Mid Level Winners
Considering that the economy still isn't back on its feet, perhaps you just don't have the money to spend on a Sony Bravia, but want something with great build quality that comes at a more affordable price. For that, you'll have to turn to either Sharp, Vizio, Phillips, or Magnavox.
These four mid-range competitors provide a different sort of product, one that isn't aimed at the high-end tech-savvy user, but rather one that's aimed at working families and people who want more bang for their HDTV buck. As such, be prepared to take a minor hit to the build quality and relative friendliness of the various user interfaces on the TVs. Instead of 6 HDMI connectors, there might only be one or two, and instead of a bevy of audio options, you might be limited to HDMI-integrated and regular RCA.
Remember that build quality isn't everything though. After all, who doesn't want a sub-$900 TV that can last for at least a half a decade and still blow the competition out of the water in a few years?