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Old February 26th, 2017
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(although the iX is probably the best looking detector out there).
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I definitely agree. To me, there's a more polished look/feel about the iX when compared to the Max II. Same with the features I mentioned. The iX came later and IMO, the changes Escort made to the display are all preferable over what the Max II came with.

Like I said, not an easy decision but the Max II has a range/speed advantage and with even just one more firmware update, it's possible the Max II will distance the iX in BSM/CAS rejection.

It's very surprising to me that the two units are so close in false alert rejection performance. The analog vs digital should have made a big difference there but maybe Escort is making up for the digital advantage with software on the analog iX. And IVT could have a hardware aspect to it also.

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Old February 26th, 2017
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I never really ran the Expert Mode display much with my old detector. I use it more nowadays since it can sometimes hint that a signal is BSM rather than LEO. Expert Mode display is slightly different between the two units.

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Glad to hear why you made your choice! As you know I've been running the 360 and iX the last few weeks alternating. It did not take me long to make the decision on the 360 over the iX coming from the Passport. To me I like the 360 display a lot more than the iX. The sensitivity of the 360 over the iX to stationary falses is superior so far. The iX is almost identical in size to my 'old' Passport which I liked, the 360 is 'large', but I have adjusted to it below my mirror.

I ran in expert mode for a while with the Passport before switching to Spec mode. Spec mode, for me in the only way to run. You can quickly check the frequency to see what Ka band it is or to see how 'out of tune' the K band is. I will pick up a number of 24.2xx K band alerts and know those are no concern (technically it could be) as I see know my town keeps their guns very close to oem specs.

The iX is a great unit, and a nice step up from my Passport, but given the advantage of the 360 over the iX (and my overall cost of the units being the same) the 360 won out in the end. I still have until the 15th of the month to return it so there still is time to change my mind, but I doubt that will happen.

I think you made a good choice going with the MaxII.
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Old February 26th, 2017
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yellowtang -

I've been reading your posts about the Max 360 vs the iX. I liked the iX very much but the 360 gives you much more information so it's no surprise you're liking it over the iX.

The iX is no slouch and I think it's the ideal detector for the first time detector user.

My brother was really surprised about getting the iX as a birthday present and it's already on his windshield. New users sometimes need some time to get comfortable with a RD so I'll be in "customer support" mode for a while.

Probably best to keep the 360 over the iX. I know someone who used to have a Valentine but that was a long time ago. I'd ridden in his car and remember thinking how cool it was that the detector pointed to the radar source. But I don't have a burning desire to try the arrows. Knowing I just passed the radar source (LEO) isn't going to change the way I drive during an encounter. I'm not going to hit the gas thinking it's ok to go faster now that I've passed the radar source.

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The iX is no slouch and I think it's the ideal detector for the first time detector user.

Probably best to keep the 360 over the iX. I know someone who used to have a Valentine but that was a long time ago. I'd ridden in his car and remember thinking how cool it was that the detector pointed to the radar source. But I don't have a burning desire to try the arrows. Knowing I just passed the radar source (LEO) isn't going to change the way I drive during an encounter. I'm not going to hit the gas thinking it's ok to go faster now that I've passed the radar source.

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I agree, the iX is a great unit!

I did not think I would care for the arrows and did not think I would need/want them, but I was wrong.

Tonight for example, I pulled out from picking up our pizza and got a 35.5 alert, from the rear. I instantly new where the 'threat' was and did not have to scan fwd for 'where is he'. It quickly trailed off as I know a lot of them turn at an intersection behind me. I did not have to fear that it came from an i/o somewhere ahead of me. It was strong enough where a 'non-rear' ant would have picked it up as well I think, but with the 360 you know where it really is coming from.

I agree about coming up and passing one and having it switch to the rear, no reason to know that as you already do.
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Old February 27th, 2017
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I don't think that's correct, Poolmon. The firmware updates are specific to each detector model. When someone connects their detector to their computer and runs Detector Tools, the app identifies the connected detector. When you attempt to update the firmware, DT fetches the latest firmware for the connected detector.

There's no way that I know of that someone can attempt to force a Max 360 firmware onto a Max II.
Sorry TBNTX, I should have been more clear in my response. I did not intend to mean that a firmware update from the 360 would work on the MAXII.

What I meant was that the technology behind the upgrades/updates for the the MAX 360 should also be available on the MAX II since they share the same platform (other than the arrow tech).
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Here is my way of thinking. The Max and Max II have been out much longer than the new IX. This means the Max is much more refined and issues that were problems have been addressed.

I felt so bad for those who bought the MAx when it first came out. Those people were the BETA testers for Escort as it's obvious that it was released way too early without enough testing.

The IX is still too new IMO to feel confident with. I never buy any electronics when they are released and advise others to wait a good while as well. Problems get ironed out and the price also goes down over time.
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Old March 19th, 2017
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I was wondering if you were ever going to update the "dirtbag" thread. Thanks for following up!

Your gut experiences are good:
- The all digital Max detectors will detect better than an iX.
- The GPS chip in the iX is newer than what is in the Max 2 which is why the acquisition speed is faster on the iX.

Keep in mind that the majority of people are going to come here to report issues. Most people do not come to a manufacturer's forum just to let them know they love the product. What you have heard here about the Max 2 were the most common issues reported. We listen and address them where necessary.

The Max detectors are the least compromising radar detectors currently available. Instant-on and detection on all radar bands while filtering to the level that the Max's filter is a huge accomplishment. This is why they are currently the most popular detector available.
Love my Max2. I still need to get my cord and then install the firmware for 1.7. I already downloaded the application for my Windows PC. Thanks for all you do!
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Old March 22nd, 2017
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I was really going thru some Radar Wars in my head the last few days..trying to find a detector to replace my old trusty Cobra...which before had a Rocky Mountain radar from way back that did awesome..then the CAS came out more and more drove me nut's.

I wanted the Max360 so bad, but the cost was a killer, then I seen Cobra had a DSP unit with Bluetooth lie my old unit but DSP, problem was no built in GPS, so I ran into the Beltronics GT-7, only to find I still had to buy the Live cord afterward, luckily i could return it, so now MAX II, seems like my best bet at $289...

Any real difference, between the Max 2 and the 360? besides the arrows? I really like them arrows but $6** is a lot for me now..

Also how does it being Detectable effect us on the road? I always though or assumed all radar detectors should have un detestability lol...then read these have no such thing..

I keep feeling like my New Max 2 is old tech now..but maybe it is not...buyers Remorse...I guess but hey money remorse is worse, so no 360 for me yet..

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I was really going thru some Radar Wars in my head the last few days..trying to find a detector to replace my old trusty Cobra...which before had a Rocky Mountain radar from way back that did awesome..then the CAS came out more and more drove me nut's.

I wanted the Max360 so bad, but the octs was a killer, then I seen Cobra had a DSP unit with Bluetooth lie my old unit but DSP, problem was no built in GPS, so I ran into the Beltronics GT-7, only to find I still had to buy the Live cord afterward, luckily i could return it, so now MAX II, seems like my best bet at $289...

Any real difference, between the Max 2 and the 360? besides the arrows? I really like them arrows but $6** is a lot for me now..

Also how does it being Detectable effect us on the road? I always though or assumed all radar detectors should have un detestability lol...then read these have no such thing..

I keep feeling like my New Max 2 is old tech now..but maybe it is not...buyers Remorse...I guess but hey money remorse is worse, so no 360 for me yet..
I own both a Max 2 and a Max 360. Overall performance is about the same, and the IVT filtering is comparable on both.

The main difference is that the 360 has a rearward facing horn, which means that it has better sensitivity about threats from behind; and, yes, the arrows. I didn't think that I'd appreciate them as much as I do.

I recently sent my Max 360 in for a tune-up (not that anything was wrong with it), so while it was away, I was using my Max 2. No complaints.
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I keep feeling like my New Max 2 is old tech now..but maybe it is not...buyers Remorse...I guess but hey money remorse is worse, so no 360 for me yet..
Your MAXII is not old tech. You got a great deal.

The benefit of arrows is that they they are directionally informative (and cool). The drawback is that the extra rear facing antenna increases the size/weight of the detector and can subject it to being a bit more chatty on occasion with that second antenna facing backwards. Enjoy your purchase and don't give it a second thought.

The MAXs are not stealthy, except the new MAX 360CI which is not yet out. Stealth is usually not an issue on cars except in those very few jurisdictions in the US (like VA, Wash DC, federal parks and bases) that ban detectors. Commercial vehicles is another story. Always check your jurisdiction just in case.

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