I thought this thing was going to retail for $2,800 ... but the price shown on Pioneer's website is $2,000. If so & not a typo, this unit may have a chance against the $1,500 Panasonic DMR-E20 in the market.
I believe when it was released in japan the translated amount came out to $2800, but for the american version and the amercian release its $2000, and some places are going to be selling it for below $1500.
Found Pioneer's press release from a few months ago & the price stated is $2,800 ... maybe in the wake of Panny's unit, Pioneer decided to lower the price of theirs? If street prices are below $1,500 I may just have to get me one of these
The 7000 was indeed sold in this country beginning near the end of August by the gray goods importers. It was sold for $3000 and that included a translated manual as well as a translation stick on label set for the remote and front and real panel. I used one that was purchased by a local video service bureau.
As to pros and cons- I think the decision lies in these two issues:
1. Do you NEED 1394 I/O ? If so then buy the 7000.
2. Do you want DVD-RAM or DVD-RW for your rewritable media?
From what I have seen, working with both Pioneer and Panasonic, it really boils down to the above two issues. I'm happy that the Pioneer unit is being offered at a more competitive price structure as this will generate more demand for the product.
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