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Polk Audio 265 RT

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This Polk speaker practically disappears
No, it isn't magic. But it's close. A member of Polk's "RT Vanishing" series, the 265 RT offers stellar sound in an inconspicuous design that hides in your wall. Close your eyes, and you might just think you're listening to a bookshelf speaker. The 265 RT is voice-matched to Polk's renowned RTi series, so you can put together a system mixing in-wall and floor-standing or bookshelf speakers — whatever suits your room and your decorating sense best.

This Polk speaker practically disappears
No, it isn't magic. But it's close. A member of Polk's "RT Vanishing" series, the 265 RT offers stellar sound in an inconspicuous design that hides in your wall. Close your eyes, and you might just think you're listening to a bookshelf speaker. The 265 RT is voice-matched to Polk's renowned RTi series, so you can put together a system mixing in-wall and floor-standing or bookshelf speakers — whatever suits your room and your decorating sense best.

A terrific trio of drivers
You can bank on great performance. Dual 6-1/2" woofers and a pivoting silk-dome polymer tweeter deliver wide frequency response, from deep bass to crystal-clear highs. Built-in switches let you tailor the sound to match your specific room and installation. Finish off by painting the magnetic Sheer-Grille™ to match your wall color and the '265 is ready for showtime.

An optional in-wall bracket is recommended for installing the 265-RT in-wall center channel speaker in a home with new construction.

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Product Highlights:

  • 1" swivel-mount silk/polymer dome tweeter
  • dual 6-1/2" woofers
  • sound-shaping controls
  • frequency response 45-25,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • handles up to 200 watts
  • sensitivity 91 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • paintable Sheer-Grille™ for stealth installation
  • cutout: 7-1/4"W x 19-3/16"H
  • mounting depth: 3-1/4"
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Rectangular in-wall speaker
  • Foam rubber port plug
  • White metal grille
  • Mounting template
  • Owner's Manual
  • Sheer-Grille Painting instructions
  • Online Registration Card
  • Polk Audio product brochure

Pick an old favorite, fire these up and get ready! The music is true and great sounding. I bought these for music and I am not disappointed. Dare I say that they are as clear as my Time Windows? Better base than i expected for this size. Excellent turn around and presentation by Crutchfield.

Mick, Maple Grove, MN


Polk Audio 265 RT Reviews

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Polk Audio 265 RT

Crutchfield customer from Mount Airy, MD on 12/21/2018

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I built these into a fireplace surround into sealed plywood boxes and used a separate sub and they sound great.



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Crutchfield customer from Fallston, MD on 11/17/2018

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I was setting up a new theatre room and was very please With how easy the speakers were to install and now the sound is amazing.



Brings tears to your eyes

Mick from Maple Grove, MN on 11/7/2018

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Pick an old favorite, fire these up and get ready! The music is true and great sounding. I bought these for music and I am not disappointed. Dare I say that they are as clear as my Time Windows? Better base than i expected for this size. Excellent turn around and presentation by Crutchfield.

Pros: Great sound. Great looks. Easy installation.

Cons: Lots of tough turns to lock in place.

Polk Audio 265 RT

Crutchfield customer from Salem, AL on 10/22/2018

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AWESOME sound!!! Used in my Surround System. Just like in the Theaters...



Bang for the buck!

Guest from Allentown, NJ on 10/7/2018

Super crisp dialogue and full sound - amazing product. We painted them to match our wall - it was a process but the end result is perfect. We use 4 of these plus the equivalent Polk Center Speaker in our theater room.



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Crutchfield customer from Daphne, AL on 7/24/2018

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Easy to install, excellent sound, great price and quick delivery.



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Crutchfield customer from Dudley, MA on 4/21/2018

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So far i like my sets of 265RT Polk Audio speakers.



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Jeremy from Oxford, MI on 4/3/2018

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Excellent sound, easy install. Very satisfied!

Pros: Great sound, easy install

Cons: None yet

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ram from Aldie, VA on 12/18/2017

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I purchased a pair of these speakers to replace Bowers & Wilkins CM8 tower speakers in my family/living room. These speakers are louder than my previous speakers but sound quality is lagging. I am using pioneer Elite sc-71 receiver and calibrated the speakers using receiver's calibration system.

Pros: Easy to install sound is good for the price

Cons: too bossy

Polk Audio 265 RT

Crutchfield customer from Hampton Bays, NY on 8/2/2017

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Great speakers , painted my grills , don't use latex paint even in spray gun holes are very small , good chance of clogging

Pros: Sound , price , look


Great sound to match a clean and modern look.

Brian from Murray, UT on 7/22/2017

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I love these in-wall speakers! They are just what we desired for great sound and a new modern and clean feel to our room. They sound better than the expansive RBH Sound speakers that were there previously. We matched up our 265 RT speakers with 4 Polk MC60s for a 7.1 setup and I love it. For the center speaker we have a Polk Signature S35 since it was not possible to use an in-wall speaker there.

Pros: High value sound and construction for the price.

Cons: For my purposes, none.

Fantastic sound at a reasonable price

Brian from Thornton, CO on 6/5/2017

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the speakers are very easy to install, and look great with the flush mount grill covers. I have not painted them yet, but will do so once the home theater room is completed. The sound is fantastic at all volume levels with zero distortion. They deliver clean crisp sounds. I would recommend these to anyone.

Pros: great sound and looks, easy to install


Great sound

Hector from Spring, TX on 3/4/2017

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This speaker has great sound. Very easy to install and look good anywhere. Price matching dropped price by 50%

Pros: Amazing sound and style


Great sound for all types of listening

Brad from Saugatuck, MI on 12/24/2016

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I installed these in my newly finished basement as a pair of front left and right channels and I am thrilled with their sound. I was considering the smaller version of the RT series, but after hearing these in a friends house and finding them for the great price that I did at Crutchfield, I made the plunge. I have them paired with a Polk 255C-RT center channel speaker and 3 Polk 6.5" 2-way in-ceiling speakers and the sound is amazing. The full spectrum of sounds is easily discernible in music and movies. The listening experience for music rivals that of the towers I had previously in this room. Movie experiences are just as good. I wouldn't hesitate to make this purchase again, they are with a little more in expense.

Pros: Sounds like high quality towers.


Polk Quality

Jack L. from Tucson, AZ on 5/15/2016

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The 265Rt's are very easy to install and fit flush to the wall. They sound great and blend perfectly with my RTiA9 towers. Shipping was fast ! Crutchfield is the only way to go!

Pros: Polk quality. Mounting is sturdy and easy.

Cons: None.

In Wall Spekers

Kathy M. from Virginia on 1/2/2016

These are wonderful speakers. we purchased 4 of them for our front and back speakers in our great room. They sound amazing. The treble sounds great without being tinny.

Pros: Ease of install! This was our first time installing and the process was very smooth. Great high range sounds without being tinny. Love the look.

Cons: None

Very Happy

cspann from Maryland on 10/6/2015

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Extremely pleased with ease of installation and sound quality. Built in filters for near wall reflection and cavity constraints a plus. Way easy to pop into the wall and clean looking once installed.

Pros: awesome instructions and included drywall cut template

Cons: none


JohnnyT from South Carolina on 6/10/2015

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Sounds super, I'm using this with 4 625RT fronts and RM8 surrounds with 2 660 powered sub. The grills look even better then I hoped for, so thin and clean. They carry mid and high's very cleanly. The mid bass is tight and accurate and work very well with the 12" Polk powered sub 660wi. They mount solidly so I haven't heard any vibrations even with high volume.

Pros: EZ mounting, Very clean look

Cons: None yet


Crutchfield customer from 54313 on 5/2/2015

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Great speakers! Plan on sound insulation of you can for dampening sound on the back side. Good sound

Pros: Easy install

Cons: Not used to alot of mid range sounds.

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TomS from Kansas on 3/26/2015

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Very pleased with the fullness of the sound these sparkers deliver. They were very easy to install, my walls were prewired for speakers just needed to cut holes and connect the speakers.

Pros: Great sound in my basement bar area which is about 15x25. Also sounds great in the adjacent TV viewing area.

Cons: None from me

good deal

someGuy from usa on 3/3/2015

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These are great speakers for the price. Good balance of brand, value, and cost

Pros: Good quality and sound for the price. Looks great

Cons: Could use a little more midrange, but dialing things in via the amp and pivoting the tweeter seems to be acceptable

Excellent speakers

Emre from Arkansas on 1/31/2015

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I purchased 2 pairs of these for our house that was under construction at that point in time. Also got the plastic templates to be attached to the framing to mark drywall openings. Easily installed after moving in, hooked up to Yamaha RX-A1020, and absolutely amazed with the quality of the sound, which is very clear and crisp. I installed one pair in the den with Polk 111 sub and the other pair in the living room with another Polk 111. Using these for listening music only, although the pair in den is also attached to my TV. I am not a music pro, but I enjoy listening music loud and I really like what these pieces can deliver. Of note, the wall in the living room that these were installed has insulation and the one in den does not. To me, they give equally good results. If you are looking for a pair of speakers that literally vanish in your wall as their name implies and give excellent sound at the same time, these are for you.

Pros: Quality of sound in listening music

Cons: Nothing so far.

Great sounding in-wall speakers

Crutchfield customer from Lafayette, CO on 1/2/2015

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Great option if you don't want large speakers sitting on the ground. Created a very clean look in the wall and the sound in my opinion was just a good as traditional towers because the other speakers installed with it (5.1) complemented very well. Easy to install.

Pros: Good sound, easy to install, reasonable price


Polk Audio 265 RT

Crutchfield customer from Lakeway, TX on 6/24/2014

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Excellent speakers for the money!



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Steven from MS on 3/7/2014

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Great speaker, easy install, sounds great



Polk Audio 265 RT

Crutchfield customer from Sunrise, fl on 1/18/2014

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The craftmanship of this speaker is great, the quality of crisp sound, very sophisticated speaker system,

Pros: The lows, highs and mids make it the perfect speaker

Cons: None

Polk does it again

Anthony from Huntington ct on 9/9/2013

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Another great product from Polk audio excellent sound powerful base crisp clear highs great value for the price

Pros: Easy install look great clean neat appearance no need to paint due to the stream line trim all you see is the speaker grills


Awesome Sound

JimH from Carmel, IN on 8/18/2013

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Awesome sound. Much better than the Bose AM10 System they replaced.



In-wall speaker technology at it's BEST!!!!!!!

Toby L. from Davidsonville, MD on 6/3/2013

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I installed these 265RT speakers as front L & R speakers in my media room and am currently driving them (along with a Polk 255C-RT center channel speaker) with an Emotiva XPA-3 amplifier. Each speaker is being pushed by 200 watts and they are POWERFUL, PRISTINE AND PUNCHY. I also have a PSA XV-15 sub in the room but even without it, they hang pretty well in terms of bass, mids and highs. These speakers met and exceeded all of my expectations right out of the box. I've only got about 20-30 hours on them but I know they are only going to get better. I highly recommend driving these speakers with an amp to really make them shine. I have a 7.1 surround system in my media room with a pair of Polk 65RT's as surrounds (in-wall) and a pair of Polk RC80i's as rear surrounds (in-ceiling). The 7 speakers together are just magnificent and are all timbre-matched. The grills on the 265RTs are really well made and they are flush with the wall just as long as your walls are flush as well! Looking forward to years of enjoyment out of these for both movies and music!



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JH from Glenwood Springs, CO on 3/23/2013

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The speakers are being used for music. They are matched to Polk 550 sub. Still working to adjust sound between sub and 265 RT, but am happy with the sound quality. These were super easy to install. Used "you-tube" and Crutchfield site for tips on installation. I have not painted the grille yet but speakers fit well into wall and look decent.

Pros: Easy install, decent sound.

Cons: None


Tony 7.1 from San Antonio Texas on 12/31/2012

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Awesome Speakers especially for the price! I bought this along with the RC 55, 65, and 85 in wall speakers for my 7.1 system and it sounds amazing! My suggestion though would be to get a great receiver to get the maximum sound you are looking for. I lucked out as i have a friend who upgraded to a 11.2 system and sold me his $1500 Pioneer receiver for $400! God is Good and my system sounds Great! The installation was easy to install as i had my room pre-wired for a 7.1 system so all i had to do was cut out the holes in the walls and install. Once installed I painted the grill as the instructions said with spray paint and my Theater Room looks amazing! I'm not one to pay somebody to do what I can do myself and I'm no professional but the installation was a breeze and my room looks professional grade! Also, they sent me the Polk PSW111 for free with my purchase and OMG! My room is booming! I haven't had to push the limits of my system but I have turned it way up and the sound is crystal Clear! My wife talked me into getting the 7.1 and I'm glad she did because I am one satisfied customer. Thanks Crutchfield!

Pros: Easy Installation

Cons: none so far

Only one complaint

Crutchfield customer from pittsburgh, pa on 2/26/2012

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I LOVE these speakers and hands down I would have given them a 5 but the reason I gave them a 4 is due to the poor construction/design of the magnets that hold the speaker grill/cover in place. The problem I had with ALL 4 of the speakers I purchased was after I placed the cover on and then removed it to make adjustments the magnets pulled out from their "glued" position on the speaker and stuck to the cover; something I did not expect and actually took me a minute to realize it happened after I tried to place the cover back on only to discover that it would not "stick" to the speaker frame. So I figure the little magnets will not stay in place unless they are glued back on the speaker, which I have not attempted to do. For the price this is just something I think should not be a problem. The result: my speaker covers are in place, but there are corners that are not flush with the speaker/wall making for a not so clean finished look.

Pros: Sound is great.

Cons: Read my review.

pretty sweet

Rob from Cincinnati, OH on 3/18/2011

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Got this one as a center in a 5.1 system. Awesome full sound. Worth the price. The sound is sparkley and clear with lots of detail. I had set this system up and was listening to some music before the sub was delivered and in my 12 x 15 room the sound was decently rich. More to the point, I heard a lot of nuance that was not apparent either in good headphones or my crappy old speakers. For my $ this was a good value choice.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Quantity in Package Single
Tweeter Dome
Midrange Size ---
Woofer Size 6.5
Cutout Size 7.25 x 19.1875
Woofer Composition Polymer Composite
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range (Watts) 10-200
Sensitivity 91 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 45-25kHz
Connector Type Spring post
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Built-in Back-box No
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime

Product Research

Vanishing Series In-Wall Loudspeakers: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series 265-RT in-wall loudspeaker features a precision-engineered, minimally flanged design. Polk's exclusive Sheer-Grille protrudes only 7mm from its surroundings, and installs virtually-flush in your wall. Mounting the speaker is simple with a one-cut, drop-in installation and the rotating cam stabilizing system. The speaker provides superior high-performance sound from its dual 6.5" woofers and aimable 1" tweeter with Reflective Room Compensation control.

Driver Technology
Infinite Enclosure Design
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Dynamic Balance Technology: Laser-imaging technology allows Polk Audio engineers to see the entire vibrating surface of a driver and tweeter. This allows the engineers to actually see performance-robbing distortion develop on the speaker cone. Using this data, they can determine the Dynamic Balance of their high-tech materials, and alter the geometry and construction of the speaker to 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 loudspeaker.

Dual Woofers: The 265-RT in-wall loudspeaker employs dual 6.5" Dynamic Balance mineral composite polypropylene cone woofers with rubber surrounds for a smooth, consistent frequency response. The drivers feature a lightweight, strong composite basket that works in conjunction with Klippel Optimization to keep moving parts in rigid alignment while further damping performance-robbing resonances.

Silk Dome Tweeter: The speaker employs a 1" Dynamic Balance silk polymer composite dome tweeter for crisp, clear imaging. The high-performance tweeter 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 detailed adjustments to optimize the sound for any installation. The switch can be used to digitally compensate for harsh reflective surfaces. The switch 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. The switch has two settings:

  • Filter Setting: If your listening room is very reflective, with smooth sheetrock walls, hardwood floors, and non-cushioned furniture, the sound will be overly "bright" and unnatural. Selecting the "Filter" setting compensates for the effect of reflectivity in a hard room. Tweeter attenuation flattens room response, without hindering higher frequency response, for warmer, more realistic sound and more accurate imaging.
  • Normal Setting: If your room is not reflective, with curtains, artwork, lots of cushioned furniture and carpeting, sound will be absorbed by the room, resulting in more realistic reproduction and more accurate imaging. In this case, select the Normal setting.

Timbre-Matched: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall loudspeakers are 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 speaker is 30Hz to 27kHz, and the -3dB frequency response is 45 to 25kHz.

Infinite Enclosure Design

Infinite Baffle Tuning: Infinite Baffle Tuning uses the virtual enclosure of the in-wall space for deep bass response and superior overall sound.

PowerPort Bass Venting: The 265-RT features Polk Audio's patented PowerPort Bass Venting. The oblong-shaped port has rounded edges which smooth air turbulence at the mouth of the port to eliminate distortion. A foam rubber port plug is included, and should be inserted when the speaker is installed in an area larger than a standard open stud bay.

Wafer-Thin Sheer-Grille: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall speakers feature 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: When painting the grille, it is highly recommend that you use a can of spray paint matched to the color of the surrounding wall. Brushes or rollers should not be used to paint the grille, as this will clog the perf holes.


Gold-Plated Spring-Loaded Posts: The 265-RT has a gold-plated pair of spring-loaded binding posts that can accept up to 12-gauge wire, single banana plugs, or pin connectors.

Mounting Options

Applications: You can use the Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall loudspeaker as main left and right speakers mounted alongside your flat screen TV, or for superior dynamics in practically invisible multi-zone music systems.

Rotating Cam System: The speaker utilizes a rotating cam system to ensure a secure, vibration-free installation. There are eight rotating cams to hold the speaker securely to the wall.

Installation: The 265-RT can be installed in new or existing construction:

  • Existing Construction: In existing walls, use the included cardboard template for one-cut, drop-in simplicity.
  • New Construction: Pre-construction brackets (sold separately) are available for new-build or open-wall retro-fitting.


In-Wall Dimensions Model # 265-RT
Overall Dimensions (with grille) Width = 8.875"
Height = 20.875"
Cutout Dimensions Width = 7.25"
Height = 19.1875"
Product Depth (including grille & wiring) Depth = 3.75"
Mounting Depth (using 1/2" drywall) Depth = 3.25"

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Reviews on Crutchfield and others. Price was right, particularly w/ sale. [ Robert  Nov 14, 2017 ]
Great price for great speakers! [ Scott  Nov 24, 2016 ]
Polk equals quality, and I needed a vertical center channel to mount next to a 2x4 that runs vertically in the wall. This will offset slightly from the center, but it blends so well into the wall, you only notice if you're looking for it. Plus, the grill is paintable. [ Joshua  Nov 13, 2016 ]
Choose this from past experiences with this brand name plus the specification of this product. [ anh  Nov 09, 2016 ]
Recommendations [ John  Sep 21, 2016 ]
Performance and wanted to avoid towers with surround sound application in mixed use room. [ Dean  Mar 06, 2016 ]
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 ]

6 questions already asked

$200! That's all I know. [ COLBY  Feb 05, 2018 ]
The frequency response is different between the two. You can compare specifications of both on the Crutchfield website. They stock both of these items. [ JACK  Feb 04, 2018 ]
No it is not. [ Randy  May 14, 2016 ]
Typical 2X4 wall studs are spaced 16ins. on center (OC) (measured from center of one stud to center of second stud). Anything less than that gets tight in a hurry; just check the speaker dimensions for exact measurements. You can go a little beyong 16ins. OC; the clips catch about 1-11/4 ins. of stud when tightened. [ STANLEY D  May 05, 2015 ]
Sorry Sam I don't recall and we have moved. [ ken  May 04, 2015 ]
I'm not suite as I had them installed by a professional. [ TERENCE G  May 03, 2015 ]
The Install on these are very easy and straight forward and these speakers are awesome !!! Good luck [ julian  May 03, 2015 ]
You need at least 1/2 Clarence from the stud to allow the clips to drop down [ julian  May 03, 2015 ]
Thanks for the helpful response [ Dan  Jan 21, 2015 ]
Thanks for the helpful response [ Dan  Jan 21, 2015 ]
I spoke with a Polk technician prior to my install and the mfg.'s recommendation is an enclosure having a MINIMUM of 1 cu.ft. area (after subtracting the volume consumed by the speaker itself). These speakers are designed (presumed to be installed in) for in-wall placement, which typically is 2x4 or 2x6 studs on 16in. centers. The speakers have a couple of settings/buttons/adjustments/ports that can improve performance if your enclosure is too large - but nothing can be done for an undersized enclosure. Bottom line: 1) Use an enclosure (you can buy ready-made for a ceiling install or make you own using 3/4in. MDF) 2) You will not be happy with these speakers if installed in an "OPEN" configuration as you outlined. I had my enclosures custom-built as part of an entertainment cabinet I designed. I am happy with sound quality (SQ) and acknowledge an in-wall speaker will never have the SQ of a floor-standing reference speaker. Due to space constraints I had to go with an in-wall install, though my perference was component speakers. [ STANLEY D  Jan 21, 2015 ]
Hi Dan. Is your stud bay enclosed? If so, you are good to go. Just add about 2" of insulation behind the speaker in the wall and they will sound great. If there is no back on your wall, that could be a problem. I would recommend putting drywall on the back of the wall in which you are installing the speakers to enclose the bay. This will create your speaker "cabinet". Without, you will lose a lot of the sound. I hope this helps. I love the speakers. I paired them with a polk subwoofer and some Polk bookshelf speakers for surrounds. Sounds great! Feel free to ask any other questions that may come up. [ MARK  Jan 20, 2015 ]
You could enclose the speaker yourself or purchase unit from Crutchfield- Russound flexbox [ ALFREDO  Jan 20, 2015 ]
I'm not sure because mine have a closed space behind them. I actually made enclosed boxes behind the drywall to get the best sound response possible. Have you consideree building small enclosures out of particle board or MDF wood? [ AARON  Jan 20, 2015 ]
I would not use these with an open air backing unless you can find some baffles that would close off the back of the speaker. [ EZEKIEL  Jan 20, 2015 ]
Yes. I belive it can be use. Even if you have closed back sides are not sealed in middle of wall and you not loose sound. But alwas you can do a boxes from mdf. [ DARIUSZ  Jan 20, 2015 ]
I installed them with an open room behind. I addressed this issue by just building an enclosure for the speakers. I put a 2x4 above and below the speakers and then put a piece of plywood over the opening where the speaker is. It sounds awesome. [ JAMES W  Jan 20, 2015 ]
Dan, The installer is right. I installed my speakers in a built cabinet, sealed from behind with insulation. You will lose sound especially bass. I would build a box that would seal the back. You will get better sound. These speakers rock. You wont be disappointed. Hope this helps. [ John  Jan 20, 2015 ]
I am using this speaker as the center channel which is being driven by a Denon 3313ci AV receiver that is rated for 125 watts per fine and very clear. [ ken  Nov 03, 2014 ]
Your receiver will drive these speakers just fine , unless you like to listen at ear-damaging levels. I'm using a Denon AVR 2310ci, which can output 105 watts per channel, and I am extremely pleased with the sound quality that results. [ ROBERT J  Nov 03, 2014 ]
A 100 watts should drive these. I have an Onkyo TX-NR636. It has 95 watts per channel and it rocks these speakers. I love these speakers. They sound great! You won't be disappointed. [ John  Nov 03, 2014 ]
Should work just fine. I believe the range is between 10 and 200 watts for this model speaker. My receiver is pushing 100 watts as well and the sound is awesome. [ DANNY  Nov 02, 2014 ]
I would recommend getting a horizontal mounted or positioned speaker verses using the vertical configuration on its side. The cones are not the same either which would cause inaccurate dispersion within your sound envelope. [ JACOB  Dec 09, 2013 ]
You can, and it may actually sound better that way (although it will reduce vertical dispersion. Virtually all center speakers that lack a vertically arranged tweeter and midrange have compromised horizontal dispersion due to phase cancellation effects from the two outer speakers. By placing the speaker vertically, this moves the effect vertically. Because of this you may have to tilt the speaker a bit so the tweeter is aimed at your seated ear level. But horizontal dispersion should be fine. [ ROBERT  Dec 04, 2013 ]
I used these as left and right. For a center I would not as the two cones are not identical. [ EZEKIEL  Dec 03, 2013 ]

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Polk Audio 265 LS Each

Polk Audio 265-LS


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Upgraded drivers for wider ranging sound

The Polk Audio 265-LS offers these features:

1" ring radiator tweeter

dual 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance woofers

frequency response 28-33,000 Hz