9500ix to R7, max 360 or 360c?

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Currently have a 9500ix and now thinking of weighing options between R7, max 360 or 360c? Been doing a lot of reading on this forum as well as videos and I’m more confused then ever. Seems everyone has there own opinions on what is the best? I’ve actually had pretty good luck with my Escorts, but it does seem Uniden has a lot more to offer now. I like the auto lock out feature of the Escorts, but I don’t mind putting some effort into an R7 that might not be as plug and play. I drive a mix of city & highway and right now I believe with my 9500ix the most false barks are from vehicle sensors. I know I’ll get some bias opinions, but why is the Uniden better or worse than the Escorts?
 

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If you are willing to deal with manual lockouts, the R7 is a very compelling mix of top-tier sensitivity with few show-stopping bugs like sleeping that plagues the Escort platforms.

It depends on what you prioritize more. If you value features like wireless connectivity more than being protected, go with Escort. If you value more reliable protection, go with Uniden.
 

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Good luck with Escorts......well of course, luck is a larger part of the equation with Escort and the rudimentary M4 antenna inside that 9500ix. How you can possibly live with the BSM agony is remarkable.

Opinions aside, Uniden does a much better job detecting radar at a much better price with very decent BSM filtering. That is just the facts.

But if you have to buy now, get the R3......it will exceed every expectation and save you $$$.

However, if you really do your research here you will find that neither Escort nor Uniden are in the breaking news. Valentine is close to releasing a new detector.....and the real bombshell......Radenso will be releasing a new model that will make any superheterodyne detector (be it digital or otherwise) look not so super.

So the R3 would be the least likely to give you an accute case of buyers remorse come later this year. But if you drop $650 on that seriously under achieving Escort......well, you will need more help than we can give you to lament that decision.
 
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Good luck with Escorts......well of course, luck is a larger part of the equation with Escort and the rudimentary M4 antenna inside that 9500ix. How you can possibly live with the BSM agony is remarkable.

Opinions aside, Uniden does a much better job detecting radar at a much better price with very decent BSM filtering. That is just the facts.

But if you have to buy now, get the R3......it will exceed every expectation and save you $$$.

However, if you really do your research here you will find that neither Escort nor Uniden are in the breaking news. Valentine is close to releasing a new detector.....and the real bombshell......Radenso will be releasing a new model that will make any superheterodyne detector (be it digital or otherwise) look not so super.

So the R3 would be the least likely to give you an accute case of buyers remorse come later this year. But if you drop $650 on that seriously under achieving Escort......well, you will need more help than we can give you to lament that decision.
The BSM agony as you call it is my main reason for looking to upgrade. I’ll take a look at the R3, but it seems there are a few places I can get a new r7 for slightly more money and I kind of like the screen readout. Thanks for your post.
 

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The BSM agony as you call it is my main reason for looking to upgrade. I’ll take a look at the R3, but it seems there are a few places I can get a new r7 for slightly more money and I kind of like the screen readout. Thanks for your post.
I've had both and for the money I feel the R3 is the better detector. Same radar performance, better build quality (stronger case, louder audio, better controls) and better BSM filtering. That rear horn on the R7 really shines at picking up off-axis 24.168 BSM falses due to it's shorter but broader field of view. The OLED screen in the R3 will also likely outlast the big screen in the R7 as well. And……...all things considered, the R3 is more size efficient.

If there were a poll for detector of the year here on RDF (which there should be every December) I would be pretty sure the R3 would have taken it for 2018 and 2019 based on performance, build quality and value.

I'll grant that the R7 does have the cool factor (arrows) going for it and the combination display is nice but price, size, build quality and fewer false alerts made me stick with the R3. The practical difference in level of protection is nill.

Either choice is a good one today. Later this year, the R7 is more likely to lose it's luster from updated or new competitive windshield mounts also sporting arrows. Meanwhile, the R3 will remain the best bang for the buck and well worth it's price tag.

Good luck with whatever you choose.
 

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I had 2 9500ix last June and upgraded.
First was a Pro M
Then an R3, which I upgraded to an R7 within 30 days.
Recently acquired a new Max II Escort.
They are all great detectors.
The Escorts would be for comfort if you just want a better and quieter 9500ix. Familar Auto features like a comfortable pair of shoes.
The Pro M is a small step up in performance from Max II and the leader in beating BSMs. Quietest detector out there.
The R3 makes me giddy with the great prices and incredible performance. Set right it's very quiet, comments about falsing too much seem out of proportion to the truth, at least in my case.
R7, let's just say it's everything an R3 is and more. More than just arrows. R series performance is next level and compared to everything else to me this is the ultimate WS detector.
I was okay with the extra money and don't feel it was wasted vs. R3.
As both Unidens have come down in price they are really challenging the market.
Hard to turn down.
Harder yet to go to the price of a new 360 series.
Value per dollar has to factor in somewhere.
None of the detectors mentioned, and none since my very first years ago have ever failed and needed service.
 

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No matter what you get be sure that it has arrows.
They add another level of detection capability that will be readily apparent the very first time you use them.
 

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Agree with most said earlier, the 360/c offers cool technology along with their app, but some have suffered from the silent killer (goes silent with no audio or change display notification) The R series offer the best range both on/off axis currently, and while there is no app, it is fully featured. Uniden used to have amazing post purchase support with FW updates, based on active participation and interaction here, but they have really dropped the ball since some earlier staff changes. This has been very disappointing for most us.
 
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I personally like my Max 360. If I had to pick between the 360 and 360c. It'll be the old Max 360 because of the arrow layout.

No sleeping or locking up on my 360 on 1.4 and now 1.8 firmware. Very good detector for me.

The r7 would be a perfect pick if it had Auto lock outs.
 

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Thanks for all the comments and opinions. I just got a great deal on a "like new" R3 and working on a deal for a "like new" max 360. My plan is to test these against each other and see what's best for me. Then if I like the Uniden I can always upgrade to the R7 for arrows or if I choose the Escort and want WIFI upgrade to the max 360c. Again thanks for all the input and suggestions.
 

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Thanks for all the comments and opinions. I just got a great deal on a "like new" R3 and working on a deal for a "like new" max 360. My plan is to test these against each other and see what's best for me. Then if I like the Uniden I can always upgrade to the R7 for arrows or if I choose the Escort and want WIFI upgrade to the max 360c. Again thanks for all the input and suggestions.
Once you go R series you won't go back...
 

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Picked up the max 360 today. I ran both the 9500ix & max 360 on my way home and all I have to say is wow. What a difference between the 2 on false alarms. This was also without the max 360 having the latest software updates, so now that I updated the software and updated the settings we'll really see the difference. Still waiting on the R3 I purchased to compare it to the max 360, but so far really like this purchase.
 

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Beware you need to update the R3 to latest firmware, and fine tune the settings for your area and preference.
Then deal with manual lockouts.
Then encounter LEOs as much as possible.
R3 must be what, half the price?
360 or 360c?
 

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Beware you need to update the R3 to latest firmware, and fine tune the settings for your area and preference.
Then deal with manual lockouts.
Then encounter LEOs as much as possible.
R3 must be what, half the price?
360 or 360c?
Purchased the 360 on CL for $300 and the R3 on eBay for $200. The 360 looks brand new and the R3s pictures looked very nice, so fingers crossed.
 

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I definitely can't afford retail price of a new 360c.
All the power to you finding a deal
 

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I have an R3 and a Max360c, and I like both of them for different reasons. I give the sensitivity and warning range advantage to the R3 (I refer to my R3 as a “Refined Beast”), and I give the BSM filtering advantage to the Max360c. With the latest firmware 1.50, the R3 is definitely more quiet regarding BSM alarms using the K-block notch filter.

Enjoy your R3 and Max360! It sounds like you got a very good deal on both.


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Hi, newby here and just checked in. Op, you mentioned running the new detector with your old one. Did that cause issues? I have a 9500iX and just purchased a 360c, after reading all of the posts here I am kicking around buying an R7 as well. Can I run the R7 with the 360c? Sorry to sidetrack, but I thought it was kind of on the same topic as posted.
 

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Hi, newby here and just checked in. Op, you mentioned running the new detector with your old one. Did that cause issues? I have a 9500iX and just purchased a 360c, after reading all of the posts here I am kicking around buying an R7 as well. Can I run the R7 with the 360c? Sorry to sidetrack, but I thought it was kind of on the same topic as posted.
Not in the same vehicle at the same time with respect to the 360c.
Even though the R7 puts out very little emissions compared to the 360c it could still affect the 360c to some extent being so close by.
With respect to the R7 I don't know how much it would be affected by the 360c (which has quite a bit of RF emission as does the 9500ix). Maybe Radenso can fill in that blank.

You can certainly do it (and we probably all have at some time or another), but its not recommended to get reliable/valid test results.
 
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Picked up the max 360 today. I ran both the 9500ix & max 360 on my way home and all I have to say is wow. What a difference between the 2 on false alarms. This was also without the max 360 having the latest software updates, so now that I updated the software and updated the settings we'll really see the difference. Still waiting on the R3 I purchased to compare it to the max 360, but so far really like this purchase.
You can't run two detectors at the same time like that.
 

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You can't run two detectors at the same time like that.
So I've been testing my Max 360, 360c and R3 (all at seperate times). Maybe it's just me, but I really like the quietness of the Escorts compared to the R3. It seems even when I mute memory the R3 after a few days in the same locations it will forget even though it's the same K band frequency. The Escorts seem to autolock and then not a peep. I also have not noticed much difference in detection distance and I do love the arrows. I've tried different settings on the R3, so at this point I will not be purchasing an R7 and I'll be sticking with my Escorts.
 

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