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« on: July 06, 2011, 11:16:57 AM »
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Hi,


I intend to buy a NEC PA 271W wide gamut display to use with a 13" MacBook Pro (2011 version, still to be purchased).

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/689882-REG/NEC_PA271W_BK_MultiSync_PA271W_BK_27_Widescreen.html

1. I heard the Spectraview II package gives excellent results on this screen. Only thing: it's based on the i1d2 (now discontinued) which gathered horrible results on Luminous Landscape's tests.

So, is the NEC version better? Or does is also contain degrading plastic filters?


2. When I called B&H I was recommended the Colormunki as the best option. But from what I heard: the software it comes with is very bad. And once you have it installed this software blocks all other calibration software, so I heard.  Is there any way to use the Colormunki and the BasicColor software (which is basically the same as the Spectraview software, so I heard)? Is the Colormunki to be taken seriously, or is it an all over the place device that is sold to hobbyists in the first place and would not be appropriate for my photography business?


Which one of these options is the better one?

Your input is much appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2011, 11:26:35 AM »
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You can purchase the Spectraview software without the 'matching' colorimeter so you could use the ColorMunki.  I use this combination and it works well (I also have BasICColor software).  the XRite Munki software does block other software from accessing the Munki but that is trivial to override (it's an on/off checkbox in System Preferences)
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2011, 11:30:44 AM »
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Thanks.

I suppose I cannot use my DTP-94 to use with Spectraview-II?
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2011, 11:37:10 AM »
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I dont have the Spectraview manual (you can download the manual directly from necdisplay.com) and in the manual, they list the supported calibration pucks.

The bigger issue from what I understand is the DTP's performance on a wide-gamut monitor.
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2011, 11:39:49 AM »
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I suppose I cannot use my DTP-94 to use with Spectraview-II?

Yes its supported.
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2011, 11:45:43 AM »
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Yes its supported.
Thanks.

Would it also work as well as NEC's adapted i1d2.

I read here that the DTP-94 doesn't work well on wide gamut monitors:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=53825.0;wap2

Or would Spectraview-II correct this?

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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2011, 11:47:33 AM »
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Currently the ‘best’ solution for this display when using a Colorimeter would be the NEC branded EyeOne Display-2.
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2011, 11:51:54 AM »
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Currently the ‘best’ solution for this display when using a Colorimeter would be the NEC branded EyeOne Display-2.

Too bad for the dtp-94 (which I liked).

But I wont' buy such a good monitor and then get a half-baked calibration just to save $200.

This would also mean to drop the Colormunki option (which I never had a great inclination for anyway - doesn't the PA-271/spectraview_2 offer print softproofing outside Photoshop? anyway?)
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