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I liked my Bel v955 before it was stolen. All the tests showed it had great range few false alerts and unless you need GPS will do everything. The newest Bel will pick up from 14 miles. The red one or something similar.

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I liked my Bel v955 before it was stolen. All the tests showed it had great range few false alerts and unless you need GPS will do everything. The newest Bel will pick up from 14 miles. The red one or something similar.

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Please send a link to those tests. I'd like to read them myself.

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Perhaps, but being a Bel, it will have no off-axis performance. At all. I'll stick to my V1. My Escort Passport 8500 X50 = POS.
I don't like the escorts but that's me. The "off axis" detection means false alerts, radar behind you (which isn't gunning you) nothing that matters. Tell me one instance where the radar "off axis" that was beyond the 80 degree field in front of you made a difference? and cool chirping and arrows of your false alerts don't count.
 

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Things must be very different where you live, because here, cops will often try to hide in such a way that they are reading you from behind. My V1 is amazing at it. And my X50 can't easily detect a cop that's around a curve a bit up in the road, whereas my V1 can. And I didn't care about the arrows when I upgraded to the V1 - I just wanted better off-axis performance - but I find myself a huge fan of the arrows and the counter.

My V1 is WAY, WAY better than my X50. And that is NOT a subjective opinion, at least not when it comes to my specific units. I've sent the Escort back to the factory twice with the complaint that it sucks. They've tested it within spec and even replaced the antenna assembly. It changed nothing. It's not even close. It's not impossible that my X50 just sucks and that Escort has just failed to fix it twice, but I'm not about to buy another Escort RD to test that possibility. And I consider it unlikely since they've tried TWICE to improve ("fix" if you ask me) it, not just once.

Bel is the same as Escort. My X50 is the same as a Bel RX65 with different casing. Your 995 is a step down from the RX65.

The V1 is definitely 'chattier' but it's a worthwhile trade to have a RD that actually does its job.
 

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Things must be very different where you live, because here, cops will often try to hide in such a way that they are reading you from behind. My V1 is amazing at it. And my X50 can't easily detect a cop that's around a curve a bit up in the road, whereas my V1 can. And I didn't care about the arrows when I upgraded to the V1 - I just wanted better off-axis performance - but I find myself a huge fan of the arrows and the counter.

My V1 is WAY, WAY better than my X50. And that is NOT a subjective opinion, at least not when it comes to my specific units. I've sent the Escort back to the factory twice with the complaint that it sucks. They've tested it within spec and even replaced the antenna assembly. It changed nothing. It's not even close. It's not impossible that my X50 just sucks and that Escort has just failed to fix it twice, but I'm not about to buy another Escort RD to test that possibility. And I consider it unlikely since they've tried TWICE to improve ("fix" if you ask me) it, not just once.

Bel is the same as Escort. My X50 is the same as a Bel RX65 with different casing. Your 995 is a step down from the RX65.

The V1 is definitely 'chattier' but it's a worthwhile trade to have a RD that actually does its job.
its not a step down actually it just doesn't have worthless gps which I think hinders performance. I had that same escort. it sucked. I always had plenty of warning from my Bel. and the only way a gun from behind would work is if they never gunned anyone for a few miles of me coming up on it. most traps i could pick up about 2 miles to 5 miles away. im not joking either.
 

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I've had a few good saves since buying the Passport 9500ix this summer. Definitely worth the price!

Although, it would be smarter to just slow down.
 

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Bel STi.

Have had the V1.

Escort 9500 I think was the model number

and a cobra 9XXX series... Can't remember.

Only ticket was in Georgia. Laser was used. Detector went off but it was to late.


On a flat road, the Bel has picked up 7-10 miles away. It is simply superior to everyone I have had including an updated V1. Not cheap but has been worth it.

I drive ~60000 miles a year
 

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Sorry to revive an old thread, but sometimes you read something that is so blatantly incorrect that you have no choice but to correct it lest others be mislead.

There isn't a 12 volt radar unit made which can transmit further than five miles. They don't have enough power to do so. Can atmospheric conditions create a condition where a detector would pick up a signal that far out or further? Sure, but it's always due to an atmospheric anomaly that it does, and that's a detector picking up a reflected and diffused signal, and not a radar gun making a speed resolution on your vehicle. Two miles, for a large target like a semi-truck and trailer is about maximum for just an unreliable speed resolution and that's using X-band radar.

The second reason 7-10 mile range estimates, let alone 14 mile range estimates, are ridiculous are because radar is a line of sight device. Ever notice a ship on the horizon, and how you can see its masts, or house, but you cannot yet see its hull? That's because of the curvature of the earth, with the horizon coming between your line of sight and the ship's hull. From a height of five feet, the horizon is three miles away, which means neither your eye, nor a radar gun, can see anything shorter than five feet at a distance greater than six miles, assuming the radar gun transmits from a height of five feet.

That's why semi-trucks get tracked at a further distance than cars...because their trailers and fairings stick up a lot higher than does a car. But the furthest, absent refraction, you're going to see a car picked up at is maybe five miles, though even that would be exceedingly rare, simply because 12 volt radar runs out of power, and its beam width becomes so scattered, at that distance, that it and any warning is useless.

The silliness, and danger, in focusing in on radar range alone, to the exception of accurate data is, when getting an alert on a detector, you have no idea how far away the radar transmitter is. A weak detector signal can equally be from a radar gun far away as it can from one 200 yds away with the power dialed down. That's where sensitivity meets selectivity. A good detector will reject an intermittent weak signal coming from long range, while never dropping a weak, but consistent, signal from near by. A driver who thinks a weak signal is far away is setting himself up for an expensive time out from driving.

(Note that the Bel STr and the Escort Redline are designed for trucks, which not only have a higher radar profile, but take longer to slow down, while also much more willing to accept false signals.)

All of the top detectors will do a good job for you, and since you've read this far into my diatribe, I'll provide the latest test results (from objective testers not selling detectors) for your trouble, oldest first, all worth reading.

Radar Detector Tests and Reviews by Guys of LIDAR - Radar Detector Test 2009

Escort Passport Max vs. Valentine One – Comparison Test – Car and Driver

The Best Radar Detector | The Wirecutter
 

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I have a Bel STIR Plus. It has the shifter paddles which are the jammers and I have those front and rear.

After 75k miles and 4 states over the last 2-3 years, I have never been pulled over for speeding.

imho, it is the best one out there. I hear there is a newer system that is better but I cannot remember the name. The 'better' aspect is that the newer system (not sure of hte manufacturer) uses an algorithm and not a database to jam laser. However, in TX, Kansas, OK and NM I have never had an issue with my STIR Plus being outdated. OK, I just looked up the 'better' jammer and its the Antilaser Priority Laer Jamming System. I do not have it, so I cannot claim personal experience.

My STIR Plus has a gps system that alerts to speed traps and red light cameras (I never run red lights anyways), it is absolutely stealth and does not hang on the dash. Plus, it jams.

I have no kickback or financial incentive and I recommend checking out radar roys website.
 

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I have a Bel STIR Plus. It has the shifter paddles which are the jammers and I have those front and rear.

After 75k miles and 4 states over the last 2-3 years, I have never been pulled over for speeding.

imho, it is the best one out there. I hear there is a newer system that is better but I cannot remember the name. The 'better' aspect is that the newer system (not sure of hte manufacturer) uses an algorithm and not a database to jam laser. However, in TX, Kansas, OK and NM I have never had an issue with my STIR Plus being outdated.

It has a gps system that alerts to speed traps and red light cameras (I never run red lights anyways), it is absolutely stealth and does not hang on the dash. Plus, it jams.

I have no kickback or financial incentive and I recommend checking out radar roys website.
yup. sti-r with laser jammers is a great combo. not cheap though
 

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yup. sti-r with laser jammers is a great combo. not cheap though
You are right, they are not cheap. I do see them new on ebay for 850-1200 normally without shifters. Direct from Beltronics they are 1249.00 without the shifters (jammers).

However, with my amount of driving it is worth not getting multiple tickets, plus the more costly points on insurance.
 

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I have a Bel STIR Plus. It has the shifter paddles which are the jammers and I have those front and rear.

After 75k miles and 4 states over the last 2-3 years, I have never been pulled over for speeding.

imho, it is the best one out there. I hear there is a newer system that is better but I cannot remember the name. The 'better' aspect is that the newer system (not sure of hte manufacturer) uses an algorithm and not a database to jam laser. However, in TX, Kansas, OK and NM I have never had an issue with my STIR Plus being outdated. OK, I just looked up the 'better' jammer and its the Antilaser Priority Laer Jamming System. I do not have it, so I cannot claim personal experience.

My STIR Plus has a gps system that alerts to speed traps and red light cameras (I never run red lights anyways), it is absolutely stealth and does not hang on the dash. Plus, it jams.

I have no kickback or financial incentive and I recommend checking out radar roys website.


I've got an STiR Plus radar detector. It's a very good radar detector.
I went with the radar-mirror display which is super cool. It makes the detector completely stealth install.

The laser jammer upgrade that they offer on the Bel & Escort (same company) detectors is not very good compared to the competition, however. I ended up getting the Blinder HP-905 jammer which consistently has tested better. However, even the Blinder is considered obsolete now.

The best laser protection on the market currently is the Anti-Laser Priority. It is the 1st jammer that can jam the newer variable pulse rate laser guns like the Dragon Eye.

There is a new entry to the market called Stinger VIP. The initial reports are very good on it. It does both radar detection and laser jamming. The radar sensor is a patch antenna which is completely different technology than every other radar detector previously designed. The range is even better.
The laser jammers are also very small and easy to hide.

The Stinger is crazy expensive, however. About $3000-4000 for a basic system with front protection only, and that's before installation cost. :eek:

Currently trying to decide which system is going into my Mercedes. It's either going to be a Bel STIR Plus with Anti-Laser Priority, or I'll do the Stinger VIP with Fiber Optic laser jammer (front only).
 
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