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Polk Audio RC80i

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Polk Audio RC80i

Overview

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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.

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

Priced per pair

The speakers produce good sound and were very easy to install!

Bill, Spokane, WA

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What's in the Box:

  • 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
Reviews

Polk Audio RC80i Reviews

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166 Reviews

polk RC80i in ceiling

Written by: John from Houston from Houston on July 13, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great set of speakers. I purchased a pair last year from Crutchfield last year to finish off the surround sound in the den and didn't hesitate to make this purchase for another room. Great sound from polk as usual, installation was simple and I haven't looked back. Crutchfield came through with knowledgeable customer service when I needed.

Pros: Sound, Look and ease of installation

Cons: none

Polk RC80i ceiling speakers

Written by: Bspinach from Mt Pleasant, SC on June 16, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought these speakers to be part of my 5.1 surround sound system in my living room. I mounted them in the ceiling to the left and right just a bit behind where our main couch is centered in our living room. Installation was easy as I used the supplied templates to mark the holes to cut. I thought the weight was going to be a little too heavy but once I tightened the four mounting screws the speakers became flush with the dry wall and fit perfectly. I tested each speaker and the sounds was excellent.

Pros: Easy to follow installation template, handy mounting screws with pivotal arms, great looking flush speaker, excellent sound

Cons: None

Nice speakers

Written by: Bill from Spokane, WA on June 15, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The speakers produce good sound and were very easy to install!

Pros: Very easy to install and good sound

Cons: none so far

Great speakers

Written by: Tim from Colorado on June 8, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Replace my smaller in ceiling speakers that my kids did not blow. These speakers are bigger and have a lot better sound than the previous ones. Installation took a little longer due having to make the hole a little bigger than the template. Will let you know if kids blow these speakers.

Pros: Sounds awesome.

Cons: Install took a bit.

Five Star Speakers

Written by: Rick P from San Antonio, TX on June 8, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Simply the best in ceiling speaker you can buy. Crisp, clear sound with plenty of bass.

Pros: They are easy to install.

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Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Anonymous from Cypress, TX on June 8, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just installed these speakers into a new residence for a 7.1 set-up, using 4 speakers in-ceiling to compliment the rear and center speaker. So far everything is working out great, no complaints. I believe these speakers are a steal for the cost considering the quality.

Pros: Great Value, great sound

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RC80i's Perfect for 7.1 surround

Written by: cdpar from sacramento CA on May 31, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These are excellent speakers at a reasonable price. They arrived quickly, packaging secure, excellent build quality. Installation, other than wiring, was easy thanks to the supplied cardboard templates. I ordered two pair for a 7.1 surround system, however, as I am about to order the Yamaha RX-A860 from Crutchfield, I am about to order another pair for in ceiling front presence speakers. Sound is excellent. Look great in ceiling. What more could you want?

Pros: Great value. Excellent sound quality, easy installation.

Cons: None

In ceiling speakers

Written by: KEH from Austin, MN on May 30, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought these Polk speakers from Crutchfield and Yamaha in ceiling speakers from a different online store. The Yamaha speakers were a little easier to install and had a more robust connection. The Polk speakers had the standard press tab connector design and had a press fit screen. The Yamaha had a push button connector with a much stronger spring and a magnetic screen. All-in-all both speakers sound great and were fairly easy to install. Yamaha speakers were a little better made and a little easier to install. I'd recommend either. Crutchfield as usual was great to deal with and highly recommended.

Pros: Relatively easy installation and they sound great.

Cons: None really but they fall a little shy of their Yamaha equivalent.

Really good speaker

Written by: Jim C from Gilbert, AZ on April 25, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I used these as my only speakers for about a week until I picked up some front speakers to go along with these Polk Audio speakers. The RC80i speakers sound really good and fit my budget very well. I would recommend these speakers. Because I have blown in insulation in my attic Polk Audio staff advised I needed to protect the speakers from this insulation but not completely cover the speakers. My simple fix was to obtain some 5 gallon buckets and cut the bottoms off. they are the right size to protect these speakers.

Pros: Sounds really good, easy to install, adjustable tweeter.

Cons: None

Polk RC 80i

Written by: Zazman69 from Hollister, CA on April 24, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent speakers, change the whole dynamics of my surround sound system. I will be buy another set. Very easy to install.

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Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Michael from Orange Park, FL on April 17, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to install and sound really good.

Pros: Awesome quality for the price, easy to install and look great

Cons: None yet

Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: bren from Chapin, SC on April 14, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love the speakers! Excellent Product!

Pros: The sound is Great! Easy installation! Arrive quickly

Cons: None

Great speakers

Written by: Ken from Snohomish, WA on April 11, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sounding speakers and great price. Crutchfield makes it very easy to work with

Pros: Great sounding speakers

Cons: None

Disappears into the ceiling very well

Written by: Anonymous from Durham, NC on March 22, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As you would want with ceiling speakers, they disappear quite seamlessly into the ceiling. Great sounding speakers; super cheap price compared to MSRP. I am surprised at the amount of bass they have, as well.

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Polk Audio RC80i - Fantastic

Written by: Eric from Bend, OR on March 6, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sound and easy to install. They blend well with the ceiling and are a pleasure to hear.

Pros: Sound quality, easy template install, and they showed up after just a couple days of ordering

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Great speakers for Atmos ceilings or surrounds

Written by: Elias from tallahassee, FL on March 6, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers were easy to install and had good efficiency ratings that matched my primary speakers for my home theater. The install is straight forward and require you cutting a hole in the sheet rock. These speakers sound good and have a directional tweeter you can move to point more in the direction your trying to send sound to. A better alternative is to get ceiling speakers that match the brand and type of your front and center speakers. This way the crossover and sound quality match. The problem, at least for me, is the matching ceiling speakers were way to expensive for my taste, unnecessarily if you ask me. That's why I think for the money you cant get better.

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Fantastic speakers for the price!

Written by: Jeremy from Denver, CO on February 24, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed these speakers throughout out home (Kitchen, family room, living room, Master Bedroom, etc) and connected to multiple Sonos ConnectAmps and we couldn't be happier with the performance with these speakers! Simple to install, look good and sound great!

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Great speakers

Written by: SB from armonk, NY on February 19, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sounding speakers. Easy to install. Crutchfield service Top Notch.

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Great in-ceiling speakers

Written by: BranLinds from newport, KY on February 14, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great in-ceiling rounds! Had them in use for a little over a week and they sound crisp and clear. They are serving as my rears for my surround sound system. Paired perfect with Polk RC-255 center channels. May be more than I needed. Probably could have gotten away with 6" Polk. You won't be disappointed!

Pros: Clear crisp sound. Found this at the best price on Crutchfield. Amazon was quite a bit more expensive.

Cons: A little pricey compared to the 6" but if you have a larger space it's worth it.

Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Rich from las vegas, NV on February 11, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought these speakers to be used in-ceiling as surround speakers. They were easy to install and have a good sound.

Pros: Easy installation ... good sound for price.

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High quality speaker at a very reasonable price

Written by: 2manytoyz from Minor, NS on February 8, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These are great speakers and the price at Crutchfield was very reasonable. The speakers were in short supply recently and other retailers were really gouging their customers as a result, but Crutchfield kept the normal price which I really appreciate.

Pros: Good base extension for a ceiling speaker.

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Good surround speakers

Written by: Kahakiki from Hawaii on December 30, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers are easy to install in the ceiling, no mounting brackets required. If you are familiar with "old-work" blue boxes, these speakers have the same idea that there is a clamp that holds them secure against the drywall. Make sure you have the depth and diameter required, see the specs. I like that these speakers are made of marine grade SS, so they should have a long life where I live in the hot and humid jungle near the ocean (and its salt-spray)..

Pros: Easy install into drywall ceiling, provided you can run the wires to the location. Sound quality suitable for surrounds.

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Great sound!

Written by: Mike H from Texas on December 15, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These are awesome speakers and the only negative would be that the installation can be a bit messy. It helped to hold a vacuum hose next to the saw blade as I cut the holes. My advise is to watch a couple youtube videos about installing ceiling speakers before attempting. Pretty straightforward.

Pros: Awesome sound!

Cons: Installation can be messy.

Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Troy from Colorado on December 15, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sounds great! A real bang for your buck.

Pros: Great sound. Great cost. Easy to install.

Cons: None.

Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Anonymous from Gulf Breeze, Fl on December 14, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

You can't beat the price and performance. Great speakers, clear sound!

Pros: Amazingly quick delivery, easy website

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Speakers for my new Amp/receiver

Written by: Lew from Ocean City, MD on December 13, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers were recommended by Crutchfield adviser to be compatible with my new amp/receiver that was also purchased from Crutchfield. I am very satisfied with the two purchases.

Pros: Good quality sound from the combination of the two purchases.

Cons: Cutting 9" holes in the ceiling without filling the room with dust. To avoid the dust I put several damp paper towels into the box the speakers came in and mounted it to the ceiling directly under the soon to be cut hole. I then went up into the attic and cut the hole. The dust went into the box where it was contained by the damp paper towels. If you mount the box to the ceiling you will have to repair the mounting holes. I suggest having someone hold the box flush with the ceiling.

Bryan

Written by: Bryan from Tampa, Florida on December 10, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great Speakers for the price! Very clear, crisp, strong sound. I couldn't be happier with the purchase and it was at my house in 2 days (I didn't pay for extra shipping).

Pros: Price for the quality

Cons: None

Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Jay from Washington on November 24, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sounding speakers for the price. Put a pair outside on the covered deck, liked them enough to order 2 more pairs to put in the ceiling inside.

Pros: Quality sound, easy to install

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Quality Speaker

Written by: Eric K from Louisiana on November 21, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy install and high quality components. Note that color is off-white.

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Great deal - great product

Written by: Graham L. from Texas on November 5, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Googled the top 10 in-ceiling speakers and these came out high on the list and based on the price they were available for, they seemed like a great deal. I wanted to buy from a reputable seller, hence Crutchfield. I possibly could have got them a little cheaper. Suffice to say that Crutchfield was lowest price supplier I felt comfortable with. They are bigger than I expected, but installation was easy - they fit between ceiling joists easily. Sound is great - I installed 2 pairs in my lounge room and I am using them through a Yamaha receiver and with a Polk sub-woofer. I am not an audiophile so will leave the analysis of the sound quality to others. I know they are just what I wanted and would recommend the speakers and their purchase from Crutchfield as highly as I can.

Pros: Price/Sound

Cons: None

Perfect for whole home sound system

Written by: LM from Michigan on October 18, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I havent tried these in a surround system setup. I installed 4 across my split level ceilings for a whole house sound system. Angled 11ft ceilings, these things sound great as the sound reflects all kind of ways...install was easy...cut the 9in holes, hook up wires, and tighten the dog legs...thats it...hardest part of everything was keeping the drywall dirt from flying everywhere, cleaning the darn vacuum as it clogged the filter, and finding a paper clip to remove the speaker covers to tighen the screws...the grill is on there pretty snug so took a bit of effort...they need to include some kind of paper clips to remove them easy... Overall i love them...might install some in the bathroom as they are water resistant.

Pros: Look great, sound great...nice tremble...and easy install

Cons: kinda hard to remove speaker grill with a normal paper clip...they need to include some kind of skinny wire that's easy to remove it or ship with grills uninstalled...

Great sound, good price

Written by: DM from Chicago, IL on October 6, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I tried out the RC-65i, a pair of Yamaha's, and a pair of Klipsch that I can't remember. The RC-80i's sounded the best with better bass and mid-range. Speakers were easy to install for my rear surround setup.

Pros: Easy to install. Great sound.

Cons: None

Better than expected!

Written by: Steven K from Toledo,oh on September 4, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Amazing for the price. Blends well with my current Definitive Technology speakers.

Pros: Great bass. Great highs and easy to install.

Cons: The grills fit too tightly and are hard to remove. I had to use a paper clip to pry them off.

My second pair!

Written by: Audio enthusiast from California on August 7, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is my second pairof RC 80i speakers. The first pair I installed in the den and they sound great. So I bought another pair for the garage. Can't wait to install them.

Pros: Good bass and clarity for size and location. Adjustable tweeter definitely enhances sound.

Cons: Working in the attic...

Steal of a deal

Written by: kdett from Milford, MI on August 5, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

You can't beat the price and performance.

Pros: None

Cons: Everything

Polk rc80i

Written by: rb from Kentucky on July 25, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install and great sound for the money.

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Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Tripper from Louisiana on July 21, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Really badass speakers for the price! Worked great for the application that I needed.

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Speakers

Written by: T from Delaware on July 8, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Amazingly quick delivery, easy website

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Great Flushmount Ceiling Speakers

Written by: JD from Washington on July 7, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought three pair of these speakers for a 6.1 Home Theater Surround System (Denon AVR X-3000 Amp). Also purchased a fourth pair for a Second zone. The speakers are easy to install (once you commit to cutting a big hole in your wall/ceiling. Sound is perfect for what we wanted. Bonus Free Subwoofer compliments of Polk (at Crutchfield) for the purchase of the other speakers.

Pros: Easy install (templates included), Paintable, GREAT sound.

Cons: While the install is easy enough, committing to cutting the holes can be a deal breaker.

Perfect

Written by: Travis from Michigan on June 17, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great value and great quality

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PERFECT

Written by: PL from Kansas on June 2, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased a pair for the outside covered deck and a pair for inside. No complaints, great value and easy to install,

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Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Outside1 from Arizona on May 28, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great Speakers at a good price.

Pros: direction tweeter is a nice touch and does work as expected

Cons: the "locking" mechanism that hold the speaker in place can be over tightened and crunch the drywall.

Pleasantly Surprised

Written by: Devin from Minnesota on May 12, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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Polk RC80i Ceiling Speakers

Written by: Reflexred from Texas on May 5, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from cambridge ma on May 3, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great speakers, clear sound.

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Value

Written by: jrminaz from Arizona on April 28, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Florida on April 27, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Wichita, KS on April 22, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Maryland on April 20, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very good speakers.

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Polk Audio speakers

Written by: Fred from Jacksonville, FL on April 19, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Excellent

Written by: Surround Junkie from Kentucky on April 12, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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Best boom for the buck

Written by: kasperily from Oregon on April 7, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Laurel, Md on March 24, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Texas on March 23, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Ken from New Jersey on March 20, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

AWSOME

Pros: EASY INSTALL

Cons: NO COMPLAINTS

Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: PaulP from Bel Air, MD on March 19, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Pittsburgh, PA on March 11, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sounds great!

Pros: Great for music.

Cons: None yet.

RC80i

Written by: TimO from SC on March 8, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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. from Mississippi on February 9, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome speakers ! Great value and warm full sound.

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Good ceiling speakers

Written by: Alan M. from New York on January 31, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

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Excellent Speakers

Written by: nmcgarvey from Parker, Colorado on January 2, 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 from Texas on November 23, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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Great Sounds (Fronts)

Written by: JimBo from Nevada on November 22, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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!

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Installed in Basement

Written by: K. T from Broomfield, CO on November 15, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

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Good music speaker

Written by: Anonymous from Clinton, UT on October 12, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from virginia on October 2, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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,

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Polk Audio RC80i Speakers

Written by: Ron P. from Pingree Grove, Illinois on September 30, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Pros: Best Sounding Speakers ever

Cons: None

Excellent

Written by: J-Real from Nashville, TN on September 18, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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gift

Written by: mom2son from murrieta on September 5, 2014

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

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Great Sound!!!!

Written by: Keith H from Toledo Oh on August 30, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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. from Dallas Texas on August 15, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great speakers. Great cost.

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

Cons: None

Great sound for the $

Written by: Grant from Dallas, TX on August 6, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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!

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Great Speakers & Investment!

Written by: Johnjay from Marlton, NJ on July 25, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Lebanon, PA on June 9, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

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Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Anonymous from Bridgeton, NJ on June 2, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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Great sound. Easy install.

Written by: RussellO from Oklahoma City, OK on 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.

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Written by: Bill V from Houston,Tx on 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.

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Excellent sound and quality

Written by: Joe B from Queen Creek, AZ on May 10, 2014

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excellent sound and quality!

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Great for the price

Written by: Anonymous from tampa, fl on 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 from Arlington, MA on 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 from New Jersey on April 9, 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 from Huntsville,Al on April 7, 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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Written by: Chris from Chattanooga, TN on 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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Great Speakers

Written by: TimE from macedon ny on 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 from Apple Valley, CA on 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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Great

Written by: JeremieH from Kingfisher, OK on March 6, 2014

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Great speaker and easy to install!

Pros: Easy to install and great looking!

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Great Speakers for the price!

Written by: Sean from Cincinnati, OH on March 5, 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 from Boise, ID on March 3, 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.

Fantastic value

Written by: Ivanb from Houston, TX on 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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Good value

Written by: Rob from Charleston, WV on 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 from Jacksonville, FL on 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 from Monroe, CT on 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 from Maryland on 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 from Gilbert on 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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Just buy them already...

Written by: m t from Benton KY on 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 from Waynesville mo on 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,

There is more to movies and music then you think

Written by: CottonTop from Tarheel State on 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 from Lake St. Louis on September 2, 2013

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

Pros: Price

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Polk RC80i

Written by: Bobh from Cincinnati,Ohio on 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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Great Sound for a Great Price

Written by: JimmyG from STL on August 5, 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 from Hawaii on July 5, 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 from Hendersonville,NC on June 3, 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.

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Easy to install. Decent sound

Written by: Anonymous from New Haven, CT on 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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Great for a beginner

Written by: Chase from Arizona on 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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Very good speakers at a great price

Written by: Picky John from Chicago, IL on 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 from Milwaukee, WI on 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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EXCELLENT

Written by: TONY J from Harrisburg, PA on 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 from Streetsboro, Ohio on April 15, 2013

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I'm loving these speakers.

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Written by: Ben from Walled Lake, MI on April 2, 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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Great Speakers

Written by: Jake from Central Florida on 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 from Lehi, Utah on March 9, 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. from Davidsonville, MD on 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!!!!!

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Written by: Anonymous from Ashburn, Va on February 16, 2013

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

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Written by: jbdv from poolesville, md on February 1, 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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Like Being at the Symphony

Written by: Dr.M from Pittsburgh, Pa. on 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 from Tampa, FL on January 5, 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 from Shreveport, LA on 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.

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Rc80i

Written by: Dave from Ohio on 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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Written by: Anonymous from Puyallup, WA on 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 from Indianapolis on 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 from norfolk, va on 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 from WNC on 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 from New Braunfels, TX on 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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Outdoor Deck Speakers

Written by: Dan F from Omaha, Ne on May 4, 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 from Corpus Christi, TX on 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 from Jacksonville, FL on April 2, 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 from Barrington, IL on 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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Nice! as rear surround sound in ceiling speakers.

Written by: Wilson from Pa on March 1, 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 from CT on 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 from MI on February 8, 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 from SE Iowa on January 9, 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 from SW Ohio on 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 from Solomons, MD on 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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Written by: DavidD from Beverly Hills, FL on 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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Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Gabe G from Durham, NC on 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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Not Good Enough

Written by: David from Cincinnati on 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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Written by: Mike from Dallas area, TX on 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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High quality - good value

Written by: JeffM from Gilbert, AZ on 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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Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: John from Utah on February 9, 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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Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Mark K from Connersville, IN on February 7, 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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Great value for money

Written by: Nick from WDM Iowa on February 3, 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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Polk RC 80i speakers

Written by: David H from Irvine, CA on 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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Great For Built-in Surround Sound

Written by: KC from Milwaukee, WI on 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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Really good BUY

Written by: Anthony from LA. on 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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Polk Audio RC80i

Written by: Chris L from Raleigh, NC on November 15, 2010

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Installation was easy and these speakers sound great. No complaints.

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Happy

Written by: Kenny from Buckeye, Az. on 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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Solid Speaker, Good Value

Written by: Patrick from Atlanta, GA on 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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Great Speaker, Easy Install

Written by: Greg from Portland, OR on 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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Written by: Joe P from Detroit, MI on July 1, 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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A must buy

Written by: montejal from Navarre, FL on 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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Easy installation, great sound

Written by: Jim from Chautauqua, NY on 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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Written by: Jason from Gaithersburg, Md on 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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Written by: Douglas from Novi, MI on 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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Great Speakers

Written by: Peter from Columbus, Ohio on 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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Written by: Chris from Maine on 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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Great speakers

Written by: Jennifer from California on 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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You can't go wrong with these speakers

Written by: Michael from Orange County, CA on April 6, 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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Good Speakers

Written by: Keith from Seattle, WA on April 5, 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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Great Speakers - Super Price

Written by: Robert from Seacoast, NH on 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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Great general stereo speaker

Written by: shapnup from Danville, Calif on 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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Easy Install

Written by: Trey from Madisonville, LA on 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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Great for a large room - the more power the better

Written by: Mark from Bay Area, CA on January 8, 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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Sound Great

Written by: Steve from Portland, OR on 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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Written by: Palmmut from Chesapeake, Va on February 27, 2006

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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 w