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Our take on the Polk Audio RC60i

by Barry Montgomery
Polk Audio

RCi Series in-wall and in-ceiling speakers deliver incredible Polk sound to every room of your home without using any floor or shelf space. The RC60i teams a 3/4" Dynamic Balance dome tweeter and a 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance woofer in a slim, circular cabinet that mounts discreetly in your ceiling.

The tweeter's ball-and-socket swivel mount lets you aim it as you please, directing the high frequencies for the best possible sound in your favorite listening positions. The RC60i is voice-matched to other Polk speakers, so you can use a pair as your surround speakers in a home theater system that includes more traditional freestanding speakers for the front channels.

The rotating-cam design makes installation easy — once you've prepared the opening in your ceiling and run UL-rated wiring from your receiver, you can secure this flush-mount speaker with a few turns of a screwdriver. And you can paint the white matte grilles to match any decor.

An optional in-ceiling bracket is recommended for installing the RC60i in a home with new construction.

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Details:
  • frequency response 60-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 89 dB
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • moisture-resistant materials allow safe use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, and under outdoor eaves
  • paintable white matte grilles
  • cutout: 7-9/16" diameter
  • mounting depth: 2-1/2"
  • 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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Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Power Range (Watts)
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20-100
Sensitivity
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89 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?

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  • 2 White in-ceiling speakers
  • 2 White grilles
  • 2 Cardboard templates with paint masks
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online registration card
  • Product Registration Card

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Features
Mounting Options
Specifications

Features

Dynamic Balance Technology: Dynamic Balance drivers are used for wide, smooth response and low distortion.

Woofers: Each speaker features a Dynamic Balance, mineral-filled polypropylene woofer for clean midrange and deep, accurate bass. For a smoother response and improved durability, each woofer uses a rubber surround.

Tweeters: Each speaker uses a 3/4" Dynamic Balance, metalized soft dome tweeter in a ball-and-socket swivel mount. The aimable tweeters give you direct high-frequency control, resulting in excellent imaging even for off-axis listening positions.

Infinite Baffle Tuning: Infinite Baffle Tuning uses the virtual enclosure of in-wall 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.

Mounting Options

Installation: The round shape and flush-design allow the RC60i to mimic the look of a recessed lighting fixture. Each speaker requires a cutout diameter of 7.5625" and a mounting depth of 2.488". Each speaker frame has a 8.897" 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 2" deep from the mounting surface of the speaker and will accommodate up to 1.283" drywall thickness. When the cams are rotated, each extends 0.634" beyond the 7.5625" 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 2.5 pounds.

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

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • Overall: 40 Hz-20 kHz
  • -3 dB Limit: 60 Hz-20 kHz
 

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Video: Polk Audio RCi-series In-wall & In-ceiling Speakers

Video: Polk Audio RCi-series In-wall & In-ceiling Speakers

by Chris Egner, Amanda P.
10/3/2008
 
Video: Polk Audio RCi-series In-wall & In-ceiling Speakers

Amanda and Chris share their impressions of Polk's RC85i, RC65i, RC80i, and RC60i in-wall and in-ceiling speakers in this short video.

 
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4 out of 5

Great surround speakers

Written By Dave, Chicago on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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I was looking for ceiling speakers and have always been an Infinity fan, but the price on these got my attention. Overall they sound great, although front channel imaging is never as good when coming from the ceiling as opposed to directly in front of you, but ceiling mounting was what I needed in this application. Great value!
Pros:
Easy to install, good quality, good overall sound quality
Cons:
Tweeter imaging is good but not perfect....still a high recommendation for the money!
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4 out of 5

Great Speaker

Written By CoryS, Nashville, TN on Saturday, March 08, 2014
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These Polk Audio's are the best speaker you are going to find in this price range. Mine had a little bit of a break in period but came to life pretty quickly. 4 stars because I know you can get speakers that do sound better but if you are an average user these will more than exceed your expectations.
Pros:
Price & Sounds
Cons:
Install. I've installed a few different types of in-ceiling speakers and the brackets that hold them up in the ceiling were a little difficult to work with. Not so much so that I wouldn't buy them again, however.
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4 out of 5

Easy installation, clean sound

Written By ChucktownSC, Charleston, SC on Sunday, February 02, 2014
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I upgraded my rear surrounds and decided to go with ceiling mounted speakers and these do not disappoint. The most difficult part of installation was crawling in the attic and running the wires, but that was expected. If you decide to go this route, plan for a cool time of year. Once installed, these speakers filled the rear of my living room with solid, clear sound. My living room is rather small (12 x 14), which made these Polks ideal for supplying ample sound without breaking the bank. I now have both front and rear outfitted with Polk audio and couldn't be happier.
Pros:
Price, sound, quality and easy installation.
Cons:
None that I can think of.
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3 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By Anonymous, charlotte, nc on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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I purchased 3 sets of these speakers. Two pair are great, one pair has one speaker that has problems, has lots of distortion in the higher ranges. Need Crutchfield to replace it.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By HW, Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Excellent sound
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By James, TX on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Great sound and easy to install. Just what I expect from Polk. Glad I purchased them.
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4 out of 5

Great stuff

Written By Kawena, Kailua Kona, HI on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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recently installed so not much experience with sound but initiallly very pleased. Install was ez and support on prodduct knowledge and assist in selection was OUTSTANDING
Pros:
ez install; great support; attractive ceiling speakers
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By Lisa s, Camp hill, pa on Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Excellent sound and does not take up any room in our small house.
Pros:
Easy to install and adds no clutter
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Polk ceiling speakers

Written By MasterCraft Roofing, Boston MA on Monday, December 09, 2013
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Excellent speakers and installation is simple with a little bit of knowledge.
Pros:
Good pricing, very fast delivery a day excellent product
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By Anonymous, Henderson, NV on Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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Great sound for the price
Pros:
Price
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

work

Written By SteveP, Long Island, NY on Monday, November 11, 2013
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Excellent quality and sound for the price. No complaints.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By Anonymous, Wildwood, MO on Sunday, November 10, 2013
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Great sound from a small speaker. Full bodied with great deep tones. Sounds great at all volume levels. Easy to install.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

sound great

Written By chris g, halifax ma on Monday, October 21, 2013
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These sound great, no complaints
Pros:
Price, sound
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY on Monday, September 30, 2013
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Sounds fantastic! beyond my expectations!
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5 out of 5

Very Happy

Written By Kate, Lincoln City, OR on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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The quality of sound is wonderful and installation was quite easy. I couldn't be happier! Thanks
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4 out of 5

Speakers

Written By techie, maryland on Monday, July 15, 2013
 
can't wait to try them all reviews seem positive
Pros:
great price
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5 out of 5

great!!!

Written By D, Louisville, KY on Monday, July 08, 2013
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Fast shipping great advice on which speakers to buy for HT system. I have not installed yet as I am waiting for house to be built but customer service was awesome and speakers arrived fast.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By Anonymous, Chelmsford, MA on Monday, June 10, 2013
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Great sound, easy install
Pros:
Easy Install, Great Sound
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5 out of 5

Easy to install and sound great

Written By KBTV, St Charles, IL on Monday, May 20, 2013
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The speakers were sold to me on the phone after only a few days of research. I received them very quickly and to be honest was skeptical and a little worried about cutting holes in my living room ceiling. I had no need to worry. The template included worked great and the speakers installed without so much as a slipped screw driver. Once I plugged them in and aimed the tweeters the 5.1 was complete. They sound great.
Pros:
Ease of installation, great sound.
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5 out of 5

The Polk RC60i in-celling speakers.

Written By Jim, Prescott, AZ on Friday, January 25, 2013
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The Polk RC60i speakers sound great. In fact I am thinking about replacing the rest of the speakers for my suround system with the in-wall Polk speakers.
Pros:
Easy to install.
Cons:
I wish that I had installed the brackets during construction of the house.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good Sound

Written By Az, Phoenix AZ on Monday, January 14, 2013
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Good speakers
Pros:
Good sound easy install
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By Bill, Grand Haven on Saturday, January 12, 2013
 
Just had them installed in our kitchen. They sound amazing! Even my wife can't believe how great they sound! Crisp and clear! I love how you can aim the tweeters in any direction.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By Anonymous, Medford, MN on Wednesday, January 02, 2013
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For the price these speakers work great. I these installed in the ceiling in my kitchen sound.
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5 out of 5

Nice Speakers

Written By FW Ute, Fort Wayne, IN on Sunday, December 30, 2012
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Just watched Dark Knight Rises with these as my rear surrounds. Nice, strong sound coming from my ceiling and they were very easy to install. I would definitely recommend these speakers.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60

Written By Eric B, Newport News, VA on Monday, December 03, 2012
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I purchased these speakers to serve as rear surrounds for KEF T series speakers. I couldn't be happier with these speakers. I looked at some higher priced speakers and I'm glad i went with these. A super price for a great pair of speakers!
Pros:
Easy Installation, great sound, low profile
Cons:
no complaints so far
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By PatP, New Braunfels, TX on Sunday, October 14, 2012
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These speakers arrived as promised and look great! We are building a new house and will install them very soon. We can't wait to use them. These were recommended by Crutchfield and they have never let me down before, so I anticipate they will provide excellant quality.
Pros:
I have other Polk speakers and anticipate these will be just as impressive. They look great!
Cons:
None so far
1 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Surpassed Expectations

Written By Ryan, Warwick, RI on Saturday, September 29, 2012
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These speakers installed in the ceiling in approximately 20-minutes since I had pre-run the audio wires during construction/renovation. Installation was extremely easy as long as you took good notes on the wire locations (pictures help). The speakers have been installed for about 3 months now and as I sit in my greatroom (9ft ceilings) having coffee telling my wife how happy I am with my purchase I thought I should go on Crutchfield and let other consumers know. These speakers surpass my expectations. They have plenty of volume if you want to crank them and the clarity is spectacular, even at high volume. The bass only gets better with higher volume, which I guess would be the only "complaint?". I had room for the RC80i speakers and only wish I had gone with those...but that being said I am very pleased with my purchase.
Pros:
Easy installation, Great Clarity, Great volume, Great value
Cons:
Stronger bass at low volumes would make these speakers perfect...however the bass is still good at lower volumes.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sound great

Written By Dave, Upstate, NY on Monday, March 19, 2012
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At first after I had installed them I wasn't getting a whole lot of sound from them but after setting up my receiver and then changing them from a surround to a "B" set of speakers and not having them as surrounds holy cow! These sound great as a surround! I tested them using the first part from the newest terminator movie....awesome! I have a 20' X 30' great room (tv & couches in 1/2 the room) with bose in the front and these speakers set about 1' wider than the fronts and 2' behind the couch. I was going to go with Bose again but after the gret reviews and the low price I tried these first and glad I did.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very happy with these!

Written By DIY bar, Pawleys Island, SC on Friday, January 27, 2012
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It is nice to sit back and listen to music the way it should be. Not only can I hear everything in the mix more clearly, I can often identify the make of the guitar I am listening to!
Pros:
Good price, easy install, awesome sound.
Cons:
Running the wiring in tight spots.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Fantastic Speakers

Written By Dixie Paul, MS on Saturday, June 04, 2011
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I have had these speakers installed in a media room ceiling for a year. They sound fantastic. Very easy to install and when painted the same color as the ceiling, I have to point them out for people to notice them. Buy these speakers, you will not be disappointed.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By ryan, ca on Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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love these speakers, and install was easy. they sound great with my 10 yr old receiver,
still need to upgrade it. i have them outside under patio cover. great sound throughout
the backyard.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By DW, Omaha, NE on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Installed in the soffit above my outdoor deck, really a nice looking intallation.
They have a real nice mid-range sound, but have a little trouble getting to the low range.
Most outdoor speakers do. For an economy priced 6" speaker, I wasn't expecting too
much. These would make an excellent rear surround speaker in a home theater
system (most likely what they were designed for).
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great for the money

Written By Anonymous, Hueytown, Alabama on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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I recently purchased these speakers for my living room to add the last bit of surround sound.
They were very easy install and sound great. I am using these speakers as my
surround speakers and they match well with my other Polk audio speakers. I would
recommend these speakers to anyone.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By A. Holland, Nashville, TN on Monday, February 07, 2011
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Great speakers. Very good sound. Can't beat the price. Excellent Highs for surround
sound. I have them in the ceiling and and you can hear everything. The directional
tweeter is great and is very convenient.
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4 out of 5

Very Good Ceiling speakers

Written By Frank C., Columbia, SC on Thursday, December 30, 2010
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I recently built my house so I had the luxury of doing all the theater wiring before the
sheetrock was installed. Take lots of digital pictures. There is no need to purchase the
new construction bracket for the speakers, one more thing the sheetrock guys can
mess up. I have a very open living area floor plan and 9 foot ceilings. After doing quite a
bit of research and having purchased Polk audio products in the past, I decided to go
with RC60i ceiling speakers for the front and rear left and right. I thought that maybe I
should have gone up to the larger speakers but I didn't want to clutter up the ceiling.
The measurements matched with the recessed lighting. After the install, I was more
than pleased with the sound. I am not one of those people who can hear the difference
between the smallest details in noise levels. I was able to tweak the sound for each
speaker on the receiver and it sounds great! I installed the 5.1 sound system for the
family to enjoy watching movies. The kids and I love it; the speakers are out the way and
blend in well with the wall and the ceilings. I purchased the speakers on line and the
delivery was quick. Easy to install. I would recommend using a rotary tool such a
Dremel trio to cut the holes in the ceiling. Be careful because it can create marks in the
ceiling that you may see even after the speaker is installed. The prices were the lowest I
could find. Check out my other review for the RC55.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nice speakers for the price

Written By DustinB, Milwaukee, WI on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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I purchased these speakers to power from a second zone setup on my Onkyo tx-sr608
reciever. I paired it up with a PSW111 in my formal living room. It is purely just for
background music when I have company over.
The speakers sound really good as long as you are under the "sweet spot" below them.
They are in about a 25'x18' room, and if you are along the sides of the room you lose
some of the highend and detail of the music. I am sending the signal from the reciever
through the speaker level inputs of the sub and using its built-in crossover.
Over all they blend very well together and when you want to crank the volume up they can
handle it. Also since the sub is small and relatively discreate and the speakers mount in-
cieling they earned the approval of my wife, which was very important.
Thank you Cruthcfield
for the great products and Great pricing.
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5 out of 5

Easy Installation

Written By Jeremy Y, Augusta, GA on Friday, September 17, 2010
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Very easy to install.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

good stuff

Written By Eric, Manhattan Beach, CA on Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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My buddy and I installed these speakers for my new home entertainment system with
the PSW111 sub. What a great combo. Hats off to Crutchfield, who not only
recommended the speakers but also included the handy speaker labels.

Action movies, TV and music sound great. What a great value! Thanks again,
Crutchfield. Almost forgot to mention, really simple to install. Great design.

Eric
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By Vincent, NY on Friday, September 11, 2009
 
great sound for inexpensive speaker. more than sufficient for small room home theatre. bass a little weak for music without subwoofer. very pleased
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5 out of 5

Good Sound, Easy To Install

Written By Aaron, Tampa, FL on Wednesday, July 08, 2009
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These in-ceiling speakers are a great deal -- you get Polk-quality sound for around the same price that some stores with big yellow tags charge for their house brand. Installation was a pain for me, but that was due to my attic and insulation issues -- no fault on Polk's behalf. Once I had everything ready to hook up, these speakers fit right into the holes I made using the included template, they fit snugly, and basic drywall can support the weight of these without issue. Their sound is pretty impressive (nothing that will knock your socks off, but comparable to bookshelf speakers priced in the same range), and work wonderfully as surround or surround back speakers in a full home theater set-up. Acheiving quality sound while taking up zero space in a room is worth the effort of the installation. Finally, the Crutchfield team answered all of my installation questions promptly, which was important to me given this was my first pair of in-ceiling speakers. Can't say enough about the amazing customer service you get here. Pool that with an excellent price on good speakers, and the value is unmatched.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By john, Troy, NY on Wednesday, April 08, 2009
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Purchased Polk RC60i in ceiling speakers to use as my rear, surround speakers for a SONY DAV-HDx275 surround system. The installation of the speakers utilizing the templates and the built-in locking system was the simplest system I have ever installed. Also, with the adjustable tweeters, I was able to postion them towards my listening area. The sound from these speakers are great.
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5 out of 5

Great Value, Great Sound

Written By Todd, Linwood, MN on Friday, February 20, 2009
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I recently purchased a new Samsung 50" plasma tv as an upgrade from our old 52" projection screen unit. I soon realized to get the whole HD experience, I would need a blu-ray player and a new HD receiver. I ended up buying new HT speakers as well. The new setup consists of Polk RC60i's for the rear surround, Polk Monitor 40's for the front and a Polk CSII for the center. I re-used our existing Polk 100 watt PSW 350 sub. This all runs through a Denon AVR 1909 receiver with 90 watts per channel. Our family room is 24x22 with 8' ceilings.

The RC60i's as a surround speaker sound awesome. Going from satellite surrounds to in-celing surrounds was night and day. I had already fished the wires (the hard part) so the rest of the install was super easy. They have good, tight bass response and the swivel tweeter lets you aim the highs to really tweak the imaging. The 6.5" size also blends well with our recessed light fixtures. I think they are a steal at this price per pair.

This all replaced a 5 year old Polk RM6600/PSW350 satellite system with a Kenwood 100 watt per channel (read over-rated) receiver. The difference in sound is incredible! The satellites were ok, but had trouble producing "full" sound. The larger drivers in the new speakers really deliver. Easily fills the room with a powerful sound. This is probably considered a budget HT system by most, but I am VERY pleased. Thank you Polk, Denon and Crutchfield.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great for home theater or plain old music

Written By shapnup, Danville, ca on Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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I bought 3 pairs of these for three different rooms. In the family room I used them for the rear channel surround, and they are just perfect as they work with our incorporated powered subwoofer.

In our adjacent dining room and living room, they do the job. They lack the bass many other reviewers mention, but if all you want is good clean reliable sound, you can certainly do without that bass. Pairing them up with a general subwoofer would help them in these locations. OR I recommend upgrading to the 8" speakers which we have in our bedroom. Those too are excellent

Overall, installation was a cinch, quality excellent and sound excellent.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works great

Written By Shawn, Newport News, VA on Monday, February 11, 2008
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I bought these speakers and installed them in my kitchen which is adjacent my living room which has surround sound. in fact the two rooms share a common wall. Anyway, I use these speakers with my onkyo tx-sr702 using the zone2 input which also powers the speakers. Sure, these speakers don't have thumpin' bass, but you don't always need thumpin' bass. The sound quality and range for the polks are great and supply more than enough umph for washing dishes, cookin dinner and entertaining friends and family. I highly recommend these speakers and by the way they were extremely easy to install.
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4 out of 5

Pretty good

Written By Chris, NJ on Friday, January 25, 2008
 
The speakers themselves are not bad at all. Mounting them was no problem. Getting wires to them is a different story if you do not have access above them via a crawl space or attic. Lot's of snaking and dealing with running wires. I put them in my kitchen for back ground music. I added recessed light at the same time which worked out since I was putting holes in the ceiling anyway.

They sound very good for Jazz. The best way I can describe the sound is they are tight. My guess would be from around 150Htz to 20KHtz is reproduced accurately and they are not harsh on the high end. The swiveling tweeters are a nice touch. They lack low end bass response but for in ceiling speakers without a cabinet, I did not expect they would be great at reproducing low frequencies. Basically if you mount these you will want a subwoofer in that area.

I power them with a 100W RMS older receiver. Although I'm pretty sure it's overrated and they get about 40-50Watts RMS.

In all, if your looking for surround, background, fill type fill music these will do the job. However if your looking for complete reproduction of all the music and are somewhat of an audiophile you may want to buy something with a cabinet and find someway to mount them instead.
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5 out of 5

GREAT HOME THEATER SPEAKERS

Written By JOHN, MILFORD,DE on Monday, June 25, 2007
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THESE SPEAKERS ARE GREAT FOR HOME THEATER. THEY PERFORM VERY WELL FOR THE PRICE. I INSTALLED SEVEN OF THEM IN OUR FAMILY ROOM CEILING USING MONSTER CABLE'S IN WALL OR CEILING 14 AWG SPEAKER WIRE. I ALSO USED CRUTCHFIELDS INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOME THEATER SPEAKER INSALLATION. I CALLED POLK THEY RECOMENDED PLACING POLYESTER BATTING ON TOP OF THE SPEAKER WHEN DOING YOUR FINAL INSTALLATION TO HELP SOUND PROJECTION AND PROTECT THE SPEAKERS FROM CEILING INSULATION. I ALSO PURCHASED THE POLK PSW303 100 WATT POWERED SUBWOOFER TO FINISH THE SPEAKER SYSTEM. THE SYSTEM SOUNDS GREAT I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE WHO WANTS GREAT HOME THEATER SOUND AT A REASONIBLE PRICE. I WAITED SIX MONTHS AFTER INSALLATION BEFORE WROTE THIS REVEIW.
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4 out of 5

Whole house sound in the ZON

Written By Nathan, KCMO on Sunday, May 13, 2007
 
I got many of these with the ZON whole house audio system from Crutchfield. They mate well with the ZON amps and have a good clean sound. They don't have a lot of bass but are fine for background music from the ceiling or walls. If used with a subwoofer you'd be all set. I use a pair as my rear L&R speakers in my home theater and they are perfect in this role as well.
I would suggest stepping up to 8in speakers if you don't have a sub.
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5 out of 5

Can't go Wrong!

Written By Liz, Long Island on Monday, January 08, 2007
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The directions (combined with Crutchfield's guide) were well-written and detailed. We were able to complete the installation in a few hours (being very cautious, measuring many times and cutting only once. :) ) We went through our attic, and are now enjoying rich, Polk sound all-around.
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5 out of 5

You cannot go wrong with these

Written By Iggy, Princeton, NJ on Tuesday, October 10, 2006
 
Very easy installation if you have your ceiling wired. I bought a fish tape at Lowes to run my own wires and that was anything but fun. However, I managed to do it on my own without any need to cut aditional holes. Before the installation it pays to do a little homework regarding the positioning of the speakers. Crutchfield has some info on this as well. The next trick is in figuring out where it is feasible to place them. I drilled small exploratory holes and used L-shaped wire, which was about 1/2" longer than the radius of the speaker. Once the holes are cut out and wires in place the installation is a piece of cake. The ability to aim the tweater comes in handy. They sound great but I recommend a subwoofer for the full home theater effect.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By Adam, Madison, AL on Tuesday, July 11, 2006
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I installed 4 of these speakers in my living room and the only way installation could have been easier would be to have paid someone else. All you need is a pencil, dremel with a drywall bit, screwdriver and a shop vac. Draw a circle on the ceiling with the template, cut hole, insert speaker, turn 4 locking cam screws and the speakers are in place. It's that simple. Fishing the walls with speaker wires is a whole different story. They sound awesome, no rattle, and no distortion even when cranked way up. Great value and performance.
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5 out of 5

Awesome Speakers!!!

Written By FItz, Spring Hill Florida on Saturday, June 24, 2006
 
I did extensive research on in-ceiling speakers to find the most clear and crisp sounding applications. It came down to these vs. the infinity (in my price range $200) I even compared the 8" woofer speakers with these smaller ones. These were by far the most clear sounding speakers of the whole lot, even better than the 8" woofer designs. Now you must know that I have a 12" long throw MTX subwoofer so I did not need any base from these at all, just crisp mids and highs. Not only are they superb for surround sound but when I play music they seem to mimic the live sound of music. Amazing! Buy the speaker and you will be impressed.
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5 out of 5

Excellent for surround sound

Written By Edgar, Gilroy, CA on Monday, June 05, 2006
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I just installed 4 of these speakers in my small living room (12x15) for a 5.1 surround system, and they sound great. They were very easy to install. Much deeper bass than I was expecting for a speaker of this size, so they complement the subwoofer really well. This is without any type of baffling behind the speaker, and I have a lot of empty space above my ceiling. The directional tweeter makes it easy to adjust the high end to deflect off the walls correctly. My wife was impressed with the improvement in sound quality versus our previous HTIB system. I would highly recommend these speakers for anyone with a smaller room.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC60i

Written By Thomas, Angels Camp, CA on Saturday, April 08, 2006
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These speakers are great for surround sound. I like them so much I'm putting them in my dining room and office. They sound very crisp and don't rattle. You do need a sub woofer for the lows though.
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4 out of 5

Good deal

Written By JOHN, Southeast, MN on Sunday, January 08, 2006
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Pros:
Flexible and simple installation.
Low installation depth.
Relatively inexpensive.
Cons:
Cheesy spring clips for speaker connection
Crossover components mounted to speaker backing without any protection/covering. Easy to damage; hard to handle; Imagine picking up a hard to handle speaker and your finger accidentally sliding and bending a capacitor. (very nervous moment for me) RC80 is better in this regard since you can handle speaker by rear magnet.
Flimsy woofer cone
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5 out of 5

Super Discrete Surround Sound!!

Written By Harley, Upstate, South Carolina on Thursday, March 24, 2005
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We installed six (6) of these speakers in our great room for our 7.1 surround sound reciever and they are fantastic. Easy to install and well out of anyone's line on site. All of our friends and guests are amazed at the clarity and crisp presentation of this affordable surround sound speaker system.
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I just bought six rc60i speakers for a 7.1 channel surround home theater. My question is should I get one more rc60i for the center channel or maybe a Polk tl3 center speaker? It fits nicely under my tv in the cabinet. Already prewired for center in the ceiling but not sure if it would sound good. Ceiling is 14 feet. Receiver is sony str-dn840. Sub is Polk psw10 [ Corwin  Jan 04, 2014 ]
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  • You really don't want your center or your fronts in the ceiling. They should be directly in front of the listener at ear level (in a perfect world.) [ Martin   Jan 12, 2014 ]
  • I have a 7.1 setup using the rc60i for all 7 speakers. the center channel sounds great however my ceiling is only 10 feet so wether the extra 4 feet would make a difference I cant speak to. [ MICHAEL   Jan 05, 2014 ]
Is there a difference in the design between in-wall and in-ceiling speakers (besides rectangular versus round)? [ Carl  Dec 12, 2013 ]
4 answers
  • Not that I can tell. It looks like the same quality of manufacture and materials in the magnets, surround and cone. The bass response is determined by the enclosure which in this case is the wall or ceiling. I have a subwoofer that takes care of the low end. [ WILLIAM   Dec 13, 2013 ]
  • Not really. The in wall that I bought were bigger and produce a much deeper base response. Also, the rectangular series has a separate tweeter . I highly recommend both . [ ALEX   Dec 13, 2013 ]
  • Performance specs are obviously different. I think mounting options available are different too. [ RICHARD   Dec 13, 2013 ]
  • I actually have 4 round Polk audio rc60i I'm my living room , two in fron on the top approx 4 feet from my flat screen an two right above where we sit in the couch we also have the rectangular Polk audio in the wall one on each side of the goat screen and the clarity and bass is awesome Feels like your in a movie theatre Hope that helped a little [ JESUS E   Dec 13, 2013 ]
Unless I missed it, the manual doesn't address protecting the speaker from insulation, dust, mice, crud, etc. if mounted in the ceiling and exposed to the attic. Is there a cover (similar to some car door mounted speakers) that you recommend? [ Carl  Dec 12, 2013 ]
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  • My speakers were installed into existing construction. The process might be different for new construction. It's not clear to me how one could make a mass produced cover for installation in existing construction. I used some cardboard and a razor knife to fashion a "dam" to keep the insulation off my speakers. Proceed at your own risk. I assume a speaker won't generate enough heat to ignite cardboard, so proceed at your own risk. Mice - we got a cat after a mouse stole my Koss earbuds off my desk. Problem solved! [ DAVID   Dec 14, 2013 ]
  • Sorry Carl, couldn't answer your question. My builder installed and they were installed between floors, not in an attic space. [ HELMUT   Dec 13, 2013 ]
How to install the speakers after construction? [ Gilbert  Nov 30, 2013 ]
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