Hey guys here are some answers.
CINEMARAX - Did you mean to write Model 2100? It's on our website. $600 is its retail price. The first batch came in and was sold out in one day. We'll receive more sets in about 3 weeks and I don't know how many will remain after backorders are filled. 2 channel is popular and the Model 2100 was long-awaited.
Bill Mac - No plans for 7 channel amps in either line:
a) Too bulky
b) Too heavy; I won't put anyone at risk of a back injury: factory
workers, quality inspectors, packers, our warehouse staff, our QC inspectors, and end users.
c) Most systems are still 5.1 and there's no reason to pay for
channels you don't need. It's better to have a separate 2 channel power amp for
the L, R channels, anyway.
Those are from Richard Schram at Parasound.
Now as to the HMDI question, it's been stated to me from Parasound that specifically in regards to HDMI for audio, since the spec keeps changing, they do not want people to have to be tests subjects for new technology that may or may not work in concert with every other device yo might hook up to it. Also, remember that the manufacture time of new products. While people want HDMI, Parasound sort of has to wait for HDMI 1.3 to get worked out. That's what everyone wants isn't it? Yes I know HDMI 1.2 has the ability to send liinear PCM (7.1) over HDMI, but then again it's a new board and a new certification. If you aren't commodity like Denon, Marantz, Sony or Onkyo, then you have to wait and see approach without spending all your money certifying one board just to swap it out in 6 months. To a company the size of Parasound, it would be fiscally disastrous.
HDMI 1.3 is what everyone wants anyway, but since the chips just came out (Denon is supplying their new product late because of firmware upgrades to fix some bugs and Onkyo is havgin problems with their HDMI 1.3 receivers, nothing too serious but still tweaking is happening) then you understand why on the audio side, Parasound is taking a wait and see approach.
Also, there's nothing that says Parasound doesn't have HDMI 1.3. They do not comment on new or unreleased products. As much as I'd like to say I get the inside scoop on certain things, I don't on those.
I udnerstand your pain, I want nothing more than a nice new silver HDMI 1.3 laden pre/pro from them.