Components: Red Wine iMod - ALO iMod line-out cable - Red Wine Corvina headphone amp - Audeze LCD-2, rev. 1.
This is a great set-up. The iMod is punchier than a regular iPod, serving a decent analogue, portable signal. However, the stars of the show are the combination of Corvina and LCD-2. I bought the LCD-2 first and thought it was terrific with a decent solid-state headphone amp that I had, but with the Corvina the sound is just so much fuller. There is an energy that the solid-state amp could not match. The LCD-2s vibrate with the music. The bass is confident without being abrasive and the high notes tingle. For me, the clincher with this set-up is that it is portable. The Corvina can be used either from the mains or from its battery (I have to admit that with my set-up, I cannot tell much, if any, difference between the two ways of powering it). I intend to take the 'rig' onto the patio in the summer. In terms of looks, the LCD-2 is kind of cool in a garage way but bordering on nerdy, whereas the Corvina is, quite simply, the most beautify piece of hifi I have ever owned. The matt black and sliver nob is so stylish that I sometimes just stroke it - I don't have a cat.