Display quandries

So I have been in search of a new display for both photo editing and graphic work where color accuracy is crucial. I have found a couple of contenders and have learned a lot in the process about display types, color calibration and what is available on the market today.
The initial contenders are:

NEC LCD2690WUXi, HP Dreamcolor LED, Eizo CG243W, and the LaCie 724
NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi-BK
HP DreamColor LP2480zx
HP DreamColor LP2480zx
LaCie 724

First off, they all seem to be quite good displays, each with a wide color gamut.
Universally, it seems that the Eizo is highly regarded all be it at a premium price and if one could afford it, they would not be disapointed and it comes with a 5 year warranty.
The ColorEdge CG 243W reproduces 97% of the Adobe RGB color space, has a 6ms response time and has a price tag of $2,345.00 (0ct.14,2009 B&H photo)

Next up looks like the NEC has great critical acclaim at a much lower price point. Interesting that the 2690WUXI (26″ with the same # of pixels) is more expensive than the smaller version. Further research on the NEC professional displays shows that there are 2 different lines of monitors…. the SpectraViewII and the multiSync 90 series (the LCD2690WUXi2-BK being from the multiSync 90 series does not include the color calibration solution that the 26” NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi2 does, thus the lower price point).
It seems like the only difference between the monitors is the addition of the SpectraView software.  The 30″ model has a faster response time of 6ms G-T-G (12 ms)
The NEC  Achieves 97% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, has a 8ms G-T-G (16 ms) response time and a price tag of $1,289.95 vs $1,099.99 (0ct.14,2009 B&H photo)

The LaCie 724 employs RGB-LED backlighting technology with an extended gamma range of 14-bit.
This display is 24″ with full HD resolution of 1920X1200 and comes with a Hood and blue eye pro Colorimeter

LaCie 724 covers a remarkable 125% and 123% of the NTSC and Adobe RGB gamuts, that can cause some unnatural looking colors if viewed with the full color range (especially in the reds)
The response time is 6ms, 16ms(black-white-black) and has a price tag of $2,299.00 (0ct.14,2009 B&H photo)

Last up is the HP Dreamcolor LP2480 with an RGB-LED backlight display and touting displaying over a billion colors!
The reviews seem to be favorable with the addition of being the only monitor here that will allow a separate calibration of each color space including full gamut.

The Dreamcolor display exceeds all of the other displays listed here with 133%; Adobe RGB Coverage, a response time of 12 ms and a price tag of $1,979.95 and $2,869.95 for what looks like the exact same monitor (0ct.14,2009 B&H photo)

I’m not sure of what I have concluded here other than each of these displays seem like they will do the trick, with each geared towards a slightly different need. Dollar for Dollar, it seems like the NEC will most likely get my money if I get a display any time in the near future, at present time, I could a get 2 for the price of 1 (not that I actually need that). There are a ton of reviews out there, so do your homework and make sure that you are getting what you need as the price varies quite a bit.

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