Originally Posted by henrich3
The FV15HP distortion figures get quite high if it's pushed to 110 dB, while the Funk's distortion is still reasonable at 120 dB. (See the data-bass Multi-Series Charts.) When comparing subs it's worth considering how clean they play when pushed to their limits.
The Funk also has a PEQ module (AllDSP) that provides additional value since you can EQ it to be flat in your room.
The FV15HP has a PEQ feature also. With two FV15HPs, one has the added advantage of being able to EQ two separate room issues.
(our room is 3300^3 that has openings to other large, semi-large spaces)
As to the distortion issue, in my opinion, that's a non-issue as my recommendation is for a pair of FV15HPs and when properly dialed in, one easily has plenty of headroom for distortion free, continuous, reference level playback. And when one compares pricing of two FV15HPs and their combined, dual position output to that of a single Funk 18.0, all of a sudden, in my opinion, the pair of FV15HPs, become a very good value.
As to the 120dB issue, I don't know too many "NORMAL" people who enjoy that level of continuous output. Even full, continuous, 105dB to 115dB, reference level playback is hard to bear.
Just saying, a point that is commonly missed, the 105dB output standard for speakers and 115dB output standard for subwoofers is for peak, not continuous playback. The standard is based on continuous, 85dB speaker playback with +20dB headroom for peak moments and subwoofers are continuous, 95dB subwoofer playback with +20dB headroom for peak moments as the additional +10dB for continuous subwoofer playback is mixed into the sound track at the mixing board level.