Well, my trusty 2 and a half year old Marshall 651 decided to give up the ghost today. Smells like one of the ICs on the main board burned up, but I can't tell which one. I'm waiting to see if Marshall will even take a look at it, with the mods I've done to it, but I doubt it's going to be economical to repair.
I've been drooling over other monitors for a while now, though I was hoping to not have to purchase one so soon. The models I've been looking over have been the SmallHD DP7HB, the refurbished Cinetronic Gen1, and the Ikan MD7.
Obviously, the Cinetronic is a beast of a monitor size-wise, but being refurbished, it's a good deal cheaper than the DP7, and also has a pretty proven track record. It's got all the inputs I need (including DVI, which can be converted to HDMI, which can come in very handy), but I'm concerned about the size. Did those operators who had it find issues with getting through tight spaces with it? Is there any big caveat that I would need to know when buying one?
The DP7 looks lovely - I certainly have used a lot of SmallHD's monitors, and from the reviews I've read, the screen on this one should still be a marked improvement from my 651 in all ways. I'm concerned about how long it might take to get one however, and I honestly don't need 90% of the "DP" features on it. I just need something bright and usable. It also has plugs on all of its sides, which I absolutely hate! WHY would someone design a monitor like that? Also, it's $1000 more than the Cinetronic, which would basically clear out my cash reserves.
The MD7 looks like the natural upgrade from my 651. It's a rebadged BON monitor, which clocks in at 1100 nits, and looks to have the features I'd need. Since it's the same price as the Cinetronic, can anyone see a reason why I should pick this one? Is the smaller size of the MD7 worth the lower brightness?
All in all, my head's spinning with options. I'd love it if anyone could chime in and help me out here, especially if any of you have used multiple of these monitors, and could give opinions on them.
Thanks all. Here's hoping for a lucrative next few months so I can get back to making money with this damned contraption, rather than just spending money on it!