You can always buy the projector and then contact Sony on
1 800 729 0609 and request the rebate form. You will have to hurry though because the offer is only good through June 2001. I called them this morning for you and confirmed this and I believe the only choice you have is to place the order on the web and hope the paper work reflects a date before June 30th.
I provided a link to B&H just above your post. They are a HUGE camera/electronics store and have been in business for AT LEAST 30 years (I shopped there for a camera in 1971). They also come up in the list of "legitimate" Sony dealers in Projector Central's dealer search. Anyway, I have yet to see an e-quote price lower than $4500 (since the rebate expired). You would have to check B&H's return policy, of course. But the company itself is solid.
Using search engines at CNet and Bizrate doesn't really give much information. If you want some competitive bids from projector specialists, call Projection Direct, Studio Experience, Presentation Outlet, or Projector People (though PP has a 15% restock). Also, I bought a Sony projector from J&R two years ago, and I know they are authorized. Get the phone numbers from the websites and CALL, don't rely on e-mail automated quotes. I'll bet you will find somebody afraid of getting stuck with VW10's when the Toshiba MT7 (at under $5K)is released in a couple of weeks. It should be a better projector and is also native WXGA widescreen. Of course, I am ordering one of those NEC LT150's from Dell. With all respect to the Sony, based on hundreds of posts I have read, the 150 should pretty much blow it out of the water.
This rebate thing is a curiosity. Today I spoke by phone to a rep from Medical Video Systems and was told that the rebate had been extended. When I said that was the first I had heard of that he reassured me that it was definitely so. Of all the dealers I would think MVS would know what's going on. Has anyone else heard of a current rebate.
I don't know why I forgot to refer you to Medical Video. DUH! I bought my second 400Q from them AND a screen. They are great to deal with. They have been a major Sony HT dealer for several years. I would trust them above just about anyone--except our host Alan, of course
BTW, MVS is also peed-off that Sony is going to market the new 11HT in the States ONLY to CIS (custom installers) at first. Medical Video has sold oodles of 400Q's and VW10's for Sony and that's all the thanks they get.
I loved my 400Q, and Sony's head U.S. projector tech, Dan Baugh, is great, but the Sony corporation bites the BIG one. For one thing, they knew from years of feedback that contrast ratio was a major concern of 400Q owners who wanted to upgrade, and that owners liked the delta-pixel array of the 400Q, which would have made the higher-res VW10 almost as pixel-free as a DLP. So what did Sony do? Produce a VW10 with no improvement in contrast AND with a standard pixel grid with more pixelization than the 400Q!
That's one reason I have defected from Sony. They really led the way in affordable digital projectors for HT with the 400Q, then they seemed to flip the bird at their loyal customers.
I'm not knocking your choice. Many owners love their VW10's. I've never actually seen one. No HT dealer in Memphis handles Sony projectors; you have to deal with the business machine people, who have never had a VW10 in stock to demo.
Good luck in your quest. If the CIS people didn't have all the 11HT's cornered for the first year, you'd find even better prices on the VW10. One thing, though, don't be tempted by $3000 VW10's on Ebay. Maybe they are new in the box. But no U.S. warranty. But I'm sure you knew all this.
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