1-888-955-6000
crutchfield.com
Crutchfield

Polk Audio TC65i

In-wall speaker

Zoom
  • Polk Audio TC65i

    Front

  • Polk Audio TC65i

    Back

  • Polk Audio TC65i

    Grille off

Item #: 107TC65I
 

Review Summary

DISCONTINUED
 
This item is no longer available to purchase.
 
Contact us for other options
 
Call   Email  
 
Original price $279.99
We recommend this similar item, or shop all In-wall Speakers
 
 
 
 
 

Our take on the Polk Audio TC65i

by Tom Mathew
Polk Audio

Fill your room with sound, not bulky speakers. Polk's TC65i in-wall speaker, sold individually, includes a 1" dome tweeter for detailed highs, and a 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance® woofer for rich mids and bass. The white matte grilles are paintable to match any decor. You can experience "stealth" stereo or even multichannel home theater sound without sacrificing performance.

The TC65i features a swivel-mounted tweeter, allowing you to direct the high frequencies toward your favorite listening position. And you can use the tweeter level switch to tailor the sound to suit your personal taste and room's acoustics. In the low frequencies, Polk's Infinite Baffle Tuning takes advantage of the virtual enclosure of in-wall space for superior bass response. And the Power Port venting cuts down on air turbulence and port noise for cleaner, fuller low-frequency tones. You can even use the wall distance toggle switch to flatten the bass response — ideal for avoiding a boomy bass sound if your speaker is installed near a corner. That's a lot versatility for an in-wall speaker.

You can put together an in-wall home theater speaker system using the TCi speakers. Plus, they're voice-matched to Polk's RTi loudspeakers, so you can mix and match in-wall and free-standing speakers to suit your tastes.

An optional in-wall bracket is recommended for installing the TC65i in-wall speaker in a home with new construction.

Free installation guides from Crutchfield
When you buy in-wall or in-ceiling speakers from Crutchfield, you'll also receive copies of our in-depth speaker and wire installation guides, free of charge.

Got wire?
Most speakers don't include any. Learn more about in-wall wiring at the Crutchfield Learning Center.
Shop our selection of in-wall speaker wire.

See more info on this item

Highlights:

  • 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
  • paintable white matte grilles
  • cutout: 7-1/4"W x 12-3/4"H
  • mounting depth: 2-3/4"
  • lifetime warranty

Priced each

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
Enclosure Type
Loading...
In-wall
Video Shielded
Loading...
No
Tweeter
Loading...
Dome
Midrange Size
Loading...
---
Woofer Size
Loading...
6.5
Woofer Composition
Loading...
Mineral comp poly
Woofer Surround
Loading...
Butyl rubber
Power Range (Watts)
Loading...
10-125
Sensitivity
Loading...
90 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
Loading...
8
Frequency Response
Loading...
50-25kHz
Connector Type
Loading...
Spring posts
Bi-Amp Inputs
Loading...
No
Parts Warranty
Loading...
Lifetime
Labor Warranty
Loading...
Lifetime
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

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

Our Product Research Team

At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

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 a 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance, mineral composite polypropylene mid-woofer for deep, accurate bass. 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.

Power Port: This speaker is equipped with Polk Audio's patented Power Port bass venting system. The Power Port was designed into the speaker to extend deep bass efficiency and definition.

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 TC65i 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 a cutout 7-1/4" wide and 12-3/4" high with a depth of 2-3/4" behind 1/2-inch drywall. 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 5.5 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.

Performance Enclosure Compatibility: The optional Polk Audio custom built Performance Enclosure (item # 107ENLC65i) gives the TCi in-wall speaker the performance edge by hiding a complete, perfect-volume speaker cabinet within the wall before the wall is even completed. The Performance Enclosure is specially constructed of high density MDF and fill material in a size that fits securely between wall and ceiling studs in pre-drywall construction. Adjustable brackets make pre-construction installation simple. Vibration-damping foam pads ensure rattle-free performance.

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • Overall: 32Hz-27kHz
  • -3dB Limit: 50Hz-25kHz
 
Review this product
Great Gear Giveaway rewards card

Submit a review and then enter to win a $500 rewards card

Polk Audio TC65i Reviews

Average Customer Review:

3 people say:

Review this product:

Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences about this product. Please be sure to focus your comments on the product itself. Read our Review Guidelines for more information.

Your email won't be visible. Please use the email address that is associated with your order.
(e.g., JohnD) Your review will be signed using the display name and location
(e.g., Charlottesville, VA)

Click on a star to rate the overall product on a scale of 1-5
1500 characters left
Attach a YouTube Review
Crutchfield Video Review Guidelines
  • Only submit videos that you made or are authorized to use.
  • Do not submit videos that contain music, video or visuals that are copyrighted and belong to someone else.
  • Please see our Review Guidelines for more information.
500 characters left
500 characters left
Filter by rating:
4 out of 5

Polk Audio TC65i

Written By D.C., Shenandoah Valley, Virginia on Thursday, March 03, 2011
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
These are real nice in-wall speakers for any theater/media system application. They have a good bang for your buck sound and value. In the world of Low-Fi, Mid-Fi and HI-Fi, I would rate these as solid Mid-Fi product. When matched with a good receiver and sub-woofer these speakers provide a dramatic TV/Movie viewing experience everyone can enjoy.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Polk Audio TC65i

Written By old av man, Metro St. Louis on Monday, July 17, 2006
 
I have the TC65I for my front left/right speakers and center channel speaker. They installed easily and sound very good. Being able to point the tweeters helped with locaton. Great buy!
16 out of 18 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Polk Audio TC65i

Written By sal, Campbell hall, NY. on Monday, May 01, 2006
 
I purchased these Polks last year and use them as surrounds for my theater system. They have worked out very well. I used the TC265i for fronts and center. The whole system turned out great.
I recommend them highly!
42 out of 44 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 

Add accessories for the Polk Audio TC65i

UL-listed speaker wire is designed to be run through walls and is building code compliant. See all categories & accessories

AudioQuest FLX-16/2 16-Gauge 2-Conductor In-Wall Speaker Cable UL-approved for in-wall use; direct-burial rated (125 feet)
27 people say
Your Price: $99.99
Add to Cart
AudioQuest FLX-16/4 16-Gauge 4-Conductor In-Wall Speaker Cable UL-approved for in-wall use; direct-burial rated (125 feet)
6 people say
Your Price: $159.99
Add to Cart
AudioQuest FLX-14/4 14-Gauge 4-Conductor In-Wall Speaker Cable UL-approved for in-wall use; direct-burial rated (250 feet)
2 people say
Your Price: $439.99
Add to Cart
AudioQuest FLX-14/2 14-Gauge 2-Conductor In-Wall Speaker Cable UL-approved for in-wall use; direct-burial rated (125 feet)
50 people say
Your Price: $129.99
Add to Cart
Niles SVC100K Sliding stereo volume control with impedance magnification
Your Price: $129.99
Add to Cart
Niles VCS100K Stereo volume control with impedance magnification
3 people say
Your Price: $99.99
Add to Cart
Russound ALTX-WIRI-2D Electronic volume control with IR sensor and impedance magnification
Your Price: $159.00
Add to Cart
Russound ALTx-2 Stereo volume control with impedance matching
Your Price: $39.99
Add to Cart
Russound ALTx-2D Stereo volume control with impedance matching and Decora®-style wall plate
2 people say
Your Price: $39.99
Add to Cart
Polk Audio PB LC/TC 65 Pre-construction brackets
for select Polk in-wall speakers
1 person says
Your Price: $49.99
Add to Cart
Niles SS-6 6-pair speaker selector
8 people say
Your Price: $174.99
Add to Cart
Niles SS-4 4-pair speaker selector
21 people say
Your Price: $129.99
Add to Cart
Russound SS-6.2 6-pair speaker selector
1 person says
Your Price: $159.00
Add to Cart
Russound SS-4.2 4-pair speaker selector
6 people say
Your Price: $119.00
Add to Cart
Niles SSVC-4 4-pair speaker selector with volume control
7 people say
Your Price: $399.99
Add to Cart
Niles SSVC-2 2-pair speaker selector with volume control
4 people say
Your Price: $249.99
Add to Cart
Niles SSVC-6 6-pair speaker selector with volume control
6 people say
Your Price: $474.99
Add to Cart
Russound SDB-6.1 High-power 6-pair speaker selector with volume control
Your Price: $499.99
Add to Cart
Russound SDB-2.1 2-pair speaker and source selector with volume control
1 person says
Your Price: $199.00
Add to Cart
Russound SDB-4.1 High-power 4-pair speaker selector with volume control
1 person says
Your Price: $399.99
Add to Cart
Niles VCS HUB8 8-speaker pair connecting block
6 people say
Your Price: $79.99
Add to Cart

Why choose SquareTrade?

The #1-Rated Protection Plan

Thousands of people have reviewed SquareTrade Protection Plans — and made us #1.

5-Day Service Guarantee & Free Shipping

We'll repair or replace your item in five business days or less after we've received it, or your plan is free. And, as always, we pay for all shipping.

Protection from Normal, Everyday Use

Repairing your average mechanical or electrical failure can cost as much as buying a new device. With SquareTrade, you're covered — including parts and labor.

For a more in-depth review and enhanced detailed information on the Polk Audio TC65i, please visit the Crutchfield website product page (/ISEO-rccbcspd/p_107TC65I/Polk-Audio-TC65i.html ).