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John1960

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With the help of some members in another thread, I started narrowing my choices down. Or so I thought. After listening to some of their wisdom, I decided to up the budget a bit. I also ended up adding a few units that were recommended.

The poll contains my current choices. I am entertaining buying the Uniden R7 , or the Escort Max 360c. I would like to see who the favorite is between the heavyweights (R7 and Max 360c) . I also want to make sure that members feel they are both worth the additional money over the less expensive alternatives (R1, R3)


This is my info from the prior thread, obviously , I have altered my budget based on member recommendations, so please disregard the reply in question two:



1. What kind of vehicle you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount?

2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1, 2019 Chevy Suburban, 2004 Toyota Camry. I am assuming a windshield mount so the unit can be shared between vehicles.



2. What's your budget?

$200-300, unless something is remarkable and warrants spending a bit more.



3. Where you live ( address not needed of course) and what states , country or areas you primarily drive? ( this is essential).

Suffolk County NY. Vehicles are primarily driven in Nassau and Suffolk Counties of NY . The Suburban sees frequent trips along Route 80 through NJ and all over PA.



4. How you drive?

I haven’t had a ticket in 20+ years . Although I do now drive a 700hp beast, that may change things.



5. What your daily drive is like (short trips? long trips? city? highway?) we ask this because of falsing issues that exist in many areas or cities.

My daily trip to work is about 20 miles, all highway. Road trips (Vacations, weekend get always) are highway and then backroads in very remote areas.



6. How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?

Never used any.



7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake.

Pancake flat when at home. Varied terrain on vacations. Large mountains and windy, twisty roads.



8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?

Plenty of redlight cams, although they are not a big concern.



9. Thanks to ahl: "Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?" and "What kind of device do you own (iOS/Android)". There is Escort LIVE and droid only YaV1 for the V1 apps one can use to adjust their RD. There is also V1 Driver in the ios APP Store for V1 users who wish to use an Apple device. ** Note that many of these apps allow you to use the APP (either droid or Apple) to readjust your settings for the V1. Escort Live allows you to do this as well on Escort products that are LIVE compatible.

I have an android phone and will probably remain with it. I am fine with incorporating that into my decision.



10. Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area?

Not in my immediate area currently. NYC has it, but I don’t drive there.
 
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Everyone is making a strong case here. I am glad I asked. I wasn’t sure it was going to head in this direction.

Thanks to those of you that have voted.


I’m still listening / watching in the event things change!
 

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You have cameras so you need a GPS enabled detector if you want camera alerts and you have a $300 budget so essentially none of these units are recommended unless you can increase your budget. If you are willing to look at used you can get a Uniden R3 that will fit your requirements for around $300.
 

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Uniden R3 fits in the $300 range.
 

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700 hp = R7
 

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Considering you've had no experience with CMs, I'd recommend the R3 over the R7. Even with the added features, I have to wonder how much more benefit it would provide for you. Or get yourself a used, well cared for R3 for <$300 and use the extra cash for some cheap permanent mounts in your cars. Down the road, if you decide to upgrade, you should be able to recoup most of the costs of the what you paid.
 

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You have cameras so you need a GPS enabled detector if you want camera alerts and you have a $300 budget so essentially none of these units are recommended unless you can increase your budget. If you are willing to look at used you can get a Uniden R3 that will fit your requirements for around $300.
After that was explained to me I agreed that I needed to increase the budget. That’s why I put the R7 on the poll with the Max 360c.

Uniden R3 fits in the $300 range.
That’s a consideration.


700 hp = R7
This winter I’m doing some further mods. E85, larger pulley, larger injectors, headers , auxiliary fuel pump and a tune. I will be around 850HP. Maybe that will justify an ALP?


OP you realize the R7 and Max 360 are $600 detectors ?
Yes I do. I decided after listening to everyone here that I need to consider a larger budget for a better detector.


Considering you've had no experience with CMs, I'd recommend the R3 over the R7. Even with the added features, I have to wonder how much more benefit it would provide for you. Or get yourself a used, well cared for R3 for <$300 and use the extra cash for some cheap permanent mounts in your cars. Down the road, if you decide to upgrade, you should be able to recoup most of the costs of the what you paid.
I may consider that also. I’m just not knowledgeable enough to know what is well cared for and what isn’t. Aside from obvious scratches and drop marks.


If you can find a cheap R1 or R3.
. Also a consideration. That’s why I put them on the poll. I am guided by the members wisdom.

Thanks to all for your replies
 
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I’m just not knowledgeable enough to know what is well cared for and what isn’t. Aside from obvious scratches and drop marks.
Pretty much anything you get used from members here will be good. You’re still new so you don’t have access to the classifieds section of the forum yet, but stick around for a bit and contribute (even just asking good questions counts), and you’ll graduate to “Beginner” level soon enough which gets you access.
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PS Keep an eye out for used V1’s in your area or on eBay. You don’t say how you drive, only that you haven’t gotten a ticket in a long time, but with the power of the apps (in the background or otherwise) it’s a great choice if you don’t need the most possible range in the toughest possible terrain. The ideal is to find a recent edition, from within the last 5 years or so, and either it’s being sold with the “V1connection LE” dongle (often abbreviates to V1C LE or more commonly BTLE) or you can order one from Valentine directly. It’s possible but rare to find one available on its own used.

Used V1 prices are all over the map, as people rarely understand the concept of versioning, and the mostly look the same, so people just say a V1 is a V1, but it matters what revision it is. Make sure any V1 you consider has the serial number posted or visible in pics, and check it out on the VR website to see if it needs major upgrades or not. If not, you’re good to go. Also it’s a good idea to give VR a call and give them the serial number and make sure it’s not reported stolen. If the serial number isn’t listed and there’s no pic of it, ask for a pic so you can check. It’s very important.

The V1 in general would be an excellent choice for you, I think, mostly because of how good the modern apps are for it. There’s V1Driver on iOS and Android, and there’s JBV1 that’s Android only. They go about things a little differently, but V1Driver is perfect for most folks who want to just get in and drive while having a sophisticated and refined app handle things for them, while JBV1 taps into a multitude of data sources to give you a ton of info about everything going on around you, including Waze reports and potential aircraft enforcement in the area, etc. Both will run just fine and do their thing in the background if you don’t want to have them front and center on your phone. They’ll help mute some BSMs and learn the locations of stationary sources of false alerts like door openers and speed signs and learn to recognize them and mute them without muting any potentially legit alerts that could happen to be nearby at the same time.

None of the others on your list can do that, and in PA where K is dominant that’s especially important. Additionally, the V1 is still the king of modern detectors on X band, and it’s still alive and well in parts of NJ, especially the southern part as reported by members who know the area. With the V1 you can create different configuration profiles, including with X enabled and another with X disabled, and you can quickly switch profiles. You can even set JBV1 to automatically switch profiles for you based on location, so that when you’re venturing deeper into NJ it can automatically switch to one with X enabled, for example, and when you’re on your way back it can automatically switch back.
 
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This was easy for me! I have 3 R1's already and love them all! They are no nonsense killers with incredible range, speed and off axis. I don't want or need GPS functions, so the R1 is perfect in all 3 cars that we are running them in. BTW, I ran @VariableWave 's R7 for a week and tested the hell out of it! I'm still good with my R1's.
 
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Your needs are different from the OP.
Just letting him know that a R1 works great in a 500 HP Boss 302 as well! My V1 on the other hand, can't cut the mustard!
 

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Pretty much anything you get used from members here will be good. You’re still new so you don’t have access to the classifieds section of the forum yet, but stick around for a bit and contribute (even just asking good questions counts), and you’ll graduate to “Beginner” level soon enough which gets you access.
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PS Keep an eye out for used V1’s in your area or on eBay. You don’t say how you drive, only that you haven’t gotten a ticket in a long time, but with the power of the apps (in the background or otherwise) it’s a great choice if you don’t need the most possible range in the toughest possible terrain. The ideal is to find a recent edition, from within the last 5 years or so, and either it’s being sold with the “V1connection LE” dongle (often abbreviates to V1C LE or more commonly BTLE) or you can order one from Valentine directly. It’s possible but rare to find one available on its own used.

Used V1 prices are all over the map, as people rarely understand the concept of versioning, and the mostly look the same, so people just say a V1 is a V1, but it matters what revision it is. Make sure any V1 you consider has the serial number posted or visible in pics, and check it out on the VR website to see if it needs major upgrades or not. If not, you’re good to go. Also it’s a good idea to give VR a call and give them the serial number and make sure it’s not reported stolen. If the serial number isn’t listed and there’s no pic of it, ask for a pic so you can check. It’s very important.

The V1 in general would be an excellent choice for you, I think, mostly because of how good the modern apps are for it. There’s V1Driver on iOS and Android, and there’s JBV1 that’s Android only. They go about things a little differently, but V1Driver is perfect for most folks who want to just get in and drive while having a sophisticated and refined app handle things for them, while JBV1 taps into a multitude of data sources to give you a ton of info about everything going on around you, including Waze reports and potential aircraft enforcement in the area, etc. Both will run just fine and do their thing in the background if you don’t want to have them front and center on your phone. They’ll help mute some BSMs and learn the locations of stationary sources of false alerts like door openers and speed signs and learn to recognize them and mute them without muting any potentially legit alerts that could happen to be nearby at the same time.

None of the others on your list can do that, and in PA where K is dominant that’s especially important. Additionally, the V1 is still the king of modern detectors on X band, and it’s still alive and well in parts of NJ, especially the southern part as reported by members who know the area. With the V1 you can create different configuration profiles, including with X enabled and another with X disabled, and you can quickly switch profiles. You can even set JBV1 to automatically switch profiles for you based on location, so that when you’re venturing deeper into NJ it can automatically switch to one with X enabled, for example, and when you’re on your way back it can automatically switch back.

Judging from what I am seeing I would, as you say, trust buying from a member here. I’m not so sure about EBay. After 20 years there, I have mixed experiences. I am concentrating on a new unit at this point. Again, it goes back to my lack of experience. I wouldn’t know what is properly functioning and what isn’t.

As far as my driving goes, that can vary depending on the vehicle and the usage. Most of my trips to PA are done with the Suburban which is loaded with luggage and gear for our ATV’s. We always a trailer in tow also. Either way, there are extra eyes with me to look for trouble. If the wife is awake, she acts like an engine governor , reminding me about my speed. I try not to push it with an 8,000# load.

My main concern is in the Camaro. That is where I am going to need some extra protection. ALP is probably going to be the next consideration.
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700 hp = R7
If that R1 wasn’t $500, you better donate it to another member.
Looks like $1.00 per HP is the rule! Right Gmcv893?

Just letting him know that a R1 works great in a 500 HP Boss 302 as well! My V1 on the other hand, can't cut the mustard!
 
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This winter I’m doing some further mods. E85, larger pulley, larger injectors, headers , auxiliary fuel pump and a tune. I will be around 850HP. Maybe that will justify an ALP?
My wife's 115hp 1 litre crossover justifies an ALP if I was driving it.
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I love my Escort 360c integrated with my ZR5s. Then on the side my R3 turned off except for Ka band for distance. Don't use 2 RDs at the same time unless they play nice together - Its dangerous like Vortex says. I'm just a rebel and have tested thoughly that mine play nice enough together to use simultaneously. But to the AVG user -Only run 1 RD. These are my personal choices.
 

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I would go with R7 or 360c if you can afford those. Both have front and rear detection which is very convenient, 360c has good false filtering and automatic lock-outs without relying on any app (which adds extra point of failure) and R7 has good range. While R7 does not yet have a good false filtering or auto lockouts - it is the flagship model and Uniden are actively working on adding those.

I would stay away from V1, for many reasons, especially since the company owner treats their customers like **** and does not have a decency to even explain why the V1 units are currently out of stock and when is the approximate time they will be back in stock. The fact that they have been out of stock for such long time may also indicate possibility that there is something bad that is going on with whole company and it may be closed down or sold to someone else so you may never get proper tech support for your V1 unit if that will happen. But that's just my opinion so you don't have to agree with it ;-)
 

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Also the 360C allows you to update your RD wirelessly. No more dragging your laptop out to your car to update it. I bought it just for that feature and love it.
 

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I would go with R7 or 360c if you can afford those. Both have front and rear detection which is very convenient, 360c has good false filtering and automatic lock-outs without relying on any app (which adds extra point of failure) and R7 has good range. While R7 does not yet have a good false filtering or auto lockouts - it is the flagship model and Uniden are actively working on adding those.

I would stay away from V1, for many reasons, especially since the company owner treats their customers like **** and does not have a decency to even explain why the V1 units are currently out of stock and when is the approximate time they will be back in stock. The fact that they have been out of stock for such long time may also indicate possibility that there is something bad that is going on with whole company and it may be closed down or sold to someone else so you may never get proper tech support for your V1 unit if that will happen. But that's just my opinion so you don't have to agree with it ;-)
I started to shy away from considering them because of some of the info I was hearing on poor customer support. Being new to the hobby, I may need that support.


Also the 360C allows you to update your RD wirelessly. No more dragging your laptop out to your car to update it. I bought it just for that feature and love it.
I do like that feature in the 360c A LOT.
 

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Well about 2 months ago -I needed help from CS. A fella named Brian helped me get 2 new sensors to match my system better than what I had. It was a great experience where CS goes. He helped me through the installation and location of the sensors. They shipped me the sensors overnight and walked me through the entire process till its end. I'm hearing better things from their CS dept. lately. It must have reached the new administrators ears that they needed to step up their assistance to their customers. I feel very good recommending them to people. Their products are very good and updates regular and CS is better as of late, in my first hand experience.
 

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