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Old November 8th, 2013, 03:34 PM   #16
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Re: Decent studio monitor on a budget

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...the majority of my work goes on the web, so I can assume that the majority of people viewing my work will be using either a tablet, a smartphone or a computer monitor to view it.

In this case, would a reasonably accurate monitor (like the Ultrasharp, as mentioned above) not be sufficient?
A computer monitor will work OK if your display target is the web. It will show you the target workingspace at least. It would be better if you calibrated the monitor, which would give you a solid neutral axis and the correct gamma, and therefore give you the best chance to align your image along the median of what people viewing your images should see.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 06:38 PM   #17
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Re: Decent studio monitor on a budget

Thanks for the tips everyone.

I think something like a Dell Ultrasharp would be my best bet.

Can anyone recommend a good calibration tool? The Spyder4Express looks like a good reasonably priced option.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 01:31 PM   #18
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Re: Decent studio monitor on a budget

Ideally you are looking for a monitor that has IPS (In-plane switching). These are coming down in price slowly.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 06:38 PM   #19
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Re: Decent studio monitor on a budget

Jody, I don't know how you are going with this, but I have just read through the whole thread after it resurfaced today. I have just got into the beginnings of all this and thought from your OP that the right colour profile for my iMac might be a good thing too.

A quick Google search lead me to a download package from Adobe with ICC profiles for my iMac. The eight RGB and 16 CMYK options include Rec709.

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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:20 PM   #20
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Re: Decent studio monitor on a budget

Hi Tim,

I did actually resolve this. I don't have the budget for a proper high-end studio monitor, and I don't do any broadcast work, so I compromised and purchased the Asus PA279Q. It's a 27" IPS monitor aimed at the professional market. Factory calibrated, 2560x1440, with a very handy adjustable stand.

For the type of work I do (nothing involving heavy grading usually), this should be fine I'm hoping. It's definitely a big step up from what I had before.

I'm planning on buying a Datacolor Spyder4Pro, apparently they're great for maintaining accurate colours. A bit more research required first though.

Either way, thanks for the tips!

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Old January 27th, 2014, 11:05 AM   #21
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Hi, I'm building a new post-production room and my intention is to make the color correction with DA Vinci Resolve, the video card will be 4 k Ultra Studio black magic, the new MAC PRO computer, and Avid editing systems. My problem now is the reference monitor. I've been shuffling EIZO COLOREDGE CG276, HP DREAMCOLOR. But konvision see the following monitor that he did not know.
It's KVM-2450W(10bit)-KVM-2450W?10BIT LCD?-Product-Shenzhen konvision Technology Co., Ltd..
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Old June 1st, 2014, 05:54 PM   #22
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Re: Decent studio monitor on a budget

I tried the Spyder, after many, many, and many more attempts to calibrate my computer monitor - I sent it back. Each time it produced a different bad color adjustment.

As I remember I read that a number of people were complaining of the same problem with their units...

So if you get one I would recommend you work with it right away so you can send it back if it worked anything like mine did.

They offered to replace it but I believe if a company sends out defective products or the device degrades sitting on the shelf waiting to be sold - I don't want to keep it and then have trouble with it after the warranty period is up.
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Old June 1st, 2014, 06:33 PM   #23
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Re: Decent studio monitor on a budget

Bought one for my girlfriend, when she used it she said her monitor came out with some weird "warm" looking color temp. Is that normal? Is that "correct?"
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Old June 1st, 2014, 10:32 PM   #24
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Re: Decent studio monitor on a budget

I have had no issues with my Spyder products. But, they are designed for photography usage working in concert with your video card drivers. Video for the web would benefit, but it is not the same for any type of YUV color or using the monitor hooked up over HDMI.
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