Received the Darblet I ordered on Black Friday. Kudos to Mike at AVS... I ordered the afternoon of Black Friday and it was here in Ontario, Canada by Wednesday of the next week thanks to his prompt shipping!
Just hooked up the Darblet to my Mitsubishi HC4000 and it's exactly as I expected it would be. As other posters have pointed out, the effect on the image can be subtle (or not so subtle if you let loose on Full Pop mode
), but it's definitely like taking a shammy to a grimy window.
I tested it out on a huge range of content, from 1080p/720p to old ripped DVDs, Divx files, etc. It can do more harm than good with SD or poor source material - like those 10 year old Divx files I have lingering around that I ought to just get rid of. However, I think that the key with SD content is to just notch the Darbee up a little past it being off. Some extra detail is better than nothing!
The new Blu-ray transfer of Lawrence of Arabia
looked amazing! Same with the remake of Total Recall
and animated content like Tintin
, but I was really impressed with some of the foreign/art house type films I have. The European stuff tends to have a lot of facial close ups and great composition overall - Oslo 31 August
(Norwegian) and Control
(British B&W) looked fantastic!
I fear the day that this thing dies after using it in my setup long-term; I'd never be able to go back!