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Polk Audio 265-LS

In-wall speaker

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Item # 107265LS

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Our take on the Polk Audio 265-LS

Polk Audio's 265-LS may be part of their Vanishing series, but one listen and you'll know this in-wall speaker is no "wall flower." The 265-LS offers stellar sound in an inconspicuous design that hides in your wall. Whether you're using this speaker as the basis for a stealth home theater, or a pair for stereo listening, its performance rivals that of Polk's flagship  LSi M series traditional loudspeakers. In fact, you can put together a system mixing this in-wall speaker with free-standing LSi M floor-standing or bookshelf models — whatever suits your room and your decorating sense best.

Polk's high-performance 3-way in-wall speaker

Polk Audio's 265-LS may be part of their Vanishing series, but one listen and you'll know this in-wall speaker is no "wall flower." The 265-LS offers stellar sound in an inconspicuous design that hides in your wall. Whether you're using this speaker as the basis for a stealth home theater, or a pair for stereo listening, its performance rivals that of Polk's flagship  LSi M series traditional loudspeakers. In fact, you can put together a system mixing this in-wall speaker with free-standing LSi M floor-standing or bookshelf models — whatever suits your room and your decorating sense best.

Advanced technology for better sound

The 265-LS begins with dual 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance drivers, which deliver clear, accurate mids and dynamic lows. Polk's PowerPort® bass venting system reinforces the bottom end for clean, punchy bass. The 265-LS uses Polk's own advanced version of the classic "ring radiator" tweeter for smooth, detailed highs. A wall distance toggle switch lets you compensate for boominess due to installation near a side wall. You also get a tweeter attenuation switch to help you get balanced sound in rooms with lots of reflective surfaces.  Finish off by painting the magnetic Sheer-Grille™ to match your wall color, and the 265-LS is ready for showtime.

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

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Product Highlights:

  • 1" ring radiator tweeter
  • 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance midrange
  • 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance woofer
  • sound-shaping controls
  • frequency response 28-33,000 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"
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • In-wall 3-way loudspeaker
  • White metal grille
  • Power Port plug
  • Mounting template
  • Owner's Manual
  • "Fitting the Grille to the Wall" label (attached to bag)
  • Online Registration Card
  • Polk Audio product brochure

So far great. East installation, sounds great.

Spencer, Mapleton, Utah


Polk Audio 265-LS Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

Love the sound!

Michael from The Colony, TX on 9/3/2018

Just installed as L+R pair in media room paired with a Paradigm center and Martin Logan SW. Ended up using the wall switch toggle since needed to place with 2' of the side-walls. Didn't seem to impact the sound negatively. Also using 65 RT's for rear surround for 5.1. Love the Polk Audio clarity and overall sound experience.

Pros: Easy to install, great sound


home theater

Spencer from Mapleton, Utah on 2/16/2015

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So far great. East installation, sounds great.



Like a lot

Ray from North Potomac, MD on 10/20/2013

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THis is an easy to install, almost "invisible" in the wall speaker. Obviously bass is not so good (need a subwoofer), but could do without one. Like it a lot. My only personal comparison is with a pair of Bowers and Wilkins CWM 800 wall/ceiling speakers. The Polk 265-LS is a better sounding speaker, but if the B&W speakers were still easily available (they have been discontinued, I am told) I would purchase the B&W speakers (but they are not quite as "invisible").

Pros: Easy install, good looking (because they are not obtrusive).

Cons: Pretty expensive, for me.


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Features and Specs

Quantity in Package Single
Tweeter Ring Radiator
Midrange Size 6.5
Woofer Size 6.5
Cutout Size 7.25 x 19.1875
Woofer Composition Aerated polypropylene
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range (Watts) 10-200
Sensitivity 91 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 28-33kHz
Connector Type Spring post
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Built-in Back-box No
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime

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Mounting Options


Vanishing Series In-Wall Speakers: The Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall loudspeakers feature a precision-engineered, minimally flanged design and Polk's exclusive Sheer-Grille, which protrudes only 7mm from its surroundings. Installing virtually flush in your wall, the Polk Audio Vanishing Series in-wall loudspeakers offer a one-cut, drop-in installation and rotating cam stabilizing system. The Vanishing LS series in-wall speakers are timbre-matched to Polk Audio's flagship LSi and LSiM series loudspeakers for seamless blending from speaker to speaker when you're building a speaker system.

Dual 6-1/2" Drivers: This Polk Audio Vanishing Series 265-LS in-wall 3-way loudspeaker employs a 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance aerated polypropylene cone midrange driver, and 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance aerated polypropylene woofer, both with rubber surrounds, for a smooth, consistent frequency response. The aerated polypropylene cones are 20% lighter than conventional polypropylene, and 35% lighter than aluminum, to give you clear midrange, punchy bass, and high efficiency. Polk Audio's patented Dynamic Balance technology eliminates unwanted resonances.

Ring Radiator Tweeter: The 265-LS employs a 1" Dynamic Balance ring radiator tweeter for detailed highs and superb imaging. This high-performance tweeter features a 15° swivel housing, for more direct high frequency control, excellent off-axis imaging and more placement flexibility.

Reflective Room Compensation Control: The Reflective Room Compensation Switch, conveniently located on the front panel, allows you to digitally compensate for harsh reflective surfaces, such as smooth walls, glass windows, and hardwood floors. The filter doesn't merely reduce high frequencies, it simply cuts the level only in the 4-5kHz range where room acoustics most often interfere with performance. The switch is labeled "Tweeter" with two positions: out (normal) and in (filter).

Wall Distance Toggle Switch: If you mount your in-wall loudspeakers closer than 2 feet from a side wall, the proximity of the surface can elevate the midbass response between 50 and 200Hz, causing a boomy sound. To compensate, the 265-LS is equipped with the Vanishing Wall Distance Toggle switch, located on the front panel. The filter adjusts the crossover to flatten the response, and tune out the boominess, without sacrificing the deep bass response of the speaker. The switch is labeled "Wall Dist." with two positions: in (<2' ) and out (>2').

PowerPort: The 265-LS features Polk's PowerPort bass venting, a patented port design that enhances the speaker's bass response while eliminating noise caused by the moving air turbulence. The provided foam rubber port plug should be used if you are installing the 265-LS in an area larger than a standard open stud bay.

Frequency Response: The overall frequency response of the in-wall loudspeaker is 28Hz to 33kHz, and the -3dB frequency response is 41 to 29kHz.

Sheer-Grille: The 265-LS features Polk Audio's exclusive wafer-thin Sheer-Grille, a magnetically-secured metal 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 perforations, and is acoustically inert, for dynamic, unimpeded sound and more uniform coverage, even in larger rooms. The grille's dimensions are 8-7/8" x 20-7/8".


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

Mounting Options

Applications: You can use the Polk Audio Vanishing Series 265-LS in-wall loudspeaker as the basis for a stealth home theater, or a hidden two-channel stereo pair.

Note: The speaker isn't recommended for installation in high-moisture locations.

Rotating Cam System: The Polk Audio in-wall loudspeaker utilizes a rotating cam system to ensure a secure, vibration-free installation. The 265-LS has 8 rotating cams to hold the speaker in place. The cams can be tightened from the front panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

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

  • Existing Construction: In existing walls, use the included cardboard template for one-cut, drop-in simplicity. Achieve secure, vibration-free efficiency with a simple turn of Polk's Rotating Cam system (8 rotating cams).
  • New Construction: The optional PB LC265i pre-construction brackets should be used for new-build or open-wall retro-fitting.


Overall Dimensions (with grille) Width = 8-7/8"
Height = 20-7/8"
Cutout Dimensions Width = 7-1/4"
Height = 19-3/16"
Mounting Depth (behind 1/2" drywall) Depth = 3"
Weight 9 lbs.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

good reviews [ robin  May 29, 2018 ]
I am familiar with the Polk brand and trust their quality. These speakers met the requirements for the system I am putting together. [ Liv2drive  Jan 11, 2018 ]
I already have some of these and like them [ william  Nov 19, 2017 ]
Surround sound [ Spencer  Jan 17, 2016 ]
They are awesome speakers! [ Eva  Dec 12, 2015 ]

4 questions already asked

Yes I did. I installed them in the wall on each side of my 60" Flat Screen TV. I also installed the 255c-LS under the TV for the center channel.The system was mounted above the gas log fireplace. I also installed a pair of RC80i speakers on the ceiling at the back of the room for surround sound. The system is also supported by a sub-woofer. This is installed in a very open living room setting with a vaulted ceiling, and it sounds terrific! [ Jerry  Nov 06, 2018 ]
Yes. They are set up as full range speakers(large). Using then as surround speakers with Lsim707s. Sounds great for home theater. [ Mark  Nov 02, 2018 ]
No. I set them as small and used a powered subwoofer. [ Jerald  Nov 02, 2018 ]
Hi Michael, I'm using the Polk 265 LS's as a left and right paired with a Martin Logan subwoofer. I'm powering everything with a Marantz SR5013 reciever and couldn't be happier. They sound very good! [ Casey  Nov 02, 2018 ]
vertical installation is much better [ J  Dec 22, 2016 ]
I just installed a pair of the 265 LS speakers on my living room wall. Because of the dimension of them, it was quite obvious that they needed to be installed vertically in between the wall studs. If you installed them horizontally you would need to cut out a section of a stud, which would compromise the integrity of the wall. By the way, I also installed a 255C LS in the wall as the center channel. Wow, what a great match! [ Jerry  Dec 22, 2016 ]
Vertically. The center channel of this same like mounts horizontally. [ John Paul  Dec 22, 2016 ]
Typically the center channel is meant to be installed the wide way across. The cut out for the width is only 13 1/8" so it will still fit in between your studs. [ JOEL J  Dec 21, 2016 ]
I installed the speakers vertically (that is long dimension up and down, narrow dimension right to left). Had no problem. [ Raymond J  Dec 21, 2016 ]
Vertically, this is too wide for a standard wall stud that is 16 inches on center. [ Smitty  Dec 21, 2016 ]
I currently have the Onkyo TX-NR646 (I believe the new model is the TX-NR656) and have been very pleased witht the overall performance with these speakers. [ Smitty  Oct 28, 2016 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: In a motor coach, these will provide plenty of bass for you. It would not be necessary to add a subwoofer unless you wanted an overpowering, very loud type of bass. The low-end response on these speakers is outstanding. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Apr 01, 2014 ]  Staff