Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by camtheman, Nov 15, 2003.
Anyone got an official UK release date and price for the AE500?
Yes, Panasonic UK
No information yet AFAIK.
Are you sure THEY know?
probably be early Jan. I dont want to do anything till i see a demo of the Sanyo z2 and AE500 together before i buy. i was told by Ivojo that the Panasonic is generaly turns out better, but is a little more expensive. I want a projector to last, so a little extra cash for the Panasonic aint a problem.
Judging by the internet prices in Germany, the AE500 will be cheaper than the Z2...
Sanyo will probably cut the price of the Z2 in order to compete.....
Which is good news all around (especially for those who missed out on the bargain pre-order price of the Z2).
Just got a mail back from Ivojo, seems like the official stance from Panasonic is Feb/march time : (
That's wierd.... the nice lady at Panasonic UK said late January to me..... no confirmed date tho.
Dunno if I can wait till march.
well, id like to know either way...if it is only a matter of weeks away, with being released in Jan, then thats not too bad. But if im gonna have to wait till March, then i might splash out on a 40 gig ipod for the wait.
I would seriousley doubt Panasonic themselves know what is coming into them and when, if it were just a few weeks away one would expect them to be ringing the dealers and grabbing orders frantically - if there one thing Japanese companies don't like it is holding stock! The Panasonic dealer website lists the model with a trade price of £9,999.99, indicating they haven't made a decision on price. If you were to be incredibly cynical you might argue that the release date depends on when the 300's run out!
benji_m, do you know when you will be getting the AE500 in?
I phoned Panasonic a few days back, the person i was speaking to didn't even know Panasonic had made a 500 series model! He said ther trade show wasn't till March, and that there was no AE500 penciled in for that, so it had to be at a later date.
Does anyone know if it will be coming out in Jan over here?
Seems that it comes out this week in the states.
I suppose the honest answer is that I don't have a clue! Sometimes Panasonic don't know what is coming in to them next week never mind any time after that! I suppose the first indication would be that we will get a "so how many do you want" call, the current indication is that maybe Febuary/March might be a good time for them to release this from a Pansonic point of view and they very rarely act in anyone elses interest!
I see that AV Land has an expected price up for the 500.
£1600. Carnt be that long to go before its out.
Just out of interest...........
By any chance, will the AE500 be built in the same case with the same layout as the AE200 ?
You can order a new Panny AE500E for less than 1100 UK-pounds in Germany (shipping included).
It ships withing 3 weeks.
Thats cool, but my only issue is stuff like the waranty. If it broke down and i got it from the UK, i could easily send it back to Panasonic or the company i got it from. I think the extra couple of hundred quid is worth paying for peace of mind.
has anyone done that (bought from germany)
it would be interesting to find out if this company is coosha
"You can order a new Panny AE500E for less than 1100 UK-pounds in Germany (shipping included).
It ships withing 3 weeks."
That could be the longest 3 weeks ever.
Especially if it doesn't arrive.
Yea, plus if it goes down, you could have atleast a month of waiting after you send it back before you get it fixed.
try this link for German Panasonic Warranty info
As I see it you get a 2-year pan-EU warranty - which means you can send it to any Panasonic Service Centre you want
(I think the UK ones are 1-year pan-EU)
Obviously worth checking before commiting though
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