The DarbeeVision DVP-5000S is the second generation of Darbee’s cost effective standalone image enhancement box. As an original owner of the Darbee Darblet, I can say that Darbee has done a nice job addressing many of my chief complaints of that unit. Gone is the chintzy, see-through plastic box and throw-away remote; the DVP-5000S is now a unit that more closely emulates the impressiveness of the Darbee technology. While I have difficulty detecting differences in the next generation 2.0 software when compared to what is present the 1.0 version in my Oppo Digital 103D Blu-ray player, at $199, the DarbeeVision DVP-5000S remains one of the more cost-effective, easy and impressive additions one can add to their video chain.
A Step-Forward in Build Quality
|Review Date:||September 4, 2016|
Unfortunately, while the Darbee technology was indeed impressive, the quality of the original Darblet was not. Encased in a see through plastic case – the Darbee felt cheap. Matching this was an equally cheap feeling remote; it was functional, but felt like it could break at any time. While I’m not someone who needs to always have my gear be pretty – the Darbee construction just feel like something that was going to last.
Well, DarbeeVision clearly heard these complaints, because the moment I take the new DVP-5000S out of the box, I feel like I’m holding a totally different piece of gear. This time around Darbee has encased its technology in a sleek brushed aluminum case. The unit feels far more solid and refined. There is a subtle logo on the top – and either end has HDMI ports – one in and one out. Also included is an IR input. Darbee has also vastly improved the remote. It is now a more traditional wand style remote – the buttons are crisp and work easily – a massive improvement over the flat disk remote included in the previous generation Darbee.
Setting up the Darbee is quite easy – just set it in between your source (or whatever is switching your sources – and your display). In my case, I saw the Darbee just before my Lumagen Radiance XS video processor.
In use, there is really very little different in the DVP-5000S and the previous unit. There are still four modes – High Def, Gaming and Full Pop – each of which can be adjusted on a percentage basis between zero and 120%. The menu’s are still fairly basic – almost DOS like – but the general idea of the Darbee in most setups will be set-it and forget it.
Still Very Impressive Technology
The Darbee Visual Presence technology is impressive. When set properly, the DVP-5000S improves the sharpness and depth of an image, without any introducing any noticeable artifacts. I found the settings that produced optimal enhancement to be essentially the same as my Oppo BDP-103D – High-Def mode at around 30-45% introduces a pleasing increase the pop to my image without any artifacts. This improvement is more profound on my JVC RS-25 projector – but the Darbee also loo