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Polk Audio RC6s

In-wall/in-ceiling stereo input speaker

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by Tom Mathew
Polk Audio

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.

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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

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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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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

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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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4 out of 5

Nice General purpose speaker

Written By Ryan, Salina Ks on Saturday, 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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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC6S

Written By Mark, Mesa, Az on Saturday, July 19, 2014
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Great economical speakers
Pros:
Easy to install with good sound
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Great sound

Written By Scott, Torrance Ca on Friday, July 04, 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 :)
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5 out of 5

Easy to install. Sounds great.

Written By Anonymous, Boston, ma on Friday, 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!
Pros:
Easy install
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC6s

Written By John, Enfield, CT on Monday, 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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4 out of 5

Polk Audio RC6s

Written By pc, Baton Rouge, La. on Monday, June 03, 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
2 out of 16 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk RC6s

Written By Ron K, Pearland, TX on Saturday, 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!
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC6s

Written By Bailey, North aurora, il on Friday, November 09, 2012
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Great speakers, very impressed by the quality! Easy to install.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Quaity at an attractice price

Written By Happy Customer, Marietta, GA on Saturday, October 06, 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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5 out of 5

Grate spearkers

Written By Ralph, Orlando Fl. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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Great speakers instllation was easy and they sound great.
Pros:
Price
Cons:
Nothing yet.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC6S

Written By DLLUSCH, Kearney, NE on Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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The order arrived promptly and the speakers are now in a working beautifully.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC6s

Written By lc, Atlanta, GA on Monday, June 18, 2012
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I ordered these speakers for my rear surrounds and they surpassed expectations.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Stereo speakers fit the bill!

Written By Karl, St. Petersburg, Florida on Wednesday, 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
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Polk RC6s

Written By FR, Warrington, PA on Monday, 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.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great imaging, easy install

Written By AaronB, Norwich, CT on Thursday, February 02, 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.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC6s

Written By Jack R,, Northern NY on Saturday, September 17, 2011
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Install was simple if you take you time. Speakers sound and look great !!
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC6s

Written By Shawn, Morgantown, WV on Wednesday, 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.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio RC6s

Written By Paul, San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday, 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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Listening

Written By Sue, PA on Thursday, 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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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC6s

Written By FrankB, Marlboro NJ on Thursday, 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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect match for surrond sound setup

Written By Matt, Northern CA on Thursday, 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.
5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC6s

Written By Mark, SLC on Tuesday, 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!!!
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent Small Space Speaker

Written By Spencer, Fort Worth, TX on Wednesday, 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.
20 out of 22 people found this helpful
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3 questions already asked

Do these work well as just a mono speaker? Picked 2 of these up without realizing they are stereo. Just looked at the price and ratings. [ Gene  May 09, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • 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 ]
Has anyone tried painting the Polk Audio RC6s speakers? [ Andy E  Dec 29, 2013 ]
4 answers
  • 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 ]
Can this speaker be used as a center channel is a 5.1 arrangement? [ fredp  Dec 17, 2013 ]
5 answers
  • 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 ]

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