Interesting... yeah must have just been imagining things. Either that or the Audeze connectors are considerably bigger then the miniXLR you use. I think the thing that made it seem better was the easy pop on off with the sliding collar. Just seemed to work really well. Atleast the thing I dislike about the Audeze connector is it is pretty tight to pull off even while pushing the button while the hirose sort of just slide off and on easy. Could just be the ones I got though.
Audez'e does custom over molding on the connectors used in their stock cables which makes them quite a bit longer than stock plugs. There's also a version of the Switchcraft plugs (Switchcraft by the way designed and patented the mini-XLR) that has an additional rubber boot on the ass end for use with smaller diameter cable, but I used the one without as I thought it was the better to compare to the Hirose.
And yeah, I like the locking mechanism of the Hirose too. Just don't like the rest of the connector.