Originally Posted by Bachelor
I received mine today and hooked it up to my Oppo 93 to a Benq W1070. First impression, not overly impressed. Added just a tad of oomph. (hidef at 50) Switched to Demo mode split and watched a bit of content. It wasn't that big of a night and day difference. I then switched darbee on and off and that is where I truly appreciated the value. Landscapes scenes in the movie Australia were sharper and details in the faces were more apparent. I also played back Catching Fire and appreciated the added punch.
Overall, not as dramatic of an effect that i've seen on you tube, etc. I think they boost it up to 120% full pop or something. The effect for me is more subtle. I then switched to Directv and not a huge improvement. I'll continue to play with it. I'm happy to add it to my setup.
It's only natural to expect a night-and-day difference when installing any new piece of equipment. When we turn it on, we want to immediately know that it's working and doing something dramatic. Otherwise, what's the point of it?
However, what you should try to keep in mind here is that you don't actually want the Darbee to change
what a movie looks like. The movie is what it is, and should look like what the director shot it to look like. If you add processing to dramatically alter what a movie looks like, that's actually a bad thing.
The Darbee does not change what a movie looks like. It provides a subtle enhancement to make detail that's already in the picture more clearly visible. The effect can be equated to upgrading your TV/projector to the next model up. Considering how expensive it would be to upgrade your display, adding a $300 box that provides a similar effect is actually a pretty good value.
Ideally, Darbee processing should not draw attention to itself. You want to watch the movie, not the processor box. After a short while, you should forget that it's even on at all. It just does its thing in the background, making everything look a little bit better without you worrying about it.
Before you installed the Darbee, did you fiddle with your TV's settings every time you put in a new movie? No, you did your initial calibration, chose the proper settings, and stopped thinking about it anymore. Same deal here.
For those on the fence, I would put the money on something else that needs to be upgraded prior to adding the darbee. Once you are happy with your video and audio, then I would suggest to add the darbee.
I think this is a fair piece of advice.