Are the low tier ones even worth it?

Discussion in 'Whistler' started by JRussle, Jun 26, 2018.

  1. JRussle

    JRussle Learning to Drive General User

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    Hey all, so I have some questions about the XTR series of the whistler. A friend of mine wants a very inexpensive detector and has been looking at the whistlers. A lot of reviews on Amazon does talk about how they got saved from a $40 detector! Is this all just bogus or can a $40 detector actually be decent enough?
    Thanks a lot!


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    Deacon TXCTG Advanced User Premium Member

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    Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every once in a while. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    No, for me, there’s no point in cheap-o detectors. Performance is too often piss poor. BSM filtering sucks or nonexistent. It doesn’t fulfill any need I have, even just the desire as an interested member of the public to be aware of when our servant masters are surveiling us.
     
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    Tallyho Premium Member Advanced User Premium Member

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    You get what you pay for in this situation. If he only wants $40 worth of insurance then he will get only $40 worth of insurance. The top of the line windshield detectors cost $400 so at 10x the price let that sink in at what kind of coverage a Whistler provides.

    www.rdforum.org: Whistler XTR-475 ?
     
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    Got Jeep Be Prepared Intermediate User Premium Member

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    It will false all the time, you will start to ignore the warnings, you will get a ticket, and then you will go out and buy a good detector.
    May as well spend the money on the front end and save some money in the long run. Do some research, you can get a respectable budget detector for $200 - 250.
     
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    I agree with the above, Sadly the budget detectors aren't a reliable protection method, while they may give enough warning under certain situation (flat wide open terrain) any amount of foliage or hills/curves and you will be getting last second, line of sight alert. the filtering on the lower end detectors isn't good either so it will be beeping about every Blind spot monitoring system and store automatic door opener in sight, you will either start ignoring it which will could make you miss a legit alert or you will be over confident in it's ability to save you and end up getting owned. a good example of this is: you can see even the higher end of the cobra line gives minimal alert with any amount of terrain while the redline still gives plenty of notice.

    Really you want to be looking at perhaps a Uniden DFR6 or DFR7, good range and good filtering, not extreme, but solid performance. The DFR6 can be found in the $150 range, which will pay for itself in one good save from a speeding ticket (which will cost more than the DFR 6) and you will likely get more than one save out of it over it's life time so the extra cost upfront will pay for itself in the long run. around here we usually aim for the Uniden R1 or R3 as they have the top range and depending on where and how you drive, that extra range can be very helpful. Make sure to run Waze as well, it's a great addition to an RD and adds a nice extra layer of protection.
     
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    markxyz PSL + whatever Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Jeeze, $40? That's expecting a lot for an awful little. Maybe 5 years ago or so (prior to the introduction of BSM systems), you could have gotten away with a $100 detector. You might not have made a whole lot of friends with your fellow motorists who were also running RD's and getting falsed by yours, but it probably would have worked for you. As long as you weren't too aggressive a driver. Nowadays though, as the other commenters have said, all the continual K-band falsing will either desensitize you to the alerts, until you simply stop paying attention and eventually get nailed, or you'll get annoyed and just stop using it.
     
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    I run a Whistler CR80 in my wife’s car set to KA only ( California settings). She rarely drives more then + 10 MPH over the limit. There is no off axis and the range is very short. When she gets an alert it helps her to be aware of her surroundings but there are no “saves” going on as she is likely driving below the ticket threshold.
     
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    The Only Sarge 7 decades of hauling ass Advanced User MFG/Vendor

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    With the cost of used equipment from members here and DFR series from Uniden.....I wouldnt bother with a low end Whistler.
     
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    XTR series are obsolete. No BSM filtering and poor range.
     
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    JRussle Learning to Drive General User

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    Thank for this info everyone! I’ll be sure to tell him to steer clear of whistler’s!


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