The Auditor does not sound gold at all, in fact it's not even clinical. It's sound is effortless and the music just flows. It's a neutral amp, but not bright or thin. I've heard the DT880 on my Auditor and it sounds really good. The bass on the DT880 is quite tight on the Auditor and the sound seems to have smoothed out. The treble is detailed and extended but not edgy at all.
I ordered my Auditor today, in silver! I can't wait to have some hours with this amp. I will have to see if I love it so much that I sell my Valhalla, which I really, really like. I know many people have commented on the at times clinical nature of the Auditor, so my concern is that I may need to keep the Valhalla for times when I want more warmth (assuming I find the Auditor cold, which I really don't expect). My Rega CD player has a nice DAC in it that seems to give a slight warmth and I think the 880s are also coloured nicely toward a slight warmth so truthfully I am expecting to really be pleased with the Auditor.
Thanks for your thoughts Zombie X, I have read your review of the Auditor which frankly is what really helped me pull the trigger. Your review had depth without getting into hype. I read around the internet and the only people I found who didn't love their Auditor were Sennheiser owners (mostly HD 800) so with the Beyerdynamic signature I have, I am not worried at all. Have any of you who know the DT 880/Auditor combo sound also had the chance to hear the Valhalla/DT 880 sound? If so what are your thoughts? I guess if nobody else has these combinations I'll be able to post my thoughts from A/B. While I am still on the fence when it comes to the notion of burn-in (although reading Graham Slee's take on this I am far closer to accepting the idea) in your experience (anybody) how long a burn-in does the Auditor require and did you find much of a sonic improvement afterward? Cheers.