I don't own either the Auditor or the Phonitor.
But I did get a chance to try both from a shop. It wasn't really burned in yet my estimate it was just used 20+ hours that time. I had my RS1 that time as well as Cal's ED8 and PS1000.
IMO both have a different presentation even when all the special crossfeed and angle features are off. The Auditor sounded warmer with a lusher body than the Phonitor. The Phonitor even with the settings all turned off was more into details and soundstage.
If I sum it up on my personal findings the auditor has a more musical presentation. I can describe it as having a thinge of the tube like sound and the presentation is on a more personal feel. It was also more forgiving than its brother the Phonitor. The Phonitor on the other hand has an insane soundstage. The details were fantastic. You can easily separate voices and instruments even when using the RS1. But the phonitor sounded colder than the Auditor and will surely put a bad recording in its place.
|On a personal note I would have also bought a phonitor myself. Because it was a real upgrade to my Yamamoto in terms of that big soundstage and scary details. the Auditor was just a sidestep or even a halfstep better than my Yama when I tried it out. But I have a long standing craving to get my self a RSA amp or else I would have bought a Phonitor myself.|
So you're into tubes? Is the B-52 what you're aiming at? With a price tag over $5K, it's definitely out of my league. Going balanced would also mean a lot of additional 'phone costs, too.
Which Yama do you have? They're all so beautiful. They look like works of art that also happen to be amps.
I notice head-fiers either love tubes or SS, and nearly everyone falls on one side or the other. I'm definitely SS. Tubes just seem too organic, fragile, complex. I like things cut and dried. Simple.
|I think Kidult should chime in as he actually bought a Auditor and actually had the set exchanged for a Phonitor. =)|
|As for the impressions with the three new BIG cans. I believe Kchew summed it up for us. I was also present at the mini-meet at Cal's place. =)|
Be sure to devote one of your meets to the Phonitor! And follow up with reviews in Head-Fi!!!