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Polk Audio 265 RT

In-wall speaker

Item # 107265RT

The 265 RT offers stellar sound in an inconspicuous design that hides in your wall.

The 265 RT offers stellar sound in an inconspicuous design that hides in your wall.

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About the Polk Audio 265 RT

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
  • MFR # AW6265-A

What's in the box:

  • 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

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Features & specs

Features
Quantity in Package Single
Tweeter Soft-Dome
Aimable Tweeter No
Woofer Composition Polymer Composite
Woofer Surround Rubber
Moisture-resistant No
Connector Type Spring post
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Built-in Back-box No
Specs
Tweeter Size 1
Midrange Size ---
Woofer Size 6.5
Speaker Shape Rectangular
Cutout Width 7.25
Cutout Height 19.1875
Power Range (Watts) 10-200
Sensitivity 91 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 45-25kHz
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime
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Features

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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Note: The overall frequency response of the in-wall speaker is 30Hz to 27kHz, and the -3dB frequency response is 45 to 25kHz.

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.

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.

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.

Note: 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 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.

Application & Mounting Options: 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. 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. In existing walls, use the included cardboard template for one-cut, drop-in simplicity.

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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17 questions already asked

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Can this be used as the center front speaker (to match the left and right) if I'm going to use an acoustic transparent projector screen?
[ Sefi  Feb 06, 2021 ]
1 answer
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There is a center speaker in the RT line. I would get that one for this purpose. This speaker will not sound right in that channel.
[ BRIAN  Feb 06, 2021 ]
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My drywall is 3/4". Will the clamps accommodate this?
[ David  Feb 06, 2021 ]
4 answers
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Yes
[ Matthew  Feb 09, 2021 ]
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Yes they will. I have a 3/4" wood frame on top of 1/2" drywall and the clamps could accommodate that depth.
[ JEFF  Feb 06, 2021 ]
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I am pretty sure. The clamps should work even if you had a 1 inch wall.
[ THOMAS E  Feb 06, 2021 ]
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Yes, it will be fine
[ Aaron  Feb 06, 2021 ]
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Right now I have 7.1 Polk RTiA9 & F/XiA6 and set up and planning to upgrade to ATMOS 7.1.4. Is 265-RT a good option for the in-Ceiling ATMOS speakers.. I saw in other forums that angled speakers are good for ATMOS but want to check if 265-RT is good enough?
[ Murali  Jan 08, 2021 ]
1 answer
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I think technically, just about any speaker would work for overhead ATMOS, however the 265RT is a fairly large speaker. I would personally go with something with a smaller footprint from the "in-ceiling" category, like the 70-RT or 90-RT. Also make sure you check your mounting depth on whatever you choose.
[ RYAN  Jan 21, 2021 ]
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I want to install these in the basement. I have a 3 1/2 inch from the front of the drywall to the cement wall behind. I understand the speaker itself is 3 1/4 inch deep. Does this work, or will it cause audio issues?
[ Atif  Dec 01, 2020 ]
4 answers
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I had similar questions for Crutchfield when I was purchasing these. If I understood correctly these are open baffle design so it's more about the open air space within the cavity, i.e. your stud bay, that will impact the sound more so than what is behind it. As I'm a mechanical engineer by trade here though, I would think that cement wall behind may actually help in terms of any sound reverberation but at the same time may make your lower bass tones more muted. The crutchfield people can probably provide you a better answer than I did here, hope this was helpful!!! Love ours and very satisfied with them
[ Matthew  Dec 02, 2020 ]
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I installed mine in a standard wood stud wall. No issues. As for the sound it will be heard on the back side of the wall.
[ Richard G  Dec 02, 2020 ]
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I installed these in my basement stud wall. I pulled the wall out from the concrete about an inch. The walls had R13 in them as well. They sound fantastic. No issues.
[ BRIAN  Dec 01, 2020 ]
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I put 4 of these in my basement wall and you should be fine because the air port is in the front. The 1/4 inch should give you enough wiggle room to be close to the cement but not effect quality at all. They have been great paired up with my denon receiver.
[ BEN  Dec 01, 2020 ]
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What is the foam port plug for?
[ JOHN GREG  Nov 25, 2020 ]
3 answers
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There is information on the plug and its use in the installation manual.
[ BRIAN  Dec 01, 2020 ]
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I believe they are just for packing to keep integrity of the speaker. I threw mine away. The speakers need to push air out to work.
[ BEN  Dec 01, 2020 ]
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Sorry John, Wined up giving to my brother. Went with in ceiling speakers.
[ GARY  Nov 25, 2020 ]
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Could I use these in a ceiling application for my man cave? I don't have easy access or depth space in the wall, but the ceiling is accessible for me.
[ Matt  Nov 05, 2020 ]
2 answers
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Yes you can install these in the ceiling, as long as you have the space in the ceiling.
[ RONALD  Nov 10, 2020 ]
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I mounted these on the wall as center, left and right speakers. I mounted the smaller version on ceiling for rear center surround. It does not need a lot of space. Built in brackets hold it securely.
[ VIRGIL  Nov 05, 2020 ]
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Replacement cover? Where to find
[ Jason  Oct 27, 2020 ]
2 answers
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I have given up so if you figure it out please let me know. Thanks!
[ Christopher  Dec 07, 2020 ]
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We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Calvin  Nov 25, 2020 ]  Staff
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Can these be used in a surround sound application? I want both music and home theater
[ steve humphrey  Jan 29, 2020 ]
5 answers
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I use these in a dolby 6.1 set up. They sound great for music and movies.
[ BRIAN  Dec 01, 2020 ]
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That is what I plan on using them for as well. The house is still being built, so I'm not sure on the sound yet!
[ Joseph  Jan 31, 2020 ]
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Absolutely, Excellent speakers for your intended use.
[ Vector Home  Jan 30, 2020 ]
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There exactly what I am using them for.
[ JEFF  Jan 29, 2020 ]
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Yes. That is exactly how I am using them.
[ NICK  Jan 29, 2020 ]
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Is there a pre-construction bracket available?
[ Shane  Jan 10, 2020 ]
8 answers
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A template is provided for cutting the hole.
[ Randall  Jan 23, 2020 ]
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I was not able to find a precon bracket. I cut mine in after the fact. Template is accurate and easy to use. Just pin up and cut around the line. Four clamps hole it securely.
[ Nathan  Jan 23, 2020 ]
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Polk did make a pre-construction bracket (PB LC RT) that we no longer carry. The speakers do include a cardboard template in the box for one cut, drop-in simplicity.
[ Cosmo  Jan 21, 2020 ]  Staff
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Yes there was when I bought them, they were plastic and somewhat flimsy but they worked. There is also a template inside the speaker box
[ DAVE  Jan 21, 2020 ]
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Not in the box.. Unsure if Focal has any available as a separate item. Boxed items include speaker, grille and the template to cut your hole.
[ KRIKOR  Jan 21, 2020 ]
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I don't think so, I installed it to the face of the drywall. A template comes with it to trace out where to cut the hole.
[ CHRIS  Jan 21, 2020 ]
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There's no pre-construction bracket available but there is a template that you can use inside the box to cut your hole.
[ JAMES  Jan 21, 2020 ]
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It comes with a template, but no bracket. Not sure if a bracket is available. If you call Crutchfield, they can let you know. I really like the speakers.
[ VIRGIL  Jan 21, 2020 ]
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Can I install the speakers flush with a stud, or do I need some clearance between the stud and speakers? If I move the speaker away from the stud, I will be going behind the TV, which I want to avoid.
[ somubtech  Dec 26, 2019 ]
2 answers
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Somubtech, you will need about 3/4" of drywall for the speaker quick mounts to grab onto. There at 8 of them, the two (each) on the top and bottom should not be an issue for you but there are two on each side as well. At a minimum I would think a 1/2 " is needed to grab on to so that the speaker can be secured and pulled into the wall so your grill fits flush to the wall
[ NICK  Dec 27, 2019 ]
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Yes you absolutely can mount the speaker right next to a stud. It's actually the ideal place to mount it for stability.
[ Mark  Dec 26, 2019 ]
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What is the difference between the 265 RT and 265 LS?
[ PAR02  Feb 04, 2018 ]
3 answers
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Different frequency ranges. Mostly on the low end where the LS has bigger frequency range.
[ Matthew  Feb 09, 2021 ]
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$200! That's all I know.
[ COLBY  Feb 05, 2018 ]
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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 ]
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Bi-amp able?
[ John  May 14, 2016 ]
2 answers
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No it is Not
[ Matthew  Feb 09, 2021 ]
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No it is not.
[ Randy  May 14, 2016 ]
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What is the minimum required distance from the studs to accommodate the screw clips that secure it to the wall?
[ Guest  May 03, 2015 ]
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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 ]
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Sorry Sam I don't recall and we have moved.
[ ken  May 04, 2015 ]
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I'm not suite as I had them installed by a professional.
[ TERENCE G  May 03, 2015 ]
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The Install on these are very easy and straight forward and these speakers are awesome !!! Good luck
[ julian  May 03, 2015 ]
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You need at least 1/2 Clarence from the stud to allow the clips to drop down
[ julian  May 03, 2015 ]
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Can these in wall speakers be used in a wall that backs to an open storage room (meaning that the space behind the speaker will be open)? An installer is telling me to avoid these and any other speakers that are not "sealed" because too much sound will be lost to the open room behind the speaker.
[ Dan  Jan 20, 2015 ]
10 answers
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Thanks for the helpful response
[ Dan  Jan 21, 2015 ]
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Thanks for the helpful response
[ Dan  Jan 21, 2015 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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You could enclose the speaker yourself or purchase unit from Crutchfield- Russound flexbox
[ Alfredo  Jan 20, 2015 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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I see these speakers can handle 200 watts. My receiver delivers 100 watts.. Will the receiver drive these ok?
[ Ron Hoogenakker  Oct 31, 2014 ]
4 answers
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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 channel..works fine and very clear.
[ ken  Nov 03, 2014 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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Can I use this as a center speaker installed horizontally?
[ MARCOS  Dec 02, 2013 ]
3 answers
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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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