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Polk Audio RC80i 2-Way In-Ceiling Speakers (Pair, White)

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  • Pair of 2-way in-ceiling speakers timbre-matched to the Polk Audio RTi Series for seamless imaging
  • Equipped with one 8-inch dynamic-balance, mineral filled polymer-composite cone. Frequency response: 35Hz - 20kHz
  • Equipped with one 1-inch dynamic-balance, metalized soft dome tweeter with 15-degree-swivel mount
  • Constructed of durable, moisture-resistant materials for use in bathrooms, saunas, or under outdoor eaves
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Polk Audio RC80i 2-Way In-Ceiling Speakers (Pair, White) + Polk Audio RC85i 2-Way In-Wall Speakers (Pair, White) + Polk Audio Dual 5.25" Two-Way Center Channel In-Wall Speaker - 255c-RT
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Product Specifications

Size: 8 Inch
Brand NamePolk Audio
Speaker TypeCeiling
Color NameWhite
Item Display Height3.5 inches
Depth3.5 inches
Driver Configuration1X 8" mid / woofer, 1x 1"tweeter
Frequency Response Curve35 Hz - 20kHz
Speaker Driver Material TypePolypropylene
Peak Power Handling - Speakers50 watts
Maximum Speaker Depth (inches)3.5 inches
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers130 watts

Technical Details

Size: 8 Inch
  • Brand Name: Polk Audio
  • Model: AW0080-B
  • Color Name: White
  • Speaker Type: Ceiling
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
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Product Details

Size: 8 Inch
Product Manual [396kb PDF]
  • Item Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 11 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00006BMQT
  • Item model number: AW0080-B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (411 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 1, 2005

Product Description

Size: 8 Inch

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The Polk Audio RC80i 2-way In-ceiling Speaker delivers incredible stereo sound to any room in your home from speakers you can barely see, without using any floor or shelf space. The RC80i is easy to install, requiring only that you cut a hole, feed the wires through, and simply drop the speaker in where it is held in place by rotating cams that safely secure the speaker with no extra assembly or mess. Once installed, the paintable grille and flange allows this in-ceiling speaker to virtually disappear in the room.

Polk Audio RC80i in-ceiling speakers in white
Polk Audio RC80i in-ceiling speakers in white.

The Polk RC80i utilizes a eight-inch dynamic-balance, mineral filled polymer-composite cone with a rubber surround that outlasts cheaper foam surrounds, as well as a one-inch ring-radiator tweeter with a 15-degree swivel mount. The swivel-mounted tweeter is aimable for direct high frequency control that ensures spacious imaging with amazing clarity, and well-balanced sound in any listening position, even off-axis listening positions, rather than in just a small sweet spot.

Constructed of rust resistant hardware and durable, moisture resistant materials, the RC80i is safe for use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, or even under outdoor eaves, and a glass-filled composite baffle that provides a dense, acoustically inert platform for the speaker's high end components. This unit features strong composite driver baskets that keep moving parts in rigid alignment, a wide-dispersion design for even sound-coverage throughout even large rooms, and a wall-distance toggle switch that flattens frequency response when installation requires placement near a corner or adjacent wall. The RC80i also features a tweeter-level switch that lets you tailor the highs for your room acoustics, and is timbre-matched to the Polk Audio Monitor Series for seamless, enveloping imaging when used in a home theater system.

What's in the Box

RC80i speakers (pair), 2 grilles, 2 cardboard templates with paint masks, owner's manual, and registration card.

Product Description

The Polk Audio RC80i 2-way in-ceiling loudspeaker delivers incredible stereo sound to any room in your home from speakers you can barely see, without using any floor or shelf space. The RC80i is easy to install, requiring only that you cut a hole, feed the wires through, and simply drop the speaker in. It is held in place by rotating cams that safely secure the speaker with no extra assembly or mess. Once installed, the paintable grille and flange allows this in-ceiling speaker to virtually disappear in the room The Polk RC80i uses an eight-inch dynamic-balance, mineral filled polymer-composite cone with a rubber surround that outlasts cheaper foam surrounds, as well as a one-inch metalized soft dome tweeter with a 15-degree swivel mount. This makes the tweeter aimable for direct high frequency control that ensures spacious imaging with amazing clarity. The sound is well-balanced in any listening position, even off-axis. Constructed of rust resistant hardware and durable, moisture resistant materials, the RC80i is safe for use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, or even under outdoor eaves. The RC80i features strong composite driver baskets that keep moving parts in rigid alignment, and a wide-dispersion design for even sound-coverage throughout large rooms. This in-ceiling loudspeaker is timbre-matched to the Polk Audio RTi Series for seamless, enveloping imaging when used in a home theater system.

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Customer Reviews

Great sounding speakers and very easy to install.
Michael Wray
Installation was much easier because the large, 8" opening you cut into the wall/ceiling makes it much easier to fish speaker wire.
workindev
The sounded great with plenty of bass and plenty of volume.
Brett Rigby

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

189 of 205 people found the following review helpful By Ken Teese on March 25, 2008
Size Name: 8 Inch
I purchased 4 of the RC80i for surround sound in my living room, lefts and rights for both front and back speakers. My rationale in purchasing in-ceiling speakers was the desire not to have a room filled with visible speakers. The mounting was very easy. Just cut the holes via the template and slide them in. The grilles fit snug and I'm sure will be a challenge if I ever have to remove them. The directional tweeter design is great and a must with in-ceiling speakers. Unfortunately, I was hoping for a little better fidelity. The speakers lack the high frequencies. They're good when listening to movies but you can hear the difference when listening to music. I set my expectations too high and have to remind myself of the price.
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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By workindev on June 6, 2007
Size Name: 8 Inch Verified Purchase
These speakers are great. Installation was much easier because the large, 8" opening you cut into the wall/ceiling makes it much easier to fish speaker wire. The mounting brackets securely fasten to the wall so there is no shaking or rattling. The tweeter can easily pivot to aim at your listening position. These are voice matched to the Polk "Monitor" series speakers, so match with any other RC series in-wall speaker, CS1 or CS2 center channel speaker, and PSW10 or PSW12 subwoofer.

My only 2 complaints, which were not enough to drop the rating, are:

1) The speaker cutout template turned out to be a tad small, and I had to go around with a keyhole saw again to make it 1/8" larger to fit the speaker all the way. That made it a little messier, but it ended up fine.

2) The speaker grill is pretty hard to remove, but you only have to do that once, and you want it to fit snugly anyways.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By jfres on February 11, 2010
Size Name: 8 Inch Verified Purchase
I recently installed three different ceiling speakers at three very different price points in three different rooms connected to my "b" output on my Denon amp. I use all of these at moderate volume levels to listen to TV or music.

Monoprice 8" Kevlars in my carpeted master bedroom - $59/pair!
Polk RC80i in my tiled bathroom - $129/pair
Speakercraft AIM 7 three in my small tiled kitchen - $299/pair! (by far the lowest price I saw on these)

I installed all of these in my attic. I placed plywood across the studs directly above the Monoprice and Polks but did not enclose along the sides (so there is not a complete box enclosing the speakers - although there is insulation enclosing those open sides). I did this to ensure that the sound wasn't getting lost in the attic. The speakercrafts are already enclosed.

I purchased a cheap speaker switch through which I can turn on or off the speakers in each room. I also tried to install in wall volume controls in each room. I purchased 4 Pyle impedance switches which was nightmarish. Very frustrating. Almost impossible to connect any wire thicker than 20 gauge to the tiny connectors. These switches were very poorly built. Even if the volume controls were good it still added a lot of work getting the speaker cable down the wall and then back up into the attic. I bailed on that part of the project.

Monoprice is a website that sells av wiring, cables, connections, HD wall mounts, etc at SUPER LOW prices. I've bought a bunch of stuff and have never been disappointed. The speakers are great for the price, but if budget is not an issue I wouldn't recommend these speakers. Just a bit muffled and not quite as responsive as the other speakers. No sign of distortion at high volumes.
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful By William C. Blevins on January 1, 2008
Size Name: 6.5 Inch
Bought as ceiling surround-rear drivers for a 7.1 home theater. Very good timbre for such a price point. Good match for Polks RTi series. Be careful removing the steel grilles. DO NOT do what Polk suggests by using a paper clip. I did and spent time with a body-buck and hammer flattening out the distortion the paper clip caused. You might as well use an axe! There are four clamp-screws that need to be accessed from the front. Use these four screws to gently push the grill out from behind. Once you get the grill out a quarter-inch, you can peel it out the rest of the way from the front. Hope this prevents the a little aggravation. Buy these speakers.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Mangus on July 15, 2008
Size Name: 6.5 Inch Verified Purchase
I purchased these last December, 2007 from Amazon and after all these months I have been completely satisfied with the Polk Audio brand. I will agree with the others that the included templates make a tight fit. It is not to much more work to slowly chisel away to get that perfect fit though. I never did anything like this before and I'm completely amazed of the outcome. You can't go wrong with the template, just make sure you go in the attic and clear out any insulation that might fall on you.

This was my setup for the home theater and my wife and I are completely happy with the sound, look, and would purchase Polk Audio again.

Front: RC80i
Surround: RC60i
Back Surround: RC60i
Center: CS1
Sub: PSW505
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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Jim Teague on January 2, 2008
Size Name: 8 Inch Verified Purchase
I installed a pair of these in the kitchen, after which my wife and I both had one of those mouth-open, "wow" experiences. They flood the room with deep, rich sound: crips highs and full, round lows. You can angle the tweeters to "aim" them better, but I didn't want one particular sweet spot in the kitchen, so I left them pointing directly downwards. Awesome.

The installation is quite easy as well. I found that with a carefully cut hole I had no problems at all with speaker insertion. As with the other reviews, I had a devil of a time getting the speaker grilles off, and was afraid I might pull out one of the tiny holes with the paperclip. Polk would do better to package these with the grilles off so that the installer can skip that step. However, I found that putting them back on was easy - you just have to make sure you put them back on with an even insertion on all edges and then work your way around little by little...you can't fully insert them on one end and make the rest fit, they are that tight.

Bottom line: I love these and highly recommend them.
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