IMO&EXP again, I have to say both LCD2v.2,3 are not that kind of forgiving or etc. Please do this, 1.paired LCD2v.2,3 with a high power amp > 4w. 2.use good source(DAC, files) to reveal the different.
If you use something low power output = compromise the sound of the LCD2v.2,3 (every single file is forgiving,acceptable but lacks of image,sound stage, crystal clear, and etc. In long term listening, I found that their sound signature is boring and I have to crank up the volume for details and clear image.
When the LCD2v.2,3 pair with the right amp, the vocal is sweet and crystal clear, image is stable, sound stage is spread out from L to R.
**Even crank up the volume higher than normal listening, no problem with ears pain at all.**
Then what is an amp that you would consider to fit your criteria? I would like the clearest and most beautiful experience tone-wise possible.