Polk Audio RC80i 2-Way In-Ceiling/In-Wall 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. Mounting Depth 3-1/4 inches
- Constructed of durable, moisture-resistant materials for use in bathrooms, saunas, or under outdoor eaves
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|Audio Sensitivity||90 dB||—||—||85 dB||90 dB||—|
|Are Batteries Included||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Crossover Description||—||2.4 kHz||Yes||3.5kHz||—||—|
|Impedance||8 Ohm||8 Ohm||8 Ohm||8 Ohm||8 Ohm||8|
|Mount Type||In-Ceiling||In-Ceiling; In-Wall||Ceiling; Wall-Mount||in_ceiling||In-Ceiling||in_ceiling|
|Number of Items||2||1||2||11||2||—|
|Output Wattage||130 watts||100 watts||100 watts||150 watts||100 watts||—|
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.
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.
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.
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The included template is a little confusing. There are 2 perforations in the template, each with a different diameter and I wasn't sure which diameter to use. Turns out the smaller diameter is to cover the speaker grill if you want to paint the speaker. The larger diameter is for the ceiling cutout.
For outdoor in-wall/in-ceiling speakers in a non-ideal location, these sound very nice. Relaxed and smooth midrange and good bass. At first listen they were 'just ok', kind of hard and muffled sounding, but they broke in after a day of playing at a moderately loud volume and opened up a bit.. which is typical .. but it was still a little unexpected for me.
So, give 'em a good crank and let them play for a day or 2 before you evaluate them critically.
I don't understand why you'd use a spring-clip speaker input for these. Simple spades would be better. I prefer to solder something going in a ceiling or wall... spring clips are for good if you disconnect/reconnect more often... and also makes it impossible to weather seal. Minus 1 star for the stupid spring clip terminals.
My only real complaint is the narrow cone of audible area. I have 2 speakers mounted in my kitchen with a 255 cm ceiling. You have to be pretty close to directly under the speakers to hear them well. I have 4 mounted in my living room at 310cm height. They deliver a larger listening area, but still limited. For a three cushion couch in a home theatre setup this would probably be acceptable. But as background music in a living room, I would have had to buy more speakers to cover the area uniformly.
- easy install once you cut the hole (which is not hard with a cheap drywall handsaw)
- great finished look
- reasonable price
- narrow sound area
So after some research, we settled in on these Polk RC60i speakers. Box came in 2 days and the I had them installed in literally 10 minutes. It took me more time to get the ladder out and the tools than it did to remove the old and install the new. Granted, I already had the wires run and holes drilled.
Simple connections, positive to positive, negative to negative and then secure the 4 mounting bolts. They hold the speakers in place with NO chance of movement and the sound produced is great! They sound much much better than the original speakers and you can angle/aim the tweeter.
We like them so much I am now eyeballing the five suspects we have in our ceiling above the family room. At some point, I will replace each of those with these Polk RC60i speakers.
I would easily recommend these speakers to someone looking to purchase surround speakers.