I´m not sure you´ve seen some UK forums but we have pretty much the same saaaaaaaad situation in the EU with BDP-430/LX-54..the latter is a EU version of BDP-41/43FD..http://www.avforums.com/forums/blu-r...ved-today.html
However, I decided to go with a DVD multiregion BDP-430 as a direct sibling of LX-54/41,43FD lacking just the chassis-type and some better audio inputs..the price was 240 EUR/some 320 USD in February..(US dollar is insanely weak nowadays
so far, I´ve had none significant issues like lipsync outs or freezing..at all..I played at least dozen discs of various sources (BD, DVD region 1 and 2, CD, DivX on DVD/R and CD-R, MKV on USB)..there has been 2 firmware updates so far, both were performed..
I had the BDP-320 before, which I admit was very cool in PQ but really sloooooow with no DivX HD on USB playback..or YouTube, which is though still unavailable on BDP-430/LX-54
but the truth is that Pioneer really makes new firmwares for these older players, the most recent for BDP-320 is from the start of April 2011..which means they still try to maximize its performance..
I wrote them yesterday complaining about the new firmware lag, still waiting for answer..
Let´s be merciful and let them come up with the new every-issue-resolving version (at least there was an earthquake and radiation problems in Japan)
and we´ll see what they are capable of..if they keep struggling like they did so far, **** them..