Regarding the calibration,
I bought a 2690wuxi non SV due to the huge difference in price. Basically it's the same monitor but SV is hand picked up. However, mine has no defect pixel & the uniformity is quite good.
I calibrate it with a eye-one pro spectrophotometre. The iOne is well recognised by the spectraview profiler 4.1.2 that you can download on the european site but it won't let you calibrate the monitor LUT. The spectraview II (USA) that can be purchased on www.nm-select.com
is supposed to work with the non SV version of the 2690 for hardware calibration, altough, being European-Belgian resident, I can't purchase the software online !!!. So i'm kind of stuck with a marvellous monitor but without hardware calibration so far.
But what I can say is that with a conventionnal soft calibration (spectraview profiler 4.1.2), 130cd/mē, D65, 2.2 the print (Canon IPF5000, Ilford smooth pearl with iOne Pro home made profiles), the monitor/print match is quite perfect...
Anyone can tell me wether or not I can buy a hood for the non Spectraview models as separate accessory ? If yes where ? eventually will the lacie hood attach on the NEC ? (it's the same monitor)