Compounds are heavier, harder to replace worn strings, and have more to wear out. They are faster usually. Recurves are lighter and easier to string and have less to wear out. I perfer the recurves but own a compound?
Also the recurves are wider making for less arc of swing while tree stand hunting.However my son and I both have Excals and love them.The simplicity and design of an Excal appeals to me.You really can't go wrong with either kind.Just stay away from the low end crossbows.If I wanted a compound it would most likely be a Parker.
take what you learn here and go look at them. handle, cock and shoot both types and from different manufacturers. everyone has personal preferences. there are so many models out there, it's the only way to be truly satisfied with your final choice. and as diablo said, stay away from low end xbows.