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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 2008, 8:11 pm Thread Starter
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Escort has another new radar detector on the market. I bought one and it is very quiet. When it alerts you to something, it probably is real.

Here's their site: Escort 9500ix Information

Nice thing is the data-base for speed-traps, speed-cameras, and red-light cameras are updateable from their website and the unit's GPS identifies them automatically as you drive. The firmware in the unit is also updateable. You just need to power the unit up form a 12 volt source and plug in the USB to do it (or take a laptop to the bike and do it there). I'm using a portable self-contained 12 volt compressor that also has a cigarette lighter plug when I do mine.

I've successfully modified some of the incorrect info form them as they has mistakenly identified one intersection on the way to work as a "Red-Light" warning. In future updates form their website, their software allows you to upload your data to them so it may be included in the future updates you download. Sort of a community well.

They are also doing the mods to the older 9500i units to the new design for $130. You also get a 3-year subscription for that as well. They also change out the unit's cover to reflect that it is a 9500ix too. I sent my old one in and had it done also.

My main "gripe" is on the bike, the blue LED display is hard to see in daylight. The red one from the older 9500i I sent in is far easier to see in daylight on the bike. The blue one is the only one they sell now - no red LED unless you have a 9500i red one you want modified and it comes back with the red display.

Nice thing is the unit is "Quiet," unlike a Valentine One that goes off on every door-closer around you to the point you ignore it until it's too late.

There is also a new test of this fairly new unit on the Guy's of Lidar site where they test laser jammers. At the very bottom of this page, they do a comparison of the sister unit (9500ci) of the 9500ix to other radar detectors and, surprisingly, it trounced the Valentine One by nearly twice the distance on Ka-band radar.

Works fine through the Auto-Com (with their noise isolation/ground loop filter) too.


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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 2008, 1:57 am
 
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Glad to hear you like the 9500ix radar. I am planning on buying one soon (was hoping for red too). My Valentine One is on Flea-Bay now. The V1 worked well in the middle of now where, but going through the smallest town with a gas station would set it off. I just ignore it now and only leave it on the bike to make me look like I could ride fast if I wanted to .
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Mack,
If I recall correctly you had a 9500i. Outside of the database and updates - in what other areas is the 9500ix better than the 9500i. I have the 9500i (with the red display) and it has been great.
Just wondering what I will get for the $130 upgrade price.
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Mack,
If I recall correctly you had a 9500i. Outside of the database and updates - in what other areas is the 9500ix better than the 9500i. I have the 9500i (with the red display) and it has been great.
Just wondering what I will get for the $130 upgrade price.
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So far both (my red modified one and new blue one) have been great units, and very quiet with the GPS thing that automatically locks out door openers and reappearing false signals. The Ka band seems really sensitive which is good around here.

The $130 gives you three years of updates for the cameras - both speed and red light. The database also allows you to upload info form your unit to the Cheetah Trinity database so they may mark it in the monthly updates that come out around the first of each month. Supposedly, the units are locked to the serial number of the unit so you need a subscription for each detector (according to their customer service rep), but I've loaded the same three- database year into each unit so I don't know about that one. You can load you old database back into the unit as well since it will back up your data.

The red LED shows up far better in daylight than the blue, and through the Autocom it is quite a bit louder in volume than the plain 9500i, imo. Sensitivity may be a bit better. It also has the newer Ku band if that is a problem in your area.

Supposedly, they run a tune-up on the unit when it is sent in as well. The processor is faster and it has more memory to hold the databases. Mine also came back with another SmartCord too (which costs about $30).

I got one of those 12 volt air compressors with the internal battery and the cigarette lighter socket on it for about $50 at ACE Hardware. I use the new SmartCord to power the unit while I do the USB Trinity database and Escort's firmware upgrades through the side USB mini-port. So far so good.


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Nice thing is the unit is "Quiet," unlike a Valentine One that goes off on every door-closer around you to the point you ignore it until it's too late.
Or you could take the time to program the V1 to suit your needs:
http://www.valentine1.com/Lab/MikesLabRpt3.asp If my V1 goes off I know to check my speed because it is a real alert!

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There is also a new test of this fairly new unit on the Guy's of Lidar site where they test laser jammers. At the very bottom of this page, they do a comparison of the sister unit (9500ci) of the 9500ix to other radar detectors and, surprisingly, it trounced the Valentine One by nearly twice the distance on Ka-band radar.
I think you only read what you wanted to read in that review. Here is a quote from that test you linked to: " we set up the radar guns in a forward-facing configuration, aiming them away from the direction of travel, and also pointed them up to reduce the signal strength."

How the hell is pointing the radar guns up in the air a real-world test? And did you notice that 5 out of the 9 personal detectors used in this test were the tried and true V1? Man, the things people will do to try to get the results they want.

It's great that you're mostly happy with the purchase of your Escort.
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What about the police?

I thought the police frowned upon seeing someone with a radar detector mounted on their motorcycle. Or maybe even illegal. Just want some clarification.
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I thought the police frowned upon seeing someone with a radar detector mounted on their motorcycle. Or maybe even illegal. Just want some clarification.
I've got them on everything on own, except the Kawasaki Mule. Only been asked one time, by a young cop, what I needed a radar detector for. I just smiled and said it was because I speed. Virginia is the only state that I recall that they're illegal.

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I thought the police frowned upon seeing someone with a radar detector mounted on their motorcycle. Or maybe even illegal. Just want some clarification.
I've also got the new 9500ix Escort in all my vehicles. On the bike, it's pumped through the Autocom and works very well with the voice breaking into the music and saying "Ka Alert" and then showing your true speed according to the internal GPS unit. Nice thing is that it isn't as noisy as other brands, it learns to shut up, and becomes a noisy beast in the city which messes up my music.

On the other end of the handlebars I got one of these:


It's a plane collision avoidance device intended for airplane usage but works well for aerial speed troopers. It warns me of "Bears in the Air" along some desolate stretches of highway where the CHP flies their helicopters or planes. It's got a 5 mile range and 5000' altitude that gets its reading off their plane's radar transponder (which, by FAA law, is required to be turned on once airborne). It's smaller than a pack of cigarettes too. Cost was around $500 from MyPilotShop.com in Arizona. More info can be found here. Pretty slick!

You can never have enough of "Situational Awareness" on the GT.


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On the other end of the handlebars I got one of these:


It's a plane collision avoidance device intended for airplane usage but works well for aerial speed troopers. It warns me of "Bears in the Air" along some desolate stretches of highway where the CHP flies their helicopters or planes. It's got a 5 mile range and 5000' altitude that gets its reading off their plane's radar transponder (which, by FAA law, is required to be turned on once airborne). It's smaller than a pack of cigarettes too. Cost was around $500 from MyPilotShop.com in Arizona. More info can be found here. Pretty slick!

You can never have enough of "Situational Awareness" on the GT.
That is awesome! Have you been able to test it out and does it give many falses?
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I've got them on everything on own, except the Kawasaki Mule. Only been asked one time, by a young cop, what I needed a radar detector for. I just smiled and said it was because I speed. Virginia is the only state that I recall that they're illegal.
Last time I went thru New York radar dectors were ilegal. also in canada.
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