[argyllcms] Re: Colorvision Spyder 2 Express + LED monitor

  • From: "Xavi" <aruiz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <argyllcms@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2013 20:36:03 +0100

Hello Kristofor.
I don't know if I can help you but I will try.
I have an Spyder2Express, an I1Display and a Colormunki. For my experience,
comparing these 3 instruments, I obtain similar results using the I1Display
and the Colormunki, but different results (magenta cast) using the
I have compared these sensors calibrating the monitor of a laptop (I don't
know their retroillluminant technology but it is very thin), another
supposed VA monitor, HP, an Eizo monitor with PVA panel and a S-IPS monitor
from Dell. With all these differents monitors I see the same different
results when I use the Spyder2Express, but not with the symptoms that you
Any of the tested monitors is apparently a LED monitor. I doubt about the
laptop monitor. But seems that the LED technolgy involves how the panel is
retroilluminated. I don't know if it is possible to obtain these bad results
that you describes only to the LED technology. 
If you are thinking about to buy a new sensor, think that the Colormunki is
supported by the fantastic application ArgyllCMS, as a device to profile
monitors and printers !


De: argyllcms-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:argyllcms-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
En nombre de Kris Jensen
Enviado el: jueves, 07 de febrero de 2013 19:39
Para: argyllcms@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Asunto: [argyllcms] Colorvision Spyder 2 Express + LED monitor

Hi everyone,

I have a Spyder2Express that I've used for years with good results on two
machines.  My Fedora laptop (which has an LED screen) with argyllcms and
with the OEM software on my windoze machine and a big honkin' CRT monitor.  

I recently moved, ditching the CRT in the process and buying a 22" LED
screen by LG (sorry, I don't have the model number in front of me).

My laptop also has an LED screen and I always had good results with
calibrating it.

Since buying the LED screen for my desktop, I've gotten really funky results
when trying to calibrate it (using the stock OEM software).  Everything was
really washed out and the darks almost non-existant.

My question is 3 fold: 

1. Could my Spyder2 be dead?  It was sent by train for >4000km and it's
winter in canada....so everything was frozen pretty well.   I haven't had a
chance to re-run the calibration on my laptop to see if the same effect is
present there.  I would obviously back up my previous profile first...

2. Is this calorimeter just a bit too long in the tooth for new LED
monitors?  I didn't think so at first since my laptop is LED but it is a few
years old and I'm not certain if the inlaying technology is really the same
thing or if the desktop screen is more evolved.

3.  If the calorimeter is dead I'm now in the market for a new one.  I don't
print but plan to do so soon and also it drives me bonkers to see my
pictures blown out on someone's projector or hdtv.  I've been leaning
towards the colomunki photo as a replacement but wanted to have an argyllcms
guru give their blessing before making any particular decision.

A million thanks in advance and ttfn.

Kristofor Jensen

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