Classic - 6.1P Pair
The 6.1P offers excellent efficiency, range and dynamics, while delivering wonderful transparency and texture.
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The 6.1P offers excellent efficiency, range and dynamics, while delivering wonderful transparency and texture.
Standard Veneer Options
Mid tweeter driver
- 40hz-20khz floortstanding, 60hz-20khz bookshelf
- 89db/watt, full space 1 meter
- 8 ohm nominal
- 15-200 watts recommended
Funk Audio 6.1P
Demographic - Female 24 years. Avid music listener and HT.
Tested through a series of source material (blu-ray, MP3, FLAC, MP4) in stereo only.
Emotiva UPA-5 & XDA-1
Zero signal EQ.
Initial sound test.
Mix of: Florence and the Machine, Ne-Yo, Beatles, Ed Sheeran, Labrinth, Adel.
Anthony Hamilton, Bad Suns, Foster the People, Busta Rhymes, The Heavy, Lorde, Florence and the Machine, Ne-Yo, Beatles, Ed Sheeran, Labrinth,
Adel, Bach, Camille Saint-Saens.
Movies - Rush, 007 Skyfall, Rebecca, 007 Thunderball
First Impressions -
Gives the impression they are excellent quality.
Pleasing finish and choice of veneer.
Needs a bit a flash. A little too plain.
Note: In no way am I an authority on stereo systems or sound. I do not know all the technical terms. I do, however, have a great love of music
and appreciate speakers that can make it sound the way its supposed to.
Let me break it down. When my husband first brought the 6.1P into the house I thought they looked nice. I could definitely tell that hard work was put into crafting them. So at this point I was wondering what they would sound like. I knew they would sound better than any speaker I had listened to in the past, but by how much? I really had no idea.
A pleasant surprise is how I would describe my audition of the 6.1P. No matter what I listen to I am continually impressed.I love the fact that these speakers never force sound on you. On the contrary, they serenade you with it.
With the 6.1P music never sounds rough or harsh. They are a melodic pillow on which to rest your head. Sound too good to be true? Hmm, well I really cannot say enough good things about the way these speakers work. You could listen for hours to every genre of music, from classical to east coast rap, and your ears would never get fatigued. Even at higher output! And trust me, I love loud music. From low to high output you still get clarity and transparency without losing dynamics.
As for looks, the 6.1P are refined and serious. The veneer is rich and the shape is inventive and interesting. It's a bookshelf speaker so it doesn't necessarily need all the flash and pizazz. But I say why not make the looks match the personality! At the price point of $2800 you want presentation, you want to show these off. If I were to purchase the 6.1P I would ask for color options and maybe even a face plate change. However, these really were designed to fit into small spaces. So, no matter what they look like, they make a great addition to smaller living quarters like apartments, studios, and bachelor suites.
In conclusion, I will miss the 6.1P when they are gone. They truly are the best speakers I have ever listened too and I wish there was a way to install them into my car. More people need to be exposed to the 6.1P. I guarantee they would not be disappointed.
I took advantage of Funk Audio's in home demo while my custom speakers were being built.
The following is an expression of personal opinion.
Craftsmanship & Quality - 9/10
Design & Style - 6/10
Overall Performance - 9.5/10
Value (performance to dollar ratio) - 10/10
At first glance I did not appreciate the 6.1P to the extent that they should be, dare I say, respected. Moving them around was effortless, they are very light and sized appropriately for a up-scale bookshelf monitor. The build quality is very, very good, with precise, sharp corners, smooth curved sides, and wonderful choice of veneer. The speakon connections are sturdy and feel very positive and secure.
As this monitor retails just north of 2,500 CDN, I was hoping for a bit of flash, a bit of presence to set it apart and make it pop visually.
The premise of my review is to give real impressions of what this monitor can do in a real-world situation. Being that these are a "bookshelf" monitors, this review is for the person who is looking at entering the HiFi world. Not everyone has the knowledge, money, or space to house an extensive audio system, so hopefully this will help give context to what is possible in a simple home stereo.
These monitors handle digital media wonderfully. The low compression design reveals hidden or muddied detail in music with zero effort throughout the output range in a very linear fashion. They sound as though the planar is extremely vibrant and athletic. This gives excellent presence, dynamics, sound staging, and allows the mid-bass driver to extend itself in to to lower ranges with ease and with no port noise. In quiet to moderate output, they were able to to open up the material in being transparent and crisp in the mid to high end, with very good mid to low end output and fantastic mid to low end detail. In hi output circumstances the 6.1 was able to deliver one hell of a wallop with the composure and stiff upper lip of a upper class Brit. Only in extremely high output conditions, there was some distress in the low end. This limits the speaker from medium to larger room applications without the aid of a subwoofer. But for everything within the realm of comfortable listening they are very well composed and are able to get very loud. That's not to say they are not without personality; their personality comes from their lean, able, and non-biased delivery of whatever it is you want to listen to. They are neutral without being boorish and tired. They are crisp and dynamic without being brash, bombastic, and sounding like you are being stabbed in the ears with needles. They are tight and clean without sounding like they were assembled in a vat of anti-septic solution by a team of hypochondriacs. They nicely hit all the good points without an offensive amount of drawbacks. They are balanced, and that quality makes the experience of listening simply sublime.
For movies these things are FAST and really exciting. Helicopters, gun fire, explosions, and car crashes, you name it, the 6.1P delivers lightning fast response to very dynamic material and at the same time they are able to move you through the mood of the film with all its subtle details and musical transitions without any effort or sounding hollow and dry. The imaging was superb and surprising, especially because of the absence of any surround channels.
The speaker that forgives and keeps on forgiving. For some reason they are not as affected by placement as other speakers I have owned and they sound really good regardless of where they are placed in a room. The only issue is that the height of placement is a factor given that they don't come with feet that allow them to be tilted back. The vertical dispersion is nicely focused, but if you feel the urge to get up and dance in your living room, you will notice some loss of high end detail if your head is to too high above the speakers.
A truly great monitor, priced extremely well, but could use a bit more visual candy.
The size and the deep bass limitations lend themselves to being used in smaller rooms, such as apartments, cottages, and carriage houses, where room gain will lift the bass output to round out the speaker nicely, and then proceed to astound your brain into a embolism.
Performance is completely bonkers for its size. Again, balanced is the key word. There isn't a bookshelf anything that will deliver sound quality and deep bass at the same time, that is why there are subwoofers. That being said, this monitor is simply wonderful for the size of room it was designed for, because it delivers adequate bass, is balanced, forgiving in placement, and well rounded.
For the price point, they are shockingly wonderful to listen to, but boring to look at. And this is a problem. Because when you have the likes of the Focal 1008 Be and the TAD CR1, with price points somewhere in the upper stratosphere, it is still very hard to say that this speaker is really pretty because aesthetic taste does not account for or care about performance or price, it simply is what we like. If I'm honest about what is boring, its the face plate. It looks like they altered a 8.2P faceplate for the sake of "this is easier" and then drilled a bunch of holes and filled them with screws. All the while Im thinking "couldn't you get rid of the screws and have a nice flat surface?" Now look up the 8.2P, it is stately and stoic. You know that it is a serious speaker by the way it looks, and in real life the sound qualities match the appearance, it is seriously serious. The 6.1P is simply missing that one little ingredient of specialness. Its is fun and exciting to listen to, but its dressing up like its older brother, and the clothes simply don't fit. When I listen to the 6.1P and close my eyes, I grin, tap my feet, and think "awesome! yes! this is very good!" But when I open my eyes again, I'm instantly bored.
However, there is a solution! Funk Audio allows you to customize your purchase. So for the price of 5 poor sounding speakers, you can get 2 aneurysm inducing speakers that sound as good as they look, by making them special on a individual level. This gives you, even though you may have limited space and knowledge, an aesthetic wonder to gaze upon in addition to sublime sound. You get to give yourself the visual impression of the way they sound! Their performance is wonderful and you will be hard pressed to find a similar performing monitor that you can just plunk down anywhere in your room, and at the this price point. As a matter of fact, you wont.
Andrew Tran – April 13, 2014:
I just received the Funk Audio 6.1P monitors for auditioning. I will spend the weekend listening to them and give my impressions thereafter. And I mean impressions, not reviews with all kinds of colorful subjective descriptions like professional reviews.
I will be switching them in and out with the KEF 201/2.
So far, the 6.1P sounds absolutely fabulous. These are definitely winners.
Okay, after listening to them all weekend, here is my impression.
The Funk Audio 6.1P has crystal clear midrange, smooth treble, strong mid-upper bass, very wide and deep soundstage, and superb image. The sound is very pleasant, neutral, and non-fatiguing. The aesthetic is very pleasing and it seems to be very well built.
The 6.1P’s curved laminated cabinet measures 16.5″ high 10″ wide 12″ deep. F3 is 47Hz, F10 is 40Hz, and weighs 23lbs. Sensitivity is 89dB/2.83V/m, but it seems to be as loud as the 802D2, much louder than the KEF 201/2, Salon2, and Philharmonic 3. It has the Speakon connector, instead of banana plugs. Nathan included a pair of Speakon-Banana adapters.
I compared the 6.1P to the KEF 201/2, TAD 2201, ATC SCM7 in both 2.0 and 2.1 mode. I switched the 6.1P back and forth with the KEF 201/2 in my HT room and switched the 6.1P with the ATC SCM7 in the family room. I also compared the 6.1P to the Salon 2, B&W 802D2, Orion 3.2.1, Philharmonic 3, Focal 826V, and Dynaudio X32 in 2.1 mode using dual Funk 18.0 subs.
I listened to Classical piano and strings from Mozart and Ennio Morriconeand and music from Dave Mathews & Tim Reynolds Live At Radio City Music Hall, The Eagles Hell Freezes Over, and Mindy Gledhill. These are music that I listen to all the time and use for auditioning.
Listening distance in my HT room is about 10ft and in my family room is about 12ft. My usual volume threshold (max SPL) measured by my Galaxy digital SPL is 87dBA or 107dBC.
The 6.1P’s produce among the most rich, high resolution, ultra detail, accurate, and dynamic live sound I have heard. Pianos solos sound fabulous. Guitar solos sound fantastic. Stings sound incredible. Both male and female vocals sound amazing. They sound great at low volume (my daughters asked me to turn down the volume at one point). But the next day when I was home alone, I cranked up the volume and these speakers seem so at ease and unchallenged with everything I threw at them. It was as if they wanted me to turn up the volume way up, but I have my limits, which is way below the 6.1P’s limit for sure. There is absolutely no hint of compression or distortion.
Combine with subwoofers like the Funk 18.0, the 6.1P sounds as awesome and grand as any large full-range tower I have heard, including the Revel Salon 2, B&W 802D2, and Linkwitz Orion 3.2.1. But the most important thing about these 6.1P speakers is that they sound very lifelike, fun, exciting, thrilling, and emotional, not clinical or boring or lifeless. They make me want to sit up, live and participate in the the sound, not just passively observe the sound. After listening for 3 hours straight, I feel absolutely no fatigue or ear strain or any hint of discomfort. The sound is just enjoyable. They are a blast to listen to.
If I didn’t own any speakers right now (instead of 9 sets of speakers), I would be quite happy with just five Funk Audio 6.1P speakers, two Funk Audio 18.0 subwoofers, and no other speakers and subs. These 6.1P’s are excellent speakers, and I highly recommend them for anyone who enjoys the sound of high energy dynamic live music, anyone who likes the sound of the Revel Salon2, B&W 802D2, KEF 201/2, Linkwitz Orion 3, and Philharmonic 3, anyone who loves music of all kinds.
I am sure some of you are thinking, “So how EXACTLY do these 6.1Ps compare to the likes of Salon2, KEF 201/2, etc.” Well, I know why most pro reviewers don’t even attempt to verbalize. Great speakers sound great. Period. Yes, there are differences, which is expected. There are differences among “identical” pianos, violins, guitars, etc., as well. Subjectively, the 6.1Ps may have more clarity and detail in the midrange and treble. Subjectively. The bottom line is, I would be completely happy with the 6.1P + 18.0 subs and no other speakers.
And that is my impression.
Andrew Tran (AcuDefTechGuy)