We are working on the webpage for spectrum to summarize project status and specs so far. I think an FAQ would be a great addition to have from the start.
Post up your questions here and we will get them answered next Thursday on 4th of July. Cheers!
Spectrum Q&A will start today (July 4th) at 6:30 pm Helsinki time (EEST)
We’ve seen many good questions coming in. Where possible, they’ve been answered. Some questions will have to wait until we discuss what’s possible with our suppliers, or will need to be explored further before we can commit to an answer.
A summary of the Q&A is included below in this post. Thanks to everyone who submitted a question!
Yes, we can unveil at this point that our monitor is using same panel as the recently announced LG 27GL850 monitor and will enjoy the same super fast response time of 1 ms. The only difference in the panel itself is that we are using a brighter backlight of 400 nits instead of LG’s 350 nits.
Yes, but we are evaluating the additional cost and the time it will take. Currently, most monitors are calibrated for white point only.
This is something we’ll have to discuss with our suppliers.
The key requirements for this certification are 400 nits brightness and covering 95% of the DCI-P3 color space. It’s not the same HDR experience that some TVs offer today with 1000 nits brightness, and it doesn’t offer OLED’s contrast ratio. But in return for a relatively small one-time certification fee, customers can be assured that our monitor offers at least this level of image quality.
Will the monitor support pixel-perfect integer-ratio upscaling with no blur by pixel duplication (doubling)?
Yes, it will be possible to enable this in OTS!
The point of this upscaling method is that scaling ratio is always integer and there is no quality loss because each logical pixel is represented as a perfect square group of integer number of physical pixels such as 2×2 or 3×3 and there is no interpixel diffusion at all.
- 1280×720 (16:9) to 2560×1440 with 2×2 pixels;
- 640×480 (4:3) to 1920×1440 with 3×3 pixels and 320+320 black bars to the left/right from the scaled image;
- 800×600 (4:3) to 1600×1200 with 2×2 pixels and 480+480 left/right bars and 120+120 top/bottom bars.
This is important for:
- getting higher performance in modern games;
- preventing unreasonable quality loss when playing games that don’t upscale their user interface, so a more performant GPU can’t help;
- maintaining the pixelated image nature in old and pixel-art games.
All existing monitors and graphics drivers blindly use blurry bilinear upscaling regardless of whether scaling ratio is integer (2.0, 3.0, etc.) or fractional (1.75, 2.5, etc.), though blur is solely inevitable at fractional ratios.
At this time, a number of basics including the panel we want to use are already locked down. This means that some specifications can no longer be changed. We’re not at the finish line yet though, and we are still looking to decide some of the specifications and features.
Refer to this table for specs that have been locked and specs still up for discussion
|Resolution||2560 x 1440 ‘Quad-HD’|
|HDR||HDR10 Media Profile (VESA DisplayHDR400)|
|Color depth||1.07 Billion colors (8-bit + A-FRC)|
|Refresh rate||up to 165 Hz (*TBD)|
|Color gamut||DCI-P3 98%|
|Response time||1 ms|
|USB-C||1x w/ USB PowerDelivery up to 100 W
|Portrait rotation||Maybe (*TBD)|
|Horizontal rotation||Maybe (*TBD)|
|Connector to the monitor||VESA|
|Adaptive sync||FreeSync 2
G-SYNC Compatible (*TBD)
|Open firmware||Yes (*TBD)|
Spectrum will use the FreeSync 2 standard. NVIDIA has recently enabled adaptive sync support for non-G-SYNC monitors on their 10-series graphics cards and newer. This means that we you’ll be able to get some adaptive sync features regardless of whether you have an NVIDIA or an AMD graphics card.
And Yes spectrum will be G-Synch certified based on previous polls!
Both FreeSync 2 and G-SYNC will kick in over 10 Hz, meaning that the frequency range will be 10 Hz through 165 Hz.
Great Question! The panel supports a 165 Hz native refresh rate, but the scalar we want to use (think of it as the processor that drives the display) only supports up to 144 Hz. It can be overclocked to 165 Hz. We have previously discussed that it is posible to use a more expensive scalar (60usd more cost) that would allow to go to 165H but community found this feature not so valuable so we will allow people to overcklock to 165hz.
Yes, please specify profiles you are interested in
Totally. We will ask them to test prototypes and ask for feedback about tuning and changes.
Unfortunately not, as there are no scalars that support it on the market yet.
We hadn’t planned for it, but we will ask the manufacturer to see if it’s possible.
Can Spectrum have a second DisplayPort, either for a secondary source or for pass-through to a secondary monitor?
We will look into that to see if it’s possible and what the added cost would be.
We would love to, but after investigating it we realized it would increase the cost substantially. So we will keep it in mind as a possible future product. Anything is possible!
We will share design concepts soon. But we are using a panel with extremely slim borders (apart from the bottom where some space is needed).
We are planning to sell the monitor and its stand separately. That way, people who want to use a VESA monitor arm to mount their monitor don’t have to pay for a part they don’t need.
Of course, a stand will be available at a fair price for those who need one, supporting at least height adjustment for a more ergonomic user experience.
We don’t know it yet. Using glass cover on top of the display will increase the price, but it allows for a seamless bezel, is easier to keep clean, and looks great. We are looking into it with the supplier as it could help or hinder image quality.
We aim to ship by the end of this year. More details will come when the design is locked down!
We will announce the price in advance once we lock the industrial design and the quality standard (we will discuss it here with you folks). Worry not, the price will be fair!
The main point of sales for will be our own web store. That said, we will also look into sales partners such as Amazon as we have done for the V.
We haven’t decided yet. When we launched the V, IndieGoGo was used because our own web store wasn’t ready yet. Though we do not have that problem now, a crowdfunding campaign can still offer great visibility for our product launches and increase sales significantly.
We’ve changed our business model and the way sales are handled, to avoid a number of issues that have plagued us in the past. More details about what changed can be found in this post.