DFR7 v R3 v R7

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I live in SoCal and make a commute from Carlsbad, CA to downtown San Diego 5 days a week usually leaving in the early morning (around 5A - 6A), and returning in the evening (to skip traffic, around 6-7P). Please see the attached screenshot for a general route idea. It's about a 60-mile route round-trip. Since it's summer, my schedule is a bit more random and I'm usually headed towards downtown at random times. I visit Vegas once a year for business meetings as well.

1. What kind of vehicle you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount?
I drive Toyota Venza; looking for a windshield\

2. What's your budget?
I can go up to $600 to cover the R7, but I'm not sure if that's the wisest choice.

3. Where you live ( address not needed of course) and what states , country or areas you primarily drive? ( this is essential).
I live in San Diego County in California and for the most part, I'm in that area. There might be some trips to Los Angeles here and there and a once-a-year trip to Vegas.

4. How you drive?
CA speed limit is 65, so I'm usually driving around 80s. 85 is my max.

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.
Daily drive is highway, about a 30-40 minute drive along the I-5

6. How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
I had a Belatronics RX65 that I purchased in 2014/15. I got a new car in 2016, but passed the older car to my parents, so I left the RD in that car. They don't use it anymore, and from what I've researched, the RX65 isn't comparable to the current gen of radar detectors.
I also use Waze to keep an eye out for community-reported cops.
I also have a dashcam (not really a countermeasure, but ...)

7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake.
There are some curves, hills, and obstructions along the way. Cops love to hide in one particular spot as well.

8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
There are, but either I'm using Waze or I'm familiar with the red light cameras in the area. If I'm going into an unknown area, I won't run yellow unless it's too late to stop.

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.

I could (I also carry an Android phone with me for work), but not really preferable.

10. Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area?
From what I've researched, I don't have to worry about that in California.

11. (I'm adding this one) Are you like Vortex or Mrs. Vortex?
I'm more like Mrs. Vortex. I'd rather not worry about the manually locking out alerts. Auto GPS lock outs FTW.

While I have listed the Uniden models, I'm open to other models as well. I'm a bit confused on the range argument though. Does having a further range really mean anything?


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11. (I'm adding this one) Are you like Vortex or Mrs. Vortex?
I'm more like Mrs. Vortex. I'd rather not worry about the manually locking out alerts. Auto GPS lock outs FTW.
lmao, I just read that to her and we both cracked up.

CA is almost exclusively Ka band so if you wanted to save some money, you could always shut off K band altogether and go for a non-GPS detector like the R1. No lockouts needed! The R7 is great for arrows, but that'd be a pretty big price jump. You'll get the RLC alerts too, but you can get those for free in Waze.

If you want to save even more money, you can look into a DFR6 or DFR8. Performance isn't quite as good as the R1 all around, but it's very strong on 34.7 which is the main thing you'll see around CA too. You can pick up a DFR6 for like $100 on Amazon now... So that's an especially good option for CA.

Since you go to Vegas occasionally, you can always get the DFR7 for GPS when needed, plus you'll get the RLC alerts too for LA which is nice.

With the money you save, you can put those extra funds towards a set of laser jammers which will probably give you more for your money than springing for a detector with more features that you're not going to always need.
 

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I would lean towards the R series (R1 or R3) since you have some terrain, the extra warning can be helpful. I would also consider if you do much time in CA to consider some laser protection as CHP loves their laser, they mainly use LTI and stalker guns, so you don't need a massive setup to deal with those threats either.
 

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I had a DFR9 for a while and it was outstanding. I now have an R7, which I would say provides slightly more warning on 34.7, but I've not done any sort of scientific testing. At first, I was questioning whether the R7 is worth the additional cost, but I do really like the arrows. On the downside, the R7 is definitely more noisy than the DFR9 was for me. More BSM false alerts, etc., eve with the settings dialed in properly to minimize these. If I had never tried an RD with arrows, I'd be perfectly happy with the DFR9.
 

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You have choices in CA that many of us in the rest of states don't. I have been driving around for years with my two 9500ix detectors. Recently one of them started getting flaky with it's GPS memory. It started taking 10-20 minutes to discover my position. Not good when running into a store and when restarting the car have the detector start it's long hunt for it's GPS position again. I tried to replace the capacitor, in the GPS section, but messed up a strap inside the detector. Making the 9500ix useless. This started my search for a replacement/updated detector. Unlike in CA, in Michigan K band is in use and I have been driving around with K band off in my 9500ix due to the amount of all the BSM’s. I found that most of the LEO's in my area are using Ka and enjoyed the relative quiet of the 9500ix's. When ever an alert came I knew it was most likely a LEO and was alert. I always have had adequate alerts sometimes 1.5+ miles. After spending days reading everything I found relevant I decided to replace my two 9500ix's with DFR7's. My logic is that the DFR7 is very inexpensive at this time. It also is stealth and I travel to Virginia. With the DFR7 I can leave the detector in use and not take it down like I did with the 9500ix. I got my DFR7's at less than 1/3 the cost of a R3. One from BuyDig and the other from Amazon. Most other detectors available are even more expensive than the R3. From my reading all the current detectors are plagued with BSM falseing. Some worse than others. With Escorts patents expiring we can expect a new crop of detectors coming out soon with automatic marking, arrows and hopefully better BSM filtering. I expect to use these DFR7’s for the next year or two until something better than what is available today is available. I'm especially interested in what Radenso comes out with since they seem to have the best BSM filtering now. I have read that the DFR7 is quieter than R3’s but is less sensitive. That’s probably why it is quieter. For me in Michigan where everything is relatively flat I expected the DFR7 to be more than adequate since my 9500ix’s are less sensitive and have worked well for me. What I am finding is that the DFR7 is not as quiet as I had expected. That may be that my area has many GM employees and a large number of fairly new GM vehicles are causing my DFR7 to give K band alerts. I am also finding that in the three weeks with the DFR7 I am not encountering as many Ka band as I usually did with my 9500ix’s. This is the opposite of what I expected. From what I have read the DFR7 should be more sensitive than a 9500ix.

I hope my experience is helpful to you. I would suggest you get a DFR7 or a 9500ix since they can be obtained at an inexpensive price and wait, as I am, for something better than today’s detectors.
 

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You could always order a V1. Wait.....NVM. Just go with any of the R series, no wait, no fuss and free updates! Radenso also has great RD's, but not sure if the price is right.
 

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