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post #8371 of 8382 Old 12-11-2014, 09:37 AM
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. . . new "Darblet" DVP-5000, now on sale for $199 from DarbeeVision! . . .
https://www.facebook.com/DarbeeVision
Price cut to clear out old inventory before new model introduction?
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What are we expecting the new model to introduce?
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Received my Darblet today, only found out about the existence of the thing just a few days ago, guess I got lucky to discover it after the price drop/sale.

I do a lot of digital photography and always ALWAYS use a combination of the various micro-contrast enhancements on my photos, clarity, high-pass filter, unsharp mask, Topaz, etc and feel like I've trained my eyes/brain to detect right when I get the 3D pop without going overboard. I never once considered how this effect would look for video though, so I was super excited to try it out. I would never post a photo of mine without at least adding "clarity", so I went into this review expecting a winner on concept alone.

After hooking up the Darblet to my 65" ST50 plasma (seated 8 feet away) I found that HD 58 was a good setting when watching HGTV HD, around what most reviewers recommend. I then popped in Transformers 2 on Blu-ray and eventually dialed way down to HD 28, which coincidently is about the same opacity % I use in Photoshop for this effect. There's one scene towards the beginning of the movie where there's an overhead shot of the campus Sam is being dropped off at. The buildings, and roofs especially, looked a tad harsh starting at 29 and up, so 28 it is. I've heard that these models of Panasonic plasmas automatically add a similar effect already, which may explain why such a low number works for me.

Is it worth the money? I don't know, the change is so subtle in motion, but knowing/seeing how much detail and contrast pop it adds to a still frame, at this point I couldn't live without it. It's more of a $150 product than $199 to me (or the original $299-350, yikes).

The caveat to using a product like this, as with photography, adding the detail enhancement ends up sharpening the purposeful out-of-focus areas (bokeh) of the picture, which can deemphasize the intended focal point. At the low setting of 28, I'm not too concerned about that though. Not to dig up any old debate, I feel like the over-sharpening of out of focus area is the main culprit of altering the "director's intent." Just to play it safe, I threw in my Spears and Munsil disc after Transformers and as most Darbet owners know, none of my calibrated settings needed any adjustment. Personally, I feel like this device isn't any less true to the director's intent or calibrated standards as would be the significant picture difference between a 1080p LED vs a 4k OLED watching the same material.

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It figures I just bought a used Darbee for 200$
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Just got mine installed today, and while I bought it used this week also, I don't feel I missed out, I'm absolutely impressed and would pay more. I have an epson 5010 projector and a draper 92" screen. I love the darbee effect it works for me.

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When i connect my Darbee to my PJ, the screen flashes on and off for about 30 seconds. Then it eventually stays on. What causes this? I've got the Darbee between my avr (pass thru) and pj. Video source is a Dune player.
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When i connect my Darbee to my PJ, the screen flashes on and off for about 30 seconds. Then it eventually stays on. What causes this? I've got the Darbee between my avr (pass thru) and pj. Video source is a Dune player.
Have you tried a different source - ie. a Blu-ray player?

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Just bought the Darbee a few days ago. At first, I didn't like it, but it grows on you. I have the 65" curved Samsung 4k set. I'm using the Darbee on my STB from TWC. In fact, I just bought a second one for use with my Panny Blu Ray player. Because of my setup (which is a tad complex) and the One Connect box that goes with the Sammy, I need a second unit. Couldn't find a 2x2 bidirectional HDMI switcher. I'm going direct from my STB and Panny to the Samsung's One Connect device, and can't go through my AVR. It's a legacy Onkyo 605, with no ARC.
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Have you tried a different source - ie. a Blu-ray player?
I only have the one media device connected right now. When the Dune is connected directly to the avr, then hdmi out to pj, it works fine. The Dune is set to 12bit color. Could that be the problem?
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I only have the one media device connected right now. When the Dune is connected directly to the avr, then hdmi out to pj, it works fine. The Dune is set to 12bit color. Could that be the problem?
I don't think so but I can't say for sure, perhaps someone else knows.

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I'm not really a videophile snob however need to get the best image I can using the smallest amount associated with effort, it may sound if you ask me such as the darbe is offering in which
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Just bought the Darbee a few days ago. At first, I didn't like it, but it grows on you ... I just bought a second one for use with my Panny Blu Ray player ...
Yup, it can be habit forming. In addition to the switching options you mention, the Oppo 103D / 105D allow multiple sources to play through Darbee processing at a cost effective price point. But the multiple Darblet approach can have advantages too.


Every once in a while, quite inexplicably, things actually go according to plan.
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