Update- I purchased one at a local shop that gave me a good deal (free line) and have used it a few times. I went with the 3/4 wt and put it on an Orvis 8'4 I had. Seems smooth and quiet. I particularly like the larger drag knob, if I ever have to use it... Also the quietness and smoothness, plus it matches the rod.
Not thrilled about buying a made in China reel, but hopefully it holds up for years and fish to come.