Asus PA32UCX-K As A Grading Monitor for YouTube

Asus ProArt PA32UCX (l), iMac (c), LG OLED C7 (r)

I thought I’d jot down my first impressions of the PA32UCX solely in its capacity as a grading monitor for delivery to YouTube – the primary purpose for which I purchased the display. For this, I’m evaluating the image quality of an HLG HDR video edited on the Asus, uploaded to YouTube, and viewed on a 55″ LG OLED C7. Disclaimer: I haven’t calibrated either of the displays; to do that, I’d need the $1,600.00 Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 8K HDR, something I haven’t come to terms with just yet. Let’s get the settings of the two displays out of the way first. The Asus HLG HDR factory presets can’t be modified. The LG settings I used are as follows:

Cinema Home. Technicolor allows the most customization, but Cinema Home is punchier and most closely matches the Asus’s picture.
OLED Light: 100
Contrast: 95
Brightness: 50
Sharpness: 0
Color: 60
Tint: 0
Color Temperature: W30
Dynamic Contrast: Low
Dynamic Color: Off
Color Gamut: Auto
TruMotion: Off
Super Resolution: Off

Although I was certain the insane 1,500 nit peak brightness of the Asus would completely annihilate the weaker 700 nits of the LG, the OLED is actually brighter: metal gleams, shafts of light glow, shiny stuff shines. Enough poetry. 🙂 The Asus colors are more vibrant but have a tendency toward over-saturation, sometimes to the point of bleeding, particularly the reds. There’s no need to squint to notice that OLED blacks are vastly superior: dark tones are murkier, flatter and lacking three-dimensionality on the Asus. The LG colors are more neutral or cooler, while the Asus has a yellowish cast, in the one video I’m comparing, anyhow. The only area where the Asus appears to excel is sharpness – but even that is because the monitor is applying aggressive edge enhancement that cannot be disabled – and it can be quite harsh. Of course, a thousand and one parameters can be adjusted on the LG but I don’t normally mess around with tint, color temperature and the rest of the advanced settings and neither do most viewers. A while back, I asked a YouTuber I admire how he managed to get such beautiful looking colors and he said he checks his grade on a Samsung HDR TV, an IPhone 11 Pro, an Asus Pro Art and for SDR a MacBook Pro and an IPad. I think I need the Teranex…

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