Thanks for the info, everyone. With the Magni 2 on high gain there's very little play in volume before getting to ear-splitting levels, but you're right about the LCD-2 specs. Has anyone compared the LCD-2 with the EL-8? How similar are they? I already need to return this set of LCD-2s because of the right channel short, maybe the EL-8 would be a better fit for my DAC and amps? I'm looking for an improvement over the HE-400i without replacing anything else in the stack.