I've been a customer of Electro-Smith a few months. Hardware is very well-made and the people nice to deal with
I feel confident they'll deliver hardware on or close to schedule. This has been in the works for a couple of years now. Software will likely be getting fleshed out for a while after.
Axoloti on Daisy would be great. Don't know where a royalty for Johannes would come from, though. It's already priced down to the bone...
High-bit resolution is important for audio input sampling, and for internal processing. At output, the level can be optimized before it goes to the DAC. So less critical there
FV-1 at 32768 and 16 bit IO is great for 'classic' effects such as reverb & delay. That's what it was built for.