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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2012
Background: First off I am writing this based on my experience with many Polk Audio products, including: other Vanishing/RT series speakers, TSi 400 floor standers, CS20 center, OWM 3'S and 5'S, and finally several subs such as the DSW Micro PRO 1000, DSW Pro 550wi, and PW125. In the past i have also owned several products by "high end" brands such as B&O, Martin Logan, etc... The point I mean to make is that I am PICKY when it comes to sound!
Setup: 20x30ft basement, 8-10ft split ceiling, 105" front projection, 5.1 config, in ceiling Polk 620RT speakers, DSW PRO 550wi sub (wireless). Each speaker is wired with 14/4 CL3 in wall/ceiling.
Use: I installed this center channel to replace a 620RT which had been improperly installed by an audio/video tech in my dads basement home theater/multipurpose room. The guy installed the speaker between two joists which was occupied by a 120v AC line; the line rested on the back of the driver and the inductive field fried it lol...
Installation: I actually mounted this speaker in-ceiling as opposed to the reccomended in-wall application - I took a chance and it paid off in the end! The included cardboard drywall cutting template worked nicely and all of the screw-clamp type mounts were easy to tighten and have needed no adjustment after a year or use. Score 5/5.
Sound quality: This speaker produces a wonderfully broad sound stage considering its compact form factor and flush mount design. For just two 5-1/2" drivers bass note reproduction out of the box is on par with the larger 620RT's installed in the LF/RF/RR/LR. However, before a good 85-90 break in period mid-tones appeared flat and even muffled. This issue partially resolved itself after getting some hours through the speakers. Highs are dynamic and equal to low/mid (after breakin) performance, but this isn't the most bright center I've ever used. Score 3/5.
Overall/final thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised just how well this center speaker functioned as an in-ceiling unit when it was designed as an in-wall piece. The bang-to-buck ratio was a bit of a let down...at over $345 shipped when I ordered, i would have expected a more vibrant and powerful center. Granted this is an in-wall unit, but my CS20 blows this speaker out of the water in most categories, save perhaps overall dimensions lol - 255c-RT gets the win there! I certainly recommend the 2RTc-RT to any Polk owner who is looking for a stealthy center to match the timbre of their existing RT/RTi speakers; if you're starting from scratch then this center channel speaker might not be the wisest choice if you have hopes of building budget-minded value-to-performance oriented theater system. In fact, I would skip the RT series all together in Polk's product, instead I wish i had stepped up to the LS series at the beginning when designing this home theater setup. OVERALL SCORE 4/5!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2014
Dimensions - Cut-Out Height 7 5/8 (19.37cm) "
Dimensions - Cut-Out Width 13 1/8 (33.34cm) "
Dimensions - Height 9 5/16 (23.65cm) "
Dimensions - Mounting Depth (includes 1/2 drywall)" 3 3/8 (8.57cm) "
Dimensions - Overall Depth 3 7/8 (9.84cm) "
Dimensions - Pre-Construction Bracket <a href='/products/pblcic'>PB LCic</a>
Dimensions - Product Weight (each) 6.6 pounds
Dimensions - Width 14 13/16 (37.62cm) "
Driver Complement Mid / Woofer - Diameter 5 1/4 (13.34cm) "
Driver Complement Mid / Woofer - Quantity 2
Driver Complement Mid / Woofer - Type Dynamic Balance mineral composite polypropylene cone with rubber surround
Driver Complement Tweeter - Diameter 1 (2.54cm) "
Driver Complement Tweeter - Quantity 1
Driver Complement Tweeter - Type Dynamic Balance silk polymer composite dome
Electrical - Efficiency 90 dB
Electrical - Inputs Gold-plated spring-loaded posts
Electrical - Lower -3dB Limit 50 Hz
Electrical - Nominal Impedance 8 ohms
Electrical - Recommended Amplifier Power 10-150 watts per channel
Electrical - Total Frequency Response 30Hz-27kHz
Electrical - Upper -3dB Limit 25 kHz
Shipping - Total Shipping Weight 8.98 pounds
Shipping - Unit of Measure each
Warranty - Speaker Warranty Lifetime
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2012
I'm using this as the center channel speaker for a 5.1 sound system. I used all polk audio vanishing series speakers (65-RT front speakers and 620-RT for the surrounds) with a Yamaha RX-671 receiver. I appreciated the swivel tweeter feature since I wasn't able to place my speaker in the ideal position. I had a stud near the center of the wall were I have my TV and couldn't place the center channel exactly in the middle. I really like the sound produced by the vanishing series speakers in general and love the clarity which you hear with all various instruments used in music. Like many other in-wall speakers the base is not that great but for me it doesn't matter since I have a subwoofer as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2015
Second one of these due to moving and knew I wanted to use again and it was awesome all over again! Dialogue is beautiful and strong great center channel in my theatre!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2015
Sound is amazing. Painting not super easy because I didn't want to clog up the scrim. Prep was a little challenging but the sound quality is great. Totally worth it.
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on January 27, 2015
I bought and installed this for a customer along with six RT625RT's for the RL, surrounds and rear speakers. I fashioned backing boxes from some heavy foam speaker damping material. This was existing construction so my options were limited. The client had the speaker wiring pre-installed by the builder and it wasn't the cable I would normally use but it was 16GA of adequate quality for the install.

For the money spent these sound pretty darn good! As the center channel speaker it is articulate and focused. Highs were smooth, refined and extended. The lows solid. The Audessy setup actually set the crossover at 40Hz!! I had to install it rather higher than I would have liked. Luckily it was near the roofline and sloped toward the listening area.

For the cost this speaker is an outstanding value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2013
It sounds great! It is definitely worth the money. I had another center speaker and I am glad that I upgraded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2015
Used as the Center Channel for 2 separate 5.1 Home Theater And they are really impressive
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on July 13, 2013
I am running 2-265s for front, 80 F/Xs for rears and a 255 for a center channel. They sound great, especially the midrange. I have another setup in my house using the Polk RC series and there is a vast difference. I am using a Polk PSW-550 sub to round out the system and they all sound great. I am driving them with an Onkyo 509 receiver. They are well built, the mounts are visibly more robust than the RC series speakers. All of these are mounted in open cavities (the wall speakers back into an unfished storage room and the F?X are in the ceiling, I was concernd that without a box they may suffer on sound, but that has not bee an issue.
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on July 31, 2013
Purchased this center channel to be installed below our 70" TV so it would be
a complete system with the speakers in the ceiling. I installed it in the wall so the
face plate is the only thing you see. The sould is even better than I had hoped for.
Low tones sound great the the higher tones sound great also...very clear speach also.
I would recommend this to anyone!
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