No Tim the close focus of EL SV isn't going to be reduced, it is going to be increased! I think you meant to say that. This has been extensively discussed elsewhere.
We haven't heard anything about the demise of SLC though and that would be a shock.
The information comes from a trusted source who sells these binoculars for a living.
Yes.. Its a shock about the SLC. The 8 10 and 15x 56 would be a significant loss.
According to the source future FP's will have a reduced close focus so not to compete with the NL.
And before I get criticised for spreading rumours, I can assure you that my source is solid. I'm just passing on what I was told to keep you guys informed....