A lot of these pairings sound like a good match with the LCD3 and got me confused and frustrated. I not only could not compare them in the person, IMO unless you listen in the environment that you will do your listening in, and for a good length of time, then a demonstration is not a true indication of what it will be to 'live' with what you get. (sorry to be linguistically challenged but hopefully I made my point)
This is why I went all in and bought the new Red Wine Audio Bellina with Pro Dac and Balanced and SE imputes. This model comes with 2 different DACs built in, which I can switch between easily for a choice of SQs, the tube can be changed out for different SQs as well, and I think we can all agree it is a top of the line piece of gear.
I'm about 12 days away from delivery.