Yeah vizio all the way if you do go with a bargian brand though the only 32' vizio i found wasn't very competitively priced so maybe they aren't budget anymore, stay away from brands like westinghouse, dynex, and insignia.
You pay more for a better quality picture though and i would say Sony provides the best picture in the low end with Samsung only falling to second due to their ridiculous obsession with dynamic dimming.
EDIT: After looking at prices, if you dish out for an lg or Philips you might as well move up to a Sony or Samsung for a jump in picture quality. Also Toshiba makes a better budget tv than Philips and Lg, usually at a cheaper price than the Samsung's and Sony's. Edited by Mik James - 8/20/12 at 6:18pm
That vizio model is average with mediocre picture quality and a decent feature set.
Sony and Samsung are your best bet unless you want to stretch your budget to a 2012 vizio: http://m.cnet.com/reviews/vizio-m3d470kd/35159744
Lg's are relatively average compared to offerings from Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.
Lg's sometimes employ an ips panel for better viewing angles but they may only be available in higher end models, and even then it's a gamble.
I'm thinking of buyign Samsung, but compared to buying a Vizio with an extended warranty, would it be unwise to buy a samsung/lg without purhcasing extended warranty?
anyway, here's a coupel of samsung on amazon that looks enticign but what's the diffrence between them that costs so much apart? They both seem similar i can't find it the differences can someone explain?