Speaking of Crystalio II. I had had high expectations regarding this VP for watching 480i movies. But I have run into the rarely dicussed but known bug in this processor that makes it almost unuseable for me, that is its inability to keep the lock to 24p in 60Hz NTSC sources and the resulting heavy judder. Some people here reported that this problem had not been resolved even in the latest firmware versions.
I am wondering what is your feeling about this problem or whether anyone has found a workaround?
For a CRT display, my current plan is to try using a vp30/abt102 for de-interlacing (480i -> 480p) and then the CII 3300 for upscaling and feeding a CRT at 1080p96. A vp30 can be manually set to output a locked multiple of 24p (48 or 72) so hopefully the above mentioned lack of genlock in the CII would not be the problem.
As long as a display is not a CRT-based, for DVDs, I would now skip CII entirely and use a combination of OPPO-93 -> Algolith Flea -> Mini3D. I am not sure that I can see any difference in de-interlacing and/or scaling quality of the Mini vs OPPO for "perfect transfers", but what I can say for sure is that the Flea can do wonders for poor quality DVDs and in these cases upscaling naturally goes to the Mini since you must feed a Flea (or a Mosquito, if you have one) by a non-upscaled signal and upscale it afterwards. (Here again, de-interlacing can be done before a Flea, if one beleives that his player is superior to his VP for de-interlacing.)
Even for 1080p sources I find the Flea very useful as its 3D noise supression works *very* nicely in case of poor blu-ray transfers, so this little unit is really worth having anyway.