Our take on the Darbee Darblet™ DVP 5000
Get a better-looking picture — instantly
Here's a way to improve your system's picture quality wihout investing in a new TV. The Darbee Darblet DVP 5000 video processor applies powerful video processing to enhance the detail and depth of any video source, whether it's high-definition Blu-ray or standard-def cable or satellite TV signals. And although its design is highly advanced, the DVP 5000 is very easy to hook up and use.
This is the smallest video processor we've ever seen — about the size of a chubby smartphone. Connections are simple: one HDMI input and one HDMI output, plus a power jack for the AC wall wart. Just connect an HDMI cable between your video source and the DVP 5000's input, and another HDMI cable between the DVP 5000's output and your TV or projector. If you use an A/V receiver in your system, you can use the DVP 5000 to enhance all the video sources connected to your receiver by inserting this processor between the receiver's HDMI output and your display.
Most TVs and Blu-ray players come with their own picture controls, labeled "sharpness" or "detail", but those controls are crude and low-tech compared to the DarbeeVision Visual Presence technology found in the DVP 5000. This custom algorithm analyzes images, detecting areas with dark/light transitions, then increases contrast between lighter and darker details within the image to emphasize fine details and create an enhanced sense of visual depth. This powerfully precise approach enables the DVP 5000 to enhance image quality without adding noise or "halos," or altering overall color, contrast, or black level. The effect is adjustable, and there's a split-screen demo mode for easy before/after comparisons, so you can dial in exactly the level of visible improvement you desire.
The DVP 5000 has four small front-panel buttons to navigate menus and make image adjustments, and it also comes with a credit card-style remote for tweaking the image from the comfort of your couch. Darbee's processing is so effective that Oppo, builder of extremely high-performance Blu-ray players, created a "Darbee Edition" of their flagship BDP-105 player. That's pretty high praise in our book.
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- video processor enhances picture detail, contrast and depth
- supports all standard- and high-definition video resolutions up to 1080p, and also supports 3D video up to 1080p
- installs between any HDMI-compatible video source and display
- on-screen menu to access controls
- video processing effect is adjustable, and includes bypass mode
- High Def, Gaming, and Full Pop picture presets
- one set of HDMI connections (in/out)
- HDMI 1.4 compliant
- credit card-style remote
- AC power adapter included
- 4"W x 3/4"H x 2-1/2"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee