Polk Audio 255C-RT
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The majority of the sound comes from the center channel and it sounds great in the new home theater room!
You finally replaced that mammoth tube TV with a flat-panel that hangs on the wall. You created the home theater you've always dreamed of with the wires tucked neatly away. The old center channel speaker that your significant other refers to as "the beast" has no place to go but out. Let the Polk 255C-RT show it the way.
Leaves a big impression on your ears, not on your eyes
This in-wall center channel speaker is built to perform. Potent drivers work with the PowerPort® bass technology to deliver punchy lows. Polk's silk tweeter conveys every breath of dialogue. And it's swivel mounted so you can aim the sound toward your listening position, for better performance. All of this from a center channel speaker that's out of sight, in more ways than one.
Plays well with others
The Polk 255C-RT is voice-matched to Polk's free-standing RTi speakers. It can mingle with matching towers or bookshelves. Or it can join in harmony with other members of the "Vanishing" RT speaker family.
An optional in-wall bracket is recommended for installing the 255C-RT in-wall center channel speaker in a home with new construction.
Great sound and finished appearance. Grille was painted to match the wall surface and looks great.
Jared, Wylie, TX
Average Customer Review(s):
The majority of the sound comes from the center channel and it sounds great in the new home theater room!
I hooked these speakers up before installation, and they sounded really nice. When I inspected them before installation, I realized that you need 14-3/8" between studs to install them horizontally. Well, for 16" on center studs, there's a nominal gap of 14-1/2". In the real world, that nominal dimension can be affected by a warped stud, stud installed a little crooked, or installed off center just a bit. So, 1/8" of grace just isn't adequate for some real world situations, like mine. I didn't want to gouge out the studs for additional clearance as there are other speakers that could fit my bill. Helpful hint: If you do try to install this speaker horizontally with 16" on center studs, probe your walls first to make sure there's clearance. I used a stud finder and probed with a finish nail. That saved me from cussing.
Pros: Sounded good. Great price match by Crutchfield. Crutchfield very gracious upon the return.
Cons: Very little clearance in design length, as discussed above.
Speaker was easy to install and sounds great.
Pros: easy install spring loaded wire connectors
Easy to install, excellent sound, great price and fast delivery.
Great sound and finished appearance. Grille was painted to match the wall surface and looks great.
Pros: Sounds quality is excellent.
This speaker was easy to install and the sound is pretty good for the price.
Pros: Great sound and very easy to install.
Cons: None so far
Good Size, decent price. performs well
Easy installation excellent sound quality would highly recommend this speaker
Pros: Easy installation
This center channel blends in beautifully . Mounted below the tv and above the mantel, the speaker looks great and sounds great. I used the rough in bracket to install. With the weight of the speaker, I would be surprised if a standard drywall installation would be effective.
Very happy with this, the magnetic cover is a very nice touch!
I used it to upgrade my basement home theater. It has given me great sound, and better balance for my system. I replaced a single in ceiling speaker. . Excellent speaker for the price, and instillation was complete within an hour. Looks so good in the room. Love the magnetic grill cover.
Pros: Price, sound, easy instillation.
I outstanding agree that these are great speakers.
Pros: Size and capacity
I have received the product twice now, broken both times on arrival. I have sent both back and have not received a new one yet. Crutchfield was very responsive sending the second one out. Not so much on the third one.
Great looking center channel
Excellent wall center channel speaker. The highs, minds and lows all sound great. Very easy installation and I really like that the grill is held in place via magnets rather than their older design of pressure fitting it. Magnets allow for easy removal if need be.
Pros: Easy install, great sound
I love the speakers. They look great built into the wall and with the instructions it made an easy install.
Pros: Great sound, easy install with the helpful instructions.
Easy install and wiring. Looks great and crisp sound.
Pros: Easy install, sounds great.
Awesome sound from this center channel. Very impressed with it's performance.
Very pleased with the outcome and it was straight forward to fit just watch out for the wall studs! The center speaker is the most important did not put in ceiling as builder had arranged but under the TV in wall.
I used it to provide the center channel in an entertainment cabinet where there was a size restriction. Easy installation. Excellent full sound with clear voice projection.
Pros: good sound easy install
Great speaker. The voices in movies stand out clearly and are the movie experience is awesome. We have them paired with 2 Polk Audio 265 RTs in the front and we can't say enough about how nice it is to enjoy a movie in our home theater. Easily installed. Template works great.
Pros: Easily installed - sounds great
Easy installation using the screw tabs. Had to continue screwing longer than I expected, but follow the instructions and it tightens right up. Pivoting tweeter helped since my installation was about 8' AFF. Much better high/mid range and vocals than my TV speakers and pairs great with the receiver and sub I have as well. Looking forward to being able to purchase some matching Polk front sides and back surrounds.
I love it
Great sound and very well built. I was worried that the frame would be flimsy and may be difficult to install but it was not.
This was a great purchase for our theatre room. Everything that you could possibly need was in the box, including a template for where to cut into the wall. It helped make the process so much easier instead of "guessing" based off the measurements, etc.
I have turned into a huge Polk fan, the sound is natural and full, makes my surround system sound much better. The speaker is well built, great quality for a good price. The magnetic speaker cover is awesome.
Pros: Great sound, look and quality
Cons: Not much room for error on cutting out for the speaker, cut on the line and it was a tight fit, measure and find your studs, only about an inch to spare
I bought this as part of a complete system for my new home. The speakers disappear on the wall especially if you take the time to paint them. They do take a little tweaking to get them to lay flat, just gently work the edge of the frame till they lay flat.
Easy to install and good quality
install was easy and after hook up this center channel lived up to my expectations
Pros: easy install
I have the (255C-RT) and in walls (RC55i's) and 2 Polk Subs (PSW 108 and 111) for a 7.2 effect. It's a great combo for the size of room I have!
Night and day diffference from my old center speaker,clear and precise dialogue...
Pros: Accurate sound,easy to install ...
a perfect center channel match to my ceiling mounted 70-RT rear surrounds (rounded out with a spare PSW-120 subwoofer) and a great compliment to pair of vintage SDA-2Bs up front ... kudos to Polk for their advice on the RT speaker purchases, and on the Marantz pre- and power amps that drive them.
Great product for the discounted price I paid.
Sounds great! Extremely easy to install. Very satisfied.
Clear, warm and detailed sound. Worth the money
Pros: Easy to install
Purchased this to use as a center channel for our soon-to-be 7.1ch system. Impressively clear, full, and vibrant sound. Very noticeable upgrade from the old Sony speaker it replaced. Highly recommended.
Pros: Easy to install, strong and sturdy frame, magnetic cover, high quality sound.
Cons: Not much wiggle room to center in between 16" studs, but that would be expected for an in-wall speaker of this size. Use a really good stud finder and carefully measure before cutting!
Great speaker for a wall mounted speaker setup. Easily fits in an existing stud bay - just make sure your TV is centered over an open stud bay if you want the speaker to be centered underneath the TV. Haven't put it though all the paces yet, but so far it sounds great, and it definitely looks great. The magnetic cover is a nice touch.
Pros: Size, looks
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. Great center speaker at a good price and size. They are truly wonderful speakers and I can see how couch potatoes are created.
Pros: sound, size, price
Cons: none yet
Easy installation and they sound great. It was installed with 625-RT's in the front driven by a Yamaha RX-V377. I love how all the speakers "disappear" into the wall, and I haven't even painted them yet. Blake was great in answering all my questions.
Pros: Easy install, "disappear" into wall.
Cons: None yet!
This product has great sound quality and is a wonderful addition to our newly installed Home theater system. We love the quality, easy install, and price for the product.
Pros: price, quality, sound
Great center channel speaker
Pros: Easy to install great sound
Cons: None yet
Excellent speakers for the money!
This center speaker is fantastic - I'm not an audiophile and I haven't listened to lots and lots of speakers, but when it comes to center speaker clarity, from sports announcers to zombies to music listening, this speaker delivers. I personally don't understand what makes an expensive center speaker an expensive center speaker, but I'm satisfied that I didn't skimp on this speaker.
Pros: Crisp and clear Easy to install Sleek design
Great center channel speaker. Super easy to install and looks great. The grill was very easy to paint. Sounds awesome with my Denon 7.1 receiver.
Pros: Easy to install, looks and sounds great
Cons: None come to mind
As usual, Polk has another great product. The sound is incredible, I can hear stuff I never heard before. TV sounded like it was getting louder in the background and quieter in the talking making it hard to hear what they say sometimes. Now I can here everything they say. Having a speaker hooked up through a Marantz 7003 receiver I can add just a little more gain to it or less to others for the perfect match. Love it!
Pros: Great sound, price, and easy installation
Cons: As with any in wall or ceiling speaker, I always worry about breaking the tabs when tightening them. I wish they beefed up the housing and the tabs. I didn't have trouble with this speaker, but I tightened it just slightly beyond when it grabbed, not sure it's really tight enough yet.
I have bought two of these and the sound is great for small to mid-size rooms. Nice clean look and easy install. I have installed these both with and without the optional mounting brackets. The brackets are really only needed to show your drywall guys where to cut the holes, they do not help much for actual installation.
Pros: Great sound quality for the price Easy install Clean look
It's a little pricey but well worth it. Installation was a snap and it sounds fantastic.
Sounds great, looks fantastic, and Installation was a breeze!
Pros: Sound, installation, appearance
Installation was easy and the template was accurate. Because of the double woofers, I am using this speaker as the center channel in a 5.1 application, and although the specs (and price) are impressive, listening is not a "revelation". The speaker is good - no complaints, its doing what I ask of it; but I haven't experienced anything that "stands out" from this speaker, which makes me wonder if another, less expensive speaker would have done the same job. As usual, Crutchfield is great with their customer support, sales staff, and quick shipping!
|Quantity in Package||Single|
|Cutout Size||13.0625 x 7.5625|
|Woofer Composition||Polymer Composite|
|Power Range (Watts)||10-150|
|Connector Type||Spring post|
Vanishing Series In-Wall Center-Channel Speaker: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall center-channel loudspeaker (255c-RT) features a precision-engineered minimally flanged design and Polk's exclusive Sheer-Grille, which protrudes only 7mm from its surroundings. Installing virtually-flush in your wall, the Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall center-channel loudspeaker offers a one-cut, drop-in installation and rotating cam stabilizing system. The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall center-channel loudspeaker provides superior high-performance sound from its dual 5.25" woofers and aimable 1" tweeter, with Reflective Room (Tweeter) Compensation control.
Dynamic Balance Technology: Laser imaging technology allows Polk Audio engineers to see the entire vibrating surface of a driver and tweeter; they can actually see the resonance develop on the speaker cones-resonance that is the root cause of loudspeaker distortion. Being able to see the resonance develop, they then determine the Dynamic Balance of high-tech materials, geometry and construction that together effectively tune out the offending resonance. Exclusive Dynamic Balance Composite Material Technology delivers sound that is effortlessly clean and clear, even at lifelike volume levels.
Klippel Optimized Motor Structures: The Klippel Distortion Analyzer allows Polk engineers to optimize each driver's motor structure, voice coil alignment and suspension to insure smooth, unimpeded movement even at extreme listening levels. This is especially important in the shallow depth area afforded an in-wall built-in loudspeaker.
Dual Midranges: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall center-channel loudspeaker employs two 5.25" Dynamic Balance mineral composite polypropylene cone midrange drivers with rubber surrounds for a smooth, consistent frequency response. Each midrange driver features a lightweight, strong composite basket that work in conjunction with Klippel Optimization to keep moving parts in rigid alignment while further damping performance-robbing resonances.
Silk Dome Tweeter: The Vanishing Series in-wall center-channel loudspeaker employs a 1" Dynamic Balance silk polymer composite dome tweeter for crisp, clear imaging. The high-performance silk dome tweeter in the Vanishing Series in-wall center-channel loudspeaker features a 15° swivel housing, for more direct high frequency control, excellent off-axis imaging and more placement flexibility.
Reflective Room (Tweeter) Compensation Control: An easily accessible Reflective Room (Tweeter) Compensation switch allows you to make advanced audio tweaks to optimize the sound for any installation. Use the Reflective Room (Tweeter) Compensation switch to digitally compensate for harsh reflective surfaces. It doesn't merely reduce high frequencies; it actually allows you to "notch-out" a specific area of the spectrum (3500-6000Hz) where room acoustics most often interfere with performance.
Timbre Matched: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall center-channel loudspeaker is timbre-matched to Polk Audio's high-performance RTi bookshelf and floor-standing loudspeakers. This allows you to match them to an existing Polk Audio home theater speaker system and enjoy seamless blending from speaker to speaker. Timbre-matched speaker components will insure the same true response throughout your system.
Frequency Response: The overall frequency response of the in-wall center-channel loudspeaker is 30Hz to 27kHz, and the -3dB frequency response is 50 to 25kHz.
Infinite Baffle Tuning: Infinite Baffle Tuning uses the virtual enclosure of the in-wall space for deep bass response and superior overall sound.
Wafer-Thin Sheer-Grille: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall center-channel loudspeaker features Polk's exclusive wafer-thin Sheer-Grille, a magnetically-secured grille that protrudes only 7mm from its surroundings. The Sheer-Grille can be painted to match your décor, making it virtually indistinguishable from its surroundings. The Sheer-Grille has nearly transparent, ultra-small perfs, and are acoustically inert, for dynamic, unimpeded sound and more uniform coverage, even in larger rooms.
Note: We highly recommend you use a can of spray paint matched to the wall color you want the Sheer-Grille to blend with. Never use a brush or roller to paint the grille, as this will clog the perf holes.
Gold-Plated Spring-Loaded Posts: The in-wall center-channel loudspeaker has a gold-plated pair of spring-loaded binding posts that can accept up to 12-gauge wire, single banana plugs, or pin connectors.
Applications: You can use the Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall center-channel loudspeaker to complete a system of traditional loudspeakers or in-wall speakers, by adding an inconspicuous center-channel speaker.
Placement: The in-wall center-channel loudspeaker is designed to be installed above or below your flat-panel television. Install the in-wall center-channel loudspeaker as close to ear level as possible. If the speaker needs to be installed lower or high than ear level, then aim the tweeter accordingly.
Note: Do not block the in-wall center-channel speaker with your TV or furniture, as this will disrupt and muffle the sound.
Rotating Cam System: The Polk Audio in-wall center-channel loudspeaker utilizes a rotating cam system to ensure a secure, vibration-free installation.
Installation: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall center-channel loudspeaker (255c-RT) can be installed in new or existing construction.
Dimensions: Crutchfield Measurements.
|In-Wall Center-Channel Dimensions||Model # 255c-RT|
|Overall Dimensions (with grille)||Width = 14.8125" |
Height = 9.3125"
|Cutout Dimensions||Width = 13.0625" |
Height = 7.5625"
|Product Depth (including grille & wiring)||Depth = 4.125"|
|Mounting Depth (using 1/2" drywall)||Depth = 3.75"|
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Bought the voice-matched RT set for a new home theater setup. [ Douglas Jan 01, 2019 ]
Recommended by a friend [ Jason Dec 09, 2018 ]
Quality [ Brad Dec 06, 2018 ]
Amanda service adviser recommended [ Richard Dec 01, 2018 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield Advisor [ Demetrius Nov 27, 2018 ]
I wanted something a little more than a sound bar to carry the center channel. [ JEREMY Aug 27, 2018 ]
cheaper price, great reviews [ Shawn Jun 06, 2018 ]
Great value for the money, and quality and rating are fabulous!! [ jeff May 20, 2018 ]
Recommendation and prior use of Polk products [ Mike May 16, 2018 ]
I liked the reviews and it will fit properly. [ Rob Apr 02, 2018 ]
cant beat the price or the reviews [ craig Mar 31, 2018 ]
I have friends that have them and love them [ Jeffery Jan 22, 2018 ]
The speakers I ordered are quality speakers at a good price. [ Lee Dec 19, 2017 ]
Matching center channel speaker to the front left/right I already have. Good quality in-wall speaker at a reasonable price. [ Kyle Dec 14, 2017 ]
Limited options for in wall center channels. Priced well. [ Luke Nov 13, 2017 ]
Sales reps recommendation [ jonathan Nov 04, 2017 ]
Lucy said I should BUY this speaker! Just kidding. She did recommend this and several others. Bought them ALL, 'cuz she said I should ! :) [ Ken Sep 14, 2017 ]
Price, and high level of quality reviews. [ Chris Jul 26, 2017 ]
Designing a new basement home theature, had Polk speakers in the past and really like the product [ Richard Apr 10, 2017 ]
Home theater in the basement; couldn't afford the Klipsch or Speakercraft and my Polk Monitor 5jr's from College (20+ years ago) still sound great... [ Pieter Mar 06, 2017 ]
looking for a perfect balance to my system. This speaker completes my dream audio setup. [ Everardo Jan 12, 2017 ]
Great value [ JACK Jan 06, 2017 ]
Best quality and sound range for the price. Other higher prices speakers may have more freq range but the human ear does not appreciably discern the difference and my dog doesn't watch TV. He's more in to reading (boring). [ Ralph Nov 14, 2016 ]
Always love Polk price and quality. They always come through for me and sound is awesome in my theater room [ Scott Nov 03, 2016 ]
I have fallen in love with Polk audio, started out with my boat stereo.... could not find a speaker that was not too tinny or heavy at both low volume and still sound great when cranked. Polk fits that bill! The center speaker is the most critical since the dialogue comes from this speaker. This speaker added punch to my tv watching experience and is an excellent choice. [ DAVID R Oct 29, 2016 ]
Polk Audio's reputation. [ David Oct 18, 2016 ]
Because I want high quality Polk sound from my center channel that doesnt't take up space on my console. I like the clean look of in-wall installation with good quality sound at a value and price in my budget. [ Eric Oct 06, 2016 ]
top rated [ chris Sep 25, 2016 ]
For my home entertainment in the living room [ Constance Sep 19, 2016 ]
Hard choice. Couldn't determine if this center speaker matched front & ceiling speakers chosen. Wanted in wall center so this was the only on I could find. I'll let you know the outcome. [ David Jun 27, 2016 ]
Great reviews & Polk's reputation, along with a recommendation from a young tech that sounded very knowledgeable a couple of months ago. [ J. Paul May 30, 2016 ]
Most important speaker is the Center. This is powerful and going to be awesome sounding with 150 watts RMS.... [ J May 17, 2016 ]
price and previous polk experience [ Susan L. Feb 14, 2016 ]
Morgan Recommend Morgan's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=181 [ Robert Jan 12, 2016 ]
POLK BRAND AND SOUND QUALITY [ RAFI Jan 07, 2016 ]
Heard a all good things about it, yet to experience [ SREENIVAS Jan 04, 2016 ]
Polk Audio quality [ DAVID Dec 25, 2015 ]
I purchased these speakers based on the specifications, reviews and reputation of Polk. They installed easily and I'm very happy with the sound they produce. [ Larry Dec 18, 2015 ]
I installed this speaker at my clothing store. It was installed into a wall built from barn wood, so it's much more sturdy than drywall, however, i think it would be OK for install without additional support. [ jonathan Jul 10, 2017 ]
Yes, they have templates to cut the dry wall and the speaker holds to the drywall and doesn't need any bracket or internal support. I ran wires before the construction and did cut outs and connected them after. Make sure you have way to run the wires if they are not letting you do prior and your speaker placement is between studs. [ Jeffrey Jul 09, 2017 ]
Yes it can. It is only mounted from the front. Speaker is awesome. I would defiantly recommend. Stan [ Stanley Jul 09, 2017 ]
I don't believe the insulation would hurt the speaker. I would leave some separation between the two. Mine have about an inch of separation. [ Christopher Jun 06, 2017 ]
You probably could, but it is a center channel and it's designed to throw sounds at couch eating level. They do make round and square surround channel speakers that would be better for ceiling.Enter [ Jeremy Jun 01, 2017 ]
Yes. In my set up the center speaker is in the ceiling above the TV that is above the fire place. It has a directional tweeter that I turned towards the seating positions. Perfect sound [ Kevin May 31, 2017 ]
Sorry, i wouldn't know for sure. I purchased a Boston Acoustics center speaker and it's worked fine with my Polk wall speakers. Great sound all around. [ Jim Apr 11, 2016 ]
Yes. I built a custom media room and did 4 rc85's in side walls and the polk center under the 120" screen....combined w polk self powered 12" sub Good stuff and good price [ CHRISTOPHER Apr 06, 2016 ]
Thanks for the feedback! Bringing a musician, the sound quality is important! However the vocal articulation and clarity is just as important, as the speaking/dialog can get lost for in some TV/movies due to slight hearing loss from my live performance days. I have been thinking of using the Polk MC80's in another room for streaming music, since the 8" woofer 'should' produce a bit more bass, but still retain the same musical voice matching, throughout the home. This is my first experience with ceiling mounted speakers so I welcome all comments. If there are other choices, feel free to post those too. Thanks! [ Mosie Sep 30, 2015 ]
I have had no problem with this speaker matching to two other series speakers in the same room. I have always had to tweak the receiver for the center channel speaker even when all the speakers are the same series. Even with auto setup of the speakers, the center channel always seemed to quiet no matter the manufacturer. This speaker should work well for you. [ DOUGLAS Sep 30, 2015 ]
I think you will be just fine. I also have mc60's in a 9' ceiling with a Yamaha center channel. It all sounds great. [ JAMES Sep 30, 2015 ]
I have the same speakers in my vacation home. I have a pioneer elite receiver and 10 foot ceilings. Speakers sound great. [ JAMES Sep 30, 2015 ]
You could. I dont think that this would affect the sound in any noticeable way. [ electrician Jun 21, 2015 ]
This is a single, center speaker for a home theater. If you are looking for "speakers" then this is not for you. If you are looking for a single center speaker, it is great. I would, however, mount it horizontal as shown. It will be better balanced and give better dispersion. Remember, it is a mid-frequency speaker made specifically for voice reproduction. [ Richard Jun 21, 2015 ]
Yes, they can be mounted any way as long as you have enough room between your framing. [ DOUGLAS Jun 20, 2015 ]
No these need to be connected to an amplifier of some sort, typically an AV receiver. [ Ron Jun 25, 2018 ]
No [ JOE Apr 13, 2015 ]
Thanks. Would I need to try and angle the speaker in the ceiling or just place it straight down and aim the tweeter towards the couch? I've got 9 ft ceilings. Also, what speaker craft speaker would you recommend instead of the polk? [ Ryan Nov 18, 2014 ]
I have done this before, install the center channel in the ceiling, not with Polk Audio, but with speaker craft, and it sounded the same as my Polk Audio that are mounted below my TV. [ JAMES Nov 18, 2014 ]
Yes.. [ Tim Nov 18, 2014 ]
The speaker has got great range and should sound fine as long as the room isn't too large. I'd be more concerned about the sound carrying I n the room above the speaker. [ CHAD E Nov 18, 2014 ]
I have been watching all types of movies and listening to all types of music and so far I am satisfied with the system they picked out for me, based on what I told them what my needs were. Awesome speakers. Jim [ JAMES Aug 03, 2014 ]
Jamie...I purchased this center channel speaker along with 2 265RT's for my front speakers and 2 65RT's for my rear surrounds. It is my understanding that this set-up would be voice matched. I've had this set-up for about a year along with a Polk subwoofer and it sounds awesome! [ RUSSELL P Aug 02, 2014 ]
1" Dynamic Balance® ring radiator tweeter for extended and accurate high-frequency response
dual 5-1/4" Dynamic Balance® woofers
frequency response 44-29,000 Hz (-3dB)
In-wall center channel speaker
In-wall center channel speaker