I found the quietness of the Matthews bows to help with whitetail around here in Canada and axis deer in Maui.especially in the morning before the wind picks up.well I never said that sound wasn’t an issue I just said that it’s not as high on the list as other things since most bows are comparable when fully outfitted. Bringing PSE into the picture was simply showing that reviews are subjective based on who’s doing them case in point the review. But I agreed with you that Mathews are universally accepted as the most quiet right out of the box.
as far as your statement of axis deer. I have kill 7 axis deer 2 with a mathews, 1 with a Hoyt, 2 with a Bowtech and 2 with an elite so I’m well aware of their capabilities and even the Mathew doesn’t reduce sound enough to prevent them from jumping so that argument to me holds no water.
as far as needing a press for a string change or peep twist that’s basically all bows but once set with quality strings there is typically little need to put it back in a press, but a press less tuning system has many advantages especially if running multiple different arrow set ups and weight for different animals. While top hats are definitely not hard it’s not anywhere near as fast or simple as the SET or deadlock system.
I use nothing but GAS bow strings on all my bows, put 300 shots through them then tune, all my bows Hoyt, Mathews and Bowtech needed to have their timing reset a few times. Strings will continue to stretch, timing goes out, you’ll need a press after you tune it.
Deadlock is nice, probably the best but I find the top hats just as quick but yes with more effort than the deadlock. Either way top hats or deadlock I walk out in 20 minutes with a tuned bow. If I had to pick yes I think Deadlock would be preferred