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I purchased a Darbee Darblet years ago when it was first released, still use it everyday, it became a necessary add-on for my HD content viewing and still LOVE IT !
I had it originally connected inline to my Runco LED projector and always felt the results were stunning but 4 months ago i decided to join the 4K bandwagon and purchased a Sony XBR-940E UHDTV. As expected, connecting the Darbee to it brings the picture to another level of excellence, perhaps even surpassing what it achieved with the projector.
With bluray titles that have very little video noise to begin with i see no side effects of cranking the Darbee control as high as 85 which gives the picture a level of single pixel contrast enhancement and improved detail as to make it look 3D-like.
Based on what i have been reading concerning quite a few bluray HDR titles displaying poor elevated/fluctuating black levels, noticeable image blooming, poor performance of low-level details at near black, bandings, etc, i have no interest as of now in buying a 4K bluray player plus those more expensive 4K bluray titles when i am already so satisfied with my current Oppo 103 player.
As for the missing WCG offered by HDR, i simply leave the color control on my Sony 940E at native ("oversaturated" R/G/B primaries according to reviews, but i see minimum "oversaturation" because the primaries color points still follow a very accurate REC 709 "triangle" and skin tones appear not oversaturated at all to my eyes), plus i also set the "X-tended Dynamic Range" control at maximum to give standard HD content an HDR brightness boost.
P.S. : i also have a DVDO Iscan Mini connected inline right before the Darbee Darblet and use its video processing as well, although set at low level enhancements for a little extra image detail boosting.
Sony XBR-940E, Integra DHC-80.2, Oppo 103, Sound Lab A-1 electrostatic speakers,SVS PC12-NSD subs, InnerSound Electrostatic Amp,, Hafler 220 amp, Harman Kardon PA5800 amp, Pioneer LD-W1, Darbee Darblet, DVDO iScan Mini, Nvidia Shield, Yamaha CR-7, Koss ESP/950, Stax SR-40, Audeze Isine 10, etc, etc.
Last edited by MCaugusto; 01-04-2018 at 05:30 PM.