Been out of the scene for a while, need recommendation on a new detector

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Hey all;

It's been a while, but I need to poke back in and ask for some help.

I currently have a Beltronics STi-R Plus that has generally served me well. Over the past few years, however, I've seen more and more BMS falses. I've had thoughts of a new detector due to this in the back of my mind for a while. Last Saturday, I drove a little over an hour to get the daughter moved into college. I encountered stretches where the detector was constantly buzzing due to BSMs. It's time for a replacement.

I have a hard top convertible, and while I hardly ever leave the top down when parked, I prefer a remote mount so I don't have to worry about it. I also like the flexibility to put the display where I want. The only pricing I see on the new Escort remotes now, though, is over $2,000 - well out of what I want to or can spend. Willing to compromise for a creative middle ground.


1. What kind of vehicle you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount?
Mazda Miata hard top convertible. Prefer remote.

2. What's your budget?
Not sure what I can get for the STiR, looking to add as little as possible beyond that, but a detector is still less than a ticket, so...

3. Where you live ( address not needed of course) and what states , country or areas you primarily drive? ( this is essential)
Southern NJ. Drive on all kinds of areas - main county roads, back roads, semi-highways, highways. Probably more concerned with open twisty roads, but my STiR has saved me in a variety of situations.

4. How you drive?
Shall we say, spirited?

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 only a few miles on main county roads, mostly traffic.

6. How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
Years.

7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake.
Curves and hills. My quest for a better radar detector came years ago in my MR2 when I came around a bend and all 5 lights on my detector at the time lit up.

8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
Jersey doesn't use them but Philly does. I'm not in the habit of running red lights but they do make me paranoid.

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.
Don't know, never had this feature.

10. Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area?
Don't know what these are.

So, looking for help in detector suggestions that will filter BSMs and hopefully can be permanently mounted and somewhat hidden.

thanks!
 

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If you want a remote/hidden system, you may go with Escort Max CI 360. For windshield mount, Radenso Pro M. The thing is, how much do you want to spend?
 

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you are not going to get anything remote for your budget that is decent.

Whistler makes a unit but is bad like Sushi off a gas station.

Since detectors are not illegal in your area I would look at the following detectors:

Uniden R3: Fairly cheap, you can probably get one around 300 bucks , possibly cheaper if you buy used,this unit has the best range of any windshield detector, is compact and has good BSM filters when set up correctly.

Uniden R7: Same as the R3 but with a bit more range, dual antenna so it tells you where the signal is coming from.Great big screen although a bit chattier thanks to the double antenna.also one of the bulkiest detectors you can get.retails :$600 US dollars

Radenso pro M: Most quiet, does not have the range that the uniden, but detects MRCD the best of any dash mounted detector, (MRCD are basically Low powered K band speed cams, not used where you live but you never know when they may move in.)The display is antiquated and the sound like a radio shack detector from 90s . but the unit is well made and the support is awesome. WE have a rep in these forums representing them.Retails:$450 US.

Escort 360c: good range,arrows to point out where the radar is, great BSM filtering but it's best feature is that it connects to your car Wi-fi and allows you to update anywhere and connects you to the Escort's radar alerts network, but it is pricey at 650 dollars

MY recommendation:if your budget is tight, the Uniden R3 is an absolute winner, fairly quiet when set up correctly, best range fairly stealth to radar detector detectors (for states like Virginia and Canada) Great digital display . if your budget allows for more the R7 is the best and the baddest out there for 600 dollars , it struggles with laser (so does the R3)but laser detection never been a good deterrent against lidar, use waze or get some TMG or ALPs for laser later on.
 

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Sound advice!

Personally I think you will appreciate the Radenso Pro M the most from what you describe.
 

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I still use an STiR in my Honda Odyssey. I couldn't put up with the BSM falsing anymore so I segmented it to just Ka band a couple of years ago. A couple of thoughts:

- You won't get much $$ if you sell the STiR. It's an outdated detector for the most part but it still works well with Ka band.
- When I segmented my STiR to Ka only, I added a windshield mount (Max 2) to cover X and K bands. We mostly see Ka in my area but the Max 2 picks up the occasional K band that we see here. I also use it for X band when I travel to see my in-laws in Ohio.
- The newer remotes (Max Ci and Radenso RC M) are much better regarding BSM filtering but they're very expensive and they're not perfect.

If you're looking for a simple solution without a large outlay of cash, I'd just add a newer windshield detector to cover K and X bands. Hope that helps.
 

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IMHO first decide your tolerances for noise. If quiet is foremost then either the ProM or 360C. If avg noise then the R3. I own both and they each serve my purposes just fine when set up to play nicely together though you'll get advice against using two at the same time. I've had no issues to complain about using the 2 simultaneously. But I'm a rebel where that goes. The advice Venom gave is on target I think, as an overall report. My 2 cts worth.
 

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Radenso RC-M for remote/hidden (ALP can be added later) and for on windshield then the Pro M.
 

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I went from a STI-R to a Uniden R1 and the full blast K band BSM alerts went from WTF to some noises and even less once tweaked as I run her in city mode mostly (17% roughly) and have advanced set to 70% when I expect k band alerts and aren't around lots of k band from stores, etc. ie on the highway or some really hard core back roads but I've gotten roughly 1 mile hits in city mode with the cop coming at me from the opposite direction with the R1 so yeah... R3 is a good safe bet but the Pro M if you really want it quite! :)
 

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I still use an STiR in my Honda Odyssey. I couldn't put up with the BSM falsing anymore so I segmented it to just Ka band a couple of years ago. A couple of thoughts:

- You won't get much $$ if you sell the STiR. It's an outdated detector for the most part but it still works well with Ka band.
- When I segmented my STiR to Ka only, I added a windshield mount (Max 2) to cover X and K bands. We mostly see Ka in my area but the Max 2 picks up the occasional K band that we see here. I also use it for X band when I travel to see my in-laws in Ohio.
- The newer remotes (Max Ci and Radenso RC M) are much better regarding BSM filtering but they're very expensive and they're not perfect.

If you're looking for a simple solution without a large outlay of cash, I'd just add a newer windshield detector to cover K and X bands. Hope that helps.
I agree! I'd keep running the STIR since it's a killer on Ka band, I'd find a R1, or R3 in our classifieds, I've gotten 2 R1's from there that are just like brand new! I'd update it to 1.50 turn on K block, TFS and K filter, seg it to 2-5-8, and let them eat! This would be one hell of a tag team! @bslaws R7 would also kill it with your STIR!
 
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As far as dash mounted detectors go, I would recommend a Uniden R1 or R3 if you want GPS, manual lockouts, and red light camera / speed camera database. As @venom690 said, it is difficult to find a high performance remote radar detector without spending a lot of money.

I pretty much run the same settings that @Kennyc56 does on my R3. I run my R3 on firmware 1.50, TSF on, K and Ka filters on, K-block on, with Ka segments 2,4,5,6,8 on. My R3 under firmware 1.50 has better BSM filtering and fewer false alarms than my Escort Max360c in my opinion.


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This can't be real..

I'm talking about the RC cola. I haven't seen one for sale in decades.
I never saw rc cola until I moved to the Midwest. The further south you go the more prominent it is.


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Thanks all, gives me a few things to look at. The Radsenso is small, so I'm wondering if I can permanently mount it somewhere semi-integrated.
 

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