Uniden R1/R3 VS Uniden R7

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Here is my unofficial testing. I’m too lazy to do a spreadsheet. Sorry. All the R’s are pretty even.

RD Testing

34.7

R7
Run 1 rear 3481ft
Run 1 front 3076ft
Run 2 rear 3220ft
Run 2 front 3238ft
Run 3 rear 3176ft
Run 3 front 3166ft

Max 360c
Run 1 rear 2160ft
Run 1 front 2139ft
Run 2 rear 2447ft
Run 2 front 2055ft
Run 3 rear 2390ft
Run 3 front 2291ft

R3
Run 1 front 3167ft
Run 2 front 2730ft
Run 3 front 3228ft


DSP
Run 1 rear 3588ft
Run 1 front 3200ft
Run 2 rear 3641 ft
Run 2 front 3231ft
Run 3 rear 3661ft
Run 3 front 3082ft

35.5

R7
Run 1 rear 3371
Run 1 front 3214
Run 2 rear 2997
Run 2 front 3234
Run 3 rear 3097
Run 3 front 3244

Max360c
Run 1 rear 2710
Run 1 front 2500
Run 2 rear 2389
Run 2 front 2164
Run 3 rear 2495
Run 3 front 2008

R3
Run 1 front 3191
Run 2 front 3193
Run 3 front 3192


DSP
Run 1 rear 3532ft
Run 1 front 3100ft
Run 2 rear 3228
Run 2 front 3222
Run 3 rear 3579
Run 3 front 3203
Looks like in general, rear is slightly more sensitive than the front on all 3 2 horned detectors. Interesting.
 

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This is mostly for NorCal users.
Although I'm new here, I've done a lot of reading. K band is sort of known as unicorns around here in CA from what I've read. I think there's a section here about it. I happened to have found one in Carmel, CA. A local sheriff vehicle caused my R1 to freak out.
 

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I get it. In California you don't have to deal with K band, which is where all the BSM falsing happens. I guess that means you really don't need all the filtering or MRCD detection.

If you just looking to spend money, the R7 has the advantage of arrows and a bit more range on Ka band. The R3 doesn't offer enough to replace your Pro-M with it unless you just want to change things up or want an accurate frequency display. Even the lidar angle is shady anyways. Your right to look at investing in some jammers, then that aspects off the table.

There's no rule that says you can't have all of them if you want, right? If you want to change things up, just get to the R7 and enjoy the extra Ka range, accurate frequency display, and the arrows.
That's a good reason for me to consider the R7 - for the bit more range on Ka. I don't want to burn cash, but a $200 price difference is insignificant if it's going to give me more alert time with Ka guns. 102ft at 70 mph is 1 second, so when you start getting up to 100 or 200 ft of earlier notification, that seems worthwhile to spend the extra money, if the R7 does offer stronger Ka detection.

My goal is to get the best Ka detection under $700 for a WM RD. I'm going to get an ALP system in the near future to cover those guns, but for now, I want to start with a RD.

It's funny someone mentioned a small town sheriff in Carmel using K band. That's an area I frequent (Carmel Valley) , so maybe shutting off K band down there isn't such a done deal.
 

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I wonder if he is referring to the laser protection. If so, the R series is not what you're looking for. I've never heard of a laser hit from the "eagle eye", and even rarely a hit from the front lens. @lapuffin , is that what you're referring to? Actually, I just looked at the box. It claims 360° laser protection. That's not even close to what you'll see in actual use. If you need better laser detection, I would strongly suggest you keep looking. A V1 would likely be best if that's your main concern, and Radenso or even Whistler would give you better laser detection than the R series. Sorry
This would be an untruth, at least in my limited experience with the r7. I posted somewhere else where ive had 2 situations in the last week and a half or so where another car and i were both speeding on a 4 lane hwy. in situation 1, i was out in front, r7 alerted to laser, cop walked out in road but told me to pass and pulled car behind me over. in situation 2, i was side by side w other car, maybe a few feet behind. r7 alerted to laser twice, i slam on breaks, he pulls out behind us and pulled other car over. admittedly i was lucky both times (i seriously need a jammer). i also have a v1 which i love and still use all the time, but the v1 gets laser falses to volvos and a few other vehicles a couple times an hour which is VERY annoying, while the r7 is pretty consistent in that if u see laser, ur f’ed.
 

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Looks like in general, rear is slightly more sensitive than the front on all 3 2 horned detectors. Interesting.
I noticed it big time with my DSP. I’m thinking about swapping them and putting the rear in the front. LOL
 

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This would be an untruth, at least in my limited experience with the r7. I posted somewhere else where ive had 2 situations in the last week and a half or so where another car and i were both speeding on a 4 lane hwy. in situation 1, i was out in front, r7 alerted to laser, cop walked out in road but told me to pass and pulled car behind me over. in situation 2, i was side by side w other car, maybe a few feet behind. r7 alerted to laser twice, i slam on breaks, he pulls out behind us and pulled other car over. admittedly i was lucky both times (i seriously need a jammer). i also have a v1 which i love and still use all the time, but the v1 gets laser falses to volvos and a few other vehicles a couple times an hour which is VERY annoying, while the r7 is pretty consistent in that if u see laser, ur f’ed.


Which part of what I said would be an "untruth"? I try to do my best not to tell an untruth. Nothing you stated contradicts what I stated. It is very well-documented on here from several folks that laser detection on the R series is not one of its better attributes. I personally have been shot with both my R3 and R7 and have never had a laser alert. She stated that she was looking for something with 360° protection. I wondered if she meant laser detection, so I checked the box and that is what they claim for laser protection. I have yet to see any documented case of a rear or side laser detection with the "eagle eye" of any of the R series. I DID state that people (here at least) "rarely" get a hit from the front lens for laser. You, obviously have been one of the rare ones to report this experience. That's great! I'm glad it's working. But please point me to the "untruth" in what I stated.
 

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Interesting...any test results or vids to show the R3 is better than the R7? What conditions and terrain etc?
All three tests are in the Countermeasure Testing section.
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Did you run them both at the same time? Other full testing had proven the R7 is consistenly better than the R1/3 not by much but better...
no, these are all Ka hits running 1 detector. I'm returning the R7 as I think I got a defective unit. Just wanted to put this information out there. Originally posted on this thread, where I had similar experiences to ShadowTrooper. I'm trying to illustrate my disapointment with my particular R7. I'm not saying all units are bad, but this one is clearly not anywhere close to my R3 in real-world performance. Just my 2 cents, chalk it up to a bad unit.
 

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Which part of what I said would be an "untruth"? I try to do my best not to tell an untruth. Nothing you stated contradicts what I stated. It is very well-documented on here from several folks that laser detection on the R series is not one of its better attributes. I personally have been shot with both my R3 and R7 and have never had a laser alert. She stated that she was looking for something with 360° protection. I wondered if she meant laser detection, so I checked the box and that is what they claim for laser protection. I have yet to see any documented case of a rear or side laser detection with the "eagle eye" of any of the R series. I DID state that people (here at least) "rarely" get a hit from the front lens for laser. You, obviously have been one of the rare ones to report this experience. That's great! I'm glad it's working. But please point me to the "untruth" in what I stated.
ok, im so sorry. didnt know it was so serious. i certainly didnt intend to offend. i retract that statement. i just wanted to share my experience. i guess ive just been lucky as far as laser is concerned. Ive only been hit w laser from the front. im guessing from your post that eagle eye means rear or side.
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no, these are all Ka hits running 1 detector. I'm returning the R7 as I think I got a defective unit. Just wanted to put this information out there. Originally posted on this thread, where I had similar experiences to ShadowTrooper. I'm trying to illustrate my disapointment with my particular R7. I'm not saying all units are bad, but this one is clearly not anywhere close to my R3 in real-world performance. Just my 2 cents, chalk it up to a bad unit.
There is so much butthurt and denial over this radar detector, it blows my mind. I really don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect better consistency across the small sample size of units represented on this board for $600. Maybe im just too old. Maybe ive been spoiled by valentine’s product.
 
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ok, im so sorry. didnt know it was so serious. i certainly didnt intend to offend. i retract that statement. i just wanted to share my experience. i guess ive just been lucky as far as laser is concerned. Ive only been hit w laser from the front. im guessing from your post that eagle eye means rear or side.

Thank you. Yes, the "eagle eye" is that clear piece of plastic on the top of the detector that is supposed to catch laser from 360°. On the R7 it also doubles as the ambient light sensor for automatically adjusting the display brightness. It works pretty well for the display brightness, provided you give it a clear view of the ambient light. Not so much for gathering laser though. Thanks again for retracting that statement. I appreciate it.
 

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As a BSEE and one who has dealt with quality and returns a large part of my adult life, I would bet that 98% of the R7's that have been returned will ultimately be determine (and accuractly so) that there was no fault found.
They will simply be re-packaged as replacements.
Their new owners will be happy as hell and convinced their replacement performs much better (read hotter) then the one they returned.
All placebo......
 

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All I know is I love my R7 way way better than my R3. From the ambient light sensors to the arrow awareness, etc. No scientific studies here, however, I returned 2 R3's after getting my first last year as I never got the crazy range others were reporting on any of them. However, my early production R7 (sn in the low 400's) seems to crush my old R3's in range with both K & KA band. It's really noticeable. And my R7 is quieter as well with the new BSM notch filter. Love it and feel it's well worth the extra $200 (though I got the Best Buy protection plan and just traded in my old R3 and paid the difference which is pretty awesome - I love BB too!) Got a new BB protection plan with my new R7 as well.
 

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All I know is I love my R7 way way better than my R3. From the ambient light sensors to the arrow awareness, etc. No scientific studies here, however, I returned 2 R3's after getting my first last year as I never got the crazy range others were reporting on any of them. However, my early production R7 (sn in the low 400's) seems to crush my old R3's in range with both K & KA band. It's really noticeable. And my R7 is quieter as well with the new BSM notch filter. Love it and feel it's well worth the extra $200 (though I got the Best Buy protection plan and just traded in my old R3 and paid the difference which is pretty awesome - I love BB too!) Got a new BB protection plan with my new R7 as well.
BB lets you trade in your old R3? I had no idea they had such a program.

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BB lets you trade in your old R3? I had no idea they had such a program.

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Yep, if you buy their $59 protection plan you can trade it in for full value and upgrade to a R7 for the difference for up to 2 years! This is true with all their merchandise if you buy their plan. It's a killer deal. I usually buy in for electronic items esp. They have always offered this. All you have to do is say there is something wrong with it, something vague, like, "It's not picking up KA band like it should," and with the plan they give you a brand new one unopened in the box, no questions asked.
 

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All I know is I love my R7 way way better than my R3. From the ambient light sensors to the arrow awareness, etc. No scientific studies here, however, I returned 2 R3's after getting my first last year as I never got the crazy range others were reporting on any of them. However, my early production R7 (sn in the low 400's) seems to crush my old R3's in range with both K & KA band. It's really noticeable. And my R7 is quieter as well with the new BSM notch filter. Love it and feel it's well worth the extra $200 (though I got the Best Buy protection plan and just traded in my old R3 and paid the difference which is pretty awesome - I love BB too!) Got a new BB protection plan with my new R7 as well.
If you where still under the 2 year mark, why did you have to pay the difference and not be a direct replacement?


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Yep, if you buy their $59 protection plan you can trade it in for full value and upgrade to a R7 for the difference for up to 2 years! This is true with all their merchandise if you buy their plan. It's a killer deal. I usually buy in for electronic items esp.
Oh I misread your original point. Thought you traded for a newer R3 and had to play the difference.


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If you where still under the 2 year mark, why did you have to pay the difference and not be a direct replacement?


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I edited my response above...
I paid the dif because the R7 costs $200 more than the R3. That's the difference I'm speaking of.
 

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