Escort Max 360 Review: Veil Guy Reviews the Escort Max 360 Radar Detector

 

Escort Max 360 Review: Veil Guy reviews the Escort Max 360 radar detector

The arrows of the Escort Max 360 point to a bright future for Escort.

By Veil Guy — Updated: 9-6-2016

escort max 360 reviewVeil Guy’s In-depth Escort Max 360 Review

Introduction to the Escort Max 360 Radar Detector

I was very pleased when I initially penned my Escort Max 360 radar detector preview, but was thoroughly ecstatic when Escort sent me a production for my formal Escort Max 360 review.

Long in the making, Escort has finally given us a radar detector with the capability of threat-source identification (ie; directional arrows).  Often discounted by some retailers (who couldn’t sell the V1) as an unnecessary feature, the driving cognoscenti knew better.

With the introduction of the Escort Max 360, Escort is now able to provide that one thing that has been long-missing from their aresenal–the advanced situational awareness that comes from not only knowing what the threats are, but from where they are coming.

That isn’t the end of the story, however, not by a long shot.  Escort is now able to offer extreme situational awareness and operation, in the radar detector itself, that the V1 can only dream of.  Every other creature comfort that has historically been offered (and patented) by Escort has also been incorporated into the Escort Max 360.

Features such as built-in blue tooth, GPS, alerts to redlight and speed camera locations, auto-lockout of stationery false locations (ie; door openers and drone signs), auto muting, abbreviated speed-sensitive alerting, high-levels of customization via a robust menu system, and perhaps most importantly, advanced digital signal processing to reject the bane of the FMCW K-band collision avoidance systems are all now enhanced with the addition of directional arrows.

In short, this Escort Max 360 does it all right out of the box; no smartphone app needed.  This, in my opinion, makes the Escort Max 360 the most significant radar detector produced by them to date.  Yes, it’s a really big deal and while it stills needs refinement, it’s already an achievement of epic proportion.  So let’s take a closer look at what makes the new Escort Max 360 so great.

 

Appearance & Handling

Like the new Beltronics GT-7 radar detector, the Escort Max 360 is a solid and hefty detector, even more so.  The Escort Max 360 tips the scales at nearly 12 ounces, making it the heaviest (and largest) to come from West Chester since Cincinnati Microwave’s original Escort of nearly 30 years ago.  Yes, it’s the largest in-car radar detector being produced, but the Escort Max 360 does appear to shrink in size when its mounted against your windshield.

Escort Max 360 versus the V1, Redline, Passport 8500 X50Size Matters: Escort Max 360 versus others

Where the displays of the Escort Passport Max and Escort Passport Max2 series of radar detectors can be very difficult to read, even during modestly bright lighting conditions, the display panel of the Escort Max 360 is recessed by 3/8″ making it far more viewable.  I found the multi-color OLED display of the Escort Max 360 readable in every lighting condition. The Escort Max 360’s display and button illumination support four color schemes: Amber, Red, Green, and Blue.  My personal preference is green.

Even though the Escort Max 360 is designed to work well in its default configuration, the Escort Max 360 is by far the most configurable of any radar detector for those that want to fine-tune its performance–incidentally, there is a whole lot inside this puppy to configure.

There are seven (count ’em) metering modes available on the Escort Max 360–Simple, Standard, Standard FR1, Standard FR2, Spec FR1, Spec FR2, and Expert FR.  I found that the Expert FR display mode was most suited to the task of informing me to complex multi-band police radar encounters.  (See videos below)

There are three ways the Escort Max 360 can sound alerts: Mild, Standard, and Standard+.  The Mild mode causes the Escort Max 360 to alert with gentle chimes.

The Standard mode makes the Escort Max 360 alert with Escort’s conventional tones–“beep” for X-band, “brap” for K-band, “double-brap” for Ka-band, and a “solid-brap” for both POP and Laser detections.

My personal favorite is the Standard+ mode, where the detector alerts you with the typical alert tones as indicated above, but then supplements them with an additional high pitched “double-beep” when new sources are detected.

The arrows, while small, are extremely bright and easy to see in every lighting condition. Anything larger in size would be overkill.  The threat-detection arrows can also be customizes to illuminate in one of three distinct ways to convey a lot of information for the savvy driver, all in one glance.

In the first arrow illumination configuration, called single-mode, only one arrow will illuminate at a time–pointing towards the direction the detector believes is the primary threat.  In this mode, the color of the arrows will correspond to your chosen color scheme.

In the second configuration, called multiple-display mode, multiple arrows will be displayed concurrently during encounters consisting of multiple detections.  Like the single-mode, the arrow indicating your greatest threat source, will blink and the arrows indicating secondary threats will illuminate in the “opposite” color of your primary arrow color, based upon your selected color scheme.

The most useful threat-configuration mode, I believe, is the third configuration, called the band-mode, where the arrows illuminate in different colors, based upon the bands detected–Green for X-band, Blue for K-band, and Red for both Ka-band and Laser detections.

Escort Max 360 Expert FREscort Max 360 Expert FR Display Mode

My personal preference for the band display modes would be Green for X-band, Blue for K-band, Red for Ka-band, and Amber for Laser, taking advantage of all four display colors available.  The wonderful thing about this third setup, is the clear indication of what bands are being detected and from where each one is specifically.  This can be very useful information to know quickly when faced with complex threat scenarios.

During one of my real-world test drives, I actually encountered two different police radar bands operating concurrently within close proximity to one another.  One was a moving patrol vehicle using constant-on Ka band and the other was a stationery constant-on K-band.

The Escort Max 360 was able to clearly convey what was where and this was also during a period of interference from some stationery K-band false sources.  This was a most challenging scenario for any radar detector, yet the Escort Max 360 did an exceptional job of conveying exactly what was going on.  At the time, I wasn’t using the Expert FR metering mode, which I believe would have even helped me further.  (See video below)

So, the Veil Guy’s recommended configuration would be the following: Standard+ audio, Multiple-display arrow mode, and Expert FR metering.

I would especially appreciate another variation of the Expert FR metering to be added into the mix. Call it Expert FR2.  In that mode, the letter of the police radar band (X, K, Ka, L) could be replaced with the actual frequencies detected, for up to four concurrent detections.  Whoa!

Another feature I feel that could further enhance the alerting behavior of the Escort Max 360 would be to briefly indicate the detection of a new threat-source in the color of its radar band when an arrow of a different band color is already illuminating from that same direction.  That ability would have also assisted me in that dual threat K-band and Ka-band encounter from ahead that I mentioned earlier.  The different arrow color could appear at the same time the double-beep alerts when the additional bogey is detected.  (See video below)


Complex Detection Scenario: Two operational police radar traps, one Ka and one K with K-band RF interference
 

Packaging & Workmanship

The Escort Max 360 comes with the same carrying pouch-like traveling case as the Passport Max and Passport Max 2.  Although my personal preference has been for the new carrying cases that are supplied with the Beltronics GT-7 and Escort Passport, given what you get in the Escort Max 360 package, the Escort Max 360’s case is more practical, I suppose, and can better handle the bulk of the radar detector, the new magnetic-mount sticky cup, and the smart cord.

The Escort Max 360 chassis and assembly feels more solid than either the Passport Max or Passport Max2.  The detector’s mounting interface located at the upper rear of the Max 360 also appears better designed, as well, which should result in improved durability.

There are a whopping number of push buttons on this detector–seven in all.  However, on my unit, the push buttons themselves were not entirely consistent in either tactile feel or appearance.  A limited number of early Escort Max 360s suffered from a coating process of both the BRT and POWER buttons that resulted in some delamination.

This was quickly remedied by Escort, however the BRT and POWER buttons of my Escort Max 360 appeared to have been replaced with buttons that were coated with a different process than the other two silver buttons.  While these updated buttons appeared to benefit from clearer and sharper printing and an improved texturized satin finished, they also appeared slightly more brass-like in appearance, a tonal variation that looked out of place.

In so far as tactile feel, there was also some inconsistency between the buttons on this Escort detector.  Both the SEN and MUTE buttons felt slightly “mushy” when depressed relative to the sharper feelings of the BRT, POWER, MRK, and +/- buttons.  Each of these five buttons also made a crisper sound when pressed than did the SEN and MUTE buttons.  I trust that as production gets ramped-up, these variance will be addressed.

Like most other Escort models, the Escort Max 360 comes with the thick well-built coiled Smartcord which sports a push button for muting and manually marking false locations by GPS coordinates.  Escort does offer an optional Smartcord with a USB port for powering your smartphone but, given that this is Escort’s most expensive in-car detector and the fact that even value-priced Cobras and Whistlers offer such a cable as standard equipment,  it would be appropriate for Escort to include this enhanced power cord as standard equipment particularly since this detector is suited to be paired with their power-hungry Escort Live! crowd-sourcing app.

Other than the button inconsistencies,  overall workmanship appears quite good.

 

Utility & Behavior

The magnetic mount sticky-cup is a very welcomed update to an otherwise difficult-to-use mount that originally came with the Escort Passport Max and Escort Passport Max2.  With this new mount, the Escort Max 360 can be quickly attached and removed from the windshield without requiring you to depress the button on the top of the detector (in fact, the detector doesn’t even have a button to depress as it’s no longer needed).  What’s even nicer is that this updated magnetic mount is usable in some of their other detectors.

While it’s early to tell, the mount appears to stick better to the windshield than the previous one (although when removed from the windshield, I found a good-sized residue left behind).  I’ll get a better handle on this when the weather gets colder.  I’d be disappointed if I were to come out to my vehicle in the early morning only to find the mount and the detector either on my dash or the ground, like I occasionally did with the Max, especially given the combined weight of both the mounting bracket and detector.

At this point, I’d be more worried about what the detector would hit than the detector itself.  Now that we are getting into the colder weather, we’ll get a good look at the suction-cup’s adhesion stability in low temperature conditions.

One thing that I should mention, it is imperative that the suction cup be thoroughly cleaned and free from debris before attempting to mount this detector against the windshield.  Fortunately, the sticky cup is easily cleaned with water.

I am extremely thrilled to report that the detector’s mounting interface is sized to be able to accept Escort’s and Beltronics’ conventional mounting two-suction-cup brackets.  I absolutely love this.  In fact, I actually prefer to use the other brackets because they are far less bulky and allow for more usable mounting locations.  I was very pleased to see that this bracket did a fine job holding the detector against the windshield with minimal bouncing.  It would be super if Escort included one of these in the package as well since it is so usable.

Another feature of GPS incorporation that I like is auto-power off.  You can set the Escort to turn itself off after it determines that you have been parked (and therefore not moving) for an extended period of time, a time that you can adjust.

Audio & Visual Signal Ramp

Escort has finally gotten both their visual and audio signal ramps right.  They have rejoined the ranks of the V1, Escorts of the pre-Passport 9500i era, and Whistlers.  The Escort Max 360 provides accurate and extremely useful audio and visual cues to what is actually going on and how great the risks are that you are facing.

In fact, I am finding the the visual signal strength indicators of the Escort Max 360 to be lightning fast–on the order of Whistlers–which is about the highest praise I can give it.  These behaviors are I have been asking for, for a long-time, so I am thrilled that Escort has responded.

Audio Quality & Alert Tones

The female voice quality and alert volume of the Escort Max 360 are exceptional.  The sound levels of this Escort can be made very loud while still remaining clear and undistorted.  This is great for those of use who drive convertibles, targas, or play music at higher volumes.  The alert themselves remain very distinctive and easily identifiable.

Like the new Beltronics GT-7, el detector Escort Max 360 también hable español.

The trailing audio alerts are still a bit too long and artificially drawn out, in my opinion, but Escort is decidedly getting a lot better than previous models.  I would like to see them tightened up a bit more (perhaps by two additional seconds or so), given how good this Escort is at alerting to brief detections of instant-on (I/O) police radar traps.  Shorter trailing alerts would also result in more tolerable alerts to false sources given the greater potential for increased false detections by having two antennas, one facing forward and one rearward.

Like the GT-7, the incorporation of GPS into the Escort Max 360 brings some very tangible benefits to the overall functionality of this detector.  GPS functionality allows the driver to custom tailor the detector’s alerting behavior.

For example, you can set a “cruise-alert” speed to make the detector alert with an abbreviated tone when driving below a certain speed or when you at a standstill.  The speed is defaulted to 20mph, but I preferred to set it at 80-85mph, depending upon the typical posted speed limit of the highway–basically amounting to 15 over.  I figure in most instances, 10 over the posted limit is generally within the tolerance of traffic enforcement.

This way when you are driving around town you’ll get abbreviated tones from X and K-band stationery door openers.  You’ll also get abbreviated alerts if you are stuck at a red light or in heavy slow traffic close to a vehicle outfitted with a radar-based collision avoidance system (CAS) that manages to occasionally break through the 360’s advanced RF signal rejection algorithms.

When Escort Live! is incorporated into the mix, the cruise alert gets matched to the posted speed limits in real-time that are stored in the GPS database.  While not perfect, that’s one benefit of using Escort Live!.  The app’s settings take precedence over your fixed setting on the detector, though.  I would prefer to have a setting in the app, which would allow whether or not this happens in addition to allowing the user to specify a speed margin over the app’s indicated speed limit.

The advanced auto muting features of the Escort Max 360 is wonderful.  There are now three levels of auto muting which provide lower alert volumes after the initial alerts of the selected initial volume level.  I feel the low setting is best, because the arrows do an exceptional job at providing visual feedback to the detections–no need to get hammered by the audio alerts when the detector is in clear view.

 

Arrow articulation

In short, the handling of the arrows is still a work in progress and in need of some additional refinement.


In-depth look at the Escort Max 360 (v1.2) arrow articulations
 

Compared to V1 (which has been using arrows for more than two decades), the Escort Max 360’s arrows are somewhat lethargic in transitioning from front to rear and vice-versa.  The relative slowness of these transitions can serve to reduce the rapid “bounciness” that one can occasionally observe on a V1, but it also leads to misidentification of threat direction, sometimes significantly so (like 180 degrees out of phase).  The transitions from front to back or from back to front (with the use of the side arrows) feels somewhat “synthetic” and programmatically fixed in duration.

It’s an interesting phenomenon, because the bar graphs–that could also use some further tweaking–seem to be pretty good at indicating the relative signal strengths being received by the front and rear antenna.  But there seems to be a disconnect between the bar graphs signal strengths of the front and rear.  Sometimes the initial alert comes with the arrow pointing forward, while the signal strength of the rear meter is going and the front is not.  Not a deal-breaker by any stretch, just an area that needs a little bit more refinement.

One additional behavior I would appreciate is different arrow display mode during a laser encounter.  While I think it is entirely appropriate to display all four arrows concurrently during a laser attack, given the urgency, I would would still appreciate that the arrows individual arrow or arrows point to the source of the police laser.  The V1 does an exceptional job at it.  It would also be good to have the meter that indicates either the coorespending front or rear laser sensor to illuminate at full strength.

Like all recent high-end detectors from Escort, the firmware of the Escort Max 360 can be easily upgraded.

Speaking of upgrading the firmware, I still believe Escort should offer a USB to mini-D cable as standard equipment to facilitate connection to a computer.  For such an inexpensive component, it’s justified.

 

Performance

Sensitivity

I found the overall reception performance of this Escort detectpr to be extremely good.  In so far as sensitivity, relative to my reference detectors, a segmented Beltronics STi-R and an Escort Passport 9500ci, the Escort Max 360 often alerted ahead of them. Not always, but enough to notice.  I attribute this to several things, primarily:

One, I think the engineers have increased the sensitivity of the new M5/M6 platforms by a little bit over earlier versions (as evidenced by the new Beltronics GT-7).

Two, like Ron Gividen of Escort told me in my exclusive sneak-peak of the Escort Max 360, Escort’s engineering team has managed to effectively raise the sensitivity floor (not to be confused with the noise floor) with the addition of the rear-facing antenna and an improvement of their advanced digital signal processing algorithms.

Three, this Escort detector is really quick in catching brief glimpses of radar.  Coupled with its sophisticated signal processing, the Escort Max 360 is entirely confident in alerting to them as bonafide detections (no need to look at a signal for an extended amount of time to determine whether or not to alert).

Fourth, the off-axis advantages of the M3 platform have largely been mitigated by the fact that an additional antenna is facing rearward.  In my driving experiences, I still give the edge to the Escort Redline and other M3-based radar detectors, but only in a more narrow range (my estimation is between 1:30 and 3:00 as well as 9:00 and 10:30 positions off-axis).  The rear facing antenna appears better at detections from various angles in the rear as one would expect. This is even more true with the remotes since they are mounted on the front of vehicles.

Fifth, any in-car windshield-mount radar detector is going to tend to benefit from a height advantage relative to a lower mounted remote.

In terms of specific band detection performance, I found the Escort Max 360 smokes 33.8Ghz Ka-band–beating both my M3 remotes almost every time.


Complex Detection Scenarios: Multiple 33.8Ghz Ka-band police radar traps accompanied by X-band and K-band RF interference
 

While the Escort Max 360 alerted ahead of my remotes on 34.7Ghz and 35.5Ghz often enough, the margins of additional alerting time afforded by the M3s appeared to be the largest for the other two Ka-bands–35.5Ghz and especially 34.7Ghz when they alerted first.


Simple Detection Scenario: Escort Max 360 versus Maryland trooper’s instant-on 35.5Ghz Ka
 


Simple Detection Scenario: Max 360 versus off-axis 34.7Ghz Ka police radar
 

In New Jersey, where X-band is still prevalent enough to be concerned, the Escort Max 360 did an exceptional job of detecting it, like the new Beltronics GT-7.

K-band sensitivity appears to be improved over the Beltronics GT-7–which already appeared improved over the Passport Max and Passport Max2–but it doesn’t appear to be quite as strong as the sensitivity level of 33.8Ghz, which, based upon my experiences, appears to be the 360’s strongest suit.


Simple Detection Scenario: Escort Max 360 versus stationery K-band constant-on source
 

I’m pleased to see that the Escort Max 360 successfully alerted well to a genuine police laser ambush and it’s my belief that it handled it better than the Passport Max, in the same traffic enforcement corridor of Route 1 in Delaware where I’ve encountered the same laser enforcement crew.  As such, I believe this Escort is a good laser detector which makes it an excellent pairing candidate with the Stealth Veil Coating.


Simple Detection Scenario: Escort Max 360 versus Delaware state trooper’s police laser
 

Quickness in Detections

I have found that the Escort Max 360, is exceptional at detecting instant-on police radar (I/O).  In fact, I would argue that it may be superior to my segmented M3s.  Ever since the Passport Max was introduced, Escort has stated that their advanced signal processing, of these next generations detectors, negate the need for segmentation with reduced filtering overheads, to equal or exceed the quickness of an M3.

While I’ve been skeptical of that claim, I am now feeling their assertions are indeed accurate.  It’s just has taken some time for them to more fully realize the potential of the M5/M6 platforms.  The marketing terms of “DNA” signal analysis and “HD” now seem less like marketing terms and more like reality.

Quickness in Alerting to Detections

What also makes the Escort Max 360 an exceptional detector for I/O, is its blistering response in alerting.  I am often finding when my M3 remotes and the Max 360 “see” radar at the same time, the Max 360 will out alert the M3s by a number of milliseconds.  To put a number on it, perhaps 200ms-300ms.  That may not sound like much, but trust me, when encountering an I/O speed trap, literally every millisecond counts.  Every single one.


Simple Detection Scenario: Max 360 versus Maryland state trooper’s 35.5Ghz radar
 

Reception Performance in Less Favorable RF Environments

I put more stock in real-world performance than closed-course testing because I feel that such courses only give a one-dimensional look at performance–when all a detector has to do is detect a weak signal at any given distance.  Often the assumptions are that the farthest detecting detector is the superior one.

I disagree with this notion, because it tells only a partial story of a detector’s overall performance.  Such orchestrated courses tend to be barren of other RF interference (like those conducted in a flat desert), making it far easier on the detector to perform well in one very specific and isolated circumstance.  Furthermore, it’s not-uncommon to get some eye-popping detection distances in these environments which can look great on paper but are not even remotely observable in typical day-to-day driving conditions.

The simple fact is, we drivers don’t generally drive in areas without some RF interference to one degree or another.  As such, I characterize such “isolated” testing conditions as sprints.

What I value more is how a radar detector performs in a triathlon.  That is to say, in the real-world where RF interference is commonplace.  There was a time, that RF interference came primarily from stationery door openers and older Cobra models. But, the environment has deteriorated significantly over recent years making it much more difficult on detectors.

With the amount of radar-based K-band automotive collision avoidance systems, traffic monitoring devices, radar-emitting drone signs, and cellular phone frequency allocations that we are now seeing–never have our roadways been so polluted with RF.

Beyond the long-term health implications to us of being exposed to so much electromagnetic radiation, the challenges a detector must now overcome–in filtering and signal rejection–while still providing superior detection performance to genuine police radar, is an order of magnitude more difficult.

Therefore, it is absolutely essential that a radar/laser detector be a multi-dimensional triathlete.  The Escort Max 360 is such an athlete.  I now understand the significance of the Escort’s investment into developing their next-generation technology and it’s certainly beginning to pay dividends.

Redlight and Speed Camera Detections

Escort’s ability to alert to both redlight and speed camera locations isn’t new, but it appears that the Max 360’s alerting radiuses have been tightened up to helps reduce false alerts to these sources when they are adjacent to a highway.  The display shows the kind of threat, its distance, and direction relative to where you are.

 

Filtering, Signal Rejection, and Falsing Behavior

Escort is proving to me that they are, indeed, beginning to figure out how to reject (I used that term deliberately) the sweeping FMCW-modulated K-bamd emissions of many of the automotive collision avoidance technology, without imposing delays in alerts which could undermine a detector’s performance when pitted against a real police radar threat.

This is so very critical for a couple reasons.  One, it’s actually working, meaning that you are not going to be absolutely bludgeoned when you are stuck behind a soccer mom driving or a clueless inattentive driver with an unwieldy radar-polluting SUV or mini-van in the left-lane at a speed at or below the posted speed limit.

But I am being too harsh here.  Not because it’s not true, but because it seems about every new vehicle on the road is equipped with them (and soon will be)!  It started with a Teutonic assault, but has now metastasized to vehicles (and drivers) from all walks of life and it’s only going to continue to get worse.  Even though the FCC has allocated 76Ghz W-band, which is far preferable, profit driven motives are making 24.1Ghz K-band the choice of manufacturers.

Conventional radar detectors are quickly becoming unusable.  Even the older unconventional ones, like my original Hurculean Beltronics STi-R driver.  Only the most sophisticated radar detectors are going to stay relevant.  This puts the Max 360 in an especially lofty position as well as its manufacturer.  For the other manufacturers that can’t stay ahead of the curve, their detectors are going becoming obsolete, fast.

Even more daunting is the fact that as these systems proliferate, the way that each of these systems operate continues to change, even within the same make and model of the same automotive manufacturer.

Clearly Escort has demonstrated to me that they have the stamina to go the distance.  I am feeling most comfortable with using my Max 360 in the state of Pennsylvania–an especially challenging state to drive with a detector today.

The reason is because the only form of police radar that is used in PA is low powered K-band and it’s always used in an instant-on manner and from stationery hidden positions.  Other radar detectors which rely on simple timing delays to minimize falses from the CAS systems–I don’t care how sensitive they are otherwise–mean squadoosh to me in this hostile RF environment.

Today, only a handful of detectors are effectively dealing with this problem and it appears to me that the Max 360 is right up there at the top.  That’s not to say it’s perfect.  An occasional K-band alert (sometimes mis-indicated as a Ka-alert) can sneak through, but when it does, the Max 360 alerts far better than any M3 ever did.  And in those instances that you come upon one, muting them out with a single push of the SmartCord’s button does a great job at eliminating the annoyance in one press.

In terms of “filtering” in a more conventional sense, it appears to me that operating the Max 360 in Automode sensitivity reduces falsing from these systems even more so and when coupled with their shortened TSR (traffic signal rejection) feature enabled, even more so.

If you drive in an area where I/O K-band isn’t widely used, it is entirely feasible to add these additional levels of filtering and sensitivity adjustments.  An additional bonus of Escort’s advanced DSP is the haircut we take with the Max 360 with TSR in terms of slowed reaction timing is minimized relative to earlier iterations of TSR–which nearly added an additional second before alerting to K-band.  Well done, Escort.

There are two idiosyncrasies, though, that I believe merit a further look by Escort’s engineering team as they continue to improve the 360 and it has to do with what may be not alerting to weaker radar detections, shortly after a detection of the same radar band some finite time before.  I believed I observed this on two occasions. (See video below)

The first instance, was on K-band, after I muted three or four stationery K-band door openers.  After all bands dropped off alerting and then a few moments later another single K-band appeared, but instead of alerting with audio, it stayed muted.  While I would expect the detector to sound an alert to a fresh detection, I can also appreciate that there may be a built-in extension to muting even though there are no detections.

The reason?  Perhaps it would prove advantageous to us, if we are in close proximity of a vehicle equipped with K-band CAS.  I have found in the past with other detectors that I have to repeatedly press the mute button to keep the detector silenced, a real pain.  By adding a finite amount of additional time to remain muted with another detection shortly after, may allow us to only have to press the mute button once to completely rid us of the annoyance.

The second instance, occurred after a detection of multiple sources of 34.7 Ka-band within a discrete amount of time.  The Max 360, I believe, should have re-alerted to a another approaching weak 34.7 Ka-band source sooner than when it did.  The reason I suspect this is because the two M3 remotes had been alerting at a signal strength that was high-enough where I believe the Max 360 would have been alerting otherwise.  When it finally did, it alerted at a slightly higher signal strength than what it normally would at the outer ranges of detection.  Perhaps it has to do with a reset of it’s noise floor.  I’m speculating of course, but in any event, this may be something that should be looked into.  (See video below)


Complex Detection Scenarios: Escort Max 360 versus multiple 34.7Ghz Ka police radar
 

Wrapping Things Up

If you have gotten the impression that I really like the Max 360, you’d be right.  As impressive as it already is, I believe this detector will only get better.  Could this be last “halo” model from Escort for a good while?  Perhaps so.

I believe what Escort needs to do now is truly focus on evolving and refining the Max 360, similar to what Valentine Research has done with the Valentine 1 (over the span of more than two decades).  If ever there was a platform for Escort to do something similar, it’s this one.

Speaking of the Valentine 1, comparisons between the Max 360 and the V1 are inevitable (as well as the Redline) and I’ve been already fielding the questions.  Certainly, I will write an article to that effect, but I intentionally refrained from making play-by-play comparisons here, because I wanted to present potential owner of the 360 to benefit from a thorough examination of the Max 360 in its own right and on its own merits.

Yes, there are obvious similarities, but they really are two characteristically different detectors and I would argue one model doesn’t have to excel at the expense of the other.  In other words, they are both stellar.

The Max 360 is Escort’s most expensive in-car detector ever.  At $650, the Max 360 is about $150 more than a similarly equipped V1 (including the detector, the BT module, and the savvy module).

However, that $150 going to Escort gets you a much tidier package.  You also get the fully integrated class-leading Defender database to provide you with red light and speed camera locations.

Couple these things with the ability to use Escort Live!–a crowd-sourcing application shared by other Escort and Beltronics owners–it makes the investment much more compelling.

Consider that the price of tickets aren’t going down.  The last big one I received was for $620 in Arizona for a mere 20 over on a four lane highway.  In Georgia and Virginia, they now have a “super speeder” category, which in Georgia’s case is merely a speeding infraction of more than 18mph over the posted highway speed limit.  Heck, I often see Georgia’s troopers speeding more than that as they return to their preferred place of ambush after they’ve finished citing someone else for speeding!

Those tickets, and others like them, can get extremely costly, quickly.  And let us not forget the incidental costs of the points and increased insurance premiums.  So, in that context, the Max 360’s price pales by comparison.

The fact this detector is getting really effective at rejecting K-band collision avoidance systems (CAS) alone makes it worth the price of admission.

Given my experiences with the Max 360, Escort’s most advanced detector ever provides drivers the highest level of protection and awareness today and is highly recommended.

For those of you interested in either acquiring one for yourself or test driving one, you can buy one now directly from Escort and get the added benefits of a full warranty, a free 30-day tryout period, and an exclusive speeding ticket rebate program when purchased directly at the page pointed to by the above link.  Another excellent source to purchase detectors is RadarBusters.

Learn how the Max 360 and Veil complement each other to keep you ticket free.

Veil Guy

Back to Top