I am considering a purchase of the LM-1760W or LM-1770W for use as a broadcast quality monitor for for HD editing, color correction, and graphics use. I realize they are both very similar, with the 1770 lighter now for field use. Which is better for use in an edit suite, or are they both just as great?
Hi Mike. These units have the same resolution, contrast ratio, off-axis performance, pixel response time, and general feature set. There is no disadvantage to going with the LM-1770W other than price. If you can spare the $200 extra and plan on using it as a field monitor at some point then the 1770W is a great choice. If it is never going to leave the edit suite you may want to consider saving the $200 and sticking with the LM-1760W. The only practical difference in using the unit within an edit suite environment is that you will need to allow the LM-1760W to warm up for about 30 minutes before making color critical decisions on it whereas the warm-up period on the LM-1770W is virtually instantaneous. We have an archived press release available here that explains all of the differences in detail if you want to review that: http://www.flandersscientific.com/index/Archived_News .
They're identical Mike, in terms of picture. We had them side by side in one of my edit suites and as Bram notes, the only difference is you have to allow the 1760 (and 2450) 30 minutes of warm up time before you can judge color on them.
Also, the 1760 generate a little more heat just due to the nature of the light source.
Walter Biscardi, Jr.
Editor, Colorist, Director, Writer, Consultant, Author. HD Post and Production Biscardi Creative Media