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    my sony pro crt monitor has finally gone out on me.
    since they dont make these anymore, i have no choice but to go with a small hdlcd.
    i know i cant expect the same clarity on this as i did my sony, but im looking for a quality model/
    any ideas on brand/model number for me. since im sitting right in front of it and i currently have a 24" samsung monitor that im editing on, id like to find a small preferable 19-22 inch hd.
    questions
    when watching my hdtv, as with any , if youre right on it only a few feet away, picture isnt great, but far back its excellant. wont this be the case if i get one to use as an external?im finding 2 different ones, 1920 x 1080 and 1366x 768,
    will the quality be obvious in difference on these?im going in svideo, havent gone with an hd card yet.
    any input welcome

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    Jim, There is a lot already on this subject. But here is my 2 cents. If you are doing all HD go with a 1920x1080 (10868 (720p) HDTV. The less you have to scale up a 480i SD video, the better it will look.

    1366x768 HDTV's that have that native pixel count range from 15" an up. So, the smaller the monitor, the smaller the pixels. An SD video will look far superior on a 15" 1366x768 HDTV than it would on a 32" 1366x768 HDTV. With that said and confirmed. Your other mention regarding viewing distance is correct. For proper LCD viewing, your eyes should be at least 2.5 times the diagonal measurement of the screen away from the screen. So that 19" HDTV should be at least 47" from your eyes.

    I have seen so many of my customers that seduced into the upgraded screen size because it was only a few dollars more. Then they set it up in their crowded studio and are sitting 48" back from a 26" or 32" HDTV. I like a big TV as well, in my living room! 19" should be plenty big and if you can find a 15.6" 1366x768 it will look even better.

    Since HDTV technology is changing so fast. Gone are the days that you buy that nice Sony broadcast reference monitor with SMPTE phospher and blue gun and underscan. These were purchased and intended to last many years and even decades. Today, I suggest walking into Best Buy and buy a Dynex or Insignia on sale for $150 to $250 and expect it to be a disposable device in three to four years. Newer lower cost LED models with 1080p resolutions will be this price point in four years and your business will most likely be doing all HD at that time as well.

    Save your money now and work with a new monitor that looks great for both 4:3 and 16:9 SD video and looks great with 720p or 1080i/p HD video.

    Do not use computer monitors as the LUT (look up tables) are designed for computers colorspace and their native resolutions are generally a 16:10 form factor. Why mess with this when you do not have to. And spend more money doing so.

    That was more than 2 cents! But I hope it sets things straight for you.
    George Dame
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    • #3
      I use a Vizio 22" LCD tv 1080p with a HDSpark, they come in three flavors 720p, 1080i, and 1080p, the 720p is available at walmart, the 1080s at sams club and costco
      GA-EP45C-DSR3,Core2Q3ghz,8gig1066,260GTX,2x 20"AOC,22"Vizio1080pTV, Edius5/HDspark,PC3,Imaginate, CS5ProdStudio/IntensityPro,Win7_64
      HPdv7t 17"notebook,8gig,2 IntHD,9600GT512M,17"extmon, Edius4.61,CS4Prodstudio.Win7_64,MX02Mini
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      Numerous Ext eSATA drives & Raids shared between systems

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      • #4
        I tried the Vizio 22" with HDspark card and wasn't happy with it. There was a lot of light bleed around the monitor corners and the blacks were way off. May have just got a bad pne and returned it. Instead, at a salesman's recommendation I got a Samsung LN19A330 for about $320. I ran color bars thru the HDspark card to the monitor and they were perfect with no adjustment needed. This is a 720p HDTV. I also have the HDTV hooked up via S-Video to a second older computer with premiere 6.5 and Matrox 2500 card. Realtime playback of SD projects looks pristine.
        Mark Williams
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        Edius 8 WG, i7 6700K, Asus 170-A mobo, 16 GB Ram, System 960 Evo M.2, Video multiple 850 Evo SSDs, Shadow Rock Slim cpu cooler, On board graphics, Corsair 400c case, HD Spark, Windows 10, Panasonic GH6

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        • #5
          Hi Jim, check this thread for a list of monitors the users here have been using.

          I've been using a lower end Dell for the HDSpark system, it's been fine, but I use my other system with a calibrated 40" Bravia for HD work, and a Sony PVM series CRT for SD work.

          I recommend a good priced Samsung or Sony Bravia LCD, maybe a 32" one. Get a 1080p version and you should be fine. The newer LCD's have a glass panel, so be careful if you have a lot of light in your editing environment. The Bravia I have is matte, so I don't have that problem.

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