Review schedule update -- 10/14
In response to your many inquiries, here is what we know at this point regarding upcoming home theater reviews...
The production sample of the Epson 3010 is expected to arrive today. If it does, and it is in good condition, we expect to have the review posted by this coming Wednesday, the 19th. Epson says volume shipments of the 3010 in the US will not begin until the end of the month.
The review of the Panasonic AR100 is expected to be completed the following week, assuming (a) the test unit arrives this coming Monday as per the current schedule, and (b) there are no technical problems with that unit. The AR100 has a unique spec profile that should appeal to many home entertainment enthusiasts, but we have not seen any preliminary samples of it here. Should be fascinating to see what comes out of the box next week.
We have not heard from Mitsubishi regarding a delivery date for the HC7800D. We were hoping to review it by the end of this month, but it looks like it will be pushed to November. It looked terrific when we saw a preproduction sample in our lab in August, we are very anxious to see what Mitsubishi finally delivers on this one.
Readers have been asking why we are not covering JVC as much as we used to. The issue is that JVC has become very slow to supply review samples to the media, sometimes sending them out six months or more after shipments to dealers commence. We will look for alternative sources of supply for these units so we can review them on a more timely basis, but we do not expect to be reviewing any JVC products before the end of the year.