I have been using a 3-monitor setup. I have two “HD” monitors in the 27" range. They are my main monitors for Cubase (and Dorico and anything else of a musical nature – I have a completely different computer for word processing, email, video editing, and other non-musical stuff.) The third monitor is a smaller one that is use in portrait mode to display miscellaneous windows.
My vision is not great. and my eyes get sired working with the small menus and GUI objects that you have to deal with on these HD displays, but I love having a lot of material in my field of view. About 6 months ago, I started running my smaller monitor at 125% (This is a Windows 10 system). I kept the two big monitors at 100% That all worked OK. Cubase 10.5 (and all the other apps except Band-in-a- box, which is always screwy) worked fine. In particular, at 10.5, all the VSTs displayed correctly. This was an acceptable setup, although the feature size on the two big monitors was a little small for me.
With Cubase 11, all hell broke loose. Now, with this 125/100/100 setup, many of the VSTs don’t display correctly. They don’t fit into their windows correctly. Either the app is way too small (Spectralayers) or the Window is too small and not stretchable (most of the other non-Steinberg VSTs). SO I have to do something. My short-term options are to go 100/100/100 (making my small monitor very hard to read) or 125/125/125 (making less information available in the field of view. My immediate solution is probably to go with 125/125/125. But unless Steinberg fixes this Cubase 11 problem (and I haven’t seen any communication that they even acknowledge this problem), I think I need to go a different direction with my monitors.
I have seen some folks here recommend using TVs instead of computer monitors because you can typically get larger “glass” for fewer pixels. While you may want the maximum number of pixels when editing photos and videos, I really need the GUI features to be bigger when working on the DAW and I really don’t want to replace my video card to support 4K screens.
So with that preamble, I’m asking is anybody is using TVs as their DAW monitors. They are quite cheap these days. Here’s a 32" HDMI screen for under $200 that supports 1920x1280. That would seem to be an easy way to achieve the effect of 125% scaling while keeping the same amount of information on screen that I have today:
Is there any downside to this? Are TVs harder to read (blurry) at a closer distance than computer monitors? Will they work with computer video cards OK (my card supports HDMI and 1920x1280)?