Playing around to see how the Darblet and Epson 6020 react to each other, in both 2D and 3D, using both Dish Network (720) and BluRay (1080) source material.
Still early in the process for me, but here are a couple thoughts in response to the PM's I've been getting asking what changes I see in the Epson's performance:
1. First take is that I'm starting to see the three processing options (HD, Gaming and Full Pop) as simply three different options that are not limited by the manufacturer's descriptions of what they do. They just seem to be three options to me, and what works "best" with any particular source material is still kind of a look and see exercise. I just don't think anyone should get hung up thinking that if you have a 1080p source, that the HD setting is necessarily the best option. It might be. It might not. Depends on content and personal preference. Fool around with all of them and don't get hung up on the names assigned to the three setting options.
2. The universal truth that I see is that the Darbee, even still clumsily operated by its new owner, adds significant detail and clarity benefits to virtually everything I watch. Yes it is often subtle, but the more you play around with it, the more you appreciate what it does. And what it does is not at all times a subtle improvement.
3. Which brings me to the Avatar 3D experience I had today. With all the CGI, I experimented more in Full Pop mode at a higher setting range (85) than I have typically used on other material. Wow. The impact was huge. Stunning depth and detail. Sort of the OMG thing you hope for, but don't dare expect. It was killer.
I went into this Darbee experiment with an open mind, as ready to be disappointed as pleased. I can already tell that I can't imagine not having the Darbee, and that it gives my projector a boost that I would only expect to see at a significantly higher price point.
Getting calibrated by Jeff Meier next week. More after that.
Every once in a while, quite inexplicably, things actually go according to plan.