I have owned several Barnetts over the past 8 years and the only issue I have as far as the Xbow is they seemed to get center serving separation pretty quick. A small amount of glue applied the the ends of the serving takes care of it and I never have it happen again, it is like they didn't get the end serving tight enough, as far as the serving every where else on the string and cable system I have had ZERO problems, which is kind of strange given the center serving problem. I also have had alot of problems with the quivers being easy to knock off when walking to the stand but on my recruit they changed how the quiver locks into place and I think it will fix that problem but until I take it out into the woods will know for sure.
I have owned 2 Jackles, 2 Quad 400's one avi the other not, and now a Recruit.
I bought the Recruit due to it's light weight, just over 6lbs full rigged and compact limb design.
I love this this thing!!! It hits the mark every time, you don't have to have a $800 bow to have an accurate one and it is not necessarily cheaper quality because of the price be it a high end bow on low end bow, any bow from any manufacturer can be a lemon.
When I could shoot compounds I would got to the shop and shoot as many bows as possible and if I like the low end model and how it felt best then that was the bow I bought. Crossbow are a little different as far as picking one out but you should never let the price tag dictate your purchase unless it is higher priced than your budget.