My trusted CRT blew this past weekend, so I bought a new LCD at costco, and after the fact am learning about the limitations of an lcd for accurate color reproduction. We currently have a Samsung 2443BWX. We don't have $1000 to spend on an NEC or other professional-quality monitor right now. I am getting the distinct feeling from my research that either you spend the big bucks to get one of the top level monitors, or else you are going to have problems regardless - e.g. there is first place, and then there is everyone else. In-store demos are almost worthless for me, because none of the shops have the monitors hooked up with DVI, etc.
Is there a mid-range LCD out there I should be looking at otherwise, that is known to have more consistent and accurate color for the demanding, but not yet professional, photog?