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LCD Monitor Recommendations

Discussion in 'Recording' started by JDA, Aug 3, 2005.

  1. JDA

    JDA Guest

    I'm in the process of getting a new DAW and wanting to get some advice on what LCD monitor to purchase.

    I've only owned CRT monitors in the past and not sure what to look for in a LCD monitor for DAW use. I'm wanting something that's easy on the eyes with crisp text.

    What brand, size, and model number LCD monitor do you use or recommend?

    I think I'll eventually go with a dual monitor setup and would prefer monitors that have a slim bezel for this purpose.

    Thanks! JD...
  2. David French

    David French Distinguished Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    I don't have too much to offer here, but I can tell you that one monitor with an extremely small bezel is the Samsung Syncmaster line


    My cousin, a programmer, has two of these, and they look great together.
  3. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    The Newer Dell LCD's also have the slim bezel for cool looking dual monitor setups. I decided on an older, used 20.1" Dell "2000FP" with a few issues for $215. I don't care if the screen has a few "Pressure Spots" for DAW useage (and I saved like $800 by buying used). 1600x1200 - now THAT'S a desktop for ya! :D

    I'm a big fan of used gear (it has saved me literally thousands and thousands of dollars), but it can get you into trouble if you don't know what you are getting into...

    You can also poke around the "Screaming Deal" websites (Like Dealdatabase.com, etc), and wait for a crazy clearance sale to pop up. Office Depot was selling 19" Benq LCD's for like $169 a few weeks ago, and you also had an additional $20 mail in rebate! I missed that sale (I called like 10 OD's in my area, and they were all sold out :( ), so I bought the Used Dell LCD from eBay instead...

    Also, the LCD's with DVI inputs will have incredibly sharp detail opposed to the analog VGA input LCD monitors. The text can be a bit "soft" with VGA on a LCD. You would obvioulsly need a video card with DVI outs to take advantage of DVI's superior clarity...

    Hey, David :)

  4. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    The new Dell widescreens are very nice. They contain the same LCD panel as the new Apple displays. The backlight is different, but I've got two 20.1"ers that I love. You can find them on sale at Dell all the time for around 450ish. Sometimes there are online coupons for around 400 shipped.

    Here's an article comparing the Dell and Apple screens:

  5. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    currently I vote for the
    17 or 19" Benq with the VGA and DVI
    (I think both cables are supplied)

    a pair of these on a new G5 in DVI mode
    with tools and fcp and a Canopus FW box up to a simple widescreen LCD TV
    makes for a very impressive edit suit
  6. zemlin

    zemlin Distinguished Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    Very happy here with a pair of Samsung 912Ns - No DVI, but great image quality anyway. I run everything through a KVM switch, so I couldn't use DVI if I had it.
  7. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    i think widescreen is essential for audio.....

    i like one widescreen monitor better than several 4:3 monitors.....
    but i use only one window for all my work... (protools)
  8. dedalus

    dedalus Guest

    Newegg is selling 915's for 340 USD. Plus there is a small rebate, if you are into that kind of thing.

  9. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    my vote is for Acer.

    i am looking (right now) at some rather expensive Samsung 19" i bought about 18 months ago.

    i got one of the Acer 19" in to test (really expecting for the money to be crap, even worse the benq)
    to my surprise they were nicer than my samsungs.
    (and as a samsung dealer i get Spiffs)
    with Acer i do not.
    we now have 5-6 of them in the store.
    i upgraded everyone in the front of the store to them as they were so affordable.

    they now have a 6ms response 19" that is like $375
    or the 16ms response like the 6 i have for like $270.

    they are also nicer than the Viewsonic i have at home.

  10. JDA

    JDA Guest

    Thanks everyone for the info! I'll do some more research and take a look at the models mentioned.

    Regards, JD...
  11. Bouke

    Bouke Guest

    Have a look at the Iiyama ProLite E511S. It's a 20"LCD for 1600x1200. Very nice affordable screen with a fast refresh (not specially for daw's but it's nice when you alseo work with video).

    Plus it has a pair of very nice reference monitors :lol:

  12. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    see now I prefer the reverse and love two ... three screens even ... and would never go back

    Photo Shop
    even the just in the Finder
    I use screens to separate tasks
    this drive
    that drive
    when I slide from one screen to the other I know I get a copied file and not just a move.
  13. roguescout

    roguescout Guest

    I just purchased a pair of these:


    Amazing. Super bright and clear.

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