I have been using a Sony GDM-F520 monitor for my Macintosh-based home\ndigital darkroom and Photoshop skunkworks. Nice image most of the time,\nbut it has occasional bouts where the synch goes funky and the image\nshakes. After three failed repair attempts, Sony is apparently\nconsidering other options for me. They may be preparing to offer me an\nexchange for a GDM-C520 Artisan monitor, or perhaps a cash settlement.\n\nI know that the Artisan gets raves from many graphics pros. I have been\nusing a Spyder/OptiCAL combo with the F520. The Artisan's integrated\ncalibration and profiling system is probably superior. But it is\nessentially a revision of the F520 hardware, so I am a bit worried about\nencountering more reliability problems.\n\nIf I take the cash, I would consider buying the new 23" Apple Cinema\nDisplay (brushed aluminum frame). I have worked on ACDs from the\nprevious series (clear plastic frames), and they would probably be\nadequate for my needs. But I have no experience with the new ones.\nHas anyone made comparisons between the new and old ACDs, or between the\nnew ACDs and the Artisan?\n\nI would characterize myself as an intermediate-level amateur\nphotographer. I know how to use color spaces, profiles, soft proofs,\netc. But I will also be using this monitor for my real job\n(programming), plus websurfing, watching DVDs, etc.\n\nSeveral months ago, I read some press releases about interesting new\nmonitors from NEC-Mitsubishi. They claim to have CRTs with new\nphosphors that come close to covering the gamut of AdobeRGB. They also\ndescribed a new wide-gamut flat screen technology, which use LEDs for\nillumination (this is not the thin-film OLED stuff). But it looks like\nI will have to choose my next monitor before these products are\navailable.