I agree with a lot but I have to say I like my results of sending 1080p to my crystalio II using the XA2 and the Pioneer. That way I can use the crystalio II to tweak the picture (sharpness, NR to name a few). I know the crystalio II is expensive to not have it deinterlace these sources but I do use it with DirecTv and DTHEATER. Also the Pioneer Blu ray unit I am using to send 480i over HDMI to my VP. For many who do not want to spend a lot more to get a VP the XA2 is very much worth it. But for hardcore pic Q junkies like myself who want to squeeze out every last drop even if it means only 5% improvement I need a great VP.