I run the McIntosh D100 ahead of the Liquid Gold (as DAC) - as I can run the system fully balanced from back to front.
My favorite cans to run with this combo are the Audeze LCD-X, or LCD-3 (the XC also sounds fantastic, as do my HD800s -
but the X and 3 have a truly magical presentation when used in this system).
This combination, next to the D100 + E.A.R HP4 - has provided me with some of the greatest music playback experiences I've
ever had - and after 20 years in the Hifi and music industries I don't arrive at that statement lightly. I'm working on a full review
right now. But the combo is stunningly dynamic and musically engaging. Sometimes I can't pull myself away from it like the greatest
I can't recommend the D100 enough, especially if you're going to use the Liquid Gold or Lightning with it!!
If interested - HERE'S A LINK to our review of the McIntosh D100 at Audio360.org.
The D100 is part of my permanent reference system now...
and the Liquid Gold soon will be! I gotta figure out how to justify it to the wifey after last years audio budget.
But seriously, I haven't heard a system that comes close to the magic of these components together: