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Polk Audio RC6s

In-wall/in-ceiling stereo input speaker

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Polk Audio makes it possible to get smooth stereo sound from a single speaker. The RC6s in-wall/in-ceiling speaker, sold individually, includes two soft dome tweeters for true stereo highs, and a 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance® woofer with dual voice coils, which generates left and right channel mids and bass for lifelike stereo imaging.

The RC6s is great for areas in your home — like a hallway or walk-in closet — where it's impractical (or impossible) to accommodate two separate speakers. And it's ideal for larger areas where a stationary "sweet spot" won't do. You've experienced it before: at one end of the room, you hear the guitar and vocals from the left channel, and at the other end, you get the bass and drums from the right. If you're lucky enough to be standing in just the right spot, you might be able to hear it all. But the RC6s makes these issues moot by delivering stereo sound from a single speaker.

Polk constructed the RC6s using moisture-resistant materials, so they're safe to use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, and even under outdoor roof-eaves. It's the safest and easiest way to get stereo sound in an enclosed shower stall.

The rotating-cam design makes installation a simple and painless proposition — once you've prepared the opening in your ceiling or wall 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 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:

  • sold individually
  • 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance composite cone woofer
  • dual 3/4" soft dome tweeters
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-100 watts
  • frequency response 40-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity 89 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • cutout dimensions: 7-5/8" diameter
  • depth (assumes 1/2" drywall): 2-5/8"
  • spring-loaded Push Post connectors for use with bare speaker wire
  • moisture-resistant materials allow safe use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, and under outdoor eaves
  • paintable white grille
  • lifetime warranty

Polk Audio RC6s Reviews

Average Customer Review:

37 Reviews

Satisfied with the product, ceiling installation

Written by: Todd from spokane, WA on February 8, 2016

Easy to install and sounds great!

Pros: installation, quality, fast shipping and great customer service.

Cons: Non observed so far

Great product, great audio quality

Written by: anias1902 from kingston, NY on January 29, 2016

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Installed these my self with a buddy. They were easy to install, they sound good, and do a great job filing my kitchen with sound.

Pros: Good sound, great having L and R in same speaker for my set up.

Cons: They are only 6 inches so i couldn't put my head through the hole to help run the wires.

Polk in ceiling speakers - RC6s

Written by: SK from New Rochelle, NY on January 23, 2016

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Slick, discreet footprint with the audio punch I was looking for.

Pros: Small, flush with ceiling, easy installation

Cons: No magnetic cover option.

Not a bad product for the price

Written by: Engle from Woodland Park, CO on January 22, 2016

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This speaker has thin or tinny mid tones.

I gave it 3 stars because it's not bad for the price, it just didn't fit my needs.

I returned them and am now shopping for something a little more high end.

I love Crutchfield's site and their return policy is top notch.

Pros: Good price for what you get.

Cons: Thin mid tones. Tinny

Great speaker

Written by: GregM from North Carolina on January 11, 2016

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Purchased for the bathrooms, great product, easy installation

Pros: Easy install

Cons: bass not as strong as big speakers, but worth it for ease and blending in

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Written by: Ryan from Spokane on November 5, 2015

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Great Product, Great Price

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Written by: DR D from California on September 30, 2015

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What can I say but, best price, perfect service, quick shipping and correct. These speakers sound great and are perfect for back ground music where stereo is not required. But when you crank them up they really sound great.

Pros: Stereo in one speaker.

Cons: None

Good sound solution for outside

Written by: Doc Mark from New Braunfels, Texas on July 12, 2015

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I have used this speaker in my home for more than seven years. Recently I had to replace one thanks to painter induced damage! Polk still manufactures a fine speaker in the RC6S. I have 5 outdoors in covered locations and three inside in damp locations. All continue to provide excellent sound despite the heat and dampness for south Texas. Placed all the speakers in custom volume sound boxes for protection and better performance. Technical data provides optimal volume of such enclosures. Excellent value for the money.

Pros: Easy install, excellent long term performance, great for outdoors (covered) and damp locations (bathrooms).

Cons: None apparent.

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Written by: Anonymous from Texas on June 9, 2015

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Great product. Easy to install

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Written by: Henry from Florida on June 4, 2015

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The Polk Audio RC6s speakers sound spectacular. I was pleasantly surprised how well you can hear all the lows, mids and highs all working in concert with each other!

Pros: Great sounding speaker!

Cons: Can't think of any.

Polk RC6s

Written by: bhb from White House, TN on May 17, 2015

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I installed 4 of these speakers in my living room for a home theather experience. Unknowingly these are not the speakers I should have ordered as they each have the connections for right & left channels. I overlooked or the information wasn't clear at the time I placed the order. They work well and I have the sound I was going for.

Pros: Easy installation

Cons: The installation instructions don't cover my type of application, but they are not expected to be used connecting only one channel to each speaker so they function as I used them. Tech support helped with this and I could have returned for different speakers.

Quality speakers at the best price possible

Written by: S. Salomon from Thornhill, CA on May 16, 2015

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I've always been a big fan of Polk speakers, ever since I purchased my first pair of Polk towers. I found this Polk single ceiling speaker, stereo sound in single speaker, designed for humid locations. I am going to Install it in a bathroom ceiling connected to a Bluetooth amplifier, to allow playing music directly from a cell phone or any Bluetooth device.

Pros: Polk superb quality and sound

Cons: None

Polk Audio RC6s

Written by: Anonymous from Birmingham, Al on January 27, 2015

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Easy installation. Great sound for the price.

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Great product for the price

Written by: suzy from Pennsylvania on December 14, 2014

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This product has great sound quality and is a wonderful addition to our newly installed Home theater system. We love the quality, easy install, and price for the product.

Pros: Price, sound quality, easy install

Cons: N/A

Nice General purpose speaker

Written by: Ryan from Salina Ks on October 18, 2014

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These are great little speakers for general listening purposes

Pros: Easy to mount

Cons: Old fashion wire grills I wish they were the magnetic style. its hard to paint them and install the grill without scratching the paint

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Written by: Mark from Mesa, Az on July 19, 2014

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Great economical speakers

Pros: Easy to install with good sound

Cons: None so far

Great sound

Written by: Scott from Torrance Ca on July 4, 2014

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I was it sure to expect when I bought these speakers. I installed one in our kitchen and one in the livingroom and was blown away by the sound. The stereo sound filled the room and different sounds were present from different sides of the room.

Pros: Easy to install Great sound Great value

Cons: None to speak of as of yet :)

Easy to install. Sounds great.

Written by: Anonymous from Boston, ma on February 28, 2014

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Very easy installation. The quick clips for the ceiling install were easy to use and manipulate. This is installed in a galley kitchen, about 6feet x 14feet with a 8 foot ceiling. I thought about using 2, but went with one and the sound fills the room. Shipping was timely. Thanks again crutchfield!

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Written by: John from Enfield, CT on December 23, 2013

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Nothing less than expected, an awesome quality and sounding speaker for the price!! What a concept for a small area like a bathroom, a single stereo speaker!!

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Written by: pc from Baton Rouge, La. on June 3, 2013

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not hooked up yet, but appear to be a very good product for the money

Pros: nice looking easy to install

Cons: none

Polk RC6s

Written by: Ron K from Pearland, TX on December 15, 2012

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This speaker performs very well in a small to mid size room. I placed some insulation with the paper side to the speaker behind it and I got a good sound. Don't think you could get much better sonund from any other speaker!

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Written by: Bailey from North aurora, il on November 9, 2012

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Great speakers, very impressed by the quality! Easy to install.

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Quaity at an attractice price

Written by: Happy Customer from Marietta, GA on October 6, 2012

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I was looking for a modestly priced product with reasonable performance. When I unpacked the box, I found more than I anticipated as the quality of the speakers exceeded my expectations. Works well as speakers 6 and 7 on my home theater.

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Grate spearkers

Written by: Ralph from Orlando Fl. on September 25, 2012

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Great speakers instllation was easy and they sound great.

Pros: Price

Cons: Nothing yet.

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Written by: DLLUSCH from Kearney, NE on August 21, 2012

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The order arrived promptly and the speakers are now in a working beautifully.

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Written by: lc from Atlanta, GA on June 18, 2012

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I ordered these speakers for my rear surrounds and they surpassed expectations.

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Stereo speakers fit the bill!

Written by: Karl from St. Petersburg, Florida on May 16, 2012

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Speakers were just what we needed in our animal clinic. They are very easily to install in acoustic ceiling tiles, attractive, and sound great. I bought six of these stereo speakers and a six-zone selector / volume control unit (Niles). Now we have total control over the music in all areas of the building. As usual, Crutchfield was awesome to deal with. They always exceed my expectations.

Pros: Easy to install, attractive, sound great.

Cons: None

Polk RC6s

Written by: FR from Warrington, PA on April 23, 2012

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Installed 2 of these in our kitchen/dining room re-model (13'x27'). Very good sound for in-ceiling speakers this size and price range. I will go back and install some more insulation in the surrounding cavaties to hopefully improve lower end and keep sound from traveling into upper rooms. Have only had them a short time (1 month) so rated at 4 rather then 5 for now. May be getting 2 more for master bedroom in the futrure.

Pros: Very good value. Good sound from small speaker. Lifetime warranty.

Cons: None yet.

Great imaging, easy install

Written by: AaronB from Norwich, CT on February 2, 2012

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I installed two RC6s recessed speakers in my living room and kitchen areas. The install was incredibly easy; use the included template to draw the opening and cut through with a drywall saw. Using the super simple torque tabs on the speaker all you have to do is push it up through the hole and use an electric driver or drill on the four screws.

The built-in electronics flawlessly merge the left and right channels, which was critical for my application, and the sound quality and bass response are superb. I can recommend these speakers for any stereo recessed application.

Pros: Easy to install, superb sound quality, attractive removable and paintable grille.

Cons: I actually can't think of any.

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Written by: Jack R, from Northern NY on September 17, 2011

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Install was simple if you take you time. Speakers sound and look great !!

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Written by: Shawn from Morgantown, WV on April 27, 2011

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I bought this speaker to put in my bathroom. The speaker is just what I was
looking for...good sound and easily installation.

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Polk Audio RC6s

Written by: Paul from San Francisco Bay Area on March 30, 2011

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I installed this speaker in my small-ish bathroom and the sound quality is
excellent, but I had hoped that the dual tweeters would provide a bit more
spaciousness than they do. It sounds like a single speaker and it doesn't fill
the space like I had hoped. In hindsight, I think I would buy a more traditional
dual speaker set-up. I have a conventional set of Polk speakers in the ceiling
of my kitchen and they sound great. As for the installation itself - about as
simple as you can get. Running the speaker wires through the attic was the
hardest part.

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Great Listening

Written by: Sue from PA on March 10, 2011

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We didn't have much room for 2 speakers, this worked great. Sounds great too.

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Written by: FrankB from Marlboro NJ on November 11, 2010

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Great sounding speakers and installation was a breeze. I used one run of 16/4
in wall rated speaker wire (for each speaker) and I was ready to go. I have
these in three rooms and I think I am going to use them for the rest of the
house except for our media room. I think I will go for some other Polk products
I have been researching.

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Perfect match for surrond sound setup

Written by: Matt from Northern CA on October 21, 2010

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I used a set of these in a In-Ceiling surround sound setup. They installed
easily and they are nice a clear. Don't let the two sets of connection throw you
off , for a simple surround sound setup just use one set of black and red
connectors.

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Written by: Mark from SLC on September 23, 2008

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We put 4 of these in our basement finish. They are very easy to install and the sound is great for a single woofer design. I would have put these in the upstairs rooms if I had known about them. They are great for the money spent. Polk does a great job in the in wall market. Thanks also to Crutchfield for the great CS!!!

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Excellent Small Space Speaker

Written by: Spencer from Fort Worth, TX on September 10, 2008

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I bought 3 of these speakers; 1 for the master bath, 1 for the wife's closet, and a spare just in case. These are excellent speakers for the smaller areas of the house where a pair or left/right speakers just don't make sense. The sound quality is great and the power handling is sufficent for the area we are using them in. We enjoy listening to music and news/sports. They make a great speaker for filler if you just want some sound playing while you are getting ready for work or relaxing in the bath before bed. I can't say enough about how much we have loved and used these speakers. I am seriously thinking about adding more of them throughout the house.

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What's in the box?

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  • 1 In-ceiling stereo input speaker
  • 1 White grille
  • 1 Cardboard template
  • 1 Plastic paint mask
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online registration card

Features and Specs

Enclosure Type In-ceiling
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Soft dome
Midrange Size ---
Woofer Size 6.5
Woofer Composition Composite
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range (Watts) 20-100
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 55-20kHz
Connector Type Push posts
Bi-Amp Inputs Stereo input
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime

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Features

Dynamic Balance: Dynamic Balance is a proprietary Polk Audio technology using laser imaging to determine what combination of speaker materials create the least amount of resonance. Eliminating resonance in speakers results in a wide, smooth response and low distortion.

Woofers: The RC6s features a Dynamic Balance, mineral-filled polypropylene woofer for clean midrange and deep, accurate bass. For a smoother response and improved durability, the woofer uses a rubber surround.

Tweeters: The speaker uses two 3/4" Dynamic Balance, metalized soft dome tweeters for smooth, accurate highs.

Stereo Sound: The dual tweeters in a stereo faceplate deliver left and right channel highs, while a dual voice coil driver automatically sums left and right channel mids and bass, giving you lifelike stereo imaging.

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 speaker in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, even under outdoor eaves.

Mounting Options

Installation: The round shape and flush-design allow the RC6s to mimic the look of a recessed lighting fixture. The speaker requires a cutout of 7.563" and a mounting depth of 2.625". The speaker frame has a diameter of 8.907". Once the hole is cut, the speaker can be dropped in and the Rotating Cams can be tightened, allowing you to secure the speaker to the drywall without any extra assembly.

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

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • Overall: 40 Hz-20 kHz
  • -3 dB Limit: 55 Hz-20 kHz

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Moisture resistant for master bath installation. Good value for the money. [ ROBERT  Feb 06, 2016 ]
Super helpful. Super patient. Super friendly. These guys rock! [ David  Feb 04, 2016 ]

8 questions already asked

I would not. I would find a "marine" speaker that boaters would use. [ Michael  Jan 13, 2016 ]
Yes, I used them in my family room and they sound great with my Denon 5.1. As you might know, with the speakers mounted in the ceiling you don't need to have the sound up quite as loud in order to easily hear your program or music. I think they make the whole experience a great one! [ TOMMY L  Apr 09, 2015 ]
You could but this speaker is like having 2 it takes up four ports on your receiver 2 red 2 black ,which i did not know when i purchase luckily my receiver could accommodate 12 speakers hope this helps [ DARRIN  Apr 09, 2015 ]
Yes Michael. These would work just fine. If these are the speakers you have for your system. They sound great and will be able to give you the channel of audio you are feeding it. [ Tra  Mar 02, 2015 ]
I used them in the ceiling of my family room and they sound great! [ TOMMY L  Mar 02, 2015 ]
This a single speaker with both channels so I don't believe it can be a true left or right You can put the speaker for each channel using 2 speaker I use it in a restroom for the tv in the morning or background music But don't please call crutchfield and ask them ! They are great [ KATHY  Dec 27, 2014 ]
yes it will [ RONALD  Dec 26, 2014 ]
If wiring both sides to one channel does no change the impedance of the speaker, I would say yes. The wider dispersion would enhance the Atmos effect. [ Steve  Dec 26, 2014 ]
Well I can tell you this speaker is awesome!!! It has great sound and something you should know is this speaker is and has the sound of two speakers ,and it takes up two spots for every speaker. YES that's right so if you only have four outputs you use only one speaker there are 4 wires that need to be hook up for this speaker great quality and sound I went with a 12 speaker 1300 watt receiver and love it I needed just 2 of these for my upper level and have 6 of the rectangular polks for my lower level and these are also indoor or outdoor use as well [ DARRIN  Oct 31, 2014 ]
I've only used them as stereo. when I set up my system they sounded pretty good as mono speakers [ VINCENT  May 10, 2014 ]
I've purchased seven of these last year. They should work fine as mono, just need to jump the two channels. I was building a vacation home and used these for outside covered patio that wraps around half of the house, hallway and kitchen. Wanted to be able to hear both channels if you are sitting under one speaker. So I ran two pairs of wire to each speaker, have independent volume controls for each zone at the location of the zone. They sound great. Ric M. Chelan, WA [ RICHARD  May 09, 2014 ]
Bought and installed these in June of 2013. Since I only ran one speaker wire to each location in the ceiling, I opted for these and chose to split the power and ground cords to both channels. I have 4 in my house, they all are better than we could have imagined. Without a doubt I would recommend these. [ JOHN T  May 09, 2014 ]
These are great mono speakers. I have one installed in bathroom ceiling. I made a box between the joists to enhance the bass. I highly recommend them. I cannot comment on using 2 of these in the same room since I have no experience with that. [ ANDREW  May 09, 2014 ]
Yes I painted my MC6s and they turned out really good. The hardest part to paint were the screens but not bad at all with a rattle can. [ JARRIN  Jan 01, 2014 ]
No, I have not [ LOUIS  Dec 31, 2013 ]
Yes, I had the painter match the color for each room and paint the grills and plastic borders. Looks great! I do know he used a special paint but I have no clue what it was. also he sprayed the grills. [ GERALD  Dec 30, 2013 ]
Yea, it was easy. Spray paint the mesh grill seperately and use the included plastic cover while painting the speaker ring/housing. Easiest part of installing these speakers. Any specific questions? [ JOSHUA T  Dec 30, 2013 ]
I would say no. It is actually a two in one speaker with connections for right and left channel. And while it is a great speaker for whole house stereo use it probably does not have the right imaging to be used a s a center channel. [ DANIEL  Dec 18, 2013 ]
Not sure if you want to use this speaker as a center speaker. This speaker is a true stereo speaker and has 4 terminals L+, L-, R+, and R-. If this is what your center channel delivers then this will work fine. Otherwise if your center channel is only C+, C- just get a standard non stereo speaker. [ TOM  Dec 18, 2013 ]
Yes, I suppose you could but I would not make that recommendation. The speaker has dual inputs for both a right and left channel. I used it for a mono speaker off a niles amp (whole house sound) hidden in a small bathroom. It sounds great doing what I wanted but I think Crutchfield could help you with a better choice for a center channel. [ LEE R  Dec 18, 2013 ]
No this is a single stero speaker use as a stand alone unit I did use the standard wall speakers as the center channel with no issues [ KATHY  Dec 18, 2013 ]
I don't believe it is desirable since it is a stereo speaker. It requires a pair of left and right, so it is ideal for a small room to get stereo sound. It is a great small stereo speaker. Polk has a great center channel speaker. It is also great but a little pricey. Technically most speakers that are not stereo would work but the center channel is the hardest working so don't skimp if possible. [ ANDREW  Dec 18, 2013 ]