There is give and take. You should know, that going into it, the Annie was not gonna be as hyper detailed, by the many impressions on this thread. That means in a direct comparison, they aren't gonna be as clear and airy. You would probably hate the LCD2. It's even smoother, and less detail oriented than the Annie. Not to mention closed sounding and congested in comparison.
I can appreciate the smoother, more musical, more forgiving sound on the Annie, over the more clinical, less engaging sound on the non-Annies. Different strokes for different folks. Kind of like HD600 vs HD650, or DT990 vs DT880. That being said, I find the Annie's voicing to be very well balanced, even moreso than the non-Annies which had a lack of bass and peaky upper mids. The Annie is more linear, IMHO.
As for them being identical pads aside, l'll hold out until more people I personally trust compare them (tdock, chicolom). So far one person has stated they sound different even when swapping pads, the other says they are the same. At least you proved that changes between the Annie and the others aren't limited to just the bass.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 2/23/13 at 2:59am