As everyone in the market for a "top of the line" 3LCD home theater projector realizes, the major new projector entries, notably the Epson Home Cinema 6500UB, the Sanyo PLV-Z3000 and the Mitsubishi HC7000, all compete directly with the Panasonic PT-AE3000U, which just set a price point of $2499.
The Epson HOme Cinema 6500 UB claims the highest contrast ratio of any home projector
In my earlier blog, today, I wrote about the lower than expected PT-AE3000U home theater projector pricing. The big question is will Epson, with their Home Cinema 6500 UB, come down to match the price of the Panasonic, when Epson ships? What about the pricing on the Sanyo PLV-Z3000 and the Mitsubishi HC7000?
Just for fun, my guesses: I expect Sanyo, with their PLV-Z3000, will definitely go for pricing parity, it seems to be their nature. Over the years they have almost always come in at the same price or slightly less, when compared to the Panasonic home theater projector competition. Those two companies just love to slug it out.
The Sanyo PLV-Z3000 is likely to match, maybe beat, Panasonic's price point
Epson hasn't set a price selling price (only the usual much higher MSRP) on their new Home Cinema 6500 UB, which isn't scheduled to ship until December. My previous best guess was a MAP of $2999, so we shall see what they do.
Finally, Mitsubishi's reaction should be interesting. They've got the HC6500 (local dealers only?) which is already more expensive than the PT-AE3000U, and in the past, the old HC6000 being replaced by the HC7000, was more expensive than the competition. Best guess is that Mitsubishi will take higher ground (price) and run with it, making the HC7000 the most expensive of the four home theater projector competitors.
The Mitsubishi HC7000 is likely to be the most expensive of the top 3LCD home projectors
Of course over the next 6-7 weeks we'll have all four reviewed, and will figure out not only which one is the best one overall, but also which is the best for buyers with varying needs.
Looks to be a bonanza year for home theater projector buyers, in terms of price performance.
I'll post again, as I learn more. -art