With CE Week coming up June 21-23, I was asked to review the Darbeevision DVP-5000S HDMI Video Processor with Darbee Visual Presence 2.0, a sponsor of this year’s CE Week featuring getgeeked New York. Always looking to improve the visual quality of my home movie and TV experience as well as bringing you my fan base an informative review on some of the latest technology out there, I gladly accepted.
The device comes with everything you need including: IR remote with 2 AAA batteries, 5V power supply with regional adapters, 1.5 m HDMI cable and an 360 degree IR sensor extender cable. The device itself is small but looks nicer compared to the images I saw of the older 5000. The remote it comes with is nice and is needed since the device itself has no buttons at all. This is a nice looking device. You don’t need to hide it if asthetics is a problem for you.
My first thought was how is this really going to make a difference in the quality of my Samsung 1080P HD TV. I soon came to realize that my first impression was wrong. I would like to preface that if you are looking for a product to sharpenen the video quality, this is not the product for you as it does not touch the contrast or sharpness in your image. The technology behind the DVP-5000S is there to add depth cues to the image, giving the image a greater sense of depth clarity and realism by lightening and darkening certain pixels.
You can place it in between many different devices (cable/satellite box, game systems, DVD players, Slingplayer, TV, projector or many more products). I placed the device between my Verizon Fios and my Samsung LED 52″ TV. Gladly, the device does not interfere with the HDMI audio control of both the receiver and my Samsung BluRay player utilizing my Verizon Fios remote.
The result is that it inhances the picture nicely. Each video input may require you to use the provided remote for best quality. The remote provides 3 Quick Viewing Modes: HiDef, Gaming, Full Pop, yet you have the capability to adjust in 5% increments. In my opinion the 5000S at 55% gives the picture an overall clearer picture with the best overall depth and realism. From my experience, on a 3D movie you need to lower the Darbee enhancement to 50%. Once again, with SD movies/TV turn the inhancement to 0%. It seem the “softness” of the picture shows best for your SD.
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– Generally offers a slight improvement on video quality and offers greater depth detail, especially when viewing static images and low-movement scenes like on screen dialogue
– Very easy to set up and configure and calibrate to your own preferences
– Great build quality
– Expensive for what you get. $249 is simply not worth it IMHO. That being said, if you would like $70 off that price use the link here (special price of $179).
Disclosure: I received the Darbeevision DVP-5000S in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed in my review are my own. No other compensation was given.