DarbeeVision HDTV Darblet DVP 5000 Review

September 5th, 2013 · 10 Comments · 3D HDTV, Blu-ray Discs, Cable TV, Product Reviews, Video Processors

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  • Logibaird

    Answer, to show 4K content?

  • RScott

    I have a question. If all the information you are supposed to see is present on a 1080p Blu Ray disc, meanimg you don’t need a Darbee. Then why are 4K televisions and 4K bluray disks coming out?

  • Logibaird

    At the recent Shootout event in NY all of the leading AV experts agreed. It has no place in AV systems.
    All the information you are supposed to see is present on a 1080p Blu Ray disc, other wise it would have been much easier to add that detail at the authoring stage.

  • Lance NADAL

    maybe it can work,but it is too expensive for that looking.
    $49 is the right price i think

  • T8

    I have been using a Darbee for a long time. To the poster that talks about advancements with other processors or built into TV’s you not what you speak. The Darbee is nothing like any other enhancement. In fact a well known processor now includes the Darbee effects precisely because there is nothing else like it.
    While I agree with the outcome of the review, I too think the reasoning is wrong. The Darbee does not help as much SD/DVD pictures, it shines where the reviewer says it doesn’t – with good HD material. Blu-rays jump to new level. Where the reviewer is correct, it does greatly improve Satellite or Cable HD, easily seen with no ringing.

  • ed

    The amount of picture enhansement that this unit gives as opposed to the $350.00 price tag is fair to say outrageous. You cant up load new software,it has to be sent in and you pay extra for it.Very flimsy case . Build quality is low end.The bottom like its a sharpening tool nothing more nothing less. Darbee seems to be trying to squeeze the last few drops of milk out of the carton and then charge you for a new carton. Im all for new and improved,but not a shakedown. Save your money and put it towards a real step up like 4k OLED. The price will eventually drop to where even us meir mortals can afford it

  • HiFi

    In the last year HDTV image processing has improved dramatically like on the new Vizio M series. Samsung displays can easily show more detail than in real life. Sony has Reality Creation so i find it highly questionable to spend this much money (the price was way less when it was introduced) with the 2K limitation.
    Also Power DVD 13 has new superb image sharpening for blu-rays and Dvds. I see every pore guys!
    This stuff should be used in moderation as the picture of the face above looks like craters of the Moon. Most unnatural.
    The smartest advice is to put the $350 toward a 4K display with excellent upsampling.

  • Stringfellow

    Hi HDGURU,

    I bought this, and love it.

    Kris Deering, at hometheater.com, did the review back on August 22, 2012, which is why I bought it.

    Here is his review: http://www.hometheater.com/content/darbee-visual-presence-darblet-video-enhancer

    Have you seen the review? Mr. Deering mentioned the following. “The Darblet could essentially be a set it and forget it tool. I found setting the Hi Def mode to about 45 gave me the best results without any drawbacks but there was some material that had obvious improvements even up to 55. ”

    I keep mine at 45.

    Here’s another take from HDGuru’s own Geoff Morrison: http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/test-report-darbee-darblet-video-enhancer.

    Geoff seems to agree in his review that the Darblet’s processing could have a negative effect on Blu-ray: “It did add a slight amount of grain to the image, however, and everything looked a bit harder-edged and not as ‘film-like”’ as the original.”

    I think that the two photos I posted give a good sense of what you can expect. While the 50% processed image doesn’t exactly look awful, the unprocessed one looks more natural and film-like.
    -ZN

  • Tony

    Very strange and interesting that you found it most helped lower quality sources as opposed to blu ray. Every other review I’ve seen, and the endless post on AVS about this thing all say that it works best with high quality sources.

  • Mark

    What equipment did you use? Is this thing equipment-dependent?

    Samsung 55-inch LED LCD HDTV, OPPO Blu-ray player, Samsung HD cable receiver.
    No, it isn’t equipment dependent. You can use it with any source/display that has HDMI.
    -ZN

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