I am not touching this regardless of how it sounds till I see reports of reliability and survival rates in the wild. I just received a PM a day ago by a fellow HFier who bought my first HE-5 informing me that one of the drivers had gone dead. 15 months and then kaput.
Hopefully they fixed whatever manufacturing inconsistencies and problems from the get go on the new model.
Audez has also had it's issues as you WELL know. Both companies have shown a strong customer service ethic and willingness to iron out the wrinkles. It's time for you to stop being so obvious with your extreme biases and try to actually become more objective.