My initial review from January 2013
What I am seeing;
1.I see blown out whites at any setting.( I am currently using the HD setting @ 40%)
2.I see noise on HD cable images not present when Darbee is off.
3.I see a perceptible increase in the quality of black images.
4.Still images look very different with darbee on or off but I do not find the same striking differences with moving images.
5.I am not seeing 3D without the glasses. as stated in that gushing widescreen review by editor Gary Reber
6.I am unsure whether the treated images look better to my eyes than the untreated image.
7.The cost of this product was the same as a 3D repeater and a couple pairs of 3D glasses.
8.I can confidently state that a 3D upgrade offers more bang for the buck, at least for a couple of people as the costs are the same.
I will play with Darbee a bit more and maybe get some input from members on tips and tweaks, but as off now this upgrade is not worth the cost..
Review February 2013
1.+ Re calibration,(long overdue anyway) has solved this issue and Darbee at any but the highest setting does not affect the whites blooming but only improves the image.
2.- Yes agree, more of what is present within the image with Darbee engaged is presented and enhanced for better or worse.
3.+ Big yes.
4. Neither + or - I still concur with my first reaction. Still images are strikingly different and better via Darbee, I do not see that same striking in your face difference on moving images.
5. Neither + or - Same no 3D. I do not know what that gushing editor Gary Reber of widescreen review was doing prior to his review of this product that day but there is no 3D effect with this product .
6.+ I am now positively sure that the Darbee treated images are more satisfying to view, deep and richer than untreated images. Easily seen.
7.Neither + or - True.
8. Neither + or - Although this is again true.
But that is just for two pair of glasses. Also the 3D hardware purchase is restricted to 3D material only and 3D sources are pricey compared to their non 3D counterparts.
Only two people are included in this scenario, extra glasses $100.00 a pop. Batteries are $$$ that do not last long.
So 3D delivers more bang but less accessibility and versatility as the Darbee improves all images presented for all viewers. You cant have a 3D movie on for 8 and have two pair of glasses handy.
Out of my eight initial observations, 3 are positive.
For the increase in perception alone #3 supplied by this product is worth the price.
I am pleased with the purchase although there have been unforeseen HDMI compatibility issues that unfortunately will remain unresolved.
The HDMI compatibility issues with Darbee apparently only affect Marantz product.