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Amzon is selling the Escort Max ll HD Radar Detector for $299 with prime shipping

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NJTNQ82/

This is the same as the Max with added Bluetooth connectivity. It is also same as their top of the line Max 360 ($538 on Amazon) with out the directional indicators. Here is a link to the Escort forums with Escort stating the Max is still better than their newly updated Escort iX which is selling for $450 on Amazon.

Escort Forums: Max 2 vs. IX [escortradarforum.com]

Here is a Vortex Reviews Best Detector of 2016 video: Best Radar Detectors of 2016 (Windshield Mounts) [youtube.com]
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I am loving my 9500ix. I never get falses from BSM's I watch them lighting up as I pass a car and no issues. Bought same for the DW too. I just can't say if it is the firmware version that matters or the vehicle's make/model that matters. I just know I don't have much falsing that is not a stationary (and thus can be locked out) issue.

Some will complain about 9500ix being old outdated junk in nearly every thread that gets posted for that model.

For $259.99
[amazon.com] I don't think you could go wrong for the 9500ix, but they like to suggest the Max, MaxII line over the 9500ix for same range of expense.

Edit: I am reading on the Q&A page for the MaxII now, and the first question is regarding the BSM falsing. There is some good info in the answer, making me feel confident that there is no magic bullet so far for that issue.

How is Max2 at filtering out K band false alerts from collision avoidance systems installed in modern cars?

Answer: The short answer.... its debatable.
The medium answer; Escort's Passport Max 2 filters out dynamic/moving false K (and even Ka) band ON PAR/equal footing with Escort's competitors (namely Valentine and it's V1). No real star has emerged yet regarding this topic in the field of radar detectors.
The long answer; Every radar detector currently on the market struggles with dynamic/moving false radar emissions such as collision avoidance systems installed on modern cars and have, as of current, only use tricks such as desensitizing the unit slightly, or making the unit slower to alert to deal with this growing problem. This problem will only get worse as more and more cars are manufactured, bought and used with this technology as time goes on. The only area (regarding eliminating false alerts) the Max (or any other current radar detector with GPS) really shines is locking out static/stationary/not moving false alerts such as your local grocery store or Walmart.
Escort has touted that the Max is "intelligent" and "understands the makup of a signal" and can sort out the non threatening radar and only alert to the legit, speed observing radar equipment. However, test after test and real world experience from us enthusiasts and other real world users like yourself, has shown that there is NO REAL EVIDENCE of the Max using ANY intelligence in understanding a signal (other then locking out static, regularly present emitted radar sources through onboard GPS). This experience has shown a number of people that the Max is NOT "a quiet experience in a world of noise" like Escort's marketing claims, especially when it comes to dynamic/moving false/non police radar emitting equipment/technology such as collision avoidance systems on cars. Escort has promised firmware updates over the year(s) on the Max to address this (and other) issues but it has been little more then "empty promises" from them regarding this. There is always that hope that they will do something with the firmware, but too many people have been holding their breath for to long because Escort initially made it seem that really limiting these dynamic/moving false alerts (as well as improving the Max's features and performance) were really right around the corner and just within reach. A few years have passed and while the rough edges have been somewhat sanded down, the Max remains close to what it was when in came out the gate, despite promises. That Max 2 is a great detector (I own one, an original Max, a Redline and a Passport X50) and I recommend the Max but it is currently not that great at eliminating these sources of false alerts (despite what Escort says), nor is any other detector from any other manufacturer currently. Check out the reviews and peoples opinions and feedback on the Max (as well as all other detectors) here: http://www.radardetectorforum.com/content/ see less
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Looks like BB will have the 9500ix for $249.99 on BF, but good luck getting in on that doorbuster deal.
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Solid price. This is still actively maintained detector by Escort (unlike Max I which is discontinued), although with recent wave of discontinuations, who knows how long this will hold true.
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This or 9500ix?
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I'm deciding between the two as well and now this price drop has me leaning to Max 2. Why is the Max 2 retailing for more even when the IX is newer?
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I'm deciding between the two as well and now this price drop has me leaning to Max 2. Why is the Max 2 retailing for more even when the IX is newer?

This is what the Escort rep had to say about Max II vs. iX (see post #6 in the link I provided above)

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hm something I've been wondering for a little while now... if the Max2 has basically all the same features, better performance, and better BSM filtering, plus it costs less online (I understand the iX is $50 cheaper through Escort), what would be the reason to choose an iX instead?

I don't know. What the consumer chooses is up to them. The ESCORT iX's newer design and windshield mount may appeal to some people more than the Max 2's.

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I'm deciding between the two as well and now this price drop has me leaning to Max 2. Why is the Max 2 retailing for more even when the IX is newer?
I am loving my 9500ix. I never get falses from BSM's I watch them lighting up as I pass a car and no issues. Bought same for the DW too. I just can't say if it is the firmware version that matters or the vehicle's make/model that matters. I just know I don't have much falsing that is not a stationary (and thus can be locked out) issue.

Some will complain about 9500ix being old outdated junk in nearly every thread that gets posted for that model.

For $259.99
[amazon.com] I don't think you could go wrong for the 9500ix, but they like to suggest the Max, MaxII line over the 9500ix for same range of expense.

Edit: I am reading on the Q&A page for the MaxII now, and the first question is regarding the BSM falsing. There is some good info in the answer, making me feel confident that there is no magic bullet so far for that issue.

How is Max2 at filtering out K band false alerts from collision avoidance systems installed in modern cars?

Answer: The short answer.... its debatable.
The medium answer; Escort's Passport Max 2 filters out dynamic/moving false K (and even Ka) band ON PAR/equal footing with Escort's competitors (namely Valentine and it's V1). No real star has emerged yet regarding this topic in the field of radar detectors.
The long answer; Every radar detector currently on the market struggles with dynamic/moving false radar emissions such as collision avoidance systems installed on modern cars and have, as of current, only use tricks such as desensitizing the unit slightly, or making the unit slower to alert to deal with this growing problem. This problem will only get worse as more and more cars are manufactured, bought and used with this technology as time goes on. The only area (regarding eliminating false alerts) the Max (or any other current radar detector with GPS) really shines is locking out static/stationary/not moving false alerts such as your local grocery store or Walmart.
Escort has touted that the Max is "intelligent" and "understands the makup of a signal" and can sort out the non threatening radar and only alert to the legit, speed observing radar equipment. However, test after test and real world experience from us enthusiasts and other real world users like yourself, has shown that there is NO REAL EVIDENCE of the Max using ANY intelligence in understanding a signal (other then locking out static, regularly present emitted radar sources through onboard GPS). This experience has shown a number of people that the Max is NOT "a quiet experience in a world of noise" like Escort's marketing claims, especially when it comes to dynamic/moving false/non police radar emitting equipment/technology such as collision avoidance systems on cars. Escort has promised firmware updates over the year(s) on the Max to address this (and other) issues but it has been little more then "empty promises" from them regarding this. There is always that hope that they will do something with the firmware, but too many people have been holding their breath for to long because Escort initially made it seem that really limiting these dynamic/moving false alerts (as well as improving the Max's features and performance) were really right around the corner and just within reach. A few years have passed and while the rough edges have been somewhat sanded down, the Max remains close to what it was when in came out the gate, despite promises. That Max 2 is a great detector (I own one, an original Max, a Redline and a Passport X50) and I recommend the Max but it is currently not that great at eliminating these sources of false alerts (despite what Escort says), nor is any other detector from any other manufacturer currently. Check out the reviews and peoples opinions and feedback on the Max (as well as all other detectors) here: http://www.radardetectorforum.com/content/ see less
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Looks like BB will have the 9500ix for $249.99 on BF, but good luck getting in on that doorbuster deal.
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This or 9500ix?
If these are the only choices, then this.

Also, Max I was $235 at newegg with masterpass code, that was the best deal so far for a high end Escort detector.

FWIW, I had 9500ix before switching to Uniden LRD950 (replaced with DFR7). I feel the range and false alert filtering are much better on Uniden. The only thing I miss from 9500ix are unlimited auto-lockouts.
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I am loving my 9500ix. I never get falses from BSM's I watch them lighting up as I pass a car and no issues. Bought same for the DW too. I just can't say if it is the firmware version that matters or the vehicle's make/model that matters. I just know I don't have much falsing that is not a stationary (and thus can be locked out) issue.

Some will complain about 9500ix being old outdated junk in nearly every thread that gets posted for that model.

For $259.99 I don't think you could go wrong for the 9500ix, but they suggest the Max and the Max2 line over the 9500ix for same range of expense.

Looks like BB will have the 9500ix for $249.99 on BF, but good luck getting in on that doorbuster deal.
Thanks for the feedback. The 9500ix is currently $259.99 at Best Buy. For those interested, it's worth the extra $10 to avoid the headache that is B&M Black Friday. If you have a Discover card you could always file a claim to get your $10 difference.
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Thanks for the feedback. The 9500ix is currently $259.99 at Best Buy. For those interested, it's worth the extra $10 to avoid the headache that is B&M Black Friday. If you have a Discover card you could always file a claim to get your $10 difference.
Also $259.99 at Amazon for Blue at the moment. This price has been the lowest sales pricing so far as well for the 9500ix.
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what is another way to say NO besides NO!
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I'm deciding between the two as well and now this price drop has me leaning to Max 2. Why is the Max 2 retailing for more even when the IX is newer?
I think you're mixing up 9500ix and iX. Two different detectors. 9500ix is old, like 2008 old.
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Don't waste your money on the 9500ix it's outdated junk that will false like crazy to BSM
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I think you're mixing up 9500ix and iX. Two different detectors. 9500ix is old, like 2008 old.
That is what I got confused, people have linked 9500ix and I started wondering how that got to be better than MAX
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Does this affect cars with build in safety radars? I.e. Mercedes with Blind Spot detection and pedestrian collision radars.
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