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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Studio Display Mod - Finalized

Despite the revolution of LCD technology bring about production of HD monitors with 4K or even 5K resolutions, some people still concern not only the screen quality per se but also the overall design of a monitor (like me XD). This is one of the articles about modifying an obseleted Apple Studio Display 17" (ADC) to meet present use.

After plugging the ADC connector of the Studio Display with the ADC to DVI Adapter, the LCD screen exhibited severe electromagnetic interference...


Electromagnetic Interference on Modified Studio Display
 Electromagnetic Interference on Modified Studio Display

Which meant that image quality will be adversely affected unless the whole ADC cable is rebuild.

Therefore, I switched to the "Plan B": simply split the ADC into 3 separate cords: power, USB and HDMI. 

After switched to "Plan B", the problem of electromagnetic interference was resolved.

Some pictures were captured after finalizing the mod:


Studio Display Mod Finalized Being Plugged with Mac Mini Early 2014
Studio Display Mod Finalized Being Plugged with Mac Mini Early 2014


Top View of Studio Display Mod
Top View of Studio Display Mod


Interior Enclosure of Studio Display Mod
Interior Enclosure of Studio Display Mod


The Optimal Resolution of the Modified Studio Display is 1600x1200
The Optimal Resolution of the Modified Studio Display is 1600x1200

The mod is completed here. The finalized product is cool. The retention of the "dummy" CRT tube and the deflection board in the rear enclosure makes the whole display looked "original", but now it is being plugged with a Mac Mini early 2014 running Mac OS X Yosemite!



Erik Siivel (@siivel.com)
Modder | Producer | Blogger | Youtuber
Email: siiveldotcom@gmail.com