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post #6421 of 7863
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

The new Premium is $320. The Cobalt is $270. There's now an open box Cobalt for $230.

I'm not sure what you are trying to say.

A brand new Premium is $252.50 with free S/H after coupon on Smarthome. (As indicated above by another member, that coupon is not effective for the Cobalt.) You can use one of the rebate sites to save an additional 2% ($5.05) bringing the net cost for a new Premium to $247.45 shipped.
post #6422 of 7863
I sent an email to Larry several weeks back about my now non functioning Darbee, but never heard back.
Does anyone know if the stated 1 yr warranty on the website applies retroactively to Darbees purchased back in December?

Would still like to get this unit replaced with a fully functioning one. One month of use for $250+ isn't a great deal in my eyes.
post #6423 of 7863
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Originally Posted by Paulidan View Post

I sent an email to Larry several weeks back about my now non functioning Darbee, but never heard back.
Does anyone know if the stated 1 yr warranty on the website applies retroactively to Darbees purchased back in December?

Would still like to get this unit replaced with a fully functioning one. One month of use for $250+ isn't a great deal in my eyes.

Try this avenue: Trouble Ticket Form on their website..
post #6424 of 7863
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Originally Posted by Paulidan View Post

I sent an email to Larry several weeks back about my now non functioning Darbee, but never heard back.
Does anyone know if the stated 1 yr warranty on the website applies retroactively to Darbees purchased back in December?

Would still like to get this unit replaced with a fully functioning one. One month of use for $250+ isn't a great deal in my eyes.

When I needed help, Larry Pace got back to me immediately.
Here is the email I used:

larry@darbeevision.com

It's summer, he may be traveling, etc.
Good luck with it.
post #6425 of 7863
Hey DD. I miss working with you.
post #6426 of 7863
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Originally Posted by Paulidan View Post

I sent an email to Larry several weeks back about my now non functioning Darbee, but never heard back.
Does anyone know if the stated 1 yr warranty on the website applies retroactively to Darbees purchased back in December?

Would still like to get this unit replaced with a fully functioning one. One month of use for $250+ isn't a great deal in my eyes.

Sorry to have missed your email.

Please use the Trouble Ticket on the website and email larry@darbeevision.com, support@darbeevision.com, or tom@darbeevision.com.

Should you get no reply or slow replay, certainly call or resend. We normally respond within a day or hours.

Our upgrade in warranty policy includes a grandfathering of all product purchased within 12 months of the current date.

-DD
post #6427 of 7863
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Originally Posted by mark haflich View Post

Hey DD. I miss working with you.

Mark,

Nice to hear from you. See you at CEDIA.

-DD
post #6428 of 7863
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Originally Posted by DarbeeDr View Post

At times isolating issues is challenging. Examples of consistent Darblet mal-behavior are very helpful.

Since we are having trouble duplicating the issue in our lab, any additional information, such as cable lengths, equipment models, and the like, would be greatly appreciated when reporting on the "reset to factory defaults" issue.

Our Trouble Ticket Form on the website is the best way to make reports.

Thank you,
-DD

I'll fill out a ticket. Thanks, DD.
post #6429 of 7863
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

The new Premium is $320. The Cobalt is $270. There's now an open box Cobalt for $230.

Hi Last:
I'm finally at the trigger pulling stage and have a problem. I had to wait a few months on the Darbee until my cash flowed a bit higher. And I was unsure of the direction I wanted to go. I plan to either buy an opened box Darbee from Solid Signal on Monday or tuesday of next week. Or....buy a new 60 inch plasma for $829...and finally let the 65 inch Hitachi 65F59 CRT HDTV go. Something in my gut keep warning me not to ditch the Hitachi or I'll regret it. But I really like the Plasma look too. Especially the sharper, crisper image. So I am sort of caught between 2 worlds right now. I'm not sure the Darbee would add anything significantly to a new plasma right away. But I could be wrong. You and I have communicated several times in the past on this forum and the RPCRT thread. And I really respect and trust your knowledge and eye about all things video (especially re; HDRPCRT). My only question is will the Darbee make the Hitachi image look much sharper and more focused (after a clean/cal session)? And will the sharper image be on par or better with the new plasmas in your opinion? I am leaning heavily toward keeping the Hitachi for right now and buying the Darbee. And if I don't see any significant improvement...just buy a plasma during the Black Friday holiday deal cycle. But then I would be sitting on a Darbee brick. Tsk...tsk...decisions...decisions.
post #6430 of 7863
barrelbelly,
You can buy the darbee now and see what it WILL do to your Hitachi. If you, for some reason, don't like what it is doing then return the darbee ( you are only out a few bucks for return shipping). I doubt you will though. By owning the darbee now, you get to see what it will do now, AND with a potential Plasma in the future. The choice is yours!
post #6431 of 7863
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Originally Posted by barrelbelly View Post

Hi Last:
I'm finally at the trigger pulling stage and have a problem. I had to wait a few months on the Darbee until my cash flowed a bit higher. And I was unsure of the direction I wanted to go. I plan to either buy an opened box Darbee from Solid Signal on Monday or tuesday of next week. Or....buy a new 60 inch plasma for $829...and finally let the 65 inch Hitachi 65F59 CRT HDTV go. Something in my gut keep warning me not to ditch the Hitachi or I'll regret it. But I really like the Plasma look too. Especially the sharper, crisper image. So I am sort of caught between 2 worlds right now. I'm not sure the Darbee would add anything significantly to a new plasma right away. But I could be wrong. You and I have communicated several times in the past on this forum and the RPCRT thread. And I really respect and trust your knowledge and eye about all things video (especially re; HDRPCRT). My only question is will the Darbee make the Hitachi image look much sharper and more focused (after a clean/cal session)? And will the sharper image be on par or better with the new plasmas in your opinion? I am leaning heavily toward keeping the Hitachi for right now and buying the Darbee. And if I don't see any significant improvement...just buy a plasma during the Black Friday holiday deal cycle. But then I would be sitting on a Darbee brick. Tsk...tsk...decisions...decisions.

The Darbee makes a visible difference, even for plasma displays biggrin.gif
post #6432 of 7863
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Originally Posted by KBMAN View Post

barrelbelly,
You can buy the darbee now and see what it WILL do to your Hitachi. If you, for some reason, don't like what it is doing then return the darbee ( you are only out a few bucks for return shipping). I doubt you will though. By owning the darbee now, you get to see what it will do now, AND with a potential Plasma in the future. The choice is yours!

Thanks to you and Blu-One for responding. Lastbutnotleast knows how attached I am to the "CRT look". So it is hard to part with. The only thing like it IMO is Plasma. The plasma is just brighter and sharper. I'm just getting a bit tired of all of the tweaking with the CRT. It's really fun once I get into the project. But it can get tiring as you tweak for a AAA image results that comes standard on the plasmas. That's why I am so intrigued by the Darbee. I am going to do as both of you suggest and buy the Darbee this week. I'll make a decision on the Plasma over the holidays. They will only get less expensive. I truly hope the Darbee makes it a moot point. If it improves the PQ like I hope...I'll just stick with the Hitachi until it croaks. I'll post some feedback over the next few weeks as I get familiar with it.
post #6433 of 7863
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Originally Posted by barrelbelly View Post

Something in my gut keep warning me not to ditch the Hitachi or I'll regret it. But I really like the Plasma look too. Especially the sharper, crisper image.

Huh? Guess it's time for a "tune up," or give it up for an "easier" tech. I love my Darblet. But you'll have to pry my Hitachi out of my cold, stiff, dead fingers.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1010146/rpcrt-reference-material-color-decoding/1080#post_23470909

I just hope you don't get to do that any time soon.

wink.gif

Start with buying the Darbee of your choice. You really can't go wrong with it.

Michael

post #6434 of 7863
I know this isn't the place for this but I see many posts concerning this topic so thot it wouldn't make people to angry. I have a powered HDMI splitter for sale. $15 plus shipping OBO. I'm cleaning out AV and video game gear I know want or need. I just want rid of the clutter. If any questions just ask. Now back to topic. smile.gif
post #6435 of 7863
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Originally Posted by barrelbelly View Post

Thanks to you and Blu-One for responding. Lastbutnotleast knows how attached I am to the "CRT look". So it is hard to part with. The only thing like it IMO is Plasma. The plasma is just brighter and sharper. I'm just getting a bit tired of all of the tweaking with the CRT. It's really fun once I get into the project. But it can get tiring as you tweak for a AAA image results that comes standard on the plasmas. That's why I am so intrigued by the Darbee. I am going to do as both of you suggest and buy the Darbee this week. I'll make a decision on the Plasma over the holidays. They will only get less expensive. I truly hope the Darbee makes it a moot point. If it improves the PQ like I hope...I'll just stick with the Hitachi until it croaks. I'll post some feedback over the next few weeks as I get familiar with it.

Thanks for your interest and willingness to give it a try. Yeah, my gut tells me you will like it...a lot.

-DD
post #6436 of 7863
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Originally Posted by DarbeeDr View Post

Thanks for your interest and willingness to give it a try. Yeah, my gut tells me you will like it...a lot.

-DD

Thanks for the reply. I'm pulling the trigger on Darbee tomorrow with Solid SIgnal. That will give me plenty of time to tune up my Hitachi. Can't wait to give it the full test run. BTW Michael...thanks for soldier slapping me back into reality on CRT. THe darn thing looked terrific yesterday. Almost like it knew I was contemplating cheating on it. biggrin.gif Question for anyone. SHould I buy the Darbee 5000 or Cobalt? And why? I don't game on my Hitachi. I use it as my Movie and HDTV workhorse. I game on my 32" LED 1080p HDTV in the computer room that doubles as my PC monitor. I don't care about 3D. And the current HDMI input for the HItachi is 1.1. HDMI 1.3 works very well with it too. I got sparklies when I tried a 1.4 cable a while back. And discontinued using it.
post #6437 of 7863

The only advantage would be future-proofing. However, as I've been advised (wink.gif), the cost difference right now is inconsequential, so I'd get the Darblet/5000 (which is what I have, since I got mine pre-Cobalt).

post #6438 of 7863
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

The only advantage would be future-proofing. However, as I've been advised (wink.gif
), the cost difference right now is inconsequential, so I'd get the Darblet/5000 (which is what I have, since I got mine pre-Cobalt).

I'm pulling the trigger tomorrow. And I'm sticking with my Hitachi beast for the duration. The next new display tech I will actually buy will be a pair of Virtual Reality goggles named Oculus Rift in 2014 (or whenever it launches). They will give me a perceptual 150"-200" 180 degree IMMAX type 1080p or better HD image in a very small lightweight package. I don't want to hijack this thread talking about it. So if you or anyone else want to know more...check out the threads in HTPC gaming and Flat panel General/New Tech Displays in this forum. But I will say this. Darbee processing could help Oculus Rift achieve unmatched depth of imagery in VR viewing (if it is compatible). I can't wait to try and marry them up to one another...and play around with it with the Hitachi.
post #6439 of 7863
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Originally Posted by barrelbelly View Post

I'm pulling the trigger tomorrow. And I'm sticking with my Hitachi beast for the duration. The next new display tech I will actually buy will be a pair of Virtual Reality goggles named Oculus Rift in 2014 (or whenever it launches). They will give me a perceptual 150"-200" 180 degree IMMAX type 1080p or better HD image in a very small lightweight package. I don't want to hijack this thread talking about it. So if you or anyone else want to know more...check out the threads in HTPC gaming and Flat panel General/New Tech Displays in this forum. But I will say this. Darbee processing could help Oculus Rift achieve unmatched depth of imagery in VR viewing (if it is compatible). I can't wait to try and marry them up to one another...and play around with it with the Hitachi.
I'm in a similar position as you, my current display is a Mits 73" CRT-RPTV(9" guns) and while I think it still has a very nice picture I have thought seriously about moving into the flat panel age. I instead decided to try the Darbee and see how it goes, hopefully we'll both be very happy with our decisions. smile.gif
post #6440 of 7863
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post


I'm in a similar position as you, my current display is a Mits 73" CRT-RPTV(9" guns) and while I think it still has a very nice picture I have thought seriously about moving into the flat panel age. I instead decided to try the Darbee and see how it goes, hopefully we'll both be very happy with our decisions. smile.gif

You are, of course, familiar with Mr. Bob and his thread: http://www.avsforum.com/t/695922/dont-dump-your-crt-rptv

Your "very nice" picture will, indeed, be improved. Though that particular set can achieve greatness.

post #6441 of 7863
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

I'm in a similar position as you, my current display is a Mits 73" CRT-RPTV(9" guns) and while I think it still has a very nice picture I have thought seriously about moving into the flat panel age. I instead decided to try the Darbee and see how it goes, hopefully we'll both be very happy with our decisions. smile.gif

I've kinda the same idea. No matter the displays I buy in the future, I expect I'll be attaching the Darbee to 'em. So even if you grow tired of your CRT, the Darbee won't be getting thrown out with it. Assuming the Darbee does as is advertised, it's really a no brainer for large screen folks.
post #6442 of 7863
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Originally Posted by keenan


"I'm in a similar position as you, my current display is a Mits 73" CRT-RPTV(9" guns) and while I think it still has a very nice picture I have thought seriously about moving into the flat panel age. I instead decided to try the Darbee and see how it goes, hopefully we'll both be very happy with our decisions."
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

You are, of course, familiar with Mr. Bob and his thread: http://www.avsforum.com/t/695922/dont-dump-your-crt-rptv
Your "very nice" picture will, indeed, be improved. Though that particular set can achieve greatness.

Well...I pulled the trigger this morning and bought an open box Darblet 5000 from Solid Signal. It should arrive by Friday. So that gives me a few days to clean the light path, screens and fine tune the calibration and focus. This will be a lot of fun. Because I don't want to put the Darbee in line until I feel the PQ can not be improved.

Michael:
can you reply to a question I have here or over on the Hitachi thread in the Rear Projection HDTV area? The question is this. What is the best way to manual focus the 3 CRT guns when cleaning the innards of the Hitachi. I've never done that before. I've always done just the electrical focus on the screen pots. How do you know how the focus adjustment is working if the front screen is off? Do you use the image in the mirror? I'm not sure about that step...so any help will be appreciated. I think the PQ can be improved even more with a manual focus...before inserting the Darbee in the signal path.
post #6443 of 7863
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Originally Posted by barrelbelly View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by keenan


"I'm in a similar position as you, my current display is a Mits 73" CRT-RPTV(9" guns) and while I think it still has a very nice picture I have thought seriously about moving into the flat panel age. I instead decided to try the Darbee and see how it goes, hopefully we'll both be very happy with our decisions."
Well...I pulled the trigger this morning and bought an open box Darblet 5000 from Solid Signal. It should arrive by Friday. So that gives me a few days to clean the light path, screens and fine tune the calibration and focus. This will be a lot of fun. Because I don't want to put the Darbee in line until I feel the PQ can not be improved.

Michael:
can you reply to a question I have here or over on the Hitachi thread in the Rear Projection HDTV area? The question is this. What is the best way to manual focus the 3 CRT guns when cleaning the innards of the Hitachi. I've never done that before. I've always done just the electrical focus on the screen pots. How do you know how the focus adjustment is working if the front screen is off? Do you use the image in the mirror? I'm not sure about that step...so any help will be appreciated. I think the PQ can be improved even more with a manual focus...before inserting the Darbee in the signal path.

Curious. A brand new from SmartHome would have been cheaper. You paid $259 for a used one and the new one from SmartHome would have been $255.20 after coupon (with the potential for another $5.05 rebate)....both with free shipping. Oh, well, all one can do is post things.
post #6444 of 7863
Currently, the coupon applies to the Cobalt ($215.20), NOT the 5000: http://www.smarthome.com/ejuly413.html. Timing is everything.
post #6445 of 7863
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

Currently, the coupon applies to the Cobalt ($215.20), NOT the 5000: http://www.smarthome.com/ejuly413.html. Timing is everything.

lol and I just got my Cobalt ($250 otd Amazon). Coulda woulda.
post #6446 of 7863
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

You are, of course, familiar with Mr. Bob and his thread: http://www.avsforum.com/t/695922/dont-dump-your-crt-rptv
Your "very nice" picture will, indeed, be improved. Though that particular set can achieve greatness.
Yes, familiar with Mr. Bob and in fact it's time for a cal!
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Originally Posted by mp06011999 View Post

I've kinda the same idea. No matter the displays I buy in the future, I expect I'll be attaching the Darbee to 'em. So even if you grow tired of your CRT, the Darbee won't be getting thrown out with it. Assuming the Darbee does as is advertised, it's really a no brainer for large screen folks.
Yes, what ever display I have a year or more down the road I expect the Darbee will always be a valuable addition to the finished product I see with my eyes.

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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

Currently, the coupon applies to the Cobalt ($215.20), NOT the 5000: http://www.smarthome.com/ejuly413.html. Timing is everything.
Definitely, I dropped the coin virtually minutes after seeing GatorJZ's post about the SmartHome price, I'm glad I did!
post #6447 of 7863
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Yes, familiar with Mr. Bob and in fact it's time for a cal!
Yes, what ever display I have a year or more down the road I expect the Darbee will always be a valuable addition to the finished product I see with my eyes.
Definitely, I dropped the coin virtually minutes after seeing GatorJZ's post about the SmartHome price, I'm glad I did!

Now the coupon is active for BOTH units.
post #6448 of 7863
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Originally Posted by GatorJZ View Post

Now the coupon is active for BOTH units.

What a weird site wink.gif it changes by the hour..
post #6449 of 7863
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Originally Posted by GatorJZ View Post

Now the coupon is active for BOTH units.

I did check out the SmartHome site before ordering from Solid Signal. But the model I wanted was priced at $319 at the time. Afterwards they changed to coupon to apply to both units as you stated. But it was too late to impact my purchase decision. I did call Solid Signal to try to get them to at least match (SmartHome) with a new DVP-5000 to my order for the Open Box price...which was only a $5.00 difference. They had already shipped my Darbee order. But offered to send a new one, as I suggested, if I returned the opened box unit unopened. They did however assure me that the unit shipped was essentially new and unused with everything included. And if anything was wrong or defective...I could simply return it to them for a new one. So I decided to stay with the open box unit I ordered. It wasn't worth it to return once you factor in shipping costs. I'm happy with my decision and Solid Signals responsiveness. I had purchased antennas from them in the past. So I had a comfortable prior relationship.
post #6450 of 7863
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Originally Posted by barrelbelly View Post

 But offered to send a new one, as I suggested, if I returned the opened box unit unopened. 

Please let me know how you would manage to do that.

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