- Brand Name: Polk Audio
- Model Number: AW0085-A
- Color: White
- Speaker Type: Surround; Wall Mount; Ceiling
- Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
Polk Audio RC85i 2-Way In-Wall Speakers (Pair, White)
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- Pair of 2-way in-wall 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,Dimensions - Cut-Out Height 12 3/4 (32.38cm) ",Dimensions - Cut-Out Width 8 5/8 (21.91cm) ",Dimensions - Height 14 1/8 (35.88cm) ",Dimensions - Mounting Depth (includes 1/2 drywall)" 2 15/16 (7.46cm) ",Dimensions - Overall Depth 3 7/16 (8.73cm) ",Dimensions - Width 10 1/16 (25.56cm) "
- 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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|Output Wattage||100 Watts||130 Watts||150 Watts||100 Watts|
|Frequency Response Curve||30 Hz - 20 kHz||35 Hz - 20kHz||Information not provided||40 Hz - 20kHz|
|Impedance||8 Ohm||8 Ohm||8 Ohm||8 Ohm|
|Dimensions||10.5 inches x 16.25 inches x 12 inches||3.5 inches x 12.1 inches x 10.75 inches||9.31 inches x 9.8 inches x 14.81 inches||14.2 inches x 3.6 inches x 10 inches|
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The Polk Audio RC85i 2-way In-wall Speaker delivers incredible sound to any room in your home without using any floor or shelf space. The RC85i 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 RC85i utilizes 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 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 RC85i 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 RC85i 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
RC85i speakers (pair), 2 grilles, cardboard template, owner's manual, and registration card.
Top Customer Reviews
I went to the local big-box store, and the only set of in-wall speakers they had that I thought were worth buying were a set of Klipsch that came in at $600 per set. I almost went for them, but after measuring I found they were about 2" too wide for where I needed to install one of them. The $300 Infinity set sounded horrible. They didn't sell Polk Audio or Boston Acoustic, which was actually what I wanted to look at.
So ... I figured at $140 from Amazon, the RC65i's were worth a shot. I'm glad I did - price vs. performance these are an excellent set of speakers. Decent dynamic range, and actually a surprising amount of bass if you don't have a subwoofer (though I recommend having one - you can only get so much out of a 6" speaker).
Now ... are these "amazing" speakers? Well ... no. They do not compare to my aforementioned towers. Those towers were also $900 a piece. They also are not nearly as good as the $600 Klipsch in-walls I looked at. If you think you're going to get amazing clarity and dynamic range for $70 a speaker ... you're going to be disappointed.
What these are is a great everyday speaker that will sound decent to most people under most conditions. They are a *slight* bit muddy, but not for the price range. That's the thing you really have to do is compare them to other speakers you could buy for so little money. And even some that cost a little more - the Infinity set I listened to at the big-box store was twice the price and didn't sound any better.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
No back boxes are necessary, the speaker is designed as an "infinite
baffle" type and only requires that the front and rear moving sound wave
are isolated from each other. Polk recommends to maximize the sound quality, you place a modest amount of a sound absorbing material, such as Polyfil (a synthetic cotton-like material found at craft/fabric stores) inside the cavity before installing the speakers. Supposedly, this will absorb the rear moving sound wave and reduce mid range coloration. I think insulation also works just as well. I haven't done this yet and they still sound excellent!
I was torn between these and the RC80i model. Both had identical tech specs on the Polk site. What sealed the deal in terms of the RC85i model is that it is a bit more shallow than the RC80i (depth of 2 and 7/8 inches for the RC85i versus 3 and 1/4 inches with the RC80i). More importantly, the tweeter assembly on the RC85i is a bit different. According to Polk, the tweeter in the 85i has a plate underneath it that helps project the sound. This is not found in the 80i.
But the proof is in the sound, and these sound wonderful. I'm using them in a basement wired to a Denon AV receiver in the LR. While the sound can't compete with the Kef's I have in the LR, the Polks sound far better than I expected given the price. Very pleased!
They also are very aesthetically pleasing. The grill is nicely made, and can be painted. As with installation, clear and detailed instructions on painting the grills are in the user's guide.
Good sound, good looks and good price - can't ask for more! Highly recommend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
worked great used it on Apple AirPort Express Base Station and audio source 100 amp and Definitive Technology AW 6500 speakers to set up an air play.. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Mike A.
This is great in-wall speakers especially for the price. I also have high end speakers and this Polk is pretty comparable.Published 27 days ago by Loretta
Average speakers ... Don't expect too much from them... Good stuff not the best ... You get what you pay.Published 28 days ago by BMW m5
These work great and were very easy to install. The sound is really good.Published 1 month ago by MIchelle McCoy
Installation was easy. Sound quality is great. I can see why almost 80% of the previous reviews were 5-Stars. Would definitely recommend to a friend.Published 1 month ago by Dustin Williams
These are awesome! Great sound for the price. Front panel easy to paint to match the wall.Published 1 month ago by Mike
These sound fine for in wall speakers. I've out these in 2 different house in secondary surround sound systems where walls, furniture, room layout, and decor don't allow for floor... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Carr