Not sure either of those larger Veritas models would've fixed the scale issue. I have ADS 1290/2's which have a similar driver complement (except fabric dome mids and tweeters) and although they can create a sound stage of satisfying scale and density, they still sound rather hamstrung next to something like Altec 19's or big Acoustats. And remember, I was using a pair of 12" sealed subs with my 2.2's, so they had a very well bolstered first octave. I feel it boils down to driver radiating surface area. IME, the more you have, the more scale you get. And with that, the oh so important sense of heft and mass without strain...and that means in the mids as much as it does the lower frequencies.I'm guessing the 1.8 or 2.8 would have fixed the scale issue.
Energy have always been challenging to match well with amps. They like lots of clean, clear power to do their thing. It's why I've never believed thar Bryston amps are the perfect match, even though they certainly have the balls to drive them well. My feeling has been, especially in the long term, that Bryston and Energy together Might be too much of a good thing.
My gut tells me that one of the big Levinsons, like @JohnVF or @S0und Dragon has, might work nicely. It would be fun to try anyway.
Maybe the aluminum drivers aren't for me. Just looking at them ignites an expectation that they're going to be lean or cold. Like Richard said about his experience with the 2.8's, I find them entertaining in short bursts...and I guess that's why I keep them around. They do have the ability to entertain, it's just that a little bit goes a long way. I don't find myself yearning for them after I've had them in a system for a few days. What usually happens that sours the milk is I'll have one of those days where my circuits are fried from an exhausting day, then I'll sit down for a listen with the 2.2's and it's like I'm taking a hot shower and someone keeps using the plumbing somewhere else in the house, sporadically robbing my supply of hot water and interrupting the therapeutic value of the moment.
I still have a few combinations of electronics to try with them...and of course the Denafrips DAC that will be arriving soon. It's just a matter of making the time to try to sort it all out...which, honestly, probably won't happen any time soon as I have more appealing audio endeavors on deck and that always seems to be the case. Which means I should probably sell them.