The resultant Volya Bouquet weighs 120kg with dimensions of 197 x 60 x 60cm. Its 5 drivers cover 25Hz to 50kHz and cross at 150, 1'000 and 5'000Hz. Volya rates sensitivity at 86dB/4Ω. Yevhen designed his filters with Mundorf and Goertz parts, copper hookup wiring and WBT terminals. The Bouquet can be biwired or bi-amped.


After our tradeshow chat with Dmytro, we made arrangements for a formal review. We warned him that our main listening room is on the second floor to involve a flight of stairs, a bit of a challenge with 120kg speakers. He said no problem. We had visions of Ukrainian champion weightlifters accompanying him.


At exactly the agreed-upon time, a white van with Ukrainian plates stopped at our house. Dmytro, Yevhen and two friends emerged and started unloading two huge wooden crates. These were loaded onto custom dollies to ease transport from the van to our front terrace. The weather was fine so the Bouquet could be unpeeled outside. After checking on the best method to get the sleek but heavy speakers up the stairs, Yevhen took the lead and clutched the slim neck under his arm. The other men grabbed the base plate and on they went but not without taking off their shoes at the doorstep – an important Ukrainian custom.


The second speaker followed swiftly and Yevhen started mounting the footers and precision placed his creations. We played some initial music by bassist Avishai Cohen. After raising the back footer to get a little more forward rake, Yevhen was satisfied. He then finished the delivery service with a thorough buff of the high-gloss lacquer to remove stains and fingerprints. After coffee and more conversation, the four Volya men left for Germany where production takes place in the city of Bexbach. If that name rings a bell, it's because it also is where Accuton run their manufacturing; in fact, on the very same street! How convenient is that when you want custom drivers for your speakers? The Volya team even invited the craftsmen and women from Accuton for listening sessions so they could hear what their handiwork can sound like.


Left alone with exuberantly vivid loudspeakers glistening like dew in the morning sun, we had a good look at the paint work. The floral designs are not only painted with very fine brushes like the one-haired brush Lyudmila uses which is made with the hair of her mother's deceased cat, but also with her fingertips. Colors spread evenly through the motifs and both loudspeakers matched to a high degree. Every time we walked into the room or glanced at them, a joyful mood come over us. The curvy and very organic forms with the bright colors give one a happy feeling.


4Ω impedance and 86dB sensitivity made these an ideal match for our nCore 1200-based monos. To temper their output, our Music First transformer-attenuating passive is the perfect match. For sources we used review loaners of the Sound Galleries SGM2015 server with either the T+A DAC8 or LampizatOr Atlantic converters. Both are true PCM and DSD DACs whereby the T+A goes one step further to process up to DSD512. The server can convert all incoming signal to quad DSD which then undergoes a simple low-pass filter in the DAC. Digital music sources were our locally stored collection on USB hard disk or our subscription-leased Tidal library. Vinyl played on a Dr. Feickert Black Bird table via Trafomatic Reference Phono One and Reference One preamplifiers, thus eliminating the Music First. Alternately we used our Audio Note Meishu 8wpc integrated. Remember that a tube watt behaves different than a solid-state watt.