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- Aug 5, 2011
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Excellent summary and analysis @Havoc , pretty much sums up our emotions this past few weeks. As a favorite professor of mine used to say: "and in a nutshell, $700 and we got a big let down."That is exactly what I was about to say, albeit a little late.. Winds do change. Bought my Redline based on the outstanding reviews here. I was able to make an informed decision fully aware of the pros and cons. I now own an R3, again based on the information gathered from all the users and testers. I held out hope for the EX and even the 360c and still do, but can’t justify the price vs the performance but that is my decision and it is based on all the data here. I was always happy with the build quality of my Redline and when I received my R3, I was definitely put off by the perceived durability/build quality of the R3, but it’s the performance that I was looking for. I honestly don’t see the average consumer/ non enthusiast running out and spending 700$ on a detector in B.B. Escort still needs to keep the “enthusiasts” happy because they are the voice of the people willing to spend that kind of cash on a detector. I was thrilled with my RL and every time Escort brings something to the market I am hopeful it will be something worthy of the brand loyalty that they established in me with my first purchase, but that is not happening. They have been plagued with issues on many fronts and for what it’s worth I can’t bring myself to spend the money to try one of the new detectors out. I would love to test the new detector to see if the performance meets my expectations but unfortunately I do not live in an area with sufficient RADAR to allow a reasonable amount of testing in Escorts trial period. Visually the 360 c is a huge improvement while adding features that really aren’t terribly valuable. The EX became a giant boat anchor that could have been packed with added performance given its increased size, but was not..... For their current price point I don’t see many “consumers/sheep” running out and buying those high $$$ detectors. That kind of financial outlay is for the enthusiast. It’s like buying a high performance computer. The enthusiast has to have the best, but they are going to do their do diligence befor making a purchase. Scratch that.... they are going to build their own high performance computer.... That is what we are trying to do here. We are trying to build our dream detector at a price point that we see as worthy of that cost. The manufacturer that hears this best stands to do well. If they can come in at a price point the “we” find acceptable it will likely succeed well in the prosumer market. 700 is not a consumer price point. It is an enthusiast price point and must offer enthusiast performance. Cedar doesn’t care because they own all the consumer grade detector companies. If Uniden or Radenso or Heaven forbid RM comes thru with a bells and whistles detector that drives like a Ferrari, it is going to be good for them. If Escort does it first, it will be good for them. Until the next technology jump takes place. Unfortunately for Escort, their price point comes with an expectation you will get service and performance at a level commensurate with the price, and as an Escort fan, I don’t believe they are up to that challenge given their recent history. They need to help themselves out by making believers in their products as Uniden seems to be doing at this time. And honestly this forum will throw its backing behind whoever is the current best of the best until someone else comes along to be the new king. And not because one user or another says so, but because the current data says so. That is just what enthusiasts do.
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Absolutely, your $$, your choice. However, don't take indefensible or even inconsistent positions about what YOU run.People can say what they want about the detector, but I'm tired of seeing responses like, you made the wrong choice, you paid too much for a detector that performs worse than one at half the price. Or the smartalec comments about oh the Escort detected in X miles, but the Uniden would've doubled that. It gets old. Let people run what they want.