Jeff, thank you very much! I truly appreciate all the info!Me personally I own a Meopta/Cabelas Euro HD. Got it for steal out of the bargain cave, so cant complain there. I had a Vortex Viper before(as I had Vortex binoculars before). At some point in the future I will likely add a more compact spotter to the mix... it might be a Kowa, or I might just go cheap and find a used Nikon fieldscope.
It was when I started shopping around for a better pair of binoculars that I noticed that at nearly every price point there was better glass to be had from other manufacturers... and other manufacturers warranties are similar. I don't think many of them will cover your product if its burnt up in a house fire or some crap... but then again, thats what homeowners/renters insurance is for. You're going to find guys who have had no issues with them, but you're just as likely to find people who have(me included. viper spotter had to go back because fine focus stopped working, had a viper scope the parallax didn't work on)... and while I was lucky enough to experience these when it didn't matter, what are the chances you're on a hunt - money you've spent in gas and prep, PTO spent, etc only to need your VIP warranty? Thats not a risk I'm willing to take. This also isn't to say Vortex doesn't have decent glass either - its just overpriced(likely because of warranty) in my experience. Sorry for the long winded explanation - I just don't want you to think I'm blindly "hating" on something for no reason.
With that said, I'd do a search of everything in your price range and make an effort to check it out. That Ares looks pretty sweet for the price, and if it compares favorably to Razor(and it should considering that line is overpriced) you'd be looking at a pretty sweet deal... probably be even sweeter if you called that Doug guy. I have no affiliation with them for the record - I've only dealt with them once but they did me right.