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#1 Oliver Mann

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 02:14 AM

I am looking for a display that is the best for color accuracy around the $500 price range. If you guys cant think of any names offhand, what would you normally look for (tech specs) in a monitor to determine its quality in regards to color correction?

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#2 John Sprung

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 02:31 AM

It'll be very tough at that price point. Decent monitoring is a tough one these days at any price, now that CRT's are gone. Most places use plasmas with a CineTal Davio box for calibration. Some kind of probe measuring calibration device is essential. Look for some kind of PhotoShop forum, they'll be more likely to know that price range.





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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 09:49 AM

You could also get a projector, but the price is tough. You can get refurbished CRT projectors, if you're willing to spend a bit of time setting them up. Absolute contrast is very good but for consistent white level you need to use them on a much smaller screen than they're really rated for.

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#4 Tim Tyler

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 10:47 AM

I don't think you're going to find anything special at the $500 price point.

I've heard good things about the NEC MultiSync PA271W recently. http://www.amazon.co...ASIN=B003LD1QRY

NEC Review http://www.postmagaz...ync-PA271W.aspx

People also like the HP DreamColor http://www.amazon.co...ASIN=B001B0QMGE

You'll want a 30-bit monitor (10-bits per color channel) and HD REC709 color space support.
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#5 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 11:30 AM

I would look for a 24"-32" Sony or Toshiba 16:9 HD consumer CRT set they weigh in about as heavy as a Fiat but the later models had hdmi in and I know one person who posts on this forum (Chris Burke) who uses one for his edit/grading setup. I would think these would fit in the $500 price range as everyone wants a "flat" screen now and they are incredibly heavy.

A CRT projector as Phil said might also be a good choice.

The HP Dreamcolor is also a good choice and I have seen one nicely setup with a gefen box but that was closer to $3K but I did not see much difference between that pic quality and much higher end LCD's like the Cinetal.

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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 12:33 PM

I'm not so sure about the 10-bit requirement. Some high end grading systems do not display a 10-bit image. As long as the 8-bit display is re-derived from higher precision data every time you move a control, which is what they mainly do, it's fine.

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#7 Tim Tyler

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 02:28 PM

You're right, Phil.

If the source data is <10-bit, the extra bits on the display won't matter.

One of the benefits of a 10-bit display like the DreamColor, even when used with <10-bit source data, is that it will up-sample to the display utilizing the 10-bit, 1-billion color palette for more accurate gamut control and tone response and the virtual elimination of visual artifacts such as banding or contouring.

More info at http://h20202.www2.h...FAQ_June08a.pdf
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#8 Chris Burke

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 05:23 PM

I would look for a 24"-32" Sony or Toshiba 16:9 HD consumer CRT set they weigh in about as heavy as a Fiat but the later models had hdmi in and I know one person who posts on this forum (Chris Burke) who uses one for his edit/grading setup. I would think these would fit in the $500 price range as everyone wants a "flat" screen now and they are incredibly heavy.

A CRT projector as Phil said might also be a good choice.

The HP Dreamcolor is also a good choice and I have seen one nicely setup with a gefen box but that was closer to $3K but I did not see much difference between that pic quality and much higher end LCD's like the Cinetal.

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yes, I use a Sony 34 inch WEGA flat tube 16:9. It has HDMI input and great black levels. It did get it for around 500. It is fine for personal/artistic projects. for low end paying clients at most. But for higher end stuff, forget it. You could probably get one or a like model for around 300 these days. They do weigh in at just under 200 lbs.
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