The longer this discussion takes, the more I feel the urge to buy one to show my loyalty to a brand which has captivated me in a few seconds by opening a cd door of a Uniti 2 which hardly can be a reason to spend silly money for any of the hifi purists on this most appreciated forum.
Show to whom? You can better serve the company you feel loyal to by being critical and patient rather than by being indulgent and impulsive.
I do not know what you mean by "hifi purists" but I guess that many contributors to this forum would indeed see very good reasons for spending their money on a Uniti2. I certainly do so and I would have no reservations buying a Uniti2 now. I would know what I buy. This is something that I could not claim if I would order one of the new Uniti devices.
This brings us back to the issues discussed in this thread. My view is that, by all troubles with delays, price increases, etc., we should not forget that what actually matters at the end of the day is not the price of a device or the time it takes to be released but its value. If we are satisfied with what we have bought, we will associate to it a high value. The other way round if we feel disappointed, of course.
Thus, if we do not particularly enjoy returning units or reselling them on the second hand market, it is crucial not to order devices that we do not fully trust to meet our expectations. By contrast, if we feel very confident of our choices, it does not really matter if a unit comes a bit later or if it costs a bit more. A little bit, I mean.