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Old May 7th, 2004, 09:00 AM   #1
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Help me choose a Professional Studio Monitor

I'm thinking about upgrading from using a Television as my reference source to a true studio monitor. However I have so many questions:

-Do all studio monitors have the option to output only the blue channel for calibrating the chroma level?

-Is it normal for 9" models to have half the horizontal res of a 17" model? On that note is 280 lines on a 9" model sufficient?

-What studio monitors do YOU recommend under $700

-I see some monitors with "SDI" what is that? Does that allow you to connect the firewire directly to the monitor?!

-Lastly I had my eye on this one- how is it...how does it compare to some of the others you might suggest to me:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...#goto_itemInfo

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Old May 7th, 2004, 10:13 AM   #2
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SDI = serial digital interface. It is not FireWire; rather, it looks like a BNC connector (is, in fact, a BNC connector) but carries high-bandwidth digital video such as DV50 and DV100 (HD). Common connection on higher-end professional cameras and editing gear.

The JVC 9" you're linking to looks like a good choice.
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Old May 7th, 2004, 10:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info Chris. Much appreciated.

1. Now are there any other monitors in this price range I should consider?

2. Also will this monitor cause interference with my CRT computer monitor like my TV does?

3. Lastly is 9" too small to make detail, color, and effect decisions?
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Old May 7th, 2004, 10:32 AM   #4
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Personally, I would try to get a monitor that is bigger. I have a 13" Sony PVM(?) monitor. Good picture, blue only, underscan, yadda yadda yadda, but I wish it was bigger.

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Old May 7th, 2004, 01:09 PM   #5
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I too would go for something bigger - you cannot really see the detail on a small one. I find 17 inches is about the right size, sort of like http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=252972&is=REG for example.

Of course it all depends on how much desk space you have!

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Old May 7th, 2004, 02:06 PM   #6
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Can an Editing monitor be place right beside my computer monitor (CRT) without interference?
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Old May 7th, 2004, 03:33 PM   #7
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I bought a TM-R9U on ebay for $120...
not 16:9 but synchs to blue and I was fairly broke... still waiting for it.

I have a sony pvm next to a monitor and get a horrible jitter... any ideas? will be putting it on the swing arm of my new JERKER (god bless ikea!) used for $50!
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Old May 7th, 2004, 06:59 PM   #8
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<<<-- Originally posted by Glen Elliott : Thanks for the info Chris. Much appreciated.

1. Now are there any other monitors in this price range I should consider?

Yes. You should be able to find some B-stock 13-14" monitors for around that price. Check with B&H as the NAB stock will be arriving in another week or so (I think).

2. Also will this monitor cause interference with my CRT computer monitor like my TV does?

Yes. and this is one of the reasongs I finally switched to an LCD monitor (and the other reason is that both my 20" Sony CRT monitors went up in smoke)

3. Lastly is 9" too small to make detail, color, and effect decisions? -->>>

With my old eyes, yes. I like my 14" JVC and would be a bit happier with a 17 or 19 incher.

230 lines is probably too little resolution for you to judge high-quality images that you are going to want to send to a playback medium like DVD. For VHS dubbing, maybe it would be OK. But I really like feeding the monitor with S-Video and evaluating the video quality on all levels.
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