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Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA
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Halite currently stuck in Customs - probably can't figure out what it is.
Seems that they also have my IR Remote for my Samsung PN64F8500 stuck there as well.
Amazon.ca order got caught in Toronto's snow storm, maybe that's what's happening to the other 2 as well. Green grass up North here.
Looks like a Wednesday arrival.
Received. Remote the exact same as Darbee, except has Halite imprinted as well. Same size. Comes with a fancy HDMI Cable and a 3 Year Warrantee.
Warming up my TV and Halite to take calibration readings. Then compare PQ's. (Found Darbee did affect the Red somewhat, that's why I leave it in during calibration.)
Same remote: initially wouldn't work. Interchanged batteries, then it worked. Took white eraser to battery, now OK.
Different readings through each: Darbee +/- 3. Halite +/- 10 - which means I will have to recalibrate for the Halite.
Halite appears to have little more like 4K qualities (Solid) - won't confim until after calibration.
During and after calibration:
As like when we first starting using the Darbee, we have grown to find the improvements can be very subtle. More detailing in an eye, more sharpness in things and objects, etc. One thing that use to bother me about my LG 55LHX was, I could calibrate a great looking PQ, but found that somewhat soft look annoying. The Darbee cleared this up. Now I moved the Darbee over to my wife's 55LHX, first thing she said to me was it now looks clearer.
The Halite, has the same Darbee subtle improvements, but a little clearer, and from what I could see during calibration, the colour screens seemed to be fuller and bolder. Definitely not drastic, but just made a more solid PQ. (Half way to 4K look?)
Darbee before calibrating with it inline, could go a max of HD 50. After calibration 70.
Halite before calibration max of 50. after calibration 40. Halite vs the Darbee, the Halite seems a tad clearer, and seems to clear up graininess to give the more fuller look.. (Cheap 4K Fix?)
At the current clearing price of $250 - the Halite would be the better choice over the Darbee.