Rectangular in-wall with dual 6 1/2 inch drivers.
20 7/8" H x 8 7/8" W x 3 9/16" D
53.02cm H x 22.54cm W x 9.05cm D
3-Way Performance from a Practically Invisible Loudspeaker
For the big, full range dynamic audio, with no visible speaker boxes, you need the power and potential of an in-wall 3-way speaker that includes Polk’s patented PowerPort® bass venting system. Easy to install, you can build a complete high performance audio system that blends seamlessly into your décor. Tailor the performance to suit your room environment with superior audio controls to guarantee the most spectacular sound. Even while performing at this level, Vanishing® RT speakers are a great value in today’s hottest style of custom-installed loudspeaker.
Vanishing 265-RT Features:
Vanishing Series RT speakers are timbre-matched to Polk RTi speakers to insure utterly seamless blending from speaker to speaker in systems that combine traditional and built-in speakers.
Superior imaging and clear, lifelike detail is revealed by the responsive silk dome tweeter in Vanishing RT speakers; it’s set in a 15° swivel housing, for more direct high frequency control, excellent off-axis imaging and more placement flexibility.
Vanishing Series built-in speakers feature our exclusive wafer-thin Sheer-Grille™, a magnetically-secured grille that protrudes only 7mm from its surroundings. Sheer-Grilles have nearly transparent, ultra-small perfs, and are acoustically inert, for dynamic, unimpeded sound and more uniform coverage, even in larger rooms.
Painted to match your décor, Vanishing Series built-in speakers are virtually indistinguishable from their surroundings.
Reflective surfaces in rooms can make sound brighter and cause image distortion. Engaging the Vanishing reflective room compensation feature (by selecting the low setting) lowers the tweeter level to compensate for reflective surfaces. Vanishing reflective room compensation is a custom audio control that cuts the level only in the 4-5kHz range, exactly where reflectivity destroys sound quality. Outside this narrow 1kHz band, the tweeter retains its detailed and accurate high frequency response, for no loss of realistic musical details.
If positioning limitations demand that your loudspeakers be installed closer than 2 feet from side walls, the proximity of the surface can result in a response bump between 50 and 200Hz. This can create boomy sound. The Vanishing wall distance toggle switch is a custom audio control that adjusts the crossover to flatten response and tune out boominess, without sacrificing deep bass response, for more lifelike sound and more flexible placement.
PowerPort bass venting is Polk’s patented design for smoothly transitioning the air flow from the port into your listening area, eliminating turbulence and distortion, for bigger, more efficient, deep bass impact.
Easy one-cut, drop-in installation puts built-in audio within reach, with Perfect Fit templates, a precision flange, and (available) pre-construction brackets; achieve secure, vibration-free efficiency with a simple turn of the patented Rotating Cam system.
All Polk products are made using the best materials and the most advanced manufacturing techniques. They pass the industry’s most exhaustive quality tests, including drop testing, extreme signal response and UV & salt exposure testing. Polk loudspeakers are built to perform for a lifetime.
|Type||Dynamic Balance silk/polymer composite dome|
|Mid / Woofer|
|Diameter||6 1/2" (16.51cm)|
|Type||Dynamic Balance mineral composite polypropylene cone with rubber surround|
|Total Frequency Response||30Hz-27kHz|
|Upper -3dB Limit||25 kHz|
|Lower -3dB Limit||45 Hz|
|Nominal Impedance||8 ohms|
|Recommended Amplifier Power||10-200 watts per channel|
|Inputs||Gold-plated spring-loaded posts|
|Cut-Out Width||7 1/4" (18.41cm)|
|Cut-Out Height||19 3/16" (48.74cm)|
|Height||20 7/8" (53.02cm)|
|Width||8 7/8" (22.54cm)|
|Mounting Depth (includes 1/2" drywall)||3 1/16" (7.78cm)|
|Pre-Construction Bracket||PB LC265i|
|Overall Depth||3 9/16" (9.05cm)|
|Product Weight (each)||8.1 pounds|
|Unit of Measure||each|
|Total Shipping Weight||10.68 pounds|
Specifications, dimensions and features subject to change without notice. For more information call us at 1-800-377-7655 (USA and Canada). Outside of North America call +1 (410) 358-3600.
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by Mac, December 9, 201134 out of 35 people found this review helpful.
awseome sound and distinct clarity. perfect range in sound
must get a sub woffer to compliment them, and I know polk makes great subs, but i had to go with velodyne for that aspect (sorry). but for any speakers in the future I will choose Polk again.
I recently finished my basement and installed 3 of these for front left/right and center. For rears I used two pair of the 80 f/x rt to complete a 7.1 surround. I complimented them with a velodyne optimum 10 subwoffer. While building the wall studs I made the areas where the speakers were to be installed a sealed box down the wall and used caulk to ensure no resonance would occur. They sound amazing!! i was scheptical having always been an autiophile and always having standing speakers (previously RT 1000 with a cs250 center and the f/x rears ). My father has always had KEF speakers and has spent about $3k a speaker, these sound better! He came over and was seriously impressed! Prior to purchase I looked at tech defs as well as all sorts of other options. My wife had one rule, she did not want to see the speakers. Since there were no reviews I was hesitant but have always loved Polk sound so to a chance. man I could not be happier. I drive them with a Denon AVR990. and all my friends say my basement is better than a theater. well there you have it a review for the vanishing series!
by Rick Wells, February 21, 20130 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
Great sound...Easy install..... Great support...... MY room is 24' x 16' x 9'. Hardwood floors and drywall. Very alive.
On the design, none. On 3rd party information and official reviews, bad. I live in Dallas and could not find a place to even listen to them.
I bought these on line, without hearing them. It was disconcerning there was not any official reviews, but I purchased anyway after reading reviews on the LS version. Match them to a CSi A4 center. Install was easy, Outside insulated wall. I had to place the left one right next to a stud to balance the look and not spread them out to far. In fact I had to drill pockets in the stud so that the mounting tabs would swing in to them, but it put me right at 35%. Fired up my Onkyo Audyssey and let it calibrated. Both 265RTs and the CSiA4 came in at FULL size. Put on Super Tramp " Crime of the Centrury" and set back to listen to a extremely nice presentation without Sub Woofer support. Firm solid bass very clean mids and highs. The speakers vanished and all you heard was a wall of music. I was VERY impressed.
by Eric, April 27, 20130 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
Great sound fits in wall and looks wonderful
Had to spend more money to upgrade the under-powered center channel of my integrated amp ;-)
I just picked up a set of these bad boys to serve as my center channel. They compliment a set of RTiA5's for fronts, pair of OWM 5's for FH, pair of PSW 505 subs, along with a set of Atlantic bi-phase rears and Boston rear backs. The system absolutely ROCKS and shakes my entire living environment with the full sound of what it should be at its premium. I am VERY happy with the sound and awesome power, but ya'll already knew that! I am here to give a little help on those who are looking to paint the grills to match your walls. I followed the instructions for painting, but ended up with many of the little holes in screen filled with paint. I am sure that being more careful and what not might have avoided this issue, but had a back-up plan. I had a 5 gallon air tank with 100 PSI and a nozzle. When done painting, I just used the air to blow "through" the face of the grill and cleared all the holes perfectly. I now have a grill to perfectly match my walls, yet zero holes are filled with paint. Keep an air tank at the ready and paint away.
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