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To Plasma or not to Plasma!
Old 4th January 2003
Gear Nut
🎧 15 years
To Plasma or not to Plasma!


Santa came in and left a
little extra for me this year (about time, heh)
so i'm taking the plunge for a
22" or 23" Apple Cinema Display or a Plasma Display

my questions:

1. is anyone using a 23" around here?

2. is that extra inch (no pun intended) tut
make a whole lot of difference?
there's also a higher resolution on the 23"

3. with this in mind which one you guys would recommend?
22 or 23"?

4. is a Plasma Display a good option here?
since with 2 of these Apple displays
i'm already in Plasma prices range

i'll be doing audio post, editing etc...
and would need a good size monitor to look at.
plus DVD playback, Xbox etc... of course

the only bad things i read was that
when it comes to see the PT Edit and plugins pages
it looks kind of fuzzy and unreadable

so with this in mind
it would help to know
what brand and model # are the right ones and Why
i have exactly one week from today to get
my display unit(s) together.

what would be your suggestions?

1. (2) Apple Cinema Display 22" or 23" or
2. One Big Ass Plasma Display (42"/50")

hope you'll have a killer 2003!
Old 5th January 2003
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🎧 15 years

Old 5th January 2003
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Curious G's Avatar
🎧 15 years
I use the 22" and have heard that the 22's will be dropping in price soon. I personally wouldn't pay $1k more for the inch but hey, it's only $$$.

If I was independently wealthy I'd get some sort of big-ass 5 foot plasma screen up on the far wall just to get this damn monitor out of my stereo image. I bet it would impress the ad guys too!
Old 5th January 2003
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Steve Smith's Avatar
🎧 15 years
IIRC the studio 23" is only one resolution right? I seem to remember a friend of mine hating how close he had to have it to him to read it.. maybe it was his eyesight?
Old 6th January 2003
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cram's Avatar
🎧 15 years
A buddy of mine has a plasma flat screen and everything looks really blurry and indistinct. He loves it, I think it looks terrible. Maybe his is messed up?
Old 6th January 2003
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cashewcupcake's Avatar
🎧 15 years
What's the resolution on the plasma? Size doesn't matter if everything will look super huge. The primary benifit of large screens is to present more information to you. With a large screen, you can use higher resolutions, without making everything onscreen tiny.

If I had 3-6 thousand dollars to spend on a display, I would get a LCDesque projector and a fancy projector screen. SSC from MIX wrote some blurb about projectors a few months ago.

If my studio was dark, or very dimly lit.

Why not save the money and buy two top quality 21" monitors? I know they mess with acoustics, but how's the rest of the room? Maybe that $5000 would be better spent on acoustic control?

You could also buy 3 x 21" LCD monitors for about the same price. Actually, that's what I would do if I had lots and lots of money. I dig being able to see LOTS stuff at once.
Old 6th January 2003
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Mats Olsson's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Projectors are nice, but they present some less atractive issues: heat, fan noise and outrageously expensive light bulbs that only lasts a couple of thousand hours.

Old 7th January 2003
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cashewcupcake's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Actually, if I had much disposable monitor money, I'd buy 4 x 21" flat screen monitors, take them out of the plastic surround, and mount them in a frame all right next to each other. Hellsyah.
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