Originally posted by KramerTC
Inquiring minds what to know that the new low price of the AE700 will do the price of this unit and the Toshiba's. It can only effect downward pressure, wouldn't you think?
So far the only difference in price that I have seen is the new $200 rebate. I don't really think that it will affect 7700 and Toshiba pricing.
Rather Panny's rebate, may be more the other way around. When the 8700+ was commanding almost $2000 more than the 700u, it left a huge vaccuum price wise, with only the Sony HS51 (not my favorite thing) in the middle.
So it was a huge price difference. But even with the rebate, the spread between the Panny, and the BenQ 7700 will be more like $1200 or so.
And, while the Panny is a great machine for the $$$ it is definitely not a match for the 8700+ (or 8700). So if the 7700 as promised is even better, I think a lot of potential 700u buyers willl dig deep and instead score a 7700.
Which will raise other questions - ie. Do you get a Panny and a Stewart Greyhawk, for example, or a BenQ 7700 and a Dalite with one of their high contrast surfaces such as the Da-Mat. The Stewart is the slightly better screen, but a good $500 more. So that could cut the difference between these two potential projector/screen combinations, to maybe $600. (I suspect I'd opt for the better projector....
BTW, as a side note, for my own installation, I had about a 100 foot run from electronics to projector (two story ceiling... projector hangs down 6 feet...).
Ahh, my point. I wanted to run DVI as well as component despite the long run. I settled on the DVI extender system from Gefen. It uses two CAT5 runs (one for signal, one for power to the receiver by the projector.
It works great! No problems at all. The Gefen setup is $500, no more than the "premium" 20 meter DVI and HDMI cables out there.