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Whistler XTR-430 Radar/Laser Detector with Red Text Display

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  • Radar/Laser detector provides 360-degree alerts for radar and laser signals, POP mode alerts, Safety Warning System alerts
  • Patented VG-2 cloaking technology makes you invisible to radar detector detectors
  • Brilliant red text display provides distinct visual confirmation of signals detected, signal strength, and indicates engaged modes of operation
  • 3 City Modes and Highway Mode for reducing false alerts; Dim/Dark and Quiet/Auto-Quiet modes
  • One-year warranty
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Size:XTR-430

Technical Details

Brand Whistler
Item Weight 9 ounces
Product Dimensions 2.8 x 1.4 x 4.4 inches
Item model number XTR-430
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Manufacturer Part Number XTR-430

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ASIN B003AIL5JY
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3.5 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #564 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Radar Detectors
Shipping Weight 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available September 14, 2004

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Whistler's XTR-430 laser/radar detector boasts total band protection from radar signals, 360-degree laser detection, Whistler's patented VG-2 cloaking technology, and plenty more. The red text display is easy to see, and Whistler's exclusive Twin Alert Periscope, and operate discretely with their patented VG-2 cloaking technology.

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Whistler's XTR-430 laser/radar detector boasts total band protection from radar signals, 360-degree laser detection, Whistler's patented VG-2 cloaking technology, POP mode detection, and more. The red text display is easy to see, as is Whistler's exclusive Twin Alert Periscope, and the unit operates discretely with their patented VG-2 cloaking technology.

Discrete, full-featured detection without a massive price tag. Click to enlarge.

4.41 x 2.84 x 1.35 inches and just 5.6 ounces.

This unit features Whistler's low-profile "alert periscope" LEDs that flash when the unit alarms.

Red Text Display
The XTR-430's brilliant red text display provides distinct visual confirmation of signals detected, signal strength, and indicates engaged modes of operation.

POP Mode Alerts
There are new guns out there that operate just like the instant-on guns of the past but with a very tough new twist--POP mode. This new gun is a normal K and Ka band radar gun detectable by most radar detectors made in the past 30 years until it's in POP mode. When the gun is in POP Mode and activated, a brief burst of energy, less than 1/15 of a second, is transmitted and the vehicle's speed is quickly acquired. A detector without POP Mode detection capability cannot respond to this brief transmission. This one can.

Twin Alert Periscopes
Whistler's Low Profile Alert Periscopes provide an added attention getting visual alert. The two extra LEDs flash on and off when the unit alarms to provide a unique visual alert.

Selectable Total Band Protection
This unit provides complete band coverage of all Laser, Radar (X, K, and Ka bands), VG-2, and Safety Radar bands. You can select which bands to leave on or off based on your detection needs.

360 Degree Protection
Units with 360 protection detect signals from all radar, laser, VG-2 and safety radar systems wherever they come from; front, rear or from the side.

3 City Modes/Highway Mode
Highway mode provides full audio and visual warning of laser/radar systems while maintaining full sensitivity, and is the default setting of Whistler laser/radar detectors. City mode helps reduce the annoyance of automatic door openers and burglar alarm alerts by providing an initial alert (same distance as Highway Mode) then remaining quiet unless the signal strength becomes very strong. When the signal increases the unit will alert briefly to notify you of the change in signal strength.

Tone Alerts
Provides distinct audio warnings for X, K, Ka band radar, safety radar, laser and VG-2.

High Gain Lens
A high gain optical lens provides increased sensitivity and field of view for leading-edge laser detection.

Stay Alert
Whistler's exclusive Stay Alert feature tests your alertness on long trips.

Dim/Dark Mode
Dim/Dark Mode reduces the illumination of the display. reduced. Dim or dark can be engaged during an alert. In Dark Mode, the display goes dark for as long as a signal is being detected and for 20 seconds after, then the display returns to the dimmer setting.

Quiet/Auto Quiet Modes
Pressing QUIET before a signal is detected engages Auto Quiet Mode, which automatically reduces the audio level after the initial warning to a low audio level setting. Pressing QUIET during a radar/laser encounter silences audio alerts, while allowing visual alerts to keep you informed.

Alert Priority
When two or more signals are received at the same time, the alert priority is: Laser, VG-2, Speed Radar, Safety Radar.

Example: If X band is alerting, then suddenly a VG-2 signal is detected, the VG-2 warning will override the X band alert.

Setting Saver
Setting Saver saves your personalized settings so that when the detector is turned off and then on again, you do not have to re-enter them.

Safety Warning System--SWS
This relatively new radar is not for speed detection at all, it is used to keep you informed of highway safety. Transmitters are installed and programmed (for example: in emergency vehicles) to make you aware of possible situations that may require your attention, such as: ambulance vehicles that are moving or stationary, road hazards ahead, road construction delays or detours, etc.

Vehicle Battery Saver Mode
The Vehicle Battery Saver Mode automatically shuts off your detector within 3 hours if you forget to turn it off. The timer is reset if the detector is turned off, unplugged or any button is pressed before the 6 hours have expired. The detector will alert you with an audible and visual warning before it shuts off.

VG-2 Cloaking
The VG-2, also known as a "radar detector detector," is a special receiver used by police to detect signals radiated by a radar detector. Thanks to Whistler's patented VG-2 cloaking technology, your detector will remain invisible to VG-2 detection.

What's in the Box
Whistler XTR-430 Radar/Laser Detector, Windshield Mount, Power Cord, User's Manual


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By Richard Baker on May 27, 2010
Size: XTR-440 Verified Purchase
I just received the Whistler XTR 440 and I am impressed at what you get for the money. The unit itself is easy to operate, and full of features found in much higher priced detectors. Visual alerts are conveyed by a blue-backlit LCD text display whose backlighting is adjustable to a variety of configurations. For example, it can be set to appear briefly during alerts and mode changes and remain off the rest of the time to save battery power. The Whistler XTR-440 runs on three AA rechargeable Ni-MH (nickel metal-hybride) batteries. The batteries (which are included) must be charged for about six hours before you use the unit the first time, and the only way to charge them is with the power cord that's included. I suggest buying an ac-dc adapter so you can charge the unit from an electrical outlet indoors instead of leaving it plugged into the car(cigarette lighter plug) any time it needs a charge. It has an auto shut-off feature which kills the power after a user-adjustable delay, so you won't come back to the car and find the detector down for the count. I'm not getting a lot of "false" alarms either, so far I'm impressed. The XTR-440 offers two filter modes to limit false alarms. These progressively increase its resistance to common sources of falses, particularly the poorly shielded local oscillators of older Cobra radar detectors, which seem to be everywhere. I run my 440 on Filter 1 default and with X band off, since New Jersey and Ohio are the only states where X-band radar continues to be found in any number and I don't live there, and it makes for a quiet ride. Finally, The only real difference between this unit (XTR-440) and the higher priced XTR-540 (about $125-$150) is the 540's built in digital compass, so if you can live without that, save the money and get the XTR-440.
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Size: 10.25in. x 6.75in. x 3.50in. Verified Purchase
Who's the joker who gave this a 1 star review? My experience with this item is a 5 star one. Here are my thoughts.

Pros:
- Scans for so many types of detection - K, X, Ka, VG2, Laser... I've seen them all go off in just a few days. I had no idea there were so many cops around!
- alerts you in order - so the most advanced speed detection system is prioritized over the lower ones.
- Detects signals from cops I can't even see - and I'm on a motorcycle, so I'm taller than cars and can look in all directions. So, basically it's picking up signals from a few blocks away.
- gives you signal strength of radar etc from 1 to 9 - so you know if they're right up your ass or a few blocks away - AMAZING!
- legal :)
- fits to my screen easily with the enclosed suction attachment. Was a bit nervous about it falling off but I've been over some major bumps and so far all good.
-contrary to the 1-star fool the batteries that come with it last a good amount of time, as do my other rechargeable batteries that I use with it. Don't know what he's on about.
- display is bright and easy to see
- flashes an 'all-clear' when the signal goes away.

Cons:
- errrmmm... racking my brain to think of one... my only addition would be a headphone socket so I didn't have to rely on glancing at the display (bit loud on a motorcycle to always hear the voice - forget it on freeway).

Case-study
I was a little dubious before I bought this that it would work, but it really does. I tested this on day one by flying past a stationary cop in traffic. Sure enough he starts to follow me. I cruise at the speed limit and within 10 seconds I am alerted the exact moment he switches on his radar gun to track my speed. I ride on.
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Size: XTR-440 Verified Purchase
First off, I'll say this Radar Detector works admirably. However, for me it was a "must return" item.

The problem was that I could barely get to read the LCD screen on this device during daylight hours. The screen was impossible to read if the sun was high in the sky. The alerts and chirps work fine. It alerted me to the presence of a speed trap on multiple occasions. However, that only does you a little bit of good if you can't make out the words on the screen.

Another pet peeve is the "auto off" alarm. After 60-90 minutes, the unit turns itself off. However, the alert at this time is the loudest and most panicked alarm you'll hear from the device. It seriously scares you. I'd prefer a chirp every 10-15 seconds for a minute or two then an alert as it shuts off. Instead you get an ear piercing high pitched siren like alarm that seriously will startle you ever time.

So, I was not happy. Unit works well enough for a bargain unit under $100, however the poor screen quality made it a poor choice.
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Size: XTR-430 Verified Purchase
I finally decided to purchase a radar detector after receiving many speeding tickets over the years. After looking at many different models, I chose this one for it's high rating and affordable price. I wanted to wait a while to review the product to make sure it was a fair review. I've had it for about a month and a half and so far it has been wonderful. The very first day it saved me from a speed trap where the cop was hidden behind some large bushes. It has consistently alerted me when there is a radar detector in use. It came with all the required parts (dc plug and suction cup mount) so it was ready to use without purchasing additional parts. My only regret is that I didn't buy this sooner!
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