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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic speakers, June 6, 2007
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This review is from: Polk Audio RC80i 2-Way In-Ceiling Speakers (Pair, White) (Electronics)
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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Initial post: Feb 22, 2009 12:31:38 PM PST
Bertha says:
So how did you remove the grille? I have a faulty polk speaker (10 yrs old) and forgot how to pull it off?

Posted on Sep 27, 2009 1:01:55 PM PDT
I installed these and fortunately checked the diameter before making the hole. I have found that the people that manage the template print sheets are not always in the loop, especially with recessed light cans, though fixing those is easier to do. For an in-ceiling speaker the sound is quite good considering there is not a back-box for tuned acoustics. I did not want to make the much larger hole that these push through designs require and the alternative is to have some in the attic attaching the backer box while another person holds the speaker in place.

I was glad I had purchased an adjustable hole cutter before installing a whole house system for a friend. The larger the hole the more I have come to appreciate the Hole Pro hole cutters.

The sound is a little off for some of the music I listen to so for other rooms I plan to get ceiling speakers with backer boxes even if it takes a bigger hole. The sound is improved and the extra expense is worth it for me.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 12:15:35 PM PST
These are best used with a subwoofer to add bass and add a lot to the overall sound quality for a home theater setup. As the higher frequencies are what we use to get a sense of direction the aiming is important as is the placement of the speakers, in particular those placed being the listener's position.

As the speaker wire runs are much longer than with a standard setup it is important to invest in shielded speaker wire even if it is a bit more expensive. You may get away with cheaper wire but you also may find yourself unhappy with the sound and wonder why.

Tip - most indoor speakers require a hole that is larger, and often a lot larger than the speaker. There are 8" speakers that need a 11" hole for the speaker and the back box assembly. This type of speaker is easier to install as it only takes one person but the trade-off is needed a much larger hole in the ceiling.

When I installed these the first time I used a co-worker's Hole Pro adjustable hole cutter. What a great tool. I now have my own Hole Pro kit. Perfect tool for speakers cutouts in sheetrock or plaster or even T&G wood ceilings. I also use it for putting in recessed ceiling light cans. Highly recommended!

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 6:39:04 PM PST
Having a hard time making up my mind. I need 4 in-ceiling speakers to replace
my ceiling hung speakers.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 2:23:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2010 2:24:39 PM PST
Kurt Dahm says:
I think the speaker grill is not difficult to remove if you sufficiently back out the mounting screws from the inside. This pushes the speaker grill out fairly easily and it just pops off. Of course, this is only effective at removing the grille for initial installation. Subsequently, a paper clip is probably the best tool.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 9:13:10 AM PDT
Sarah Bella says:
I moved into a house with 8 1/4 inch holes already cut for speakers. Would these fit in those holes?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2014 2:13:44 PM PST
ITGuru says:
For this particular speaker using a small flat head to pry around the grill pops it off quite easily.
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