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Herb Sevush
Totally OT: Best HD reference monitor under $3K?
on Nov 15, 2012 at 5:54:13 pm

Pardon the interruption but my monitor has just died and I need a reference monitor suitable for mastering. I'm not a colorist but I need something more than a Dell - I need a true HD video reference monitor. I know Flanders Scientific has a great rep, is there anyone else I should be considering, any models someone wants to recommend for under $3000.

Herb Sevush
Zebra Productions
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nothin' attached to nothin'
"Deciding the spine is the process of editing" F. Bieberkopf


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Totally OT: Best HD reference monitor under $3K?
on Nov 15, 2012 at 8:03:20 pm

Can't go wrong with the Flanders.


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Shane Ross
Re: Totally OT: Best HD reference monitor under $3K?
on Nov 15, 2012 at 8:41:11 pm

Just over $3k...but a great monitor:

http://www.shopfsi.com/FSI-10bit-17-Inch-Native-HD-Broadcast-Monitor-p/cm-1...

Shane
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Bret Williams
Re: Totally OT: Best HD reference monitor under $3K?
on Nov 15, 2012 at 11:57:09 pm

As long as you're going SDI. Their component input is pretty fuzzy, and they don't have real HDMI, they have 8 bit DVI. They have a lot of cool features like audio meters and TC in screen, but only via SDI ( although I found that their website says the features are across all inputs.

Once I got the ultrastudio express with SDI I was extremely happy with my LM-2140W. And they keep updating the firmware too. A little bummed I couldn't use my blu-ray or cabletv with the DVI input because even with a converter, consumer HDMI devices require some sort of decryption signal stuff.

There's really hardly any competition in this class and price range.


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Bernhard Grininger
Re: Totally OT: Best HD reference monitor under $3K?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 9:10:18 am

What's about a

HP Dreamcolor 2480zx
+ BMD HDLinkPro3D


both together under USD 3000.-
and 10bit calibrated.

Best regards,
Bernhard


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Eric Santiago
Re: Totally OT: Best HD reference monitor under $3K?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 3:02:21 pm

Flanders for studio.
Ive been using a Del U2711 a few times as a ref.
Not bad but no Flanders.


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Mark Raudonis
Re: Totally OT: Best HD reference monitor under $3K?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 4:49:01 pm

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-monitors/cat-oledmonitors/product-PVM2541/

MSRP is $6,100 but they can be had for less.

We've got a bunch of these. I really like them!

mark



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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Totally OT: Best HD reference monitor under $3K?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 4:53:12 pm

Just in case you needed a monitor for just over double $3k. :-D

If you are going to Dreamcolor route (I have one, and love it), use the AJA HDP2 over the Blackmagic as you will have more format options.

Cheers.

Jeremy


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Lance Bachelder
Re: Totally OT: Best HD reference monitor under $3K?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 5:32:34 pm

I also have a Dreamcolor and it's pretty great - though the extra 2 grand for the OLED Sony would be worth it in my opinion.

Lance Bachelder
Writer, Editor, Director
Irvine, California



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Herb Sevush
Re: Totally OT: Best HD reference monitor under $3K?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 6:46:57 pm

Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I ended up going with the Flanders 2140; for the price with all it's tools, scopes, audio pass through for accurate sync it seems to be all the monitor I need.

Herb Sevush
Zebra Productions
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nothin' attached to nothin'
"Deciding the spine is the process of editing" F. Bieberkopf


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Bernhard Grininger
Re: Totally OT: Best HD reference monitor under $3K?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 7:23:39 pm

Hello,

I feed my Dreamcolor with the HDLinkPro3D;
what additional format options does HDP2 offer?

Best regards,
Bernhard


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Keith Koby
Re: Totally OT: Best HD reference monitor under $3K?
on Nov 16, 2012 at 8:11:22 pm

I like the flanders, but for price and consistency, we try to outfit all of the stations identically here. We've been pleased with the Panasonic BT-LH1850s. You'll find it for under $2200 and the feature set is really good - big caveat is that it is not full raster 1920x1080 as the flanders is... it's like slightly bigger than 720p.

Keith Koby
Sr. Director Post-Production Engineering
iNDEMAND NETWORKS
Howard TV!/Movies On Demand/iNDEMAND Pay-Per-View/iNDEMAND 3D


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