I contacted pioneer back in early december and got a response back from parent Onkyo. His first response was he sent me links of sites with the 500 for sale. He didn't really check well as most of those sites were showing the price and no availability. I wrote him back and pointed this out. He wrote back with the following response:What's with the availability of the UDP-LX500. I have been waiting for one for over a month! Last I heard was that there was a shipment of 500 coming middle of January. Any info would be appreciated.
Now the downside is that the partial government shutdown may be impacting release of these player from customs. That is a distinct possibility. Every government agency will decide what workers are excepted and required to work during the shutdown. Border patrol is an obvious yes. Customs workings at points of entry for cargo, less likely that is a yes.I have spoken with the local distributor as well as some of the people here in the corporate office regarding the availability of the UDP-LX500. Currently we are waiting on a shipment of the units to be released from customs. We estimate that these units should be available in the stores sometime between the middle to end of January.