I think the first order to business, however, is to admit that I have a bit of a monitor fettish...
My monitor craze is justified though! I'm not just an lcd nut, for example - if you use reason with rewire, you can keep you DAW open on the left screen, while the reason rack stays easily accessible on the right screen.
Since reason doesn't take up the whole screen, it even leaves some room for plug-in windows as well.
It also comes in handy when you want to open a browser window during a long tracking session, but need to keep an eye on the tracks. Same idea, DAW left, Firefox right.
"But jim," you say, "LCD computer monitors are expensive!"All I have to say to that is, newegg.com
What other piece of gear would be a better investment than $165 for a 22 inch widescreen monitor? You really can't get much for your studio for so little money.
Anyway, that's my rant for today! Next time I may try to tackle the compression issue again. This time more elegantly.