I would like to hear wisdom from those (if anyone) who own BOTH Absynth and Reaktor about what the difference is between the two on the ground. I own Absynth, and not Reactor. I've been to the NI website and so i'm aware that Reaktor contains additional utilities such as sequencing, grooveboxes, etc. and i've formed the impression (and it's just that) that Reaktor is sort of an exploded Absynth, with different modules segregated by function. It sounds to me like much, but possibly not all, of what comes out of Reaktor in the demos could be replicated in Absynth, albeit possibly with more effort expended.
So is Reaktor basically an easier-to-use-Absynth with more presets and some sequencing and physical modeling thrown in? What's the skinny?