We've covered closely the sad demise of our favourite plasma TV line in Pioneer's decision to close its KURO arm, but until now we had no final news on exact dates for the shutdown. Until now that is.
Final confirmation has now come from the Japanese arm that the final stocks of KURO are expected to be sold out by May in Japan, which has allegedly caused demand to increase as AV enthusiasts scramble to ensure they get hold of a little slice of televisual history.
The final production run of 3,000 sets consists of four models already released at the end of last year - the 50in KURO KRP-500A and KRP-500M, and the 60in KRP600A and KRP-600M.
Worry not though, as British fans won't have to hop half way across the world to get their hands on one of these limited number sets. We've just had a chat with Pioneer's UK product manager Jim Catcheside who intonated that he expected stocks for the UK market to last up until Christmas, which should put smiles on the faces of the credit crunch unburdened few.
Adios KURO, we loved you greatly - if only we could have afforded you.