The H.O.T is a pretty good yoyo for it’s price I was considering it before, but if you’re willing to pay that much might as well add 20-30 dollars and get CLYW Arctic Circle (or Chief, or Bear Vs Man 2) they’re proven winners, any of those throws you can throw casually, and hen it comes to competing you can also rely on it. Still cheaper than the H5xChief
Of course there’s the C3 Capless, you can never go wrong with it’s around $70 if I recall and it’s one of the best throws I’ve ever held in hand.
about the Octave since you mentioned OG I assume you’re speaking of the metal one, well if you’re a fan of RecRev you should consider the RecRev SINE//SAW (it’s on sale for $55 brand new if you know where to look), not your type? how about Freq. Wave?
I have never touched or played any YYR yoyos, so I can’t give you any opinion on it, but I can tell you that I hear a lot of good stuff about their yoyos and barely any bad stuff.
lastly, again, if you’re willing to pay a little extra, the Northern Spin Quantum JUST CAME OUT its $125, I hear it’s one of the best throws I’m looking to get one myself.