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Polk Audio MC80

In-ceiling speaker

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Polk Audio MC80

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Fill your room with great sound, without sacrificing an inch of floor space to bulky speakers. Polk's MC80 speakers install flush in your ceiling for a sleek, décor-friendly look. The 3/4" aimable tweeter lets you direct the high-frequencies where you like, so you can fine-tune your system's sound. The 8" woofer provides rich, smooth lows. And this speaker's moisture-resistant design means you can use it in your kitchen, bathroom, sauna, or even under the eaves outside.

Fill your room with great sound, without sacrificing an inch of floor space to bulky speakers. Polk's MC80 speakers install flush in your ceiling for a sleek, décor-friendly look. The 3/4" aimable tweeter lets you direct the high-frequencies where you like, so you can fine-tune your system's sound. The 8" woofer provides rich, smooth lows. 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 MC80s for stereo music listening. These speakers can also work as the fronts, center, and surrounds in a surround sound system. The MC80s 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 MC80 speaker in a home with new construction.

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Great surround sound speakers.

Carol M, Phoenix, AZ

What's in the Box:

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

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response 50-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • 3/4" aimable silk dome tweeter
  • 8" Dynamic Balance® woofer
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • paintable white matte grille
  • durable, moisture-resistant construction
  • cutout: 9-3/8" diameter
  • mounting depth: 4-1/16"
  • warranty: lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Polk Audio MC80 Reviews

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Written by: Carol M from Phoenix, AZ on May 9, 2016

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Great surround sound speakers.

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Polk MC80

Written by: Ricardo from Odessa, TX on May 4, 2016

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Easy to install. Worth the upgrade. Used as a center and front speakers. Very versatile and produce a super crisp sound. Very happy!!

Pros: Easy to install. Sound is crisp.

Cons: None

Polk Audio MC80

Written by: Michael from Orange Park, FL on April 17, 2016

Awesome speaker for the price can't wait to wire my outdoor area and use more of them.

Pros: Looks good, easy to install

Cons: None yet

Great Speakers

Written by: Mike from Suffolk, VA on March 16, 2016

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These are great speakers! Installation was very easy. The speakers pulled into place perfectly, with a nice clean flush finish. We have not yet painted them but they come with a paint shield in place for painting the trim ring. The grilles snap into place with ease. While the discerning audiophiles may insist on much more expensive equipment, I find these Polk MC 80 speakers to be most adequate for the rest of us! Great speakers for the $$$$

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Great Speakers

Written by: Wiz from Gainesville, va on March 3, 2016

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Recommended by Tech Support for my in ceiling installation. Easy to install and they sound great as mains and surrounds. Can't beat them for the price!

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Polk Audio MC80

Written by: santust from havelock, NC on February 7, 2016

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Before I made the purchase, I called Polk Audio and their rep. said MC80 was a better quality speaker than the RC80i. I initially tested the speakers on my living room floor and was not happy. The treble was below average and the base was horrible, not to mention almost non-existent. I then held one in each hand and what a difference- they sounded much better. While still holding a speaker I then took one of the boxes that they came in held it behind it as to make a make-shift enclosure. WOW, this completely brought the MC80 to life! Great base now blended well with the highs. After my install I plan on experimenting with some form of enclosure.

Pros: Great sounding speaker. Quality construction materials. Lifetime warranty.

Cons: None other than a Polk Audio Rep said they will discontinue this model.

Polk MC80

Written by: Anonymous from Minnesota on January 10, 2016

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These speakers have a wonderful sound. I received great counsel from the Crutchfield team. I just finished my basement (fairly big area). I have a living room area, pool table and very large bar. I was looking 4 ceiling speakers in my living room area. With the entire area being open, I was looking for quality speaker for movies and music. I was entertaining higher priced speakers and Crutchfield team recommended Polk MC80 speaker and explained why. I am very happy with the sound, ease of installation and the cost was a bonus.

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Just what we needed

Written by: Brian H from Golden, CO on December 14, 2015

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We moved into a new construction home that was pre-wired for surround sound. I purchased 5 of these based on the good reviews. The overall sound quality is great. I was a little worried about using it for the main center speaker, but we have been pleasantly surprised! Great buy!

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Excellent speaker for the money!

Written by: halvonny from North Carolina on October 22, 2015

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For the money, you're not likely to find a better value. And everything about the actual speaker itself implies QUALITY, After installation -- powered by a SONOS connect/AMP, I felt like these MC80's sounded just a tad "tinny." But now that I've been using them for a week or so, I'm convinced that they're a great VALUE for the money. If you're a bass-guy like me, you may be slightly disappointed at first, but they'll win you over in the end. Yes -- I would recommend them to a friend.

Pros: Great value for the money.

Cons: Not much bass range.

Great Speakers

Written by: DanK from Seattle, WA on September 13, 2015

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Super sound! Excellent quality. Mounts make installation much easier.

Pros: Sound quality

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great purchase

Written by: bilnil from Florida on July 18, 2015

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Great sound....Easy to install..... would recommend to all.

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Polk Audio MC80

Written by: Anonymous from California on July 12, 2015

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EASY INSTALLATION AND GREAT CRISP SOUND

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Patio Sound

Written by: Dennis Edge from Texas on May 27, 2015

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Purchased the set of the MC80 to supply the sound for our new outdoor kitchen. Mounted them into the gable ceiling and from the minute they were powered up, I was not disappointed. These speakers deliver a full sound that delivers. Well worth the purchase

Pros: Easy to install and come complete with a paint mask to protect the delicate comonents if painted

Cons: Have not found any yet

Perfect

Written by: NewHome from North Carolina on April 11, 2015

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My wife was concerned with speakers sitting on the floor or hanging off the wall... so i went with 4 of these as part of a 5.1 surround setup in the living room. we have 5 recessed cans and these 4 speakers in the ceiling and they all look great together! Wife didn't even notice they were installed until i pointed it out. They sound absolutely amazing. Great range! Crisp highs and tight mids. I'm glad i didn't go with a smaller 6" speaker. PS - wife was blown away with the surround effect and loves them!

Pros: Looks Sound Quality Construction Quality

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Good enough

Written by: Andy H from California on April 4, 2015

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Pretty much what I was expecting. Neat and easy to install and use.

Pros: Clean look. Good sound.

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Quality product

Written by: Ben K from Tennessee on April 2, 2015

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We renovated our basement and needed 6 in-ceiling speakers. This was a spec house and the room was pre-wired so the speakers can't take credit for that, but installation was nonetheless a breeze. The sound is high quality and all ranges are responsive.

Pros: easy install, paint masks included. Aimable.

Cons: one of the installation screws stripped out

Great ceiling speakers

Written by: GB from Florida on March 29, 2015

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These were replacement speakers for some proficient audio units. What a difference! Very warm and clear. The proficients were a little louder but crashy. Useing these for height F/R and surround. Terrific buy!

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Great front speakers

Written by: Birdman from California on March 12, 2015

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I am using three of these for front Left, Right and Center surround speakers. They do an incredible job of hiding in the ceiling and sound great. I have no complaints about the speaker looks or sound. I have them paired with MC60 rears and a subwoofer for a complete package.

Pros: Install into the ceiling nearly flat, sound great.

Cons: None

Items received in good condition

Written by: Daniel from Lansing, MI on March 8, 2015

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Items received on time and in good condition.

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Polk Audio MC80 In-Ceiling Speaker

Written by: Alan from Arizona on January 7, 2015

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Speakers were easy to install and look very clean and unobtrusive. I used 3 of these Polk Audio MC80 speakers for the front left, center and front right channels for our Sony receiver/surround system. Sound is crisp and compliments the 2 Polk Audio RC80i speakers that we installed as the surround left and surround right channels as well as the and the Polk Audio PSW111 Subwoofer. This layout was suggested to me by one of Crutchfield's very helpful advisors over the phone. If you have any questions about what products would work for your budget and application don't hesitate to give them a call. Why try to guess your way through something like this when you have access to the professionals that have a ton of experience under their belts and are happy to assist without a "pressure sales" mentality.

Pros: Great sound, aimable tweeter, fantastic application for surround sound and music, a long track history of being a quality product, clean looking installation,

Cons: None, we are very happy with our choice and Crutchfield!

Polk Audio MC80

Written by: Mario from Florida on December 27, 2014

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Excellent sound and features . I have five ceiling speakers. I really love the sound when I put in a movie.

Pros: Excellent surround sound.

Cons: Non

Polk Audio MC80

Written by: Anonymous from Oklahoma on December 15, 2014

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I have 4 of these for my surround sound and they sound great.

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Great Speaker for the Price

Written by: Steeda46 from Leader, TX on December 8, 2014

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After interviewing multiple speakers in several different price ranges I decided to go with the MC80s based on the reviews, pricing, previous experience with Polk Audio and what I heard in the stores. I am using 7 of them for two zones (a 5.1 in the main living area and a separate zone for music in the kitchen). I have been extremely impressed with the clarity at volume. Two Thumbs up!

Pros: Price vs sound quality.

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Great Speaker!

Written by: Gary from Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 8, 2014

Very happy with the all around sound. I was very worried about the low end due to all the reviews I've read about in ceiling speakers. These guys put out enough bass to keep me happy. I needed ten so the price point worked well and the quality was a pleasant surprise.

Pros: Simple to install - Great sound for the money

Cons: none

Polk MC80 /speakers

Written by: Joel from Virginia, MN on November 2, 2014

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Great Sound for the price

Pros: Easy to hook up and has a nice clean appearance installed

Cons: non

Polk Audio MC80

Written by: Anonymous from California on July 30, 2014

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I'm very happy with these speakers. They are a very big step up from what I had.

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speakers

Written by: dave from Hopewell jct.,ny on July 15, 2014

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Great sounding speaker,easy to install.

Pros: great sound ,they look good and they were easy to install.

Cons: none

MC80 in ceiling speaker

Written by: Dave from Minneapolis MN on June 7, 2014

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Right off the bat, I knew I needed discreet but quality sound since most wives don't approve of displaying tower speakers in a main living area. With this in mind, I needed to eliminate the separate subwoofer option, figuring the 8 inch woofers in the MC80 would be able to produce the deep sounds I desired. Best Buy Mongolia specialists showed me what was available through them, none of which I was impressed by except their in ceiling Bowers and Wilkins 8" 2 way speakers for $800.00 apiece. They also had a limited selection of Speaker Craft, and Definitive Technology in ceiling speakers. Needless to say, I looked around a bit for speakers that had rich quality sound that wouldn't break the bank. After installing my 4 Polk MC80's in a square formation - 7" wide, 7" long, using KnuKonceptz 14/2 audiophile CL3/UL rated wire, I went through the calibration and set my speakers to full spectrum. All things said, the sound quality is impressive. I can faintly tell they are not producing Bowers and Wilkins quality sound but for $130.00 a piece, you'd be hard pressed to find anything better. I can work out in the yard and hear my music clearly with the windows open and the bass they produce will vibrate the floor (not intended). The sound is rich and full even at high volume. I would highly recommend these speakers to anyone who is desires an in ceiling set up.

Pros: super clean sound and rich bass that you wouldnt anticipate at this price point

Cons: nothing

Polk MC80

Written by: jazz fan in Georgia from Atlanta area on May 12, 2014

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My system is used for music only. I listen to mostly jazz, classical and sometimes progressive rock (Renaissance, Yes). The core of my system is the Onkyo A-9050 amplifier, which feeds a pair of Klipsch RF600 speakers in the study and a pair of Polk MC80 ceiling speakers in the adjacent workshop. At present my sources are a Grundig Satellite AM/FM/air/shortwave receiver, a Sony CD player and an MP3 player and all of my cables are Audioquest. The workshop has a suspended ceiling, but instead of cutting holes in the fragile acoustic tile, I replaced 2 of the tiles with 1/2" cabinet grade plywood, made the speaker cutouts, painted them to match the tiles and placed them in diagonally opposite corners. I don't consider myself an audiophile, and my hearing isn't keen enough to discern a difference in $500.00 speakers and $20,000.00 speakers. This system is excellent for my purposes and is the envy of the neighborhood.

Pros: Sound just as good as the $500.00 Klipsch Reference floor speakers in the next room.

Cons: Spring clips instead of binding posts.

Great Speakers

Written by: Anonymous from Jonesboro, AR on May 9, 2014

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Installed 5 of these with a Onkyo receiver as suggested by Crutchfield.

Pros: Great sound, easy to install.

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Polk Audio MC80

Written by: Todd from Peachtree City, GA on May 2, 2014

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Excellent for the price. You can spend a lot more, but unless you have incredible senses these speakers will more than fill the bill. Also -- you can spend less -- and if you do -- you will know it. These are the right speakers for in-ceiling systems at the right price. I replaced our six on the main floor (what I'd call builder grade) with these. A great improvement.

Pros: Price and Sound Quality

Cons: Takes a while to "ratchet" them in. Also, they are just a tad smaller than the speakers I replaced -- so if measuring for standard replacement the flange that fits to the ceiling is about an 1/8 of an inch shy.

Polk Audio MC80

Written by: Anonymous from washington Pa on April 27, 2014

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Great speakers for the price

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Written by: JimD from Denver, Co on April 8, 2014

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Great speakers

Pros: Great sound

Cons: Nothing

Great Sound!

Written by: ET from Jackson, NJ on March 30, 2014

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Chose in-ceiling speakers over wall-mounted. Easy to install as I had access from my attic. Sound quality is great. To maximize sound, the speakers can be pivoted and tilted so they reflect off the walls, as per the recessed ceiling mount set-up instructions.

Pros: Great sound and easy to install

Cons: None

super speakers

Written by: mommersjjm from FL on March 16, 2014

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Great speakers. Easy to install. Fit in well with our other speakers.

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Mc80

Written by: PRM from Albany, NY on March 1, 2014

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If you can use a tape measure, Sheetrock saw, and can read instructions the installation is easy peasy. The most difficult part was convincing the wife that I wasn't going to permanently scar the ceiling and satisfying her incredibly accurate ability to center things. The speakers sound great in a medium size kitchen and the treble & bass are evenly balanced as well as clear. Wife available for centering speakers within any space.

Pros: Easy install, looks great on ceiling, no need to paint trim or grill. Sound great.

Cons: None at this point

Good ceiling speakers

Written by: Mike from Arlington TX on February 24, 2014

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Clear sounding speakers, easy to install with good bass.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Sound is a little on the bright side.

solid

Written by: Anonymous from tampa on February 14, 2014

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Solid design and easy install

Pros: Customer support was outstanding.

Cons: Non

Great ceiling speakers

Written by: Anonymous from Cincinnati, OH on February 13, 2014

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Easy install, great sound,

Pros: Easy to install and great sound

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Polk Audio MC80

Written by: DBB from Madison, MS on February 3, 2014

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I self-installed 3 of these with the RCi-80s for surround sound. Used a Yamaha receiver to tie it all together. Installation was easy and the speakers sound great! Couldn't ask for better. Plus with the ceiling mount you barely notice they're there.

Pros: Easy install. Sound great! Looks professional.

Cons: None...other than I should've gotten them sooner.

Pretty Good In Ceiling Speakers

Written by: J.G. from Phoenix on January 13, 2014

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I may be a very critical but I've never had in ceiling speakers but they sound ok. I say only ok because it seems the high/midrange sounds a little tinny to me. The bass is not too bad considering what they are, the bass is pretty sharp. They definitely can handle some serious power. I tried a pair for my workout room as additional speakers to my existing very tried but good sounding Pinnacle PN5's & they add but to the overall sound but again they sound a little tinny to me. I do not think I'd like these as the sole speakers but in addition to very good existing ones they are okay.

Pros: Quality, lifetime warranty, & ease of installation.

Cons: Very big hole must be made in the ceiling & a little tinny sounding.

Better than expected

Written by: Dave C from Florida on December 23, 2013

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I have never owned in ceiling speakers before and after reading reviews about how in ceiling speakers are not as good as book shelf speakers due to not being encased I really didn't know what to expect. When they finally got installed and hooked up I could not believe how good they sounded. The clarity of sound is exceeded my expectations of them. I purchased 4 MC80's for the front L/R and rear surrounds along with a TL3 center channel. I also received a PSW111 sub that was free from a promotion Crutchfield was running. I basically use the system for music, movies and TV. and am very happy with the purchase. Most installers in my area install 6.5" in ceiling speakers and when Norm (Crutchfield Rep) recommended the MC80's I was surprised. I am glad I took the advice and went with the 8" over the 6.5". Definitely worth the purchase.

Pros: Clarity

Cons: None

Great sound plastic frame

Written by: Ryan from Kansas on December 23, 2013

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These sound great but with the plastic frame they have to be painted before installation. I would have preferred a speaker that only the grilll needs to be painted.

Pros: great sound

Cons: plastic frame

Great Home Theater Speakers

Written by: RandyW from Hot Springs, AR on May 30, 2013

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Great speaker's especially for the price, easy to mount with the included cutout guides. Being able to aim the tweeter is important to help direct the sound to the center of the room. Overall they provide great sound. I would recommend them to anyone looking for great sound at an affordable price. I installed 5 of the speakers.

Pros: Great sound and price

Cons: None so far

Satisified

Written by: Scott D. from Edina, MN on May 21, 2013

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Sounds very good in my kitchen. All told, a good value for the money. I would buy it again.

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excellent speakers

Written by: Anonymous from Colorado on June 16, 2012

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These speakers are very nice. Very easy to install. They work excellent as the surround speakers for my home theater set up. The only reason I did not give these a 5 is I would like to see a better speaker wire connection. The connection is burried in the ceiling (once installed) and i would like to see a better connection than the spring clips they come with. They work, but I would like binding posts since they are more secure and pulling the speakers to check a loose connection would be a pain.

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Pretty Good

Written by: JimmyB from Arlington, VA on June 14, 2012

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For the money, these speakers are pretty good! I have 2 in my dining room, and 2 over the bar in the basement. I selected these b/c they were in my price point, and I don't have a sub in these rooms. I also have speaker craft (6" I believe) in my kitchen. I'm glad I have the polks where I do b/c I don't have a sub and the bass is good. My only issue is that the polks are more 'airy' than the speakercrafts. So now I'm looking to put in-ceiling speakers in my living room, and since I have a sub, I will be going with the speakercraft. I find the speakercraft more accurate, clearer separation, and just and easier/warmer sound. At low volumes - doesn't matter...but I like to turn it up and we have parties so we're palying tunes. Side by side I prefer the speakercraft as the mid-highs on the polks is airy/tinty. But the speakercraft cost more. So for the money, without a sub...great ceiling speakers. If you turn it up, listen to music, and have a sub...please look elsewhere.

Pros: cost, base, good at low-medium volumes

Cons: airy as the volume goes up...will hurt your ears at some point.

Excellent Sound - Great Value

Written by: Erik from Fullerton, CA on April 24, 2012

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I have a large great-room (20'x40') with my TV at one end and kitchen/dining at the other. I put 6 MC80s in the room and they sound fantastic. In 7.1ch surround mode, I get amazing separation and crisp sound. For listening to music in stereo (without the sub), the MC80s fill the room and the low-end is good enough that I almost don't miss the sub. I can't imagine better speakers at this price point.

Pros: Crisp highs, great lows, easy installation.

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Soiund Insulation

Written by: Mark P from Evergreen CO on February 11, 2012

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I just put a pair of the MC80s into the ceiling of an office adjacent to my theater room which is on the lower level of my house. The speakers seem to work fine, however, they are in the ceiling of the lower level of my house and I am experiencing considerable sound "leaking" through the floor above to the main level of the house. This is very annoying and limits the sound level that I can listen at if anyone is on the main level. I am going to have to figure out some way to insulate them after the fact. This will be made more difficult as I will have to either tear out a bigger piece of the ceiling to do this or somehow fit the sound insulation material through the small hole made for the speaker. Something to think about if you are working on a lower level.

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Bar Speakers

Written by: Bar Keep from Chicago, IL on January 19, 2012

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I'm very happy with these speakers. I installed them in the ceiling in my bonus room. The only thing to think about is insulation. When I first installed them, I did not have insulation above them and they accumulated a lot of condensation on them. Fortunately they are weather proof! I have since put some insulation over them an all is good.

Pros: Easy installation, great sound

Cons: None

Polk Audio MC80

Written by: Tim from Guam on August 30, 2011

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Easy to install and great sound. After reading the reviews of the speaker i selected a pair of the 8" for my bathrooom ceiling. They sound fantastic but I could have gone with the 6". Very easy to install.

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Very good ceiling speakers

Written by: gw from FL on June 8, 2011

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I installed these speakers as the front speakers (L/R and C) in my den. The sound great and look good.

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Polk Audio MC80

Written by: Joseph from San Jose on 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 MC80 was no exception - great sound and quality. They are worth every penny!

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Polk Audio MC80

Written by: DW from Omaha, NE on February 22, 2011

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These were installed as the front speakers in my home theater system. They hide in the ceiling very well. Easy to install. Real nice full range sound.

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Polk Audio MC80

Written by: RayK from Jacksonville, Florida on February 3, 2011

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The speakers were a snap to install and perform exceptionally well. If any speakers are better or easier to install I would be greatly surprised.

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Solid speaker

Written by: Nick from WDM IA on February 3, 2011

The MC80's are a better speaker and worth the extra money but use them where you need the extra money spent like your fronts (listening ot music, main speaker application) Otherwise use the RC80i's. The average guy cant tell the differance in sound. You more than likely goign to run them with a sub anyway. One note - the speaker grills contain the white paper on the inside as the grills. The RC80i's do not. That paper goes a long way in makeing them blend into your ceiling. Without the paper the RC80i's take on a yellow or brown hue since the tiny holes in the grill let the black color of the speaker itself show through. The white paper on the MC80's makes the entire grill (holes and all) look white. I didnt paint them to match and they look great anyway. I didnt paint the grills on my RC80i's either but it wouldnt have made a differance with the holes, afterall you cant paint a hole. Great speakers, worth the money over the RC80i's. Odds are if your looking at these over the really high end units you couldnt tell the differance anyway. Install was easy. I put them in post construction but i had an attic above the room they went in. Make sure you measure a few times before cutting any holes. You cant just trow them in. make sure there are no joists or other obstructions.

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POlk MC 80 Speakers

Written by: David H from Irvine, CA on January 26, 2011

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Good rich sound

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Polk Audio MC80

Written by: CMW1894 from Central California on January 19, 2011

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Purchased five of these with a Polk 12" subwoofer. Simply AWESOME!!!

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Great price, great sound!

Written by: JK from Tampa on January 17, 2011

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Did not want to go broke buying speakers for media room but still wanted quality sound. Mission accomplished.

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I'd do it again

Written by: Scott from Phoenix, AZ on January 8, 2011

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These were a breeze to install. The center speaker had to be offset a few inches because of a stud in the ceiling. First one took 30 minutes of measuring, second 15 minutes, third 10 minutes (prewired house, but had to cut/mount speakers). They look and feel high quality and the sound is awesome.

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Great For Built-in Surround Sound

Written by: KC from Milwaukee, WI on December 21, 2010

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I purchased three of these along with a pair of Polk RC80i and the Polk PSW111 subwoofer. I use these MC80s as the front three speakers and the RC80i speakers for surround. Installation is really quite simple. Assuming you have the wires in place, just cut a hole, plug in wires, place speaker in the hole and tighten the four screws. That's it. The hardest part was figuring out exactly where to cut the holes so that they lined up perfectly. I was worried that I was going to regret not buying a speaker specifically built to be a center channel (these replaced a set of Bose with designated center channel that sounded great, but I was going for the "built-in" look). My worries were unfounded. These are quality speakers and using one as a center channel works great.

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Outstanding Speakers

Written by: DZ from Houston on December 3, 2010

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I purchased these speakers for a 5.1 system. They installed in a snap, the template worked perfectly. My builder had pre-wired our home, so all the pre-work was done. Sound is awsome!! I have a fairly standard Sony 100W reciever and used the auto-calibration feature to set up the system, easy and now perfect speaker balance. I highly reccommend Polk!

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Awesome performance

Written by: Eric from Cary, NC on January 28, 2010

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I ordered 5 of these for an in-ceiling 5.1 installation. I also ordered the psw111 subwoofer to go with it. The speaker installation was the easiest part of my install. Each speaker literally took no more than 10 minutes to install. Using the included template, I cut the circle in the ceiling where the speaker was to be installed. I connected the wire I ran through the ceiling to the speaker. Next I pushed the speaker up to the ceiling and turned all 5 screws until the speaker was snug. I put the metal guard on speaker front and was done. They fit snug in the ceiling and have great sound. I couldn't be happier!

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Excellent Product when compared with RC80i

Written by: kiran from Houston, Texas on January 7, 2010

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I ordered a total of 12 in Ceiling speakers during Christmas. 4 of them were MC80 (for my living area - 5.1) and the remaining ones were RC80i (for my media room - a 7.1). After installation there was huge difference in sound quality when MC80 and RC80i were compared. You definitely need a sub-woofer to give that quality hearing to your ears for both speakers, however MC80 really stood out. On full volumes, the speakers did not wobble or give any tearing sound, however it was not the same with RC80i. I have hooked up these speakers with Onkyo receivers and there is a huge difference with the sound quality. The sound quality from MC is pleasing and really gives you a home theater effect when watching movies. I wish i could have got all MC80's.

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What's in the box?

Download the Polk Audio MC80 manual

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

Features and Specs

Enclosure Type In-ceiling
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Dome
Midrange Size ---
Woofer Size 8
Woofer Composition Composite
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range (Watts) 20-100
Sensitivity 92 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 50-20kHz
Connector Type Spring clip
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime

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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 MC80 in-ceiling speaker features a 8.0" 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 MC80 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 the eaves of an enclosed porch. (The speaker is not recommended for exposed outdoor use.)

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 MC80 to mimic the look of a recessed lighting fixture. Each speaker requires a cutout diameter of 9.375" and a depth of 4.0625" behind the drywall. Each speaker frame has a 10.5" 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 1.125" drywall thickness. When the cams are rotated, each extends 0.875" beyond the 9.375" 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 3.5 pounds.

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

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The right choice for my in-ceiling outdoor install. Recommended by advisor Tony and I'm familiar with Polk Audio having used their products in the past. Tony's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=69 [ Shawn  Jun 20, 2016 ]
Recommend previously by one of your excellent staff for my home theater. Thank you again Crutchfield never change. [ Michael  May 31, 2016 ]
I installed four of the the Polk RC80i as a surround and am impressed enough with the sound to replace our current center speaker with the MC80 in ceiling. [ kevin  May 29, 2016 ]
Ordered equipment recommended by Lucy. I reviewed and compared specs with your other products both before and after speaking with her and found her advice to be sound and included some of the original products I was comparing. Also ordered Polk RCi80 speakers and two Yamaha amplifiers. Lucy's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=119 [ Ralph  May 21, 2016 ]
Advise [ Jeffrey  May 19, 2016 ]
Recommendations from Ziggy Ziggy's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=37 [ David  May 05, 2016 ]
Recommendation from one of the Crutchfield experts. [ Chris  Apr 14, 2016 ]
i put 4 mc80 in my great room ceiling and they sound great. [ Brent  Mar 21, 2016 ]
Your advisor picked them for me, I have no knowledge of audio products [ LEWIS  Mar 10, 2016 ]
Good history with Polk products and recommended by Tech Advisor for my application [ Dave  Feb 19, 2016 ]
Excellent reviews and a buried specification that this MC80 has a high temperature range that can handle warm attic spaces. [ Harlow  Feb 17, 2016 ]
recommended by crutch team [ Tyler  Feb 14, 2016 ]
Recommendation from tech support [ Philip  Jan 23, 2016 ]
quality speaker compared to others in price range [ Rodney  Jan 05, 2016 ]
recommendation [ Denise  Jan 05, 2016 ]

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No brackets are necessary. You just cut a hole in the ceiling tile, using the template packaged with the speaker. The speaker drops in from the top side of the ceiling tile and clamps to the tile in the same way that "old work" type electrical junction boxes clamp to drywall. [ JOHN F.  Feb 20, 2016 ]
They are not. These speakers would require connection to an amplifier. [ Jeff  Sep 09, 2015 ]  Staff
Thanks Rodolfo, I am taking it that you like them. [ Dave  Dec 07, 2013 ]
hang them up [ RODOLFFO  Dec 07, 2013 ]
Thanks for the input Scott, I really appreciate it [ Dave  Nov 29, 2013 ]
I have been using rhem as part of a whole house, in ceiling, speaker system. Good clarity and bass (almost too much bass if you listen to hip-hop like my kids). I have no experience using them as part of a movie surround sound set-up, but I would not be afraid of them. [ SCOTT  Nov 29, 2013 ]
These are really fantastic speakers. I actually use one for center channel in a ceiling installation. The product is wonderful. I couldn't be happier [ SCOTTH  Nov 29, 2013 ]
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