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Polk Audio PB 65

Pre-construction brackets for
RC65i in-wall speakers

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Polk Audio PB 65

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These pre-construction brackets are designed to hold Polk's RC65i in-wall speakers. Use the included wings to attach the bracket to wall studs before the drywall goes up. Polk provides brackets, gaskets, and all the hardware you'll need to do a quick and easy installation.

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What's in the Box:

  • 2 Plastic speaker frames
  • 4 Plastic wings
  • Eight 1-1/4" Sheetrock mounting screws
  • Eight 5/8" Machine screws
  • Cardboard template
  • Instruction sheet

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In wall Speaker mounting brackets.

John from ipswich, MA on 3/12/2016

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It just so happens I finished installing this product yesterday. I had to wait for the Foam Insulation to go in first. I ran the wire first, then lined up the Brackets where I wanted them and made sure they were level. I then installed two 2x4 studs, top and bottom to reinforce the Brackets on both speaker locations. This I find was a critical up grade to hold the Brackets very strongly and rigid. It did not take long and worked out to perfection. It was not in the instructions but having experience in building was a no brainer for me. Before I even bought the Brackets I new ahead of time that this was crucial. This method can be done in a preexisting wall but would certainly be a little more difficult. BUT, it can be done if your looking for a great base for your Speakers.

Pros: It's an awesome tool for in wall Speaker installation. You just need to know ahead of time what's involved with the install and plan ahead.

Cons: For the people that are not hands on or handy I can see this being a little daunting. I suggest that the Manufacture Co. update ther instruction sheet to help people know what to expect.

Easy Installation, little flimsy

SeanF from Chicago, IL on 11/6/2014

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I am in the process of getting my basement finished, so since it was pre-drywall, I figured I would use the mounting brackets. They were super easy to put up, and I found that it will make final installation of the speakers very easy. They are not the best made product and the screws it came with are very soft as the heads spun off on a few of them when screwing into a stud. That said, it does what it is supposed to do, although, should be much cheaper.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: A little pricy

Easy Installation, Cheap Screws

GabeP from Horseshoe Bay, TX on 8/25/2013

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Straight-forward, simple installation in a new-build home. My only complaint is that the drywall screws provided with the brackets are a bit substandard. All but two of them broke off at the head when screwing them into the studs. Not expensive to replace them, but it did result in an inconvenient trip to the hardware store. House is not complete yet, so not sure how much of a difference these will make vs installing the RC65i speakers without brackets.

Pros: Easy installation.

Cons: Sub-standard drywall screws provided.

OK for New Construction

Matt from Atlanta, GA on 1/25/2011

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I used these before the drywall went up. They are just ok...very flimsy, and the screws that come with them to attach to the wood studs are awful. Use drywall screws or buy some wood screws to attach to studs.

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low value

gardner from des moines, IA on 1/20/2010

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You'll spend more time installing and adjusting these brackets than the actual speakers. For the price, you get some molded plastic, which seem to be relatively low cost to produce. When installing the machine screws that hold the brackets together, strip and loosen easily, then when you screw in the drywall style screws to the studs, the bracket gets pulled out of level or square, as the screw drifts in the wood. The screws that came with it, will break off w/ minimal torque, so discard those and use drywall screws. If the whole bracket and side wings were molded one piece, it would be better. I liked the PB85 style better. Installing the bracket before drywall will cause you to have to cut and line up the drywall hole precisely with the bracket, but if you skip the bracket and cut the hole in the drywall later, then the hole position is less critical. I also installed a pair of RC65i without brackets in existing drywall, and cut the hole in the same amount of time as installing brackets elsewhere.

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Overview: The Polk PB65s are pre-construction brackets for the Polk RC65i in-wall/in-ceiling speakers. The included wings mount to the supplied speaker bracket and to the wall studs or ceiling mounts, giving you a sturdy mount to install the speakers. Each bracket requires a cutout in the drywall 7.5" wide x 10.875" tall.

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