Like we don't have enough of them already.
I just got my Redline today so I'll be posting my thoughts on it in this thread.
This post will be just brief observations from unboxing it and trying it in my car (haven't driven with it yet, just in the parking lot at work). I'll post more as I take it on the road and have real encounters with it.
The packaging is just like what my X50 came in. A solid black case, containing the Redline, coiled smartcord, windshield mount, 2 extra suction cups and the owner's manual. It looked so shiny and new I didn't even want to take it out of the box. In fact, I only took the RD out and used my RX65 cord and mount with it for my initial test.
The Redline itself is pretty hefty, definitely heavier than the V1 and it may be heavier than the X50 as well (I don't have my X50 with me at the moment, it's at home, so I can't compare, yet). It has a nice, solid feel to it, moreso than other Belscorts I've had/have, but the paint does have that tacky, rubberized feel to it, that others have mentioned. It doesn't seem wet though, and touching it doesn't leave any residue. In fact, the paint seems quite fingerprint-proof. Assuming it's fairly rugged paint that won't dry up and peel, the Redline should stay good-looking for a long time to come. Like the STi but unlike the X50/RX65 the Redline is painted black and thus will get hot sitting in a sunny windshield. You'll want to aim the A/C vent at it, and take it down when parking.
The smartcord is identical to the ones they have been using for years, except that it is labeled "Escort" instead of "Passport". As a way of apologizing for the delay in shipping out the Redline pre-orders, they also included a hard-wire smartcord with the order (this one is labeled Passport). Of course, all Belscort smartcords are interchangeable.
The suction cup mount is also identical to the ones that came with my X50 and RX65, and is pretty universal amongst the Belscort line. The Redline itself has two rubber bumpers on the edge that touches the windshield, to smooth out the bumps and jigglies you get when driving.
Next came the power-up. I placed the Redline on my windshield and plugged the cord into my lighter socket. The unit greeted me with "ESCORT" followed by "REDLINE" on the display, then it went to its default mode, Highway. Unlike older models, the Redline defaults to Fast power-up mode so you don't get the series of beeps and boops unless you go into programming mode and select the standard power-up mode.
The speaker seems plenty loud enough at first blush, and the volume is adjusted in the Beltronics fashion of holding the mute button down once to raise the volume and again to lower it. The mute button on the smart cord can also be used to adjust the volume.
The alert sounds are like the 9500 series, and have a more pleasant sound than the X50 or Beltronics units. The voice is more pleasant than my RX65 too. The voice announces mode changes as well as alerts, so you always know what's going on, even if you have the display hidden or darkened.
Next was the informal stealth test. I powered up my V1 while the Redline was on. The first time I did this, I got a brief K band alert on the Redline. I don't know offhand if the V1 caused this or a passing LEO, but it does show that there is the possibility of interference. The Redline didn't set off the V1 at all, even when placed up to the V1's horn, showing that the Redline has no emissions, unlike my other Bel/Escort RDs.
I had my Stalker ATR in the car, so I did a quick, informal test of Ka-band I/O. My first trigger pull (about a second or two) caused both the V1 and Redline to alert at about the same time. Then I tried quick-trigger. The next pull (very brief) didn't alert either detector, but I don't think the ATR went on either (it doesn't poll the trigger switch all that quickly). A very slightly longer pull set off the V1 but not the Redline. A slightly longer pull (over 1/2 second) set off both detectors. So like others have said the V1 is faster to respond to QT but the Redline isn't bad either. I'll have to compare it to my other Belscorts.
Well, now it's time for lunch so I'll take a short trip with the Redline up on the windshield and see what I get!!
Oh, one other cool item to note: the scanning dot on the Redline goes back and forth like the lights on KITT in Knight Rider, unlike the X50 which only "scans" left-to-right.