Just saw this....Daikin, a leading maker of minisplits, has purchased Goodman, a leading maker of ASHPs for the US market. For $3.7B. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-29/daikin-falls-after-report-it-s-buying-goodman-tokyo-mover.html Macroeconomics aside, I think this bodes well for improving ASHP technology in the US. While mini's make a lot of sense all over the world (e.g. high rise apts in asia), americans with their big old rambly houses love them some central air systems and ductwork. I think we will see some mini-split tech incorporated into conventional split ASHPs, and rolled out under the Goodman label. The only product like that now is the high-end 'Carrier Infinity with Greenspeed'. FWIW, I bought a Goodman ASHP 5 yrs ago b/c they were the cheapest, figuring that advances in tech would make any ASHP obsolete (operating cost-wise) before it wore out. In the end, the unit has been totally solid mechanically, but loses a lot of eff points by being single speed (on/off) and having a stupid and poorly implemented defrost control. By rejiggering the defrost control myself, I boosted the cold weather COP by 30% without touching the mechanicals! So, I think we are going to see US manufactured units with Goodman compressors, coils and steel, with the electronic inverter tech and controls of a Daikin mini. Hopefully, at a (low) Goodman price point. And hopefully before my current HP gives out. Time will tell.