Of course it doesn't feel right, Richard. It is ISN'T right.
There's nothing wrong with paying a premium for a premium product, but at nearly a 240% increase, for marginally "improved" performance (if at all...some are not crazy about the artificial edge enhancement of the "reality enhancer one bit) and an extra 4 years on a warranty, it's nearly robbery, truth be told. BTW the Richard, you'd be spending $1100 more to gain the Escient control seeing the CX is $799 and the ES is $1899.
And this is coming from the guy who is INCHES away from purchasing one just because he's so impatient.
Seeing you can purchase a 3 year extended warranty for $150 for the CX right from Sony's site, are you telling me we're spending $1000 for the reality enhancer, an extra year or two of warranty and possibly needless Escient connectivity?
good grief. This is not a bash on anyone who has bought the ES, btw. Like I said, only a miracle will keep me waiting for the CX. But, if I do spring for the ES, I know I'll be laughing at myself in 90 days when I think about getting 95+% of the product for 40% of the price in the CX.
The end game is: Sony knows the "impatiency game of the well-heeled consumer" FULL-WELL, and currently prices the ES accordingly. This is nothing new, as they've been playing this game with their televisions for decades. I feel the real dilemma for those who are waiting will arrive when the CX hits the streets and Sony IMMEDIATELY drops the "price hold" of the ES and consumers are able to then purchase the ES for around $1300 after a bit...right where it probably should have been priced to begin with. Then, you could have a reasonable, honest, debate on whether or not the unit warrants the extra $500 (still a 60+% increase!) or so over the CX (assuming you can't nab a CX for $700ish shortly after its release