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Polk Audio RC65i 2-Way In-Wall Speakers (Pair, White)
- Pair of 2-way in-wall speakers timbre-matched to the Polk Audio RTi Series for seamless imaging
- Equipped with one 6.5-inch dynamic-balance, mineral filled polymer-composite cone
- Frequency Response: 32Hz - 20kHz
- Equipped with one 0.75-inch dynamic-balance, metalized soft dome tweeter with swivel mount
- Constructed of durable, moisture-resistant materials for use in bathrooms, saunas, or under outdoor eaves
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- Brand Name: Polk Audio
- Model Number: AW0065-A
- Color: White
- Speaker Type: Surround
- Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
The Polk Audio RC65i 2-way In-wall Speaker delivers incredible sound to any room in your home without using any floor or shelf space. The RC65i 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-wall speaker to virtually disappear in the room. The Polk RC65i uses a 6.5-inch dynamic-balance, mineral filled polymer-composite cone with a rubber surround that outlasts cheaper foam surrounds, as well as a 0.75-inch dynamic-balance, metalized soft dome tweeter with a 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. Constructed of durable, moisture resistant materials, the RC65i is safe for use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, or even under outdoor eaves. The RC65i also features infinite baffle tuning, which uses the virtual enclosure of in-wall space for superior bass response. The RC65i is timbre-matched to the Polk Audio RTi Series for seamless, enveloping imaging when used in a home theater system.
The Polk Audio RC65i 2-way In-wall Speaker delivers incredible sound to any room in your home without using any floor or shelf space. The RC65i 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-wall speaker to virtually disappear in the room.
The Polk RC65i utilizes a 6.5-inch dynamic-balance, mineral filled polymer-composite cone with a rubber surround that outlasts cheaper foam surrounds, as well as a 0.75-inch dynamic-balance, metalized soft dome tweeter with a 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 durable, moisture resistant materials, the RC65i is safe for use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, or even under outdoor eaves, and features a wide-dispersion design for even sound-coverage throughout even large rooms. The RC65i also features infinite baffle tuning which uses the virtual enclosure of in-wall space for superior bass response, 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
RC65i speakers (pair), 2 grilles, cardboard template, owner's manual, and registration card.
Top Customer Reviews
I was replacing some other square enclosure speakers and also relocating one and I found these Polk RC85i. What I really like about these speakers are the size of the mid, with the given dimensions of the cut out I wouldn't think the 8 inch would ever fit but they did it. I also really like that the tweeter can slightly change direction, makes it nice to point towards the center of the listening area. I installed these in our ceiling and they work perfectly.The sound is amazing (great mid-bass, really glad I went with the 8inch).
The cut out template that comes with the speakers appear to be slightly, very slightly, too small. Looking at the attaching bracket, you have a good 1/4 inch on all sides that you could go bigger, I think the template should be slightly bigger. Not really a pain if you are installing in wall but when holding up the speaker trying to fit it in the ceiling, it gets annoying.
The installation was a walk in the park! I had to cut into a wall stud to make the center speaker fit but that was the hardest and most time consuming part. Installing them in the dry wall took all of a few minutes for the 3 speakers (L/R/C).
I do recommend getting some insulation and putting that in first before you install your speakers. It dramatically increases the performance and sound. The wall I was installing them in didn't have any so I went up in the attic and cut out some small pieces from a part of my ceiling. IT worked like charm. :-)
Once those were done we cut into the ceiling and started installing them there. Those were a little tricky because in some parts I had Drywall and in another I had some form of concrete or something like that. It had wires n' all that. After we broke through it (extremely messy) the installation of those speaker went just as smooth as the others. Just had to patch and paint a little but it wasn't too much of a pain.
Running the wires weren't too much of a pain. There was a closet on the other side so I just drilled a hole and ran the speaker wires into the closet. THEN I drilled another larger whole over by the receiver and ran all of the wires through that. I have an attic so when I ran the wires from the ceiling ones, I drilled another whole in the closet (top) and dropped all of the wires down form there and then into the larger hole by the receiver.
Eventually I'm going to use wall plates but I didn't have them and I was too excited!
I recommend getting 200 feet of speaker wire. Be liberal with it because more wire is better than less wire.
These speakers have tweeters that can be angled. I recommend you angle them to your listening position.
Once I turned on the receiver I said "oh... I guess it sounds ok". Then I started to justify it... "I only paid $500 for it so I get what I pay for...". DON'T GO DOWN THAT STREET! I started to play with the receiver (Sony) and I started tweaking the levels: FLAT EQ and adjust volume settings according to your room.
FOR THE RECORD, LOUD BASS doesn't mean your system is good. You want to have an even sound. The bass will stand out but too much bass can really mess up the listening experience.
Anywhoo, after making the adjustments I realized that I was watching my regular cable 1080i on an OLD movie that didn't really have too much 5.1 let alone 7.1, SO I did some tests:
** Avatar: 4 of 5 - I liked it a lot but it didn't have enough for me.
The speakers performed very well. I had it about a quarter of the way up in total volume. No issues...
** G.I. Joe: 4 of 5... Explosions, lasers, sword fighting the works!
I was starting to get hooked on the speakers! I had this one turned up about half way because I wanted to hear all the crazy stuff that goes on in the fighting scenes. Speakers performed very well
** Star Trek: 5 of 5... They did a WONDERFUL job on this.
In this movie I cranked the speakers up about half way as well. It was "loud" but no fatigue or signs of distortion.
** 2010: 5 0f 5... This movie had so much CGI and destruction I just had to try it.
This was cranked up about 3 quarters of the way up. It was LOUD but you can REALLY HEAR EVERY SPEAKER in the 7.1 playing something different. AWESOME TEST! The speakers held in there and at that point I was satisfied completely satisfied with my purchase.
The 7.1 (Polk RC65i and the 8" sub) is a WONDERFUL combination. I'm very pleased with the performance and sound. I would recommend this particular configuration to anyone looking. You will not be disappointed.
Make sure you get the right receiver that puts out the right amount of wattage. I have a Sony STR-DH810. It puts out enough power to do these speakers justice. Onkyo makes some good ones as well. If you under power these speakers you WILL lose out on sound. GET A GOOD RECEIVER WITH THE RIGHT POWER.
If your room is larger and you decide to get the 8" version of these speakers, get a larger sub like a 12". The others will go deep enough to capture most of what your looking for and you can tweak the larger subs crossover and have it push out the REALLY low frequencies.
I hope this helps anyone out there looking!
These speakers are about 3-3.5 inches deep, so be certain that you can fit something that deep. We narrowly avoided disaster on the internal wall, because I came a little too close to a stud with one edge of the hole (still was able to grip) and the speaker came very close to hitting an internal pipe on the other side. Make sure you know where all your pipes, electrical wires and other obstructions are before you cut into the wall!
In any case, the sound is reasonably balanced, especially after running the receiver's calibration routine. The mids may be a little bit more pronounced than I like, but the equalization does a decent job of compensating, and it's fine for a surround speaker.
If we had room in our back wall (the drywall backs right up to the old plaster and lath, which is right on top of masonry), we would gladly install another set of these as surround rears. Instead, we used the surround rear channel on our receiver to bi-amp the front speakers (a peculiar feature of the Pioneer VSX-51), which seems like a decent trade-off.
The white color is fine for our room, though it has a very slightly bluish cast. We might repaint it with flat white ceiling paint or similar at some point just to blend a bit better. I don't know yet how well it accepts paint, but from some of the reviews here I assume I might need to either use a sprayer or manually reopen some grille holes afterwards.
The aimable tweeter is a nice bonus feature, since the left speaker is just a bit behind the couch back; aiming it out gives a slightly better sound representation from the left side.
The input uses push-release clamps. These hold 12-gauge wire OK after you push in hard, but I would have preferred binding posts to hold a little stronger. Still, I don't think the wires are likely to work themselves loose just from vibration, so it's probably OK.