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Update: Epson Home Cinema 5010 Projector - Price Info $2699 MAP

Greetings,  time to discuss the Epson Home Cinema 5010. Pricing turns out to be lower than most of us originally anticipated. Here are the official numbers per Epson:  and about $300 each less than I had expected until recently. Home Cinema 5010 -  MAP of $2699!!! MSRP now $2999 (originally expected to have an MSRP of $3499 as announced at the  CEDIA show in Sept.) Home Cinema 5010e - MAP of $2999!! MSRP now $3499  (previously expected to be just below $4K) Wow!   What is most stunning about this pricing, is that since both Panasonic and Epson have offered the  first 1080p home theater projectors (Panasonic PT-AE1000 and Epson Home Cinema 1080), the Epson projectors have always  sold anywhere from $200 to $500 more online.   This is the first time Epson has ever launched a 1080p projector, with a price below - in this case $300 less - than the Panasonic equivalent.  Even the Epson Home Cinema 5010e, is only the same price as the PT-AE7000. And that certainly has had an impact as how I'm considering their value propositions... And, it may help answer a question I asked Epson, which was - why discontinue the 8700UB, if the HC5010 is going to be $1000 more?  When you consider there are plenty of folks only interested in 2D, that would like the Epson "best in class" black peformance of the 8700UB for about $2000..  Well, now I can guess that killing the 8700UB likely inspired them not to have a $1400 space between the Home Cinema 3010 and the 5010, and therefore drop hundreds below $3,000.  I conjecture this pricing also explains something else that has puzzled me, but I'll save that for the full Epson projector review.
The other thing you want to know right now is this: Officially, I start writing up the Home Cinema 5010 review as soon as I hit publish on this blog. I will have large chunks of the Epson HC5010 review  - and 5010e comments, uploaded to the main site, before dawn (pacific zone) Thursday - which is Thanksgiving here, in the US.  I'm actually giving myself all of Thursday off. I could give you more tidbits etc, now that I've spent dozens of hours watching the HC5010 projector, but I won't be getting much sleep tonight and tomorrow night as it is, if you want to be reading this before Black Friday. So, with that in mind, I'm Adios, out-of-here, gone - back to  Dreamweaver, I am using to  create the Epson Home Cinema 5010 projector review for you. Happy Thanksgiving!  -art  

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