Ok, I'll switch!
"the chance to install a desktop environment without also installing pulseaudio"
That's great news, and (for me personally) more of a selling point than the absence of systemd (which is also welcome, as erratic behaviour of systemd is difficult to analyse, as it is interwoven into such a great part of the base system. I had really weird network problems with an older laptop - that I finally traced back to systemd.
But then maybe I am just not experienced enough with systemd - but then maybe I don't want to spend that time [*]
Where was I? Oh, right. pulseaudio. It has come a long way, and is much more stable than it used to be, but that is not saying much (YMMV - a lot). The idea EsounD (the predecessor, afair) was based on seemed tempting to me at that time, to be honest. Not sure where it took a wrong turn.[°]
[*] once I used Linux because I liked tinkering and problem solving. Now I use Linux because I am sick of tinkering and problem solving.
[°] nah, I'm not going to do the obvious and lay blame on a single person, as correlation does not directly imply causality.