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Polk Audio TC60i

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Item #: 107TC60I
 

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by Tom Mathew
Polk Audio

Use the TC60i speaker, sold individually, anywhere you want high-performance sound but don't have the room for free-standing loudspeakers. This circular in-ceiling speaker is flush-mountable so you won't even know it's there — until you hear it. It features a 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance® woofer and a 1" dome tweeter. The tweeter's ball-and-socket swivel mount lets you aim the high frequencies for the best coverage in your favorite listening positions, while the woofer is offset by a 15º angle for better imaging and midrange clarity. Pick up a pair for stereo applications, or even use the TC60i in a stealthy home theater setup.

With the TC60i, Polk has provided handy controls, so you can tailor the sound to suit your particular installation. The tweeter level switch lets you adjust the high frequency output to suit your room's acoustics. And the wall distance toggle switch allows you to flatten the bass response — ideal for avoiding a boomy bass sound if your speaker is installed near a corner. That's a lot of versatility for an in-ceiling speaker.

The TC60i is made from durable, moisture-resistant materials, so it's safe for use in a bathroom, kitchen, or even under roof eaves for stealthy outdoor applications. Voice-matched to Polk RTi speakers, the TC60i can be integrated into a complete Polk home theater speaker system for a seamless surround experience.

An optional in-ceiling bracket is recommended for installing the TC60i in-ceiling speaker in a home with new construction.

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Details:
  • sold individually
  • frequency response 50-25,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • sensitivity 90 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • wall distance toggle switch and tweeter level switch
  • moisture-resistant materials allow safe use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, and under outdoor eaves
  • paintable white matte grilles
  • cutout: 8-3/16" diameter
  • mounting depth: 5-1/16"
  • 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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Woofer Size
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6.5
Woofer Composition
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Mineral comp poly
Woofer Surround
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Butyl rubber
Power Range (Watts)
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10-125
Sensitivity
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90 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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50-25kHz
Connector Type
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Spring posts
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?

Download owner's manual

  • One 2-way in-ceiling speaker
  • Grille
  • Cardboard template
  • Clear plastic paint mask
  • Owner's Manual
  • On-line registration card

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Features
Controls
Mounting Options
Specifications

Features

Dynamic Balance Technology: Dynamic Balance polymer composite drivers are used for smooth wide-range response with low distortion.

Mid-Woofer: The speaker features an angle-mounted 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance, mineral composite polypropylene mid-woofer for deep, accurate bass. This 15-degree Offset Drive Unit provides more uniform coverage and better imaging by directing the midrange sounds toward your listening area. For a smoother response and improved durability, the woofer uses a butyl rubber surround.

Tweeter: The speaker uses a 1" Dynamic Balance, silk/polymer composite dome tweeter with a neodymium magnet for clear detailed highs. The ball-and-socket swivel mount lets you aim the tweeter in any direction to 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 speaker in a bathroom, kitchen, sauna, even under outdoor eaves.

Timbre-matched: This speaker is timbre-matched to the Polk Audio RTi Series for seamless, enveloping imaging when used in a home theater system. You can mix and match any of the TCi-series in-wall and in-ceiling speakers with the RTi Series high performance floor-standing and bookshelf speakers.

Terminals: The speaker features gold-plated spring post terminals.

Controls

Accessible Controls: The TC60i features technology that can tailor the sound for performance in difficult or unusual placement situations. The following controls are located on the front panel of the speaker (behind the grille):

  • Wall Distance Toggle: In-wall speakers excel when placed more than 2' from side walls. When the speaker is mounted closer than 2', the result is a "bump" in response between 50 and 200Hz. The speaker has a Distance Toggle Switch circuit that flattens the response and tunes out the "boominess" if mounted closer than 2' from a side wall.
  • Tweeter Attenuator: If the listening room is very reflective, with smooth sheetrock walls, hardwood floors, and non-cushioned furniture, the sound will overly "bright" and unnatural. In this case, you can engage the TCi -3dB Tweeter Attenuator (select the "Cut" setting) to flatten the room response without hindering higher frequency response for warmer, more realistic sound and more accurate imaging.

Mounting Options

Installation: The speaker requires an 8-3/16" diameter cutout with an overall depth of 5.01". Once the hole is cut, the speaker can be dropped in and the Rotating Cams can be tightened, allowing you to secure the speaker to the drywall without any extra assembly. If you will not be mounting the speaker in drywall, make sure the wall or ceiling material can safely support the weight of the speaker before installation; the speaker weighs approximately 10 pounds.

Paintable: The grille and flange can be painted, allowing the speaker to match any decor. A clear plastic paint mask is included to protect the "unpaintable" speaker parts.

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • Overall: 32Hz-27kHz
  • -3dB Limit: 50Hz-25kHz
 
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5 out of 5

Wow what sound, and what Service

Written By RobertP, Los Gatos, CA on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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First: Crutchfield - Excellent customer service.... right down to the handwritten note. Now the speakers: Amazing speakers, easy installation, and wonderful full room sound. can not go wrong. Rich base, and crisp highs. Buy and enjoy.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio TC60i

Written By noel, Miami, FL on Wednesday, January 30, 2008
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Speaker very well constructed and easy to install. Looks great...sound not as good as a boxed speaker but better able to position where a boxed speaker was not possible. Purchased as a rear surround, plan to buy two more for center rear.
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5 out of 5

Excellent sound and service

Written By Thomas, Sunnyvale, CA on Monday, November 06, 2006
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I have 4 of these speakers as my L/R Surround and L/R Surround-backs in my 7.1 setup. They SHINE. The sound is full and clean, and the installation was a snap. If you've got new construction, I recommend the rough-in guides. They come in pairs, but the speakers come in each - so there's a slight mismatch there; it just happened to work out for me. I'm running a TC65i for my center channel (also bought through Crutchfield) and two RM50T's for the fronts. Subwoofer is a 1000 watt 8".

One of my TC60i's showed up damaged, and I had ordered them several months before installation. My heart sank when I opened the box and found it damaged. There surely would be no-way that Crutchfield would take them back after so long. I called to order another speaker, and explained what happened. They shipped me a new speaker without a single hassle.

The combination of Polk design and quality, combined with Crutchfield's customer service, has made me a completely happy camper.
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