Why do people upgrade?

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I read threads when a detector comes out and people are thrilled with it. The R-1 or the Rodense SP or the V-1 got rave reviews and the radar they purchased they were very happy about but a year or so later, the same person has purchased an R-3 or another newer model. I just don’t get why?

if a radar detector is working well for you, why change to another one for slight improvements? If the purpose for why you bought one in the first place has worked, why change?
 

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I read threads when a detector comes out and people are thrilled with it. The R-1 or the Rodense SP or the V-1 got rave reviews and the radar they purchased they were very happy about but a year or so later, the same person has purchased an R-3 or another newer model. I just don’t get why?

if a radar detector is working well for you, why change to another one for slight improvements? If the purpose for why you bought one in the first place has worked, why change?
Same reason people get a new iPhone every year. Gotta have the latest one.
 

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Fair question. I can't answer for anyone else but, the reasons I upgrade "occasionally" is for a feature...or set of features I find worth the upgrade. Range is a big reason, but so is BSM filtering. Arrows and customizable alert presentation is another that is secondary to range and filtering however, after being spoiled to the additional information of arrows and alert tones that I can live with...along with display settings that make sense to me, I can't go back. My R7 fits my needs in my primary vehicle, but I still run older Escorts in my secondary vehicle. I gave my daughter my old MAX II. Right now my only interest is in Theia when it is released. That should be a monumental leap that I think will be worth an upgrade.

Perhaps it's "new toy" syndrome for others. I don't know. It is fun to try all things if you can afford it. But technology is pushing forward at a fast pace, so those improvements are worth it if you are truly serious about CM's. I travel far and wide, so I need all the technology covered, and stealth capability, as well. The "10 over" driver that stays close to home may not need the latest and greatest, so there is something for everyone depending on your immediate needs.

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Where can I find info about this “Theia”?
 

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I second Phil’s comments. There have been some noticeable gains in the last several years with the big features; range, display info and BSM filtering.

I will add to this one very very significant factor. You have to realize what this place is. The membership here are by and large enthusiasts for any number of reasons. This means strict purchasing or financial rational are overridden by the passion and interest we all have for the technology and the the joy it gives us to tinker, experiment and explore.
 
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There is a ton of info in theia in the radenso section. Part of it is finding what works best for your area, and also over time the environment changes, maybe falses weren't as common but then more BSM cars come on the road and you want to find something with better filtering. Range improvements are also a factor for a lot of folks especially in tough terrain, getting something with a little more range can make those short range alerts due to hills and curves a little more comfortable. I am still good with my R1, and don't have a huge budget for changing things, at the same time the area I'm in still is a good fit for the R1.
 

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@PHILBERT makes some great points. Increased range and sensitivity , improvements to BSM filtering, and “alert presentation” are important factors to me when I upgrade or buy an additional radar detector.

I like running a variety of radar detectors, and the V1G2 is my primary detector that I am currently running. Sometimes a new radar detector is like a new toy for the RD/CM enthusiast. As @MrMeeseeks stated, there are many people that upgrade their phone each year even though their current phone is just fine.

There are so many hobbies out there where people upgrade their equipment or buy additional equipment on a frequent basis to have the “latest and greatest”.


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if a radar detector is working well for you, why change to another one for slight improvements? If the purpose for why you bought one in the first place has worked, why change?
"Working well" doesn't mean it's absent of annoyances. You buy the best of what you can afford at the time, but at some point you reach a theoretical maximum of what you can get out of it, and that forces you to decide - "yes, I can live with it" or "no, I have to upgrade".
 

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Depends where you live.
Just looking back, safety systems that were only reserved for the top trim models are getting cheaper and making their way in to the lower trims.
I referring to
BSM
Cross Collision Avoidance
Adaptive Cruise Control
Emergency Braking Systems

Solar powered speed signs that only use power when something gets in their proximity. Automatic door openers .... well a lot of that encroaches into the K band spectrum.
Newer types on automatic enforcement such as MRCD MRCT Gatso Redflex on the horizon or already in your area.

More memory and lockout requirements.

It’s not a must for everyone to update... but the effectiveness of a radar detector loses its ability if it’s always going off to false alerts. You start ignoring it.

Maybe you live in an area where you could still get away with an original Escort Max without updates for as long as you live.

That’s why there’s no one perfect radar detector for every area you drive in. Some of us that buy/build vehicles that can brake the national speed limits before getting out of 2nd gear.... are likely to play around every once in a while when it’s safe.
 

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I upgraded to Gen2 because of the rave reviews of off-axis mainly. But also for built in B/T and other improvements.
But I've stuck with VR for 25 years because the way they operate suits me.
I'm sure some people buy the latest hot thing just to say they have one.
 

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I'm always looking for more range and off axis to help in my fight against all of this I/O I face here in NC! The trick is to have a detector that can get even the faintest sniff of an I/O shot when they pop a car or truck way ahead of you around a curve or over a hill or both! Although my Redline-O's and R1's are both great at this, upgrading to the V1G2 brings this to yet another level!
 

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The off-axis is super noticeable improvement with the V1G2 versus my other detectors @Kennyc56 ! That alone has saved me by giving me a few more seconds than others I own!
 

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if a radar detector is working well for you, why change to another one for slight improvements? If the purpose for why you bought one in the first place has worked, why change?

Simple. Because new detectors are generally more effective. Newer detectors:
1) can detect threats further away and give you more warning;
2) integrate additional data sources, such as alerts from Wayze;
3) reduce the number of annoying false alerts; and......

They are new toys!

You don't still have a glass tube TV, a 286 computer, a dial up internet connection, or a leisure suit, do you? :)
 

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The off axis in the V1G2 is definitely awesome. It definitely is an improvement over my Max360c and my V1G1’s that I have owned in the past. As impressive as my R3 is, I think my V1G2 has cranked it up a notch.


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Because we have a problem! Isn’t it obvious! Way to call us out btw, jeez. ;)

seriously, newer tech usually means better performance and while it’s true that an older model Would likely be sufficient, I for one like the performance bump.
 

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Personally, I like new toys. Even if my current detector works good for my needs, If it’s an upgrade I’ll sometimes buy it. Simple as that.

Example: My R7 has never let me down; especially since I’m in California and can neuter K band. When Theia is released I’ll likely buy one shortly after the first batch gets tested (if the hype holds).
 
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The real question is why do some people have multiple new detectors for the same vehicle?

Things that make you go... Hmmmm
Now that I don't understand. I want to know all the quirks of the one model, so that reacting to an alert is instinctive. I don't want different ramps ups and alert tones etc.
 

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