Well, I have my answer to the OPs original question, at least in regards to using an SPL Auditor with the 650s, and that is holy-crap Batman, where did that come from! Okay, I am not one to just gush at anything, at least I try to be objective as much as possible, but what just happened to the sound of my 650s is significant. I don't care who you are, unless you have some serious neurological damage going on, the improvements I have just heard would be unmistakable, I'll say it again in capitals UNMISTAKABLE. A little background is required here first. I have two amplifiers that I previously heard the 650s with for extended, and varied listening sessions; the Novo by Graham Slee and through my Creek integrated amplifier which is no slouch. The 650s are new to me, a few weeks, but I have already put quite a few quality hours on them so I am somewhat comfortable discussing the 650 sound signature.
While I would not use the term veiled to describe the treble presentation, I think perhaps calling it slightly safe and understated (not to be read as inadequate) would be my impression. I know about the opposite end of the spectrum with years of the Grado sound and a year and a half of the DT880 sound. In respect to the lower frequencies with the 650, I liked the presentation very much, there was plenty of quantity and a very good measure of quality, but I have to admit to finding some bass bloom and less articulation than I was accustomed to. This is the game changer for me folks, the Auditor has changed these perceptions at once, and dramatically, far too much to write it off as expectation based. I'm a psychology major who believes in the burden of scientific proof steadfastly, and I am quite aware of the role of expectation in perception. In truth, while I made the move to the Auditor, I really didn't think the differences would be that profound. I fully expected to have it grow on me over time with just a modest and reasonable amount of sonic change for the better (depending on your idea of better of course). In fact, I received the Auditor today and when I only had a rushed first impression as I had to get to class I was actually not that impressed with what I heard, underwhelmed would be accurate to say. I say this just to illustrate the point that my expectations were far from unreasonable. I am in my 40s now and I have had years of audio experiences so I don't tend to get all giggly about new gear.
Now to the change in sound from my 650s. It was at once apparent, but in the last few days I have been playing about 5 tracks from Fleetwood Mac's greatest hits quite a bit so I had a very good feel fro the material, not to mention I have been listening to this music on and off for a few decades. The bass on the 650s suddenly became far more controlled and quite articulate, Prior to the Auditor the bass was somewhat lush and really not that complex, not of the one note variety by any stretch, but not like it is now. The Auditor is so poised and in control of all of the sound, in a word it seems effortless and fluid, confident and musical, but neutral without being bland. I think when Zombie_X called the Auditor neutral and natural he said it best. The music has a great deal more air and shall I say rightness about it for lack of a better adjective. Some of this apparent change (see the scientist in me still says apparent) is most certainly due to the insane control over the drivers the Auditor seems to have. There is much, much better instrument separation and tonal balance. I have played drums for many years, my wife plays violin and sings in a choir, her father plays the piano like you wouldn't believe, one of her brothers the flute in an orchestra and I have attended many, many, lives shows, so I do feel I have some grasp of what decent tonality is. The Auditor has seemingly also brought the best character out of the 650s higher frequency voicing as well. The treble is more pronounced and impactful now, but just never harsh, just more present, and more balanced in the mix I feel. Previous to the Auditor being in my chain I found turning the volume up to my upper listening levels made the 650s seem a tad over-matched and a little on edge, just not comfortable. Well tonight I really let the Fleetwood Mac and some Yo Yo Ma roast and the 650s just sang so sweetly.
Anyway I am going on a bit, but it is certainly motivated by another poster in this thread insisting that an amplifier change really couldn't make any significant change to the 650 sound. While I will agree in principle, I now feel it is far more accurate to say that the 650s are capable of quite a great deal of sonic quality when the drivers are well controlled and fed from a decent source. While not a giant killer, my Rega Apollo does have a nice DAC in it and as a source is certainly able to feed some good sound into the 650s. I will have to disclose a possible confound, but not much of one if at all. I do not know where I stand on the whole cable thing. While I suspect there can be differences from cables, I also suspect such differences should be quite minor to perhaps even inaudible (but I can't say one way or the other at this point). I also switched cables as I was given a set of Vovox cables from the US distributor of SPL as they took so long to get me my Auditor. Maybe the cables are a factor? I don't know, but I feel I need to at least mention this. Regardless, even if they are a factor, they are only so in conjunction with the amplifier so take that as you will.
So my very long post boils down to this, I now have ZERO doubt that the 650s can change significantly within their design limits with a good amplifier. I loved my Valhalla, but holy-s***t, the Auditor is just kicking my ass. I have to get back there and listen some more so I'll sign off now. Sorry for the huge babble folks.