Projector Reviews

Darblet DVP 5000 Video Processor Review – Physical Tour


The Darblet DVP 5000 is a very small box that is placed in the HMDI signal path between the video source and the video projector.  The case of the Darblet is a dark tinted semi-transparent plastic.  A typical installation would have the AVR’s HDMI output connected to the Darblet DVP 500’s HDMI input and the HDMI output from the DVP 5000 connected to the video projector.

The DVP 5000 has a minimal front panel, measuring approx. 4 inches wide by 0.75 inches high, with 4 very small buttons to select Power, Up, Down,  and Menu.  Also the front panel has the IR receiver for the unit’s remote control as well as LEDs to indicate power and the presence of a HDMI signal.  Normally the supplied remote control will be used to configure the Darblet’s settings and to turn the unit on and off.  The Darblet can also be controlled by most programmable or learning remote controls, such as the Harmony(TM) remotes produced by Logitech.

The Darblet DMP 5000 has a single HDMI input located on the right side of the unit and a single HDMI output located on the left side of the unit.  The power cable, from the supplied wall transformer, plugs into the right of the unit.  There are no connectors or controls on the rear of the unit.

Setup & Menus

The setup of the Darblet DVP 5000 is fairly straight-forward.

Connections – An high speed HDMI cable is run to the Darblet’s input from the video “source”.  In most cases the “source” will be the HDMI output of an AV Receiver or HDMI switch (so that the Darblet can be used with all of the video sources in your system).  The Darblet’s HDMI ouput is typically connected via a high speed HDMI cable to the video projector.  The only other connection is to the supplied power transformer.

Darblet Setup/Menus – The Darblet DVP 5000 has a fairly intuitive and simple menu structure that requires just few minutes to set up the unit.  The supplied remote control includes a menu button that gets things started with the on-screen display of  the Darblet’s Main Menu, first image below.

Since the primary use in a home theater system will be for use in viewing TV and movies, I used the “Mode 1. HiDef” mode during my review of the Darblet.

The Settings menu (second image below) offers the selection of a few items that generally you will set one time then never need to set again (such an the menu language).  One rather unique feature is a demo mode that produces a split screen display with a portion of the enhanced image displayed on the right side of the screen and the original image displayed on the left side.  This provide a useful means of demonstrating the effectiveness of the image enhancements that are being applied.