dual 30in Cinemas--different color

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by renault4, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. renault4 macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    I just hooked up a second 30" to an Nvidia 8800GT card on a Mac Pro. The second monitor was purchased much later than the first, lets say there is about 9 months difference. I cant get the two to come out the same color--tried calibrating one to the other; whites are brighter and text is crisper--is this just a generational difference or perhaps an age/degredation issue?
  2. UFO212 macrumors member


    Jul 29, 2008
  3. MacBass macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2005
    La Crosse, WI
    It could be that the monitors have different components, perhaps Apple switched LCD panel vendors in that time. Stupid question, but are both monitors using the same Color Management settings in System Preferences?
  4. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    This happens all the time, to me even among monitors purchased at the same time - and it's not the only thing which makes a mockery of those 'Apple S-IPS is best' types (who probably have a sample of one, which they're "comparing" against everything they haven't bought). In fact I'd say between Dell and Apple and the large number of monitors I buy for home and office, the greatest variances which hobble even calibrated multimonitor setups for me come from Apple. Pick up a hardware calibrator and do your best.
  5. renault4 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    I am hunting around within my organization for a calibration unit today. will let you know if this fixed it.
  6. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    The display used changes and is improved every few months, despite the fact that most people think it hasn't been updated since 2006, it has. You will not likely get both monitors the same. I take it the newer monitor is better?
  7. renault4 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    yup, I took a photo, not great, but enough to see a difference....

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  8. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    Yeah I would have to agree with UFO212. Your best bet is a calibration tool.

  9. Mr.PS macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
    I have the same exact issue. My monitors were purchased 6 months apart. One has visibly crisper text, brighter colors, and less pink/red hue. I'm thinking about trying to get Applecare to exchange my old one for a new one, but I doubt it will work. It's really bugging me. :(

    Hardware calibration won't do anything, I've tried it. The displays will never look the same, or even close. How do people with this issue overcome it for graphics work and such?

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