I have been convinced.
Number of soulmelds and chakra binds has been bumped up to 11. However, I made most of the extra chakra binds kick in at levels 15+, to compensate for the exponential growth of standard wealth by level, which goes from 200,000 (level 15) -> 760,000 (level 20).
Prior to that, I think that the extra class abilities, slightly faster soulmeld/chakra progression, and 50%ish more essentia (the biggest deal, IMO) are a fair trade.
I'm aiming for high Tier 3. Hopefully I'm closer now.