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I'll jump in since Joel linked to the TV/Projector reviews I so for Secrets, and the Dell U2713HM review I did for AnandTech, and someone else brought up the ASUS and I reviewed that as well. FIrst, plenty of displays can have accurate colors with adjustments. Samsung does a very good job, LG usually does as well, Panasonic usually doesn't make nearly as many controls accessible to the user but their THX modes are fairly accurate. My Panasonic use is all in passing, and not for reviews, so I can't go into more depth on them. Samsung has the best consumer CMS in my opinion, as they have fewer issues than everyone else.
The Dell U2713HM was my favorite monitor this year. The sRGB mode is incredibly accurate for a factory calibration, and everything else about it was great. The ASUS is a good display, but the CMS just doesn't work at all. Same with the CMS on an LG PC Monitor I just tested. BenQ and LG have good CMS systems in their projectors and TVs, but not in computer monitors, so just ignore those. Everything will look much worse than when you started. The main issue with the Dell is input lag, and to get around that you'd need a 27" without a scaler like the HP zr2740w, but that won't be calibrated at all. You'll need to stick with a TV, or with a PC display that is 1920x1080 to avoid the scaler to get no input lag and find one with an accurate sRGB mode to get an accurate image.
So a TV is the best place to start looking IMO, but that will probably require the most work to get right unless it has a straight THX mode that is accurate enough.