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« on: November 24, 2008, 07:06:48 PM »
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My Sony Artisan has served me well, but is now starting to show some failing around the edges (literally).  I am getting blue blooming from the upper right corner.  Also, once in a while it will go a bit fuzzy (degaus does not help), and then it will snap back into focus.     Any ideas on how to adjust these flaws, especially the color blooming from the uper right corner.   I know I will need to get a new monitor for my critcal work soon, but I really like my sony.  

So any ideas on how to keep my sony artisan alive a bit longer?

Also, any ideas on a replacement monitor with the quality I have enjoyed from my sony.

thanks, John
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008, 08:43:50 AM »
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My Sony Artisan has served me well, but is now starting to show some failing around the edges (literally).  I am getting blue blooming from the upper right corner.  Also, once in a while it will go a bit fuzzy (degaus does not help), and then it will snap back into focus.     Any ideas on how to adjust these flaws, especially the color blooming from the uper right corner.   I know I will need to get a new monitor for my critcal work soon, but I really like my sony.  

So any ideas on how to keep my sony artisan alive a bit longer?

Also, any ideas on a replacement monitor with the quality I have enjoyed from my sony.

thanks, John

I'd look at an NEC SpectraView II with their software. You'll get about as close to Artisan as possible these days. I still have an Artisan but don't use it much (on an older machine). They were awesome. The 2690 from NEC when driven using their software gets real close. I have to admit its hard to view work on that old Artisan now that I have a larger unit and the wide gamut capabilities are useful in my work.
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2008, 12:00:30 PM »
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My Sony Artisan has served me well, but is now starting to show some failing around the edges (literally).  I am getting blue blooming from the upper right corner.  Also, once in a while it will go a bit fuzzy (degaus does not help), and then it will snap back into focus.     Any ideas on how to adjust these flaws, especially the color blooming from the uper right corner.   I know I will need to get a new monitor for my critcal work soon, but I really like my sony.  

So any ideas on how to keep my sony artisan alive a bit longer?

Also, any ideas on a replacement monitor with the quality I have enjoyed from my sony.

thanks, John


John:

The fuzziness issue you are experiencing with you Sony Artisan is due to a faulty flyback. As to the blue blooming at the corner may be due to magnetic field build up, which the degauss may not fix. Try using the landing control on the OSD and see if it corrects it. If not, then the tube has becomed magnetized on that area, and advanced landing adjustment may be needed.

If you would like to keep your Sony Artisan for 3-5 more years, I am currently offering to upgrade older Sony Artisans via Artisan Upgrade Kits to brand new September 2004 units by replacing all the internal componets and boards from older units with brand new components and boards including the picture tubes. So far, six (6) clients have had their units upgraded sucesfully, including Larry Berman (Berman Photography at http://www.larryberman.com), who has just send his in for the upgrade.

In the long run, this may be a much better cost effective alternative rather that have the flyback and landing issue fixed by the Sony Service Center.

If you would like more information about the Ugrade Program, please do not hesitate to contact me at unklevito@aol.com, or look at my current eBay auctions for Sony Artisan monitors.

Hope this helps...

"Long Lives the Sony Artisan"

Sincerely,

Unkle Vito!


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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2008, 12:12:40 PM »
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I'd look at an NEC SpectraView II with their software. You'll get about as close to Artisan as possible these days. I still have an Artisan but don't use it much (on an older machine). They were awesome. The 2690 from NEC when driven using their software gets real close. I have to admit its hard to view work on that old Artisan now that I have a larger unit and the wide gamut capabilities are useful in my work.

I haven't used a CRT display for a few years and was actually given an Artisan a while back...  I'd completely forgotten about the flicker, and I immediately felt the return of the old headaches.      

...put it down.  It's had a long, wonderful life.  

As far as replacements go, it may be heresy to say this on this particular forum, but I LOVE the 30" Apple Cinema.  I even have biffocals and absolutely love it.
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2008, 12:19:27 PM »
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As far as replacements go, it may be heresy to say this on this particular forum, but I LOVE the 30" Apple Cinema.  I even have biffocals and absolutely love it.

Its nice, but its no comparison to the NEC 30" (3090). Now it (the NEC) is more expensive by about $300, but its a wide gamut, high bit panel with Artisan-like software.

Unfortunately, my biffocals don't cut it, I had to actually get a prescription for lenses in-between. Old fart that I am...
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I haven't used a CRT display for a few years and was actually given an Artisan a while back...  I'd completely forgotten about the flicker, and I immediately felt the return of the old headaches.      

...put it down.  It's had a long, wonderful life.  

As far as replacements go, it may be heresy to say this on this particular forum, but I LOVE the 30" Apple Cinema.  I even have biffocals and absolutely love it.


You may reduce the flicker on the CRT by increasing the refresh rate to 85 Hz or even 90 Hz. The Sony Artisan is capable of synchronizing these two refresh rates. That will dramatically reduce the flicker.

Hope this helps...

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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2008, 01:06:41 PM »
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My Sony Artisan has served me well, but is now starting to show some failing around the edges (literally).  I am getting blue blooming from the upper right corner.  Also, once in a while it will go a bit fuzzy (degaus does not help), and then it will snap back into focus.     Any ideas on how to adjust these flaws, especially the color blooming from the uper right corner.   I know I will need to get a new monitor for my critcal work soon, but I really like my sony.  

So any ideas on how to keep my sony artisan alive a bit longer?

Also, any ideas on a replacement monitor with the quality I have enjoyed from my sony.

thanks, John

I'll second the change to NEC with the SpectraView software, either the LCD2690WUX2 or the LCD3090WQXi, which I have had for a few weeks now.  My old monitor was a Mitsubishi DiamondPro 2060u, which I trusted and loved working with until there were red smudges on the left of vertical lines, and blue smudges on the right.  No degaussing or other user-available treatment was helpful, and in order to keep it profiled I had the brightness and contrast at 100%.  I was hesitant to junk my old reliable friend, but now that I have been using the flicker-free, distortion-free,evenly illuminated NEC3090 I am a happy camper.
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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2008, 01:11:56 PM »
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Unfortunately, my biffocals don't cut it, I had to actually get a prescription for lenses in-between. Old fart that I am...

it's hell getting old, ain't it?

only a $300 difference, though?  definitely worth checking out...
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2008, 01:14:37 PM »
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You may reduce the flicker on the CRT by increasing the refresh rate to 85 Hz or even 90 Hz. The Sony Artisan is capable of synchronizing these two refresh rates. That will dramatically reduce the flicker.

Hope this helps...

Sincerely,

Unkle Vito!

thanks Unk, but I'm talking the inherent flicker, not even discernible... like florescent lights. refresh rates don't help.  instant headaches for me, even now.
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« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2008, 02:04:51 PM »
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it's hell getting old, ain't it?

Beat's the alternative.

Now if I could just sleep throughout the night without having to pee... I know, TMI.

Street price between the Apple and NEC (san's calibration software which is what makes it so awesome) should be about $300 or so. Maybe less if you really look around.
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