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Beltronics STi Driver Radar Detector

3.5 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
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  • New Exclusive TotalShield Technology
  • Digital Signal Processing Virtually Eliminates False Alerts
  • All U.S. Radar and Laser Band Coverage
  • Multi-Sensor Laser Protection
  • Clear Digital Voice or Audio alerts
  • TotalShield RF Technology provides the ultimate in undetectability
  • Covers all US radar and laser bands, has digital "POP" radar alert, and displays Safety Warning System messages
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  • Model Number: STi Driver
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1yr

Product Description

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Product Description

  • Undetectable technology: TotalShield technology makes the STi Driver invisible against radar detection and will keep you unseen by the current VG2 and Spectre.
  • Text display: The bright alphanumeric display makes reading the LED possible from any angle. You can also choose from three different meter modes.
  • Digital voice alerts: The STi Driver Radar Detection has audible alerts, so you'll hear easy-to-understand digital voice prompts without taking your eyes off the road. If your vehicle is noisy, install the included amplified speaker.
  • Digital Signal Processing: The AutoScan feature analyzes all incoming signals and automatically rejects false alarms so that you can enjoy long-range detection without the inconvenience of false alarms.
  • Easy-to-use programming: Customize up to 9 features including power-on indication, signal strength meter and voice alerts.
  • From the Manufacturer

    The Beltronics STi is a powerful radar and laser detector with best-in-class detection, easy-to-use controls and features, TotalShield RF Technology for the ultimate in undetectability, and a wealth of premium accessories included. It is ready to use right out of the box with Beltronics' recommended factory settings. Spend more time driving and less time worrying with the STi at your side.

    All the performance you'd expect from Beltronics. Click to enlarge.

    A hard shell metal carrying case protects your investment. Click to enlarge.

    Rugged and Usable
    The STi's rugged magnesium case means solid protection for your investment. The coiled and direct-wire SmartPlugs provide a convenient mute button on your plug, for quickly muting alerts. The ultra-bright 280-LED alphanumeric display is easy to read from any angle, and gives you the information you need, from radar and laser alerts (the display provides actual numeric radar frequency for any radar signal along with visual indication of alerts) to Safety Warning System (SWS) messages about upcoming hazards, construction and more. Easy-to-use programming lets you customize up to 9 features, including programmable bands, SWS on/off, and more.

    Best-in-Class Detection
    The STi Driver includes full X, K, SuperWide Ka, and Safety Warning System radar capability, front and rear laser detection, Beltronics' patented Mute and AutoMute, audible and visual band alerts, and all the performance you'd expect from Beltronics.

    Dual LNA (low noise amplifier) microwave receivers mean you'll get the longest possible warning against all radar threats. Advanced AutoScan processing and digital signal processing (DSP) give you superior range and reduce false alarms to virtually zero. The internal speaker will alert you even in loud vehicles, and high and low voltage warnings are given any time the vehicle's voltage drops below 10.5 volts, or goes above 16.5 volts.

    Keep it Hidden
    Beltronics' TotalShield RF Technology provides the ultimate in undetectability. The exclusive technology makes the top-of-the-line Beltronics STi Driver detector invisible to radar detector detectors, including the latest technologies like VG-2 and Spectre. You can also dim or turn off the STi's LED display to keep it out of sight.

    How TotalShield Technology Works
    Beltronics' TotalShield Technology keeps RF signals from radiating from the detector. Unlike other radar and laser detectors, which merely move their RF signals (local oscillators) to another frequency (which will be detectable by future detector-detectors), this revolutionary design keeps you unseen by current radar detector-detectors, including VG-2 and Spectre. This unique design will also keep you unseen from any future radar detector detectors as well.

    How Safety Radar Works
    Safety Warning System, or SWS, uses a modified K-band radar signal to alert users of Highway Construction or Maintenance, Highway Hazard Zone Advisories, Weather Related Hazards, Travel Information/Convenience, and Fast/Slow Moving Vehicles. The SWS safety radar system has 64 possible messages (60 currently allocated), all of which can be displayed on your STi.

    What's in the Box
    Beltronics STi Driver Radar Detector, comprehensive owner’s manual with quick reference card, quick-release windshield mount with suction cups, coiled SmartPlug lighter adapter with mute button, alert lamp and power-on indicator, and molded zipper travel case

    Product Information

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    Technical Details

    Item Weight 3 pounds
    Product Dimensions 4.8 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches
    Item model number STi Driver
    Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
    Warranty 1yr

    Technical Specification

    User Guide [PDF 196kb]

    Additional Information

    ASIN B000J41ETI
    Customer Reviews
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #519 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Radar Detectors
    Shipping Weight 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
    Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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    Date First Available February 15, 2007

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    Here is my "short list" of the top performing windshield mount radar detectors which are available from any manufacturer and at any price. This list is grouped in order of decreasing performance. Models within a particular group have nearly identical performance:

    Valentine V1
    Escort Redline
    Beltronics STi Driver

    Escort 9500ix
    Beltronics GX65
    Escort 9500i

    There you have it. That is the short list of the top performing windshield radar detectors.

    In a nutshell, the V1 and the STi are designed primarily for highway driving and long road trips. The models listed in the second group are designed mainly for suburban and city driving since they feature GPS in order to filter out known false alert locations. Those false alerts are caused by either X band or K band microwave automatic door openers and by alarm systems which use radar motion sensors.

    The V1 has front and rear antennas plus arrows to indicate where the radar source is located -- front, back, or to the side. Yet the V1 is readily detected by the Spectre radar detector detector (RDD) which is used by police in VA and by the DSP in Texas to nab motorists who are using radar detectors. The STi, on the other hand, is completely immune to detection by the Spectre RDD or any other RDD since the STi does not emit any type of microwave radiation. In short, the STi truly is a stealth radar detector and its steath makes the STi worth its weight in gold.

    I have extensively road tested both the V1 and the STi. Both perform very similarly in terms of overall performance, with the V1 having a very slight edge. Yet the STi's stealth, combined with its superior quietness when used in cities or other suburban areas makes the STi the clear winner in my book.
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    First of all, let me state for the record that regardless of how my statements may appear, I really stick-by my final decision in purchasing this Bel STI unit. In fact, I rated it 5 stars. With everyone else gushing about how great the STI is, I never really saw a review try to pick it apart, no matter how small the detail or the minor annoyance. I wanted to find the things that I wished were different, or could have been done a little better, and express them here to possibly help someone else

    Before I purchased the STI, I had other detectors, but my last unit was a Whistler. The Whistler originally had a reputation of being stealthy with the VG2 radar detector-detector (RDD), but I had seen where this wasn't true anymore in regards to other RDD's, so I decided that I wanted something better at being hidden. I had already known about the reputation of Beltronics, and I had looked at Escort as well before I decided to purchase a new detector. Both were good at distances and such, but Escort had a GPS memory for eliminating false signals from such things as motion detectors, and the STI had the ability to remain stealthy to the VG2, VG4, Spectre II III IV IV+, and Stalcar RDD units. The Escort GPS feature was very tempting, but I went with the Bel STI because I felt that being stealthy was a more valuable feature to have over having the ability to map the locations of false radar signals.

    After receiving and trying out the STI unit, I found a few things that I missed from my other detector or observed as something that I wished was different. At a very premium price of being over $450, the STI comes with a extremely fancy case, an external speaker, a coiled power cord, a direct connect power cord, and a windshield suction cup bracket.
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    By Zurk on December 7, 2006
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    this is the best detector bar none. completely spectre immune and ships with 2 smartcords for hardwire and 12V lighter socket. remember to check your firmware and make sure it is at least a4m9 or later using the procedure outlined in the radardetector net forums. very happy with my purchase.
    only problem is beltronics wont honor their warranty if you buy from amazon! you should get this direct from beltronics if you want a warranty.
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    My Radar detector was purchased January 2010. One month later the detector stopped working and would not turn on. I verified it was not the power source or the cable; the unit was receiving power but would not turn on. Well I wasn't too happy but I knew it was covered by a 1 Year warranty. I called up Beltronics only to find out that they DO NOT HONOR WARRANTY CLAIMS for products purchased from Amazon.com!!! Even worse, they wanted $79.99 + shipping to fix the unit. Needless-to-say, I find their level of customer service inadequate and disconcerting given the volume of product they sell through this site. I will not purchase another Beltronics product and would advise highly against it given their lack of professionalism in standing behind the quality of their own product.
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    Have this radar detector and am pleased with operation. Has all the bells and whistles until it gets hot. Assuming radar detectors are to be mounted on the dash or windshield, when this baby gets in the sun, you get a display memo that tells you to contact Bel for information. Upon contacting Bel, I find out that if the unit gets too hot, it shuts itself down and has to be sent in to repair at $40 a shot plus your shipping. This unit was a gift and therefore, I could stick the warranty in my ass. No receipt, no service. Unit was 8 months old when it overheated and Bel wouldn't do anything without a receipt. I called numerous times to get it repaired or replaced, to no avail. One would think when you spend $600 for a radar detector, you might just get some customer service. With Beltronics, you can keep it for a paper weight. Beltronics has the worst customer service in the industry. As they say in China: no ticky, no laundry.
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