Hellofatime for a 'roid rage, huh?
Thanks for the kind words regarding the case. Amazing how a bit of paint can perk something right up and turn it into something completely different and IMHO, quite elegant and modern.
As for the LCD2's, let me get a bit more time on them before I comment on the overall sound. I will say this however, one of the strengths of this amp, at least for me, is the gain structure. The overall gain is quite low, even on the Hi-Z setting. As such, if you like it VERY loud or have a weaker source, you may find it more difficult to get all the volume and attendant power some phones tend to crave. I do not listen too loud, so, it is not much of an issue to me. I find I am maximizing the signal into the amp, which is always a good thing. It is also nice to get a wide range of travel out of the potentiometer. That said, one man's strength is another man's weakness. The amp might not have enough 'umph' for some phones and some listeners. The LCD2 may fall into that category, but, it is a bit early to tell.
With Grados however, this amp really, really shines. An open, dynamic and detailed sound that is never harsh or biting. Lot's and lot's of presence, soundstage and clarity that you can listen too all day long if it were not for the comfort issues with those damn Grado ear pads. A really wonderful combination. For the price point, I suspect it would be difficult to find this level of refinement for Grados.