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Choosing a 43" monitor for a composer

Hello Forum,

New member here.

I need to buy a monitor—43” (or a little bigger) and 16:9. I’m a composer writing for orchestra and I want to see the whole score from Flutes to Double Basses without scrolling.    

The computer is a Mac Pro 2019 with an AMD Radeon Pro W5700X GPU.  I use Apple Logic and Steinberg Dorico. Everything else is secondary.

I'm in the UK. I want a monitor not a TV.

However——I’m 63, I have cataracts and other eye problems which (for various reasons) may never be fixed. I want to take care of my eyes as long as possible…

So I’m looking for the monitor with the clearest image; brightness dimmable to comfortable levels; and silent (no fan).

Where I live it’s not possible to visit shops to see them in the flesh. I’ve written to the manufacturers, but I’m hardly getting responses, when they do respond it's not very helpful.

Which monitor should I buy?  I am considering Dell P4317Q / Acer Predator CG437K / Asus PG43 UQ / maybe Philips 558M1RY. 

Another possibility is Dell Alienware AW5520QF OLED. This would be easiest on my eyes. Initially I dismissed this option because music software has many static elements and normally you’d get ‘burn in’ on an OLED panel.  However, I’d never use it at high levels of brightness. Do OLED panels still get burn in if the brightness is never turned up much?


Does anyone have any thoughts or recommendations? Please let me know your reasons.


Thank you --- any responses would be greatly appreciated!


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Resolution would matter more than screen size if you're trying to fit more on the same screen.

All the ones you picked are 4k, so you've got that sorted.

Why are you getting gaming monitors? If you're not gaming, there's no reason, and the cost is significantly higher than something else.

The P4317Q seems to make the most sense of the ones you've picked, if not something cheaper.

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Hmmmm I wonder if those static bits would be displayed as black and as such would just be the pixels turned off on OLED.  

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Thanks for the reply, Dizmo. 😀  No I'm not gaming, just looking for the highest quality I can get, any advantage to be nice to the eyes.

Do you think there is zero advantage to be gained from, say, CG437? Various reviews seem to suggest it's a very good all-rounder. The Dell didn't get such good crits.

One thing might be useful on the Dell though -- simultaneous inputs, and I can imagine a use for running my Mac laptop into it as well as the Mac Pro. 

When I contacted Acer about connecting CG437 to the Mac Pro I got a reply saying I'd need a 3rd party adapter, but they didn't say what or why. I've written twice for clarification - no reply. 

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Thanks Nick Name. 😀  In Logic and Dorico not all the static bits are black... so I'm guessing not.


I wonder how you find out if Burn In is a function of brightness?

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