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    Monitor black levels

    I have two older monitors, one a samsung widescreen 22 inch or something and a 19 inch older 4:3 aspect monitor. The Samsung monitor has more vibrant colors, but the darkest black look terrible, like almost to the point where pitch black turns a sort of black brown, especially at non optimal vertical angles, if you know what I mean...

    Is this a contrast ratio issue that can't be fixed, or is it simply a monitor setting? I had trouble googling it, so if someone actually knows the answer and isn't just guessing, I'd appreciate a reply.



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    Quote Originally Posted by arunforce View Post
    I have two older monitors, one a samsung widescreen 22 inch or something and a 19 inch older 4:3 aspect monitor. The Samsung monitor has more vibrant colors, but the darkest black look terrible, like almost to the point where pitch black turns a sort of black brown, especially at non optimal vertical angles, if you know what I mean...

    Is this a contrast ratio issue that can't be fixed, or is it simply a monitor setting? I had trouble googling it, so if someone actually knows the answer and isn't just guessing, I'd appreciate a reply.
    I fink graphics card control panels will allow you to adjust the constrast\fine tune other rundering options, but if it can be changed on a per montitor basis(if you want to hook both up to hte same video card.) Maybe over due the constrast such that the darker screen is alright, then try adjusting the options in the other screen (most have somesort of interface independant of the computer\graphics card that you can use to change some of the lighting settings as well.)
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    Well sounds like the monitor is going bad...
    hell idk, i don't know much about screens


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    Most monitors can be re-calibrated which can (in theory) allow you to "fix" incorrect blacks, though I sincerely doubt you'll actually improve anything. Usually one calibrates their monitor if the colours are off, which should be a priority (not the blacks)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alen View Post
    Most monitors can be re-calibrated which can (in theory) allow you to "fix" incorrect blacks, though I sincerely doubt you'll actually improve anything. Usually one calibrates their monitor if the colours are off, which should be a priority (not the blacks)
    This ^^

    And even then most monitors are very limited in how much they can be calibrated, especially if they don't have RGB colour space controls, and luminance/temp controls. I think you'll find most consumer monitors will allow you to alter the contrast ratio but it hardly changes how deep a black is, rather it boosts the whites to contrast with the blacks. It's also possible that you're using a "warm" setting which gives everything a browny tinge, but it's unlikely if you've already played around with your presets. I'd say your monitor is just bleeding and you need a new monitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    This ^^

    And even then most monitors are very limited in how much they can be calibrated, especially if they don't have RGB colour space controls, and luminance/temp controls. I think you'll find most consumer monitors will allow you to alter the contrast ratio but it hardly changes how deep a black is, rather it boosts the whites to contrast with the blacks. It's also possible that you're using a "warm" setting which gives everything a browny tinge, but it's unlikely if you've already played around with your presets. I'd say your monitor is just bleeding and you need a new monitor.
    I had the factory-level settings in mind, I know most monitors have some sort of "unlock method" to get into the factory settings to alter actual settings, but you would probs needs something like Spyder in order to not fuck up your colour balance. But yeah, even then everything you said applies.
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