For a compound--Tenpoint, and yes if you can afford it--look at a Ravin. In recurve--Excalibur. I like working on things myself so I went with a new Excalibur 380, to get away from the older wider limb recurves. I haven't had a single problem with it, and have taken multiple deer with it. Over all I cannot say anything bad about any of the newest flagship models from most of the bigger names in crossbows. Today's modern crossbows are literally tack driving machines. It's all in what you want. Honestly the sky is the limit. My recommendation is to buy the best that fits into your budget. There is no need to struggle financially, and wreck your budget. I would look at mid price range right up through higher end, and see if you can shoot some at a pro-shop. From there--find the one that you liked, and fits into your budget.