In some ways I am not surprised.
Someone at Aune doing Value Engineering - swap parts to cheaper until the sound suffers (UK was good at this from TVs to art students from cambridge creating socio-economic policy, until the economy collapsed!).
Dishonestly, they are falsifying trade technical specification which is against UK law (and no doubt most in the world). This may be ignorance or simply not updating specs - will be interesting to see if Aune update specs accordingly.
What Aune SHOULD have done is create a new "Classic" model at the lower price point, keeping the original Aune T1 at its original price. That is good capitalistic business, rather than a VERY common china company trick of supplying compliant as sample unit and an inferior item as production unit.
I presume cap swapping is simple through the board, non-temp controlled off the shelf decent tip Antex soldering iron job? I ask because I sold my temp controlled stuff long ago when winding up a business using it.
I am not sure the FAQ lists the "caps no longer meet brand spec AND do not pass basic tests". Not passing basic tests is actually very significant - ok, it is not a PC which will crash, but it is a real shoddy QC and eventual lifespan issue. Bad caps are bad caps, simple as that. I presume the chips are genuine - you can emboss/print whatever you want on anything?