Need a new monitor - what do you recommend and why?

Configure and optimize you computer for Audio.
kvotchin
KVRian
515 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Post Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:53 am

I'm currently torn, between a very large 4K monitor, and a fairly large ultrawide (@ 3400 x 1440).

Any experience with either or both, or just a perspective that might help anyway?

Thanks.

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Pictus
KVRist
428 posts since 21 Aug, 2017 from Brasil

Post Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:40 am

To help with the selection
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/monit ... ice&page=1

Best review sites:
https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/ ... tra-hd-uhd
https://www.prad.de/test-kaufberatung/t ... -monitore/
https://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews.htm
https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/

Make sure the monitor you choose does not has a TN panel :!:
TN = garbage
IPS/VA/PVA = good
https://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/p ... logies.htm

Make sure does it does NOT use PWM for the backlight dimming :!:
Why PWM is bad https://www.notebookcheck.net/Why-Pulse ... 240.0.html
Check the reviews sites for PWM

CodeMonkey
KVRer
15 posts since 25 Jul, 2020 from Munich

Post Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:39 am

simple question: does the software you use most of the time benefit from an ultrawide screen?
personally, i do a lot of programming, so i need screen height, not screen width, because i want to see as many lines in the editor as possible.

chk071
KVRAF
25505 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:45 am

Pictus wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:40 am
Make sure the monitor you choose does not has a TN panel :!:
TN = garbage
IPS/VA/PVA = good
Well... it really depends on your budget, and what you want to do with your monitor. I really can't see how a TN panel would be "garbage" for DAW usage, for example. Or even for gaming. It's true that for the last bit of colour perfection, you're better off with a IPS or VA panel, but, really, for your every day tasks which don't include semi professional picture or video editing, a TN panel will do.

IPS and VA have their flaws as well. For IPS, that's backlight bleeding, and non consistent lighting in the edges of the monitor. For VA, it's slower response times in games, for example.

Actually, if you want a good allround monitor for work, games and maybe even picture editing, I'd go for a VA panel. If you're on a budget, I don't think you will be disappointed with a good TN panel.
Plugins and a DAW. On a operating system. Which runs on a computer.

kvotchin
KVRian
515 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Post Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:02 pm

Primarily audio production. Guess I assumed this would be taken for granted.

I also do some other things on it, including writing, casual gaming, etc.

Wow, do they even sell TN screens any more?

Anyway, best case I can go to stores and at least briefly try some out. Otherwise... hm, still undecided. But could be 4K is a better all rounder.

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Unaspected
KVRAF
1545 posts since 4 May, 2012

Post Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:27 pm

I'm using a 27" 2K monitor and can't imagine going for a higher resolution without also increasing the physical size of the monitor. At this size, 4K is overkill.

Ultrawides do seem interesting for audio work though I have yet to use one.

kvotchin
KVRian
515 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Post Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:16 am

On revision, will go for ultrawide. Most of my workflow tends towards needing more horizontal "real estate", so yeah. We'll see, I guess, but it seems to make more sense.

Currently using a 32" FHD monitor, btw.

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Pictus
KVRist
428 posts since 21 Aug, 2017 from Brasil

Post Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:59 am


foxache
KVRer
15 posts since 18 Feb, 2017

Post Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:32 pm

Pictus wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:59 am
https://youtu.be/p4eSxL8qcVg
In the space of that video I've gone from "My 34" UW is plenty. I'll never need more than that." to "God I really want that 49" monitor" :lol:

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