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Polk Audio RC80i

In-ceiling speakers

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If you want top-notch Polk sound for all your music and movies, but don't want to sacrifice the floor space that standard speakers require, the Polk RC80i in-ceiling speakers offer a perfect alternative. Each one includes a 8" Dynamic Balance woofer and a 1" Dynamic Balance dome tweeter for rich, full-bodied sound throughout your listening area.

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 RC80i 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 RC80i in a home with new construction.

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  • frequency response 50-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 90 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: 9-3/8" diameter
  • mounting depth: 3-1/4"
  • lifetime warranty

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Pleasantly Surprised

Written By Devin, Minnesota on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Pleasantly surprised by how well the speakers sound right out of the box, thoroughly impressed with the sound for the price

Polk RC80i Ceiling Speakers

Written By Reflexred, Texas on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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These speakers are great for the price, they are a little heavy on the bass but this can be adjusted through your amp or receiver. They were a breeze to install and just require a little confidence when cutting the holes in your ceiling. remember measure twice cut once. Overall, quality speakers for the price.

Pros: easy to install, great price

Cons: little heavy on bass

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By SG, cambridge ma on Sunday, May 03, 2015

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Great speakers, clear sound.


Written By jrminaz, Arizona on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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For the price, these speakers rock. I have no complaints with this purchase. Great quality and a nice rich sound.

Pros: price, sound, ease of install.

Cons: None

Very Good Ceiling Speaker

Written By FLDan, Florida on Monday, April 27, 2015

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These speakers are used for my surrounds on a basic 5.1 system. Excellent sound quality. Assuming wiring is already there, the installation is complete in less than 30 minutes. Template is provided. I will be purchasing two more pairs for different rooms in my home. Crystal clear sound, produces bass well for a ceiling speaker. Can't go wrong with these speakers. Very affordable, excellent sound.

Pros: Sounds great, excellent quality, easy install

Cons: None

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Jimmiy, Wichita, KS on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Installation was a snap! The hardest part was getting over the fear of cutting a hole in the newly finished basement ceiling. I was going to get ceiling speakers from Monoprice but after reading the reviews in both sites, one common thread came through: you get what you pay for. I know I sacrificed sound quality by using this type of speaker, and I didn't want to sacrifice anymore by getting a bargain speaker. They are inastalled and look great, I have not hooked them up yet. But if the reviews are half right, I will have a great sound for my TV room.

Pros: Easy installation and hook up

Cons: None...

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Anonymous, Maryland on Monday, April 20, 2015

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Very good speakers.

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Written By Fred, Jacksonville, FL on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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I would like to thank Crutchfield sales advisor for recommending me the ceiling speakers from Polk bass sounds so fabulous crystal clear

Pros: Polk Audio crystal clear sound well worth the money

Cons: none found


Written By Surround Junkie, Kentucky on Sunday, April 12, 2015

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I bought these with the Onkyo nr838 with Dolby Atmos and I feel like I'm in the XD theater. Extremely satisfied with the power of the sound coming thru these speakers

Best boom for the buck

Written By kasperily, Oregon on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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Bought a pair of the RC60i's a few years back. Needed a new pair for another location and decided to get the RC80i, wish I would have got these the first time around. Another pair may be in my near future.

Pros: Sound great, good price and easy install

Cons: none as of yet

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Jake, Laurel, Md on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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These are very nice speakers for the money. They were very easy to install and they sound great. They arrived within 2 days of ordering them. I am a happy customer and will order from Crutchfield again in the future.

Pros: Good value for the money and easy to install.

Cons: None.

Nice speakers

Written By Mark, Texas on Monday, March 23, 2015

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Connected to an onkyo tx-nr626. Clean sounding speakers for the price. Sounds so good that my wife wants me to order 2 more and install them in the bedrooms

Pros: Clean sound, price, blends in nice to ceiling

Cons: None

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Written By Ken, New Jersey on Friday, March 20, 2015

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Polk Audio RC80i

Written By PaulP, Bel Air, MD on Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Product is as described. Good quality, price. Nice sound to compliment other Polk speakers for a home theatre system.

Pros: See above.

Cons: N/A

Good speaker

Written By Brandon, Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Sounds great!

Pros: Great for music.

Cons: None yet.


Written By TimO, SC on Sunday, March 08, 2015

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Great price, fairly easy installation (assuming wires, etc. there), and excellent sound. Will rattle a bit with volume from wireless system turned all the way up on the device, os simply turn down device a little, and then use speaker volume control. Sounds great, and very pleased.

Pros: Price, installation pretty easy (requires cutting sheet rock and mounting).

Cons: not "top of the line" (but close especially for the price)

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Ron W., Mississippi on Monday, February 09, 2015

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Awesome speakers ! Great value and warm full sound.

Good ceiling speakers

Written By Alan M., New York on Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Bought these speakers based on my knowledge of the company, the Crutchfield advisor's recommendation, and pricing. We paired the speakers with the Onkyo TX-NR828. These ceiling speakers exceeded my expectations. They are truly wonderful speakers and I can see how couch potatoes are created.

Excellent Speakers

Written By nmcgarvey, Parker, Colorado on Friday, January 02, 2015

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The first review is for Crutchfield. After a less desirable experience with a local big box store, the Crutchfield representative walked me through options at various price points. He guided me to these for their quality, performance and value. They were priced better then the other store. Installation was super easy once I got over the anxiety of cutting into my family room ceiling. The template that was provided was perfect. I am using these RC80i's for my home theater in our family room. The perform very well and met my expectations.

Pros: Value for the performance. Crutchfield makes the difference. I feel like I examined the appropriate options and made the right choice with their guidance.

Cons: None so far.

Excellent Speakers

Written By Anonymous, Texas on Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Very pleased with these speakers. Have 4 in my living room and 2 more in my garage. They sound great.

Great Sounds (Fronts)

Written By JimBo, Nevada on Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Using these for Fronts in a 5.2 ch. MC80 Center recommended since the majority of sound comes through here. Only needed the RC60i for the rears

Pros: easy install. Pre-primer'd grills make spraying a synch!

Installed in Basement

Written By K. T, Broomfield, CO on Saturday, November 15, 2014

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I installed these myself in our basement that we just finished, along with Polk Audio TSi100 bookshelf speakers, Polk Audio PSW111 subwoofer and a Polk Audio Center Channel 255c-RT connecting to a Yahama receiver. It sounds awesome!! If you are an audiophile, you can probably pick a few things apart, but for everyday use in a basement TV area it came together great.

Pros: Easy to install. Sounds great.

Good music speaker

Written By Anonymous, Clinton, UT on Sunday, October 12, 2014

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Good quality and a reasonable price. The speakers have strong bass and clear treble but lack a little in the midrange. Because of this sound, these speakers will make good music or even surround speakers but may not be the best for dialogue or low level listening.

Pros: Strong bass and clear treble.

Cons: A little weak in the midrange.

RCi 80

Written By Jose, virginia on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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Great sound, I have 4 in the basement for a home theater and just tried this 4 for music last week birthday party and every one was asking about it . Easy to install temple work fine and great price. Will recomend this product.

Pros: Sound, price,

Polk Audio RC80i Speakers

Written By Ron P., Pingree Grove, Illinois on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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These Speakers are awesome. Extreamly Fair Price. Sound is impeccable. Wouldn't go anywhere else.

Pros: Best Sounding Speakers ever

Cons: None


Written By J-Real, Nashville, TN on Thursday, September 18, 2014

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I used to the speakers for in ceiling surround sound. They fit the bill to a T! Excellent sound for the price.


Written By mom2son, murrieta on Friday, September 05, 2014

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This was a birthday gift to my son ~~~ he was very happy!

Great Sound!!!!

Written By Keith H, Toledo Oh on Saturday, August 30, 2014

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I installed 2 pair of these speakers in the ceiling of my outdoor patio and they sound great....the sound is crisp and clear

Pros: Easy to install...nice cut out template provided

Cons: None

Polk RC 80i

Written By Derick W., Dallas Texas on Friday, August 15, 2014

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Great speakers. Great cost.

Pros: Great sound, almost invisible. Excellent customer support from sales rep.

Cons: None

Great sound for the $

Written By Grant, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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Great sound! Great price! I order too many speakers and needed to return a box and was blown away with how prompt and friendly Crutchfield was. I will never do business anywhere else. Thanks again!

Great Speakers & Investment!

Written By Johnjay, Marlton, NJ on Friday, July 25, 2014

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I love these speakers. For the price I think they sound fantastic! They were easy to install and I now have a 9.1 system powered by the Denon AVR 5805. I recommend them.

Pros: Crutchfield's lightning FAST delivery. East to install, nice appearance and sound.

Cons: NONE!

Very Satisfied

Written By DonP, Lebanon, PA on Monday, June 09, 2014

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Very happy so far with the quality and sound of these speakers. I bought them for our home theater and they sound great. I'm told that they get even better as the materials break-in with time.

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Anonymous, Bridgeton, NJ on Monday, June 02, 2014

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Great quality sound, just what I had expected since it is sold by Crutchfield

Great sound. Easy install.

Written By RussellO, Oklahoma City, OK on Friday, May 30, 2014

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Great sound for the price. Installation couldn't have been easier. I ordered 2 pairs for both front and rear speakers and ordered the Polk Audio MC80 (single speaker) for the center channel. Clear, crisp sound with plenty of bass.

polk Audio RC80i

Written By Bill V, Houston,Tx on Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Speakers were as describe. Nice looking and sound OK to me. We have one pair in the ceiling and one pair in the wall. We installed them ourself. Not that big of a problem. The lip around the edge is sufficient that the hole did not have to be that exact. Ran into one problem in that where we wanted to put one speaker was too small. Had to cut a 2x4 a little to get it to fit.

Excellent sound and quality

Written By Joe B, Queen Creek, AZ on Saturday, May 10, 2014

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excellent sound and quality!

Great for the price

Written By Anonymous, tampa, fl on Monday, April 28, 2014

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Great speakers for the price. Really like adjustable tweeters. Installed myself. Very easy installation.

Pros: Easy install great price look clean in ceiling sound great adjustable tweeters

Cons: None

Great sound, easy install

Written By Anonymous, Arlington, MA on Monday, April 14, 2014

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We bought these to replace our bookshelf speakers with in-ceiling speakers to save space. These speakers provide excellent, full sound and were a snap to install

Pros: - great sound - easy install - clear instructions

Cons: - somewhat difficult to remove grill for installation and painting

Polk Audio RC801

Written By Rick, New Jersey on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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Just had a Def Tech Center, and two Klipsch towers for a number of years. I added two RC80i's for my surround in the ceiling. Very good sound quality, and now my head spins from the surround sounds. I should have added this years ago. I place the speakers behind my rear couch, and the sound bounces around, I like it.

Pros: Ease of Install, Sound Quality at a decent price.

Cons: None.

Good choice

Written By Kba, Huntsville,Al on Monday, April 07, 2014

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Thanks for the help did not need much help had in previous home . Had to go with what I know is good

Good Purchase

Written By Chris, Chattanooga, TN on Saturday, March 29, 2014

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Using for Rear surround sound - they work great!! Easily installed and almost 'invisible' when installed. The directional tweeters are also a very nice feature.

Great Speakers

Written By TimE, macedon ny on Friday, March 28, 2014

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Easy to install , massive crossover network. Using for rear surrond. I matched with TSI 300 fronts and CS center. More bass than I expected. Replaced Infinity 2000.1 bookshelf speakers and the difference is stunning

Pros: Easy to install , sound awesome. Cheap but very well built

Cons: none

Updating with Performance

Written By Desert Rat, Apple Valley, CA on Thursday, March 13, 2014

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We needed to update 25 year old speakers throughout the property and the Polk Audio RC80i has worked well. We do have to drive them a bit for the low end to come through in this application.

Pros: Clear sound, sold in pairs.


Written By JeremieH, Kingfisher, OK on Thursday, March 06, 2014

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Great speaker and easy to install!

Pros: Easy to install and great looking!

Great Speakers for the price!

Written By Sean, Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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I have used these speakers on several projects and they never disappoint my clients. Great sound anywhere in the room.

Pros: Easy installation, great sound and price

Cons: none

Great rear surround option...

Written By DariusB, Boise, ID on Monday, March 03, 2014

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I'm using these as the rear channel in a 5.1 set-up. These were very easy to install and the sound performance is very good. Primary use is movies and gaming. This is my first 5.1 set-up so I don't have a lot to compare to. I can say that if you are debating whether to go 5.1 and install rear speakers (vs front only) yourself a favor and go with the true surround if you can. The rear speakers really enhance the movie and gaming experience. These speakers perform very well. I'm impressed with their range and clarity. The directional tweeters are also very helpful.

Pros: Ease of installation, directional tweeters, impressive range and fullness of sound, price is pretty good for what you get.

Cons: None.

Fantastic value

Written By Ivanb, Houston, TX on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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The Polk RC80i ceiling speakers are awesome. They are very easy to install. They sound very crisp and have great midrange response. These also blend well with my Polk CSi A4 center channel. The tweeters can be swiveled to be aimed toward your listening position. Great value!

Pros: Great value Sound very clean and crisp looks great in the ceiling space saving

Good value

Written By Rob, Charleston, WV on Friday, January 17, 2014

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Best part about my buying experience was the advice from Crutchfield customer service. Very helpful & answered all of my questions thoroughly. Much better than dealing with the local big box stores - like night & day.

Pros: Great deal. Easy to install.

Cons: nothing yet

Fantastic Speakers at a Great Price

Written By JonS, Jacksonville, FL on Monday, December 30, 2013

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Fantastic Speakers at a great price. Replaced a set of Klipsch" that were blown. These are rich full and perfect for my system. I called Crutchfield and talked to an advisor and he stated that I would probably not be able to tell the difference between these and more expensive models. All I know is they sound fantastic at a great price.

Pros: Sound Great Great Price Fit it the Klipsch Holes perfectly

Cons: None

Great Speakers!

Written By Dave, Monroe, CT on Saturday, December 28, 2013

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Awesome! I took these out of the box, followed the directions, and had them installed and working in no time. They sound great and look good in the ceiling with the as-is white. Using pair as rear surround sound 5.1.

Pros: Easy to install Sound great

Cons: None

Nice look

Written By Sam S, Maryland on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Compliments rc 85i speakers nicely!

Pros: Nice compliment for surround sound

Cons: None

fair enough for 2way Speaker.

Written By Anonymous, Gilbert on Monday, December 16, 2013

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if you could afford a 3-way speaker 70 RT.. It will best way to go.

Just buy them already...

Written By m t, Benton KY on Monday, October 21, 2013

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These speakers are super affordable and I love the sound that I get out of them. I bought 4 pairs of them for my office over 2 years ago and liked them so much I recently installed them in the ceiling of a new home that we are currently building.

Pros: Great sound, affordable.

Cons: None

Easy to install

Written By MKPA, Waynesville mo on Saturday, October 19, 2013

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Fast shipping, needed ceiling speakers as a new hardwood floor didn't need wires popping up to stands. The fronts will be Polk Tsi mains and center on a large entertainment center. Found a center between rafters, marked it with a nail, used the provided templates, used a hand saw rather than a rotozip and smoothed it with sandpaper. Used a drill till tension showed and finished with a Phillips hand screwdriver. Once I reset the Macc on the pioneer elite vsx51 they came to life as the rear surrounds, amiable tweeters work well. Yes I would recommend these as rear surrounds, I've used 14 gauge wire that I fished down through the wall and attached to a wall speaker outlet that I put in at the same time. Took half the afternoon. Would have been quicker but the GF decided she needed her nails

Pros: Great sounding speakers, can handle anything from Bach to Armageddon, nice price point for a pair, can be installed by one person

Cons: Eh, just take your time installing,

There is more to movies and music then you think

Written By CottonTop, Tarheel State on Saturday, September 14, 2013

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Polk is the only way to go people. I have 4 of these along with a Polk powered sub, Polk center and Denon receiver and it will blow your socks off! Everyone that has heard this system says the sound is coming from everywhere, crisp and clear. It is definitely worth taking the time to install flush mount speakers than buying a out-of-the-box system. Worth every penny!

Pros: Great sound, easy install and look great

Cons: None

Great Speakers

Written By SamG, Lake St. Louis on Monday, September 02, 2013

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These speakers work good as entry level HT Ceiling speakers. Great value.

Pros: Price

Polk RC80i

Written By Bobh, Cincinnati,Ohio on Thursday, August 15, 2013

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I recently purchased a condo in which the previous owner had removed the rear ceiling speakers leaving hoples in the ceiling .Your staff recomended these speakers. I couldn't be more pleased with the results.

Pros: Good sound quality

Great Sound for a Great Price

Written By JimmyG, STL on Monday, August 05, 2013

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I have a very large house that was all pre-wired for speakers but didn't have any. I was looking for a decent speaker that wasn't too expensive since I was going to buy multiple sets. I tried one, loved it, and bought them for the rest of the house. I use them as rear surrounds and as main speakers in different rooms of the house.

Pros: Easy install, great sound, very nice looking

Cons: Be careful when installing. When you screw in the drywall fasteners, you'll be tempted to switch from a screwdriver to a screw gun/drill because it takes a little while. That's fine, but put it on a low torque setting otherwise, you could easily crush the drywall around the hole you just cut. It's not a product flaw, just a warning to be careful.

Nice Product

Written By mark, Hawaii on Friday, July 05, 2013

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I have 2 sets of these Polk speakers in the ceiling of my garage and they sound good. Not the best sound but nice for the price.

Pros: Nice product for the price.

Cons: Grills are cheaply made.

Polk RC80i

Written By GregS, Hendersonville,NC on Monday, June 03, 2013

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I have 4 of the Polk RD85i speakers in the walls of the bonus room along with 2 Polk RC80i speakers in the ceiling and a Polk TSI CS10 hooked up to a Onkyo TX-NR515. The sound is amazing and would like to thank the Crutchfield customer service for their help getting this all together.

Easy to install. Decent sound

Written By Anonymous, New Haven, CT on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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These speakers came right on time and were well packaged. I was impressed with the Crutchfield website and customer service. The speakers were easy to put into the ceiling. I actually bought four of them for my surround sound system. On a scale of one to ten I'd give them a Seven in terms of sound quality. A bit tinny sounding but the sub helps out. Would buy again because of the price and quality.

Great for a beginner

Written By Chase, Arizona on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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Great price and they sound much better than what I was using before (Home theater in a box). Haven't tested much more expensive models. Also, I have installed and uninstalled them about 10 times and have not had one clip break. I guess just realize that you are in fact dealing with plastic and be realistic when tightening it.

Very good speakers at a great price

Written By Picky John, Chicago, IL on Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Speakers were nicely packages and easy to install. I'm planning to use them in a remodeled kitchen and tested these speakers out by hanging them from the joists in the ceiling. They sounded crisp and clear. I can't wait to hear them after the ceiling drywall is in place and I re-install the speakers. I'm hoping the enclosure will help the bass a bit because it was not as strong as I would have liked. I may have to augment with a subwoofer to get a deeper bass response. The speakers are very good for a kitchen ceiling.

Pros: Great looking, easy to install, good sound clarity for the price.

Cons: Could use a little more bass, but that is what a subwoofer is for.

Great Speakers

Written By Clark, Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Just finished our basement and went with polk speakers for 5.1 surround system. Great sound and easy to install.

Pros: Price & Sound. Working with Crutchfield is the only way to go. I'll never shop anywhere else for electronics.


Written By TONY J, Harrisburg, PA on Sunday, April 21, 2013

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These speakers have revealed a whole new dimension to my music. I didn't know what I was missing. matched them with the Polk CSi A4 (center speaker) and a pair of Polk RTi A1 speakers. Great sound!!!!!!

Pros: Look great and sound great.

Cons: None

Wall Speakers

Written By qtbern, Streetsboro, Ohio on Monday, April 15, 2013

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I'm loving these speakers.

Sound great!

Written By Ben, Walled Lake, MI on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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They're a little flat with no EQ, but once I installed an equalizer with the AMP-100, they had a great tone, tons of bass and clear highs.

Great Speakers

Written By Jake, Central Florida on Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Great sounding speakers and easy to install!

Pros: Easy installation, sound quality, directional/adjustable tweeters

Cons: None

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By ShawnDawg, Lehi, Utah on Saturday, March 09, 2013

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Great speakers, great sound, and easy to install. Bought 5 pairs.

Pros: Can move the tweeter. Good bass. easy to mount.

Cons: None at this time

Brilliant speakers for rear surrounds!

Written By Toby L., Davidsonville, MD on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Just installed these as rear surrounds in the ceiling for a 7.2 channel set up in my media room. They sound absolutely fantastic (lows, mediums and highs) and will be paired with Polk 65RTs as surrounds, Polk RTiA7's as fronts and a Polk CSiA6 as my center. The pivot-able tweeter is key too and it really allows you to direct your sound where it's most critical to you. Very happy with the way Polk provides a template for the cut-out in the ceiling and the fastening system works flawlessly. Just be sure not to over tighten these AND do not worry about the grill as it will be difficult to get off (the reason it is hard to get off is so it stays on when the speaker is in use). Take a corkscrew and try to lift the speaker ONLY from the edge of the grill (where it meets the plastic/woofer). Just pry a little bit from 4 different points and eventually you will loosen the grille enough to get it off. Pry only from around the edges people!!! What a brilliant design across the board from Polk Audio. 5 STARS!!!!!

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Anonymous, Ashburn, Va on Saturday, February 16, 2013

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Sounds great, easy install, affordable and fast delivery. Well done Crutchfield.

polk rc80i

Written By jbdv, poolesville, md on Friday, February 01, 2013

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I haven't been able to install these yet but there seems to be some issues with getting the grill covers off without damaging the grill covers. I found that you need only to hold the speaker in your lap and slightly push down on the sides and working all the way around the speaker. The grills will then start to pop right out of the enclosure. No need to use a bent paper clip. The speakers seem to be well built and should live up to all the previous reviews. jd

Like Being at the Symphony

Written By Dr.M, Pittsburgh, Pa. on Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Speakers are heavy and need additional support on my 2X 2 foot drop ceiling tile. I used 1/8" hardwood plywood above the ceiling tile to clamp onto! Wood available inexpensively at Lowes. The speakers have great sound, strings sound great with the tweeter and bass is more than acceptable. A luxury to have in my dental operatory. You can't get much more sound definition for the reasonable cost of this pair of speakers. Speakers are attractive and well made.

Pros: easy to install in ceiling tile, went without a hitch. Great Sound! Crutchfield had them to me in 48 hours, packed beautifully. Telephone support was exceptional! These guys really want you to be happy.

Cons: None

Polk Audio RC80i in-Ceiling speakers

Written By MikeT, Tampa, FL on Saturday, January 05, 2013

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Ease of install was incredible! The templates were right on and after cutout the self treading screws locked the speakers into the ceiling with ease. Quick connect clips were positioned great and the low profile of the magnet made avoiding one ceiling joist a breeze!

Pros: Great package pricing for the two speakers

Cons: None apparent

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Jeff, Shreveport, LA on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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Extremely user friendly and easy to install

Pros: Easy to follow instructions, sounded great in kitchen where the accoustics aren't the best.


Written By Dave, Ohio on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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The sound quality performance of the speaker was certainly acceptable for the price. The complaint is purely with the grill covers and how the instruction guide directed me to remove them with a bent paper clip which resulted in bent grill holes. Must have taken over an hour to gently coax them off without damage, all to no avail. A preferred packaging solution would have been like their higher end models(i.e.- MC80) where the covers are not attached from the onset. I'll be seeking replacement grills from Polk. I'm curious how they will handle my request.could be off to Definitive.

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Anonymous, Puyallup, WA on Sunday, October 28, 2012

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Excellent sound for rear surround.

Pros: Easy to install in ceiling

Cons: No literature on whether you let insulation contact the speakers. I chose to make an enclosure behind them made out of round concrete forms about 12" tall with a styrofoam top and lined with felt. Keeps the insulation off the speakers and sounds good

Pleasantly surprised

Written By Anonymous, Indianapolis on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Great sound from an inexpensive speaker. I have paired these 4 in-ceiling speakers with a subwoofer and have achieved a much better than expected result... easy to mount and great to listen to... thanks

Pros: Audio quality, ease of installation, inexpensive, good name for home resale

Cons: i got nuttin

easy install, work great

Written By chris2neikirk, norfolk, va on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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sound quality is fine for our use - they are in a 15' ceiling in a business. We also painted them black to match the ceiling - very easy to do with the templates provided. We did need to buy an extra support to place them in ceiling tiles as they were a little heavy.

Pros: easy install, easy to paint

Cons: heavy

Good Choice

Written By RC, WNC on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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Easy install. I chose for outdoor ceiling use. Don't expect great sound or performance, but you get what you pay for. Good middle of the road speakers.

Pros: Easy install, moisture resistant, price.

Cons: Sound a little harsh. Not great frequency response.

Awesome product

Written By David, New Braunfels, TX on Friday, July 13, 2012

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These speakers are awesome. To be honest, i have no other in-ceiling speakers to compare them to but they sound amazing. They are being run by a Denon 2312-CL and they sound good. For the price, you can NOT beat this!!

Pros: Easy to install, sound great, affordable.

Outdoor Deck Speakers

Written By Dan F, Omaha, Ne on Friday, May 04, 2012

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Simple to install and sound GREAT!!

Pros: That I can use these outside underneath my covered deck!! Sound Quality and look great!

Cons: none

Must buy

Written By Anonymous, Corpus Christi, TX on Sunday, April 15, 2012

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Excellent speakers for my surround. Easy to install (wires were pre-run when the house was built) and great sound. Call the 800 number and talk to an advisor before a purchase. They are very helpful and and made choosing the right speakers for me easy.

Pros: Easy to install and really great sound. Tweeters are adjustable.

Cons: none

Sound great for the price.

Written By CKC, Jacksonville, FL on Monday, April 02, 2012

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Bought a pair to expand to 7.1 with my existing B&O surrounds. Built .8 CF boxes of 3/4" birch and mounted them in the ceiling. The Polks sounded much better than I thought the purchase price would get me. So, I bought a second pair to replace the B&Os in the back surround locations. I boxed these also and drove them with my main channels to get a feel what they would do. In these boxes, they reproduced most of the spectrum extremely well. Hit pretty hard and tight, and the highs were pretty clean. I mounted these permanently in the back surround location. Now, I'm extremely happy with my full Monitor Series setup.

Pros: Sound quality, price, directional tweeters.

Cons: Ceiling installs make a mess.

Great sound for the price!

Written By Kcj, Barrington, IL on Saturday, March 24, 2012

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The sound quality and construction cannot be beat for the price point. The mounting system couldn't be easier. The in ceiling speakers do lack some of the quality bass and lower frequency but most in ceiling/in wall speakers do.

Overall a great pair of speakers for the price.

Nice! as rear surround sound in ceiling speakers.

Written By Wilson, Pa on Thursday, March 01, 2012

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The Polk Audio RC80i in ceiling speakers are used as my rear surround sound speakers powered by a Denon AVR-891 Receiver and, they sound awesome. I ordered the speakers through Crutchfield and they were shipped well packaged and, the delivery was quick. It took the installer a few hours to run wires through the ceiling and walls but, it was worth the wait. The speakers themselves installed effortlessly.

Pros: Sounds Great!!!

Cons: Running wires through the ceiling and down the walls (with insulation) took a while.

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Anonymous, CT on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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Very happy with these speakers it is my 4th set. great sound for the price very easy to install

Pros: aimable Tweeter very easy installation

Cons: None

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Rob, MI on Wednesday, February 08, 2012

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I bought 2 pairs and put them in my basement ceiling and they sound great. I would recommend them

Pros: easy installation / clarity / responsive

Cons: none

A True 5 Star for Crutchfield & Polk RC80i

Written By Mike, SE Iowa on Monday, January 09, 2012

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Bought four of these for our kitchen remodel and installed all of them in the rough openings in just one hour. They are VERY easy to install and sound great. Crutchfield had a great price on them and my order came in a timely fashion with no problems. I accidently bent one of the grills during installation and called Crutchfield for a replacement. Not only did I talk to a real person, they are sending out a replacement grill at no charge to me! Way to go Crutchfield, you went beyond the call of duty!

Pros: Easy install, great sound, great price

Cons: Be careful with the grill - they are a little sensitive.

Good sounding, easy to install ceiling speaker

Written By Anonymous, SW Ohio on Friday, December 30, 2011

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Bought these Polks back in late 2010 and finally installed them just before the end of 2011. Took my time so the job took 1 to 1 1/2 hours but the end result looks great and the Polks sound far better than I would have guessed. Glad I went with the 8" Polks.

Pros: Templates are actually the correct size (don't assume they are with all in-wall, in-ceiling speakers). Mounting clips work easily and can be worked with a screwdriver (don't assume this will all speakers). Sound is better than I would have guess for price and brand.

Cons: Nothing bad to say about the Polks. Installing ceiling speakers is a messy job with lots of drywall dust but the end result with the Polks looks very good.

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Chris, Solomons, MD on Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Speakers sound great. Also want to add:

Everyone is complaining about how hard it is to get the grill off. Here's the fix. Someone posted it earlier. Use the screws/locking mechanism that hooks it in the ceiling or wall and push down on them pretty hard. The screws will push the grill out for you and you'll be all set.

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By DavidD, Beverly Hills, FL on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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These speakers provide excellent sound quality throughout my home, came at a reasonable price per pair, and were very easy to install thanks to the easy locking mechanism that automatically "clamps" the speaker to your ceiling or wall drywall.

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Gabe G, Durham, NC on Thursday, May 12, 2011

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Best design for installation I have ever seen. Much better sound than the 60i.
I have been exceptionally pleased given the price point.

Not Good Enough

Written By David, Cincinnati on Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Installed these speakers in basement ceiling for general use in 4 zones. Not pleased with the sound quality. They sound is muffled and lacks crispness or decent bass. Ended up not using some of these and coudn't return them as too much time had passed. Purchased Infiniti speakers and replaced a set with them and the Infinitis sound fantastic. Also wish as I had discussed my needs with the sales technicial that I had been recommended to use the speakers where Left and Right are built into one unit. That would have saved a lot of cutting and provided me with the same outcome.

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Mike, Dallas area, TX on Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Very nice speakers, easy to understand on how to install. The grill screens
were a little tough to remove (to access mounting screws), but not
insurmountable. And they sound great. I would highly recommend these

High quality - good value

Written By JeffM, Gilbert, AZ on Sunday, February 20, 2011

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I am very impressed by these speakers. The construction seems very high quality.
Installation was exceptionally easy - literally just cut the hole in your drywall using the
included template, hook up the wires, and turn four screws for each speaker. I am
using these as a stereo pair in a secondary room, primarilary for music. The sound is
very good. Overall for the price this is an outstanding pair of speakers.

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By John, Utah on Wednesday, February 09, 2011

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Great speaker for the price. This sounds more full and dynamic than the 6" speaker.
Well worth buying up to this 8" speaker. I rate this a 5 star and the 6" a 3 star. This 8"
handles the power good and delivers great sound and rocks the room. Would
recomend a sub woofer to get those deeper and fuller base sounds. I paired 4 8" for
front and rear with a PSW125 sub and I am happy. Installed 8" pairs in 3 other rooms
and 6" in 2 rooms.

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Mark K, Connersville, IN on Monday, February 07, 2011

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After a lot of research and reading reviews on other products i chose Polk RC80i. They
are a great speaker for the money.

Great value for money

Written By Nick, WDM Iowa on Thursday, February 03, 2011

Solid speaker. Well made. Nice performance. I purchased 4 of the these (rear surround,
back, and center) and 2 MC80 for the fronts. Although they are not voice matched to the
MC80 they work well with them. Especially in the positions they are in. The MC80's are
a better speaker and worth the extra money but use them where you need the extra money
spent. Otherwise use the RC80i's. They are better with a sub but an 8" woofer performs
well. you need a sub to really bring out effects in movies, especialy with in-cieling speakers.
The average guy cant tell the differance in sound. One note - the speaker grills do not contain
the white paper on the inside as the grills on the MC80's do. That paper goes a long way in
makeing them blend into your ceiling. Without the paper they take on a yellow or brown hue
sicne the tiny holes in the grill let the black color of the speaker itself show through. The white
paper on the MC80's makes the entire grill (holes and all) look white. That is my only
complaint. Otherwise the funntion very well.