I like both. I love the simplicity of the Excalibur, but do appreciate the speed and width savings of the compounds. I guess like most things there's no free ride. I tend to buy a new crossbow every year or two at most. My last two were Excaliburs, but my current one is a Horton Storm RDX. I'll probably put it up for sale and go back to an Excalibur this time. But who knows after that?
I did the Excalibur thing until I could no longer pull em by rope. Great boe, accurate, virtually indestructible but a bear to cock. Have gone compound since (Mission), not only for the ease of cocking but no press needed to change string (not unlike Excal in that regard). My cut shoulders (both) and 79 yrs of being rode hard and put away wet too often thanks me.,
Like saying … "Jeep or Corvette?" In reality the Corvette is just as reliable and brings twice the performance to the table. Contrary to lingering opinion, compounds are just as reliable as recurves these days. Ever since recurves started trying to be Corvettes, there seems to no longer be any reliability advantage. (If there ever REALLY was an advantage to begin with!)
I have 2 Excaliburs, BD400 and Micro 355, and a Mission MXB400 compound. The Mission compound is currently for sale. I like both but can't bear to hear the MXB400 whine whenever I go hunting since now the recurves are definitely my favorites and get hunted all the time.