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Darbee Darblet™ DVP 5000S

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Want to improve your HDTV picture quality wihout investing in a new 4K TV? The Darbee Darblet DVP 5000S video processor does exactly that. It 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 5000S is super 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 5000S's output and your TV or projector. If you use an A/V receiver in your system, you can use the DVP 5000S to enhance all the video sources connected to your receiver by inserting this processor between the receiver's HDMI output and your display.

Goes way beyond typical "sharpness" and "detail" controls

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 latest Darbee Visual Presence™ V 2.0 video processing found in the DVP 5000S. 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 5000S 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. A credit card-style remote is included 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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Product Highlights:

  • 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
  • Darbee Visual Presence™ V 2.0 technology emphasizes fine details and enhances the sense of picture depth
  • 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
  • remote control
  • AC power adapter included
  • 1.5-meter HDMI cable included
  • 7-5/8"W x 3/4"H x 2-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Darbee Darblet™ DVP 5000S Reviews

Average Customer Review:

1 Review

Great Improvements.

Written by: Joe from Tampa, FL on January 31, 2016

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I had and really liked the first generation Darbee Darblet. I had three complaints about the first generation product, this version has addressed two of them. The first unit looked way to get around it. This unit is small, sleeker and made of much nicer materials. It shows. First generation had a cheap credit card remote, the new remote is much nicer. Good job, Darbee, on these two significant improvements.

Darbee left the HDMI input and output on the sides which I find to be inconvenient for placement in my systems. I would prefer they all be on the rear.

Operation is pretty much as before, I generally keep mine on HiDef 50%, but there are lots of options with the various settings. This model supposedly uses second generation video processing antilogarithms. I don't doubt that, but my eyes can't see the difference.

Purists might object to the Darblet altering anything from the original material. With the settings I use, I find the improvement to be subtle, but noticeable.

Pros: Quality materials and appearance. Nicer remote

Cons: HDMI input/output still on sides

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What's in the box?

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  • HDMI video processor
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 47" DC cord)
  • 4 AC plug inserts (US/AU/UK/EU)
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 59" HDMI cable
  • 5' IR extender cable
  • "Congratulations" card

Product Research


HDMI Video Processor: The Darbee DVP-5000S is an external HDMI video processor which significantly increases clarity and depth of standard- and high-definition video signals (up to 1080p) through Darbee Visual Presence V.2.0 technology.

  • How It Works: The image processing is done intra-frame so that no large buffer memory or time delays are required. Processing is resolution independent, scaling linearly with the number of pixels in a frame. The algorithms do disparity synthesis, then apply a patented defocus-and-subtract of the resulting images. The algorithm next applies the enhancement only to the areas of interest, via the Perceptor, a proprietary saliency map. The processing is local, modifying the image luminance on a per-pixel basis.
  • Compatible Source Material: Because the results are embedded in the pixels of an image, the process can be applied any time during the life of the image. The Darbee process can be applied in digital TVs, DVD players, cable or satellite boxes, cameras, video games, mobile devices, PCs, printers, video, or movie post production (up to 1080p video).
Note: You should calibrate your television first and then add the DVP-5000S. The DVP-5000SS will not affect your color, brightness, contrast, or gamma settings.

Darbee Visual Presence (DVP) V 2.0: Darbee Visual Presence V 2.0 technology creates a video image with enhanced visual fidelity. This image processing solution for enhancement of all video sources (up to 1080p) creates an image that appears to have an exceptional level of depth, clarity and realism. Darbee's Visual Presence V 2.0 technology is adjustable; you get to choose the effect that pleases you the most, given the broad video quality spectrum that you might encounter, ranging from pristine BluRay down to low-resolution web videos.

  • Hi Def: Select this mode for highest fidelity sources and cleanest image processing. Has the most refined and artifact-free output.
  • Gaming: Choose this mode for video games and CGI sources; adds more depth and detail. Provides a stronger enhancement and fairly strong artifact suppression. It's great for clean computer-generated video, such as games and animated movies.
  • Full Pop: Adds the strongest depth cues for all sources, especially low-resolution or low-quality sources. Gives the strongest depth and realism, but you may see some artifacts, especially on text.
Note: You can adjust the level of each DVP mode from 0 to 120. A level 0 bypasses DVP video processing.

HDMI 1.4: The DVP-5000S is fitted with one HDMI input and one HDMI output. Both HDMI jacks are version 1.4 and will support 480, 480p, 720p, 1070i, and 1080p video. Simply plug your HDMI source (such as your Blu-ray player) into the DVP-5000S's HDMI input jack and connect the DVP-5000S's HDMI output jack to your TV or display monitor. If you are using an AV receiver, connect DVP-5000S between the output of your AV receiver and the input of your TV. It can also be used on the output of an HDMI switcher or input of an HDMI splitter.

  • 30-Bit Deep Color: The DVP-5000S's HDMI 1.4 input and output support 30-bit Deep Color with 4:4:4 color supsampling. Deep Color lets HDTVs and other displays go from million of colors to billions of colors with increased contrast ratio. It also eliminates on-screen color banding, for smooth tonal transitions and subtle gradations between colors. In addition, it can represent many times more shades of gray between black and white.
  • 3D Ready: In addition to 2D video, the DVP-5000's HDMI 1.4 jacks support 3D video so you can continue to enjoy your 3D movies.
Note: The DVP-5000S does not support Audio Return Channel (ARC) and High-Speed Ethernet Channel (HEC).

HDMI Cable: The Darbee DVP-5000S includes one HDMI cable. You will need to purchase an additional HDMI cable. Your HDMI cables should be no more than 20' in length between your source device, television, and the DVP-5000S. HDMI cables that are longer than 20' may not hold signal integrity as well.

Remote Control w/ IR Extender: The DVP-5000S includes an IR remote for wireless operation of the HDMI video processor. An IR extender is provided in case you have the DVP-5000S hidden and out of direct line sight for IR commands.

On-Screen Menu: The DVP-5000S offers an on-screen menu for initial setup, adjustment, and demo of the HDMI video processor.

External AC Power Supply: The Darbee DVP-5000S operates off of standard house hold current using the included external AC power adapter (Input: 100-240V; Output: 5V/2A).

Future Upgrades: Darbee is continuing to develop improvements to the Darbee Visual Presence algorithm. Check Darbee's website for upgrade announcements. The DVP-5000S is upgradeable after purchase, although you will have to send it in to receive new firmware, and there may be a processing charge.

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Hoping it improves my already decent picture quality from my Sony Projector! [ James  Feb 05, 2016 ]