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Polk Audio MC80

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Fill your room with great sound, without sacrificing an inch of floor space to bulky speakers. Polk's MC80 speakers install flush in your ceiling for a sleek, décor-friendly look. The 3/4" aimable tweeter lets you direct the high-frequencies where you like, so you can fine-tune your system's sound. The 8" woofer provides rich, smooth lows. And this speaker's moisture-resistant design means you can use it in your kitchen, bathroom, or even under the eaves outside.

Fill your room with great sound, without sacrificing an inch of floor space to bulky speakers. Polk's MC80 speakers install flush in your ceiling for a sleek, décor-friendly look. The 3/4" aimable tweeter lets you direct the high-frequencies where you like, so you can fine-tune your system's sound. The 8" woofer provides rich, smooth lows. And this speaker's moisture-resistant design means you can use it in your kitchen, bathroom, or even under the eaves outside.

Building a system

Install a pair of the MC80s for stereo music listening. These speakers can also work as the fronts, center, and surrounds in a surround sound system. The MC80s are voice-matched with the other MC in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, so you can mix and match.

An optional in-ceiling bracket is recommended for installing the MC80 speaker in a home with new construction.

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response 50-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • 3/4" aimable silk dome tweeter
  • 8" Dynamic Balance® woofer
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • paintable white matte grille
  • durable, moisture-resistant construction
  • cutout: 9-3/8" diameter
  • mounting depth: 4-1/16"
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • White in-ceiling speaker
  • White grille
  • Cardboard template
  • Plastic paint shield
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Online registration card

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Features and Specs

Quantity in Package Single
Tweeter Dome
Midrange Size ---
Woofer Size 8
Cutout Size 9.375
Woofer Composition Composite
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range (Watts) 20-100
Sensitivity 92 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 50-20kHz
Connector Type Spring clip
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Built-in Back-box No
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime

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Mounting Options


MC Series: The Polk Audio MC Series in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeakers offer great built-in sound for multi-room listening. The MC Series features Dynamic Balance driver technology, an aimable tweeter, and polymer cone woofers, which ensures your music always sounds crisp and clear. The MC Series also uses infinite baffle tuning for excellent bass response, so you can install them in virtually any kind of wall.

Dynamic Balance Technology: Laser imaging technology allows Polk Audio engineers to see the entire vibrating surface of a driver and tweeter; they can actually see the resonance develop on the speaker cones-resonance that is the root cause of loudspeaker distortion. Being able to see the resonance develop, they then determine the Dynamic Balance of high-tech materials, geometry and construction that together effectively tune out the offending resonance. Exclusive Dynamic Balance Composite Material Technology delivers sound that is effortlessly clean and clear, even at lifelike volume levels.

Woofer: The Polk Audio MC80 in-ceiling speaker features a 8.0" Dynamic Balance Polymer Composite Cone for smooth wide-range response with low distortion. The polymer composite cone provides excellent damping and bass response while resisting deterioration. For a smoother response and improved durability, each woofer uses a rubber surround.

Tweeter: The MC80 in-ceiling speaker uses a 3/4" aimable silk dome tweeter with neodymium magnet for clear, detailed highs and excellent imaging even for off-axis listening positions. Aiming the tweeter toward your listening position improves imaging and detail.

Infinite Baffle Tuning: Infinite Baffle Tuning uses the virtual enclosure of in-wall/in-ceiling 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.)

Timbre-matched: The MC Series speakers are timbre matched to Polk Audio's freestanding speakers, such as the Polk Monitor, TSi, and OWM series; just in case you need in-wall/in-ceiling surround speakers to match your freestanding fronts.

Mounting Options

Installation: The round shape and flush-design allow the MC80 to mimic the look of a recessed lighting fixture. Each speaker requires a cutout diameter of 9.375" and a depth of 4.0625" behind the drywall. Each speaker frame has a 10.5" diameter. Once the holes are cut, each speaker is placed in the opening and the Rotating Cams are tightened, allowing you to secure each speaker to the drywall without any extra assembly. The cam extends 1.75" deep from the mounting surface of the speaker and will accommodate up to 1.125" drywall thickness. When the cams are rotated, each extends 0.875" beyond the 9.375" cutout diameter. 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 3.5 pounds.

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

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

It was a good price for a good product. [ Joshua  Oct 27, 2018 ]
Cheaper and higher sensitivity (db) than more expensive brands. [ George  Oct 24, 2018 ]
I was going to buy less expensive speakers for my outdoor patio. Dallas was a big part of my decision to upgrade. Thanks! [ JOE H  Oct 22, 2018 ]
Atmos [ James  Oct 11, 2018 ]
Trying a new item based on prior good experience with Polk products. [ M. Brandon  Oct 10, 2018 ]
Clarence helped me pick out these speakers .I was in a rush ordering and forgot to click on his name at the end. Thanks Clarence! [ John  Aug 31, 2018 ]
It's super easy to install and the sound quality is tremendous.The speakers are no longer a piece of furniture but part of the wall or ceiling [ Mike  Jul 21, 2018 ]
quality speakers, have polk speakers now and have always been happy recommended by adviser [ Scott  Jun 28, 2018 ]
Recommended by advisor [ Martyn  Jun 03, 2018 ]
Nice speaker for the money [ Randall  May 16, 2018 ]
Recommended by the Crutchfield Team for my needs and home room configurations. [ Steve  Apr 25, 2018 ]
My advisor suggested it and iI liked the thought of in ceiling speakers! [ Tonya  Apr 04, 2018 ]
Basement Water, Remodel [ Dana  Mar 29, 2018 ]
These have been great speakers for 6 years in my Family room and now I'm putting them in an outdoor screen room because they are moisture resistant and sound great! Adding a couple to a finished lower level too! [ JOSEPH  Mar 23, 2018 ]
Rear surround sound speakers for living room. [ Harish  Mar 23, 2018 ]
Great sound from these speakers. I have 10 pairs installed throughout my office and find the sound to be excellent. I would definitely recommend them highly !!! [ James  Mar 18, 2018 ]
Easy to install, great sound & design. Great price [ Alberto Francis  Mar 15, 2018 ]
Price and recommendation from Crutchfield advisor. [ Karen Ann  Feb 21, 2018 ]
I had them in my last house and they were great. [ DARIO A  Jan 19, 2018 ]
Ryan [ kevin  Nov 25, 2017 ]
Affordable and hopefully the best buck for the sound according to reviews and Q/A. [ Alan  Oct 28, 2017 ]
Good reputation for multipurpose speakers; in this case, for in-ceiling atmos speakers. [ Lance  Oct 17, 2017 ]
amiable tweeter, excellent price [ Joseph M  Sep 01, 2017 ]
Price and quality LJ [ L  Aug 12, 2017 ]
Previous Purchase [ RICHARD A  Aug 01, 2017 ]
Have Polk speakers in my truck and they sound great, they have good reviews [ David  Jul 13, 2017 ]
Direction tweeter, ceiling mounted [ William  Jun 11, 2017 ]
Needed an inwall speaker that was water resistent. [ Mitchell  Jun 10, 2017 ]
it was the right speaker for my application. [ William Whitney  Jun 10, 2017 ]
I have Polk Audio ceiling mount speakers that are 21 years old and they are great! The MC-80 series has very good reviews. Also, Crutchfield price is very competitive. [ A  May 31, 2017 ]
Reviews [ Teresa  Apr 28, 2017 ]
On sale and great reviews [ Richard  Apr 26, 2017 ]
great price point, and for the aimable tweeter, size and freq range required for project [ WILLIAM B  Apr 26, 2017 ]
Good reviews, bang for the buck, was not willing to step up to the Klipsch. [ Matthew  Apr 18, 2017 ]
Recommended by designer [ John  Apr 03, 2017 ]
It fits the hole in the ceiling that contained my previous ceiling speaker. [ Paul  Mar 17, 2017 ]
Quality of Polk audio speakers in the price, and Crutchfield is easy to deal with [ jim  Mar 15, 2017 ]
specs [ Glen  Mar 07, 2017 ]
I chose this speaker because it fits into the design of my ceiling, it's will work as a surround sound rear speaker and should be a great component to my setup. [ Everardo  Jan 12, 2017 ]
In ceiling speakers for my surround sound living area, as well as my master bedroom, dining room, and kitchen. [ Michael  Dec 31, 2016 ]
Need in-ceiling surrounds for a reasonable price - good reviews and on sale! Next up, a new 7.1 receiver... [ Jonathan  Dec 02, 2016 ]
Suggested as a better but cheaper alternative by Dexter [ Rammesh  Nov 27, 2016 ]
Descent reviews and specs. Installing these in the living room ceiling, replacing the 10" tower speakers that the wife hates looking at. Hope they sound as good?! [ George  Nov 27, 2016 ]
Quality [ Pacific Distill  Nov 09, 2016 ]
Wasn't sure which ceiling speaker to order, talked to Crutchfield advisor Abe, spot on advice [ W  Nov 06, 2016 ]
CJ helped me pick these CJ's Bio: [ Chris  Aug 19, 2016 ]
The right choice for my in-ceiling outdoor install. Recommended by advisor Tony and I'm familiar with Polk Audio having used their products in the past. Tony's Bio: [ Shawn  Jun 20, 2016 ]
Recommend previously by one of your excellent staff for my home theater. Thank you again Crutchfield never change. [ Michael  May 31, 2016 ]
I installed four of the the Polk RC80i as a surround and am impressed enough with the sound to replace our current center speaker with the MC80 in ceiling. [ kevin  May 29, 2016 ]
Ordered equipment recommended by Lucy. I reviewed and compared specs with your other products both before and after speaking with her and found her advice to be sound and included some of the original products I was comparing. Also ordered Polk RCi80 speakers and two Yamaha amplifiers. Lucy's Bio: [ Ralph  May 21, 2016 ]
Advise [ Jeffrey  May 19, 2016 ]
Recommendations from Ziggy Ziggy's Bio: [ David  May 05, 2016 ]
Recommendation from one of the Crutchfield experts. [ Chris  Apr 14, 2016 ]
i put 4 mc80 in my great room ceiling and they sound great. [ Brent  Mar 21, 2016 ]
Your advisor picked them for me, I have no knowledge of audio products [ LEWIS  Mar 10, 2016 ]
Good history with Polk products and recommended by Tech Advisor for my application [ Dave  Feb 19, 2016 ]
Excellent reviews and a buried specification that this MC80 has a high temperature range that can handle warm attic spaces. [ Harlow  Feb 17, 2016 ]
recommended by crutch team [ Tyler  Feb 14, 2016 ]
Recommendation from tech support [ Philip  Jan 23, 2016 ]
quality speaker compared to others in price range [ Rodney  Jan 05, 2016 ]
recommendation [ Denise  Jan 05, 2016 ]

9 questions already asked

NOT to my knowledge... I have 6 interior and 2 exterior and all are very good [ Dave  Jun 16, 2018 ]
I have 4 of these installed in my attic / ceiling in Northern CA. While I cannot give you the ambient temps that the attic gets to, I can say that I have had no issues in the going on three years I have had them installed. Our outside highs in the summer are highs in the mid to high 90's F, I hope that helps. I really like these speakers and hope you find them as pleasurable as I do. [ Richard  Nov 28, 2017 ]
I installed mine in a basement ceiling. I would hesitate a little a with the heat of an attic in a summer could cause some premature longevity concerns. You would also want to make sure there are some sort of barrier around the speaker from the blow in insulation if it has some [ JOHN  Nov 28, 2017 ]
You can try contacting Polk Audio directly. You can reach their Customer & Tech support department by dialing: 800-377-7655 [ Ryan  Oct 11, 2017 ]  Staff
These are recessed speakers, not surface mounted. You need about a 4" cavity behind the face of the Sheetrock to install. [ Charles  Mar 21, 2017 ]
You should be able to, we have them mounted on half inch pvc panels. But there is a lot of travel on the mounting clamps. If you look in the specs it Tells you the cams will extend 1.75". With a drywall thickness of 1.125" [ James  Mar 21, 2017 ]
I don't believe you can. I think you need 4-6" of depth. [ Edward A.  Mar 20, 2017 ]
Yes, there is enough room between the screw and the tab [ gustavo  Mar 20, 2017 ]
The Polk speaker has done nothing but impress me. It was an excellent choice!!! [ Jonathan  Mar 14, 2017 ]
There remodel speakers that can be removed anytime [ tyler  Mar 13, 2017 ]
If it is a small room, one of this speaker should be OK. [ Jenny  Oct 12, 2016 ]
Hi Michelle, almost all music today is "stereo," that is, there are two separate channels (signals) recorded. When playing the music, the two channels are sent separately to two speakers, a "left" and a "right." If you use only one speaker, you will only hear one channel and will be missing all of the music that is meant for the other speaker. The only way around this is if you have an amplifier that can combine to the two channels (two signals) into one channel/signal at the amplifier before sending the signal to your speaker. If you do not have such an amplifier, you will probably want two of these speakers. I hope that helps. Sincerely, Eric [ Eric  Oct 10, 2016 ]
Hi Michelle, For good sound you need at least 2 speakers, one for the left channel and one fir the right. BTW I have 4 in each room plus a subwoofer, though my rooms are large. [ STEVEN  Oct 10, 2016 ]
Hi Michele - It would depend on the size of the room. But I think 1 would be sufficent. However I like the spa and go often, and most times in the single massage rooms there is only one speaker in the ceiling. [ Hillary  Oct 10, 2016 ]
In my opinion, in a small room one speaker will be just fine. [ Travis  Oct 10, 2016 ]
Is this true? Won't the ceiling tile sag due to the weight of the speaker? If not true, what type of bracket is necessary? [ Guest  Jun 13, 2017 ]
No brackets are necessary. You just cut a hole in the ceiling tile, using the template packaged with the speaker. The speaker drops in from the top side of the ceiling tile and clamps to the tile in the same way that "old work" type electrical junction boxes clamp to drywall. [ JOHN F.  Feb 20, 2016 ]
They are not. These speakers would require connection to an amplifier. [ Jeff  Sep 09, 2015 ]  Staff
Thanks Rodolfo, I am taking it that you like them. [ Dave  Dec 07, 2013 ]
hang them up [ RODOLFFO  Dec 07, 2013 ]
Thanks for the input Scott, I really appreciate it [ Dave  Nov 29, 2013 ]
I have been using rhem as part of a whole house, in ceiling, speaker system. Good clarity and bass (almost too much bass if you listen to hip-hop like my kids). I have no experience using them as part of a movie surround sound set-up, but I would not be afraid of them. [ SCOTT  Nov 29, 2013 ]
These are really fantastic speakers. I actually use one for center channel in a ceiling installation. The product is wonderful. I couldn't be happier [ SCOTTH  Nov 29, 2013 ]

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