Portable and smaller, yet sturdy and effective, Polk Audio RC85i in-wall speakers come as a mean piece of equipment that delivers quality audio and comes with an affordable price tag of as little as $150. The price can vary up to $450, so keep your eyes peeled for any good deals out there.
It should also be noted straight away that RC85i in wall speakers are available in two sizes – 6.5 and 8 inches, so if you run into either of these you don’t get confused. As expected, the price varies depending on the size, and so does the price.
As the image clearly shows, this is a slick looking pair of speakers, so it goes to show right away that the aesthetic department is instantly counted as a crowd favorite. The audio part also tends to drop as a positive surprise to most users and we mean that both power and sound quality-wise.
This is a pair of indoor/outdoor speakers we have at our hands, so the increased quality was somewhat of a prerequisite for the company. They even feature moisture-resistant materials that make them adequate for bathroom and sauna use. Quite an interesting feature, wouldn’t you agree? Anyhow, we’ll get to the thick of it in the section below, so make sure to scroll down and join us for a detailed full review.
A solid portion of RC85i users tends to instantly point out how good these speakers sound, often comparing them to devices three or four times more expensive. What they most commonly stress is how crystal clear the output audio is, praising the noiseless and crackle-free sound.
Whether it’s the 6.5-inch or 8-inch version you’ve opted for, the sound of RC85i in-wall speakers is always warm and rich with both lower and higher frequencies. Apart from the large mid woofer, a one-inch speaker is also included in the package. The speakers themselves are capable of delivering 50 watts of peak power.
As far as features segment is considered, there’s plenty to go around. The speakers come with a 3.4 x 10.1 x 14.1 inches (8.6 x 25.2 x 35.8 cm) size (or 2.9 x 8.6 x 12.1 inches if you opt for the 6.5-inch devices) and an 8 lbs (3.6 kg) or 14 lbs (6.35 kg) weight, once again depending on the speaker version.
If we were to delve into the technical part, we’d be able to notice the 30 Hz – 20 kHz frequency response curve, 8-ohm impedance and 90dB audio sensitivity. In the less techy department, the speakers are made of durable, moisture-resistant materials allowing the use in such less typical rooms as bathrooms and saunas. They are also mountable, although certain users tend to point out that mounting can be a bit more tedious process with these. Apart from being resistant to moisture, these devices are also quite durable, but more on that on the following section.
Durability and Reliability
Durability is not an issue RC85i users complain about too often. The speakers are built from strong materials and are able to sustain different weather conditions, as well as heavy moisture. The slick design makes them easily adjustable in different surroundings, but a few hits or drops are also not likely to harm them too much. So a bit more rough transport and usage are something the speakers can handle, but as always, be as careful as possible with your audio equipment.
In the reliability department, the devices once again score mostly positive remarks and high grades from users. The inner circuits don’t tend to break down, even at high volume and frequent use.
Overall: Pros and Cons
In general, we won’t hesitate to say that this is a truly great set of speakers, even amazing if you score a good price deal. We have most of the points covered by now, so join is in a brief pros and cons rundown to sum it all up.
Polk Audio RC85i Pros
- Price – Possibly the best-priced outdoor speakers on the market when it comes to the given volume range and power. They can be found for as low as $150, but can jump up to $450, so once again – watch out for any good deals out there
- Sound – Crystal clear, rich and noise-free just about sum it up the best
Polk Audio RC85i Cons
- Difficult mounting – Some users tend to point that mounting can be somewhat of a drag with these. Although nothing critical is missing, the mounting process can be more difficult due to the speakers’ built in the back