On the bench: Red Wine Audio Corvina, Audez’e LCD-2, Halide DAC HD
Desktops are funny things. Not a lot of space. Does that mean you can’t get quality sound?
I’ve been hot and cold on headphones. I’m a big fan of the Smyth Realizer, though. And I do like my old Stax 404s. But my AKG K-701 headphones never really turned my crank — I only ever got them to sound “meh”.
So, Alex Rosson offered to help me out with my headphone malaise and sent me a brand new pair of Audez’e $1,000 LCD-2 headphones, with the spanky bamboo finish on the cans.
The fit and finish of these is at a very high level — metal, bamboo, and leather will do that.
I’ve got them wired into a $1,500 Red Wine Audio Corvina headphone amp, here configured with both a single-ended and a balanced output. Hee hee.
I added an outboard DAC, the sweet little Halide DAC HD. For $500, the HD includes both the analog interconnects and the USB cable, all in a tidy package.
Preliminary sound is, in a word, exciting! I have them on a loop to try and get some hours on them before I do any serious listening, but I’m pretty psyched so far.