Polk Audio RC80i 2-way In-Ceiling Speakers Review

The Polk Audio RC80i are value packed in-ceiling speakers which are a favorite for many audiophiles. They deliver spectacular stereo sound in any room in your house and are barely noticeable as they flush right in with your walls or ceilings. The best part about Polk Audio RC80i speakers is that they are in-ceiling speakers and will save you so much floor space, you probably wouldn’t even know what to do with it.

Polk Audio RC80i 2-way In-Ceiling Speakers

Performance of the Polk Audio RC80i

The RC80i will help elevate your home theatre to the next level. Whether you are planning a DTS:X or Dolby Atmos system the speakers will provide lifelike, theatre quality sound effects. Install the speakers in your ceiling for a genuine experience as you will feel the sound move up and down, which is always better than it going side to side bouncing off furniture.

It is equipped with an eight pinch dynamic balance, durable polymer-composite cone for the surrounds, and a one-inch ring tweeter with a 15-degree swivel mount. The tweeter gives direct high frequency control to users. Providing spacious imaging, clarity, and balanced sound no matter your position in the room. You stand or sit in a corner of the room and the speakers would still deliver high-definition sound to your ears. The robust 8-inch woofer provides exceptional bass with a frequency response of 35 Hz – 20 kHz. This enhances your music experience allowing you to experience with mids that are smooth and clear, good deep lows, and clean, crisp highs.


  • Crystal clear, high-definition sound
  • 8 inch woofer provides fairly decent bass
  • Rust and moisture resistant material, high durability
  • Easy installation
  • Lifetime warranty


  • Price is a little steep
  • Open back, which can be a problem with ceilings that have blown insulation above

Polk Audio RC80i Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 12.1inches by 11.8 inches by 9.8 inches
  • Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Speaker Type: Ceiling
  • Maximum Output: 50 Watts
  • Response Bandwidth: 35 – 20,000 Hz
  • Mounting Depth: 3.5 inches

Installation and Design of the Polk Audio RC80i

Unlike numerous in-ceiling speakers in the market, the RC80i are easy to install. They just require you to cut a hole in the wall, and drop the wires and speakers in. It is kept in place by rotating cams which securely keep the speakers in place, no matter how loud the bass the speakers will not pop out. After installing, if you feel the need you can paint over the grille to match your wall/ceiling collar. But we don’t really see the need to do that as the RC80i comes in an elegant white color that blends well into any wall.

Polk Audio constructed the speakers with moisture and rust resistant materials. They can be used in areas where moisture is common such as the bathroom, sauna, or outdoor eaves. It has a durable composite driver basket which keeps the hardware in place and rigidly aligned.


No matter what room you intend to install the RC80i, it will provide superior performance. Polk Audio has received rave reviews for the RC80i and for the right reasons. The speakers are durable with a lifetime warranty and provide crystal clear sounds enhancing your audio experience whether you are listening to music or watching a movie. Another benefit is it comes with a lifetime warranty. So if have any hardware issue like mess up the grille during installation or something. Polk Audio does replace it, free of cost. Which makes paying the slightly steeper price far more bearable.