The Whistler CR97.. Would you recommend to others? Based on your experience?

The Whistler CR97.. Would you recommend to others? Based on your experience?

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JohnRock

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The Whistler CR97.. Is a disappointment. No support. for current issues. Doesn't know K from Ka Band.. The basics of radar detection? Is it heads or tails? How many lumps do you want? 3 or 4? Whats the point? I feel like I spent big money on the same rebanded Chinese radar detector I could have picked up for $15 dollars online .. Worthless
 
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I have a CR 97, i think it is a fantastic RD if it didnt have K/Ka band confusion to Honda/Acura BSMs. However, due to this being such an issue, I would not recommend it to a friend. Other than the K/Ka band confusion, it has great range, amazing laser sensitivity, and great reactivity to I/O shots. If only Whistler would fix the Ka band confusion!
 
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Me too! I love my CR95 and 97. They have great range on Ka band, and are as fast against Q/T and I/O as anything I've ever seen! Off axis kills them however, but no more than it kills my V1. The killer is the way it takes a K band BSM and turns it into a false Ka band alert! I still run mine from time to time, but I can't recommend it to anyone else till they fix the K band/Ka band mix up. If and when they fix that, it will be a bad @ss detector! The CR97 is incredible against laser also!
 
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Me too! I love my CR95 and 97. They have great range on Ka band, and are as fast against Q/T and I/O as anything I've ever seen! Off axis kills them however. but no more than it kills my V1. The killer is the way it takes a K band BSM and turns it into a false Ka band alert! I still run mine from time to time, but I can't recommend it to anyone else till they fix the K band/Ka band mix up. If and when they fix that, it will be a bad @ss detector! The CR97 is incredible against laser also!
you cant copy what I said you ole red neck hill billy sheep chaser. Find your own lines
 

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you cant copy what I said you ole red neck hill billy sheep chaser. Find your own lines
All you said was it had issues, you crazy inbred b****!:buddy:
 
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If they can fix the k/ka mixup, I would love it. I can't recommend it to our CM disease riddled bunch. On Ka its not bad, its Whistlers best to date and the red light db is very good here in NY. The interface and display are actually the best IMHO. I also run it now and then and with all of the experimentation I keep FDSR on, ka at 1 and xk at 0 because I think the mixups are less. TFSR is off but I keep it in City mode where it beeps on initial alert and then stays quiet unless the signal gets stronger. FDSR on and it id's every BSM like its designed to do, but put TFSR on or up the xk filter and I find k/Ka confusion comes back.
 

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I wouldn’t recommend the CR97 to the enthusiast market especially at the $249 price point. I think there are better choices at and near that price point . It has its quirks, but I still use mine, but I wouldn’t buy another CR97. This is the first Whistler I have owned since the 1980’s, and I thought I would give it a try. I am disappointed in the CR97, but I think I probably had my expectations too high. I know the K/Ka issue is frustrating, but using the Ka Max iD mode, this mixup actually helps me know when I am picking up a Honda/Acura BSM when I pick up a generic Ka signal given the absence of a specific K-band frequency display on the CR97.

I will say I have a $649 Escort Max360c (this is my second one, a warranty exchange unit for my first Max360c that had issues) that I just sent back to Escort for service this week due to it “sleeping” aka “silent lock up” and not picking up radar at times until power cycled. This “sleeping/silent lock up” on my Max360c has occurred three times since late May since the latest firmware update. There are others that experienced the same issue on the the Max360 and Max360c series. On a positive note, at least the $249 CR97 doesn’t have that issue.

My R3, well it is just a solid, precise, and reliable workhorse that just does it’s job, and it does it very well IMO. At the CR97 price point range , I would recommend a Uniden DFR9, and for a little more, the R3 is totally worth the extra expense with the new K-block feature IMO.








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Nothing new to add to this conversation. I had the CR97, but gave up on it for the same reasons.

Negatives: not good for off-axis at all, K/Ka band mix-up, not so good BSM filtering.

Positives: very sensitive, plenty of config options

Wish list: fixed K/Ka mix-up, frequency display for K band instead of the #### (if FDSr is ON). Seeing the frequency for K band alert can help you distinguish false or real in most of the cases.
 

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Nothing new to add to this conversation. I had the CR97, but gave up on it for the same reasons.

Negatives: not good for off-axis at all, K/Ka band mix-up, not so good BSM filtering.

Positives: very sensitive, plenty of config options

Wish list: fixed K/Ka mix-up, frequency display for K band instead of the #### (if FDSr is ON). Seeing the frequency for K band alert can help you distinguish false or real in most of the cases.
That sums it up well. I used my CR97 this past Friday, and I had a couple of solid C/O encounters (one K and one 34.7 Ka). I have been running TFSR off with XK filter at 3 and Ka filter at 2, and it seems that large GM SUVs with BSMs are now triggering my CR97 with K band alerts, but the Hondas and Acuras normally trigger the generic Ka or 33.8 alarm on my CR97. I agree with you a specific K-band frequency display would be more useful than the #### display with FDSr on. I never run FDSr on anymore. Hopefully Whistler can fix all of these issues in the CR95/97 replacement / successor models in the future.


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The CR97 is absolute shyte if you ask me.

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@hiddencam Whistler, more like Phistler(like piss)....

And don't forget those annoying tones.....

Unfortunately those #'s are not too nice. Bring that up to NJ/NY land and you might as well write yourself the ticket....
 

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@hiddencam Whistler, more like Phistler(like piss)....

And don't forget those annoying tones.....

Unfortunately those #'s are not too nice. Bring that up to NJ/NY land and you might as well write yourself the ticket....
haha poor old Whistler. Yeah it the toughest encounters the Whistler detectors simply cannot keep up with the upper tier detectors. We're very spoiled these days. For people who don't speed much more than the average LEO tolerance a bottom tier performer like the CR97 can seem like a good investment, particularly in open terrain, where the law of physics as it pertains to signal transmission helps them more than their raw sensitivity. Add all that nasty vegetation and obstacles, and their performance drops off sharply and you might find yourself owned by C/O in the worst circumstance. There's an old video buried in the archives here showing an XTR695 getting C/O owned by a Stalker II MDR during one of my test events. Walk of shame stuff. I imagine the CR97 suffering the same fate.
 

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Yeah the performance simply isn’t there. IMHO, just go get a DFR7 with longer range, better BSM filtering, and GPS lockouts for less money than the CR97...
 

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I mean, for $50 more, you can have an R1 at normal retail price. And if you look hard enough, you can find an R1 for the same price. And both have about the same GPS usefulness (okay, the CR97 will give you red light cameras. But so does VVaze, and I'd take the R1 performance any day).

I have a mega soft spot for Whistler, because it was my housemate's CR90 that got me into countermeasures in the first place. But the proof is in the pudding, and there's a lot of independent testing here that shows that the CR platform itself just doesn't compare. Maybe if you're in the desert, you can skirt by with one. But up here in New England, my R3 regularly only gives me a quarter of a mile detection range. I'd be toast with the Whistler...

Yeah the performance simply isn’t there. IMHO, just go get a DFR7 with longer range, better BSM filtering, and GPS lockouts for less money than the CR97...
I suggest a DFR7 to everyone who asks me about a radar detector. I lived with my DFR6 every single day for a year before my R3 upgrade and I loved it. The DFR platform will do almost everyone well, and be close to the same price (DFR9) or significantly less expensive (DFR7) than a CR97
 
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