I've been keeping an eye on this thread for a while but didn't have a Dolby Vision capable TV at the time. Long story short, my LG 9600 OLED is being replaced by Best Buy for full store credit of the original purchase cost - brand new TV coming in!
That means I am obviously in the market for a DV capable player (using the Sony X800 - not the MkII - at the moment) and since I have over 100 SACDs and DVD-As, I would prefer a universal player like the LX500.
Cue to the latest rumblings about Pioneer's cancelled acquisition and the delay of the HDR10+ update and the fact that the player (or any video disc player) is no longer listed on the US and Canada sites and you can imagine my hesitation to take the plunge on a $1300 (here in Canada) player.
With that being said, I called my go-to audio dealer in Toronto who carries Pioneer and asked them if he could still get the player and what his read on the situation is. Well, here's what I was just told:
It seems that the previous Pioneer sales rep my guy used to deal with is gone and no replacement has ever come forward. So he made some phone calls and pretty much told me that Pioneer appears to be winding things down in North America after the Sound United deal fell through and that the player has been discontinued. Not sure if that means the video disc side of their offerings or a larger chunk but at least other categories have new products listed...
He used to have one player that he sold to another Canadian dealer two months ago to cover one of their customers.
I am not saying this is gospel and might be different between Canada and the US, but from the feedback I got, things are certainly not looking good and I'd be very hesitant to buy a player (whether from a dealer or open box on ebay) where future support in terms of firmware and warranty repairs is less than certain.
We've all seen and heard enough about certain discs not playing to know that ongoing firmware support is key.
All that being said, I will reach to to Pioneer directly as well and see if they can confirm or deny what my dealer told me about the LX500 being discontinued (for Canada at least).
Guess I might have to start looking into the Panasonic UB9000 and get used to the idea of a two box solution for video and SACD/DVD-A playback - *sigh*