Too add...I know people have opinions on this but I am not asking opinions on the difference between a solid wood stand, a DIY stand or the like.
Like many, I have a stand that is already made out of MDF that was made for aquarium use. It is lower grade MDF than most Ikea stuff. It has a simple middle support, much like many Ikea stuff. Ikea MDF is not all that bad when you compare it to MDF stands you find at Petco/Petsmart. Ikea furniture often has 1in or more on side panels but I never see anything less than 1/2 in, what my stand has. Most Ikea stuff I have has threaded inserts and bolts. My stands have the small screw setup with the little circle locking ring. Not that Ikea lamaite is great but it looks good, doesn't hold up as well as it should. My stand looks worse to start, holds up worse than Ikea. Don't get me wrong, Ikea and others have some really awful furniture that should ever be used to hold any weight but that isn't all of their furniture.
My cliff notes/main point is that I am not trying to find Ikea/other furniture that compares to an expensive, solid stand that doesn't fit my home decor. I am trying to find something that compares to my particle board stands that kind of fit my decor that are built as bad as most other furnature I have ever owned. My stand would be considered really crappy by Ikea standards but has been going well for 4-5 years without a problem. If we need to make comparisons, compare a $100 MDF stand with a center panel type brace to other furniture and stop there. Lets be real as to what we are comparing to what. I, and others, wouldn't be looking for $100-200 furnature in lieu of a $400 stand, it's not to save money, it's to expand options.
Sorry for the rant, just saying that the few who have posted have inspired me, the original poster, while others nay say without really understanding how similar it all is.