Haven't seen this announcement anywhere, but certainly more evidence that there is a new ES player in the pipeline. I went by Tweeter this afternoon just to get out of the car after driving 4 hours and it the 9000ES's are now $799. The salesman confrmed there was a replacement pending but knew nothing of what it contained or when it would be available. I almost choked because 10 days ago they wanted 1200+ and wouldn't budge at all. Have other firms dropped the price likewise. I thought at first it was a demo price, but he said brand new units would be the same price.