The vision birch kits are quite nice for the money.
If you can - I'd look at used. Equivalent level kits used would be PDP, Gretsch Catalina, etc. Another option is to go much older - they still sound fantastic if you get a good kit.
Remember.. you'll want GOOD cymbals. You can sand/wax a bearing edge and put good heads on a mediocre drum and make it sound plenty good. There's nothing you can do about a crappy cymbal.
"Seriously, there's a certain kind of creative inspiration that can come from exploring the outer limits of a musical instrument. Now days the limits are so vast that it can be difficult to set boundaries." --spargee