I have recently bought this monitor after spending some happy(ish) years with a NEC Diamondtron (a CRT device) which I communicated with relatively well.
Noted in some other posts in this section is the concept of tweaking the monitor to match the best printer results, in effect, a working backwards approach. I used this way with the NEC and was able to match my HP B9180 B/W prints very closely indeed. These are on Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Bright White. Colours, other than red, also worked well, but I gather that the poor reds (terracottaish) are a product of pigments and not electronics.
I appreciate that the whole concept of monitor calibration is to reach a common language for all monitors in order that viewer A in Australia sees exactly the same image on his monitor that viewer Z in Zambia does. For images outwith your own workspace, this make obvious sense.
The crititical thing is this: with the CRT monitor I did not use a calibration tool other than PS´s Adobe Gamma; the Contrast was set to 100% and for the Hahnemuehle paper, the best setting for Brightness was 42.1%. Trust me, this gave excellent matches between printer and screen. As I do not have a website, I saw little reason to consider how my work might appear on other screens.
Now, with the new monitor, comes a LaCie Blue Eye Pro V4 CRT/LCD calibration device consisting of a CD, a puck and some vague instructions that don´t go any way deeply enough into the calibration options.
Needless to say, the first problem I detect (if it IS a problem and not simply a change from the CRT system of viewing) is that everything looks far too bright after calibrating. Using the results from the calibration, which is largely a matter of clicking ´Next´ as instructed, I would never have accepted the files that I already have for my images. So, in effect, I have lost my WYSIWYG advantage by dint of nothing more than changing the monitor.
In other words, if this new, calibrated standard for the new monitor is indeed correct, then my printer, given new files created to match the new monitor screen, would find itself unable to produce the same good results that I was previously able to get: it can only print what goes in, and if what goes in is created to different standards, then there is no hope of achieving the same results as on the original file created based on what looked good on the original screen. This is obvious, but how do I get around the problem? Do I revert to tweaking the new monitor to match the printer, as I did originally and thus defeating the point of the calibration puck, or is there some better way, based on the standardised calibration device, that will somehow make screen match printer?
Why doesn´t a CRTmonitor last as well as my TV set? As in my case both use Sony screens, it seems odd.