Video Processors

Darbee Darblet DVP5000 Video Processor


Setup of the Darbee Darblet DVP5000 Video Processor

This is where Darbee comes in. The company introduced the DVP5000 (Darbee Visual Presence), perhaps a salute to Faroudja's old processor. The focus of the unit is not to reproduce the original image, but to try and sharpen it as much as possible. The low price and light design makes it a plug & play instrument that is meant to be located behind your bluray player. It is also very affordable – with an MSRP of around $350.

This unit is not necessarily meant just for the typical videophile – it's price point and how it does the work suggest it was designed for any home theater enthusiasts that wants to make their image sharper (and who doesn't).

The unit itself is not much to look at – it is a small see-through box (the kind that was popular after the original iMac design was shown). There are a few buttons, an IR sensor for a remote, a 5V power input and an HDMI in and out jacks. The HDMI connections are on the two sides of the unit, making it more of a passthrough device than something that's intended to sit on your equipment shelf. The box itself is tiny, it's roughly the size of a typical cell phone (not an iPhone, though).

The menus are pretty basic. There are basically 3 modes (green for HD, Yellow for gaming, Red for "full pop") and a couple of demo modes. After deciding what setting you like, you're probably going to leave it tied in the back of your system without touching it much.

The company was nice enough to let us turn off the annoying blinking leds, or at least turn them way down. The remote that comes with the unit is I'd expect to see included with a Chinese light dimmer, but it does the job and in all likelyhood will not be touched much after the initial setup.

I tested the unit with 3 different types of displays: The Samsung 55ES8000, The Pioneer KURO 5090H and the Epson TW9000 projector. Source material used was typical HD and SD satellite content, as well as bluray content played by an Oppo BDP-93 and a Dune HD Max.

Testing was conducted on a unit with software 2.8.2214 and firmware 1.3.21, it should be noted that firmware updates are not possible in the field and if you need an update, you will have to send your unit in to Darbee. Firmware updates are primarily bugfixes for specific devices that have issues with the unit (I have not seen any such issues personally).