I own/shoot the madness 32 and to date it's the best shooting bow I have ever owned. The small handle took a little getting used to, but now I prefer it to any grip made. The strings will work but you will probably want to change them long before they ware out. I have also flung a few arrows through the xs and honestly the only reason I went with the 32 was it was a little faster.
A huntin' buddy of mine recently picked up this bow and he said he couldn't be happier with it. He's had some great bow rigs but said this was his sweetest shooter yet. Thats a pretty respectable review, considering the last few rigs he's owned. I have no doubt that it's a very nice rig!
about the bowmadness xs, take a look at the firestorm x from a couple years ago. it's darn near the exact same bow. the only difference i can see is a couple diff. cut-outs in the riser. same cam too. i'm sure you can find a firestorm x for probably half the $ of the bm xs.
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