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Polk Audio RC80i

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by Barry Montgomery
Polk Audio

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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Details:
  • 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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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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N/A
Woofer Size
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8
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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90 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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50-20kHz
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/in-wall 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 an 8" 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 1" 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 RC80i to mimic the look of a recessed lighting fixture. Each speaker requires a cutout of 9.375" and a mounting depth of 3.25". Each speaker frame has a diameter of 10.685". Once the holes are cut, each speaker can be dropped in and the Rotating Cams can be tightened, allowing you to secure each speaker to the drywall without any extra assembly. 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 4.5 pounds.

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

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • Overall: 35 Hz-20 kHz
  • -3 dB Limit: 50 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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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

Great

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!
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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)...do 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.
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5 out of 5

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
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4 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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3 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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 done...eh
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,
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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
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4 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
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4 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

EXCELLENT

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
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5 out of 5

Wall Speakers

Written By qtbern, Streetsboro, Ohio on Monday, April 15, 2013
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I'm loving these speakers.
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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!!!!!
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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
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4 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Rc80i

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.
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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3 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

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.
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4 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
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2 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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
speakers/brand.
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
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2 out of 5

Polk RC 80i speakers

Written By David H, Irvine, CA on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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These speakers produce weak sound; I use them as rear speakers, and they are
drowned by my Polk MC speakers in front.
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5 out of 5

Great For Built-in Surround Sound

Written By KC, Milwaukee, WI on Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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I purchased three of these along with three MC80s and the Polk PSW111 subwoofer.
I use the RC80i speakers for surround and the MC80s for the front three.
Installation is really quite simple. Assuming you have the wires in place, just
cut a hole, plug in wires, place speaker in the hole and tighten the four
screws. That's it. The hardest part was figuring out exactly where to cut the
holes so that they lined up perfectly. They sound great and are probably good
enough to be used as a front two if not a front three in a surround sound setup.
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5 out of 5

Really good BUY

Written By Anthony, LA. on Sunday, November 21, 2010
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The sound quality is very good, especially for the price. Installation is pretty simple. It
takes a little bit of work. I installed mine in the ceiling(2 pair). Since the back of the
speakers pertrude into the ceiling or wall depending on where you mount them, make
sure you know what is behind the sheetrock like a stud for example. You don't want to
cut a hole and then realize your speaker won't fit into the wall/ceiling. Then, you would
have to fix the hole you made. OVERALL, I am very satisfied and would recommend this product to anyone.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Chris L, Raleigh, NC on Monday, November 15, 2010
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Installation was easy and these speakers sound great. No complaints.
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4 out of 5

Happy

Written By Kenny, Buckeye, Az. on Saturday, June 12, 2010
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I'm happy that I got the Polk RC80i's they sound great and were easy to install. The only problem I had was a little blown in insulation in my face when I made the cutouts. Crutchfield made the buying process simple.
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4 out of 5

Solid Speaker, Good Value

Written By Patrick, Atlanta, GA on Monday, May 10, 2010
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First I definitely recommend going with the 8". I installed the speakers, rather easy to do with the cutouts, and installed R30 insulation batting behind the speakers. They have a very flat sound as is out of the box. It took me a while to put a finger on it, but finally I tweaked them and they came alive. Essentially, what I found in my ceiling was the 2.0 khz range was low or dead out of this speaker. I tested a bunch of music and settled on a song I am very familiar with, I tweaked the EQ in my reciever to +3 DB for the 2.0KHZ range and now they sound right...Very good, with proper adjustments they will come alive.
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4 out of 5

Great Speaker, Easy Install

Written By Greg, Portland, OR on Monday, September 14, 2009
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Really nice speakers for the price. You can't beat it. Certainly not super-high end by any means. The low end response is not fantastic, so make sure you've got a sub-woofer in the room! Installation is as easy as possible (ceiling and wall installations are always difficult and time consuming.) I highly recommend these speakers if you're not looking to drop $500/each (IMHO, the price point where the untrained ear can actually hear a difference).
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Joe P, Detroit, MI on Wednesday, July 01, 2009
 
Outstanding sound quality. Install was a piece of cake.

Install tip: Use a rotozip saw w/ the circle cut accessory, and set the hole
to 9 3/4". This is a much cleaner way than using the template and
standard drywall saw, while cutting perfect circles in the drywall.
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5 out of 5

A must buy

Written By montejal, Navarre, FL on Monday, June 22, 2009
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Outstanding sound quality. These speakers are perfect for any type of listening pleasure. Definitely a must have, 7.1 in the ceiling!! Yeah.
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5 out of 5

Easy installation, great sound

Written By Jim, Chautauqua, NY on Sunday, June 14, 2009
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I purchased three pair for in-ceiling installation of five speakers. I had to buy them in pairs, but at this price, having a spare is no big deal.

I spent far more time measuring and using a stud finder than I did installing these. Very straightforward. Template was sized right, and speaker connections are solid.

I am very pleased by the sound...they are used as surround sound and for cranking the tunes whenever I can. I paired them with a Polk subwoofer and the system sounds great. They look sharp - very unobtrusive - and they sound great...clear at all volume levels. I like to crank up the volume and these don't disappoint.

I am not sure what to do with the sixth speaker...but, at this price, I'll keep it as a spare or sell it on an auction site. Nice product quality.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Jason, Gaithersburg, Md on Monday, April 13, 2009
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Outstanding product - very easy to install and the sound they generate is first-rate. The installation took less than 2 minutes (once the ceiling hole was properly drilled). The screw-in latches that secure the speakers to the ceiling are incredibly well-designed - very intuitive and easy to install. The sound quality is excellent - crisp and clear. I would strongly recommend this product to anyone looking for a set of ceiling speakers.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Douglas, Novi, MI on Thursday, March 26, 2009
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These speakers were the perfect solution to acheive 7.1 with the space and room configuration limitations I had. Easy to install and great sound! I'm very happy with the product.
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Peter, Columbus, Ohio on Friday, January 16, 2009
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I recently bought Sonos (great product), and I needed a pair of good, moisture-resistance speakers to extend Sonos into my bathroom. These speakers certainly filled the bill. They sound great at all volume levels, they look great, they ware not expensive, and they were very easy to install.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Chris, Maine on Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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I am not an audiophile. I bought these after reading the reviews here on Crutchfield.com. They work as advertised and sound great. They were easy to install, and are unobtrusive once installed.
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5 out of 5

Great speakers

Written By Jennifer, California on Tuesday, April 15, 2008
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These are great speakers. The first time we listened to them, we were amazed at the quality of the sound. The size was perfect and the price was very good compared to other speakers we were looking at. They are also very easy to install.
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5 out of 5

You can't go wrong with these speakers

Written By Michael, Orange County, CA on Sunday, April 06, 2008
 
I bought these to replace my rear surrounds that I have with my Polk
RM6900 and the minute I turned on a movie, I was in awe! My wife asked if
we could put these in every room of our house as we are planning a whole
house system. These are easy to install, VERY affordable and the sound is
second to none for the price.
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4 out of 5

Good Speakers

Written By Keith, Seattle, WA on Saturday, April 05, 2008
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The speakers are easy to install. I put in 8. 4 in a great room and 2 in each of the larger bathrooms with a volume control for each. They sound really good. I was also worried about bass response but the speakers perform better than advertised in my opinion. The high end is not as crisp as I would like at times but still the speakers sound great for the cost.
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4 out of 5

Great Speakers - Super Price

Written By Robert, Seacoast, NH on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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So far I have 6 sets of these installed in my house in a whole house audio system. I am using a Niles SI-2125 200 watt amp going into a Niles SSVC-6 to control the zones and volume levels. I am presently saving up for a SONOS system, but for the time being the Niles power/control setup works fine. You cannot beat the price on these, and they sound great. Install is a snap and they sound great. The only minor issue I have noticed is that if you crank the bass up too much they sometimes distort a bit. But this is easily fixed by balancing your system properly. Keep up the great work Polk!
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5 out of 5

Great general stereo speaker

Written By shapnup, Danville, Calif on Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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These are some very awesome speakers. I installed a pair in my bedroom ceiling. Installation was simple; sound is very good with decent, not overwhelming bass and the sound carries into our adjoining bathroom suite without any problems. Both my wife and I are extremely pleased with the clean look and sound. We opted for wall volume controls so we can control the sound remotely. Quality overall, very good to excellent. I would buy these again in a heartbeat. I bought these at Crutchfield late last summer, and didn't install until Novemver 2007.
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5 out of 5

Easy Install

Written By Trey, Madisonville, LA on Sunday, February 17, 2008
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These were easy to install and they sound great! All four speakers installed in less than three hours.
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5 out of 5

Great for a large room - the more power the better

Written By Mark, Bay Area, CA on Monday, January 08, 2007
 
I installed four of these speakers in the ceiling over my living room and dining room. Its a 20 foot ceiling, so its a large space to fill. The overall sound is warm and full, my only initial feeling was that I was missing some on the low end. But Im used to my family/theatre room with a large sub, so my expectations were off. I am powering these speakers with 140 watts per speaker, the more power you send the better they sound!
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5 out of 5

Sound Great

Written By Steve, Portland, OR on Thursday, August 24, 2006
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Installed in the ceiling of covered front porch. These speakers sound great and really fill the open space with full, rich sound. Simple installation with cutout templates provided.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By Palmmut, Chesapeake, Va on Monday, February 27, 2006
 
I installed a pair of these in walls over the weekend, considering I'm a life time loud speaker guy a good in wall was a must, I will say that I am pleasantly surspised with the overall sound field produced by these speakers,they install in minutes and I'd highly recommend them.
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5 out of 5

Theater sound

Written By Harry, Port Saint Lucie, FL on Monday, January 16, 2006
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I purchased two pairs of the Polk RC80i speakers. I am using them for my front and surround speakers. I have them installed in a cathederal ceiling in a large room amd they fill the room with lifelike sound. They were easily installed using the provided template.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio RC80i

Written By John, Towson, Maryland on Wednesday, June 29, 2005
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When I read reviews on other sites they mentioned lack of bass. Not sure what they were looking for as I think these speakers provide plenty of bass. I have these in my living room and they sound great.
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3 questions already asked

My house came wired for a 6.2 system. I purchased a Onkyo 6.2 receiver and a Onkyo center front channel speaker. I'm looking for the five speakers in my ceiling will the Polk RC 80i work good for them? I'm not a sound freak I just want a good movie watching experience. [ Shawn  Mar 25, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: I think that would be a great addition to your home! A lot of our customers use those speakers for that application. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Mar 28, 2014 ]
When installing this in ceiling, can it be in contact with blown in insulation? [ Keith  Feb 16, 2014 ]
10 answers
  • The backside of the speaker will be exposed so you will want to keep any insulation off of the speaker. [ THOMAS   Mar 19, 2014 ]
  • yes, i use cheap plastic shower caps to cover the speakers(cut little hole for speaker wire to get thru. hope you find this helpful [ JOHN   Feb 18, 2014 ]
  • we also have blown in insulation and what we did is cleared the insulation away and put a little plywood box over the area just to make it safe but it doesn't seem like it would hurt to have the insulation on speaker. [ WILLIAM   Feb 18, 2014 ]
  • When I installed both of my speakers I cleared the blown insulation away from the speakers. I didn't want to take a chance on the insulation messing up the speakers [ MARK   Feb 18, 2014 ]
  • My install was in new construction. I put 2x4s on either side of the speaker from rafter to rafter and then screwed a piece of plywood over the top before blowing in insulation. I was a little worried about the insulation packing down inside the speaker and affecting the performance. [ THOMAS   Feb 17, 2014 ]
  • Not sure. I used foam insulation. Better contact polk [ Doug   Feb 17, 2014 ]
  • I'd recommend using speaker baffles no only for protection, peace of mind and sound quality. http://www.crutchfield.com/g_762/Foam-Speaker-Baffles.html [ MARIO L   Feb 17, 2014 ]
  • I would recommend some sort of barrier like a speaker baffles. Not only is there a protection element, but peace of mind. The benefit also, is that sound quality is improved with putting covers on. An alternative is using tupperware dishes deep enough to cover the exposed back side. http://www.crutchfield.com/p_237XT55/XTC-5-1-4-Speaker-Baffles-3-3-4-depth.html?tp=2809 [ MARIO L   Feb 17, 2014 ]
  • Yes. I haven't noticed anything abnormal with sound quality. This is a very good speaker for the money! [ ANDRE L   Feb 17, 2014 ]
  • Hmm. Crutchfield sent this to me, but it should be answered by the manufacturer. I would think that, since speakers move, they shouldn't have blown in insulation surrounding them. [ JEFFREY   Feb 17, 2014 ]
Could I use 16 gauge wire with these or would I need 14? [ Dylan  Jan 12, 2014 ]
8 answers
  • EIther would work, really more about the distance from the stereo not the size of the speaker. [ ROBERT M   Jan 16, 2014 ]
  • Depends on the length of the cable. We are using 16 to cover about 20 foot lengths. Beyond that, I would use 14. [ CURT V   Jan 13, 2014 ]
  • I believe I used 16 ga in wall rated. I will double ck when I get home from work today. [ THOMAS A   Jan 13, 2014 ]
  • I'm pretty sure I have 16 gauge wire for all of my speakers. Works just fine. [ JEFFREY   Jan 13, 2014 ]
  • I used 16 gauge and they sound great! [ CLINT   Jan 13, 2014 ]
  • yes you can use 16 gauge wire but if you are running long distance then you better off using 14 gauge. [ ASMA   Jan 12, 2014 ]
  • According to the crutchfield website, if you're less than 50' you can use 16 gauge wire unless you have high end equipment and want to improve sound. [ CHRISTOPHER K   Jan 12, 2014 ]
  • Yes. The lower the gauge the better (generally), but 16 gauge should work perfectly unless you're running it further than 25 feet. [ CASEY   Jan 12, 2014 ]

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