Polk Audio 65 RT
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Sound is awesome for the price.
Polk knows great sound from a hole in the wall
Researching the amp, running the wire, cutting the drywall. Everything about your system says "commitment." After all that, why get just any in-wall speaker when you can have Polk's 65-RT? It's packed with Polk engineering and design expertise, from the stealth Sheer-Grille™ down to the laser-tuned Dynamic Balance® drivers. Backed with a lifetime warranty, this speaker will delight for years and years.
Vanishing speaker, prominent tone
Visually speaking the 65-RT is quite modest. It has a paintable magnetic grille that mounts flush with the surface of your wall. But look out. You get a 6-1/2" woofer dishing out solid mids and bass, and a 1" pivoting silk dome tweeter reproducing crystalline highs. It all leads to accurate, realistic sound when you fire up an action-packed movie or a track from your favorite band.
Mix and match the 65-RT with other members of Polk's Vanishing RT in-wall and in-ceiling speakers for seamless sound. Grab a pair of 65-RTs for striking stereo sound. Or mix and match them with other members of Polk's Vanishing RT in-wall and in-ceiling speakers for seamless surround sound. The 65-RT RTi speakers. Your system can be as creative as you are.
An optional in-wall bracket is recommended for installing the 65RT in a new home under construction.
Sound is awesome for the price.
Amit, Coppell, TX
Average Customer Review(s):
Sound is awesome for the price.
This is the second pair of 65 RT speakers I have purchased. I'm using them as rear channel speakers. Great clear sound and nice lows. Easy installation and look great. I would highly recommend these speakers!
Great sound with a lot of dynamic range. These Polks sound great at low volume and also at high volume. Very clear and accurate sound. Installation is also a breeze and the grills are magnetically attached.
Installed a pair in a difficult location for stereo. Speakers are above kitchen cabinets (cabinets are 14" deep) with only 18" between the cabinet tops and the ceiling. I created about 1 cubic foot of interior wall space (Polk's recommendation) using insulation below the speakers. I would have liked to use 8" woofers, but was concerned that there might be too much bass so close to the ceiling. The front ports I reasoned, although obscured from direct earshot by the cabinets, should aid bass response and would be a little distant from the ceiling. I have been a minor audiophile for quite a few years (yikes) and pretty much knew the situation I was in. But in the end, bass response is adequate and high frequency is very good in the live kitchen. Overall, I'm pleased with the outcome.
Pros: -Front port. Can aim the tweeters. Great price and service. -The employees at the Crutchfield store were very helpful when I made the trip to Charlottesville. Spent 2 hours there while I made numerous evaluations/decisions with their help. Phone help is also excellent.
Cons: Polk anchor screws are stiff to turn at first. But they loosen up after some turning, which allows you to have adequate feel as they snug down.
Very happy with these speakers. The fit and finish is so nice I don't even want to use the grille. They work with a wide range of wall thicknesses, (I'm using 1/2" MDF AND 1/2" Drywall) so the install is flexible. The sound is excellent for the price as well, a really good value. I also like the ability to change the tweeter and woofer performance depending on location of install - like if you have to be closer than 2' to an adjacent wall.
I am using the speakers as my right and left front speakers under my new Samsung 4K. They match very well with the 90 RT that I have for my rear speakers and my 255C -RT front center speaker. I also have a subwoofer so the bass is not an issue. The speakers have a rotational tweeter, which works really nice with my setup since the TV is located on the right half of the room. I am able to direct the sound to the listening area with ease
Pros: Easy installation, attractive looks, clean sound, crisp highs, perfect match for home theater front speakers. Nice overall product.
Cons: Bass would be empty without a subwoofer.
I replaced my JBL surround speakers with these speakers in my family room. there is looking nice and sound is also good
Pros: easy to install
Easy installation, tight speaker terminals, good option to use as surround speakers.
Pros: Installation = Simple
Sound amazing! These 65 RT speakers have a very clean sound with decent midrange even though in wall. Not a lot of lower range but they have enough. I use a sub anyway. The smooth look of the magnetic grill is better than hoped for. You will see on these reviews time and again about Crutchfield's service and it's true. I called because I wanted to price-match and Nate was extremely professional and courteous. Old school service with modern retail model.
Pros: Quality sound and look. CRUTCHFIELD SERVICE!
super at this price, easy to install.
Pros: good sound, my second set purchased. solid construction
I told Crutchfield tech. What stereo system I had and what sound I was looking for and these Polk speakers are what he recommended. Awesome sound... met my expectations. Thanks Crutchfield!
Pros: Clear rich sound. Ready to rock!
Great speakers with a good luck on the wall. Very happy with this purchase! Sound is beautiful.
This speaker has great sound. Very easy to install and look good anywhere. Price matching dropped price by 50%
Pros: Great sound
These are very good in wall speakers also the quick delivery service is a major Plus for me.
Pros: Very good and well speakers for the money
Cons: None so far
Performing well beyond expectations and extremely easy to install. My daughter only drilled one hole through the floor, the other two were perfect. (She is a novice installer, but at 81 I don't crawl under houses anymore.) These speakers were purchased for use as surround speakers but we installed them in the back wall. Upon completion we all watched Jurassic World and were thrilled to find the sound comparable to theater sound.
Pros: The template was sized perfectly and the terminals happily accepted the 12-guage wire that was recommended for the distance to the amplifier.
Cons: If there in a Con we are waiting to experience it.
These were installed as back channel speaker (7.1) 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: Ease of install Provided instructions, templates
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. They are truly wonderful speakers and I can see how couch potatoes are created.
Pros: Sound, size (not over powering), and price.
Cons: None so far.
Excellent speakers for the money!
Had these originally as left and right front and as center channel as well. Powered by Yamaha 90 x 7 receiver. These speakers are great in terms of ease of installation, appearance and most notably sound quality EXCEPT as a dedicated center channel. As a center they struggle at high volumes to provide clean separation between vocals and loud, dynamic soundtracks. This is only apparent at high volumes , but caused me to purchase a Polk 255-lc center channel to replace my 65 RT as my center. If your not using as a center, it's great on all levels even down to the speaker grills which are paintable, magnetic and fit very flush against wall.
Pros: Sound, appearance and ease of installation
Cons: See my review
I was somewhat skeptical about buying these speakers since they were replacing two Yamaha tower speakers. My wife wanted to "clean up" our entertainment center which meant replacing the towers. These Polk speakers sound just a good as the large towers they replaced. Installation was very easy and they look great!
Pros: Great sound. Simple installation. Great appearance - low profile.
Awesome sound. Much better than the Bose AM10 System they replaced.
This speaker is serving as our center channel in our surround sound set-up. All I can say is WOW! Great power, great fidelity, clear and crisp. Really does well as a center speaker, especially when you compare it to the wimpy in-set TV speakers. Very pleased. Installed easily (was a little nervous cutting such a big hole in the sheetrock, but the template was spot-on and the speaker went right in, no worries.
Pros: Excellent sound, easy install.
Cons: None really--a little large, but I knew that going in. Nothing I'd consider a con.
I had the polk rc65i speakers and wanted a little more after hearing anouther persons seround that had a high end polk speakers that sounded amazing ! After installing and letting my onkyo reciever calibrate them , I was amazed on how much i was missing such detail and crispness . the rc65i were great speakers but these made me yern to watch all my old movies to see what my ears have missed !
Pros: great grills mutch easier than the old ones . nice that the adjustments were on the front .
Cons: no gaskets to seal on uneven walls , latts and plaster or repaired walls
|Quantity in Package||Single|
|Cutout Size||7.25 x 12.75|
|Woofer Composition||Polymer Composite|
|Power Range (Watts)||10-125|
|Connector Type||Spring post|
Vanishing Series In-Wall Loudspeakers: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series 65-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 6.5" woofer 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.
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.
Woofer: The 65-RT in-wall loudspeaker employs a 6.5" Dynamic Balance mineral composite polypropylene cone woofer with a rubber surround for a smooth, consistent frequency response. The driver features 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:
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 32Hz 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.
PowerPort Bass Venting: The 65-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 65-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.
Applications: You can use the Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall loudspeaker as stealth side or rear surround speakers in an RTi theater system setup, 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 six rotating cams to hold the speaker securely to the wall.
Installation: The 65-RT can be installed in new or existing construction:
|In-Wall Dimensions||Model # 65-RT|
|Overall Dimensions (with grille)||Width = 8.875" |
Height = 14.375"
|Cutout Dimensions||Width = 7.25" |
Height = 12.75"
|Product Depth||Depth = 3.625"|
|Mounting Depth (using 1/2" drywall)||Depth = 3.125"|
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Replacement [ Ken Jan 25, 2019 ]
good quality for cost [ David Jan 07, 2019 ]
Bought the voice-matched RT set for a new home theater setup. [ Douglas Jan 01, 2019 ]
Needed for TV [ Kathy Nov 23, 2018 ]
They complement my two Polk 265-RT's and one Polk 255c-RT [ george Jul 17, 2018 ]
Recommendation and prior use of Polk products [ Mike May 16, 2018 ]
Star ratings were very high! [ Russell Apr 10, 2018 ]
Want clear floor space in room above all other concerns. [ Marc A. Mar 14, 2018 ]
I have friends that have polk speakers and love them [ Jeffery Jan 22, 2018 ]
Good price and minimal install depth. [ W Jun 19, 2017 ]
I was looking for an in-wall speaker that would work with the RTiA series floor speakers and this fits the bill. [ Adam Apr 29, 2017 ]
Provides the lower bass sounds to cover a larger firepit pation area outside I needed, have used Polk speakers on my boat so I know that the weather proof design will stand up outside. I compared with the Bose 691 speakers, they were a lot more money, when you try and compare them many categories for Bose were not listed. They were $100 more as well, all in all this made the most sense for me. [ RON Apr 18, 2017 ]
Reviews were excellent. [ Gregory Mar 31, 2017 ]
Recommended by Chance and it's now on sale. [ Lynwood Mar 15, 2017 ]
great size and design as a font wall speaker. [ Everardo Jan 12, 2017 ]
Always trusted Polk audio. excellent sound. [ Samuel Jan 04, 2017 ]
good reviews [ Peter Aug 28, 2016 ]
Wanted sleek in wall look for reasonable price. We'll see how they sound. [ Peter Aug 12, 2016 ]
I've purchased Polk audio products in the past and liked what this speaker had to offer. [ Blake May 29, 2016 ]
Heard a all good things about it, yet to experience [ SREENIVAS Jan 04, 2016 ]
For in-wall, the Polk Audio 255c-RT is the voice-matched center channel: www.crutchfield.com/p_107255CRT/item.html [ Ryan Jan 21, 2019 ] Staff
I'm not sure understand the ?. Why would you want to connect headphones to the speaker lines? Unless things have changed since I was young (there are rocks younger than me) headphone cannot handle the power req'd to run speakers & they will melt (sort of)- not to mention you going deaf. In the old days, amps had a special headphone jack that was low output- came off the pre-amp. In modern amps w/Bluetooth, use the Bluetooth function & get your self some good Bluetooth headphones- s/b good to go. [ Fred P. Apr 15, 2017 ]
Those are in-wall speakers. Once installed there are no external connection points. You need to look on your receiver for any headphone connections. [ Thomas Apr 15, 2017 ]
Don't recall, they have been installed in the wall a couple years. [ Edeard Dec 02, 2016 ]
Yes you can [ raul Dec 01, 2016 ]
Yes, if you have the standard 16" (or larger) stud spacing. [ Richard Jun 13, 2016 ]
I would be concerned with exposure to moisture. If this is not a concern, I see no reason why it would not work in the ceiling. [ Jeffrey Jun 13, 2016 ]
I suppose it could, but the 65rt takes advantage of "sound box" inside of wall. Ceiling installations don't have that resonance because they are normally open. To get good quality audio in ceiling one needs to build a sound box around the 65rt. Also, please take into account the environmental requirements for the 65rt. I do not remember temperature requirements and how that relates to your specific patio installation. I am pretty sure the 65rt is not specified for wet or even damp locations so that might be your limiting factor even before beginning to engineer and build sound boxes. In short, you might want to look for a speaker rated for damp locations or even a marine speaker. [ Bryan Jun 13, 2016 ]
Well, that would depend on how far apart the wall studs are located where you want to cut the holes in the drywall. Otherwise, the (4) mounting clips should hold just as effectively horizontally as vertically. [ CECIL W Jan 15, 2016 ]
Don't see why not. [ Jason Jan 14, 2016 ]
there is no problem with a hoirzontal install being mindful of the spacing of the wall stud at the proposed location. hope this helps [ THOMAS J Jan 13, 2016 ]
Yes, if there is room between your studs. [ Edeard Jan 13, 2016 ]
Yes they can be installed horizontally. I don't know how it affects the sound quality. [ R MARK Jan 13, 2016 ]
I don't see any reason why you can't mount them horizontally. I mounted mine vertical because the room has side indents that fit them well. They do sound great. [ Jeffrey Jan 13, 2016 ]
There is nothing restricting you from installing horizontally. Personally, I prefer my tweeters to be higher than the woofer and have my bass resonate down. [ COLIN Jan 13, 2016 ]
The spring clips require no additional space. They will push up against the studs when extended regardless of the room left for them. Colin 2/15/16 [ Colin Feb 16, 2016 ]
The cut-out template should allow the appropriate overhang for the spring clips to fasten. It's been a while since I installed mine, but believe 8" should be adequate. There are 4 clips: 1 up, 1 down, 1 left, and 1 right. [ CECIL W Oct 23, 2015 ]
can you go above and bellow the speakers. i think the clips can be snugged up in that way. can always route out the defined areas in the studs. speakers O D in that dimention is 9 inches. hope this helps [ THOMAS J Oct 14, 2015 ]
You can definitely install them in the ceiling. Physical installation should not be much different than installing in a wall. However, I do not know how this would affect the sound coming from the speaker. I think it would not be ideal since the speaker is designed for wall mounting. There are other Polk speakers that are designed for a ceiling mount that would be more appropriate. [ R MARK Jan 24, 2016 ]
There should be no issue physically installing these speakers in the ceiling. However, I'm not sure it they are designed for proper sound dispersion from the ceiling. Crutchfield or Polk could better weigh in on that aspect. [ R MARK May 03, 2015 ]
Yes. they work the exact same way as the "ceiling" speakers except they are rectangular instead of round. Just check for joists. [ Kyle Apr 23, 2015 ]
Yes. No problem installing them in a ceiling. Great speakers. Hard to beat Polk. Enjoy. Tor [ TOR Apr 22, 2015 ]
Yes they could. However, I would be hesitant to do so if the ceiling means the attic and exposure to that heat. [ Edeard Apr 22, 2015 ]
Yes, even Polk Audio support on their website says "Yes, the difference is just for aesthetics. In-wall can be installed in-ceiling.". However, I think the 70-RT is better suited to ceiling installations because the 65-RT PowerPort Bass venting system takes advantage of the wall space between studs sandwiched between the sheetrock. You won't likely have that reflective type of space in ceiling, but you could build an enclosure for the 65-RT if mounting in ceiling. [ Bryan Apr 22, 2015 ]
Yes. They sound great! [ Anthony Apr 22, 2015 ]
I would go with ceiling speakers for the rear surrounds but not the front. Maybe do some bookshelf speakers on stands. I did install these in the front but the wall was taken apart and even then I had to move a bunch of electric wires and switches out of the way. You never know what you may find in your ceiling either. There could be extra beams, joists, wires, plumbing etc. [ POD666 Apr 22, 2015 ]
I don't know. Polk's website isn't much help, either. Sorry! [ RALPH D. Apr 13, 2015 ]
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