It's now August 2016 and things change quickly. Would you still recommend a refurbished NEC Spectraview, or has something else come along at an attractive price point ? Whichever you recommend: who sells them in the USA ?
Frankly I was skeptical when you pointed out the inadequacy of typical LCD monitors and video board calibration - but now that I am finally making prints where we can control the entire tonal scale, my iMac monitor and consumer-grade calibration tools have become an obstacle to print quality.
Many thanks !