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Polk Audio TC80i

In-ceiling speaker

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Item # 107TC80I

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Get rich Polk sound without taking up even one inch of floor space. The TC80i in-ceiling speaker, sold individually, features a flush-mountable circular cabinet that houses an 8" Dynamic Balance® woofer and a 1" dome tweeter. The tweeter's ball-and-socket swivel mount lets you aim the high frequencies for the best coverage in your favorite listening positions, while the woofer is offset by a 15º angle for better imaging and midrange clarity. You'll enjoy crisp, full-bodied sound. Pick up a pair for stereo applications, or even use the TC80i in a stealthy home theater setup.

Get rich Polk sound without taking up even one inch of floor space. The TC80i in-ceiling speaker, sold individually, features a flush-mountable circular cabinet that houses an 8" Dynamic Balance® woofer and a 1" dome tweeter. The tweeter's ball-and-socket swivel mount lets you aim the high frequencies for the best coverage in your favorite listening positions, while the woofer is offset by a 15º angle for better imaging and midrange clarity. You'll enjoy crisp, full-bodied sound. Pick up a pair for stereo applications, or even use the TC80i in a stealthy home theater setup.

With the TC80i, Polk has provided handy controls, so you can tailor the sound to suit your particular installation. The tweeter level switch lets you adjust the high frequency output to suit your room's acoustics. And the wall distance toggle switch allows you to flatten the bass response — ideal for avoiding a boomy bass sound if your speaker is installed near a corner. That's a lot of versatility for an in-ceiling speaker.

The TC80i is made from durable, moisture-resistant materials, so it's safe for use in a bathroom, kitchen, or even under roof eaves for stealthy outdoor applications. Voice-matched to Polk RTi speakers, the TC80i can be integrated into a complete Polk home theater speaker system for a seamless surround experience.

An optional in-ceiling bracket is recommended for installing the TC80i in a home with new construction.

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Details:
  • sold individually
  • frequency response 45-25,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • sensitivity 90 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • wall distance toggle switch and tweeter level switch
  • moisture-resistant materials allow safe use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, and under outdoor eaves
  • paintable white matte grilles
  • cutout: 9-7/16" diameter
  • mounting depth: 4-1/2"
  • lifetime warranty

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Great Speakers, simple, adjustable, sound terrific and the warranty is awesome, Ownership for 4 years now and they are used heavily, If anything were to happen to them out of warranty I would purchase again no problem.

Erick, Meridian, ID

What's in the Box:

  • One 2-way in-ceiling speaker
  • Grille
  • Cardboard template
  • Clear plastic paint mask
  • Owner's Manual
  • On-line registration card
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Features and Specs

Quantity in Package Single
Tweeter Dome
Midrange Size ---
Woofer Size 8
Cutout Size 9.4375
Woofer Composition Mineral comp poly
Woofer Surround Butyl rubber
Power Range (Watts) 10-125
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 45-25kHz
Connector Type Spring posts
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Enclosure Type In-ceiling
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime

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Specifications

Features

Dynamic Balance Technology: Dynamic Balance polymer composite drivers are used for smooth wide-range response with low distortion.

Mid-Woofer: The speaker features an angle-mounted 8" Dynamic Balance, mineral composite polypropylene mid-woofer for deep, accurate bass. This 15-degree Offset Drive Unit provides more uniform coverage and better imaging by directing the midrange sounds toward your listening area. For a smoother response and improved durability, the woofer uses a butyl rubber surround.

Tweeter: The speaker uses a 1" Dynamic Balance, silk/polymer composite dome tweeter with a neodymium magnet for clear detailed highs. The ball-and-socket swivel mount lets you aim the tweeter in any direction to 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 speaker in a bathroom, kitchen, sauna, even under outdoor eaves.

Timbre-matched: This speaker is timbre-matched to the Polk Audio RTi Series for seamless, enveloping imaging when used in a home theater system. You can mix and match any of the TCi-series in-wall and in-ceiling speakers with the RTi Series high performance floor-standing and bookshelf speakers.

Terminals: The speaker features gold-plated spring post terminals.

Controls

Accessible Controls: The TC80i features technology that can tailor the sound for performance in difficult or unusual placement situations. The following controls are located on the front panel of the speaker (behind the grille):

  • Wall Distance Toggle: In-wall speakers excel when placed more than 2' from side walls. When the speaker is mounted closer than 2', the result is a "bump" in response between 50 and 200Hz. The speaker has a Distance Toggle Switch circuit that flattens the response and tunes out the "boominess" if mounted closer than 2' from a side wall.
  • Tweeter Attenuator: If the listening room is very reflective, with smooth sheetrock walls, hardwood floors, and non-cushioned furniture, the sound will overly "bright" and unnatural. In this case, you can engage the TCi -3dB Tweeter Attenuator (select the "Cut" setting) to flatten the room response without hindering higher frequency response for warmer, more realistic sound and more accurate imaging.

Mounting Options

Installation: The speaker requires an 9-7/16" diameter cutout with a depth of 4-1/2" behind 1/2-inch drywall. Once the hole is cut, the speaker can be dropped in and the Rotating Cams can be tightened, allowing you to secure the speaker to the drywall without any extra assembly. If you will not be mounting the speaker in drywall, make sure the wall or ceiling material can safely support the weight of the speaker before installation; the speaker weighs approximately 11 pounds.

Paintable: The grille and flange can be painted, allowing the speaker to match any decor. A clear plastic paint mask is included to protect the "unpaintable" speaker parts.

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • Overall: 32Hz-27kHz
  • -3dB Limit: 45Hz-25kHz

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