I think this remaster is the real deal. It's way better than the 90 remasters IMO-just once thru after a couple of beers.....so....but given the reviews I've read, I think Jimmy did it right this time.
For the most part LD1+ w/ RS1i. If I want the metal/hard rock crunch-225 w/ Asgard- w/ a sacrifice in subtleties. But more in your face. The differences are not huge...but then it hits you. Refinement and smoother.
I think the LD tames the treble a bit. There feels like a veil-ever so slight-a warmer/darker sound w/ the LD1. The Asgard-while neutral overall-may double down as it were on the brightness quotient. Clarity (A-2) vs smooth tube qualities. But, both are clearly quality amps. I think I agree that the overall synergy across genres is better w/ LD, but by a fairly small margin.
One of the biggest selling points for the Asgard is it's versatility w/ a variety of cans. The LD1+feels more like a niche.
I just got the Valhalla 2 and oddly it doesn't have much of a tube sound to it, more like a solid state amp with just a slight touch of tubeness but not nearly as much as some other tube amps I have heard.