don W., Southern Illinois on Friday, March 07, 2014
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I was very satisfied with the overall performance of these speakers . They have better bass response than I expected and were very easy to install.
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4 out of 5

Good sound aweful grills

Written By Pete, Fort Worth on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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My install was fairly complex due to inaccessibiliy of certain areas of my hose. How ever the instal was a breeze in comparison to installing the silly speake grills. In the end a couple of mine dented but thanks to Crutchfield they were replaced
Pros:
Sound, price and ease of install
Cons:
The grills are very finicky and delicate
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4 out of 5

Love it

Written By Kawena, Kailua Kona, HI on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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just installed with initial great results. Very ez to install and service and deliver were excellent. Uisng 3 as front and center speakers
Pros:
ez install, exceptional support to select, fast delivery
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5 out of 5

Great speaker for a great price

Written By Chantz, Inkom, ID on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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I purchased four Polk Audio MC-65 speakers to use as my front and rear speakers in my surround system. They were simple to install, sound great. I used a Polk Audio 255C-RT as the center channel and a Polk Audio DSW Pro 660wi sub woofer. I am using a Onkyo TX NR818 receiver. This system was easy to install, Crutchfield support was awesome!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Pleasing sound

Written By Charles H, Santa Rosa. CA on Saturday, December 07, 2013
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We're pleased with the sound these speakers give. The bass response is much better than we expected. Installation was straight forward and reasonable with the proper tools.
Pros:
Non-complicated installation by the included instructions. The sound is surprising good for a small, in-wall speaker.
Cons:
speaker grill is just a smudge too large, difficult to put in place.
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3 out of 5

great sounds

Written By to_l austin, Austin, tx on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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Sotemunds great -using as rear in surround 5.1. Have Polk audio bookshelf speakers and center channel . these work very well wit sys
Pros:
good quality. great sound
Cons:
speaker grills are a real pain to install. they are just too tight. should re-design
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio MC65

Written By Anonymous, Athens, OH on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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Speakers look and sound great!
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5 out of 5

Sound great!

Written By Krj360, Kenosha, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 02, 2013
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Speakers are amazing! I've had these for a month now and couldn't be happier. I have them hooked up to a sony str-dh740 as fronts. Sound great look great And were way better than I expected for the low price. I would recommend these to every one
Pros:
Sound great, look great, installation was easy!
Cons:
Haven't had any cons so far
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4 out of 5

Polk MC65 in Wall Speaker

Written By Dave H, Caledonia, Mich on Friday, October 25, 2013
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Solid speaker I would have given it a 5 except the grill do not lock into place solidly
Pros:
Good sound, great price and easy to install
Cons:
Speaker grills do not lock into place well
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio MC65 In-wall speaker

Written By Gary M, Colorado Springs, CO on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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I installed a pair of these in the eaves of my roof overhang in our back yard; they're about 30 feet apart on a house that is 70 feet long. The climate here is very dry, and the MC65's are rated for a humid environment, such as a bathroom, so I don't expect any issues with the environment. They are driven by a Grace digital radio, primarily so my wife can listen to NPR while gardening and I can enjoy streamed classical music from stations near and far. These speakers have great sound; it seems they like seeing the large volume of attic behind them in this sort of semi-infinite baffle installation. The bass is great, midrange is clean, the highs are crisp and well dispersed, and if you sit in the right area in the garden the stereo imaging is pretty good as well. The 16W/channel from the Grace radio is more than adequate to drive these to levels that would annoy our neighbors, so their sensitivity in this application is very good. I am very pleased with the MC65's.
Pros:
Install was very easy: Select a location, check for structure, trace the template, cut and mount - very easy.
Cons:
Can't think of any at this time.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

Looking to purchase these for my 7.1 surround system. I currently have the Polk RM95 5-pack. Just wondering if these will sound as good as the RM95 5-pack. Also, can these be mounted in the ceiling? [ Scott  Dec 15, 2013 ]
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  • The speakers are great. Excellent sound. I have them mounted in my walls. I don't see why they couldn't be mounted in the ceiling as long as you have free access to the area you want to put them (attic, etc.). Enjoy. [ WADIYAH   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • do not have other speakers like yours... can not help there, but ceiling mount should be no problem [ HARVEY   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • I am pleased with these speakers. They do provide a good clear sound. I did have these mounted in the ceiling without any muss or fuss. I give them a thumbs up. [ WILLIAM   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • Thanks Tim! [ Scott   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • I am not sure what the rm95 sound like. I am pretty particular about my speakers. For the money I think these sound great. Plus the other reason is that I did install them in the ceiling and they look good . Just make sure if you do install them in the ceiling to cut holes the exact size otherwise you will be patching sheetrock to cover up the gap. [ TIM   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • Thank you Brian! [ Scott   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • Thanks Charles. [ Scott   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • I can't compare to the other speakers. But yes, these do mount easily in the ceiling. Note the info in the directions related to angles and tweeters. Mine sound great in the master bath! [ BRIAN   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • Don't know about your specific Polk speakers, though I replaced some variety of Polk speakers (don't recall the model) and these sound much better. About mounting them in the ceiling, I don't see why you couldn't stick them up there. [ Charles   Dec 16, 2013 ]

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