NEC 2690WUXi - can it handle regular sRGB?

Started Oct 1, 2007 | Discussions thread
Thomas Sapiano Senior Member • Posts: 1,778
Re: NEC 2690WUXi - can it handle regular sRGB?

Tom_Bruno wrote:

The 2690WUXi is appealing, because it's IPS and large. BUT: I have
read that its wide gamut can only be calibrated to aRGB, and won't
handle sRGB. That's fine for Photoshop, but if that's true it would
mean blown-out reds and oversaturated colors for ordinary use, such
as internet sites and video clips.

Just to clarify, it's not that the monitor can only be calibrated to AdobeRGB, but it is related to how software that isn't colour managed operates. If you load an sRGB image in a colour managed program, it will look the same on a wide gamut monitor as it does on a normal monitor. This occurs because the colour management system will translate the colours from the working space (sRGB, AdobeRGB, etc.) to the colourspace of the monitor (defined in the monitor profile) prior to displaying them. In this case, it will compress the coordinates in the sRGB image into the coordinates representing those same colours in the near-AdobeRGB space of the monitor.

The problem occurs when dealing with the display of sRGB images in unmanaged software , as these programs simply feed the colour coordinates from the image file directly to the monitor. As no translation takes place, the image is displayed in the native gamut of the display regardless of what gamut was intended. As most conventional monitors have a similar gamut to sRGB, that is what software and web developers target so that their images appear as close to what was intended as possible. Unfortunately, when the characteristics of the monitor are significantly different (as in the case of wide gamut monitors), this assumption breaks down and the images appear different than was intended by the authors.

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