Am I stupid to hardwire my R7?

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Taking the car in today. Been very pleased with R7, but I'm obviously worried I've made the worst RD purchase in my 30-year career given the Redline announcement.

Is it reasonable to think that the R7 hardwire could power the new Redline, or should I cancel the install until we determine how much better range the Redline potentially affords?

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I hard wired mine. Don't want all those cords and wires in my way. I haven't been following the Redline or any others since I purchased my R7. I'm happy with this one for now and don't want to get disappointed with my current decision.

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Taking the car in today. Been very pleased with R7, but I'm obviously worried I've made the worst RD purchase in my 30-year career given the Redline announcement.

Is it reasonable to think that the R7 hardwire could power the new Redline, or should I cancel the install until we determine how much better range the Redline potentially affords?

Jamie

Don't give in to hype.

The R7 is not automatically obsolete because the red is out .The R7 gave me a very solid 7 mile warning the other day on a semi curvy road while going to naples.

The R7 is been out for a few months now so it's firmware is solid.Buying the Red is just being an early adopter hopping that Escort finally got it right considering all their failures over the last years.

I have never used the R7 and said (man i wish this thing had more range) any more range and you are going to be picking up the international space station.

Also Radar is limited by surfaces and obstacles.

A 7 mile detector may very well detect 1 second earlier than a $100 cobra if houses, trees or a hill is up ahead.

I have been running the Uniden R7 in city mode and it is both quiet and sufficiently sensitive to K band not to worry about it,

Plus at 750 dollars plus shipping and taxes it is quite a price tag for a product that has not been tested by Vortex or anyone else here.
 
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You're fine from a power standpoint; many RL-O users have powered their Unidens with the same power cable. Like Venom said, the RL360c is new and as yet unproven.
 

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No, the only problem with hard wiring I have is muting (there are ways around that) I just wish the Uniden R7 came with a little remote (blue tooth) so you could mute without reaching up to do it
 

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Don't give in to hype.

The R7 is not automatically obsolete because the red is out .The R7 gave me a very solid 7 mile warning the other day on a semi curvy road while going to naples.

The R7 is been out for a few months now so it's firmware is solid.Buying the Red is just being an early adopter hopping that Escort finally got it right considering all their failures over the last years.

I have never used the R7 and said (man i wish this thing had more range) any more range and you are going to be picking up the international space station.

Also Radar is limited by surfaces and obstacles.

A 7 mile detector may very well detect 1 second earlier than a $100 cobra if houses, trees or a hill is up ahead.

I have been running the Uniden R7 in city mode and it is both quiet and sufficiently sensitive to K band not to worry about it,

Plus at 750 dollars plus shipping and taxes it is quite a price tag for a product that has not been tested by Vortex or anyone else here.

I hope you're right. Ka detection is what I need in these parts, so falsing on K and MRCT is not a high priority. I live in Stalker country. My worry is the Redline will afford 34.7 detection better than the R7, in which case I BUY IT. A few hundred feet would make the difference.

But I certainly hope you're right.
 

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No, the only problem with hard wiring I have is muting (there are ways around that) I just wish the Uniden R7 came with a little remote (blue tooth) so you could mute without reaching up to do it
There's a hardwire kit with a mute button for the R series

Uniden RDA-HDWKT Radar Detector Smart Hardwire Kit with Mute Button, LED Alert and Power LED. for Uniden R7, R3, R1, DFR9, DFR8, DFR7 and DFR6. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BBVC7JQ/?tag=rdf0cd0c-20
 

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I hope you're right. Ka detection is what I need in these parts, so falsing on K and MRCT is not a high priority. I live in Stalker country. My worry is the Redline will afford 34.7 detection better than the R7, in which case I BUY IT. A few hundred feet would make the difference.

But I certainly hope you're right.

if KA is your priority R7 is perfect.

Run it in City mode segmented .

Whatever extra range you (may) get with the RED is not worth 400 more dollars.

after having used detectors most of my driving life I can tell you that a detector may save you only if:

-The cop ahead is not using instant on radar.

-The cop did not cleverly hid his unit behind a hill or a tree line.( you will still get a warning but your 7 mile warning just turned into a 2 second warning before the kill zone)

-They are not using Vascar.

-They are not using laser.

-They are not pacing you.

-They are not using visual estimation of your speed.

In reality those extra 400 dollars would be better spent on a laser jammer for your car. the R7 is a top notch detector and even if the RED is proven to have more range it cannot bend the rules of physics.it cannot detect a signal if it's not there. how good is a 8 mile range warning over a 7 mile warning ? sometimes I am getting KA warnings on interstate from cops parked on the gas stations off the highway..many times I don't even see the officer or the cop car because of how far the officer is.

The R7 is capable of providing plenty of advanced warning .. more than you will ever need.

If you get the Redline get it because you want blue tooth , total stealth or their cloud service, not because of range.

If you feel like 400 dollars+ + is worth paying for extra features then go for it.

But again, remember these units are untested and Escort has had the ability to screw up software and hardware in the past .
 

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if KA is your priority R7 is perfect.

Run it in City mode segmented .

Whatever extra range you (may) get with the RED is not worth 400 more dollars.

after having used detectors most of my driving life I can tell you that a detector may save you only if:

-The cop ahead is not using instant on radar.

-The cop did not cleverly hid his unit behind a hill or a tree line.( you will still get a warning but your 7 mile warning just turned into a 2 second warning before the kill zone)

-They are not using Vascar.

-They are not using laser.

-They are not pacing you.

-They are not using visual estimation of your speed.

In reality those extra 400 dollars would be better spent on a laser jammer for your car. the R7 is a top notch detector and even if the RED is proven to have more range it cannot bend the rules of physics.it cannot detect a signal if it's not there. how good is a 8 mile range warning over a 7 mile warning ? sometimes I am getting KA warnings on interstate from cops parked on the gas stations off the highway..many times I don't even see the officer or the cop car because of how far the officer is.

The R7 is capable of providing plenty of advanced warning .. more than you will ever need.

If you get the Redline get it because you want blue tooth , total stealth or their cloud service, not because of range.

If you feel like 400 dollars+ + is worth paying for extra features then go for it.

But again, remember these units are untested and Escort has had the ability to screw up software and hardware in the past .

All fair points. Range is the only thing that would cause me to defect back to Escort (where my RD 'career' began in the 80s). Wifi updates would help, but that's not worth $400. And I'm quite happy with the R7 interface. We have three Uniden cars (one R7, two R3s) so its useful to have the same alert tones across all RDs. It would be clunky to add the Redline to the mix. I was never impressed with Escort Live, either.

But man, if we're talking hundreds of feet of off-axis improvement on 34.7, I have to buy it. So much instant-on KA in my parts (Westchester/Greene County), so any sniff I get I have to pay attention to.

But $400 towards defeating laser, that's your best point of all :)

Thanks for the input - Jamie
 

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None of us will need ANY radar detectors or laser jammers if the "Defund the Police" movement succeeds, lol
if they defund the police the cops will have 1000 dollar speeding fines and would have a cop on every bridge collectin the revenue lost lol
 

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Why would you doubt your purchase? Just because a new detector comes out.Wait for testing to come out or do a test yourself. PE song says "dont believe the hype"
 

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NO. You would be stupid not to though. Hardwired is the way to go. Reduces clutter and allows you to mount the RD high and tight next to the RVM.
 

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Taking the car in today. Been very pleased with R7, but I'm obviously worried I've made the worst RD purchase in my 30-year career given the Redline announcement.

Is it reasonable to think that the R7 hardwire could power the new Redline, or should I cancel the install until we determine how much better range the Redline potentially affords?

Jamie
I have mine hardwired for my RPSE and got an adapter wire to convert the barrel connector to the RJ11 connector for my R7. I use a Blendmount, so everything is nice and neat.
The first review of the Redline 360 against the V1G2 didn't look so good. The 360 was thoroughly beaten in every aspect. But, that's just one test. There will probably be dozens more tests in the near future. @Vortex is planning a massive test this weekend to compare the R360 to several well-liked detectors. Even if the R360 catches up In performance, the R7 is still on top of the heap with the V1G2. The R360 will just be added if it can be tweaked enough.
Your R7 is a great detector. Plan on getting years of great service from it.
 

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Easy ‘hardwire’ shortcut, buy the rj11 power adapter, hardwire kit, or savvy from VR and use a phone cable to run throug the cab to a concealed orconvenient power source. The only detector that won’t work that way is the Pro M, which as mentioned can be adapted with a simple DIY connector. The other gotcha is with that VR ‘hardwire’ you have to use the mute built on the detector. I haven’t had a detector not work yet, just 12v DC over those red and green pair (line 1)
 

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You say you've been very pleased with your R7 and have decided it's worth getting a hardwire installed so I don't think you should void the whole thing just because of a new detector.

If you're an old school Escort user then be mindful that things have definitely changed with them over the years but in the end what you feel works best for you matters. Regardless, and as others have already said, a hardwire will provide the power to your detector regardless of Escort, Uniden, or Valentine.

I currently have a Valentine splitter for two of three hardwires I've run to the top of my windshield. The other one is a direct wire adapter from Escort. No issues at all whether I'm using a Uniden, Escort, or Valentine product. The only quirks are a lack of remote muting of course.

Good luck and enjoy the hardwire because no you're not stupid.
 

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NO. You would be stupid not to though. Hardwired is the way to go. Reduces clutter and allows you to mount the RD high and tight next to the RVM.

Thanks all. I'm quiet pleased with the hardwire. I put the mute button close to where a conventional key would go, so, above the driver's right knee. But I opted to stick with the windshield mount. I prefer the RD be line of sight for when I'm driving, instead of right by the mirror. This is an Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and I wasn't enamored with the Blendmount that I saw online. As an aside, the entire reason for the hardwire was that the cup holder was rendered unusable when using the conventional cord.

I definitely feel better after the initial (and sole, as of this writing) Redline review. Plus, with 3 Unidens in operation across 3 vehicles, it's nice to have the same alert tones. Still, very interested to see more testing of the Redline.

Best to all - Jamie
 

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No, the only problem with hard wiring I have is muting (there are ways around that) I just wish the Uniden R7 came with a little remote (blue tooth) so you could mute without reaching up to do it

Currently on Fleebay for $30.00....

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Hey Guys, I was was using a Max 360 for a couple of years and upgraded to the Max 360c last year. I was considering going up to the Redline 360c, but that price is outrageous and the initial testing reports have shown that it's not good. I decided to sell the Max 360c and come on over to the Uniden R7. The Max 360c just doesn't have the range that I'm looking for. A lot of the times I'd get a blast of C/O Ka from a cop coming around the corner with no warning. From what I've seen about the R7, I would definitely get an advanced warning! I've seen many videos about the range and read many of these threads. I also ordered the hardwire mute kit because I've always had the same with the Escort detectors since I like clean installs. I also ordered the R7 Blendmount and will sell my Max 360c Blendmount. I do like the auto lockouts but I need range so I'm willing to sacrifice auto lockouts for the R7. It's coming Wednesday and I can't wait! Thanks for all of the info you guys give because it really does make it easier to come to this decision. Goodbye Escort.
 

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