Originally Posted by Maxvla
MF, you've heard LCD2 with both tube and ss amps I bet, can you comment on any differences in sound?
I've read a few comments stating that an exceptionally transparent amp such as the BHA-1 or GS-X takes the LCD2 from HD650 territory and brings it more towards HD600. More neutral and better imaging, perhaps faster as well. I've heard these on only tube/hybrid amps except one. Pinnacle, WA5, Liquid Fire, ALO Triode amp, Lyr, and the only SS, RSA's Darkstar. The only one that didn't sound slower, over-smoothed, and relaxed was the Darkstar. In my future is likely a GS-X, Schiit SS Statement, or later perhaps a Darkstar. I remember hearing whispers about an Eddie Current SS amp too. Been itching for an ortho for a while, though they tend to have center focus issues I don't like, not willing to pay for a LCD3 and HE-6 is a torture device (fitment is terrible) so that leaves only 1 choice. Since I've only heard them on one SS amp, I can't be sure what I heard with the Darkstar will happen again with other SS amps. LCD2 on a tube or hybrid does not interest me at all, but LCD2 on a cheaper-than-Darkstar SS amp might satisfy me for a bit.
Word is Craig is making a super-powerful solid state amp in the vein of the Darkstar. Not sure if it'll be going into production however. You may want to ask Purrin or Anaxilus about that since they've talked to Craig about it.
Keep in mind I have the original rev. 1 of the LCD-2, and I've only heard the rev. 2 on some unfamiliar setups. It's going to sound more syrupy on less transparent amps in my experience. On the ZDSE it sounds more clear and the bass in particular isn't quite so dinosauric, though the ZDSE is pretty transparent / neutral compared to a lot of other tube amps. Basically more "traditional" tube amps like the Leben will result in a thicker, warmer sound. The rev. 1 LCD-2 is never going to sound super resolving and clear however; the amp can only do so much.
Really, it's all about implementation. Eddie Current tube amps are some of the most transparent out there despite being tubes, and plenty of solid state amps sound warm and tubey. If you're set on a solid state amp, you may want to wait and see if the Liquid Gold is going into production this spring. I've been listening to the prototype, and to my ears it's one of the best solid state amps I've heard. Better than the B22.