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Expensive? Sure. Worth the Expense? Absolutely,
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This review is from: Escort Passport 9500IX Radar/Laser Detector (Black) (Wireless Phone Accessory)
If I had to sum up how I feel about the Escort 9500ix in a just few words, it would be "this detector is absolutely incredible" and leave it and its five star rating at that. But, if I was looking at detectors and see the price of the Escort and read only "this detector is....", it wouldn't sell me, so I'll expand the review (please pardon that the examples I use relate to areas in and around the Twin Cities, but obviously they should apply to anywhere these situations may be encountered)
Why 5 stars? In short...
-Because it warned me of a couple of speed traps a little less than a mile out before I encountered the squads on 169 between Shakopee and LeSueur. This was of the utmost importance, not only because it saved me possible speeding tickets, but it also seemed to mollify my wife who was a little unsure that spending $500 on a "gadget" was a wise expenditure in this economy...
-Because the auto-learn feature absolutely works. For instance: There are two of those "your speed is" stationary speed notification signs on Ayd Mill Road, and after three passes it beeped and locked both those out, as well as a couple of consistenly false signals detected on Snelling Avenue (the GPS icon on the display spins, reassuring you that they are being picked up but are not being announced).
-Because you can update it with the latest speed and traffic light cameras across the country (not important in MN, but from what I've read from other reviewers vitally important in other states that use those methods to ticket.)
-Because it is extremely easy to use, and the blue LED display is very clear. Also, a feature on the smart cord indicates radar signal strength while in the "dark" mode, so you are not just hearing the initial announcement of a detection and then are left in the blind as to how close the signal source is.
-Perhaps most importantly; because it has been named "best in class" in the vast majority, if not all, of the independent reviews I read before shelling out $500 on a "gadget".
If you use a detector strictly for open highway use, I suppose you could get by with a more economical model, but if you want an effective, extremely long-range, GPS-enabled "Smart" radar detector for in-town and highway use, I humbly suggest you consider the 9500IX.
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Initial post: Jun 18, 2011, 6:24:15 AM PDT
M. Summerhill says:
If you are wanting a radar detector to use just for open road, I would reccomend the Escort Redline! No other better radar detector for long range on the highway than this one!!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012, 6:36:37 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 26, 2012, 6:37:24 AM PST
C. Carpenter says:
Which type of signals (what band) do you run into in Minnesota?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012, 3:38:51 AM PST
Typically K and Ka Bands, C.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012, 9:22:32 AM PST
C. Carpenter says:
Thanks for the reply. I have only been using mine for a little bit in a very small area and seems like all of actual alerts have been Ka so that seems to follow.
Posted on Nov 30, 2013, 6:38:04 AM PST
In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2014, 2:44:29 AM PDT
Joe Momma says:
Ka is the CHP band in California.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2014, 9:41:04 AM PST
Real Deal says:
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2014, 12:10:34 PM PST
Good point, dad. Thanks for your valuable insight.
Posted on Feb 2, 2015, 8:58:26 AM PST
Do you know whether the speed camera updates are free of charge?