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Hello all,
My wife had an old Bel for many many years (I think an RX-65 or older model) that finally just quit on her so I'm shopping around for a replacement RD for her that's the best combination of performance and price.

Vehicle: 2016 Nissan Rogue
Budget: would like to stay around $150 range but would reluctantly go up closer to $200 if necessary.
Location: vast majority of driving would take place in Fairfield County Connecticut, particularly commuting between Shelton and Fairfield towns.
Driving habits: She's not a lead-foot, primarily goes with the flow. She would not be the one out there zigging and zagging through traffic or flying ahead in the hammer lane drawing attention to herself.
Most typical daily drive is her commute to and from work between Shelton & Fairfield. Highway most traveled for this would be Rt 15 (Merritt Parkway) but very often breaks off during rush hours onto side streets to avoid congestion, accidents, etc, so very often deals with local PD in Fairfield, Trumbull, Easton, Monroe, Shelton and surrounding areas on streets close to the Parkway if she sneaks off to try to beat the traffic.
History: We've both been using RD's with regularity since the 1980's but often lag behind in technology since we keep what we have for along time.
Terrain: Lots of hills, curves, corners, wooded areas where a lot of driving would be done, both on highways and streets.
Traffic Cams/Red Light/Speed Cams? To my limited uneducated knowledge, I don't think they are around in CT (can someone confirm?). I know State and some local PD have cameras in a lot of areas for looking around (PTZ video of accident scenes etc) but I don't think they use cams for any traffic enforcement, but not 100% positive.
Phone apps: Not really any interest in integrating with a phone app. (She's not that into this, it's going to be set it and forget it with her, will rarely touch it after installation and setup)
Mounting: would be suction cup mounted on windshield.
MRCD/MRCT in our area? Forgive my ignorance but I don't know what this refers to. I've been out of the loop way too long.

I looked at the RDFGS for state of CT and it looks like the heavy concentration noted is Laser and Ka band for the most part, with some K band still possible and almost non-existent X.

The primary RD model I was gravitating towards that caught my eye as a good combination of performance, features and price is the Uniden DFR7, currently $149 on Amazon Prime's Uniden seller page. It's pretty much right at the price-point she was hopeful for, and we both would be a big fan of false signal reduction so the idea that you can disregard certain bands that in your area would be nothing but false signals, and also disregard below certain speeds. Also, auto-mute is a MUST. I thought the DFR7 had a pretty good price point for a GPS equipped model which enables a lot of nice features we'd really like to have.

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I was actually going to suggest a DFR7. There is a deal on buydig right now for $129 with free shipping. I just grabbed one as a spare/backup. They are excellent units, going to be way quieter than than the RX 65(I had a similar bel vector a couple years back). They have excellent filtering and with lockouts and low speed muting they are pretty quiet. I used to (two years ago) work in Stratford and communted down rt 8 and sometimes down the Merritt, so I know that area pretty well. In CT it's mostly KA and laser, there is a little kband. X is a unicorn so you can run with x off. Laser detection is pretty useless as they have your speed before you can react. My only ticket in CT was laser, and my Rd did alert but it was too late. So at some point look at ALP or TMG if you want laser protection. I would suggest using Waze as well as at least on the highways it really helps with police reports, got lots of saves from Waze over the years up there.

Here is the buy dig link: DFR7 - $129 - BuyDig. Mine just arrived today :)
 

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Thanks to both for the advice/guidance. I was probably going to get the DFR7 on my own had I not found this helpful forum first so it was nice to hear the reassurance here about that choice. As a matter of fact, I think I might get two since I'm still using my old "vintage" Bel RX65 and it's only a matter of time. And I'll probably like hers so much that I'll want one anyway! May as well upgrade both. Especially with the promo savings. :waycool:

UPDATE: Just placed the order for two of them. Got $80 off the pair using the promo code. She's happy, therefore I'm happy. Thanks again to both.
 
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I would wait and find a used R1 for $175. In my humble opinion anything less then that one might as well drive with nothing. A new Uniden DFR8 is an OK unit but for $70 more one can have a brand new R1!
 

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Havi g run the R1 in CT it is a bit too chatty as there is a lot of bsm and such, without low speed muting it's just too much. The DFR 7 should be a good fit and at the 129 price point it's a steal.
 

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I already placed the order for 2 DFR7's and got the confirmation for the order. Thanks again for the advice and the promo code for the savings.
 

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Compared to the RX 65, I think you'll really like the DFR7. I drove with my RX65 for at least 10 years and, though once very good, the BSM and K-band door openers made it increasingly annoying.
 

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Nice buy. They’re given them away at $129. Enjoy your new detectors!
 

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I can confirm the use of Laser even on the Merritt parkway! Thankfully CT State Police usually run lower end guns that are pretty easy to jam so a simple Front TMG or ALP setup would go a long way! I just moved down south about 2-3 months ago from CT so I remember the good times there for enforcement! Of course Georgia is a whole different animal running high end guns and hardcore on enforcement BUT the speeding "buffer" is a bit higher before they stop you! Go figure! :beer:
 

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A DFR7 will treat you very well in CT. I used a DFR6 daily in the New Haven area for a year. Unfortunately, you’re going to see almost all laser on the highways. However, the local towns I’ve driven through that had radar were almost always 34.7, which the DFR’s excel at.


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Great deal on a couple DFR7s! Enjoy and let us know what you and your wife think after putting some miles on them.
 

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I would wait and find a used R1 for $175. In my humble opinion anything less then that one might as well drive with nothing. A new Uniden DFR8 is an OK unit but for $70 more one can have a brand new R1!
Humble? You? I dont think so.
 

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Humble? You? I dont think so.

Very humble! I have been running CMs for over 40 years. A detector that only tells one they are getting a ticket is useless but more importantly a very BAD investment! And for anybody that seriously drives over PSL+10, than a Radar Detector is just that AN investment!

I have only had two speeding tickets since buying my first V1 in 1992 and both of those were on two lane roads, one on one late at night with no other traffic on the road with the last one being in 1998. It is impossible to beat Ka I/O in those situations especially before Waze existed.

So yes, in my humble opinion, anything less then an R1 as one’s Radar Detector for anyone that regularly drives over PSL +10 is a bad Investment! Reason for that is because that is exactly what an RD is, it is an investment in protection against speeding tickets. A good RD plus Waze with a healthy dose of situational awareness and common sense goes a long way in avoiding speeding tickets! Good Jammers like TMG and ALP round out ones full protection.

Coming back from North Carolina today I averaged +25 over, knocking an hour and 40 minutes off my total drive time. Proper CMs are also an investment in time management.
 

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I already placed the order for 2 DFR7's and got the confirmation for the order. Thanks again for the advice and the promo code for the savings.
You've scored the biggest bargain in RD's out there right now IMO. Once properly "trained" you'll love it!
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Transporter is right on Waze. It is a license saver! But my DFR7 has given me plenty of warning distance in my travels.
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Any regular city driving almost makes GPS a requirement. Makes the next step up (R3) a pretty big jump....
 
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Hey guys,
Haven't installed the wife's yet but I just installed mine moments ago and ready for first drive to work with it (which will be all city driving this week so curious to see false signal treatment)
I set mine to:
GPS on (default)
Speed camera on (default) not sure if needed in CT but in case we travel...
Red Light camera on (default) same, wonder if needed in CT....
Voice on (default)
X band - turned off from default on
K band - on (default)
Ka band - on (default)
TSF - off (default)
Ka filter - turned on from default off
K narrow - turned on from default off
Ka narrow - turned on from default off
Scan - on from default off
Display - set to show mph
Auto Mute - On (default)
Quiet ride - on - 30mph
GMT time set - UTC -5hrs (I'm in CT)
Daylight savings - On
BAT warning - On from off default
BAT saver - off
Self Test - set to off from on default (rather annoying to hear every time)

Gonna see how this goes and maybe tweak if needed anywhere.
Now we wait.... :shadyhat:
 

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I would wait and find a used R1 for $175. In my humble opinion anything less then that one might as well drive with nothing. A new Uniden DFR8 is an OK unit but for $70 more one can have a brand new R1!
TOO NOISEY FOR THE WIFEY !!

Just sayin'

DFR7 will fit her bill nicely !!!

Now HE O.P might wanna get the R1/R3 IMHO.

Too Late ... THE DFR7 is sn awesome upper mid-grade detector and saved my behind many times !!

A very good choice. It excels on 34.7.

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I would turn on TSF. That will filter a lot of falses from traffic monitoring systems. I would also caution you about running Ka narrow unless you really know what you’re doing. K narrow is a little less of an issue but personally I run that in wide too.
 

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I would turn on TSF. That will filter a lot of falses from traffic monitoring systems. I would also caution you about running Ka narrow unless you really know what you’re doing. K narrow is a little less of an issue but personally I run that in wide too.
I gave up using narrow also. Seems a proliferation of high and low K band everywhere. Started around here early this year.
 

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