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post #121 of 129 Old 09-11-2017, 02:41 PM
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I upconvert everything in a Lumagen processor earlier in the signal chain, so the mCable only ever received 1080p.
I tried it both ways. Most of my testing was without Darbee, so I could evaluate the mCable's merits on its own.
Did you try removing the Lumagen and testing the mCable as it was designed (to upscale)?

After I reread your review, it was not clear (to me) what type of display you were feeding. Was it 4K?
If it was, then I can see upscaling everything with the Lumagen. However, a big appeal of the mcable is it's upscaling ability. FI, there are a number of 720p HD channels on DTV. The mCable does a good job of upscaling to 1080p. To me, it seems like pre-upscaling (with the Lumagen) is adding a device in the chain that very few people have. My $.02.

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Did you try removing the Lumagen and testing the mCable as it was designed (to upscale)?

After I reread your review, it was not clear (to me) what type of display you were feeding. Was it 4K?
The article states that both of my projectors are 1080p and I didn't test the cable's upconversion, just its image enhancement processing.

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However, a big appeal of the mcable is it's upscaling ability. FI, there are a number of 720p HD channels on DTV. The mCable does a good job of upscaling to 1080p.
I will assume that the mCable's upconversion is adequate. I wasn't interested in that part of it. Honestly, upscaling isn't particularly difficult these days, especially given that the mCable only does the scaling and won't perform any deinterlacing (the hard part of the process) at all.

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To me, it seems like pre-upscaling (with the Lumagen) is adding a device in the chain that very few people have. My $.02.
Many A/V receivers will do the same upconversion now.

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The article states that both of my projectors are 1080p and I didn't test the cable's upconversion, just its image enhancement processing.



I will assume that the mCable's upconversion is adequate. I wasn't interested in that part of it. Honestly, upscaling isn't particularly difficult these days, especially given that the mCable only does the scaling and won't perform any deinterlacing (the hard part of the process) at all.



Many A/V receivers will do the same upconversion now.
Thanks for the clarification.
FWIW, rarely have I seen a product with more polarized online reviews...
In summary:
After testing with multiple sources on a 1080p plasma and a 1080p DLP PJ, my findings are similar to Josh's. That is, on pristine sources, there is some benefit to the mCable. The combination of Darbee and mCable is a mixed bag as well. Where the waters become murky is on SD source material. The Darbee by itself seems like the choice for these.
As far as bang for the buck, for <$30 it seems like a reasonable investment, if you watch high quality HD sources. For $130...
Bottom line is that I've chosen to leave the mCable in place for now on all our displays (Josh and I differ on this).
Someone with access to a 4K display could chime in to update this thread. Otherwise, it's time to ride into the sunset.
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Thought I would bump this thread with some further observations.
After almost 3 weeks of use, the Darbee-->mCable seems to be playing nicely with our Sharp DLP PJ.
The online price for the legacy editions has risen to about $60. I take that to mean that the supply is drying up.
Still waiting to see an AVSer put it through it's paces with a 4K diplay.

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Anyone here still curious and want to try the Cinema Edition mCable for yourself? Cost of shipping is all I ask.

Update: Cable has been claimed.

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