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Phil Indeblanc , Aug 01, 2007; 01:06 p.m.

I did hours of searching and reading, and found one site that explains the technology differences in todays monitors in the LCD 30 inch line up.

For the 2 BIG guys that are competeing , its Apple Cinema 30" and the Dell 3007wfp-hc.

I read someplace about the I-SPc(?) technology is better than the TN for color correct LCD monitors.

Then I read that you shouldnt buy an LCD for prepress. So I am a bit confused. I was in the market for a new monitor, but I dont want to spend over $1500-2000 for something that doesnt calibrate and I wouldnt be able to do my 5000K prepress viewing with, as I want to inspect the color and send it to magazine press.

I already have 4 monitors in front of me. The 2 main ones I use are the Sony FW900 24 inch crt's. They are great, but the 30 inch gives me vertical space that I alway scoll to see edges.

I understand that the Apple is more accurate than the Dell...but is it good for prepress color checking?

Thanks, Phil


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Marshall Goff , Aug 01, 2007; 01:16 p.m.

By most reports, the LCDs out there now are pretty good, with the Eizos leading the pack. But I don't do pre-press; I just have semi-founded opinions and a keyboard.

Li Sun , Aug 01, 2007; 01:33 p.m.

FW900 was one of the best crts back then. If you need a lcd, go for EIZO, but it is very pricey

Jacob Padrul , Aug 01, 2007; 04:26 p.m.

This is a very in-depth site about LCD monitors, including monitor types (TN no good for photo editing, ISP are the best, but $$) http://textblog.anands.net/archives/11

Even more info is linked from the above

Phil Indeblanc , Aug 01, 2007; 07:09 p.m.

Are there any 30" NEC models...Also, is th e 30inch Apple a ISP 8bit pp screen?

I do know that pre2006 Apple 30 inch had some pink red warmth issues.

Phil Indeblanc , Aug 01, 2007; 07:35 p.m.

this is the one I see listed, NEC MultiSync LCD3000-BK Black 30" LCD Monitor. 350 contrast sounds low, and a 1 year warranty vs many 3 years.

at $2800 ouch.... how much more accurate is this from the Apple or even the Dell I dare ask?

Wondering if the Appl will even get 5000k color from a pC..I have a color meter to profile/calibrate.

Phil Indeblanc , Aug 01, 2007; 07:45 p.m.

btw...thanks for the feedback so far...Thanks for the link, It was one of the sites I came across and learned about the ISP vs Tn...I read about 10-15 links of info, but still have no one that might be prepress with experience on the Apple or Dell vs the Lacie nec...which Im sure are TOP, but how far off are they? is the Apple 30 a ISP? or Dell? I am critical with most jobs but is it the difference of a .3-5 Delta or one that might be off strongly?

I also found this thread for those listening in and want more info.. http://www.kenrockwell.com/apple/30-inch-cinema-display.htm

(interesting about the yellow/orange comaprison)

Phil Indeblanc , Aug 01, 2007; 07:46 p.m.

but...about the last link...the reviewer is into video color, and it is very differnt from prepress....so, keep that in mind

Phil Indeblanc , Aug 01, 2007; 07:56 p.m.

Samsung website is hard to even look for monitors by size. NEC caps out at 24inches. hmmm

Marshall Goff , Aug 01, 2007; 08:37 p.m.

NEC has a 26 (2690) that is reportedly very good. I don't know anything about their 30.

If you're calibrating for pre-press, do you really need more than 350:1? My sense is that when calibrating for print, having too much contrast makes it harder to be accurate.

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