Polk Audio RC6s
In-ceiling stereo input speaker
Our take on the Polk Audio RC6s by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
Get stereo sound from a single speaker
Looking to add music in tight spaces as part of your custom-installed home audio system? The RC6s in-ceiling speaker from Polk Audio delivers both channels of a stereo signal from a single overhead location. It's perfect for a bathroom, kitchen, hallway, or anywhere else that you want great stereo sound from just one hideaway speaker.
Polk's dual-tweeter design reproduces both the left and right channels of your stereo music sources with a single speaker.
It's also great for big rooms
Want to jam to music in a big living room or bedroom? Place an RC6s in each corner and get stereo sound no matter where you are.
Its clever design gives you the full song without worrying about being too close to one speaker, and too far from another. That way you aren't hearing the guitar and vocals from the left speaker, and bass and drums from the right.
Get all of the musical detail
Polk knows how important it is to preserve the high-frequency detail in your favorite recordings. So they've equipped the RC6s with two soft dome tweeters for crisp, clear sound.
They're paired with a robust 6-1/2" dual-voice coil woofer that takes care of mids and lows. On the back of the speaker you'll find separate connections for the left and right channels of your amplifier.
Polk's rotating-cam design makes your in-ceiling installation go smoother. Once you have the RC6s in place, simply use a screwdriver to tighten each cam for a secure grip against the back of the ceiling.
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. An optional pre-construction bracket is recommended for new construction. Free lifetime technical support is provided with every Crutchfield purchase.
- stereo-input design plays both channels of a stereo signal through a single speaker
- moisture-resistant for use in a bathroom, kitchen, and covered porch
- 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance composite cone woofer
- dual 3/4" soft dome tweeters
- recommended amplifier power: 20-100 watts
- frequency response: 40-20,000 Hz
- impedance: 8 ohms
- sensitivity: 89 dB
- cutout diameter: 7-5/8"
- mounting depth: 2-5/8"
- includes white paintable grille
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 1 In-ceiling stereo input speaker
- 1 White grille
- 1 Cardboard template
- 1 Plastic paint mask
- Owner's Manual
- Online registration card
Great sound, good price
Steve, Lockport, NY
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Features and Specs
|Quantity in Package||Single|
|Power Range (Watts)||20-100|
|Connector Type||Push posts|
|Bi-Amp Inputs||Stereo input|
Dynamic Balance: Dynamic Balance is a proprietary Polk Audio technology using laser imaging to determine what combination of speaker materials create the least amount of resonance. Eliminating resonance in speakers results in a wide, smooth response and low distortion.
Woofers: The RC6s features a Dynamic Balance, mineral-filled polypropylene woofer for clean midrange and deep, accurate bass. For a smoother response and improved durability, the woofer uses a rubber surround.
Tweeters: The speaker uses two 3/4" Dynamic Balance, metalized soft dome tweeters for smooth, accurate highs.
Stereo Sound: The dual tweeters in a stereo faceplate deliver left and right channel highs, while a dual voice coil driver automatically sums left and right channel mids and bass, giving you lifelike stereo imaging.
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 bathrooms, kitchens, even under the eaves of an enclosed porch. (The speaker is not recommended for exposed outdoor use.)
Installation: The round shape and flush-design allow the RC6s to mimic the look of a recessed lighting fixture. The speaker requires a cutout of 7.563" and a mounting depth of 2.625". The speaker frame has a diameter of 8.907". 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 (the Rotating Cams protrude out 0.625" from the cutout opening).
Paintable: The grille and flange can be painted, allowing this speaker to match any decor.
- Overall: 40 Hz-20 kHz
- -3 dB Limit: 55 Hz-20 kHz
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Why did you buy this?
I am adding on a room to my house so I chose the speaker that has worked for me. I have had six of these speakers installed in four different rooms and they get used every day without any problems. Some of them have been used for the past ten years. [ Eric Oct 05, 2018 ]
Need a good single stereo bathroom speaker. [ Alan Sep 06, 2018 ]
replacements [ Mark Jul 18, 2018 ]
I'm installing 1 speaker in each room of my house. The Polk speakers were priced right, with stereo capability. [ Chandler Jun 23, 2018 ]
Reasonably priced moisture resistant stereo speaker that I think will be perfect to use in one of my small bathrooms [ Bertram Jun 17, 2018 ]
existing cut out size [ R Apr 30, 2018 ]
Needed a single speaker for a master bath... this one came recommended as complimentary to the MC60 pair in the master bedroom. [ Michael Feb 12, 2018 ]
The crutchfield on line chat person recommended this. I chose to purchase from crutchfield so I could return easily if it did not work in our new home. [ Debbie Dec 30, 2017 ]
Three years ago we used this particular speaker system in our living room, kitchen and office and the sound was great. We are now remodeling a kitchen/dining room area and decided to add one more speaker to the dining room. Could not be more pleased with the Polk Audio RC6s in-ceiling stereo input speakers. For the money, the sound is clear, no tinny noise; highly recommend. [ Pat Dec 13, 2017 ]
Recommendations. [ Christopher Nov 24, 2017 ]
Good specs and good for my application (bathroom ceilings) -- water resistant and space-efficient. [ Guy Jul 21, 2017 ]
Reviews and price. [ mark Jul 11, 2017 ]
Stereo Sound in 1 Speaker [ George Jul 03, 2017 ]
We placed this outside of my wife's salon, works great! [ CHRIS Jun 20, 2017 ]
Like the quality, great reviews and good price [ TOMASZ May 26, 2017 ]
Need a stereo speaker for ceiling. [ Thomas May 22, 2017 ]
Works great in my bathroom, nice having just 1 speaker. Awesome sound!! [ Jeff Van May 13, 2017 ]
needed a single stereo speaker to use in a bathroom and near a shower [ Geron May 12, 2017 ]
good speakers [ Jose May 09, 2017 ]
I chose these Polk ceiling speakers to closely match the Polk RC85i wall speakers. [ Mark Mar 13, 2017 ]
Needed a stereo speaker in one unit for compact location. Price was high for a speaker but reasonable for the purpose. [ Donald Jan 31, 2017 ]
Recommended by a very helpful Crutchfield pro. [ Quentin van Mar Jan 02, 2017 ]
Stereo input In-ceiling speakers for my Master Bath and Laundry rooms [ Michael Dec 31, 2016 ]
Perfect for a hallway [ Bryon Dec 08, 2016 ]
It's a great speaker had one in old bathroom and redoing another. Great Sound [ SUZANNE Oct 21, 2016 ]
Based on reviews. [ Melvyn Sep 10, 2016 ]
In my price range and helpful information and reviews on the site. [ Quincy Aug 02, 2016 ]
Stereo sound from a single speaker allows placement of a single speaker in a small room where a pair would not fit. [ Michael Jul 17, 2016 ]
Stereo, waterproof, good reviews. This speaker is awesome in our jetted tub / shower. [ Jason Jul 06, 2016 ]
Aaron's recommendation. Aaron's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=152 [ Jay Jun 06, 2016 ]
Great ceiling sound. [ Walton May 25, 2016 ]
I need a single speaker for my bathroom. This was recommended by the Crutchfield professional. [ Cecilia May 16, 2016 ]
I had these installed throughout my house and been happy with them. Now I need some extra for the finished basement. Polk is a very trusty name and they offer lifetime warranty on these. Pretty cool... [ Vasile Apr 13, 2016 ]
Lucy chose it for me. Lucy's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=119 [ JEROLD Apr 06, 2016 ]
stereo sound with one speaker [ RAFI Apr 04, 2016 ]
Aaron helped me via Chat. He did a great job!! Aaron's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=152 [ Andrew Feb 17, 2016 ]
Moisture resistant for master bath installation. Good value for the money. [ ROBERT Feb 06, 2016 ]
Super helpful. Super patient. Super friendly. These guys rock! [ David Feb 04, 2016 ]
13 questions already asked
I simply cut the recommended hole size in the ceiling and it fit perfectly. The enclosure is the wall or ceiling. [ JOANNE Aug 08, 2018 ]
As long as you have an Apple AirPlay 2 compatible device powering the speaker then yea. A list of devices can be found on the web I know Sonos is not compatible now. The speakers do not receive signal without an amp. I have mine hooked up to a receiver in one room and a Sonos amp throughout the rest of my house. [ MATTHEW Jun 30, 2017 ]
Don't know for sure, but as these are a direct wire attachment to the amplifier I doubt it. [ JOHN Jun 30, 2017 ]
Yes. They can handle 12 gauge wire. [ Phil May 30, 2016 ]
Sure, I used 12 gauge with mine. [ Nathan May 30, 2016 ]
Not a raw 12 ga. wire, but if you use a external speaker wire pin connector you can. [ Mark G. May 30, 2016 ]
I am running just one of these in a secondary bathroom using a Athem receiver which is rated 90 watts per channel. I am also running under audio zone 2 and this speaker sounds great as stand alone speaker. [ Mark G. Mar 31, 2016 ]
I'm using a Class T mini amplifier, 25w per channel, and it's more than sufficient. (Topping TP20-MK2) [ Nathan Mar 31, 2016 ]
I'm running 3 pairs, pushing 70W per channel. These are from a Marantz NR-1605 receiver. All sound crisp and clear. They can tolerate more than my ears can [ Kevin Mar 30, 2016 ]
I'm using an old yamaha (sorry away from home and can't give you the model #) receiver is 50 watts per channel. I really like these speakers. Easy install and sound really good. [ mark Mar 30, 2016 ]
1 answer I have 5 pairs of these speakers installed in each room in my house. They are wired up separately to impedance matched volume controls in each room. Can I wire just one set of these speakers (speaker wire only) to Zone 2 on my AV receiver? Without wiring up the volume controls, will that have a negative affect on my receiver? [ Mark Mar 16, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Mar 18, 2016 ] Staff
I would not. I would find a "marine" speaker that boaters would use. [ Michael Jan 13, 2016 ]
Yes, I used them in my family room and they sound great with my Denon 5.1. As you might know, with the speakers mounted in the ceiling you don't need to have the sound up quite as loud in order to easily hear your program or music. I think they make the whole experience a great one! [ TOMMY L Apr 09, 2015 ]
You could but this speaker is like having 2 it takes up four ports on your receiver 2 red 2 black ,which i did not know when i purchase luckily my receiver could accommodate 12 speakers hope this helps [ DARRIN Apr 09, 2015 ]
Yes Michael. These would work just fine. If these are the speakers you have for your system. They sound great and will be able to give you the channel of audio you are feeding it. [ Tra Mar 02, 2015 ]
I used them in the ceiling of my family room and they sound great! [ TOMMY L Mar 02, 2015 ]
This a single speaker with both channels so I don't believe it can be a true left or right You can put the speaker for each channel using 2 speaker I use it in a restroom for the tv in the morning or background music But don't please call crutchfield and ask them ! They are great [ KATHY Dec 27, 2014 ]
yes it will [ RONALD Dec 26, 2014 ]
If wiring both sides to one channel does no change the impedance of the speaker, I would say yes. The wider dispersion would enhance the Atmos effect. [ Steve Dec 26, 2014 ]
Well I can tell you this speaker is awesome!!! It has great sound and something you should know is this speaker is and has the sound of two speakers ,and it takes up two spots for every speaker. YES that's right so if you only have four outputs you use only one speaker there are 4 wires that need to be hook up for this speaker great quality and sound I went with a 12 speaker 1300 watt receiver and love it I needed just 2 of these for my upper level and have 6 of the rectangular polks for my lower level and these are also indoor or outdoor use as well [ DARRIN Oct 31, 2014 ]
I've only used them as stereo. when I set up my system they sounded pretty good as mono speakers [ VINCENT May 10, 2014 ]
I've purchased seven of these last year. They should work fine as mono, just need to jump the two channels. I was building a vacation home and used these for outside covered patio that wraps around half of the house, hallway and kitchen. Wanted to be able to hear both channels if you are sitting under one speaker. So I ran two pairs of wire to each speaker, have independent volume controls for each zone at the location of the zone. They sound great. Ric M. Chelan, WA [ RICHARD May 09, 2014 ]
Bought and installed these in June of 2013. Since I only ran one speaker wire to each location in the ceiling, I opted for these and chose to split the power and ground cords to both channels. I have 4 in my house, they all are better than we could have imagined. Without a doubt I would recommend these. [ JOHN T May 09, 2014 ]
These are great mono speakers. I have one installed in bathroom ceiling. I made a box between the joists to enhance the bass. I highly recommend them. I cannot comment on using 2 of these in the same room since I have no experience with that. [ ANDREW May 09, 2014 ]
Yes I painted my MC6s and they turned out really good. The hardest part to paint were the screens but not bad at all with a rattle can. [ JARRIN Jan 01, 2014 ]
No, I have not [ LOUIS Dec 31, 2013 ]
Yes, I had the painter match the color for each room and paint the grills and plastic borders. Looks great! I do know he used a special paint but I have no clue what it was. also he sprayed the grills. [ GERALD Dec 30, 2013 ]
Yea, it was easy. Spray paint the mesh grill seperately and use the included plastic cover while painting the speaker ring/housing. Easiest part of installing these speakers. Any specific questions? [ JOSHUA T Dec 30, 2013 ]
I would say no. It is actually a two in one speaker with connections for right and left channel. And while it is a great speaker for whole house stereo use it probably does not have the right imaging to be used a s a center channel. [ DANIEL Dec 18, 2013 ]
Not sure if you want to use this speaker as a center speaker. This speaker is a true stereo speaker and has 4 terminals L+, L-, R+, and R-. If this is what your center channel delivers then this will work fine. Otherwise if your center channel is only C+, C- just get a standard non stereo speaker. [ TOM Dec 18, 2013 ]
Yes, I suppose you could but I would not make that recommendation. The speaker has dual inputs for both a right and left channel. I used it for a mono speaker off a niles amp (whole house sound) hidden in a small bathroom. It sounds great doing what I wanted but I think Crutchfield could help you with a better choice for a center channel. [ LEE R Dec 18, 2013 ]
No this is a single stero speaker use as a stand alone unit I did use the standard wall speakers as the center channel with no issues [ KATHY Dec 18, 2013 ]
I don't believe it is desirable since it is a stereo speaker. It requires a pair of left and right, so it is ideal for a small room to get stereo sound. It is a great small stereo speaker. Polk has a great center channel speaker. It is also great but a little pricey. Technically most speakers that are not stereo would work but the center channel is the hardest working so don't skimp if possible. [ ANDREW Dec 18, 2013 ]
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