DFR7 / DFR9 / R3 / R7 :) Upgrade or not ...

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I'm still happily using my DFR7 (we're a good team) but was always wondering 'should I upgrade ?' .

The DFR9 seemed to be the same platform as the DFR7 with almost identical performance and a 'fancier' display but the tendency to burn in.

R3 same/similar display as DFR9 (or the other way round) but with noticeable improvements in detection range

R7 'arrows' somewhat better performance than R3, but also pricier ..

I had a look at this test, with the DFR9 still in it

From that test I think that the DFR7/9 is still an awesome detector to own on a 'budget'

What are your thought on this?
Anyone moved from DFR7 to R3 / R7?

Cheers
 
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DFR7 still is an awesome detector. I use one too!
I'll be looking to upgrade to an R3 this Christmas. I would avoid the DFR9, you don't get any detection improvements over the DFR7.
 

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It depends what you have in your area. On 34.7 the DFR series is very good. On 33.8 and 35.5 it’s better than average but the R3/7 are excellent. With the crazy prices we’ve seen on the R3 it is hard to not recommend upgrading.
 

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The R3 has a gain (db) improvement over the DFR platform on its receiver. The R7 even more so. More gain equals more range. Plus, their digital architecture makes them marginally faster.

It all depends on your budget. If you can afford to upgrade, *and* you need more range, or your terrain has a lot of obstructions, the R3 or R7 will give you better performance. If you drive in the wide open a lot, don't have a lot of obstructions, or are budget limited, the DFR7 is going to serve you well.
 

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I'm still happily using my DFR7 (we're a good team) but was always wondering 'should I upgrade ?' .

The DFR9 seemed to be the same platform as the DFR7 with almost identical performance and a 'fancier' display but the tendency to burn in.

R3 same/similar display as DFR9 (or the other way round) but with noticeable improvements in detection range

R7 'arrows' somewhat better performance than R3, but also pricier ..

I had a look at this test, with the DFR9 still in it

From that test I think that the DFR7/9 is still an awesome detector to own on a 'budget'

What are your thought on this?
Anyone moved from DFR7 to R3 / R7?

Cheers
I'm in the same boat. I'll start off by say that I do not find enough value in upgrading. I got my DFR7 for $120-130. The cheapest you can get R3 is $275. I would not even go close to double the performance and, from experience, I have not had a case of legit alert where I thought I need more detection range. That being said, I got lasered with it and pulled over but it was my first and only laser detection, so I was more confused by the alert notification that my reaction was delayed, not that it would have mattered.

I further use the DFR in my secondary vehicle. I run OG Escort Max on Auto noX in my primary vehicle, but I have not noticed tangible difference between the two in detection range and the Escort is that little bit easier to use and a tad less falsing. I rarely drive over 100 and very occasionally in excess of 150 and as I said I haven't really had an issue with the range of either detectors. I actually thing that a more sensitive radar will be not any more beneficial, but actually picking up signals that are not even on my route.

So my recommendation would be, if you are really not lacking range with your detection, save your money.

just my 2cents

PS: Have you notice any range increase/benefit from going to NZ fw?
 

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I’ve been running the R3 for awhile now and it’s a great detector with awesome range. Check out the “Used / For sale by members” section of forum or amazon as there are some great deals right now.
 

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I have the DFR7 and the DFR9. Paid $200 for each a couple years apart.
Love both of them. Bought the DFR9 for the added features that the R3 has. If you can afford a $300 RD, I'd go with the R3. That's what I want Santa to bring me...lol

Here are some test results by @Vortex showing the R3 & DFR9
DFR9 vs Ka 35.5.png
DFR9 vs Ka 34.7.png
DFR9 vs Ka 33.8.png
 

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In those test results, lots of detectors alerted right around the same spot which means things were pretty terrain-limited. In other situations and in other tests, you'll see different results. In other tests the DFR series detectors sometimes didn't perform this well. So as always, please be sure to look through lots and lots of tests before coming to any final conclusion.

That said, when it comes to range, filtering, and features, the DFR7 and DFR9 definitely do offer the best bang for the buck against any other detector at this pricepoint, that's for sure.
 

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So my recommendation would be, if you are really not lacking range with your detection, save your money.

just my 2cents

PS: Have you notice any range increase/benefit from going to NZ fw?

Yes, I think I'll stick with the DFR7 though it would be 'interesting' to catch up with recent developments.
20% more range (give or take) would be nice but for my kind of 'driving' it doesn't really have an impact.

If the R3 would be more in the $230 range then I'd be more tempted. ;)
Maybe there is a BlackFriday deal coming?

I'm currently still in the UK but will be in Florida in 10 days.
Then it's going to be test time for the NZ version of the firmware.
I have a certain spot where a LEO is always hiding in the bushes and the DFR mostly gave me 3/4 of a mile alerts.

(on 33.8 GHz)

The 'new' band segmentation features of the NZ FW make the DFR even more interesting ..

I tested the NZ FW in the UK on GATSO, and that worked well. (23.9GHz)
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In those test results, lots of detectors alerted right around the same spot which means things were pretty terrain-limited. In other situations and in other tests, you'll see different results. In other tests the DFR series detectors sometimes didn't perform this well. So as always, please be sure to look through lots and lots of tests before coming to any final conclusion.

That said, when it comes to range, filtering, and features, the DFR7 and DFR9 definitely do offer the best bang for the buck against any other detector at this pricepoint, that's for sure.

Hi ...
First I'd like to say 'Thank You for all the work, effort and dedication put into this!'

Yes, I understand that the test is possibly not as real world as it could get but still a good benchmark.

Your test was a very comprehensive, and I was thinking if you could add an older detector that once was a
gold standard as a baseline? For example the Escort Redline ...

As you said in one of your many excellent videos: Where you live and drive dictates what detector would be best.
I'm mostly in FL, CA, NV, AZ and as such look more at KA band with K/X often off.
 
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Yes, I think I'll stick with the DFR7 though it would be 'interesting' to catch up with recent developments.
20% more range (give or take) would be nice but for my kind of 'driving' it doesn't really have an impact.

If the R3 would be more in the $230 range then I'd be more tempted. ;)
Maybe there is a BlackFriday deal coming?

I'm currently still in the UK but will be in Florida in 10 days.
Then it's going to be test time for the NZ version of the firmware.
I have a certain spot where a LEO is always hiding in the bushes and the DFR mostly gave me 3/4 of a mile alerts.

(on 33.8 GHz)

The 'new' band segmentation features of the NZ FW make the DFR even more interesting ..

I tested the NZ FW in the UK on GATSO, and that worked well. (23.9GHz)
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Hi ...
First I'd like to say 'Thank You for all the work, effort and dedication put into this!'

Yes, I understand that the test is possibly not as real world as it could get but still a good benchmark.

Your test was a very comprehensive, and I was thinking if you could add an older detector that once was a
gold standard as a baseline? For example the Escort Redline ...

As you said in one of your many excellent videos: Where you live and drive dictates what detector would be best.
I'm mostly in FL, CA, NV, AZ and as such look more at KA band with K/X often off.
You may have seen this but the TXCTG index has lots of older detectors to compare against if you want to look through them.
 

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You may have seen this but the TXCTG index has lots of older detectors to compare against if you want to look through them.

Thank you! :)
 

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In those test results, lots of detectors alerted right around the same spot which means things were pretty terrain-limited. In other situations and in other tests, you'll see different results. In other tests the DFR series detectors sometimes didn't perform this well. So as always, please be sure to look through lots and lots of tests before coming to any final conclusion.

That said, when it comes to range, filtering, and features, the DFR7 and DFR9 definitely do offer the best bang for the buck against any other detector at this pricepoint, that's for sure.
I also think that most of the dfr7 tests/reviews out there were run when the detector was new and are run with older fw, like 1.00. dfr9 tests run much closer to R3 than dfr7 did to R3 when R3 first came out. So these test results also need to be taken with a grain of salt.
 

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