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Looking for an RD recommendation? The Radar Detector Forum community would love to help you find a suitable detector for YOUR specific vehicle and YOUR specific driving habits and Your specific driving location. Sometimes we can also help make a recommendation if you've received a ticket. Here's how to create a post that will help us help YOU purchase your best option. Heck, we can even guide you to a Vendor we know, use and trust.


First, remember the Prime Directive of the RD Community:


There is no "best" DETECTOR!! ( although some are indeed better than others and we will tell you so ) ......


This question comes up frequently, " what's the best detector? " Everyone has their own personal favorites, but there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all detector or a best detector overall. Every situation is different. Every detector has its place ( well, almost as some are more suitable as anchors for small boats or paperweights ) . What works for one person or vehicle or state might not work for another.


Second, when you ask for advice, tell us about your vehicle, where you drive and what your budget is! The more details, the better. The following is the essential information we need. Please create a NEW THREAD with the information.


1. What kind of vehicle you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount?
2. What's your budget?
3. Where you live ( address not needed of course) and what states , country or areas you primarily drive? ( this is essential)
4. How you drive?
5. What your daily drive is like (short trips? long trips? city? highway?) we ask this because of falsing issues that exist in many areas or cities.
6. How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake.
8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
9. Thanks to ahl: "Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?" and "What kind of device do you own (iOS/Android)". There is Escort LIVE and droid only YaV1 for the V1 apps one can use to adjust their RD. There is also V1 Driver in the ios APP Store for V1 users who wish to use an Apple device. ** Note that many of these apps allow you to use the APP (either droid or Apple) to readjust your settings for the V1. Escort Live allows you to do this as well on Escort products that are LIVE compatible.
10. Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area?


If you have any preconceived notions or thoughts about RDs, please tell us how long you've been using RDs or other units? etc. -- or any other relevant info you think might be important, let us know that as well.


Once again, the more details, the better. Rdf.org loves a good RD recommendation thread, especially when you give us a lot to work with.


Welcome to RDF.org See you on the forum!
 
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This is stickyworthy...


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Done. And he saw it was good....
 

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great, after i find what i am looking for he makes a thread about it :(
couldn't you have done this a month ago? :)
 

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great, after i find what i am looking for he makes a thread about it :(
couldn't you have done this a month ago? :)

Sorry mate, but I am sure you asked the right questions! What did you wind up getting down there?
 

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Sorry mate, but I am sure you asked the right questions! What did you wind up getting down there?
haven't decided yet between the Li and the ALP, i want to get a package deal after i make a decision.
as this thread is about radar detectors i am leaning towards the redline or stir+, more than likely the redline as i live in a state where radar detectors are not illegal.
for people who want to do their own research i found this to be very useful Radar Detector Articles
 

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PointerCone,
I hope you don't mind me piggybacking off your thread, but this is exactly what I was looking for. I am very new to the forum, joined a couple days ago, and am hoping to gain more knowledge/information on RDs, driving tactics, etc. Back to the topic at hand. I am relocating to the Kansas City, MO area in the next few weeks and this will be my first time living in a city. For the last 2 years I have been commuting 100 miles round trip to work via a small 2 lane highway and minimal interstate use. I currently own a Bel Pro RX65 and have had this RD for approx. 2 years. I am wanting to upgrade, if necessary, with the move to gain improved performance, decrease false alarms, whatever else is deemed necessary through this conversation. I'll answer the questions in the numbered format you provided to make it easier:

1. 2012 Mazda 3 and would prefer a windshield mount.
2. I would like to stay <400-450.00 for the unit, would spend more for hardwiring, etc.
3. Relocating to Kansas City, MO. I will be in the eastern suburbs approx. 15 miles from downtown.
4. On average, I would say I average 10-15 mph over the speed limit if safe. I prefer to stay slightly quicker than the traffic around me.
5. I will have a 20 mile commute, 90% of which is on 4-lane interstate or state highways. The entire trip will be within proximity to populated residential and shopping areas.
6. I've been using a RD for 2 years. I currently own a Bel Pro RX65. I've recently started playing around with Waze and so far I really like it, it's just that in my area it hasn't really taken off like the larger cities. I've checked out the KC area using the app and it appears that there are exponentially more "Wazers" in the KC area.
7. 1/2 of my trip will be down a straight but somewhat hilly section of Interstate. The other 1/2 will be down a very hilly and curvy 4-lane highway.
8. Several red light cameras in the area. I don't believe there are any speed cameras at this time. I am unsure of the exact function of redlight cameras, aside from ticketing those who run them, but don't intend/see the need to run red lights. Any and all information on this, or where to find it, would be appreciated. From what I've researched so far, it seems like GPS is something I am interested in. Whether that be included in the unit or through an app such as YAV1 or Stealth Assist (I'm an apple fan) I don't really care...yet?

Preconceived notions: From what I have read so far, no experience with either, I'm debating between the V1 and Passport Max. I like that the V1 is constantly improving, or so it seems, and that there are what appears to be excellent accessory apps in YAV1 and the Stealth Assist app for Apple. The Max looks and sounds nice on forums and paper, but the price is a little steep at this time. I have also considered the 9500ix, but am unsure if technology has progressed far enough past it's time to make it a lesser product.

Thank you again PointerCone for the advice! If this is something that I should re-thread, I will happily do so. Otherwise, I look forward to the information to be gained in this thread.

Asa
 

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PointerCone,
I hope you don't mind me piggybacking off your thread, but this is exactly what I was looking for. I am very new to the forum, joined a couple days ago, and am hoping to gain more knowledge/information on RDs, driving tactics, etc. Back to the topic at hand. I am relocating to the Kansas City, MO area in the next few weeks and this will be my first time living in a city. For the last 2 years I have been commuting 100 miles round trip to work via a small 2 lane highway and minimal interstate use. I currently own a Bel Pro RX65 and have had this RD for approx. 2 years. I am wanting to upgrade, if necessary, with the move to gain improved performance, decrease false alarms, whatever else is deemed necessary through this conversation. I'll answer the questions in the numbered format you provided to make it easier:

1. 2012 Mazda 3 and would prefer a windshield mount.
2. I would like to stay <400-450.00 for the unit, would spend more for hardwiring, etc.
3. Relocating to Kansas City, MO. I will be in the eastern suburbs approx. 15 miles from downtown.
4. On average, I would say I average 10-15 mph over the speed limit if safe. I prefer to stay slightly quicker than the traffic around me.
5. I will have a 20 mile commute, 90% of which is on 4-lane interstate or state highways. The entire trip will be within proximity to populated residential and shopping areas.
6. I've been using a RD for 2 years. I currently own a Bel Pro RX65. I've recently started playing around with Waze and so far I really like it, it's just that in my area it hasn't really taken off like the larger cities. I've checked out the KC area using the app and it appears that there are exponentially more "Wazers" in the KC area.
7. 1/2 of my trip will be down a straight but somewhat hilly section of Interstate. The other 1/2 will be down a very hilly and curvy 4-lane highway.
8. Several red light cameras in the area. I don't believe there are any speed cameras at this time. I am unsure of the exact function of redlight cameras, aside from ticketing those who run them, but don't intend/see the need to run red lights. Any and all information on this, or where to find it, would be appreciated. From what I've researched so far, it seems like GPS is something I am interested in. Whether that be included in the unit or through an app such as YAV1 or Stealth Assist (I'm an apple fan) I don't really care...yet?

Preconceived notions: From what I have read so far, no experience with either, I'm debating between the V1 and Passport Max. I like that the V1 is constantly improving, or so it seems, and that there are what appears to be excellent accessory apps in YAV1 and the Stealth Assist app for Apple. The Max looks and sounds nice on forums and paper, but the price is a little steep at this time. I have also considered the 9500ix, but am unsure if technology has progressed far enough past it's time to make it a lesser product.

Thank you again PointerCone for the advice! If this is something that I should re-thread, I will happily do so. Otherwise, I look forward to the information to be gained in this thread.

Asa
Welcome to the forums an rx 65 is a great detector, you should copy this post into a welcome thread so more can see and help you. But I personally would recommend getting a v1 with yav1 it will significantly quite Down falses, although if you can't do android I have herd stealth assist is good but it can't do lock outs, you can always buy a cheap android, but the V1 with a v1c is an awesome combo

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Welcome to the forums an rx 65 is a great detector, you should copy this post into a welcome thread so more can see and help you. But I personally would recommend getting a v1 with yav1 it will significantly quite Down falses, although if you can't do android I have herd stealth assist is good but it can't do lock outs, you can always buy a cheap android, but the V1 with a v1c is an awesome combo

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Although I own and use.. and am Happy with.. an Escort Passport Max,.. Using Escort Live + Waze -- I would also recommend to someone who is familiar with detectors and WILLING to do their homework if not,.... to buy the V1 and the extras which will run you about $500 give or take.. (The V1 is $400.. the extras about $100 or so). This is commonly termed a "V1C" -- Which has a dedicated guy writing and keeping the Yav1 application up to date and it blows away any smartphone applications Escort has (and I use them!) .

I would also recommend a Redline if you are willing to spend $499 for an older unit but has the best range on the market (I highly recommend an Escort Redline if you live in a non hilly region..). Lastly, if you aren't so up on learning how to segment a detector, add in third party smart phone applications, etc -- Then the Escort passport Max .. for $550 -- Out of the box.. will give you the best "experience" for the money without touching it. (Though there are some tweaks you can do to even the Passport max to get better performance.)

Note: The V1 (Valentine) will be considerably noisier than it's main competitor the Passport Max as a detector alone. To get the V1 to behave itself "noise wise" you will need to run the 3rd party apps and purchase the add-on for connectivity to your phone for GPS, et al.
 

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Although I own and use.. and am Happy with.. an Escort Passport Max,.. Using Escort Live + Waze -- I would also recommend to someone who is familiar with detectors and WILLING to do their homework if not,.... to buy the V1 and the extras which will run you about $500 give or take.. (The V1 is $400.. the extras about $100 or so). This is commonly termed a "V1C" -- Which has a dedicated guy writing and keeping the Yav1 application up to date and it blows away any smartphone applications Escort has (and I use them!) .

I would also recommend a Redline if you are willing to spend $499 for an older unit but has the best range on the market (I highly recommend an Escort Redline if you live in a non hilly region..). Lastly, if you aren't so up on learning how to segment a detector, add in third party smart phone applications, etc -- Then the Escort passport Max .. for $550 -- Out of the box.. will give you the best "experience" for the money without touching it. (Though there are some tweaks you can do to even the Passport max to get better performance.)

Note: The V1 (Valentine) will be considerably noisier than it's main competitor the Passport Max as a detector alone. To get the V1 to behave itself "noise wise" you will need to run the 3rd party apps and purchase the add-on for connectivity to your phone for GPS, et al.
do you always make a point to take jabs at the v1

LEOOOO's come out to plaaaaaaayyyyy.
 

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Although I own and use.. and am Happy with.. an Escort Passport Max,.. Using Escort Live + Waze -- I would also recommend to someone who is familiar with detectors and WILLING to do their homework if not,.... to buy the V1 and the extras which will run you about $500 give or take.. (The V1 is $400.. the extras about $100 or so). This is commonly termed a "V1C" -- Which has a dedicated guy writing and keeping the Yav1 application up to date and it blows away any smartphone applications Escort has (and I use them!) .

I would also recommend a Redline if you are willing to spend $499 for an older unit but has the best range on the market (I highly recommend an Escort Redline if you live in a non hilly region..). Lastly, if you aren't so up on learning how to segment a detector, add in third party smart phone applications, etc -- Then the Escort passport Max .. for $550 -- Out of the box.. will give you the best "experience" for the money without touching it. (Though there are some tweaks you can do to even the Passport max to get better performance.)

Note: The V1 (Valentine) will be considerably noisier than it's main competitor the Passport Max as a detector alone. To get the V1 to behave itself "noise wise" you will need to run the 3rd party apps and purchase the add-on for connectivity to your phone for GPS, et al.
do you always make a point to take jabs at the v1

LEOOOO's come out to plaaaaaaayyyyy.
I thought this was pretty matter of fact. The V1 is the chattiest detector around and does take some work to quiet down.
 

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do you always make a point to take jabs at the v1

LEOOOO's come out to plaaaaaaayyyyy.

Not intentionally. I actually really like the V1,.. will almost certainly be buying one sooner than later. I usually always recommend it to people as well.
I thought this was pretty matter of fact. The V1 is the chattiest detector around and does take some work to quiet down.
Thanks,.. this is all I intended to say, no more no less. No malice intended.. :)
 

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To Asa, sounds like you're looking at 2 solid units. The Max is a great unit if you're looking for RLC capability / speed cams and is a SOLID detector. Sounds like you'll be doing a mix of city and suburban driving. If in the city, the chattiness of the V1 (minus the YaV1 settings) can drive on nuts on K band. If K not an issue, just turn it off or run lil C and you'll be fine and then run big C in actual K infested areas where there are LEOs using K band. I run into K and Ka quite frequently, so I run V1C settings on YaV1 with K band muting outside the box (which is NOT a very large box BTW). ON the other hand, if lidar is an issue then look no further than a V1 since the V1 if really great on lidar (not that it will make a difference in a direct shot situation, BUT in a scatter shot it could make a difference.). I own BOTh so its 6 to one/half dozen to the other for me. Alternative not mentioned is the Redline with RDR/Band Segs which is good on lidar and the BEST OF all on Ka band, both off and on axis.
 
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To Asa, sounds like you're looking at 2 solid units. The Max is a great unit if you're looking for RLC capability / speed cams and is a SOLID detector. Sounds like you'll be doing a mix of city and suburban driving. If in the city, the chattiness of the V1 (minus the YaV1 settings) can drive on nuts on K band. If K not an issue, just turn it off or run lil C and you'll be fine and then run big C in actual K infested areas where there are LEOs using K band. I run into K and Ka quite frequently, so I run V1C settings on YaV1 with K band muting outside the box (which is NOT a very large box BTW). ON the other hand, if lidar is an issue then look no further than a V1 since the V1 if really great on lidar (not that it will make a difference in a direct shot situation, BUT in a scatter shot it could make a difference.). I own BOTh so its 6 to one/half dozen to the other for me. Alternative not mentioned is the Redline with RDR/Band Segs which is good on lidar and the BEST OF all on Ka band, both off and on axis.

+1 -- Excellent advice above!
 

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Picking up my new car and looking for advice for radar detector. My old one (escort S2) doesn't seem to be up to the challenge anymore

1. What kind of vehicle you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount?
- Jaguar F-Type. I am open to either but it is a lease so I can't have any installation related damage / drilling
2. What's your budget?
- flexible. Will pay up for incremental benefits
3. Where you live ( address not needed of course) and what states , country or areas you primarily drive? ( this is essential)
- Long Island New York. Will be driving to NYC as well. Assume mostly tri state (NY, NJ, CT)
4. How you drive?
- will like to drive as aggressively w/ this car w/o getting ticket
5. What your daily drive is like (short trips? long trips? city? highway?) we ask this because of falsing issues that exist in many areas or cities.
- will be combination of city and highway. Usually not long trips (<1 hr)
6. How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
- Used to use it years ago....gone mellow in driving so stopped using it. With this new car, looking to enjoy driving a bit more
7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake.
- basically flat for most part. When I do drive outside my area on weekends to upstate, may be some hills / mountains
8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
- I know there are redlight cams around. Not sure about speed cams. I imagine GPS will be helpful

Many thanks

 

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Thank you for all the excellent advice thus far. I just got done with a 2,000+ mile road trip through OK, TX, NM, CO, KS and MO. I used Waze and my Bel Pro RX65 throughout the drive. I learned a few things on the trip. One, placement of the RD makes a world of difference. I usually situate mine very close to the dash to decrease visual obstruction and advertisement of my RD. During this trip however, I decided to place it up higher on the windshield being I had heard this would improve detection range. I felt that I was getting significantly improved range throughout the trip, but found that my power cord was very annoying. On this note, between Escort/Beltronics products and Valentine, which has better hardware for mounting in this position? I would like to place my RD at the highest point of my windshield or hanging from my rearview mirror. I use my visor often, so something like V1's visor mount wouldn't be appropriate. I see that both offer hardwiring equipment, does anyone have any experience with either of these? I like a well kept interior so would prefer hidden cords and wires. The second thing I learned/discovered was that my Bel Pro RX 65 was having difficulty with increased false alerts in city driving, specifically Denver. I have heard that some newer cars use of radar has increased false alerts with most RDs. I feel that this had to be the case being that most of the false alerts occurred during increased traffic. The alert was very sudden and at max strength with tapering over the next 5-6 seconds. It was always K-band and I never I.D.'d a LEO when this occurred. Does the Passport Max and/or YaV1/Stealth Assist offer something to counter this? Thank you again for all the information thus far.
 

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Correct, those are definitely falses from other vehicles.

The V1 comes with both a cigarette cable and a hardwire kit, as well as a suction cup and visor mount. With YaV1 you can disable K-POP without hurting K performance and eliminate most moving K band falses. I get way more Cobra falses than K band falses from cars now, I often go with what seems like weeks between getting a moving K false.
 

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May I suggest adding a question into the list for "Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?" and "What kind of device do you own (iOS/Android)"

I think this would help for recommendations including YaV1 and Escort Live.
 

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Hi guys. A bit undecided. Your input is very helpful. Thanks

1. What kind of vehicle you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount? C7 /
windshield mount
2. What's your budget? no limit
3. Where you live ( address not needed of course) and what states , country or areas you primarily drive? ( this is essential) NY
4. How you drive? very agressive
5. What your daily drive is like (short trips? long trips? city? highway?) we ask this because of falsing issues that exist in many areas or cities. long trips, a lot of highway. sometimes city too.
6. How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all? Had a Beltronics STI for about 4 years
7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake. mostly flat
8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit? i do not really care, i know the location of most of them
9.
Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD. I do not mind. If it will help a lot,why not.
 
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