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1. What kind of vehicle you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount?

I drive a Nissian NV 2500 work van Monday - Friday and a Dodge Challenger r/t on the weekends and on occasion a 71 Road runner. I will use it mostly for work,(my Van). A rear view window mount hard wired would be nice for the van. I would like it to be moved to my other vehicles when not working.

2. What's your budget?

My budget is between 250 -350

3. Where you live ( address not needed of course) and what states , country or areas you primarily drive? ( this is essential)

I live in NC. I am a dealer for DogWatch Hidden fences. (Pet containment systems) I travel to where ever there are dogs that need to be contained. 2 Hour radius from Wilmington NC

4. How you drive?

Not a real aggressive driver (in a work van) a little more so in my other cars.

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.

My daily drive is always different. No major large cities. but a combo

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

No counter measures waze and a good set of eyes.

7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake.

No hills on the coast

8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?

yes

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 wont to but can.

10. Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area?

I don't know?


So I have looked at the radenso xp and even spoke to them about it. Impressed that you can speak to a real person that knows so much, that goes a long way with me. I also looked at the uniden r3 not as impressed when I called Uniden. They did answer though.

How important are arrows like on the r7. Do I need to spend more. The xp now at 249 seems to be a great price point. It is the one I am leaning toward. How about a mirror mount, one is not listed for my 2018 Nissan NV 2500. I think I looked at the Blend mounts.

Thank you in advance
Rob
 

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If you've never run a radar detector before it may be a bit difficult to decide what features are important to you, which is one reason that we ask you to fill out the questionnaire like you have.

Most of the top detectors are really close on sensitivity (with some caveats) so I'll focus on other features.

One main consideration is GPS.

GPS helps with a few things. Sure it can display your speed and may help auto dimming routines on detectors without light sensors but it also allows for speed and red light camera warnings. Some of the best arguments for GPS though are being able to lockout stationary false alerts (Every Wallgreens, CVS, Grocery store or any other door openers), and to allow for low speed muting. Basically silencing your detector under a speed threshold.

If you live in a rural area and drive on the highway most of the time, you don't have as much need for GPS, though it's still preferable. The more urban the more it becomes a necessity IMO.

Another consideration is probably how well the detector works on K band including how it filters out other false alerts like vehicle blind spot monitoring systems. Some detectors like the ProM V1G2 and even Escort Max 360 are really good at filtering out BSM; albeit at the price of reduced K band range (in most cases) as compared to "noisier" detectors like a Uniden R3 or R7. That being said, when you set the options to reduce the sensitivity of the "noisy" detectors they will get close to as quiet as the other options. If you don't face K band in your area, this will be less important to you.

How about arrows? I can tell you that I really don't like running detectors that don't have arrows anymore. I do own a couple but I find the situational awareness of knowing where the signal is coming from to be invaluable. Once you go arrows, I doubt you will ever go back. That being said, options with arrows are more expensive.

Lastly, is running an app. I find running an app to be invaluable and basically run JBV1 all the time. JBV1 includes crowd sourced alerts from waze but gives those alerts much sooner and also alerts to suspicious aircraft that could be doing speed enforcement, redlight cams, etc. You can save your own user marks too. On top of all that, it will connecto to a V1, G1 or G2 and TMG jammers, giving them all more options and much increased functionality. Without JBV1 I would probably run an R7 all the time, but with it, I can run a V1G2 and get way more functionality than an R7

My favorite detectors right now are the Uniden R7 and V1G2, the latter only WITH an app.

The R3 would be a good choice inside your budget at around $300. It has GPS but no arrows. R7 is a little out of your budget but they can be had for less than $440. If you think you'd really like arrows, I'd consider stretching for that.
 

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I have the Radenso Pro M ...coming from a V1gen1. I really like the Pro M, very quite out of the box (or you can tweak it). Great range and very few false's. Was gonna get the R3/R7, but everything I read on here says you need to dial back the sensitivity on K band or it will drive you crazy with falses ( k band only in Pennsylvania). So why buy the king of range if you cant use all of it. Like buying a Dodge Demon Redeye and disconnecting 4 cylinders because its to fast..dont make sense.

I do really like the one on one help/contact I recieved from Radenso. Nice to talk to live friendly people. Answered my emails and questions (Valentine still hasn't answered any of mine, ashame, 18 years of loyalty).

The thing is, their is no perfect RD for every situation.

You will be happy with R1/R3/R7 Unidens, or a Valentine or Radenso. They are top tier.
 

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I have the Radenso Pro M ...coming from a V1gen1. I really like the Pro M, very quite out of the box (or you can tweak it). Great range and very few false's. Was gonna get the R3/R7, but everything I read on here says you need to dial back the sensitivity on K band or it will drive you crazy with falses ( k band only in Pennsylvania). So why buy the king of range if you cant use all of it. Like buying a Dodge Demon Redeye and disconnecting 4 cylinders because its to fast..dont make sense.
The "king of range" is $150 cheaper than the ProM so you could also say, "why buy a more expensive 4 cylinder when I can get an 8 cylinder with cylinder deactivation and only use them when I need them?". LOL That being said, I'm sure he'd be happy with a Pro M as well. The Pro M's also have probably the smallest footprint of the detectors being considered.

Just remember that quiet has a price, and that price is sensitivity. A ProM on TsRej high has significantly reduced K band sensitivity just like dialing back an R series to get it quieter.
 

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1. What kind of vehicle you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount?

I drive a Nissian NV 2500 work van Monday - Friday and a Dodge Challenger r/t on the weekends and on occasion a 71 Road runner. I will use it mostly for work,(my Van). A rear view window mount hard wired would be nice for the van. I would like it to be moved to my other vehicles when not working.

2. What's your budget?

My budget is between 250 -350

3. Where you live ( address not needed of course) and what states , country or areas you primarily drive? ( this is essential)

I live in NC. I am a dealer for DogWatch Hidden fences. (Pet containment systems) I travel to where ever there are dogs that need to be contained. 2 Hour radius from Wilmington NC

4. How you drive?

Not a real aggressive driver (in a work van) a little more so in my other cars.

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.

My daily drive is always different. No major large cities. but a combo

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

No counter measures waze and a good set of eyes.

7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake.

No hills on the coast

8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?

yes

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 wont to but can.

10. Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area?

I don't know?


So I have looked at the radenso xp and even spoke to them about it. Impressed that you can speak to a real person that knows so much, that goes a long way with me. I also looked at the uniden r3 not as impressed when I called Uniden. They did answer though.

How important are arrows like on the r7. Do I need to spend more. The xp now at 249 seems to be a great price point. It is the one I am leaning toward. How about a mirror mount, one is not listed for my 2018 Nissan NV 2500. I think I looked at the Blend mounts.

Thank you in advance
Rob
@jackhelmhold is selling his R3. Give him a shout.
 

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I have the Radenso Pro M ...coming from a V1gen1. I really like the Pro M, very quite out of the box (or you can tweak it). Great range and very few false's. Was gonna get the R3/R7, but everything I read on here says you need to dial back the sensitivity on K band or it will drive you crazy with falses ( k band only in Pennsylvania). So why buy the king of range if you cant use all of it. Like buying a Dodge Demon Redeye and disconnecting 4 cylinders because its to fast..dont make sense.

I do really like the one on one help/contact I recieved from Radenso. Nice to talk to live friendly people. Answered my emails and questions (Valentine still hasn't answered any of mine, ashame, 18 years of loyalty).

The thing is, their is no perfect RD for every situation.

You will be happy with R1/R3/R7 Unidens, or a Valentine or Radenso. They are top tier.
Agree with you on the ProM. The best balanced
Falses Vs Alerts. My "opinionated" GF has mine.
I NEVER want to disappoint her. As for the R3
Yeah bit chatty but a superior distance performer
I re-got a R3 over the R7. Price and obviously quieter.

Benzr
 

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The "king of range" is $150 cheaper than the ProM so you could also say, "why buy a more expensive 4 cylinder when I can get an 8 cylinder with cylinder deactivation and only use them when I need them?". LOL That being said, I'm sure he'd be happy with a Pro M as well. The Pro M's also have probably the smallest footprint of the detectors being considered.

Just remember that quiet has a price, and that price is sensitivity. A ProM on TsRej high has significantly reduced K band sensitivity just like dialing back an R series to get it quieter.
T-U-R-B-O my friend!
Quick, better fuel (cough cough) cheaper insurance.....lol...yeah right, whom am I kidding... love to have another bad a** v8 (my 1st car was a 69 nova, then a 84 monte carlo ss)
Fast enough for me, I'm over my midlife hauling a** days, after a bad situation on my GSX1000 one time....i slowed down. (3Daughters and 5grandkids woke me up)..plus 2 major heartaches in last year and half and recently discovered aneurism. Not in a big rush anymore. 10-15 over PSL.

True that on quite, been tweaking mine as most likely he will too (as is everyonein here). Since PSP love low powered k band I/O ambushes, I have mine pretty aggressively. still quiter then my late V1GEN1.

I need another RD, wife trying to confiscate mine now. She likes it since its quiter then my last one.

Would love Theia, ( on email list) but dont know how long till it's ready or the cost and that scares me on that. 2nd runner up is a new V1GEN2 (loved my old one, miss the arrows and counter) got spoiled...but all you guys got me paranoid to order one do to issues.
 

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I agree with most if what is said here the R3 is"The best bang for your buck"
It is outstanding.
However,
If you want minimum effort to get a quiet detector for all the "different" daily drives you make, a Pro M will give you more than enough protection plus the best filtering of false alerts and GPS lockouts too.
I would also consider these older models that you may come in under budget on and still be protected.
Escort Max II - For auto lockouts, plug and drive with excellent protection. if no MRCD/CT required I would get before spending on Pro M.
Uniden DFR 9 and DFR 7. Possible great deals to be found for a little less protection than R3 but hanging in there with the pack.

Sometimes going high end right away on a detector you never appreciate the high end functions, when for far less get a very similar experience and protection with a mid level detector
Vortex Radar website has reviews of all the detectors so you can compare.
Good luck.
 

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T-U-R-B-O my friend!
Quick, better fuel (cough cough) cheaper insurance.....lol...yeah right, whom am I kidding... love to have another bad a** v8 (my 1st car was a 69 nova, then a 84 monte carlo ss)
Fast enough for me, I'm over my midlife hauling a** days, after a bad situation on my GSX1000 one time....i slowed down. (3Daughters and 5grandkids woke me up)..plus 2 major heartaches in last year and half and recently discovered aneurism. Not in a big rush anymore. 10-15 over PSL.

True that on quite, been tweaking mine as most likely he will too (as is everyonein here). Since PSP love low powered k band I/O ambushes, I have mine pretty aggressively. still quiter then my late V1GEN1.

I need another RD, wife trying to confiscate mine now. She likes it since its quiter then my last one.

Would love Theia, ( on email list) but dont know how long till it's ready or the cost and that scares me on that. 2nd runner up is a new V1GEN2 (loved my old one, miss the arrows and counter) got spoiled...but all you guys got me paranoid to order one do to issues.
I WANT that 84 Carlo

IMO One of the classiest [email protected]@ss cars ever made

Well that and 70 Charger RT 440 6 pack
Roadrunner 426 Hemi w whaletail
68/69 Camaro SS
67/68/69/70 GOT 440

Ahhh the GOOD TIMES ...

Benzr
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I agree with most if what is said here the R3 is"The best bang for your buck"
It is outstanding.
However,
If you want minimum effort to get a quiet detector for all the "different" daily drives you make, a Pro M will give you more than enough protection plus the best filtering of false alerts and GPS lockouts too.
I would also consider these older models that you may come in under budget on and still be protected.
Escort Max II - For auto lockouts, plug and drive with excellent protection. if no MRCD/CT required I would get before spending on Pro M.
Uniden DFR 9 and DFR 7. Possible great deals to be found for a little less protection than R3 but hanging in there with the pack.

Sometimes going high end right away on a detector you never appreciate the high end functions, when for far less get a very similar experience and protection with a mid level detector
Vortex Radar website has reviews of all the detectors so you can compare.
Good luck.
Second yhe DFR7 !!

Can also get a LRD950 and FLASH the DFR7 FW

Benzr
 
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I own 5 R1's and am running all 5 of them in ghetto arrow setups! 3 of them are R1/Redline-O set ups, and 1 of them is a R1/R1 setup and they all kick @ss in NC against anything these [email protected] NC State Troopers throw at us including point blank I/O shots both front and rear! A R3 would kill it as well! I already had several of each of these detectors or I would have run a V1G2, which I also own now, or a R7 which is also a fantastic detector!
 

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I WANT that 84 Carlo

IMO One of the classiest [email protected]@ss cars ever made

Well that and 70 Charger RT 440 6 pack
Roadrunner 426 Hemi w whaletail
68/69 Camaro SS
67/68/69/70 GOT 440

Ahhh the GOOD TIMES ...
Benzr
I miss my 67 Firebird power by the Bowtie 350 Near ZZ4 classic engine, 4spd Mussie, and 308 rear... Offline no bueno, rolling, see ya till 138ish as gear limited...


As to the OP, R3 for best bang for buck. Might have a lead on one, if interested...PM
 

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I miss my 67 Firebird power by the Bowtie 350 Near ZZ4 classic engine, 4spd Mussie, and 308 rear... Offline no bueno, rolling, see ya till 138ish as gear limited...


As to the OP, R3 for best bang for buck. Might have a lead on one, if interested...PM
Ahhh i did forget to mention the Firebirds

SOOOOO many great [email protected] cars back then to be had. And 67 no less ... EXTREMELY rare nowadays !!

My theory is all the rich kids parents got them
Throaty engine cars and yhe idiots wrecked them cause they cant drive for sh!t 😮😮

Street racing was Easy pickins for me and my 58 corvette convertible w moved back firewall and replaced 4 spd and 454 LS6 balanced blueprinted by Holman moody race team, and Drag Trans w stall converter snd 411 gears 😏😏

450 horses stock 500 plus after mods.
Dual positraction burnouts all DOWN the hill and back up it. Won every race till i ran a Ninja 1000
Bike Made me look like I hit reverse at 120.

EGO shredded 😰😰😱😱

Oh yeah back then the NCHP had scatterguns and if you ran they blew out the back window

So ... either you was gone or you stopped.

Diff times for sure Back to topic ..

But yeah i did come back to my trusty R3.


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In your price range, I would also suggest the R3. There's a couple guys that utilize 2 detectors like you mentioned. @Kennyc56 has lots of success doing this, and he's also in NC. Maybe a Radenso XP in the rear window of your van?
I thought running more than one detector causes interference?. I was thinking about the dual antenna ones but not sure they would work well in my van. I do have rear widows but I have a metal permanent fold up ramp that covers 80percent of the back window when folded up (when driving)
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If you've never run a radar detector before it may be a bit difficult to decide what features are important to you, which is one reason that we ask you to fill out the questionnaire like you have.

Most of the top detectors are really close on sensitivity (with some caveats) so I'll focus on other features.

One main consideration is GPS.

GPS helps with a few things. Sure it can display your speed and may help auto dimming routines on detectors without light sensors but it also allows for speed and red light camera warnings. Some of the best arguments for GPS though are being able to lockout stationary false alerts (Every Wallgreens, CVS, Grocery store or any other door openers), and to allow for low speed muting. Basically silencing your detector under a speed threshold.

If you live in a rural area and drive on the highway most of the time, you don't have as much need for GPS, though it's still preferable. The more urban the more it becomes a necessity IMO.

Another consideration is probably how well the detector works on K band including how it filters out other false alerts like vehicle blind spot monitoring systems. Some detectors like the ProM V1G2 and even Escort Max 360 are really good at filtering out BSM; albeit at the price of reduced K band range (in most cases) as compared to "noisier" detectors like a Uniden R3 or R7. That being said, when you set the options to reduce the sensitivity of the "noisy" detectors they will get close to as quiet as the other options. If you don't face K band in your area, this will be less important to you.

How about arrows? I can tell you that I really don't like running detectors that don't have arrows anymore. I do own a couple but I find the situational awareness of knowing where the signal is coming from to be invaluable. Once you go arrows, I doubt you will ever go back. That being said, options with arrows are more expensive.

Lastly, is running an app. I find running an app to be invaluable and basically run JBV1 all the time. JBV1 includes crowd sourced alerts from waze but gives those alerts much sooner and also alerts to suspicious aircraft that could be doing speed enforcement, redlight cams, etc. You can save your own user marks too. On top of all that, it will connecto to a V1, G1 or G2 and TMG jammers, giving them all more options and much increased functionality. Without JBV1 I would probably run an R7 all the time, but with it, I can run a V1G2 and get way more functionality than an R7

My favorite detectors right now are the Uniden R7 and V1G2, the latter only WITH an app.

The R3 would be a good choice inside your budget at around $300. It has GPS but no arrows. R7 is a little out of your budget but they can be had for less than $440. If you think you'd really like arrows, I'd consider stretching for that.
The app that you mentioned jbv1 can anyone use that or is it attached to a radar brand?
So much good info.
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I thought running more than one detector causes interference?. I was thinking about the dual antenna ones but not sure they would work well in my van. I do have rear widows but I have a metal permanent fold up ramp that covers 80percent of the back window when folded up (when driving)
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The app that you mentioned jbv1 can anyone use that or is it attached to a radar brand?
So much good info.
I have found the r3 on Amazon for $299 the radenso xp is 250. I haven't heard much on the radenso xp here just the pro? I think I am leaning towards the r3 now.
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Yup! R3 is a phenomenal RD unit. Just read and follow Vortex’s set up instructions and you’re good to go!
How to I find vortex set up instructions?
 
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