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<<continued from part1>> In addition to in-house use, we're starting to look at remote proofing solutions. The latest generation packages, such as KPG Matchprint Virtual are using LCD displays now. With all I've read on LCDs, accompanied with my own experience, it makes me wonder how feasible such a thing is. Is remote LCD based proofing (or CRT based for that matter) really ready for primetime you think? With Karl Lang saying "I am not happy with anything we have right now", it makes me wonder. I also found a very in depth article http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/lcd-guide.html that explains some of the issues inherent to LCD panels such as black level, brightness adjustment, etc. that reinforce my skepticism. Not to mention the whole 8-bit bottleneck in the current technology. I have no doubt that LCD technology will eventually get to a point that meets, and most likely exceeds, anything that CRTs could achive. However in this transition period it seems that we are being sold inferior products that don't really measure up while being told that we're already there. Here's a list of some (I'm sure there are others) displays that color professionals would most likely be looking into, from the low end to the high end. $440 - Dell 2005FPW - 20",1680x1050 $750 - NEC LCD1980SXI - 19",1280x1024 $800 - Apple Cinema Display - 20",1680x1050 $1300 - Apple Cinema Display - 23",1920x1200 $1350 - Sony SDM-P234 - 23",1920x1200 $1450 - NEC LCD2180UX - 21.3",1600x1200 $1500 - Eizo CG19 - 19",1280x1024 $2700 - Eizo CG210 - 21.3",1600x1200 $6000 - Eizo CG220 - 22.2",1920 × 1200 $6670 - NEC LCD2180WG-LED - 21",1600x1200 *All include some type of limited 3 year warranty (Eizo is 5 year). For the ACDs, the price reflects the extra cost of the Applecare Protection Plan. At what price point, if any of these should one feel reasonably satisfied that they will be able to get accurate color matching in a proofing environment? Is an $800 ACD really able to perform as well as a $2700 CG210? According to KPG, both monitors are certified for use with their Matchprint Virtual system. It would seem that putting those two monitors side by side would not produce identical results, regardless of how good your profiling software is. Am I wrong? I'm just trying to sift through the seemingly endless amount of good and bad info surrounding LCDs and better educate myself to know what works and what doesn't. Chris McFarling Pacific Premedia _______________________________________________ Do not post admin requests to the list. They will be ignored. Colorsync-users mailing list (email@hidden) Help/Unsubscribe/Update your Subscription: This email sent to email@hidden
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