After the release of our recent BDP-103AU and BDP-105AU players, some reviewers wondered if we had hit the ceiling in terms of all-round high end Blu-ray players. In a lot of ways, we had. But instead of sitting around twiddling our thumbs, we kept tweaking it. What can we say, we can't sit still!
Not long after the release of these players, news of the standalone Darbee Visual Processor began to come out. Reactions were very positive. It was the first visual enhancement processor we seriously considered using with our players. A lot of processors that utilise similar technologies just don't manage the same level of quality, and when they are effective, they strip away any semblance of realism. But the DVP was different.
The Darbee Visual Processor adds depth cues and details to each and every image you view. Its effectiveness comes from applying these affects to each and every pixel by adjusting its luminance. What this means is it adjusts the level of contrast, brightness and sharpness per pixel to adjust the image on the whole. Changes are made in real time.
This is a big part of what puts the Darbee Visual Processor above others - it's one of the first to be able to apply changes on a pixel level, as opposed to the complete picture. All enhancement processors on the market are essentially experimental, and there's a lot more average ones than quality ones.
The final result of the Darbee Visual Processor is an increased sense of depth and texture, creating a more lifelike picture. Everything takes on a real-world sheen for a much more immersive experience.
You can adjust the Darbee's level of effect depending on your source - you have complete control, and can edit it to suit what you're watching. It can take a little getting used to, but once you're comfortable with it and aware of what it's doing to your picture, it's easy to optimise for your viewing experience.
The Darbee Visual Processor is currently available in our BDP-103D and BDP-105D players, which has received a bunch of great reviews already. Audioholics did an excellent in-depth analysis if you want to find out more.