OK, back on topic.
Denoizzed, can you list all hobby/work(getting paid for)/connectivity (like ps3 via HDMI) activities you are going to do on your monitor? Because if it's only for webdesign and reading text online, you don't have to spend that much money ($1500) for it.
One more thing, I've switched from 2x22" to 1x27" and my neck no longer hurts It's up to you, but for me it's better to have one, but as big as possible monitor. So you would be looking into any entry level 30" monitor imho - size matters, especially for coders and designers.
btw: this one is sweet (and 33% above your budget), but suitable only if you work with print/photos and plan to calibrate it etc. :
For $1500 there is this one: