[Poll] Is the Redline 360c worth $750?

Worth $750?

  • Yes

    Votes: 35 18.4%
  • No

    Votes: 155 81.6%

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For me I knew what I was getting in to, having had several recent Escorts and waiting out the Redline until it was confirmed decent on 1.7
I jumped on the opportunity to get one at 60% the cost of regular retail here. No regrets on that part. If I'm to make bold statements regarding detector performances I'd better had some of the best representations of the brands right?

What cheeses me off the most is the lost potential, just sitting there in a great piece of hardware, waiting for some talent to unleash the beast.
Second cheese off is how incredibly long we will have to wait just to get mediocre improvements.
 

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I personally feel that the people who own it to be more biased than the people who don't. Many of the members here that have seen and or encountered Escorts shady advertising, list of major bugs that never get fixed, and crappy warranty work....That said, many (including myself) won't touch another escort product, no matter what it does or claims to do.

Every detector they've released has been way overpriced, but I can't hate them for being a business. With the other options that are cheaper, more dependable, I personally don't think the escort products to be worthwhile....Especially with their history

And that's your choice and the choice of every other member who can't or won't move beyond what they see as Escorts insurmountable historical past.

IMHO, the bias is not from the people who own it. If you carefully read through the posts, you'll see RL360C owners like @Rags, @DC Fluid and myself who have said they own the detector and it definitely has shortcomings that need to be fixed before it could even be considered worth the price. You'll also see owners like @AllspeedJeff who said they regretted purchasing the RL360C.

FWIW, I owned detectors since the mid 80's and currently own the RL360C, the V1G2 and the R7, so if anything I'm equally biased. ;)
 

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And that's your choice and the choice of every other member who can't or won't move beyond what they see as Escorts insurmountable historical past.

IMHO, the bias is not from the people who own it. If you carefully read through the posts, you'll see RL360C owners like @Rags, @DC Fluid and myself who have said they own the detector and it definitely has shortcomings that need to be fixed before it could even be considered worth the price. You'll also see owners like @AllspeedJeff who said they regretted purchasing the RL360C.

FWIW, I owned detectors since the mid 80's and currently own the RL360C, the V1G2 and the R7, so if anything I'm equally biased. ;)
I can understand that. Hopefully things will turn out better for this detector, unlike their past offerings. Especially for the price....It's a big gamble in my eyes, but if you guys are happy, that's all that matters
 

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I was running a Pro M, patiently waiting on Theia's release. I pulled the trigger on the RL360C and overall am satisfied with my purchase. The good thing about Escorts is that they tend to hold their value well, shouldn't have much trouble selling it once I'm able to purchase a Theia.
 

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Really? I have only seen a few who have had to send theirs back. A drop in the bucket compared to the number of R3's and G2's that were returned when released.

Glad you received the saves, however I think it comes down to - did the RL do something here that the R7 or G2 could have done just as well.....for hundreds less? In theory you could have still received those saves and have a few extra $$$ in your pocket.
I'm happy with Redline360c, so that's all it matter, so it's worth it.
that's like saying is a Mercedes worth it when a Hyundai does exactly the same that takes you from point A to point B for much less $$$$$.
 

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I'm happy with Redline360c, so that's all it matter, so it's worth it.
that's like saying is a Mercedes worth it when a Hyundai does exactly the same that takes you from point A to point B for much less $$$$$.
Depends on what you are looking for when behind the wheel. If the Hyundai is more responsive, has quicker acceleration, and better handling (and you are looking for a performance vehicle) an individual is welcome to spend more money on the Benz and get less performance. They will have a very nice ride, but when it comes down to it will be beat every time by the less expensive vehicle when it really counts.

As long as you are happy with it that is all the matters. RDF members do an amazing job really finding the limitation of every RD, it is then just up the individual to look at the data and make an informed decision about risk vs reward for their usage.
 
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Depends on what you are looking for when behind the wheel. If the Hyundai is more responsive, has quicker acceleration, and better handling (and you are looking for a performance vehicle) an individual is welcome to spend more money on the Benz and get less performance. They will a very nice ride, but when it comes down to it will be beat every time by the less expensive vehicle when it really counts.

As long as you are happy with it that is all the matters. RDF members do an amazing job really finding the limitation of every RD, it is then just up the individual to look at the data and make an informed decision about risk vs reward for their usage.
@westwind77 exactly, well put, thank you.
 

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The good thing about Escorts is that they tend to hold their value well, shouldn't have much trouble selling it once I'm able to purchase a Theia.
You and everyone else selling their RL360, V1G2 and R7 once Theia is released. It will definitely be a “buyers” market and I wouldn’t expect a high return on those detectors. JMO
 

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You and everyone else selling their RL360, V1G2 and R7 once Theia is released. It will definitely be a “buyers” market and I wouldn’t expect a high return on those detectors. JMO
Just like the RL360C didn't affect the used market for the V1, I seriously doubt those 3 will drop in value when Theia is released. It doesn't make any sense as Theia won't be priced to compete with any of them.
 

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Just like the RL360C didn't affect the used market for the V1, I seriously doubt those 3 will drop in value when Theia is released. It doesn't make any sense as Theia won't be priced to compete with any of them.
Agreed. When the majority of public drivers mouths drop open at the price of an economy detector, there won't be a great rush to buy up used premium ones as users upgrade.
They just can't compute the cost/benefit relationship until they are 3 tickets deep into debt.
 

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I will curious to see what theia will have as a response time......what if it's as slow as rl360c.

Hopefully not given it's processing power. But I'd be willing to bet there will be some growing pains in the first quarter of it's release.
 

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In 9 days I will have used and owned a RL360 for a full year. I was a very early buyer. (I wasnt the 1st to buy one but I did buy it before noon PST on release day) My 1st unit was nothing to be proud of and was returned within 4 days. Its replacement arrived 3 days later. It worked but was not perfect but as promised Escort kept making improvements using FW updates which continues to this day. This was not a perfect launch for what ever reason, we all know that, it may have been rushed out to market, none of us know what caused the roll out problems. That being said after I saw that the problems seemed to be FW related and was not bad hardware I paid for my 2nd unit in Aug. It arrived in good working order and has preformed from day 1 as it should out the box. Neither detector has failed me even once out in the real world where both I and the CHP roam daily on the highways of N Calif!!
A full yr of daily use later I will say yes, they both were worth it but neither is perfect, having said that, I have no regrets buying either and as long as Escort continues to improve this detector with FW updates I will cont to support and buy Escort products.
 
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Hmmmm, I still have my itchy finger ready to grab one up for a decent price.
Looking around last night, ABT has them @ $749 and change.
According to their website NO taxes collected for Florida.
So that saves me $52. and change.
So that is roughly $800+.
Plus they also have $50 off with a purchase of $500 or more for a military discount.
So looking like maybe around $700 instead of 800?
Still a bunch of coins, wonder if they take pennies?
 

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Hmmmm, I still have my itchy finger ready to grab one up for a decent price.
Looking around last night, ABT has them @ $749 and change.
According to their website NO taxes collected for Florida.
So that saves me $52. and change.
So that is roughly $800+.
Plus they also have $50 off with a purchase of $500 or more for a military discount.
So looking like maybe around $700 instead of 800?
Still a bunch of coins, wonder if they take pennies?
I will advise you with a quote someone from my thread "Help DC Fluid Buy Another Detector" gave me.

You sir, have an illness, see professional treatment.
You will not find any cure or advice to help your illness here on RDF.
 

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Please contact me if you see the RL360C for around $500.
I got it down to $600, but for me it's still a little bit more than I wanted to spend.
I look every day for a deal.
I used my DP360 for the first time and it was extremely quiet.
Much more than my V1 and R3.
Thanks again for your help with this matter 🙏
 

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I have had my RL360c for almost 4 months. I voted no in the poll as I don’t think the RL360c is worth $750 in its present form, but I still am very satisfied with my RL360c. I think the RL360c is worth maybe $649-$699, but I did pay full price for mine...lol.

As @westwind77 stated earlier, Escort is having no problems selling the RL360c at its current price, and it is frequently back ordered and in high demand.

I think @Rags list of 4 areas that the RL360c needs improvement on page 1 of this thread is spot on. The RL360c is often slow to alert and may miss brief signals, the alert ramp up on the RL360c needs major improvement IMO, and the BSM filtering is good to very good, but it could be better. K-notch “on” is not BSM filtering IMO.

I personally like the design of the RL360c. It performs well against C/O radar including off axis situations, it has clear and loud alerts, and the arrows do a good to very good job of transitioning. It also does very well in two of my BSM equipped vehicles that are BSM “offenders” that occasionally cause K-band false alarms in my Max360c and V1G2.

I currently alternate using my V1G2 and RL360c as my primary radar detectors. If Escort can make some firmware updates to improve the reactivity and alert responsiveness, improve the alert ramp up, and continue to improve BSM filtering, I would be inclined to change my vote to yes.

Both the R7 and V1G2 offer a much less expensive alternative to the RL360c while providing similar or better high performance. It just boils down to what features you want in a radar detector and how much you are willing to spend. I do enjoy using the RL360c, and I just hope Escort can continue to refine and improve it in future firmware updates.
 
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I have had my RL360c for almost 4 months. I voted no in the poll as I don’t think the RL360c is worth $750 in its present form, but I still am very satisfied with my RL360c. I think the RL360c is worth maybe $649-$699, but I did pay full price for mine...lol.

As @westwind77 stated earlier, Escort is having no problems selling the RL360c at its current price, and it is frequently back ordered and in high demand.

I think @Rags list of 4 areas that the RL360c needs improvement on page 1 of this thread is spot on. The RL360c is often slow to alert and may miss brief signals, the alert ramp up on the RL360c needs major improvement IMO, and the BSM filtering is good to very good, but it could be better. K-notch “on” is not BSM filtering IMO.

I personally like the design of the RL360c, it performs well against C/O radar including off axis situations, it has clear and loud alerts, and the arrows do a good to very good job of transitioning. It also does very well in two of my BSM equipped vehicles that are BSM “offenders” that occasionally cause K-band false alarms in my Max360c and V1G2.

I currently alternate using my V1G2 and RL360c as my primary radar detectors. If Escort can make some firmware updates to improve the reactivity and alert responsiveness, improve the alert ramp up, and continue to improve BSM filtering, I would be inclined to change my vote to yes.

Both the R7 and V1G2 offer a much less expensive alternative to the RL360c while providing similar or better high performance. It just boils down to what features you want in a radar detector and how much you are willing to spend. My expectations in a $750 radar detector are higher than a $500 radar detector.
I agree with you assessment of the RL360C.
I took my DP360 out for the 1st time today and it was completely quiet.
I like the DP360, but unfortunately for me, my eyesight is not what it should be and I believe the arrows on the RL360C would be a better fit for me.
I absolutely love the look of the RL360C.
Looks are unfortunately for me a big reason why I might buy something.
The Cobra Road Scout is fugly.
If I could acquire the RL360C for around $500 I'd definitely grab one because of my DP360.
 

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