No you're not wrong that's your opinion and I respect that but remember you need to back up ridiculous claims with evidence and experience you've had with both sides of the fence not just primarily one side.
As regards with my previous post as well I'm not dismissing all ESS Sabre chip based DAC's as sterile, bright and lack life...no but I stated that it could be one of those adjectives I've thrown in the post that classifies the Sabre quite boldly, be it neutral sounding or bright or even both it becomes quite evident when you hear it from the transducers speakers or headphones, music source is 0's and 1's they have no attributes to attaining whether they are warm or bright sounding that is outputted by the rest of the chain of your setup, but mastering of the recording very well results whether or not it will make it enjoyable to listen to for the end user.
I agree with you on this. If you spend big on dacs - digititus is significantly reduced...if I was on a budget though - I would track down a good nos dac.
Having said that - I don't think amping the LCD2s for power is a big issue with todays current crop of amps. Get a good one and the LCD2s reward with better dacs - in big ways. But I am firmly in the source first crowd.
The true thing about most NOS is that it is not done right, no I'm not engineer but I've read white papers by leading industry engineers and designers evaluating and critisizing some of the designs other people have been following off old stuff for decades. With a bit knowledge one can gather off these days off the internet or forum you can fix and implement true non-oversampling to DAC IC's in old CDP's or DAC's. CDP's are the best platform to try it on because they are easy, cheap and give a very rewarding experience to both knowledge and joy to the music it literally sometimes put's them up on the same plane as the big boys - 4 to 5 digit priced players.
One of the very few engineers that I know of that knows NOS back to front, right to left and has done it properly as well as me hearing it is Guido Tent's "Tent Labs" DAC's and his DIY CDP (not sure if he still does NOS mods though), good schit is good.