It looks like it is the way to go, just calibrating the monitor and leave the other devices to the guru's
I have the Epson 4000 as well, and have been quite pleased with it.
only thing is now, that I have taken a step backwards, and got myself a Imacon Photo scanner to scan 6x17 with, I thought that maybe I would need to calibrate this beast every now and then.
anyway, I think I will, just settle for the monitor atm (a lot of money saved there!!)
Kindest regards and thanks for replying
Trust me, 64 BIT is out of place here! Simply not relevent! The calibration is over in less than 5 minutes!! 32 BIT processing is as fast as it gets!!
The is no need for the GM software. The XRite software is at least as good. Some say it's better. I am sure it is perfectly good for any monitor available today.
You will have perfect color. Want better? Warm up your monitor for 40 minutes before use. Re Calibrate every 2 weeks. Dont use the edges of your monitor for critical color corrections, use the center. Wear grey clothes, paint the room white better neutral grey or black. Use 5000 degree Kelvin room lights. No red yellow or whatever colored trphies books clothes in the room.
These are far more important than anything else you might spend money on.
You seem locked into some religious need for the GM name. Get FREE and ESCAPE
X Rite is a great puck and the software is superb. Anyway, if you get an Eizo, or most other top of the line LCD monitors, there own software should use X Rite puck just as easily as any other.
Eizo color Navigator does. further, GM software can't even access the internal factory, Minolta-spectrophotometer bases highly accurate calibration stored on a chip!
Put your money on the monitor!