Who knows? I'm sure they are testing out the 1/3/5 and may make highers models. They also are bringing more of the higher models over as they have the ES500/700 in the states which might not be a good sign. Also, the Sonicfuel series seems to top out at less than US$99 which may not be a coincidence.
I agree that these new ax5s, which are going to be in the US :D, look awesome.
HOWEVER...if it is the latest 40mm driver, then I got conned...since The ath-re700 also have the latest 40mm driver, as the ms430. THIS MEANS THAT I COULD HAVE SAVED MONEY!!!!
also, the pads look pretty comfy, I hoped AT learned its lesson in pad quality..
Those RE700's are still more classy and better looking. Nicer materials and two cables. More pricey but you get more. The AX is 24ohm and the RE is 32 ohm and they talk of an exclusive driver in the RE700 so it seems to be a different version of the 40mm driver and not just a transplant into an American can.