When Panasonic announced its two new Blu-ray players in early September--the
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When we contacted Panasonic for confirmation of the Video Business story, the company representative stated that "the price has not been set yet," and that it won't be confirmed until October (which is when the players are scheduled to hit stores). A quick Google search indicates that they don't yet appear available for pre-order, either. Assuming the leaked prices are correct, though, we'd say they're still about $100 too high. With the PS3 still looming large over the Blu-ray market--and the whipsawing economic landscape encouraging belt-tightening all around--standalone players need to be heading far south of the PS3's $400 price tag in order to effectively compete with Sony's do-it-all game console, which is still a great deal. Withand no-name players already retailing below the $250 mark, we're guessing Panasonic will get there sooner or later. In the meantime, we'll let you know when the company officially prices these models.