LCD vs. CRT Monitors

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  1. ang

    ang TPF Noob!

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    I want to purchase a new LCD monitor for my computer, but I'm wondering how they compare to the CRT's when depicting pictures for true color printing in photoshop?

    Also, for those who have LCD's, how do you go about calibrating your monitor and how often do you do it?
     
  2. Digital Matt

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    I've always heard that CRTs are much better for accurate color, density, and sharpness of detail.
     
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    LCD's don't give you a headache if you spend long periods of time infront of your PC.
     
  4. Digital Matt

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    If I got headaches from long periods infront of my pc, I'd rather get a headache and know my photos look how I want them to. :)
     
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    This is why i am staying with my 19in CRT, also alot higher resolutions are possible on CRT's right now too, LCD's still have a long way to go
     
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    I have a Mac laptop with an LCD. Macs come with a monitor calibration programme which works beautifully so I find it accurate enough - though I don't like the way brightness changes across screen if you move your head away from centre.
    To save space I got rid of my 21" CRT for my big computer when it stated having problems and got a 19" LCD - it was a mistake. For high quality graphics LCD just isn't there. Resolution on screen is all down to pitch size and LCD screens don't seem to get down to the same level as a high quality CRT. The image is sharper and you seem to get better contrast too.
    As for headaches - a lot has to do with ambient lighting and refresh rate. Try to get a CRT that can synch up to 100Hz - less flicker. And watch the room lighting. You should also take 5 min breaks every 30 min or so - even with a LCD.
     
  7. ang

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    OK. Assuming ALL OTHER THINGS being equal, CRT's are better than LCD?

    So if put the same picture on a middle of the road CRT and a middle of the road LCD (resolutions the same on both)--the CRT will deliver a closer rendition to the print?
     
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    My AG Neovo E-17 is exceptional. When comapred against a Dell CRT the quality was on occasion a lot better. And although TFTs have a set native resolution, a good TFT can use higher resolutions or lower resolutions with little difference in quality.
    The native resolution of 17" TFTs is 1280x1024 anyways, which is a plenty good enough quality for most users. It's usually the highest resolution most graphics cards can support as well.
    If you have the room, and are professional, perhaps consider a Triniton or Diamondtron CRT. But if you are just a normal user, stick to TFTs. Anyhow, they are only getting better, CRTs will probably not be on sale much in 2006, which just goes to show manufactueres confidence in TFT technology.
    Another thing to note is that TFTs only change the picture on your screen when it neeeds to. For example, if you are on your desktop and you adjust your taskbar, the only part of the screen that will change is the area on the taskbar. The rest of the screen is not altered in anyway, unlike the CRT technology where the whole screen is refreshed - the refresh rate, which is in turn what can cause migraines. I wouldn't ignore the headache effect either, consistent headaches can cause medical problems and affects how well you work.
    Check out www.spodesabode.com for a guide to TFT technology and a TFT Display round-up article.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    I don't think they'll stop selling CRTs. They are so much cheaper than LCDs right now. I just bought a 21" Trinitron CRT for $250 USD.
     
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    I just (today) received a large print back... it was EXACTLY like it displayed on my laptop (lcd)...I do calibrate monthly, but I was still very happy with the results... yes, i used Adorama....
     
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    i heard LCD's have to be calibrated every 2 weeks if you want to make the prints look good.
     
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    The thing about the LCD is the contrast ratio, it is really lacking compared to CRTs.
     

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