I know there has been a number of people here asking if the results on some older displays will give the same positive results as that many of us get on current displays. Today we received a very positive review from a customer who bought a Darbee to connect with his Panasonic PT-AX200E, you may like to read it:
_________________________________________________________Darbee Visual Presence Darblet – review by Doug Farr:
Having been lucky enough to see the Darbee unit in undoubtedly one of finest and the most high tech home Cinemas in the country, it is hardly surprising the Darbee unit was able to perform its magic. After all, the more data for it to work off, the greater you would expect the end result.
What did surprise me however, is that this same device was actually able to perform an equivalent level of magic on a modest theatre set up using only standard entry level equipment.
I have a Panasonic PT-AX200E projector and play mostly DVD’s though a pretty basic blue- ray player (Panasonic DMP-BD45) and get quite satisfactory results. At least that’s what I thought, until I connected the Darbee unit. Now with the unit connected and set to my favourite setting, the picture seems to stand out more, is brighter and has a perception of greater depth of field. (Not the slicing kind you would see in a 3D stereoscope slide, but a difference in richness in view) In reality the difference is almost like comparing a photo taken with a quality 35mm camera instead of an instamatic camera.Does the Darblet really live up to the manufacturer’s claims and is it really worth all the hype?
Well, Seeing Is Believing. The unit itself is not that flattering to look at, but don’t be fooled by the see though outer casing. This is not just another fad device or something you may buy on “as seen on TV” advert. This unit is capable of performing real magic. Using this device is a very effective way of not only adding extra realism to high-end theatre equipment, but also for off the shelf products used by the average consumer.What does the Darblet really do?
Well for starters, the Darbee unit is able to sharpen the image, without the usual adverse effects. It creates depth of field and adds detail, which in turn makes images come to life. This clever processor also removes the haze from a picture and is comparable to looking at an image though a clear glass window (rather than though a window with a film or fine net curtains). This unit not only adds clarity, but somehow brings out detail previously masked from view, but obviously hidden in the original data source purely as digital information. This is not a sharpness/softness adjuster, which works on outer image lines, but a very high tech. processor turning previously unused data in to visible picture information.The Future
This is an amazing discovery and I am sure it will not be too long before all discerning manufacturers will want to obtain the necessary licenses to include this technology in their projection and/or source data equipment (after all the public will soon demand it).Pros...
Enables upgrades to existing theatre equipment by adding clarity, higher visible definition to pictures and is very easy to set up.Cons...
Unit does not come with it’s own extra HDMI cable (this may however simply be an effort to try and keep the price down).
Remote is pretty basic and honestly I would expect a higher quality remote to be supplied for the price paid and to reflect the quality of the other componentry used.
Although that said, the remote does perform well and I have no issues with it apart from its look.Is it worth it?
Yes, to me anyway, but then I enjoy the whole experience of picture quality and not just the story line in a movie. You soon forget you have this device on and become immersed in the picture, so every now and again I turn the unit off momentarily, to remind myself on what I would be missing without it.Summing up:
A very effective add-on device for improving image quality (adding clarity, depth of field and sparkle)
Relatively inexpensive (considering the technology involved and processing power of the unit) After two weeks of constant use, I only managed to find one DVD in my collection where this unit didn’t appear to make much difference.
It is not often a device can make a copy appear better than the source, but this device manages to do just that.Would I buy again or recommend to my friends?
Don’t just take my word for it, check out the link http://darbeevision.com/gallery
The link provides a pretty accurate rendition of the expectation you should expect by incorporating the unit in on your home theatre set up weather it be high end or average equipment.
Note : I have not yet trialled the Darbee unit on a regular TV set and all information is based after viewing images via projection equipment only.