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I was lucky to purchase a Sti Magnum in very good condition with BS/RDR firmware for $160. With that being said I used to be a techie guy with numerous radar detectors and got away from that because of kids and what not for a number of years. My father bought me a dash cam and that kind of got me started again because I came across two good radar traps using my old trusty old Escort 8500 X 50 and started looking at YouTube videos.

Anyway.. I also bought a Uniden R3 and will be using the new STI magnum and the dash cam (not both detectors running together) and possibly posting some videos

Vortex made me feel like I hadn’t skipped a beat and I’m off the bench and back in the game. Thanks to him and the hard work of the other testers on this forum!
 

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Actually I was trying to put some miles on the R3 and now a snowstorm.

I will post my results when I can
 

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Welcome aboard and back into the fold. ;)
 

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Welcome to RDF crew!
 

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@jaybird4u have you compared both detectors, how do you find the magnum as compared to the R3
If it is a hot magnum with wire bonded LNA then I suspect it will be close between these two in most encounters. Just don't turn K band on , on the Magnum! lol
 

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If it is a hot magnum with wire bonded LNA then I suspect it will be close between these two in most encounters. Just don't turn K band on , on the Magnum! lol
Agreed 1000%! The STI was my first RD and the BSM full blast K band alerts SUCCKKEDD! The R1 I have now is like a sweet angel of sanity especially on the K band! :)
 

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I gotta ask, How did Uniden become some a good RD in the past few years?
 

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I gotta ask, How did Uniden become some a good RD in the past few years?
They mastered the art of a single horn DSP design!? :)
 

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A BS/RDR Magnum is an absolute beast on Ka but it will drive you nuts if you need to run K band. I had several iterations of the Magnum over the years and they were stellar.....incredible build quality, smooth and linear rampup, the gorgeous Bel tones etc. Some RDF members are from California where Ka is not used and an STI Magnum would be all the radar protection you need if you lived there. Regrettably, I live in a state where X, K, Ka and laser are used so the Magnum had to go. As always, K band came from Satan's anus.
 

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Yeah I've hit K in PA randomly here and there so its out there! But I agree build quality was insane on the STI but prefer my R1 for many reasons! :)
 

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I had an STI Driver before my R1, and only upgraded after all the R1 reviews as it "was a few years old". From the seat of my pants the R1 has better K band range, but not by that much. The STI is still a good bit of kit. I only use mine in country driving though.
 

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Welcome! I really like my STI. Been thinking about an R3, but I am not in a big city and when I normally use it is on the freeway with light traffic. HP only uses Ka so I am good without the K band. Would like it some day though...
 

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