You might try to check out a pair of the older Leica Trinovids. You would be pretty impressed by what you see. You can occasionally find a new set for less than a grand. There's still a decent number of them floating around at dealers, or a certified used set.
Not meaning to hijack the thread from TH5... I have been thinking of upgrading my Meostar HD's to Leica Ultravid HD's. Seems that if folks are putting it on par (or close) to EL's, is it safe to assume it would indeed be an decent upgrade from the Meostar's? I looked through a pair at Cabelas bargain cabe the other day and really like the feel in the hand. Didnt have time to take them outside but my time that I did handle them I was pretty impressed.
I've compared the Swaros EL side by side with the SLC...and prefer the SLC. They are both as crisp optically but the SLC gives you a little more of a 3d image that helps us as hunters pick stuff up [if that makes sense...as someone above put it, 'splitting hairs']
Then comparing the Ultravid HD to the SLC....I like the Ultravid better as they are a tad brighter and even more of that 3D view. [and i own the SLC's]