Alsyvox Boticelli with optional external Crossover, Omega Audio Concepts DNA CDP, DNA DAC, and DNA mono amplifiers

Eye-catching as all get-out, Alsyvox Boticelli loudspeakers ($89,000/pair)—having arrived from Spain with their optional external crossover ($25,000) —made a useful connection with Italy’s Omega Audio Concepts DNA CDP disc transport ($12,000), DNA DAC ($9000), and DNA mono amplifiers ($20,000/pair complete with integrated preamps) to produce intriguing sound.

This system excelled at color and transparency, although it couldn’t completely transcend the space's diffuse presentation and overemphasis of the midrange at the expense of the top end. Focus and color improved when I moved farther back in the room, to the extent that I’m eager to this combination again.

The 115lb speaker—that weight does not including external crossover) —sits below Alsyvox’s Caravaggio and Michelangelo models and boasts 94dB sensitivity, 4 ohm nominal impedance, and a frequency response of 25Hz-40kHz.