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Thoughts about POP Mode
I did a little more playing last night. As it turns out my various modes POP, HD, GAMING etc are working. I think the still frame I tested with previously just happened to be one where the differences were not easily noticed.
Anyway, as it turns out, I think POP can do a very good job. I had gone into my Darbee experience thinking POP mode it was not for serious viewing because it would be blown out etc. However I find that the picture is even cleaner/more focused-looking compared to HD mode. I was doing my testing around 43%. With Darbee off = bleh. With Darbee on HD 43% = very nice. With Darbee on POP 43% even better! It also makes the picture more dynamic. As I mentioned earlier, it also has a lot of similar characteristics to the adaptive gamma setting on the Radiance. It brightens certain areas and darkens others, effectively giving you a digital dynamic iris of sorts. However with the Lumagen value for this it is applied in such a way where you get an overly dark picture at times and some black crush. Whereas the Darbee in POP mode has a much better approach/algorithm which seems to give these same benefits but without the downsides.
I was torn a little bit, however, in using this mode because it does darken the picture a little and take the vibrancy out of some of the highlights. Yes I really liked how it not only gives extra dimenions to the picture but "cleans it up" Darbee style that much better. For now I settled on using GAME mode which seems to apply a little of this logic compared to HD mode, but far less than POP mode.
I would love to hear more about the opinions of others on POP mode, when/how often they use it and whether they share similar opinions on how it works for them.
Dr. Darbee and company - It would be great if you added another control where we could control the other variable(s) used that sets HD, GAME, and POP mode a part. For instance I would like to do something in between HD mode and POP mode. Someone earlier in the thread suggested that GAME mode was half way between HD and POP but IMO it is only a tiny bit different than HD mode. So imagine a slider or parameter of some kind that you could use to move the affect anywhere in between HD mode and GAME mode to taste. That would be amazing!