Bel GT 360 Beats Escort Max 360

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  1. Zjones

    Zjones Learning to Drive General User

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    Where to start....the Bel got the farthest sniff and farthest detection c/o. That’s 1.4+ mi. (Bel) vs. 0.9-1.1 mi. (Max)
    This constant KA 35.5....all things equal. Total encounter from front and rear was 2.5 mi. Bel and 1.9 mi. Max....if you still following this get this, there is a possibility the GT360 got a sniff at 4 mi. That’s right, 4 mi. It was just a maybe 3 second warning but it was the proper band and frequency.....

    So with these unscientific encounter logged and verified by running back and forth twice while the officer remained in place there have been for me at least now some detailed behavior how a GT360 responds to threats @ 35.5 GHz.

    This is just a postage stamp of the review I will continue to up date with this same thread...and let me start by saying, I think it’s a hot detector of the platform...it is not quite as “refined” in how it responds to radar...it’s rather raw and seems like it’s in a hurry to get the initial warning out rather than process it many times over before deciding what to do with the signal...finally, a unit that has V1 type reporting philosophy with a more tame way of laying it out there for you...it doesn’t just timidly beep the glass overflowed, it sounds off even at a mile away and then tends to settle down as it sorts out the distance rather than my Max 360 which is very refined and tries to offer a distance judgement as the first display of the meter. I much prefer the urgent alarm first of the GT360 then it’s attemp to locate....I find the Max360 seemingly slowed down while it tries to process info to make a presentation to the user while the GT360 gets it out quicker....it doesn’t have all the options written in to the firmware and maybe that’s why it’s noticeably faster.

    I’m telling ya folks, of course the new hasn’t wore off yet, but I’m taking it over my R3 .....naturally over my Max360.....I’m gonna blow off the Max360c....

    The Bel GT360 is a keeper for me....yes, it does respond different than the Max....but it does it quicker and I like the way it does it too....the arrows seem extremely stable to me as I pass by the location source for the radar. I experienced zero lockup’s of any kind....my 2-way radio RF power set off the lazer several times but never did it lock up....just cleared itself and back to work. More to follow.

    There will be more to follow and there will be updates as encounters accumulate over time....I have 8 KA encounters to date and will get more detail posted as the happen....I Like This Detector....I think I understand what the intentions of the engineers was the way it works and I like the choices they made. FOR ME, ITS A KEEPER.
     
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    Very good to hear; thanks for the information.
     
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    It's literally the same detector as the Max 360; it's just a Beach Camera exclusive casing like the silver cased Uniden R3 is. We bought one and dissected it the second it hit the market.

    It's funny because I always thought the Max 360 was a good detector aside from the lockup issues. Sure, the range isn't as good as the competition, but it was good enough and had other features that helped compensate. Just goes to show the difference a price drop makes in regard to people's perception. The Max 360 gets bashed, somewhat unfairly in my opinion, compared to the R3. But drop the price a couple hundred bucks and people are claiming it's better than the R3?
     
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    I thought there were some minor differences between the two?
    For one, look at the FW rev level. The Bel came out with 1.0
    And if the Bel is missing some features not having to complicate things frees up processor time which in the long run could let it perform better.
    I don’t know?? I’m just a cheerleader on the sidelines.


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    Yes, the firmware is different. It needs the Beltronics logo, etc.

    But it's not a new architecture. It's going to perform similarly to all the other detectors based on the same architecture.

    I'll paypal you $500 if it has longer range than the R3.
     
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    Maybe he has an xtra hot one too.
     
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    Or a dog of a Max.
     
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    lol yea that too
     
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    I know the GT-360 beats the Max 360 in price and I've never seen anyone say it has better or as good of range than the R3.
     
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    No, I could tell the first day it’s not as sensitive as the R3 by the way it was locking out shopping centers. The R3 is much more sensitive. Wanted it for City driving and auto lock outs plain and simple. Price dropped and figured I could send it back if I didn’t like it or sell it down the road in future. The 360’s seem to hold their value over time. Bought it for less than a used max .


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    Also funny how people "misquote" what others say. I said I am taking it over my R3 I didn't say it was BETTER or GAVE FURTHER warnings...I just like it better primarily for arrows. I have also stated an R3 with arrows would get my pre-order sight unseen. Also, a "couple hundred bucks" pulls a lot of preference with me here too in this market, just like $1000 would prevent me from having ever tried.
     
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    seems like a heck of a deal. a person can have too many radar detectors
     
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    Now you sound like my Wife.
    Missy, Is that you??? (JK).

    She’s got her purses and shoes...
    I got my toys.
    How many radar detectors do you own?
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    Hey, this might make a good new thread...I own 4 but 3 of them are actually in use...my Bel STI Magnum is the only one retired...it has the original wound LNAs so I have hung on to it...and I might also say no other detector I have ever owned has alerted farther and it never has been Segmented upgrade either.
     
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    Hi Zjones/guys I've been a following this forum for awhile and now joined!

    I purchased the Max 360 on Amazon but was unable to pair my iPhone to it, and after seeing that the price drop on the GT-360, returned the M360 and ordered the GT360. So far am really liking it - especially the Bel tones and voice!
    What I liked about the M360 while I had it for a week was the multiple threat mode where Vortex also demonstrates in his video the detector's arrows alerting you to two threats at once. Obviously the GT360 does not come with different coloured arrow which is totally fine considering the lower price point, but after exhaustive searching, reading/watching Vortex's videos on the GT360, and looking over the manual (which I think is not as detailed as the Escort M360 one), I couldn't find an answer if the arrows would display multiple threats - I don't think they do. I use the GT360 in spec mode as most users would, but why does it not have a "threat" mode like my last Bel Pro 500 does or as the GT-7 offers. Why would that be? Vortex also mentions that there are no audio tones to indicate a second threat. I see that as huge difference between the two units.

    A couple questions:
    1. If the GT360 picks up a K and then there is a LEO shooting KA , will the GT360 prioritize the KA over the K ?
    2. There is a meter strength display on both sides of the arrows - is the left side for the front antenna and the right for the rear? And, can these both go off at the same time if there are two different threats, front and rear?
     
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    Thanks for the link - I checked the video out before but after watching again he does answer the question about the left and right meters. I'll just assume because the GT360 does not have a "multiple threat" display mode it prioritizes KA over K like all other detectors do....
     
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    @Bossdad71 - Fixed that for you. ;)
     
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    good looking out, need to proof read better @Brainstorm69
     
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