If you think anything I've said could be categorized as "painting myself into a corner", maybe we should just agree to disagree and leave it there.
That's basically the same thing I've expressed in different words.
As a potential customer (Reference my ill advised attempt to gather information from a few months back http://www.head-fi.org/t/711571/looking-for-dac-ss-amp-for-new-audeze-gear ), I want to see if Auralic is a company I feel comfortable handing a relatively large chunk of change. After a lot of searching/research, I decided that there wasn't enough for me to be comfortable with a sight unseen purchase of a relatively new product from a relatively new manufacturer that contained a decent # of proprietary parts. I even went to the trouble of trying to create tags for the Auralic Taurus and Vega a few weeks back(see tagging of this thread) to try and track their discussion more easily (though the Taurus tag appear to have been inexplicably deleted/removed).
This exact scenario is the kind of thing that I want to see them resolve. I'm rooting for Auralic to succeed. I did not in any way, shape, or form condemn the company or product.
sidenote wrt reviews, The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. There are plenty of audio reviewers that refuse to post negative reviews or comparisons for a whole variety of reasons, many of which are completely valid. That being said, there have been cases studies that demonstrate the presence of documented reconciliation of a bad customer experience leads to more favorable attitudes towards the company and their product than the complete absence of bad reviews.
*EDIT*-Added info about tagging.