Looking at buying a 360c. Are they ready for prime time or look at something else?

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I'm running a couple Passport Max Gen1 units that work fine, but they're getting old and I have been looking at newer units
The ongoing issues posted here and elsewhere with the 360C have me questioning if I want to go through this again. I was one of the ones who bought the Passport Max when it came out...and man...did we have problems.

So...should I consider a new 360C or look at other products?

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I'm running a couple Passport Max Gen1 units that work fine, but they're getting old and I have been looking at newer units
The ongoing issues posted here and elsewhere with the 360C have me questioning if I want to go through this again. I was one of the ones who bought the Passport Max when it came out...and man...did we have problems.

So...should I consider a new 360C or look at other products?

Thanks
i would look at something else i had two and they both lock on me all the time or will not alert until i restarted
 

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I'm running a couple Passport Max Gen1 units that work fine, but they're getting old and I have been looking at newer units
The ongoing issues posted here and elsewhere with the 360C have me questioning if I want to go through this again. I was one of the ones who bought the Passport Max when it came out...and man...did we have problems.

So...should I consider a new 360C or look at other products?

Thanks
I run one in our family minivan and it has been fine. The autolockouts are really nice for the rest of my family who isn't into CMs like I am.
 

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I run one in our family minivan and it has been fine. The autolockouts are really nice for the rest of my family who isn't into CMs like I am.
Auto lockout is the only reason I still consider escort. I really liked my Radenso units, but got sick of trying to lock stuff out all the time manually.

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I run one in our family minivan and it has been fine. The autolockouts are really nice for the rest of my family who isn't into CMs like I am.
Yep, that’s why I run the 360+ZW5s. Family isn’t as tolerant to CMs as I am. Can’t speak to the 360c.
 

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I still have my original Max.
I remember the issues.

The part that drove me more than anything was the years of waiting for an update. How many years?

I did go to a Max360 when they came out. I did like the detector until MRCD showed up. That ended that

If your tired of manually locking things out on your Radenso unit, then your not going to be happy with anything else.

You didn’t mention which Radenso you were running, but outside of filtering out BSM alerts, door openers and other things like speed signs are going to be the same for all the others.

The Valentine’s with JBV1 could be better as it has a tighter lockout range than the others, so there’s that too.

Here’s the rub in the thought. The expire of the lockout patent. If it is this summer, then it could open up the rest of the manufacture’s to be able to incorporate them into their detectors without fear of litigation.

That, if the other manufactures can or are will and able to make it work, could open your choices up a bit

That’s only 6 months away if I’m understanding it right? There’s also the other new offering that may, or may not be available sometime next year
 

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I got mine a few weeks ago. Let it update to whatever is the newest firmware and just finished a drive from central TX to West Virginia and had no issues with it. Other that I30 In Arkansas which seemed to have some type of radar where they are doing construction and it was going off for most of that state.
 

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I still have my original Max.
I remember the issues.

The part that drove me more than anything was the years of waiting for an update. How many years?

I did go to a Max360 when they came out. I did like the detector until MRCD showed up. That ended that

If your tired of manually locking things out on your Radenso unit, then your not going to be happy with anything else.

You didn’t mention which Radenso you were running, but outside of filtering out BSM alerts, door openers and other things like speed signs are going to be the same for all the others.

The Valentine’s with JBV1 could be better as it has a tighter lockout range than the others, so there’s that too.

Here’s the rub in the thought. The expire of the lockout patent. If it is this summer, then it could open up the rest of the manufacture’s to be able to incorporate them into their detectors without fear of litigation.

That, if the other manufactures can or are will and able to make it work, could open your choices up a bit

That’s only 6 months away if I’m understanding it right? There’s also the other new offering that may, or may not be available sometime next year
I had a Radenso XP Pro SE. It was pretty quiet until last year at some point. I dug my Max units out of a box in my garage and started using them again. Much quieter than the Radenso so I sold it and one of the Max. I'll try a 360c for a month and see what I think.

You're right on the expiring patent. Radenso and others already have the code for auto lockouts developed and staged. Theia isn't supposed to need it, but who knows?
 

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If your goal is to have a quiet RD that has mediocre detection range then the 360C is for you. If you want class leading detection range so you can get the most advanced warning you can then look elsewhere. I don't mind the absence of auto lockouts because I buy an RD for the purpose of saving me from a ticket, not so that it sits there silent.

The upcoming Randenso Theia is going to take care of both concerns so this discussion will be irrelevant pretty soon.
 

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If your goal is to have a quiet RD that has mediocre detection range then the 360C is for you. If you want class leading detection range so you can get the most advanced warning you can then look elsewhere. I don't mind the absence of auto lockouts because I buy an RD for the purpose of saving me from a ticket, not so that it sits there silent.

The upcoming Randenso Theia is going to take care of both concerns so this discussion will be irrelevant pretty soon.
I agree, but it’s a matter of when... which none of us know.
I purposely tried to leave Theia mostly out of the equation because right now it’s only a paper tiger.

We do know the R7 was suppose to, and probably can do lockouts.

The R3 doesn’t have enough memory to do it.

Radenso and the Pro-M has the memory but are un-committed if it can or will do it.

I guess it’s up to the OP of when, or how long he wants to wait?
Decision decision decision..... lol.
 

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If your goal is to have a quiet RD that has mediocre detection range then the 360C is for you. If you want class leading detection range so you can get the most advanced warning you can then look elsewhere. I don't mind the absence of auto lockouts because I buy an RD for the purpose of saving me from a ticket, not so that it sits there silent.

The upcoming Randenso Theia is going to take care of both concerns so this discussion will be irrelevant pretty soon.
I used to be worried about that last 5%, but after 30 years driving with an RD in my cars and on my bikes and never getting a speeding ticket (yes, I drive fast, often) even running "medicore" gear, I've come to the conclusion that the time spent chasing that last 5% was wasted time in my life.

There have been many before Theia to claim to be the be-all-end-all and none have ever met the bar. I'll wait for you 99%ers to lay out the money to test and review for me. Lemme know how it goes.

Thanks
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I agree, but it’s a matter of when... which none of us know.
I purposely tried to leave Theia mostly out of the equation because right now it’s only a paper tiger.

We do know the R7 was suppose to, and probably can do lockouts.

The R3 doesn’t have enough memory to do it.

Radenso and the Pro-M has the memory but are un-committed if it can or will do it.

I guess it’s up to the OP of when, or how long he wants to wait?
Decision decision decision..... lol.
I just want something new and shiny. Best buy has one and I've paid them for it. Pick it up in 30 minutes. I'm sure it'll be fine. Or not. :p
 

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Yep, that’s why I run the 360+ZW5s. Family isn’t as tolerant to CMs as I am. Can’t speak to the 360c.
If Escort ever releases autoJTK for their windshield detectors, I'd try the ZW5s, but no way am I letting my family drive around without autoJTK, they'd JTG all day long.
 

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If Escort ever releases autoJTK for their windshield detectors, I'd try the ZW5s, but no way am I letting my family drive around without autoJTK, they'd JTG all day long.
It’s sad they have not rolled out auto JTK yet! Wish they would include that, ID the gun and not have the extended latch. The 360 comes down when I am not behind the wheel So no concerns of JTG.
 

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I'm running a couple Passport Max Gen1 units that work fine, but they're getting old and I have been looking at newer units
The ongoing issues posted here and elsewhere with the 360C have me questioning if I want to go through this again. I was one of the ones who bought the Passport Max when it came out...and man...did we have problems.

So...should I consider a new 360C or look at other products?

Thanks
Consider it. Buy it. Test the heck out of it. If it acts up within 30 days, send it back. I have three 360 platform models. All have had no issues. No lock ups or sleeping. Many advanced and other elevated users have them in their fleet, but stay quiet about it.

As you can see below, I have other inventory. Except for the EX, they get regular use by work team members, and family.

If for some reason you do not like the 360c Within the 30 day window, and you want arrows, go R7.
 

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Let me ask this as I just ordered a refurb Max II direct from Escort.
The original Max and Max II are basically the same detectors for sensitivity, filtering etc as the 360 series?
So upgrading is basically only to get arrows or WiFi in the 360c?
No extra range or protection other than rear horn?
 

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Let me ask this as I just ordered a refurb Max II direct from Escort.
The original Max and Max II are basically the same detectors for sensitivity, filtering etc as the 360 series?
So upgrading is basically only to get arrows or WiFi in the 360c?
No extra range or protection other than rear horn?
I have no official testing experience with your comparison. Seat of the street pants experience show the 360 platform has range advantage. With the proper Max update, you should like it for average daily life. Especially if you got a good price and lightly used no defect device.

My original Max models are still in service for casual “grab and go” use. I get reports they are quiet with limited BSM false, plus the typical travel routes already have the auto lockouts. They typically are run Auto. TSR off (don’t see much of those devices around here). Yesterday in Ohio, I had TSR off, not one false from transmitters. Plus, don’t need TSR filter to cut out BSM like other RD. Was using the GT360 version of the 360 platform.

In Ohio, looks like one legit X band. This is rare. Going up I71 north of Blue Ash areas past the loop. I pulled the microSD card. Think I got it on vid.
 

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The Max didn’t have BT. You had to have a separate interface to pair to your phone. I had 2 of them.

The Max 2 or II was the samething but with BT.
The Max 360 came next.
 

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Every Max model (2,II,360,360c) after the original has Bluetooth internal.
The first version (Max) had Bluetooth in the power cord adaptor.
The Max II I ordered is a refurb from Escort, warranty, case and all the accessories as a brand new one. Might as well call it new.
For 40% the price of the best 360c sale I can find it seems like a great deal for a gift for my dad.
Low falsing autolockouts and familiar tones and features to the old 9500ix he's going to upgrade from come Christmas day.
 

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Every Max model (2,II,360,360c) after the original has Bluetooth internal.
The first version (Max) had Bluetooth in the power cord adaptor.
The Max II I ordered is a refurb from Escort, warranty, case and all the accessories as a brand new one. Might as well call it new.
For 40% the price of the best 360c sale I can find it seems like a great deal for a gift for my dad.
Low falsing autolockouts and familiar tones and features to the old 9500ix he's going to upgrade from come Christmas day.
Actually the first Max? When I first got it, it didn’t have the BT in the cord.

It was an extra you had to buy because iPhone and Android were 2 separate types of BT.
There wasn’t one standard system
They couldn’t share one protocol, so the Smart BT cords didn’t come with the detectors.

There were 2.
1 for iPhones and 1 for Android. You had to choose.

Since I was running a Blendmount, I had this, The Escort Direct Wire Adaptor, on top of the mirror. That defiantly had to be chosen iPhone or Android.
It went;
Mirror Tap> Live DW Modular>Max.

Take a look at the Smart Cord Live Box. Lower left hand side. This one was only for IPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. This is what I had to buy after the fact to use Escort live.
 

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