There were some rumors out of Europe a couple of months ago that Panasonic will be dropping out of the home theater projector market. I don't know if these rumors are true or false. Reports coming from France indicate that Sony will be replacing the HW50es with the HW55es this fall. The new model will have motorized zoom, focus, etc. and is said to have lens memory (along the lines of the Panasonic AE8ooo or the current Sony VW95). There are also some rumors that Epson will be introducing a new model with motorized focus, zoom, etc and perhaps also with lens memory. The new models are expected to be announced and demo'ed at the European IFA trade show in early Sept. and/or at the CEDIA Expo in the USA in late Sept.
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