Originally Posted by MCaugusto
Ah, A/V accessories, another part (sub-group ?) of this "hobby" of mine for the past 40 years; I remember fondly my first audio accessory purchase back in 1974, a CD4 demodulator; Anyone here is old enough to remember such A/V antiques ?
Anyway, once i became aware of this recently introduced Darblet video processor accessory and its claims i had to investigate it and from the many comments and reviews posted i am definitely curious and ready to place my order through AVS.
From what i could ascertain, the Darblet does its "magic trick" by increasing intra-scene contrast, tightening focus and bringing even more of a sense of "Pop" to the image by giving it a 3D effect, with some foreground images seemingly "jumping" off-screen for a more realistic movie experience, without the need for using poorly implemented "pseudo-3D" effect available in some current displays.
I wonder how noticeable these improvements would be with my current set-up that consists of a Runco LED projector and a temporary very small 76" diagonal high-gain screen (10:1 gain). The Runco LED pj and its Vivitek and Digital Projection clones have been tested as having the highest ANSI contrast ever measured by some publications - according to Projector Central it measured 844:1 ANSI - and the Runco was described by Home Theater Magazine as displaying some the sharpest images ever seen and to top it off, those R/G/B LEDs have a color gamut of amazing depth.
Often times when i am watching a movie that happens to have scenes with lots of intra-scene contrast (ANSI, essentially) i notice that foreground objects seem to "jump-off" the screen giving the image a weirdly realistic, yet welcome, 3D effect and considering how sharp that image already is and the LED color gamut, i wonder if i would get the same amount of improvement other owners have experienced with their Darblet connected at the "bottom" of the connection chain directly to the the projector's HDMI input.
Another consideration of mine, and i imagine of most owners, is the fact that this just introduced video accessory is already in need of a firmware upgrade, forcing the owner to ship it back to the manufacturer; Why wasn't the Darblet designed from inception with a USB connection ? As an owner, i would gladly pay, say, $30 more for such obvious necessity in today's world of constant firmware upgrades/downloads.
Anyone here purchased the Darblet and connected it to any of those three LED pjs mentioned above ? What amount of image improvement did you notice ? If i purchase it from AVS and i am not satisfied with the end results, could the unit be returned for a full refund ? Any chance that the next generation Darblet will have USB connection ?
Any answers and suggestions would be most appreciated....