Hey, I agree with you for most of the part. Although your comments about the LCD-2 vs LCD-2 is possibly a result of:
1) Veiled version as you suggested
2) Not enough time. I don't think two weeks is enough to get a handle on the Audeze sound, either model. Hifiman's are a bit easier to get used to. The LCD-3 impressions for me were in a toss for the first month. For the last week and a half, I'm finally getting more stabilized each day. I'd say that they are more smoother than the LCD-2 across the FR spectrum and more coherent. Although, despite the coherency and smoothness, the LCD-3 are actually more aggressive than the LCD-2. This is due to a better treble and transient response. The LCD-3 definitely extracts more detail, so I think it could be veiled. I was clear on that since the first week. The whole smoothness vs aggressive aspect took me much longer to get a handle on.
I also felt kind of bad about the LCD-3 in the first few hours and sometimes during the first few days. Not anymore though. I think I have finally gotten used to it, or am almost there. The sub bass is ridiculous and noticeably better than the LCD-2. Although the LCD-2 hits harder in the mid-bass, which is why you think that the LCD-3 is creamier and smoother. I am quite confident if given time, you'll end up taking the LCD-3s
i thought LCD-3 was creamier and smoother first time i heard it, its still better than LCD-2 though.