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Curious what radar detectors you guys have. I'm looking into them and i know Valentine One is good, but kinda pricey. Anyone have any suggestions.
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Escort passport 9500 or 8500. I think the only difference is the 8500 doesnt have GPS for cameras and things like that but it is $200 cheaper.
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Escort passport 9500 or 8500. I think the only difference is the 8500 doesnt have GPS for cameras and things like that but it is $200 cheaper.
Damnn. I'll have to check it out. Thanks
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I use the Escort Passport Max and love it. Somewhat expensive. I use mine in export mode and the other day I got 4 different radar signals from close to the same location.
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I use the Escort Passport Max and love it. Somewhat expensive. I use mine in export mode and the other day I got 4 different radar signals from close to the same location.
All of the Escorts since the Passport 8500 have had Expert mode for being able to detect and show multiple signal hits simultaneously. I've used 3 detectors in the past 5 or 6 years:

Escort Passport 8500: great detector, but kind of outdated now because it doesn't have POP detection, which is heavily used in my area. That being said, these units are super cheap if you can find them around and still offer great and long range detection.

Escort Passport 8500 X50: better detector, same thing as the 8500 except it has slightly longer ranges and includes POP detection. I would probably still be using this detector if it hadn't been stolen when someone broke into my WK.

Escort Passport 9500ix: the best detector in my opinion, even over the newer escort MAX. The Max's screen is difficult to read in many conditions, and the 9500ix's screen is the classic (either red/blue LED) which is easy to read in day/night and also includes auto-dimming just like the LCD-type screen on the Max. The important upgrades on the 9500ix, which prompted my switch over the 8500 X50 was the inclusion of GPS for locking out false signals (quite nice if you do city driving like me, or take the same long trips over and over), it telling you how fast you're going when it first encounters a signal, great voice alerts, as well as super long range detection (not quite as long as the Redline, but I think the 9500ix is the best mix for someone who does mixed city/highway driving), and also user-updateable (for camera and speed trap database, etc). I regularly pull detection from several miles out, obviously plenty of warning to ease on the brakes. I also purchased a 3yr subscription for updates for maybe $40 bucks.

Additionally, like the Max, I believe that the 9500ix is compatible with the new-fangled smart phone capabilities (Escort Live?).

Let me know if you have any other questions about the units.

P.S. - Regarding the ValentineOne, those units haven't seen a significant update in YEARS. I did a side-by-side comparison with my initial 8500, and the 8500 blew the pants off the ValentineOne. I can't imagine how much MORE the 9500ix beats up the ValentineOne if I were to do another side-by-side today. I guess if you really think you NEED the arrows, go with the Valentine; otherwise, they're junk.
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All of the Escorts since the Passport 8500 have had Expert mode for being able to detect and show multiple signal hits simultaneously. I've used 3 detectors in the past 5 or 6 years:

Escort Passport 8500: great detector, but kind of outdated now because it doesn't have POP detection, which is heavily used in my area. That being said, these units are super cheap if you can find them around and still offer great and long range detection.

Escort Passport 8500 X50: better detector, same thing as the 8500 except it has slightly longer ranges and includes POP detection. I would probably still be using this detector if it hadn't been stolen when someone broke into my WK.

Escort Passport 9500ix: the best detector in my opinion, even over the newer escort MAX. The Max's screen is difficult to read in many conditions, and the 9500ix's screen is the classic (either red/blue LED) which is easy to read in day/night and also includes auto-dimming just like the LCD-type screen on the Max. The important upgrades on the 9500ix, which prompted my switch over the 8500 X50 was the inclusion of GPS for locking out false signals (quite nice if you do city driving like me, or take the same long trips over and over), it telling you how fast you're going when it first encounters a signal, great voice alerts, as well as super long range detection (not quite as long as the Redline, but I think the 9500ix is the best mix for someone who does mixed city/highway driving), and also user-updateable (for camera and speed trap database, etc). I regularly pull detection from several miles out, obviously plenty of warning to ease on the brakes. I also purchased a 3yr subscription for updates for maybe $40 bucks.

Additionally, like the Max, I believe that the 9500ix is compatible with the new-fangled smart phone capabilities (Escort Live?).

Let me know if you have any other questions about the units.

P.S. - Regarding the ValentineOne, those units haven't seen a significant update in YEARS. I did a side-by-side comparison with my initial 8500, and the 8500 blew the pants off the ValentineOne. I can't imagine how much MORE the 9500ix beats up the ValentineOne if I were to do another side-by-side today. I guess if you really think you NEED the arrows, go with the Valentine; otherwise, they're junk.
Thanks for all the info, i really appreciate it. But i have one question, do all the radars pick up the same signal just at different distances, or do some radars miss certain cops and cameras?
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I got the Escort 8500 and I love it. Paired it up with the Jeep BlendMount and Mirror Tap, turned out great...

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Thanks for all the info, i really appreciate it. But i have one question, do all the radars pick up the same signal just at different distances, or do some radars miss certain cops and cameras?
Most radar detectors advertise that they pick up all signals, but yes they have sensitivities that vary greatly (sensitivity being the measurement of distance detection).

I trust Escort as a brand because they almost happen to manufacture the radar devices for many police municipalities, as well as the radar detectors for us consumers. So basically they know how best to pick up the signals of their own machinery.

With radar detector brands, you get what you pay for. I would strongly recommend staying away from the likes of Cobra, Whistler, etc when shopping. The best brands are Escort, Bell, and Valentine, though the subjectivity on the hierarchy of that list also varies.
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A radar detector is really a great thing to have. I just received a speeding ticket for almost 500 dollars with traffic school, for going a whopping 9mph over the limit while trying to pass a Mercedes to make a right turn. I am going to fight it and if I win I will use the money to buy a radar detector. The passport 9500ix is probably the best detector you can buy and if it's too pricey the 8500 x50 is your best alternative.
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A radar detector is really a great thing to have. I just received a speeding ticket for almost 500 dollars with traffic school, for going a whopping 9mph over the limit while trying to pass a Mercedes to make a right turn. I am going to fight it and if I win I will use the money to buy a radar detector. The passport 9500ix is probably the best detector you can buy and if it's too pricey the 8500 x50 is your best alternative.
Well said greenwayer. As evidenced above, a single $500 ticket avoided pays off even the 9500ix in a single shot. I usually don't keep my detector with my on my super short commute, but it's up there for ALL other traveling and with my lead foot, has surely paid itself off many times over, especially because I typically cruise between 10-20mph over.

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Well said greenwayer. As evidenced above, a single $500 ticket avoided pays off even the 9500ix in a single shot. I usually don't keep my detector with my on my super short commute, but it's up there for ALL other traveling and with my lead foot, has surely paid itself off many times over, especially because I typically cruise between 10-20mph over.

Haha greenwayer, I tried to rep you but apparently I need to "spread out my reps" before the system lets me rep you anymore!
That's true. Better off spending money on a nice radar instead of handing it over to the police.
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i got my escort 9500ix shortly after getting my jeep. i still had my newer cobra at the time so decided to do a side by side test and i thought the cobra got unplugged while the escort was telling me every signal i came across. IMO escort is the Royals Royce of fuzz busters and i will never get anything else. A great investment, especially if you keep it updated
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