Time to also mention the price drop on the PT-AX200U home theater projector. According to dealers the new MAP price – which pretty much establishes the high price online, is now $999, down from $1299. Don’t, however expect any further rebates. Seems Panasonic is moving away (at least for now), from complicated rebates, and give-aways, to simply lower up front pricing.
For those on a 720p budget, this is great news. It should solidify Panasonic’s leadership role, in terms of the 720p home theater projector market. If Sanyo reacts, with a change to the pricing of their new PLV-Z60, we’ll let you know. Epson’s Home Cinema 700, due in December, will be even less expensive (likely $799), but won’t match the features – limited zoom, no lens shift, and not as good at black levels and contrast. Definitely an interesting holiday shopping season. -art