For 9900-without spectro. -price being quoted now in Australia, list at $11,990 AUD ie around 14,000 USD, plus our local GST of 10%. Available (hopefully) November
First off, you've converted the currency in the wrong direction. $11,990 US would convert to over $14,000 Australian. $11,990 Australian converts to just under $9,700 US. Secondly, MSRPs aren't usually based on straight currency conversions. For example, the price of the 9880, when converted from AUD to USD, comes out to about $6,500 USD, and the 9880 sells for a MSRP of $5000 in the US. If the price of the 9900 is indeed $11,900 AUS, then, if based on the formula suggested by the price of the 9880 in both countries, a $7,500 USD price tag could be inferred. Of course, this is total speculation, but, if the MSRP of the 7900 is going to be $3995 without spectro, then I could see the 9900 being $6995 or $7995. Not that I feel that this will be a competitive price, with the 44" 12-ink iPF8100 selling for not much more than $3000, but that remains to be seen. I'm not sure how Epson will justify the price, given that 12-inks have become the standard and they are merely catching up rather than establishing a new standard. Still, if they've licked the clogging problems and exceeded Canon and HP in gamut, the x900 printers may well be the new benchmark. How many would opt to pay $2000 or $3000 more than for a 9880, I'm not sure. Though I must admit that I may be one that will. Of course, I'd rather the x900 series replace the x880 series and the new technology be introduced at the $5000 price point, but I sure it all depends on what Epson feels they can get away with.