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But you could also say that if they don't produce updates to increase performance, then they could start getting a reputation of having poor performance, poorly support detectors, which will definitely not help sales.
They kind of already have that reputation.....yet people still buy them because of the 'Escort' name.
 

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I'm sure some will eventually be released, but I don't think it will do anything to help with the reactivity of the unit, so whatever it will be is just 'fluff'. Escort is not the company I think of when it comes to innovation and surprises anymore either.

I remain foolishly optimistic and I'll hope for the best...
 

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Almost 100% agreed. Yes they are privately owned but that doesn't mean that they don't want to "shake up" the industry. They are NOT done with fw updates for the RL360C. I think we have some surprises coming from Cedar and Escort down the road. Time will tell...
Not if history dictates the future.
 

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As someone that loves to watch how businesses strategize to succeed and fail, it will be interesting to see if Escort survives in the future. There are plenty of successful companies that ended up in the grave yard because they got stuck in their past success. Remember, it was only a couple years ago under the last CEO that Escort's strategy was to pivot into an "information company". If Escort is planning to stay in this space, I have to think they're already working on a new detector to compete with Theia.
 

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There are plenty of successful companies that ended up in the grave yard because they got stuck in their past success.
Blackberry... They were a top dog for many years but they refused to change their ways as the market began to change and evolve.. I was a long time BB user and lover.. Down they went, and fast!

I hope Escort does not follow suit..
 

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They kind of already have that reputation.....yet people still buy them because of the 'Escort' name.
I didn't buy mine because of the 'Escort' name. In fact, I never bought an Escort before; I ran Valentine Ones for over 20 years. No, I bought my RL 360c because of the Vortex review. There are dozens of opinions that fly back and forth 'round here. Call me crazy, but I give more weight - a helluva lot more weight - to Vortex's opinions, who summed up his current review this way:

There’s definitely other (and cheaper) that can do many of the things the Redline 360c can, but there is no other detector that offers all these capabilities. Personally I love the fact that I can stick this on my windshield and it does just about everything I need. The Redline 360c is the closest thing we currently have to the ultimate radar detector.

"The closest thing we currently have to the ultimate radar detector". That's good enough for me. I've had my 360c for over eight months now, and I have not been disappointed. It's wonderful.
 
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I didn't buy mine because of the 'Escort' name. In fact, I never bought an Escort before; I ran Valentine Ones for over 20 years. No, I bought my RL 360c because of the Vortex's review. There are many, many opinions that fly around here. Call me crazy, but I give more weight - a helluva lot more weight - to Vortex's opinions, who summed up his current review this way:
There’s definitely other (and cheaper) that can do many of the things the Redline 360c can, but there is no other detector that offers all these capabilities. Personally I love the fact that I can stick this on my windshield and it does just about everything I need. The Redline 360c is the closest thing we currently have to the ultimate radar detector.

That's good enough for me.
I have a soft spot for Escort / Passport as it was my 1st detector back in the mid-late 80's... Personally I think they make a fine detector and the RL360c is no slouch.. Does it have a few issues? Sure but almost every detector out there does. My only gripe is their prices.. But they are loaded to the hilt with features and options..
 

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When I make a purchase decision, I usually don't consider price, and here's why...

Paying a higher price for a product is a one-time "sting" - meaning that initial hit to my wallet is a one-time event.

However, to save money and get a lower performing product, well then that's a daily "sting" because your will regret the lack of performance every day.
 
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I am hoping Escort will continue with the firmware updates on the RL360c. I personally do not think they are done with the updates.

Overall, the RL360c works very well for my needs. I alternate it with my V1G2. My biggest requests for improvement have been mentioned before and fairly often: 1) improvement on the ramp up 2) improvement on reactivity especially on K-band while still maintaining very good BSM filtering.

When I bought my RL360c in February of 2021, I was aware of the less than spectacular launch, the concerns about reactivity especially on K-band, the recent reputation of Escort for making “inflated” and “fluff and filler” claims about their detectors, and I was aware I was paying a premium for this detector as there are less expensive options such as the R7 and V1G2 (which I already owned) that would provide similar performance at a much lower cost.

I was willing to pay that premium as I liked the looks, design, build quality, and “aesthetics” of the RL360c which is one of the things (in addition to performance) that influences my buying decisions. I personally do not regret buying my RL360c. It has worked very well for me and my needs. I think it is a solid performer.

I view radar detectors as I do baseball pitchers. Some may be better for different situations than others. I feel very comfortable “calling on” either my RL360c, V1G2, or R3 out of the “bullpen” depending on the situation. I am also always looking to add top performing radar detectors to my “roster”. I am sorry that I am getting off topic. I need to wrap this post up…lol.
 
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Escort has really surprised me with the frequency of updates they have released for this detector thus far. They have exceeded my expectations in that department.

Will it continue? Who knows. If their overall history is any indication, I wouldn't hold my breath, but this is a case where I love it when I am mistaken.
 

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I just went on a 500 mile drive with the RL360. And it honestly keeps impressing me. I keep waiting for something to happen where I doubt it. But it’s just a solid detector. Tons of range. And no falses really. (No K band on). Gives me plenty of saves. And love the build quality
 

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Not if history dictates the future.

The history with fw updates for the RL360 has been every few months. Their's the history.
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Not if history dictates the future.

I'm not talking about Escorts history but strictly the rl360c.
 
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Escort has really surprised me with the frequency of updates they have released for this detector thus far. They have exceeded my expectations in that department.

Will it continue? Who knows. If their overall history is any indication, I wouldn't hold my breath, but this is a case where I love it when I am mistaken.
I agree, however with this detector now a couple of years old I feel the updates are over or close to over. I love my RL 360c and feel that Escort has dialed it in very well. It does need some improvement (with BSM's & IO reactivity as well as the ramp up) if they want this to be to top windshield detector but, for me, it is my daily driver and I've learned to watch my signal strength as it is my only indication to the source as the ramp up is terrible.

With Theia on the horizon we may see one more update closer to it's release (once supply chain issues start to normalize again).
 

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I agree, however with this detector now a couple of years old I feel the updates are over or close to over. I love my RL 360c and feel that Escort has dialed it in very well. It does need some improvement (with BSM's & IO reactivity as well as the ramp up) if they want this to be to top windshield detector but, for me, it is my daily driver and I've learned to watch my signal strength as it is my only indication to the source as the ramp up is terrible.

With Theia on the horizon we may see one more update closer to it's release (once supply chain issues start to normalize again).
This detector is 1 yr /2 months 0ld. I paid for my 1st one on 6/9/20, the date of the release
 

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I find all of this interesting. I now own only the RL360c. It is expensive, but it has ALL the features I need. And as our Vortex guy says, its the one he prefers for everyday use because its plug and play. The range is amazing and auto-lockouts work great for me so far. Usually, if everyone is complaining and comparing to one product, that means its doing something right. I love mine and am glad I got it. It has been a beast in finding bogeys so far. :)
 

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If I had to give an award for the most controversial Radar Detector it would be the RL360c. I purchased it cause I wanted to see what sort of hype it had or lives up to. Sadly, people will judge things that they don't own, and only base it upon what they see in CM. (And that is completely valid, and OK) While I didn't pay the entire price tag and saved a little, I still find the RD very useful. Ka Range is stellar for my use case. I barely see a difference in real-world use compared to the G2 for the terrain that I continue to drive in.

Firmware isn't a big deal for me, as I don't expect RDs to updated regularly. Sure, K band I/o is a bit sketchy with the RL360c, but It's not enough to keep me from using it. I didn't own the RD when it came out, but I did hear about the firmware changes since release that've resolved quite a bit of bugs Etc. I waited to purchase the RL360c until the arrows were resolved.

The delay (3-4 secs) to reaction of K band could be a make or break situation for some. Perhaps this could be a reason why BSM filtering in the RL360c is so good. I've never had a more quiet RD unlike this one. I can see this being improved at a later point, but I'm comfortable with that.

While the price tag is $750 MSRP, that is not to say that Theia or other future RDs (R8) won't be that price tag or near it. So price for me is irrelevant, with the whole COVID shortages Etc. I look at RL360c for the entire package rather than just performance in Ka/K band. As a whole it's definitely worth it for me.

(Back Story: I've been using the RL360c for about two weeks now, collecting clips; running through different areas/terrains. So I hope to have more to share as I put more miles on it! So far ~1000 miles on it!)
 

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The odd “disconnect” for me is the fact that Vortex considered the RL 360c “the closest thing we currently have to the ultimate radar detector”, and has said as much many times. Yet here, on rdforum.org, it’s an overpriced, mediocre piece of junk - an embarrassment. What can I say? Reminds me of the folks who think man never landed on the Moon, 9/11 was an “inside job” and that “the election was stolen”. Classic internet misinformation. 🤷
 

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The odd “disconnect” for me is the fact that Vortex considered the RL 360c “the closest thing we currently have to the ultimate radar detector”, and has said as much many times. Yet here, on rdforum.org, it’s an overpriced, mediocre piece of junk - an embarrassment.
Two different audiences. For the average consumer, it's the most complete option. For an enthusiast, however, the areas it lacks in are the ones we tend to focus on. Thus the relatively poor overall opinion on the forum.
 

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Two different audiences. For the average consumer, it's the most complete option. For an enthusiast, however, the areas it lacks in are the ones we tend to focus on. Thus the relatively poor overall opinion on the forum.
And all I want is for the app not to disconnect in the background. It's the only thing I shit-talk about the the 360c
 

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