Ya that's what I thought until I heard d7000, gs1000, he500 etc.
I used to love lcd2.2 the dark sounding and later in time I noticed how much the sound was congested.
I am not an expert in audiophile world like you so I might be wrong but one thing I am sure that it was very very painful to wear audeze headphones even after I up both headband and lcd3 pads.
Just imo. Peace.
As a former GS1000 owner, I can definetly say that the Audeze LCD-2's trounce them. Even my AKG K340's, when properly powered sounded better.