Grubert thanks, the UK price is interesting, to say the least. Can't one purchase from outside of the UK and have a VAT waiver or something that means you don't pay the 18% or whatever VAT is in the UK?
Just got off the phone with Hitachi America, this morning....
Looks like they're still a week or so out on the 5500. Looks like we're looking at a price of around $6300 on those at this time. If there is enough interest, might grab quantity and price could fall under $6000.
Wouldn't put much credit in the UK sell price as US Dealer cost is higher then that, even with quantity discount. I've seen this site before and they have a number of projectors under US dealer cost. I wouldn't think UK is a country manufacturers need to sell lower in, but who knows.... maybe legit....
Ola, Grubert that Swiss VAT really hurts don't it ?
What's the Grobi/chappie connection?
I already emailed the UK link and got a reply that they don't ship outside of the UK. I wrote back asking about whether if I hopped over there and bought a unit if I could get a VAT waiver form or some similar arrangement. Still no word back but will report back here if anything comes from that.
TomT I think that's a good point about writing Hitachi and asking them if anyone has this unit for review. For that matter I think any of us interested inthis unit should do so AND write the main mags asking them to do the same thing. It's entirely possible that this projector may turn out to be a complete bust with bad contrast and yucky colours, but on paper it looks like a groundbreaking unit at a price point that makes it very interesting. Provided some objective reviews are favourable I'd be hard pressed to find a reason not to buy it (aside from coughing up the money of course ).
I don't think I'm alone in seeing things that way, and competent journal editors who follow the technological side of FP would probably see the logic of fitting a review of the Hitachi into their schedules. On a thread yesterday on this projector I gave the urls to 4 journals that I emailed asking them to review the Hitachi. No response back on any of those emails yet, but a little concerted pressure (um, like a flurry of emails from Forum members ) might just get some editors wondering whether they can work a review in......
Dave (who believe it or not is basically seeing his projector choice coming down to the 'Best Buy' LT-150 or the Hitachi if it pans out on it's specs)
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