Lyr isn't really a tube amp, it looks like a hybrid with pre-tube and SS power, it's also got a PCB instead of PTP as with most good tube amps. Know what you mean by cash vortex, like the Amperex PW 6922 costs $300 a tube, two of these would cost more than the Lyr itself!!
Funny you say the Lyr are good with Audeze, when I listened to one the LCD-2 was plugged in and I had the option between it and the HD650. It was the first time I heard the HD650 and it surprised me how different it sounded to my HD600. I completely ignored the LCD-2 as I was so much more impressed with the HD650. It's probably just me though, I've never really got into orthos, they just sound incoherent to me on some level, whether it's headphones or speakers.
I'm with you on tube amps, they are just in a different category. I see a good SS as neutral and accurate, OTOH I see a good tube amp as euphonic but far from accurate :)