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I saw those too. It's suprising that there has been no news about it, and no official announcments from Epson.
The pre-IFA Epson tour that Cine4home went on showed the new Euro / Asian lineup. One of the new offerings was the TW680, a slightly improved TW600 ( the PowerLight 400 in North America ).
Photos from CEDIA showed the HC720 in the Epson booth, but no official announcement.
Just as the 400 was a slightly improved and much lower cost PowerLight 550, I think it's the same thing for the new HC720. Slightly brighter offcial spec ( 1600 vs 1500 for the 400 ), and probably an MSRP the same or less than the 400 has been selling for after rebate.
I think this is a good thing, as the same basic chassies is just being improved and available at lower cost. To me, this means a reliable projector. Mits just did a similar thing with the HC1500 replacing the HD1000.
All the development now is in the 1080 products, with the 720's just being optomized for lower production cost.
Perhaps the official announcement hasn't been made because they want to clear the 400's already in the channel. Also, Epson already had a couple of big announcements with the 1080UB, and the new MovieMates. They probably consider this more a product evolution than something new.
If you're on the fence between the 400 and HC1080, I would wait till spring. There were a number of press reports about a HOME Cinema 1080UB at sub $3K MSRP that suddenly were retracted. The PRO cinema 1080UB was the model that was announced at CEDIA. If history repeats, Epson released the HC1080 the spring after the PRO Cinema 1080.
Just my take,