Radar Detector Recommendation for driverboy13

driverboy13

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What kind of vehicle you have?
Audi A6

Do you want a remote mount or windshield mount detector?
Windshield, Remote Mount

What's your budget?
$550

Where do you live and where do you primarily drive?
ATL area - I drive mostly outside the perimeter with occasional trips into ATL itself. My longer distance trips are to NC, SC, TN, VA

How do you drive?
Without radar I try to be a +9 MPH driver. With radar, up to +20MPH

What is your daily drive like?
No daily drive. Home office.

How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
I started with the original Valentine One back in the 1990s. Bought an Escort 9500ix a few years ago. The false alerts from various BSM or similar is driving me crazy.

What is the terrain like where you normally drive?
flat to rolling hills - lots of curves

Are there red light and/or speed cams in your area?
Yes

Do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
Yes

Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?
Yes

What kind of device do you own or would use for your detector?
iOS

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

If you have any preconceived notions or thoughts about RDs, please tell us how long you've been using RDs or other units? etc. -- or any other relevant info you think might be important, let us know that as well.
Beyond an up to date feature set, I need to be able to filter out false alerts from BSM. Hondas are the absolute worst.
 

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I would recommend an R7 since you are using iOS or a V1G2 if you want to run a dedicated Android phone.
 

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+1 @Bocephus
the home range you describe also favors LIDAR usage that targets both front and rear of the car.. and one of your vacation destinations has anti-CM enforcement.. both of the popular choices, R7 and V1G2, have advocates based on your criteria..
 

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I would recommend an R7 since you are using iOS or a V1G2 if you want to run a dedicated Android phone.
R7 is a very good option.

But no need to rule out the V1G2 if using iOS. It's not like the R7's GPS features are more extensive or sophisticated than what an iOS user gets when pairing with the V1G2.

With some driving in VA, some hills, and lots of curves, the more reliable stealthiness to RDDs and the outstanding off-axis detection of the V1G2 certainly make it worth considering.

Not sure which is better against Honda/Acura BSMs. Maybe some others can weigh in on that front. Seems like both can be susceptible.

The Radenso Pro M doesn't have quite the range of the R7 and V1G2, but it is very good against Honda BSM. I pretty much never see alerts from Honda/Acura when running my Pro M.
 

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Thanks everyone. A couple of other things:

1) With the Passport 9500ix, I have a remote mute switch mounted on the steering column for easy access (and I need it with all the Honda BSM false alerts!). I know the V1G2 has this. What about R7 and Radenso?
2) Re: The V1G2. The iOS app looks great but doesn't that eliminate/hinder the use of the phone for Google Maps / Waze Navigation?
 

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Thanks everyone. A couple of other things:

1) With the Passport 9500ix, I have a remote mute switch mounted on the steering column for easy access (and I need it with all the Honda BSM false alerts!). I know the V1G2 has this. What about R7 and Radenso?
2) Re: The V1G2. The iOS app looks great but doesn't that eliminate/hinder the use of the phone for Google Maps / Waze Navigation?

1) While DIY solutions may be possible, Radenso doesn't make a remote mute for the pro M that I know of. I think you can get a power cord with a mute button for Uniden. Not exactly steering wheel but maybe a little closer for you if that's how you run it.

With a modern detector, the need for this will be less. Yes you'll still want to mute sometimes, but it shouldn't be the constant barrage. The Pro M will auto-mute itself after 8 seconds if you enable that option, and I've found that to be sufficient to where I basically never mute it manually. It mostly doesn't false. And when it does I just let it roll until the auto mute kicks in.

2) V1Driver will happily run in the background and you can still use maps/Waze/what-have-you.

From the developer himself:
- It was designed to allow users to just keep V1Driver in the background !!

Here's the main thread about it: https://www.rdforum.org/threads/50727/
 

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