I went through this before in a discussion about reds not matching between the monitor and printer. I came to accept that my monitor just can't display the same colour gamut as what my printer can produce, and it shows up mostly in the magenta/red. I can deal with that, I'm not doing super colour critical work as it's mainly for home printing. My next experience was with shadow detail. I wasn't getting the shadow detail in my prints that I could see on my colour image on the monitor. That was solved when I downloaded IJM's icc's.
Fast forward to today.
I have read on the IJM site that most common desktop monitors crush the shadow detail, especially in greyscale work for black and white. This has never been a problem for me with colour work, but I'm discovering that when printing on Epson EEM (or the modern equivalent whose title I can never remember... why do they keep changing things up....) I'm seeing more shadow detail in my print than I can see on my monitor, and this is only with QTR-K7 printing, let alone piezography.
I do realize that for the best work, I'll need something like a NEC-PA series monitor. It's only in the black and white that this shadow detail is an issue, so I'll probably have to upgrade, but I will have to wait awhile before I can afford to upgrade.
When I started getting into all this last year, I did some basic research felt that a Samsung IPS panel would be a good solution. Reviews were mixed about the Spyder4pro, I got the feeling that if used correctly it would profile the monitor accurately.
I am now finding that the Spyder4pro seems extremely inconsistent. I'm not sure why. It seemed to do a good job the last time I used it a month ago, but today I reprofiled my monitor and it doesn't seem the same. I actually seem to have less shadow detail today than I did yesterday. Now, I did switch to using an HDMI cable instead of the original VGA cable. I may switch back.
Now to my question:
Is the Spyder4pro basically junk? Or am I not using it right? I see that Argyll is now compatible with the Spyder4pro. Will that work better?
Assuming that I will have to upgrade so that my hardware includes a measuring device in the future (next year probably), will a Colormunki Photo be junk for the purpose of colour profiling, linearising papers and profiling my display? Or will it work fine as long as it's used correctly? I hear varying comments about this. Some are telling me to just get the i1. Honestly, if I am going to have to get an i1, I will be waiting a couple of years until the Canadian $ recovers (if it ever does!).
Will upgrading to an NEC PA with spectraview (if I can get a refurbished one) solve all my viewing problems with shadow detail? Would an NEC PA w/o spectraview work OK with the Spyder4pro? Or would that be a waste of my time?
This may seem like a confusing question, but I'm really not sure what the best thing to upgrade first would be, or if I'm just not using my Spyder4pro right.