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I finally got my Epson 5030 hooked up, squared and aligned with screen last night. I just wanted to comment right quick on the Darbee + Super Resolution (with firmware upgrade). I'll report back in greater detail after I've spent some more time with it. I've had the Darbee just sitting in its box for about 3 months (so before the new firmware came out). I haven't really seen to many posts with actual user experience with the new firmware combined with a Darbee. Like everyone else seems to be wondering, I was very curious to see if the Darbee was even needed . Initial thoughts on this combo is that the two together are AMAZING! I sit ~11' from eyes to screen (120" SeymourAV Center Stage XD Retractable). The projector is ceiling mounted about 14' from the screen. I've only had time to test it on one movie so far (Avatar 2D). Haven't charged the glasses yet for 3D. To my eyes on my setup, the look on Avatar 2D in Cinema mode and eco with SR set to 3, sharpening on PJ set to 0, and Darbee around 50% in HD mode looked stunningly sharp without being overcooked. What is interesting to me is if I turned off the Darbee (set to 0 sharpening) and bumped up the SR to 4, stuff like text started to look unnatural with very noticeable holos around the text. Switching back and forth was easy to see the differences. If I switched SR back to 3 and set the Darbee back to 50% sharpening, the text didn't look to artificially sharp with haloing and the fine details in facial close-ups were even sharper than with SR set to 4 (nothing looked to unnatural, at least to my eyes on this movie and my setup). I could really see the difference in the scenes with him talking into the camera (close-ups and text on screen at the same time). I know everyone's sharpening preferences differ though. I admit, I do love a very sharp picture but don't like it having that obvious over sharpened look. I probably need to make sure panel alignment is good as well. If it is off, that may require sharping to be reduced once its aligned.
I think the Darbee definitely does work a little different than the SR and gives finer control with the 1% increments. To me the combo is a winner. I may find with other Blu Ray content that I have to reduce sharpening a bit, but for this movie it looked absolutely incredible! Hopefully this will help you guys that are debating whether or not to add the Darbee to the mix is worth it, in addition to the firmware upgrade.
Last edited by SBuger; 11-18-2014 at 10:55 AM.