Well I just CBF and I'm pretty sure the busy man doesn't have time to reply
But let's have a good assessment of the situation. It's $280. I don't care if Mr Gilmore has heard it or not. It's a dynalo designed at being the cheapest dynalo without sacrificing too much on what exactly makes this amp design great. "essence of DynaLo without the huge price tag" as in the sales blurb to me means, "Hey this will sound awesome for the price but don't expect it to sound like a $1000+ amp!" So yeah, it's largely irrelevant. If it were $500 or $600, then I'd be changing my point of view. I'd be wanting some reviews before taking the plung over the highly praised Headamp Gilmore Lite.
[As for the original version, they probably tweaked it before release, like every other company]