An Overview of the Darbee DVP-5100CIE Video Processor

Darbee DVP-5100CIE Visual Presence Processor - Front and Rear Views. Image provided by DarbeeVision

Dateline: 09/12/2014
The annual CEDIA EXPO, which is being held this year (2014) in Denver, Colorado from Sept 10th through 13th, is the main annual gathering where high-end home theater and custom-install AV products are showcased for home theater installers, independent dealers, and the press.

One of the exhibitors showing off their wares at CEDIA 2014 is DarbeeVision, which is showcasing their DVP-5100CIE video processor.

The DVP-5100CIE Is Not Your Ordinary Video Processor

Unlike other traditional standalone video processors, or ones incorporated into many Blu-ray Disc/DVD players, home theater receivers, and TVs, the DVP-5100CIE does not perform video resolution upscaling, reduce background video noise, eliminate edge artifacts, or smooth motion response. Anything already present in the original signal or processed before it reaches the DVP-5100CIE is still there.

However, what the DVP-5100CIE does do is extract depth information in images via real-time manipulation of contrast, brightness, and sharpness (referred to as luminous modulation). This type of processing serves to restore the missing "3D" information cues lost due to the normal way 2D images are shot, processed, and displayed. Darbee Visual Presence (DarbeeVision) adds texture, depth, and contrast range, giving the 2D image a more real-world "3D" look.

While the result is not the same as true 3D, the DVP-5100CIE definitely adds a "pop" to 2D images on any TV or projection screen. In fact, the DVP-5100CIE works with both 2D and 3D signal sources. When used with 3D sources, DarbeeVision helps to restore edge sharpness to images that end up being softened due to the 3D creation and display process. Having seen the results myself, it can be very impressive.

It is also important to note that the DVP-5100CIE can work with video resolutions, up to 1080p, and is HDMI ver 1.4 compliant. It is also important to note that even though the DVP-5100CIE is not compatible with native 4K Ultra HD signals, any video display that provides further video upscaling will accept a 1080p Darbee Visual Presence processed signal - which means that the 5100CIE can still make an upscaled 4K image look even better.

The DVP5100 is plug and play (one HDMI in and one HDMI out). In a home theater environment, the most practical connection setup would be to connect all your sources to a home theater receiver (with the sources or home theater receiver performing all of the primary video processing and upscaling functions) and the connect the HDMI output to the DVP-5100CIE and then connect the HDMI output from the 5100CIE to your video display device (TV, Video Projector).

Once you have it connected, and operating, you are set to go. Darbee provides several preset and manual setting option to adjust the degree of DarbeeVision processing you desire (with a real-time split-screen option to compare the before and after effect).

Phase HD

In addition to Darbee Visual Presence processing, the DVP-5100CIE also incorporates an addition feature that comes in handy in home theater installations: Phase HD.

This technology is designed to solve some of the problems when using HDMI connections, especially over long distances, such as signal degradation and the dreaded HDMI handshake issue.

More Info

The Darbee DVP-5100CIE has a suggested price of $499.00. For more on how DarbeeVision (Darbee Visual Processing) works (including photo illustrations), refer to my previous reports and reviews: