My previously calibrated LCD monitor has gone bad and needs to be replaced (it was an upper-end Samsung model, purchased 3 years back). My demand for precise color management is greater now, as I am working on a project that will require quality softproofing within Photoshop for a 4-color, offset print press.
After eliminating the new $6500 NEC spectraview wide-gamut LCD, and seeking a more economical CRT solution like the Sony Artisan, I found that not only is the Artisan no longer available, but that no comparable CRT monitor of any sort is available. I'm used to LCD monitors, and would prefer one all else being equal, but I'm looking for a new level of color control that seems unreachable in the LCD realm without spending 6 grand.
I'm doing my best to research options on the web, but would appreciate any feedback here. Am I missing some options on the market, or is the situation really thus? What is out there for $2000 or less that is adequate for this level of color control (if anything)?
Thanks in advance for any advice,