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Polk Audio RC65i

In-wall speakers

Item # 107RC65I

Crutchfield offers a smorgasbord of great-sounding home speaker options.

Crutchfield offers a smorgasbord of great-sounding home speaker options.

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About the Polk Audio RC65i

Classic Polk Audio sound

Crutchfield offers a smorgasbord of great-sounding home speaker options. Yet few products have enjoyed the popularity or longevity that Polk Audio's RC65i in-wall speakers have. They originally debuted in the summer of 2001. And ever since, our happy customers have been using these awesome speakers for dynamic sound with movies, music, and sports broadcasts. 

Classic Polk Audio sound

Crutchfield offers a smorgasbord of great-sounding home speaker options. Yet few products have enjoyed the popularity or longevity that Polk Audio's RC65i in-wall speakers have. They originally debuted in the summer of 2001. And ever since, our happy customers have been using these awesome speakers for dynamic sound with movies, music, and sports broadcasts. 

Versatile entertainment options

The value-packed RC65is are ideal for the left and right front or surround channels of an in-wall home theater. You can also use a pair of these with your favorite amp for a music system with minimal visual clutter. A 6-1/2" woofer and 3/4" tweeter deliver sweet sound. Team them up with a powered subwoofer for a rockin' 2.1 system. 

Want to make these stealthy speakers totally disappear? Paintable grilles let you easily match them to your décor.

DIY installation tips

Here's a trick I learned when installing my Polk in-wall speakers. If you're placing the RC65is six feet or higher on your wall, turn them upside down so that the tweeter is at the bottom. Then, aim the tweeter towards your seat. You'll get better high-frequency detail since the tweeter is closer to ear level. 

If this is a do-it-yourself installation, check out our guide to installing in-ceiling speakers, along with our selection of in-wall speaker wire. Pre-construction brackets are recommended for new construction. Free lifetime technical support is provided with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Product highlights:

  • ideal for stereo music or the left and right front or surround channels of a home theater
  • 6-1/2" woofer and 3/4" swivel-mount tweeter
  • frequency response: 60-20,000 Hz
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • recommended amplification: 20 to 100 watts
  • cutout dimensions: 7-5/16"W x 10-3/4"H
  • mounting depth: 2-7/16"
  • includes paintable white matte grilles
  • warranty: lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # AW0065-B

What's in the box:

  • 2 White in-wall speakers
  • 2 White grilles
  • 1 Cardboard Mounting Template
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online registration sheet
  • Product Registration Card

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Features & specs

Features
Quantity in Package Pair
Tweeter Hard-Dome
Aimable Tweeter No
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Rubber
Moisture-resistant Yes
Connector Type Spring clip
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Built-in Back-box No
Specs
Tweeter Size 0.75
Midrange Size ---
Woofer Size 6.5
Cutout Size 7.3125 x 10.75
Power Range (Watts) 20-100
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 60-20kHz
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime

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Features

Dynamic Balance Technology: Dynamic Balance drivers are used for wide, smooth response and low distortion.

Woofers: Each speaker features a 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance, mineral-filled polypropylene woofer for clean midrange and deep, accurate bass. For a smoother response and improved durability, each woofer uses a rubber surround.

Tweeters: Each speaker uses a 3/4" Dynamic Balance, metalized soft dome tweeter in a ball-and-socket swivel mount. The aimable tweeters give you direct high-frequency control, resulting in excellent imaging even for off-axis listening positions.

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

Moisture-resistant: Durable, moisture-resistant materials allow you to install the speakers in bathrooms, kitchens, even under the eaves of an enclosed porch. (The speaker is not recommended for exposed outdoor use.)

Installation: Each speaker requires a cutout 7.3125" wide and 10.75" high with a mounting depth of 2.407". Once the holes are cut, each speaker can be dropped in and the Rotating Cams can be tightened, allowing you to secure each speaker to the drywall without any extra assembly (the Rotating Cams protrude out 0.625" from the cutout opening). If you will not be mounting these speakers in drywall, make sure the wall or ceiling material can safely support the weight of the speakers before installation; each speaker weighs approximately 3.75 pounds.

Paintable: The grille and flange can be painted, allowing these speakers to match any decor.

Frequency Response:

  • Overall: 32 Hz-20 kHz
  • -3 dB Limit: 60 Hz-20 kHz

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14 questions already asked

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Can i install in-wall speakers on brick walls?
[ Lauro  Apr 19, 2020 ]
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I'm sure you can. You will have to remove some bricks of course. If you don't feel comfortable do it yourself, I'm sure some home builder can make recommendations. Ours are installed in Sheetrock. Very easy.
[ Dean  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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Not sure. My installation was in pre wired drywall.
[ David  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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I don't believe you can with the conventional mounting screws, The screws that are supplied would be to short but you might be able to find longer screws to replace the original ones. The hardest part for you would be removing the brick! A guy might be able to just Silicone the speaker to the wall but removal would be difficult. It might be worth asking crutchfield's technical people for their advice.
[ James  Apr 19, 2020 ]
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what are the dimensions of the smallest in the wall speaker?
[ W  Mar 14, 2020 ]
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I'm confused by your question. Are you asking the total dimension of the speaker or the tweeter demension?
[ Jason  Mar 31, 2020 ]
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The cutout dimensions required for those Polk speakers are 7-5/16"W x 10-3/4"H with 2 7/16" mounting depth.
[ Cosmo  Mar 30, 2020 ]  Staff
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do not need. just do a sound bar
[ Edmund M.  Mar 28, 2020 ]
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How would I install these speakers in a pole barn? No drywall up,6x6 posts and sheetmetal on the outside.
[ bundy  Aug 21, 2019 ]
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Hi Alsn, thanks for your question! I recommend consulting a professional installer in your area that can come out, and check out your space. While you can install these in situations that don't include drywall, there will need to be some sort of enclosure in order for the speakers to function properly. An installer should be able to look things over, and build an enclosure for these to be mounted into if need be.
[ Jess  Sep 04, 2019 ]  Staff
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I have some old Boston Acoustics 350 wall Mount with a cut out of 5.75" x 8 3/8" Do you have any replacements that will fit in that area?
[ Gary  Apr 13, 2019 ]
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I don't have any that will use that size cutout. The closest I can get with my current stock are the Bose Virtually Invisible 691 speakers with a 5.75" x 8.625" cutout. Here they are: www.crutchfield.com/p_018VI691/item.html My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul
[ Paul  Apr 22, 2019 ]  Staff
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My studs don't meet the foam insulation on the concrete block on my basement. There is a 1" air gap between the back of the studs and the foam. Will I need to build a box before putting these in the wall space?
[ Jeff  Jun 02, 2017 ]
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Hey Jeff. No need to build a box. I installed my speakers in an exterior wall with batt insulation. No problems with drafts and sounds fantastic. If for some reason you do have a problem, you can try the box. -Mike
[ Michael  Jun 03, 2017 ]
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Do these speakers ship with a pre-construction bracket to locate the hole prior to the drywall going up?
[ Michael  Feb 21, 2017 ]
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Thanks for your question. I'm sorry, no. The brackets are not included with the order. They only come with a cardboard mounting template. The brackets are recommended and available here for purchase, the link is below. Hope this helps. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_107PB65/Polk-Audio-PB-65.html
[ Kenny  Feb 21, 2017 ]  Staff
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I am deciding between and 5.1 setup with the RC85i speakers or a 7.1 with the RC65i speakers. Curious what people recommend?
[ Scott  May 08, 2016 ]
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I have a 5.1 with the RC65i in the rear. The center channel is very important in your surround sound and so was a good subwoofer for me. I don't think you can go wrong with either setup.
[ Cody  May 09, 2016 ]
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how far beyond the edge of the drywall cut-out do the clamping tabs extend?
[ Nick  Nov 12, 2015 ]
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The installation manual calls for a 1" clearance from any objects, studs, joists, etc. Because those tabs pivot on a screw, you might be able to get away with a little less, but you want the speaker to be firmly mounted, so that there are no vibrations. Hope this helps a little. Gary
[ GARY  Nov 13, 2015 ]
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I'm planning to install on a wall that is accented with wood paneling- so I have wood attached to drywall. Total wall depth is about 2.25". Will have enough clearance to secure the screw clamps to a wall that thick?
[ Josh  Nov 21, 2014 ]
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take it that you don't have two by four studed walls? Measure from edge that meets the surface of your wall to the end of your speaker.
[ DAVID  Jan 01, 2015 ]
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Hi Josh C, I installed my RC65i in a ceiling outside over an enclosed so it was only the thickness of the sheet rock,say half to three quarters inch thick, they secured up nice n tight,2.25 is pushing it in my opinion. As a suggestion I would call Polk Audio on there free 800 # an ask there advisers if the clamps extend that far out?
[ JOSEPH  Nov 22, 2014 ]
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You should contact polk audio directly as they might be able to give you the exact answer.
[ GUSTAVO  Nov 22, 2014 ]
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I had these installed a while back but if I had to bet, I'd probably say no. I don't remember the clamp being that wide, even in its fully "unclamped" position.
[ GUSTAVO  Nov 22, 2014 ]
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I don't knoe, as I installed in ceiling drywall. My recollection is plenty of room to spare.
[ NATHAN J  Nov 22, 2014 ]
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Hi Josh, It's been about a year since I installed mine, so I don't remember exactly how deep the clamps will reach, but I don't think the screw clamps would have 2.25" of depth. They have enough depth for standard drywall plus the available mounting brackets, plus a bit extra. Maybe 1/4"-1/2" extra from my recollection. I hope you are able to find a solution. I'm happy with mine. Good luck!
[ GABRIEL F  Nov 22, 2014 ]
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At worst you will just need a longer screw for the tabs that hold it to the wall. I'm sure easily found at any hardware store. Am overall happy with them.
[ PETER  Nov 22, 2014 ]
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My television is in the corner of the room, would it be acceptable to mount these speakers on each adjacent wall for front L-R speakers or should I use a externally mounted speaker so I can position it at 45deg facing the couch?
[ Toth  Jun 13, 2014 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: You can do either. The RC65i's come with a tweeter that can swivel. You can aim the tweeter towards the direction of your couch. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Jun 14, 2014 ]  Staff
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I see you have a separate section for ceiling mounted speakers. Can these not be ceiling mounted?
[ Pete Aversa  Dec 29, 2013 ]
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Yes, they can be mounted in the ceiling. The round one are labeled as ceiling mount because they will blend in with round recessed lighting. Same speakers the round ones have the tweeter in the middle and these have the tweeter separate.
[ TODD  Jan 02, 2014 ]
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I do have them celling mounted and they sound fantastic... Both round and rectangular can mount in ceiling perfectly
[ VINCENT J  Dec 30, 2013 ]
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I have used these with great success as ceiling mounted speakers. The directional tweeters are a plus. Hope this helps.
[ MICHAEL  Dec 30, 2013 ]
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yes I use them in my ceiling
[ MICHAEL  Dec 30, 2013 ]
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These speaker can be ceiling mounted. Circular speakers are typically used in ceilings because lights and other ceiling mounted things such as smoke detectors and sprinklers ect. are round therefore the idea is that round speakers disappear more than rectangular ones.
[ JEREMY  Dec 30, 2013 ]
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I used these as ceiling speakers- 8" in front and 6" in back with center and sub. Sounds very good.
[ JAMES N  Dec 30, 2013 ]
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Want to know if there is a post construction bracket or mountingg technique?
[ Steve  Dec 04, 2013 ]
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Steve, I installed brackets in my walls prior to sheetrock in a new construction home. Having just installed the speakers into the walls yesterday with the brackets in place, I'm not sure they are absolutely necessary although they would prevent the mounting latches from digging into the back of the sheetrock. Depending on your mounting location, you might be able to slip the brackets through the holes you cut in your wall, and secure them from behind with adhesive or sheetrock screws driven through the sheetrock and into the plastic of the brackets. Hope this helps!
[ GABRIEL F  Dec 14, 2013 ]
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Yes. You use a template to cut a hole in the drywall. The speakers have tabs that fold out as the screws are tightened to secure them to the drywall like an old work electrical box.
[ GREGORY C  Dec 06, 2013 ]
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I mounted my speakers on sheet rock. Each speaker has four tabs. They are located on each corner. As you tighten the screw which is attached to the tab, it swings the tab out and as you keep tightening the screw the tab gets closer to the sheetrock until it secures it in place.
[ KENNETH J  Dec 05, 2013 ]
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Not sure what you mean about 'post construction'. Meaning putting these into an existing wall? The whole speaker fits into the wall and is held in place by four screw clamps that come attached to the speaker housing. Very easy to put in, takes less than a couple minutes. The grill then gets snapped back into place. If you mean a house that is post and beam, where you would have to hang a speaker versus mounting in a wall, then these are not for you. They are in wall only.
[ PETER  Dec 05, 2013 ]
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No there is no bracket the speakera self mount. I just ran wires before sheet rock and marked with electric boxes where I wanted the speaker wire to be and mounted the speakers at the end of home construction
[ NATHAN  Dec 04, 2013 ]
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There is no bracket needed. There are 6 posts that rotate out to grip the wall board and hold the speaker in place. The only restriction is that you cannot mount the speaker too close to a stud or other obstruction. It is best to allow around an inch, though half an inch would still work.
[ DAVID  Dec 04, 2013 ]
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The brackets are pre-construction as they allow for the holes in the drywall to be cut exactly as needed during that phase. If all construction is done, the brackets are not really necessary as the speakers will clamp directly to the drywall. The brackets do give a little reinforcement and remove the guess work out where to cut a hole. Basically, there is no OEM solution for brackets when there is no access to the studs.
[ Mark  Dec 04, 2013 ]
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there is no special bracket but you just cut the hole in the drywall using the template included with the speaker and when you place the speaker in the hole the 4 mounting screws have a special tab the rotates and grips the backside of the drywall. Works best if the speaker isn't against a stud but has drywall around the whole speaker. hope this helps
[ LOREN  Dec 04, 2013 ]
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No bracket. No mounting hardware. Nice, cardboard template. The speakers have 1" "flaps" that swing into place behind sheetrock to keep them in place.
[ WILLIAM  Dec 04, 2013 ]
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