Polk Audio RC85i
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When I bought my house I knew I wanted a surround sound system that didn't take up much space. So before we even moved in, I installed the RC85i in-wall speakers in my living room. Talk about a win for my family! We enjoy amazing home theater without wires running along the floor, or big speakers near our couch. The lifelike sound effects delight us every time we watch a movie or sporting event.
The value-packed RC85is are ideal for the left, right, and surround channels of an in-wall home theater. They're also great for a music system without any visual clutter. Each RC85i is equipped with an 8" woofer and a swiveling 1" tweeter. Together they deliver full, clear sound for movies, music, sports, and video games.
Here's a tip I learned when installing my own speakers. If you're placing the RC85is 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. Optional pre-construction brackets are recommended for new construction. Free lifetime technical support is provided with every Crutchfield purchase.
Average Customer Review(s):
Fit well and sound great
Very easy to install and they sound great!
My wife asked me to update the looks of our house so I thought I would add an accent wall of reclaimed wood. This meant that I could update my speakers too. The old, small, cube type speakers just hung on the wall. (You can probably understand why my wife wanted a new look.) It was time for in-wall speakers. After doing some research and reading numerous reviews I decided purchase the Polk 85i speakers. I couldn't be happier with this choice. I didn't realize how much sound I was missing. The sounds are crystal clear and seem more vibrant. And installation was a breeze. I recommend these speakers without any reservations.
Pros: Paintable, Ease of Installation, Quality, Price
Amazing sound. Love these speakers
Crisp and clean sound. Easy install
The wall speakers were added to our existing system. Which I purchased from Crutchfield. Excellent products.
Pros: Very easy to install. Great price. Excellent listing.
Color me more than a little surprised and more than a little impressed. I've been using a pair of bookshelves in my basement workshop for casual listening while I work but always hated that they occupy precious bench space. The obvious solution was to put up a couple shelves for them to rest on but the "look" didn't sit well with me. In walls would be great but how can a skinny boxless speaker sound decent. I decided to give them a shot but rather than cut a gaping hole in my nice drywall I built a demo wall (I just happened to have 2x4's and drywall hanging around) and installed one speaker in my temp wall with a little owens corning in the cavity. Listening for a while made me comfortable enough to open the real wall, run the wire and install both speakers. Running off a Sonos Connect Amp (another Crutchfield purchase) I couldn't be happier. I'm absolutely amazed at how these speakers sound as a stereo pair. For point of reference my living room system is a Marantz SR7010 AVR (Crutchfield again) Def Tech Mythos ST fronts, Mythos 1 rears, Mythos 9 center and a Rythmik audio sealed sub. Now, this little pair of Polk in walls can't hang with my better systems but that doesn't mean they don't sound very good. For my background, casual listening they're fantastic. I'd be surprised if they wouldn't do a very satisfying job as theater speakers if they had a sub do the heavy lifting for them. As always Crutchfield rocks. Thank you once again Dallas.
Pros: Easy install, very nice sound, space saving
Cons: None at all
Great buy from Crurtchfeild and Polk Audio! Great sound and good looks,nothing to complain about!
Simple installation. Excellent stereo with the pair. Purchasing more for 7.1 surround.
These speakers were a breeze to mount and paint. They are a great set of speakers to use as the rear surround, which is what I am using them for, with the rest of the Polk in wall speakers I have installed. Once you go through the calibration the sound is seamless and clear. My only negative (and it should not be counted as such really) is that the speaker grill is not magnetic like the 265crt series but I could have gotten the vanishing series for the surrounds if I had wanted to spring for the extra cost
Pros: ease of installation cost look sound
Cons: none really
These speakers sound great. Need rear speakers for my surround system and having them in the wall really helped with keeping the floor space open. I liked that the tweeter could be pointed toward you while being placed behind a little behind you. My advisor suggested the RC85I over the RC65I for better sound quality.
Pros: Great sound, easy installation, good value.
These Polk speakers are exactly what I was looking for. Good quality at a reasonable price. I have a theater room with a set of very high end Definitive Tech speakers that are hard to beat, but these speakers were installed in my living room for everyday TV viewing and maybe an occasional Netflix when the kids are upstairs in the theater room. They serve their purpose well. I am pretty handy and only ran into a couple issues when I installed them. Word of caution: ya never know what's behind the sheetrock. I had to do some minor sheetrock work and painting to cover a hole where a stud wasn't supposed to be. Other than that they painted up very easily and have a nice custom and clean look.
Pros: Good looking. Easy to install. Easy to paint.
Love the sound have them on my positioned as my rear speakers in my 5.1 surround and they sound awesome. Install was a breeze and they look great.
Pros: Price, Installation , look
I ordered these speakers to go with the Polk tower speakers and additional in ceiling speakers. This makes our bonus room and surround sound system complete and it sounds amazing. The speakers came exactly when promised and were packaged perfect. No Damage at all !!
Pros: Price Delivery Time Reliable Company
Very good value. Sound is good, quality is above average and astetics is nice. Would buy again.
Pros: Cost, sound
Cons: low end frequencies not the best. Have a subwoofer
Installing my own surround sound system. These speakers are good quality with great output. Very easy to install.
Pros: Ease of installation. Sound quality. Heavy duty.
Ordered 3 pairs for our golf course clubhouse. Speakers sound amazing! Easy to install and love the feature of being able to aim the tweeters. This purchase was a HUGE upgrade from our old speakers.
Pros: Great speakers for the money!!
Cons: No Cons at all!
Pros: Sound, ease of installing, reasonable price.
Excellent speakers for the money.
Pros: Excellent sound.
Cons: The template for the RC65i is easier to align.
The speakers are fantastic for the price you can't go wrong
Pros: Easy install
I bought these to provide stereo audio to my main living space. I am a former audioholic with some very expensive audio gear - speakers, amplifiers. etc. After living with these for about a month I can honestly say these speakers "deliver the goods" and consider them the best purchase I've made in years.
Pros: Great price, the absolute best online vendor I have ever done business with .
Cons: Absolutely none.
Installed a pair of Polk Audio RC85i as front L&R speakers for my mid-range home theater. Excellent value for the money, no regrets.
Pros: sound quality, especially for the money
Cons: take some care tightening the tabs - use a manual screwdriver
Easy to install and sound great
Pros: price and quality
I needed to replace a pair of bookshelf speakers with wall units. I was able to talk with Paul who helped me decide between two speakers. They do not have the bass that the bookshelf pair did but I knew this going in that they would not. They look good and my wife likes them better since they do not have the real deep bass sound that she said was overbearing so they are now considered the right speakers. Thanks Paul
Pros: Easy to install has a good look sounds good and does have enough bass and movable tweeter to make my surround system sound just as good as before.
Bought these to replace older Sonance 8 inch wall speakers. So they were easy to install since I already had run wires and had the holes. The old Sonace speakers were experiencing crossover board issues. Surprise, when I removed the Sonance they had the exact same mounting bezel! The crossover and drivers on the Polks do appear to be better quality.
I installed MC80 Ceiling speakers in my last house and thought they were great. When we purchased our current home, the builder had wiring for wall mounts, so I purchased RC85i's for 3 rooms of install. Install was super easy, hookup a cinch, and sound is great, again. These speakers are very affordable, especially when compared to the some of their competitors and the sound quality is comparable. As always, Crutchfield came through with great information to make my decision and an added freebie! Polk PSW111 power sub was added in the center room and compliments all 3 with good lower response.
Pros: Price Ease of installation Sound quality for money
Cons: Not great lower end response, but what in wall's do
Very satisfied. Great midrange sound and the tweeters are clear. I have 4 of these (2 fronts in the wall, 2 surrounds in ceiling) with my 5.1 system hooked to an Onkyo receiver and the sound really fills the room.
Pros: Easy to install Sound is awesome They blend in well
Easy to install with speaker cables already previously run behind the walls. Used a stud finder to center between wall studs and used template provided and traced around it to mark the area to be cut. It took about 1 hr per speaker to make all the connections and mount.
Pros: Pretty clear directions on how to install and speakers sound fantastic installed very focused sound and creates a great main speaker set up in lieu of using towers or large bookshelf speakers. Installed they look clean and sleek.
Cons: If you are not confident in your handyman abilities you may want to have professionally installed.
Excellent speakers with great sound for the price.
First, let me say something about the retainer clips... Don't over tighten the clips! It says so right on the package. If Polk made a mistake here, it was providing an illustration of an electric screwdriver for use with tightening the screws. The screws require some feel to know when they have been sufficiently tightened and an electric screwdriver does not provide the necessary feel. Tighten the screws by hand and stop when the screws get 'just a bit' harder to turn. So far, no broken clips for me and I have had to remove a speaker and put it back in and no broken clips. As for the speakers, they are OK but I can't really tell how good they can be. I put them into a small room of poor audio quality. My purpose in buying these speakers was to free up some space in this small room. As for a comparison, the Polk speakers replaced a pair of Bose 301 series III speakers and I can't tell the difference.
Pros: They give me more space in my room
Cons: None, not even the plastic retainer clips.
Very well engineered. Clean fit and great sound.
Pros: No bracket or special mounting frame required to install. Cut hole and tighten tabs, very simple
Pros: Look great
Best speakers you can buy for the money!
The Polk Audio RC85i Speakers are phenomenol!! Crisp highs and dramatic midrange and base response for the dollar gives the audiophiler more "Bang for the Buck" Truly an amazing pair of speakers for the indoor or outdoor music lover since these are also weatherproof under a patio!
Pros: Indoor or out on the patio wall or ceiling mountable!
These speakers are easy to install and exactly what we needed!
Pros: Easy to install; great sound
Cons: Only available in white; must be painted to match media room.
Great sound for the money. The pair I purchased are part of a whole home audio system and they are perfect in that application. These are not "critical listening" quality speakers but they are great for listening to your favorite tunes ate low to moderate volume.
Solid in wall speakers - can really delivery lots of range. The pivotable tweeters also allow you to direct your sound even more directly.
Pros: Good value Easy to install LOUD (with clarity)!
Cons: I didn't have them sooner.
Product arrived on time and in excellent condition. Bought these speakers for the media room in my basement which is being finished. Only reason for the 4 star is because I have not hooked this up yet.
Good sound for the money. Add a subwoofer and center speaker to round out the package. Easy install for either new construction or retrofit. Crutchfield had the best price and lightning quick shipping and their service is second to none.
Pros: Value, ease of install, decent sound
Awesome! I took these out of the box, followed the directions, and had them installed and working in no time. I also found spray paint to match and they blended into my wall and look great. I highly recommend them.
Pros: Easy to install Sound great
Very nice range of sound!
Pros: Good range of sound with bass. very clear.
Cons: Paiting grille will not be an easy task. have to use a toothpick to make holes after grille was painted.
Good sound quality, average bass, clean looking grille
Great Speaker for the price, I installed these in wall speakers in my living room to provide sound for my 50" samsung tv, I am powering them with a denon 1912 avr they were a breeze to install and give a very nice finished look compared to a home theater in a box. My wife was happy, I am happy. I only gave it a four star rating because I have heard better sound but the speakers would easily cost twice as much. Great speaker for the value.
Pros: Ease of installation, price, appearance, clear sound
Great in wall speaker
I am a budget audiophile. Long story short, these speakers provide a sonic experience that is _unbelievable_ for the price. I got two pair, mainly for stereo listening. I've only taken the time to install one pair. After dialing them in with my Denon receiver (and tight but small pioneer 8" sub).... they sound amazing. The imaging.... spectacular. I installed one with polyfill and the other without. Not much discernible difference. And I'm not sure the stuffed one is the better one. Anyway: I just zeroed in on speaker distance/crossover point on the receiver, and I am being blown away with just two of these plus the small sub in a 20x15 room. Can't wait to get the other two installed (though they're probably overkill--- which is not a bad thing). Warm sound. Big sound stage. _Precise_ imaging if you want it. These blow away the (entry level) tower speakers I bought and returned.
Pros: Warm, expansive sound, *especially* for an in-wall.
Cons: Nope. What do you want? Them to come with like chocolate bars and vodka?
Speaker works very well for HT ceiling Speaker. Good highs.
Pros: Good highs. Great price
I bought these in wall speakers because of Polk's reputation AND they fit exactly in the holes I had already cut. I purchased them because my Emotiva in wall, 8" speakers sounded like I had TONE controls and like AM Radio... YUCK. These Polk's were less expensive, easy to install and sound amazing. I plan to buy more. Thank you Crutchfield !!!
Pros: Clean highs and lows. Simple install. Great Looks. Awesome product!
Another great Polk product - easy installation, full rich sound. Very nice addition to the bedroom!!
I'm an audiophile and these speakers are amazing! I have installed them with and without insulation and they sound great both ways but if u want some bass out of them insulate them. I have them installed in wall and In ceiling... Install is easy, and Sound is amazing!!!!! Buy these now!
I have 4 of the Polk RD85i speakers in the walls of the bonus room along with 2 Polk RC80i speakers in the ceiling and a Polk TSI CS10 hooked up to a Onkyo TX-NR515. The sound is amazing and would like to thank the Crutchfield customer service for their help getting this all together.
looks like decent quality, haven't installed the speakers yet only the brackets.
Cons: none noted yet
Great price and they sound much better than what I was using before (Home theater in a box). Haven't tested much more expensive models. Also, I have installed and uninstalled them about 10 times and have not had one clip break. I guess just realize that you are in fact dealing with plastic and be realistic when tightening it.
I up-graded my old stereo receiver from 5.1 to a new Denon 7.1 for a complete surround system. I purchased Polk Audio speakers for the 5.1 system years ago and they still sound as good today as they did the day I bought them years ago. I purchased the Polk Audio RC85i in wall speakers to complete the 7.1 package and I'm not disapointed! 7.1 surround has the sound bouncing all over the walls!
Pros: Two day delivery and no shipping.
Cons: None so far.
I'm very happy with my pair of speakers. It was a little difficult fishing the wire up the wall and somehow I battled with a stud and waterpipe issue but it all worked out in the end. luckily it was an exterior wall. Make sure you do your stud finding first. The speakers themselves seem very well built and sound great in my theater room. I will certainly be adding more of these this year.
Pros: Built well Look very professional Very clean sound
Cons: None, other than running wire up a wall can be problematic.
These speakers sound pretty good. I would describe them as a neutral sounding speaker. I have them installed in my bathroom so it's hard to determine how they would sound in a normal listening environment. The sound echos a lot in the bathroom but that was to be expected. However, I did not expect the speaker grill to start rusting after 2 years. The description says, "moisture-resistant materials allow safe use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, and under outdoor eaves". While it is "safe" and the sound has not been affected, this is seriously misleading. Why they would use metal grills rather than aluminum is beyond me but I am not too happy about it. This review does not reflect the service I have received from Crutchfield over the past 10 years. Amazing would be an understatement.
Pros: Great sounding set of speakers.
Cons: Speaker grills are not rust proof.
Due to an engineered beam in our house making our living and kitchen area one, we were very limited on our surround capabilities in the family room (22x21 with open kitchen behind). Since I have rti12's for the front channel I wanted something with some size to not sound too different. These work GREAT. We mounted them above the structural beam which made them high so we inverted them, placed them about 2 feet from the side walls and angled the tweeter a few different times until we got what we wanted. It turns out that angling the tweeter downward slightly and toward the reflecting wall was best for several reasons: it helped disperse the sound to not sound so high or directional and it helped with time alignment from tweeter to woofer since they were upside down. Couple of other tricks that helped tremendously: Since the hole is so big get some R13 insulation and just keep shoving up or down as far as you can leaving it about 8-12 inches from your hole. Then take polyfill and apply generously in the remaining area to create your "box". This helps with sound waves in the wall, any rattle issues, resonant frequency bumps, and hearing too much from the other side of the wall. These are well worth the money for those that need a larger in-wall speaker.
Pros: Pivoting tweeter Ease of installation Polk's timbre-matching Woofer size with shallow depth
Cons: plastic tabs can be tricky if you over crank them
Excellent sound & quality for the money. Well worth it!!!
Pros: Love the in-wall speakers. Excellent for the bedroom - it gives our bedroom a sleek modern look without bulky speakers.
Cons: A bit larger than I expected. But they are awesome!!!
I researched these a lot and am very pleased. I installed in a finished basement. Install was simple. Took ~10 minues per speaker (walls were pre-wired). These speakers sound great in both the insulated exterior walls as well as the open-back walls to the utility room. Highly recommended.
Awesome set of speakers. The install was very easy and the sound is superb. For the price and the quality, I'd highly recommend these to anyone on a budget. I read some reviews on here and other sites and some had mentioned the clasps/mounts were cheap and they would break easily...I found this not to be true, but be sure to hand tighten them with a screw driver, not a drill as that could have been their issue with them.
Pros: Great Speaker, Great Price, AWESOME sound!
Awesome Speakers especially for the price! I bought this along with the RC 55, 65, and 265RT Center Channel Speaker 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 an 11.2 system and sold me his $1500 Pioneer receiver for $400! God is Good and my system sounds Great! The installation was easy 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! Thanks Crutchfield! My wife told me to upgrade to 7.1 and I'm so glad she did! I'm one Happy Customer!
Pros: Easy installation...just follow the directions.
Cons: none so far
Purchased a pair of these speakers for my 12x18 covered deck. My living room stereo would have to be turned up real loud to get adequate volume out on the deck. Planned to install them about 2 ft. up on a double wall railing pointing back toward the living room to give us sound all around us. Before installing, I did some testing. I set the speakers on deck chairs to test positioning for the final installation. They sounded very good and had good bass for an 8" woofer. Then I tested them by placing the up high on the beam that supports the exposed rafters and pointing them down at a 45 degree angle. Wow! They really sounded good up there once I found the placement that gave us a balanced sound. There was quite a sound difference between having the speakers 2 ft. up and 8 ft. up. At 2 ft., the sound is right about at sitting head height. The speakers kind of compete with conversation and need to be played at lower volume. Up high, the sound seems like it is above us and kind of envelopes the room with sound and does not occupy the avenues for conversing. The bass is also enhanced from the high up position----probably getting reflected off the open beam roof. Anyway, I could not install these in-wall speakers up where they sounded best. So I have returned them and ordered a pair of PSB CS1000's that can be mounted on the beam. I encourage you guys to do a lot of testing with speaker placement before you install them---it really makes a difference.
Pros: Strong balanced sound. Good bass for an 8" woofer. Appears to be quality construction.
Have four in-wall. Awesome sound. Bought these two to replace same model Polk Direct refurbished that failed and I returned. 200 square foot room sounds better than a movie theater. Matched with Polk center and sub.
Pros: Great sound, compact, easy install, great price.
The worst and cheapest mounting system ever! No matter how careful you are with the mounting tabs, they will break off with the slightest bit of pressure on the screwdriver. I even bought the overpriced mounting brackets in the hope they would make the installation easier. The tabs should be metal. Poor product design by Polk Audio. Don't ruin Crutchfield's reputation by carrying this junk.
Similar to another reviewer, we purchased these speakers for a covered patio. We installed them in the ceiling, which bugs the interior designers but is perfectly legite from a technical standpoint. They look good even being adjacent to round recessed lighting. The speakers have great sound and can play very loud when driven hard. We enclosed the attic side of the speaker in a 0.6 cubic foot box in hopes of maximizing bass response. Although that is a small volume, we were afraid too much sound would be dispersed into the open attic space (uninsulated area). They sound so much better than the shoe-box speakers we replaced (which were an entry level Sonance product that died after about six years). We are very happy with these Polk's so far, just hope they can endure the heat and humidity of South Texas...
Pros: Excellent sound quality for the price.
I love the speakers. I love the ease of instillation. I love that I could paint them to match my wall.
Great speakers for the money !!!
Pros: Easy installation,cut out plate in the box..
I bought this pair to use for one zone of a distributed audio system at my church. 2 of the other zones use ceiling tile speakers, and the third has some 6.5" in-walls by Moderno. I went with the Polk 8" for the fourth zone because I have one firing into the kitchen and the other to the serving area. These spaces are bigger than the other zones and I was concerned about getting as much sound out of one pair of speakers as possible. Bigger is not always better in this regard, but this particular model is built with a VERY lightweight woofer and surround, so it is very efficient. I am using a Xantech Digi-5 system which has 30W per channel digital amplifiers built into the keypads. This is not a ton of power, but the speakers sound quite good, even before adjusting the tone controls. I would have liked the newer-style mounting and grilles, but aesthetics in this area were not a priority. And really, to get a pair of decent-sounding in-walls at this price it's hard to complain about looks. If you're looking to use these for your 5.1 or 7.1 home theater system and have a beefy receiver I would spend a few more dollars and get one of the nicer (more expensive) 6.5" models. While the 8" would give you more bass response, a well-powered 8" in-wall will produce more (unwanted) resonance in the sheetrock and you can avoid some of that with the smaller 6.5", leaving the bass to your sub.
Pros: GREAT value in terms of sound quality and volume per dollar spent very efficient speakers, great for distributed audio or a second/third zone off your main A/V receiver. also a good choice for low-wattage surround speakers
Cons: old-style mounting/grilles don't blend in or "disappear" as nicely as newer thin magnetic grilles.
You just can't beat these speakers if you are looking for solid performance at a great price. I'm sure there are better speakers out there but I suspect I couldn't tell the difference between RC85i speaker and some high end speaker that 5x the price. Love these speakers! I have them in the billiard room, masterbedroom, workout room and garage. Great match with my Sonos system.
Pros: Great sound. Affordable. Crazy easy to install. Directional tweeter. Crutchfield! Aren't these people the best?
Cons: I guess it would more impressive if the grill said "Bose" on the outside. Base is acceptable but sub does help when your in the mood to feel the thump
Truly amazing sound. Will need a sub, but definitly fill the room with full, clean and crisp sound. Cannot believe how simple these were to install. Just follow the template. Highly recommended. Thanks Crutchfield
Pros: Mid range and highs, installation
I was very impressed with the overal quality of the product and the installation was a breeze. You can't do better for the price and having listened to some more expensive options I could not justify the added cost. I have a combination 8 of Polk in wall and in ceiling speakers (and growing) and a couple of Boston Acoustics Voyager6 outdoor speakers matched to a Yamaha RXA2000 all purchased through Crutchfield. I am very pleased with the system and the advice I have recieved as I continue improve on my home audio experience.
I bought one pair of these speakers, got them installed and i was quickly hooked. One week later, I bought another set to complete my room. The installation is very easy, except the exterior wall wall fish, and the literature that comes with the speakers is very clear and easy to understand. I have no complaints with this product, as I have had none with any of my other POLK products. Just make sure when you purchase these, that you get UL rated in-wall wire too.
Pros: Easy installation with plenty of manufacturer literature. Extremely clear, full sound.
Great sound quality and an affordable price
Pros: Easy mounting installaytion
They are great.Easy to put in,sound great.
A no brainer. I needed a pair of in ceiling speakers for my outdoor patio area. My Crutchfield online advisor was able to quickly recommend these Polk Audio speakers that were designed for outdoor use. After watching Crutchfield's video on these speakers I was sold. They arrived at my doorstep within a few days and now that they are installed, my whole family loves them. Crutchfield made the purchase for these speakers very easy....and they sound great. Thanks Crutchfield.
This is an early review. (Just installed yesterday). I put for of these in a weight room that is approximately 1000sqft at work. they are hooked up to a Harman/kardon HK3390 stereo reciever. the room is a large rectangle so there are two on one long wall and 1 on each of the two short walls. the sound quality in the room is great. they need to be loud as it is a loud room and the sound is still clear. there are two massive (loud) industrial blade fans in the wieght room and even with those on the volume only needed to be turned up a couple db's to compensate. completely happy with these so far.
These speakers are great . Plenty of bass , some people said not enough bass . I have no idea what they are talking about . Maybe their reciever doesn't have enough power . What a major pain to install , snaking wires in a home with insulated interior walls . Then end result was worth it.
I have enjoyed these speakers so far, and it's great not to have speakers in the way all around the room. We have two pairs of these in the wall (for front left and right and rear surround speakers). I saved a little more money ($17/pair) purchasing Open Box versions, and each speaker was still sealed in plastic. The installation instructions were clear, templates were provided for the holes, and the speakers were easy to install. I had seen some criticism of the clips that hold the speakers to the wall, but as long as you know they are plastic you can treat them carefully with good results (no need to tighten the installation screws too tight). I also later removed one speaker from the wall to ensure I had made proper connections (when I actually had an audio cord issue somewhere else that was the true cause), and that was pretty easy, too. My kids have all commented on how cool the sound is in the new room where these are installed, and we've had a similar 5.1 setup (with free standing froont and rear Paradigm speakers that sound great in the other room for the past 13 years) that they've grown up with. For the best effect, we should install a subwoofer to accent the sound someday. Pulling speaker wire is also a pain (and much more trouble than the speaker install), but it's well worth the trouble in the end.
Not really a techy, but installed 4 of these with my Onkyo receiver and Polk PSW125 sub and the sound is really great. Install on these was easy enough and they look great in the walls. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for great sound and great aesthetics as well. Look and sound great!
Good speakers. No better sound than the 20 year old 8" Bose boxes they replaced ,but at least they're in the wall .
These speakers are just great. These replaced a pair of Polk bookshelf speakers. When I added a flat panel on the wall, I needed in the wall speakers to complete the look. The not only look good, but sound great. I insulated the walls first to enhance the bass. You still should have a sub for the best surrond sound. I plan on adding the wireless surrond sound speakers next. Then I'll have a clean look and great sound. I've paired these with a Sony STR-DH810 which is 110W x 7 which is plenty for my 14' x 16' living room. Alony with my KDL55NX55 TV and BDP470 BluRay all from Crutchfield, it's just grand. Love it all!!!!!!!!!
Great product! I put these in a large "common" room and they easily fill the space. They don't offer as much low-end as I had hoped, but an extra powered subwoofer in the corner solved that problem. I used it in conjunction with a Niles EVC-100 volume control. Great buy and sound for the price. Piece of cake to install too.
Well you get what you pay for. The reason I got these was to clear floor space from larger speakers. Of course these aren't going to be the best speakers in the world at this price. I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for. The have good enough bass but I would definitely pair them with a sub. as far as stand alone speakers I wouldn't recommend these but in a multiple speaker environment they are just fine.
Great speakers. Very good sound. Can't beat the price. I suggest insulating them. They sound soooo good that they can be heard through out the house from the basement.
These Polks are extremely easy to install, and sound wonderful. The build quality appears quite high, I just wish they were made in the USA (like my Polk 10Bs...), and not in the People's Republic of China. Couple of tips: use an electronic stud finder to ensure there is proper clearance behind the wall, but also cut a viewing hole near the center of your intended space. This way you can "shift" the cut out a few inches either way in case there are cross braces between the studs, which I encountered. These braces were only about 1/2 the depth of the stud, and not against the sheet rock, so they didn't show up using my stud finder. Also, you need about 3/4" clearance past the template cutout for the mounting "fingers" to swing out properly before they are seated against the sheet rock. I found one of my two template patterns was too close to a stud. So, for these reasons, and those particular to your situation I can't anticipate, it pays to scope it out before cutting the template patterns. One of my speakers has opposing sheet rock, i.e. an enclosed box, while the other is open, i.e. infinite baffle, however they both sound fine, haven't perceived any loss of bass with the "open" side. All said, I was impressed with the build quality and engineering that went into these Polks.
I was looking for a wall speaker that could stand alone and not require a sub-woofer. We were not using these as part of a surround package, so there was no sub-woofer in the room. Many of the other speaker reviews for other speakers seemed to indicate a lack of base response, but it wasn't an issue since many people use their wall speakers as part of their surround system which includes a sub. With the 8" woofer, these speakers deliver a decent base. Not really super deep, but certainly not bad. Some people have recommended insullating to give a deeper base. Even without that, they are good. I'm still going to insulate to see if I can get a little more of of them, but in general, a good value.
Just what I was looking for. Looks and Sounds Great. Even the wife agrees! Cutting a 12 by 7 inch hole in the wall can be alittle intimidating, but follow the pattern an find your studs and it will turn out great.
I purchased these speakers for an in-wall application in a "music room" in my house. This is a room that is a bit narrow with a high vaulted ceiling. They are powered by a low end Sony stereo receiver, and they replace a couple of Bose bookshelf speakers that were hanging high up on the wall. The Bose speakers sounded decent, but the Polk RC85i speakers perform much better. No "home theatre" application here, just straight music listening. Installation was very easy; my son was up in the attic to ensure the clips rotated behind the drywall as I secured them in place. Because they are mounted up on the wall where the attic space is behind them, I was thinking I would have to enclose the backs of them, but there's no need. I was also thinking that I would have to add a powered sub-woofer to the set up, but these Polks put out plenty of low end bass. The only knock I have on them is that the mid-range is a little bit weak. But at this price, they are an excellent buy. So, 4-stars just for the mid-range weakness. I would not hesitate to buy these again. I am now seriously planning to purchase the RC55i or RC65i for my home theatre set up in the family room. Great job, Polk. And great service from Crutchfield.
Bought these in-wall speakers to replace a pair of old, smaller in-wall speakers high up in our great room which are paired to an older "shelf" stereo system. Installation was easy, once I enlarged the wall openings. We only use these speakers for music (our TV is in another room), and they sound great! WOW! Plenty of crisp highs, and solid bass--and a huge improvement over the old speakers. Since these speakers are up high, I couldn't really aim the tweeters down enough to point at our listening area, so I aimed them up at the ceiling instead (to bounce down to the listening area), and they sound awesome! One other note: These speakers are in a wall which backs onto a small "attic" area, not in a smaller wall cavity between 2 studs. I was worried that the area was too large to be an effective speaker "cabinet," but was pleasantly surprised to find out that this issue doesn't seem to effect the sound at all. (Can't wait to see how they sound once i can afford a new receiver!)
Have a very low key home theater. My wife did not want speakers all over our basement. These installed very easy and once the grills were painted, they basically disappeared. I accompanied these with the RC65i. Nothing earth shattering but it sounds very clean which is what I wanted. For the price it's a great buy. I also have to say that the templates Polk provides were very nice, not flimsy or cheap like another brand I used for my center channel. FYI Grill painting tip: I hosed one of my grills trying to paint it using a dry brush technique. (which I read online) I probably was moving to fast, or used to much paint, and the paint just did not lay right (first time ever doing it so)..I finally just went and found a spray paint color that closely matched our wall color and this worked a lot better, looked like they were done from the factory. Or they have those spray cans than you can put your wall paint into that will spray, but I heard mix reviews on those so.
Speakers were very easy to install and sound great with my Denon receiver. Some say these may not sound good do to the fact they use the wall as the speaker box. If your wall is insulated like mine the wall makes the perfect cavity. I simply removed the insulation from behind the speaker then the cavity made the perfect speaker box.
excellent speaker for the bathroom. great sound and nice bass. didnt know it would sound this good. shape goes well with the shower shape and skylight. very easy install.
I purchased these speakers for a remodel and they do sound great for the price. However installing them was a bit of a challenge. I also purchased the RC80's and an RC6s that installed easily. The RC85i's went into a wall cavity where I left the insulation in place for added bass response. I also boxed in the back of the enclosures with thick plywood- that's what saved me. When turning the plastic mounting brackets from the front they started snapping off inside the wall. No matter how many times I tried to make sure the clips were aligned as soon as I put pressure on the screws they went crooked and then snapped off. The only fix was to run 5" screws through the front screw holes to connect to the plywood backing. If the backing wasn't there I would have been completely stuck. I'm removing two stars for the cheap quality of the mounting clips.
I installed these in the ceiling of my master bath. I found them more asthetic because I have rectangular skylights, vs. using round ceiling speakers. Yes, you can use inwall speakers in your ceiling. I am truly sold on Polk speakers. These are prob. overkill for my usage, but they were "scratch and dent." (Love the scratch and dent. Never, ever found a scratch or a dent!!!) The rotating cam locking feature is fabulous. 6 cams hold the speaker firmly to the ceiling. Speakers are powered by a Sonos ZP120, rated at max 55 watts. MORE than enough power.
These speakers sound great and are easy to install. Lots of bass and highs are clear. Definitely Recommended!
The sound from these speakers is incredible. Highs are crystal clear, and bass is very good considering the size. The install was a breeze. I highly recommend these speakers.
Purchased the RC-85 as my front speakers and the RC-65 as the rear surround. Very happy with the sound quality and performance. They sound great for being a small speaker. Were a breeze to install. If you like a lot of bass, pair them up with a good sub...but this should be obvious given their size and purpose.
I was very pleased with the entire experience. The speakers arrived very quickly from Crutchfield to my front door. The RC85i speakers were a breeze to install and they sound great! I almost had purchased a smaller pair of the 55i's, but then decided to upgrade in order to enjoy deeper bass and a broader sound spectrum. It was the right decision. High quality sound and design at an affordable price.
Ok first off I have to say that these speakers sound simply phenomenal! I use them as rear surrounds in my home theater. I am running them off of an Onkyo TX-SR504 receiver in a pretty good size living room with very high ceilings. Simply put, these speakers are more than adequate to fill up the space with sound! I had to knock off a star, however, as one of them had a shoddy mounting mechanism. I still got it in there, but it took a little longer than the other one. That said, I will probably buy 4 more to go in my bedroom when I get around to upgrading my system in there!
Really impressive sound at a great price, and a great overall value. I imagine a lot of people pass them up because they look too small. Don't! I have a 1960s ranch house with a small living room (15 x 13ft) and needed more space: in-wall and in-ceiling speakers to the rescue. These modest speakers turn the entire wall cavity (typically 16-24" wide) into 8-foot speakers. I use two of these with a modest-looking but powerful Polk RM6902 Center speaker mounted below my Panasonic 42" plasma TV, a Polk PSW10 subwoofer, and two Boston Acoustics DSI255 ceiling speakers for surround. If you have a similar sized room, you could spend more than I did and do a lot worse. I did a lot of research online and the results exceeded my expectations. We use our setup for all types of music and home theater uses, and it always comes through. Yes, you can spend thousands more for "better" speakers, but as an audiophile who's been to hundreds of concerts, I think that somewhere along the way the differences are lost to the human ear and you're just paying for bragging rights, brand names, and speakers handcrafted from exotic wood.
Great sound and look, and VERY easy to install. I also have an "acoustically-challenged" family room with a 17' vaulted ceiling and an ONKYO 110 WPC 6.1 receiver is enough to drive a pair of these speakers as surround backs and do a really good job.
Great in-wall option. I use them in a fairly large family room with tile floors and a tall ceiling. These speakers make the room into a home theater despite the questionable acoustics. I'd love to see what they could do in a smaller (home theater sized) room. I drive them with a Harmon Kardon AVR 725 and they take almost all of the clean power it can deliver. A lot of speaker for a very reasonable price. Excellent mounting design too!
|Quantity in Package||Pair|
|Cutout Size||8.6875 x 12.75|
|Power Range (Watts)||20-100|
|Connector Type||Spring clip|
Dynamic Balance Technology: Dynamic Balance drivers are used for wide, smooth response and low distortion.
Woofers: Each speaker features an 8" 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 1" 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, saunas, even under the eaves of an enclosed porch. (The speaker is not recommended for exposed outdoor use.)
Installation: Each speaker requires a cutout 8.6875" wide and 12.75" high with a mounting depth of 3.5". 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. 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 5.5 pounds.
Paintable: The grille and flange can be painted, allowing these speakers to match any decor.
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Polk coupled with the solid quality of Marantz is something I have always wanted to try--- many friends have shown me this combination and it always delivered. Specs look solid and support from Crutchfield looks well respected by customers. [ David Jun 08, 2017 ]
Awesome in-walls! [ Brian Jun 01, 2017 ]
My other speakers are POLK and I have enjoyed them since purchasing. I love the sound! I needed a surround sound rear speaker that would mount at the recommended 1-2' above the ear and wall mounts would be cumbersome at that height. In-wall speakers seemed like the perfect choice and like I said you can never go wrong with POLK! [ MARK E May 21, 2017 ]
Quality, price [ Tom May 09, 2017 ]
Price [ Reynaldo Mar 23, 2017 ]
cost and quality [ Patti Feb 28, 2017 ]
Because I want to rock steady in my house and I love Polk Audio. Supreme sound for the price. [ Jennifer Feb 27, 2017 ]
Price and positive comments [ Peter Feb 23, 2017 ]
Have the RC65i and love them in the basement. Putting these in the workout room [ JUSTIN Feb 12, 2017 ]
Past history, good quality in wall speakers for the price [ Dennis Feb 07, 2017 ]
Received good reviews [ Keith Jan 17, 2017 ]
I chose these speakers for their value, specifications and for the high marks they received from previous purchasers. [ H Dec 06, 2016 ]
The reviews were good for the price point. [ Paul Nov 30, 2016 ]
recommended by advisor [ MARY E Nov 28, 2016 ]
This item fits existing holes in my wall. [ Roscoe Nov 26, 2016 ]
Needed an updated model and these fit the previous cut outs [ Rich Nov 19, 2016 ]
Price, feedback and I have some Polk speakers on my boat that are nice. [ KEN Nov 18, 2016 ]
Second pair for home theater, have the ceiling version as well. [ DAVID SCOTT Nov 15, 2016 ]
Always love Polk for the price and quality [ Scott Nov 03, 2016 ]
Quality and cost plus ease of installation. [ Jeff Nov 02, 2016 ]
Because I want quality sound in the wall to maximize space in my home theater room. [ Eric Oct 06, 2016 ]
Same reason as the RC80 [ MATTHEW Oct 04, 2016 ]
good reviews [ Eric Aug 23, 2016 ]
rating and value [ Guest Aug 21, 2016 ]
Quality and price - good value. Good application for outdoor patio at lakehouse. Customer reviews were very positive on this product. Chat Advisor recommended this product. [ mel713 Jul 04, 2016 ]
I have purchased polk audio products before, and the install process was easy, [ Dorian Jun 28, 2016 ]
Trusted customer reviews & wanted to match ceiling speakers [ David Jun 27, 2016 ]
Good price and a good recommendation from an advisor (young man, I emailed a couple of months ago during construction phase of my basement "home theater". [ J. Paul May 30, 2016 ]
Good Reviews [ Andre May 26, 2016 ]
Wanted a little more power for the front speakers. Left and Right.... [ J May 17, 2016 ]
Crutchfield price and quality of Polk Audio products. Very pleased with purchase. [ Rick May 11, 2016 ]
Great reviews and product price [ Juan Apr 02, 2016 ]
Great speakers, huge difference in sound quality from standard speakers. [ William Mar 06, 2016 ]
Remodeling, looked like a really clean installation choice for our room. [ Alicia Mar 06, 2016 ]
Surround Sound Speakers [ Steven Feb 28, 2016 ]
Solid brand choice that's not cheap or over the top expensive. [ ALEJANDRO Jan 21, 2016 ]
MC80s not available [ Benjamin Jan 14, 2016 ]
Morgan recommend Morgan's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=181 [ Robert Jan 12, 2016 ]
Perfect surround sound behind my sofa. [ MICHAEL Jan 10, 2016 ]
Wanted to add music to my garage and these in wall speakers fit nicely in between the wall studs and with the flush mounting are out of the way. [ James Jan 09, 2016 ]
These were installed as part of a surround sound system in a large ballroom installation [ THOMAS Dec 22, 2015 ]
Recommended by Frank Uebersax, Baltimore MD. The Audio guru, and he was right about these speakers. [ Joseph Dec 08, 2015 ]
I used these for just that purpose ... installed and operational in 20 minutes. For the price point they deliver great performance. In full disclosure these were added to an existing surround sound system. [ Jesse Jun 19, 2017 ]
I would not mount these outside, they are made to be mounted in an interior wall or ceiling. [ James May 29, 2017 ]
I use a number of these as my front channel connected to my Sonos Connect Amps, they work great. Added a Polk Sub to a couple of the rooms and they work good as well. Good product for the price. [ Dan May 16, 2017 ]
I am using six RC85i and one 255C-RT for my 7.1 system and they are fantastic. [ Nicholas May 16, 2017 ]
I have six of these in my 7.1 system (2 front, 2 surround, 2 rear surround). They sound fantastic. [ Chad May 16, 2017 ]
I don't see why not. I actually thought of doing this with my two pair, as I mounted them a bit too high in the wall. [ Christopher Feb 26, 2017 ]
Yes. There's a template that you use to cut the hole, you can place them any direction you want. We have 2 vertical and 2 horizontal. They sound great! Hope that helps. [ Terry Feb 25, 2017 ]
I don't see anything that would prevent you from mounting them in any orientation. [ Scott Feb 25, 2017 ]
I believe they can be mounted in any direction. I mounted mine vertically and they work great. [ Tom Feb 25, 2017 ]
I'm pretty sure. They are held in place by pivoting flange tabs, a bit like on screen window frames, and assuming your studs are 16" on center, the drywall should take the weight. We mounted ours in the ceiling with the caveat that they are in a sloped portion. If you get into the physics then a bit of the weight is distributed differently but even so, you should be fine. Really nice speakers btw. [ ERIK N Nov 05, 2016 ]
I have these mounted in my ceiling and they sound great. They are amazing speakers for the price. [ JESSE Nov 05, 2016 ]
Excellent sound very happy with them, however because of the woofer keep in mind Vibration... i had to be sure the speaker was securely installed(i have drywall) if your panel is thin it may vibrate causing poor sound. if panel is secured well so as not to rattle when speaker is on(woofer fully working). it should be OK. I did put Spray-on insulation on the wall behind the speaker, that seemed to help sound as well. "Speaker Vibration/Rattling" may or may-not be a concern in your installation. Hope you enjoy them i sure do :-) Aloha [ Mark Oct 28, 2016 ]
I have in wall and in ceiling speakers (Frt, Sur, SR) 3 besides my center and subwoofers. Still Polk, 10" sub by TV, 12" sub in rear of room. I have a CSi A6 on the built in shelf above my TV. Had it for 4 years and always sounded great. [ Lawrence Nov 12, 2015 ]
In my application, I placed them in the wall. I see no reason why they wouldn't work as long as the ceiling is finished. They do have some weight to them. [ JUSTIN Sep 09, 2015 ]
Yes, I have two pairs in my house, one pair is wall mounted and the other is ceiling mounted. both pairs sound great!!! [ Lawrence Sep 08, 2015 ]
It's pretty large and I think it would look awkward. I would stick with round speakers for ceilings myself. [ MATTHEW M Sep 08, 2015 ]
Yes, that's what I did. And, they sound great. [ JAMES N Sep 08, 2015 ]
Yes, I use these for my ceiling install. Pretty simple installation. [ LAURANCE Sep 08, 2015 ]
The bezel/trim is a part of the speaker and covers the rough opening in the wall when the speaker is installed. I don't think the bezel can be removed as it's all a one-piece design. You may be better off getting on-wall speakers which would allow you to angle them. [ KNICK TRAN, Mar 18, 2015 ]
No such bezel is included with the speakers. I am not aware of anything like that being available. However, it would be easy to fashion such a bezel with a jigsaw or table saw. [ GARY Mar 18, 2015 ]
Sorry, I really do not know. I am very pleased with the speakers as left and right front channel, but I have a different front channel speaker. Gary [ GARY Jan 27, 2015 ]
I am not using this for the center channel. I am using MC85 [ RAVI Jan 27, 2015 ]
You could. I think it is a little heavy on the woofer. You might want more mid and tweeter focused. It is a great sounding speaker though. [ STEVEN R Jan 27, 2015 ]
Thanks Knick, that was what I needed to know. [ Gilbert Oct 18, 2014 ]
They just have the typical red & black connectors to connect a speaker wire, so no you cannot get stereo sound from one speaker. [ KNICK TRAN, Oct 04, 2014 ]
They have standard positive and negative (red and black) terminals for inputs. I'm not sure what you're hoping for. They do not have a built in option to add two audio sources. [ CASEY Oct 03, 2014 ]
I suppose if you had the wall completely open to expose studs, you could make custom brackets to mount speakers to studs. However, you run the risk of damaging the speaker housing as they are not very thick. But why would you go thru all this trouble when the built in mounting brackets work great and are very strong and secure. [ KNICK TRAN, Jul 18, 2014 ]
The plastic brackets are more for placement than anything I think. The screws on the speakers that latch to the back of drywall are enough. I have another pair of speakers that go in the ceiling, much heavier too; they only clamp to the drywall. Which is similar to these wall speakers. You shouldn't need support from the wall studs. I think the weight distribution is assuming your studs are 16" apart though. The closer the studs are together the stronger the drywall will to support weight. The standard 16" spacing for the studs is plenty strong. [ STEVEN R Jul 14, 2014 ]
I used the plastic brackets and mounted the directly to the drywall and not to the wall studs. They have been in place since being installed and we've had no issues. [ GREGORY Jul 14, 2014 ]
These are made to attach to drywall. You'd have to rig them up to attach to studs. They're plenty secure and don't rattle when attacked to drywall with clips. They're highly rated when attached as prescribed to drywall. Be sure to put some insulation behind them to improve sound quality. [ CASEY Jul 13, 2014 ]
The plastic tabs are plenty to firmly secure the speakers to drywall. I do not know of any way to secure them to wall studs. [ GARY Jul 13, 2014 ]
They attached in Sheetrock .. Not studs [ Tim Jul 13, 2014 ]