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Polk Audio RC65i

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Our take on the Polk Audio RC65i

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

Classic Polk Audio sound

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

Versatile entertainment options

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

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

DIY installation tips

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

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

Product Highlights:

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

What's in the Box:

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

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Great speakers. Very easy to install and they sound fantastic.

Ken, Fremont, IN


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Features and Specs

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

Product Research


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frequency Response:

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

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Why did you buy this?

I have 3 pairs for my home theater. going to upgrade to 7.2 [ Ronald  Sep 02, 2018 ]
I have had these as surround speakers in all of the places I have lived over the last 6 years. [ RICHARD  Aug 04, 2018 ]
love polk audio [ Lisa  Jul 10, 2018 ]
In wall, rated highly, price [ Michael  Jun 06, 2018 ]
quality [ Ronald  May 04, 2018 ]
Wall mounted front speakers. Seem to be a good value [ Greg  Apr 13, 2018 ]
recommended [ C  Mar 21, 2018 ]
Have experience Polk products before, Also was recommended by Dallas. [ Lucius  Mar 16, 2018 ]
Great product. Love the quality. love Crutchfield. I've been using Crutchfield since 1985! First experienced Polk products from Sensous Sounds in Tampa, FL. [ paula  Dec 28, 2017 ]
I own a pair already [ T  Dec 16, 2017 ]
Manufacturer, Price and Dimensions [ BEN  Nov 11, 2017 ]
This is my second sent of Polk speakers for another room. They sound great and easy to install. The grills can also be painted which makes them blend in to the wall. [ Dan  Sep 24, 2017 ]
Replacement for a blown speaker [ SCOTT T  Jul 23, 2017 ]
To replace builder grade in wall speakers [ Adam  Jul 10, 2017 ]
Based on Crutchfield rep (Andy) recommendation to improve my surround sound system [ Frank  Jun 18, 2017 ]
many customer reviews. I reviewed my needs via video on youtube and it seems to be a fit for a cheap price. [ ALEXANDER  Jun 06, 2017 ]
bought before and have had good experience with product. [ Billie  Jun 01, 2017 ]
Good quality product from POLK AUDIO. Have been using them for years and will continue until they go out of business or something comes better for the same price. [ Antonio  Mar 09, 2017 ]
Home theater in the basement; couldn't afford the Klipsch or Speakercraft and my Polk Monitor 5jr's from College (20+ years ago) still sound great... [ Pieter  Mar 06, 2017 ]
Picked this item because my first pair RC65I finally started making a buzzing sound. Pulled the grill cover to discover the woofer had a slit in the rubber surround. Had these speakers over 10yrs so I was okay with purchasing a new pair. Yes, these speakers has been around for a long time! Looked at the RC85I but didn't want to cut my drywall again. The sound is good and installation is really easy. Should take me about 10 min to replace both of them. [ M  Feb 12, 2017 ]
High user reviews [ Timotheus  Feb 09, 2017 ]
Recommended by Rex [ ROBERT A  Feb 01, 2017 ]
History with past order [ KENNETH  Dec 29, 2016 ]
Polk=quality [ Joshua  Nov 13, 2016 ]
Polk name, quality. Size to fit. [ Pacific Distill  Nov 09, 2016 ]
right price, fit the hole [ Michael  Oct 31, 2016 ]
Recently purchased a 20 year home that has old (and dry rotted) in-wall speakers. These are the same size as existing ones, so replacement should be a snap. Plus, I'm a fan of Polk Audio :-) [ Angel  Oct 30, 2016 ]
Polk Audio's reputation. [ David  Oct 18, 2016 ]
quality [ Michael  Oct 16, 2016 ]
Small enough to fit wall stud spacing! [ jeff  Oct 14, 2016 ]
Name, dimensions and price. I hope they sound like Polks. [ David  Sep 24, 2016 ]
These should pair well with the Polk Txs220B front bookshelf speakers and the 250C center channel [ Travis  Sep 14, 2016 ]
Good reviews [ Eric  Aug 23, 2016 ]
I have Polk speakers for my surround system I have Polk speakers in my vehicles and the speakers are for a bathroom renovation [ pat  Jul 31, 2016 ]
Rocky help me pick it. Rocky's Bio: [ dung  Jul 08, 2016 ]
i like poke products [ Christopher J  May 23, 2016 ]
Rear speakers..... [ J  May 17, 2016 ]
Enormous Polk fan, going many years back. Have never been disappointed by Polk sound and quality. [ Sean  May 04, 2016 ]
good size for wall area availableâ?¦i love polk audio speakers, first heard them in college and i have never looked at another brand! [ Paul  Apr 01, 2016 ]
Good replacement for discontinued TC-615i [ David  Mar 22, 2016 ]
They looked like they would be perfect for our great room. We hooked them up and we're impressed with their clarity. [ Rosemary  Mar 18, 2016 ]
Have always liked the sound of Polk speakers. Have them in my house and Ford F150. [ PAUL  Feb 24, 2016 ]
price for in wall speaker and previous polk experience [ Susan L.  Feb 14, 2016 ]
2nd purchase of these speakers. First set still work great. Great product. Easy installation. [ Adam  Jan 18, 2016 ]
Great sound [ Spencer  Jan 17, 2016 ]
fit the hole in my ceiling [ Sean  Dec 15, 2015 ]
Recommended by Aaron @ Crutchfield [ JOSEPH T  Dec 09, 2015 ]

9 questions already asked

Hey Jeff. No need to build a box. I installed my speakers in an exterior wall with batt insulation. No problems with drafts and sounds fantastic. If for some reason you do have a problem, you can try the box. -Mike [ Michael  Jun 03, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. I'm sorry, no. The brackets are not included with the order. They only come with a cardboard mounting template. The brackets are recommended and available here for purchase, the link is below. Hope this helps. [ Kenny  Feb 21, 2017 ]  Staff
I have a 5.1 with the RC65i in the rear. The center channel is very important in your surround sound and so was a good subwoofer for me. I don't think you can go wrong with either setup. [ Cody  May 09, 2016 ]
The installation manual calls for a 1" clearance from any objects, studs, joists, etc. Because those tabs pivot on a screw, you might be able to get away with a little less, but you want the speaker to be firmly mounted, so that there are no vibrations. Hope this helps a little. Gary [ GARY  Nov 13, 2015 ]
take it that you don't have two by four studed walls? Measure from edge that meets the surface of your wall to the end of your speaker. [ DAVID  Jan 01, 2015 ]
Hi Josh C, I installed my RC65i in a ceiling outside over an enclosed so it was only the thickness of the sheet rock,say half to three quarters inch thick, they secured up nice n tight,2.25 is pushing it in my opinion. As a suggestion I would call Polk Audio on there free 800 # an ask there advisers if the clamps extend that far out? [ JOSEPH  Nov 22, 2014 ]
You should contact polk audio directly as they might be able to give you the exact answer. [ GUSTAVO  Nov 22, 2014 ]
I had these installed a while back but if I had to bet, I'd probably say no. I don't remember the clamp being that wide, even in its fully "unclamped" position. [ GUSTAVO  Nov 22, 2014 ]
I don't knoe, as I installed in ceiling drywall. My recollection is plenty of room to spare. [ NATHAN J  Nov 22, 2014 ]
Hi Josh, It's been about a year since I installed mine, so I don't remember exactly how deep the clamps will reach, but I don't think the screw clamps would have 2.25" of depth. They have enough depth for standard drywall plus the available mounting brackets, plus a bit extra. Maybe 1/4"-1/2" extra from my recollection. I hope you are able to find a solution. I'm happy with mine. Good luck! [ GABRIEL F  Nov 22, 2014 ]
At worst you will just need a longer screw for the tabs that hold it to the wall. I'm sure easily found at any hardware store. Am overall happy with them. [ PETER  Nov 22, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: You can do either. The RC65i's come with a tweeter that can swivel. You can aim the tweeter towards the direction of your couch. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jun 14, 2014 ]  Staff
Yes, they can be mounted in the ceiling. The round one are labeled as ceiling mount because they will blend in with round recessed lighting. Same speakers the round ones have the tweeter in the middle and these have the tweeter separate. [ TODD  Jan 02, 2014 ]
I do have them celling mounted and they sound fantastic... Both round and rectangular can mount in ceiling perfectly [ VINCENT J  Dec 30, 2013 ]
I have used these with great success as ceiling mounted speakers. The directional tweeters are a plus. Hope this helps. [ MICHAEL  Dec 30, 2013 ]
yes I use them in my ceiling [ MICHAEL  Dec 30, 2013 ]
These speaker can be ceiling mounted. Circular speakers are typically used in ceilings because lights and other ceiling mounted things such as smoke detectors and sprinklers ect. are round therefore the idea is that round speakers disappear more than rectangular ones. [ JEREMY  Dec 30, 2013 ]
I used these as ceiling speakers- 8" in front and 6" in back with center and sub. Sounds very good. [ JAMES N  Dec 30, 2013 ]
Steve, I installed brackets in my walls prior to sheetrock in a new construction home. Having just installed the speakers into the walls yesterday with the brackets in place, I'm not sure they are absolutely necessary although they would prevent the mounting latches from digging into the back of the sheetrock. Depending on your mounting location, you might be able to slip the brackets through the holes you cut in your wall, and secure them from behind with adhesive or sheetrock screws driven through the sheetrock and into the plastic of the brackets. Hope this helps! [ GABRIEL F  Dec 14, 2013 ]
Yes. You use a template to cut a hole in the drywall. The speakers have tabs that fold out as the screws are tightened to secure them to the drywall like an old work electrical box. [ GREGORY C  Dec 06, 2013 ]
I mounted my speakers on sheet rock. Each speaker has four tabs. They are located on each corner. As you tighten the screw which is attached to the tab, it swings the tab out and as you keep tightening the screw the tab gets closer to the sheetrock until it secures it in place. [ KENNETH J  Dec 05, 2013 ]
Not sure what you mean about 'post construction'. Meaning putting these into an existing wall? The whole speaker fits into the wall and is held in place by four screw clamps that come attached to the speaker housing. Very easy to put in, takes less than a couple minutes. The grill then gets snapped back into place. If you mean a house that is post and beam, where you would have to hang a speaker versus mounting in a wall, then these are not for you. They are in wall only. [ PETER  Dec 05, 2013 ]
No there is no bracket the speakera self mount. I just ran wires before sheet rock and marked with electric boxes where I wanted the speaker wire to be and mounted the speakers at the end of home construction [ NATHAN  Dec 04, 2013 ]
There is no bracket needed. There are 6 posts that rotate out to grip the wall board and hold the speaker in place. The only restriction is that you cannot mount the speaker too close to a stud or other obstruction. It is best to allow around an inch, though half an inch would still work. [ DAVID  Dec 04, 2013 ]
The brackets are pre-construction as they allow for the holes in the drywall to be cut exactly as needed during that phase. If all construction is done, the brackets are not really necessary as the speakers will clamp directly to the drywall. The brackets do give a little reinforcement and remove the guess work out where to cut a hole. Basically, there is no OEM solution for brackets when there is no access to the studs. [ Mark  Dec 04, 2013 ]
there is no special bracket but you just cut the hole in the drywall using the template included with the speaker and when you place the speaker in the hole the 4 mounting screws have a special tab the rotates and grips the backside of the drywall. Works best if the speaker isn't against a stud but has drywall around the whole speaker. hope this helps [ LOREN  Dec 04, 2013 ]
No bracket. No mounting hardware. Nice, cardboard template. The speakers have 1" "flaps" that swing into place behind sheetrock to keep them in place. [ WILLIAM  Dec 04, 2013 ]

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