Hey Sarge, I bought a new bow this spring and I spent nearly a month shooting all kinds of bows. I had it narrowed down to Bowtech General, Mathews DXT, and Diamond Marquis. I was also impressed with Bowtech 101st Airborne and Diamond "The Rock" (My vote for "best value" at $399, Martin Bengal was close second). But if you can get any bow for $500, then deinitely get a General or Marquis. The General is, by far, the quietest bow I have ever heard... bar none. It's shockingly quiet! I eventually bought the Marquis because it is a little faster and almost as quiet as the General. Plus, it just felt right in my hands and has no, and I mean NO recoil or bounce. That DXT was real nice though, too. Anyway, Have fun trying to pick just one! They're all Cadillacs compared to what we had just 5 years ago.