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Old 12-11-2014, 08:56 AM   #1
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Best Radar Detector Under $200

I was wanting some advice on the best radar detector out there for under $200. Not trying to break the bank, I just want something reliable and that works well. I know plenty of you guys have them so I figured it would be better to ask on the forum then read bogus reviews.


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Save the money and don't get one.
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Best Radar Detector Under $200

Under $200 is like playing Russian roulette. Save your money for an Escort

Or quit street racing lol

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Either don't get one or save up for a 9500ix escort passport. No need to waste money on a useless radar.


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The 8500passport is pretty good too


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The 8500passport is pretty good too


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My friend has the 8500 and seems to like it. I didn't know if there was a good one for under $200. Sounds like that's a no.


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My friend has the 8500 and seems to like it. I didn't know if there was a good one for under $200. Sounds like that's a no.


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9500ix is a huge improvement over the 8500. And yes there is no radar detectors that are good for under $200

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Not speeding is free and doesn't put anyone in danger. With that said, a radar detector is a tool and that's it. If you think that you'll never get a ticket again with even a real good one you are sadly mistaken. You also will not get a good one at that price point period.
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With the higher speed limits we have these days, I can't see buying one. I recall Valentines being well thought of back in the 80s/90s.

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Actually it's very good to have one. Not for street racing of course.

I'm talking about when passing a car or just generally going a little too fast so you can pass someone to exit or turn.

Or maybe like when you gotta take a shyte and you're only 2 miles from home so you step on it a bit.

Times like that.


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The ones without GPS are a waste. They are Walgreen's detectors and you get use to them false alarming and they then become useless. I know I have used them since the late 70s. Forget <$200 detectors waste of money.
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9500ix escort passport it memorizes location and freq of radar and locks out false alarms. It also has a database of the Speed Cameras that don't use radar and tell yous Speed Cam 800 feet to the front , left or right etc. Tickets come from just not thinking about how nice a ride it is today and next thing you know you are doing 51 in a 35 and ticket.
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How good is Valentines? Redline?
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How good is Valentines? Redline?
Both are great LONG RANGE radar detectors, but lack GPS. Result is you will get false alarms all over. Soon you ignore the alarms and they become useless.

The redlines purpose was to get Escort the MAX range ratings in the media testing; but to do that it had to leave off the GPS. The extra 2 blocks of range the Redline has over the 9500ix is only good if you drive in the desert with no nothing around you for 90 miles; like Nevada 447 from Firnely to Gerlack/BlackRock Desert. Today gas stations, Walgreens, Google traffic speed sensors are all over, even on what we think are the open road. The GPS filters that out for you and also protects you from speedcameras the Redline cant; as they generally don't use radar, but coil sensors in the pavement.

Escort also now has the new Escort MAX with GPS; but its new and like any new electronic product waiting for the bugs to be worked which by this time just might be. Best to get on the Escort forum and see if the bug complaints are all solved now. But other then being more smaller, I dont see any real features over the 9500ix yet that would get me to trade up.

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I bought a whistler xtr 130 a year ago and let me tell you... They are hit or miss. 50% of the time it won't warn you untill the cop is within sight, but one time. One time it saved my ***, I was booking it down a 2 lane at 1am and it warned me a half mile in advance, Shure enough there was a marked eco boost explorer in the grass scanning. I'd say the $40 I spent on it, was better than a $300 ticket. The fact it worked that one time, it payed for itself.
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Under $200 will be tough. I like both Escort and Valentine. Obviously one has more bells and whistles than the other.
The GPS is definitely a plus depending on where you live/commute. I have lived in Atlanta and Birmingham. If you get on the hwy in Atlanta, then you'll have false alarms left and right. If you get on the hwy in Birmingham, then it will be much more nonexistent.

Also, if you're serious about speeding or whatever your goal is, then consider a laser jammer or a radar detector/laser jammer combo. Not cheap though and you could probably get two tickets before it pays for itself.


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For the guys who have the Escort, do you usually leave it in highway mode or auto? I'm curious to know if highway mode gets a farther read? Also what's a price you paid for them?


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For the guys who have the Escort, do you usually leave it in highway mode or auto? I'm curious to know if highway mode gets a farther read? Also what's a price you paid for them?


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I paid about $290 from fryes. It was somehow on sale two years ago for about $200 off. Don't ask. It was on sale.

I have the 8500 blue version and it has saved me plenty.


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All they do is let you know when you're busted when you get complacent from your own gut premonition (the best radar detector ever).

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Actually it's very good to have one. Not for street racing of course.

I'm talking about when passing a car or just generally going a little too fast so you can pass someone to exit or turn.

Or maybe like when you gotta take a shyte and you're only 2 miles from home so you step on it a bit.

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Those reasons, when given to a police officer, don't work. And when they see a radar detector (cheap ones are not hidden), that only assures you a ticket.
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Perhaps. Never got pulled over without ganking it off the windshield as I'm pulling over. Also haven't had a ticket in nearly 10 years and have been pulled over like 5-6 times for "gunning" it on a turn as well as an expired inspection.

If you're not quick to take the radar off then yeah... but haven't been pulled over for speeding on a long long time. Well cuz I don't speed much tho lol


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I paid about $290 from fryes. It was somehow on sale two years ago for about $200 off. Don't ask. It was on sale.

I have the 8500 blue version and it has saved me plenty.


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I really like the reviews and the YouTube videos of the escort passport 9500ix in action. I may just go with that one with my best bet. On the 8500 can you choose from highway or auto? If so what do you leave yours on?


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I really like the reviews and the YouTube videos of the escort passport 9500ix in action. I may just go with that one with my best bet. On the 8500 can you choose from highway or auto? If so what do you leave yours on?


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9500ix don't turn back!

Stores false alarms
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9500ix don't turn back!

Stores false alarms
Saved me probably 10000 times
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Hey with the gps even though it's flagged as a false alarm what if the cop camps out of the super market that the radar flags as false. Does it know to read the cops radar gun then?


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Hey with the gps even though it's flagged as a false alarm what if the cop camps out of the super market that the radar flags as false. Does it know to read the cops radar gun then?


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You have to pass the location 2-3 times before it gets stored. It's stored at the exact location, if there's a cop 5 feet away from the stored location and the cop is shooting KA band it will still get it.

So basically (since I drive all around my city) Everything is stored and I NEVER get any false alarms anymore. It's great!

Also on the radar you can put it so it says your speed, since I got some big tires in the rear It mest up my speedometer by like 4MPH, so I always just look at my radar for my speed. 100% accurate. Click image for larger version

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You have to pass the location 2-3 times before it gets stored. It's stored at the exact location, if there's a cop 5 feet away from the stored location and the cop is shooting KA band it will still get it.

So basically (since I drive all around my city) Everything is stored and I NEVER get any false alarms anymore. It's great!

Also on the radar you can put it so it says your speed, since I got some big tires in the rear It mest up my speedometer by like 4MPH, so I always just look at my radar for my speed. 100% accurate. Attachment 171639top right


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That looks really cool! Haha yea I for sure am going with the 9500ix. Should be getting it Friday! Now I'm excited haha. I didn't know it can read your speed tho! That'll be a nice feature!


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That looks really cool! Haha yea I for sure am going with the 9500ix. Should be getting it Friday! Now I'm excited haha. I didn't know it can read your speed tho! That'll be a nice feature!


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Do you usually drive it on auto or highway? I'm trying to figure out if there is a significant difference between radar detecting distance between highway mode and automatic?


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I have the 9500ix and although it wasn't cheap at $400+ its worth every penny. Best overall detector for most people. The redline and valentine have more range, but at the expense of falses and are better suited for the hardcore user. As far as a cheaper model the escort x50 can sometimes be had for close to 200 and is a great unit but without gps lockout. Get the best one you can afford, you definitely wont regret it!
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Have both a 9500ix in my Mustang and a Redline on my motorcycle but you can't touch either for $200. Maybe a used 8500 x50 could be found for that sum though, and it's a damned decent detector. Can't go wrong with a Valentine either, but again you're not even going to find a used one for $200.

The GPS in the 9500ix is useful to reduce false alerts, but all Escort models now have TSR reject to reduce alarms from K band radar that is used to monitor traffic flow but not for speed enforcement. Let me tell you, this a major source of false K band alerts and radar detectors not having this feature will drive you to throw the unit out the window! Here's the skinny on it:

https://www.escortradar.com/tsr/

These TSRs have an on-off duty cycle so even though they are a fixed location you can't successfully store all of the locations using the GPS in the 9500ix as after passing the same location, I think it is three times, without detecting a signal, the location is automatically unmarked. It's a futile game of whack a mole without TSR rejection software in the detector.

Comparing the performance between the Redline and the 9500ix, I prefer the Redline when out on the highway away from heavy development. There's less radar clutter out there so the GPS blocking is much less useful and its detection range beats the 9500ix by a noticeable amount, sometimes dramatically. The 9500ix works better in the more congested areas where distance detection is lower priority and there are more false signals needing to be rejected.

If I were forced to choose only one I would keep the Redline.
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If the $400 for the Escort is a tough pill to swallow, Beltronics is made by the same company, is the same radar, but typically for less $$$. I purchased a Beltronics Pro 500 for my sister from Amazon for less then $300. Its the same radar as the 9500ix, GPS and all. Even works with the Escort Live app.

BUT, don't rely on them because they are not fool proof. I had a recent experience with a 9500ix where it did not provide an early enough warning. If the officer is operating his radar correctly, and positions his vehicle correctly, then no radar detector will save you. Common sense is your best defense at that point.
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Check groupon , there's an escort on there for under $200 and it's a semi hidden ( small enough to completely hide if you try) unit.
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I have a Beltronics 995 and it works great. When it goes off on the highway I usually pass the cop 2 miles later. Saved me from getting a ticket plenty of times and it's around 200.


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I have a Beltronics 995 and it works great. When it goes off on the highway I usually pass the cop 2 miles later. Saved me from getting a ticket plenty of times and it's around 200.


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