|Originally posted by amelie
According to that PDF file there's three firewire ports! What's the MSRP?
Mitsubishi's press release
for the product mentions neither price nor availability date and neither does any other mention of it that I can find on the web (all of which, of course, are based on the PR). The current HD-5000
device, which was only a tuner and connectivity console, principally aimed at supporting their high-end plasma monitors (sort of an outboard version of the "Promise Module"), was $1500, MSRP. This is a (much more) compact, generalized version of that with a PVR capability. If you read the page on the brochure, it's still designed as a plasma accessory, though usuable with any HDMI/HDCP or 1394/DTCP compliant monitor:
|When used with our 50" and 61" HD plasma displays, the HD-6000 provides all the features and benefits of our top-of-the-line HDTVs.
Given the target market, I wouldn't expect it to be inexpensive. There should be much cheaper, higher capacity CableCARD-equipped DVRs this fall. (As far as expanding the capacity of this thing goes, any demonstration that it can be hacked in that fashion would probably be grounds for putting its HDCP and DTCP credentials on Certificate Revocation Lists).
It's interesting to note that their new LT-4560 and LT-5560 flat-panel LCD integrated televisions essentially have this device built into them, 120GB PVR and all, though they're only .75" thicker than the plasmas (the 52" and 62" Diamond Series DLP RPTV and "flagship" 82" three-element 1080p LCoS RPTV also have built-in 120GB PVRs). Of course, given what they're likely to be asking for a 55", 1080p, 5" deep LCD monitor, the cost of this thing is in the noise. :)