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post #4921 of 7863
Another 3D title with picture drop outs for me.frown.gif

Was trying to watch Nemo 3D lastnight and the picture kept dropping out about every 4-5 minutes.
I tried turning the Darbee to off/0% and that didn't help(I did this on Avengers 3D and it stopped the drop outs).
I had to completely remove the Darbee from the signal chain to stop the picture drop outs.
The LED(blue ?) on the Darbee that indicates signal present would go out when this would happen.

I've watched Hugo, A Christmas Carol , Avatar, Polar Express, Captain America, and various other 3D blu-ray titles with no picture drop outs.
I've had no issues when watching standard blu-ray or DVD as well.

One thing common is that Avengers and Nemo are new Disney 3D blu-ray titles.

I still like the Darbee & will continue to use it but it's disappointing to have issue like this.

I will be getting me one of THESE to toggle the Darbee in/out of my HDMI chain to my projector as needed.
post #4922 of 7863
I recently added an Epson 5010 for mostly 3D duties and have had a couple of the flashing dropouts. I don't remember the titles, but both occured after some long 3D watching/testing sessions (5+ hrs). In both cases, powering the Darbee off/on fixed it. Since then I haven't had any during more normal 3D viewing. I also had no problem with Avengers 3D (which I would have remembered since I had company) Nemo is coming in the mail so that should be interesting...
post #4923 of 7863
I had issues with my Darbee when putting it in the output chain from my 3D receiver to the projector after all the hdmi switching was done. All my devices go through the receiver used as a video switcher to the projector and to separate the audio off the hdmi cable. The only way it would work without dropouts was to put it in the immediate output chain of the device such as my blu-ray player, cable TV or game. It's a pain to switch cables between all three devices, so I leave it in the blu-ray chain, and that's worked out fine for me.
post #4924 of 7863
Ok Darbee Nation, I need your help. To recap, I've been debating whether to Darbee or to pro-calibrate. Well I received the Darbee yesterday and played with it for a few hours...

Directv- very subtle difference. I tried sports, news, and nature channels. All weren't impressive at all. I started with HD at 50%, then bumped it to 80% to create more of a difference.

Xbox- more of a difference. I used HD at 80-90% and I can tell there was more detail. But still not that impressed.

Blu ray- I played Avatar, I Am Legend, Toy Story 3, and True Grit. The difference was more noticeable with blu rays. However, I can't say that I'm impressed yet. The most impressive part was probably with True Grit and the beard on Jeff Bridges. I set the Darbee to HD 70-80%, that seemed to provide a satisfying difference in the beard. Another noticeable difference was with Mr. Pricklepant's hair in Toy Story 3. With the Darbee set to HD 90%, I can see more detail.

I also viewed Avatar in 3D and once again, I saw a difference, but nothing impressive in my eyes.

Below are some reasons why I think I'm not that impressed:

- I'm just hard to impress.
- I expected too much.
- My display (65GT50) is already that impressive and the little enhancements from the Darbee just don't do that much for my display.
- The Darbee doesn't benefit plasmas as much as a projector/LCD.
- I need to give the Darbee more time and just watch more content.

I can see why people say that the Darbee makes it seem like a veil has been lifted from the picture, or that it's like washing your windshield. I do notice that difference, usually after setting the Darbee to HD 70%. But am I seeing a $269 difference? Obviously that is subjective and to me, it's just not that impressive. I'm having a hard time justifying to myself that it's worth the money.

I'm looking for suggestions or advice from the Darbee Nation...
- Does anyone else have a GT50 that is truly impressed with the Darbee?
- Are there any scenes from movies that I should demo? (assuming I have the movie)
- Should I lower my setting on the Darbee?

The last thing I want to do is return the Darbee. I really want to be impressed by it. But right now, I'm not. I get 30 days to try it out so perhaps I just need more hours with it. I was hoping for more of an improvement with Directv, but oh well. As of now, I'm really curious as to how much a pro-calibration would help. I got a quote for $400 for my display. But if a pro-calibration is only going to benefit my display as much as the Darbee did, then I will pass on that as well. Any thoughts?
post #4925 of 7863
Quote:
Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post

Another 3D title with picture drop outs for me.frown.gif
Was trying to watch Nemo 3D lastnight and the picture kept dropping out about every 4-5 minutes.
I tried turning the Darbee to off/0% and that didn't help(I did this on Avengers 3D and it stopped the drop outs).
I had to completely remove the Darbee from the signal chain to stop the picture drop outs.
The LED(blue ?) on the Darbee that indicates signal present would go out when this would happen.
I've watched Hugo, A Christmas Carol , Avatar, Polar Express, Captain America, and various other 3D blu-ray titles with no picture drop outs.
I've had no issues when watching standard blu-ray or DVD as well.
One thing common is that Avengers and Nemo are new Disney 3D blu-ray titles.
I still like the Darbee & will continue to use it but it's disappointing to have issue like this.
I will be getting me one of THESE to toggle the Darbee in/out of my HDMI chain to my projector as needed.


I have had problems with Drop Outs on 2D and turned off Deep Color on my OPPO BDP83 and since than no further issues. Everytime I tried using Deep Color problems would arise occasionally. Running Darblet from Marantz AV8003 to Epson 1080 Pro using the Marantz to switch various devices.
post #4926 of 7863
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Originally Posted by terminal33 View Post

Ok Darbee Nation, I need your help. To recap, I've been debating whether to Darbee or to pro-calibrate. Well I received the Darbee yesterday and played with it for a few hours...
Directv- very subtle difference. I tried sports, news, and nature channels. All weren't impressive at all. I started with HD at 50%, then bumped it to 80% to create more of a difference.
Xbox- more of a difference. I used HD at 80-90% and I can tell there was more detail. But still not that impressed.
Blu ray- I played Avatar, I Am Legend, Toy Story 3, and True Grit. The difference was more noticeable with blu rays. However, I can't say that I'm impressed yet. The most impressive part was probably with True Grit and the beard on Jeff Bridges. I set the Darbee to HD 70-80%, that seemed to provide a satisfying difference in the beard. Another noticeable difference was with Mr. Pricklepant's hair in Toy Story 3. With the Darbee set to HD 90%, I can see more detail.
I also viewed Avatar in 3D and once again, I saw a difference, but nothing impressive in my eyes.
Below are some reasons why I think I'm not that impressed:
- I'm just hard to impress.
- I expected too much.
- My display (65GT50) is already that impressive and the little enhancements from the Darbee just don't do that much for my display.
- The Darbee doesn't benefit plasmas as much as a projector/LCD.
- I need to give the Darbee more time and just watch more content.
I can see why people say that the Darbee makes it seem like a veil has been lifted from the picture, or that it's like washing your windshield. I do notice that difference, usually after setting the Darbee to HD 70%. But am I seeing a $269 difference? Obviously that is subjective and to me, it's just not that impressive. I'm having a hard time justifying to myself that it's worth the money.
I'm looking for suggestions or advice from the Darbee Nation...
- Does anyone else have a GT50 that is truly impressed with the Darbee?
- Are there any scenes from movies that I should demo? (assuming I have the movie)
- Should I lower my setting on the Darbee?
The last thing I want to do is return the Darbee. I really want to be impressed by it. But right now, I'm not. I get 30 days to try it out so perhaps I just need more hours with it. I was hoping for more of an improvement with Directv, but oh well. As of now, I'm really curious as to how much a pro-calibration would help. I got a quote for $400 for my display. But if a pro-calibration is only going to benefit my display as much as the Darbee did, then I will pass on that as well. Any thoughts?

I have the exact same set as you (65"gt50) and I would have to say that I am more impressed by the Darbee than you are. I usually stay between HD 55 and 65% with live action stuff then kick it up to as much as 100% when watching a clean cgi animated movie. I think a calibration will get colrs more accurate as well as dial in the best contrast for the set, but probably wont add a lot of detail like the darbee seems to do. I imagine the calibration would help with shadow detail but not to the extreme that the darbee does. I think if the darbee doesn't knock your socks off, a calibration likely won't either. I don't really think either option is going to make drastic changes to the mmaterial you watch, because with blu ray you don't want a bunch of unecessary artifacts messing upi the picture. I find that the darbee does next to nothing for dvd (which is fine since I don't watch much dvd anymore) and does help a bit on cable, but unless you watch a lot of blu ray I don't think it would have been worth the money. I sit about 9-10' from my set and can notice a sizeable improvement. Some movies I like to watch to see differences are Up, monsters inc., and can notice a sizeable difference on the original tranformers. So much so that my wife wanted me to turn it down because meagan fox looks like a mess in that one once the darbee brings out all the flaws (well, the outer flaws, dont need a darbee to see her inner flaws lol). Anyways, if you don't expect too much, it is hard for me to believe you won't ultimately like it on our set.
post #4927 of 7863
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Originally Posted by terminal33 View Post

Ok Darbee Nation, I need your help. To recap, I've been debating whether to Darbee or to pro-calibrate. Well I received the Darbee yesterday and played with it for a few hours...
Directv- very subtle difference. I tried sports, news, and nature channels. All weren't impressive at all. I started with HD at 50%, then bumped it to 80% to create more of a difference. Any thoughts?

I had the same impression with my Optoma HD3300 projector and 159" High Power screen when I first bought one 3 months ago and returned it. I reconsidered when I started to watch more 3D blu-ray and also looking at 3D images taken with a 3D digital camera, so I gave it another try couple weeks ago. Yes it's subtle, but where I see the difference is when I relook at past blu-ray, and just have the Darbee switched on (ie. don't compare on and off). Then a sit back and see if I like the experience as well as the first time or better, and in all cases, the second look with the Darbee on was more satisfying. I can't explain it, but my brain liked it better. I found myself looking around "into" the scene at things I missed the first time because the noticeable detail was lacking first time around--yet I still find the effect very subtle at times. Like others have said. Keep it on and watch for a week or so, they turn it off and watch again for another week and see if your brain still likes the result with it off. If you can say yes, then you probably don't need it, but I find that turning it off after just a few days leaves me trying to "see" more...ie. that slight veil effect gets annoying. This for blu-ray movies only. Most TV shows, where the scenes are all inside rooms or near, don't need it, and I never watch movies on cable anyway.
post #4928 of 7863
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Originally Posted by chadsdsmith View Post

I have the exact same set as you (65"gt50) and I would have to say that I am more impressed by the Darbee than you are. I usually stay between HD 55 and 65% with live action stuff then kick it up to as much as 100% when watching a clean cgi animated movie. I think a calibration will get colrs more accurate as well as dial in the best contrast for the set, but probably wont add a lot of detail like the darbee seems to do. I imagine the calibration would help with shadow detail but not to the extreme that the darbee does. I think if the darbee doesn't knock your socks off, a calibration likely won't either. I don't really think either option is going to make drastic changes to the mmaterial you watch, because with blu ray you don't want a bunch of unecessary artifacts messing upi the picture. I find that the darbee does next to nothing for dvd (which is fine since I don't watch much dvd anymore) and does help a bit on cable, but unless you watch a lot of blu ray I don't think it would have been worth the money. I sit about 9-10' from my set and can notice a sizeable improvement. Some movies I like to watch to see differences are Up, monsters inc., and can notice a sizeable difference on the original tranformers. So much so that my wife wanted me to turn it down because meagan fox looks like a mess in that one once the darbee brings out all the flaws (well, the outer flaws, dont need a darbee to see her inner flaws lol). Anyways, if you don't expect too much, it is hard for me to believe you won't ultimately like it on our set.

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Originally Posted by threed123 View Post

I had the same impression with my Optoma HD3300 projector and 159" High Power screen when I first bought one 3 months ago and returned it. I reconsidered when I started to watch more 3D blu-ray and also looking at 3D images taken with a 3D digital camera, so I gave it another try couple weeks ago. Yes it's subtle, but where I see the difference is when I relook at past blu-ray, and just have the Darbee switched on (ie. don't compare on and off). Then a sit back and see if I like the experience as well as the first time or better, and in all cases, the second look with the Darbee on was more satisfying. I can't explain it, but my brain liked it better. I found myself looking around "into" the scene at things I missed the first time because the noticeable detail was lacking first time around--yet I still find the effect very subtle at times. Like others have said. Keep it on and watch for a week or so, they turn it off and watch again for another week and see if your brain still likes the result with it off. If you can say yes, then you probably don't need it, but I find that turning it off after just a few days leaves me trying to "see" more...ie. that slight veil effect gets annoying. This for blu-ray movies only. Most TV shows, where the scenes are all inside rooms or near, don't need it, and I never watch movies on cable anyway.

Thanks for your replies. I will adjust my expectations and then spend a week of watching blu rays. I'm hoping it will make me want to keep the Darbee. I'm also leaning towards not getting my set pro-calibrated. (I did Disney-calbrate it myself already. smile.gif) I just don't think I will appreciate the difference, especially at a non-refundable $400. Thanks again.
post #4929 of 7863
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Originally Posted by terminal33 View Post

Thanks for your replies. I will adjust my expectations and then spend a week of watching blu rays. I'm hoping it will make me want to keep the Darbee. I'm also leaning towards not getting my set pro-calibrated. (I did Disney-calbrate it myself already. smile.gif) I just don't think I will appreciate the difference, especially at a non-refundable $400. Thanks again.

I guess frame of reference is all smile.gif I called my calibrator to make sure he would still travel to me before buying my last display. The idea of using something like the darblet on a non cal'd display is just weird to me, but I understand everyone has their own thing.

As to the effect of the device - find a good quality BD (I'll nominate Thin Red Line as it has both panoramic nature shots as well as dramatic human close-ups and is reference quality BD) and get it just right and enjoy the movie. Then watch it again, doing the toggle thing - get it firmly in your mind what the before/after is (after already determining the exact right level for you.)

Then, imagine you were shopping for a new display, and two were side by side. The were the same, except one had the Darbee picture and the other didn't (not because of the Darbee, but just the nature of the thing.) Which would you buy if the sharper one was $300 more?

For me, (I have a similar set to yours - 64" sammy plasma) HD used in moderation is a subtle, global change that looks like something that should have been there to begin with. There's no down side when it works. By that I mean, the better the picture, the better the effect, but that seems right to me since I limit my viewing a lot by the quality of the picture anyway.
post #4930 of 7863
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Originally Posted by fjames View Post

I guess frame of reference is all smile.gif I called my calibrator to make sure he would still travel to me before buying my last display. The idea of using something like the darblet on a non cal'd display is just weird to me, but I understand everyone has their own thing.
As to the effect of the device - find a good quality BD (I'll nominate Thin Red Line as it has both panoramic nature shots as well as dramatic human close-ups and is reference quality BD) and get it just right and enjoy the movie. Then watch it again, doing the toggle thing - get it firmly in your mind what the before/after is (after already determining the exact right level for you.)
Then, imagine you were shopping for a new display, and two were side by side. The were the same, except one had the Darbee picture and the other didn't (not because of the Darbee, but just the nature of the thing.) Which would you buy if the sharper one was $300 more?
For me, (I have a similar set to yours - 64" sammy plasma) HD used in moderation is a subtle, global change that looks like something that should have been there to begin with. There's no down side when it works. By that I mean, the better the picture, the better the effect, but that seems right to me since I limit my viewing a lot by the quality of the picture anyway.

Hmm, interesting approach about the $300 more. I will keep that concept in mind as I watch more content, especially blu rays. Thanks!
post #4931 of 7863
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Originally Posted by trailblazer View Post

I have had problems with Drop Outs on 2D and turned off Deep Color on my OPPO BDP83 and since than no further issues. Everytime I tried using Deep Color problems would arise occasionally. Running Darblet from Marantz AV8003 to Epson 1080 Pro using the Marantz to switch various devices.
I try turning off Deep Color on my blu-ray player and see if that stops the drop outs.
post #4932 of 7863
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Originally Posted by terminal33 View Post

I need to give the Darbee more time and just watch more content.

This one. ^

When I first got the Darblet, I had mixed feelings. It took a couple weeks to settle in with it until I really felt that it was improving almost everything I watched with no negative side effects.

You have 30 days to return the unit. Turn it on and leave it on for a couple weeks. Then turn it off again. Once you've gotten used to it, you'll find yourself rubbing your eyes because everything looks so hazy without it.
post #4933 of 7863
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Originally Posted by Josh Z View Post


This one. ^
When I first got the Darblet, I had mixed feelings. It took a couple weeks to settle in with it until I really felt that it was improving almost everything I watched with no negative side effects.
You have 30 days to return the unit. Turn it on and leave it on for a couple weeks. Then turn it off again. Once you've gotten used to it, you'll find yourself rubbing your eyes because everything looks so hazy without it.

Oh, I just thought I was getting old(er)!!

post #4934 of 7863
I'll share this quick story to my fellow members this morning....I had a group of co-workers over about everyother month for movie night. After the movie several asked if I had gotten a new projector since they noticed a "sharper" image. Mind you, I am a DLP owner (Planar 8150), so it's plenty sharp....but the Darbee with increase detail and imaging brings out the best in this DLP. Everytime my chronic upgrade bug starts acting up...I am hard pressed after adding the Darbee to upgrade my projector at this time. It will be another round (or two) or new bare bulbs swapped out before I replace the projector. Thanks again Dr Darbee.
post #4935 of 7863
It must be like audio differences. From my perspective it's not possible to see no noticeable difference using a Darbee, on virtually any set-up. While it does take a reasonably good PQ to begin with, certainly my Satellite signal and OTA are greatly improved, and of course Blu ray really benefits. It just so obviously improves facial images and backgrounds, especially foliage.
However, I am unable to really tell much of a difference between a high end audio system and a middle end one, even some lower end ones. So someone could say they can't understand how I don't hear the obvious difference.

As I posted during Thanksgiving my Brother-in laws each bought a Darbee after seeing my TV, without me first saying anything about a Darbee.
post #4936 of 7863
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Originally Posted by fjames View Post

I guess frame of reference is all smile.gif I called my calibrator to make sure he would still travel to me before buying my last display. The idea of using something like the darblet on a non cal'd display is just weird to me, but I understand everyone has their own thing.......

Then, imagine you were shopping for a new display, and two were side by side. The were the same, except one had the Darbee picture and the other didn't (not because of the Darbee, but just the nature of the thing.) Which would you buy if the sharper one was $300 more?...

By that I mean, the better the picture, the better the effect, but that seems right to me since I limit my viewing a lot by the quality of the picture anyway.



So here's what appears to be my completely different approach.

I have had two past TV's calibrated by a pro, they look(ed) tremendous. But the second one looked better, but not by as much as the first because I took my time and used a calibration disc, and started with some very good settings Cnet used after their calibration. The first TV has died, so bought a new one.
Now, I just can not afford or justify with what things cost today, to do both a pro calibration at around $450 plus the Darbee for $270 on this TV. I again used some very detailed settings from Cnet that I recently found they changed, adjusted using the calibration disc, and have a tremendous picture, skin tones and shadows/blacks right up there with any TV before. (Just to be clear, no doubt a pro could even improve on that)
So for another $270 I have a picture not even attainable by just a Pro calibration. If I saw TV's side by side, I would pay $300 more for one that had the Darbee effect, don't many of us do that now? Pick the one with the best picture somewhat in the price range even if it costs more? In fact you might see it as a bargain, as a higher priced TV without it would most likely look not as good.

Another difference, I do watch plenty of material that isn't the best PQ, because content is important also to me.

Before the Darbee I might have done another Pro calibration, I'm not sure with the economy the way it is, but with a Darbee it made the decision much easier.
Edited by tampa8 - 12/6/12 at 10:17am
post #4937 of 7863
Getting excited!

Just received a note from AVS that mine is on it's way.

Darbee mentioned to me...
"a new upgrade won't be available for some time."

So, I decided to buy now and not wait.

Hey, when a guys needs a fix, he can't wait. This is an addictive hobby we have here.


P
Edited by JimShaw - 12/6/12 at 7:32am
post #4938 of 7863
Anyone using the Darbee with a JVC-RS2?
What are your findings?
post #4939 of 7863
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Originally Posted by suffolk112000 View Post

Anyone using the Darbee with a JVC-RS2?
What are your findings?

Not quite, but currently using my Darbee with a JVC HD350 (RS10). It allows me to reduce the JVC's sharpness controls to zero to stop any ringing and to stop that annoying micro 'judder' that they seem to add. The Darbee then adds back the sharpness and details really pop out (like chain mail on a program my son likes to watch). I also use an A lens and the Darbee works just fine when using that. I can't watch DLP due to headaches/rainbows, but this seems to give me much of what DLP would over a 'standard' DILA image.
post #4940 of 7863
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Originally Posted by terminal33 View Post

Ok Darbee Nation, I need your help. To recap, I've been debating whether to Darbee or to pro-calibrate. Well I received the Darbee yesterday and played with it for a few hours...
Directv- very subtle difference. I tried sports, news, and nature channels. All weren't impressive at all. I started with HD at 50%, then bumped it to 80% to create more of a difference.
Xbox- more of a difference. I used HD at 80-90% and I can tell there was more detail. But still not that impressed.
Blu ray- I played Avatar, I Am Legend, Toy Story 3, and True Grit. The difference was more noticeable with blu rays. However, I can't say that I'm impressed yet. The most impressive part was probably with True Grit and the beard on Jeff Bridges. I set the Darbee to HD 70-80%, that seemed to provide a satisfying difference in the beard. Another noticeable difference was with Mr. Pricklepant's hair in Toy Story 3. With the Darbee set to HD 90%, I can see more detail.

HD mode is the most subtle mode. Try Game mode at lower numbers. Those of us here that aren't on HD mode are using Game mode instead.

I'm at Game 50%, and it seems to be the most popular setting for that mode here....
post #4941 of 7863
Deep Colour - 2 different types?
Have turned all my Deep Colour settings to Off on my various Electronice Devices.
Now I'm told setting the Outputs to 4:4:4:, is also Deep Colour, and the systems aren't currently designed for it, and to Reset back to 4:2:2. Yet I've read the Darbee is a 4:4:4: Input
So, tonight, put all Outputs back to 4:2:2.
Now my eyes feel peculiar while watching. Has anyone else noticed this? It's kind of like Motion Blurr. If it keeps bugging my eyes, I don't care what I'm told re 4:4:4, I'll go back to it.
post #4942 of 7863
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Originally Posted by fleaman View Post

HD mode is the most subtle mode. Try Game mode at lower numbers. Those of us here that aren't on HD mode are using Game mode instead.
I'm at Game 50%, and it seems to be the most popular setting for that mode here....

I played various scenes last night from Hurt Locker, I-Robot, Transformers, Book of Eli, The Three Muskateers, Planet Earth, and Kung Fu Panda. I used HD-60-70%. I used Game mode at around 50% for some of them, but I'm still uncertain as to which mode I like better. I haven't watched a complete BR yet with the Darbee, I've just been playing scenes. I'll have to say that the Darbee grew on me a little bit, mainly due to Kung Fu Panda. I was impressed with the Darbee effect as it brought out the detail on the animal's fur/hair. For that movie I set it on HD-90-100%.

As acknowledged earlier, I know I need to watch some complete movies with the Darbee on to allow my mind and eyes to get Darbee-tized. Then I need to watch a movie with the Darbee off and see if the picture seems fuzzy to me. But then again, do I really want to be Darbee-tized where everything looks fuzzy to be without the Darbee? tongue.gif

A question just popped into my head: Can setting the contrast level on the TV too high reduce the Darbee effect? With my GT50 I have the contrast at 100 for my daytime viewing. I was wondering if setting it lower will allow the Darbee to make more of an impact.
post #4943 of 7863
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Originally Posted by 5mark View Post

I recently added an Epson 5010 for mostly 3D duties and have had a couple of the flashing dropouts. I don't remember the titles, but both occured after some long 3D watching/testing sessions (5+ hrs). In both cases, powering the Darbee off/on fixed it. Since then I haven't had any during more normal 3D viewing. I also had no problem with Avengers 3D (which I would have remembered since I had company) Nemo is coming in the mail so that should be interesting...
Just a quick update: I was able to watch about 30 min of Nemo 3D and it played perfectly with no blackouts (and looked outstanding).

BTW the main feature was Madagascar which was incredible 3D using the Epson/Darbee combo. Be warned that early in the movie there is a scene where the lights strobe off and on just like a flashing blackout. But its part of the film so don't panic. wink.gif
post #4944 of 7863
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Originally Posted by terminal33 View Post

A question just popped into my head: Can setting the contrast level on the TV too high reduce the Darbee effect? With my GT50 I have the contrast at 100 for my daytime viewing. I was wondering if setting it lower will allow the Darbee to make more of an impact.

I'll give my honest opinion... It's so important to try and get the best calibrated setting. Setting one aspect on it's own like Contrast, or Brightness just isn't going to do any justice to the best viewing picture. The Darbee works best the better the PQ. So if you put the picture out of calibration, it could theoretically not only make the picture look worse, but possibly hinder the effectiveness of the Darbee imho.
Rarely would simply turning up brightness or contrast on their own be a true improvement, if a brighter screen is wanted using a calibration disc and adjusting everything - brightness, contrast, color saturation and tint is really needed. Since too bright or too much contrast can reduce shadows it would seem possible it could hinder the Darbee. (As would too dark)
post #4945 of 7863
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Originally Posted by tampa8 View Post

I'll give my honest opinion... It's so important to try and get the best calibrated setting. Setting one aspect on it's own like Contrast, or Brightness just isn't going to do any justice to the best viewing picture. The Darbee works best the better the PQ. So if you put the picture out of calibration, it could theoretically not only make the picture look worse, but possibly hinder the effectiveness of the Darbee imho.
Rarely would simply turning up brightness or contrast on their own be a true improvement, if a brighter screen is wanted using a calibration disc and adjusting everything - brightness, contrast, color saturation and tint is really needed. Since too bright or too much contrast can reduce shadows it would seem possible it could hinder the Darbee. (As would too dark)

Thanks for your thoughts. I did calibrate my set with Disney's WOW disc and having my contrast at 100 didn't negatively affect the picture. I believe other 50GT owners have their contrast at 100 also. But I guess I should see if lowering it to 90 or 80 makes a difference with the Darbee.

I think my original question stemmed from the fact that Kung Fu Panda displayed a greater benefit from the Darbee than non-animated films. So I was trying to see if lowering contrast can result in a greater benefit from the Darbee for non-animated films.
post #4946 of 7863
Hello all!

A quick question I have had my Darrby for a few months . I absolutely love it. It is hooked up to a 50 inch Panasonic plasma. I sit at about 8 feet away. I think the difference set at 45% HD is absolutely stunning. I know it is very subtle, but that subtle difference makes all the difference in the world. I have it hooked up for Blu-ray and streaming. ( not hd cable)

I am now thinking about getting one for my upstairs bedroom. I have a 47 inch LCD television. It is about 9 feet viewing distance. Do you think I could still appreciate what the Darby could do for me with a slightly smaller television and a slightly further viewing distance?

Thanks for any opinions...
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Originally Posted by frostylou View Post

Hello all!
A quick question I have had my Darrby for a few months . I absolutely love it. It is hooked up to a 50 inch Panasonic plasma. I sit at about 8 feet away. I think the difference set at 45% HD is absolutely stunning. I know it is very subtle, but that subtle difference makes all the difference in the world. I have it hooked up for Blu-ray and streaming. ( not hd cable)
I am now thinking about getting one for my upstairs bedroom. I have a 47 inch LCD television. It is about 9 feet viewing distance. Do you think I could still appreciate what the Darby could do for me with a slightly smaller television and a slightly further viewing distance?
Thanks for any opinions...

I would pull the Darbee were it is and put it upstairs to test. You will then have your answer



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Thanks Jim,

I kind of considered that. But it's a real mess trying to get the other one out now and move furniture ..etc etc. i could do it, but it's kind of a big hassle That I would prefer to Avoid
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Originally Posted by frostylou View Post

I am now thinking about getting one for my upstairs bedroom. I have a 47 inch LCD television. It is about 9 feet viewing distance. Do you think I could still appreciate what the Darby could do for me with a slightly smaller television and a slightly further viewing distance?
Thanks for any opinions...

Yes. I have a Sharp 32" LCD/LED and a 80+" projection set up, both watched from the same distance (9-10 ft). It almost seems like I see more darbee benefit on the small 32" LCD than I do on the 80" projection screen.
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Originally Posted by terminal33 View Post

Thanks for your thoughts. I did calibrate my set with Disney's WOW disc and having my contrast at 100 didn't negatively affect the picture. I believe other 50GT owners have their contrast at 100 also.

I can see that then. Since you did use a calibration disc, and it may be common to use 100% with that set, it very well may look better at 100%. As you mentioned wouldn't hurt to lower it some and see how it looks with the Darbee.
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