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    Default Vector 995.. Any reason not to?

    Ok.. Here's the deal.. I've been in the market for a detector, and was pretty much set on the RX65, however a friend of mine is willing to sell me his basically brand-new Vector 995 for $200.. (He hasn't sent in the warranty card or anything, and it's only 6 weeks old.. Basically the wife won't have it and he owes me a favor, but that's neither here nor there!)

    I live in Virginia, so I wouldn't use it around here.. I drive cross-country 2-3x per year, next time coming up in just two weeks.. (Through WV, PA, OH, IN, IL, IA, NE or KS, then CO, UT, AZ, NV.)

    Is there anyting I really lose by going with the 995 over the RX65? I understand the "multi-threat display" is the main difference.. I'd probably never use the "autoscan" on Ka (USA mode) anyways, since I'd be doing mostly rural highway stuff.

    My only concerns about the 995:

    -Multi-threat display.. Has anyone found this truly useful? I'm just hoping that the 995 won't blare out a false X when there's really another Ka in hiding..

    -The range.. I know it was minimally less than the RX65 in Roy's tests, but could it be that Bel "cherry picks" the hardware for the Pro series, and lets the average stuff go to the Vector?

    -Software upgrades -- if this is even really an issue; I know Bel has said now they'll upgrade the Vectors -- has this happened at all yet?

    -Filtering.. Does anyone have any more details on the "lower filtering" that Roy reports? Could this just be a caveat of the Ka mode? I can't imagine Bel actually crippling filtering for a $30 MSRP difference.

    I try not to go for second best, and for $30, I normally wouldn't.. but I really can't justify spending $100 extra if I have access to a 995 for $200.. Anyone think I'd regret not going for the RX65 in a year or so? What would you guys do?

    Thanks!

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    The multi threat display is awesome on the X50 and OK on the RX65. The RX65 can only track 1 x 1 k 1 ka compared to the X50 where it can track 4x 2k 2ka. I PERSONALLY would go for the RX65. Its performance is better than the 995. The multi threat display is basically a joke on the RX65 and it rocks on the X50. If you are anything like me then when you buy the 995 you will always wonder how much better is the RX65
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    Yes you might miss out on the multi-threat, I came into contact with two threats. Two officers pulled over both with radar on 1 Ka----1 K as I approach the hill i get a K alert and then i got a Ka alert another K another Ka alert and so on once i was over the hill I saw two cruisers i got a got more frequent Ka alerts and the occasionally K alert till i passed the two cruisers. The Ka was stronger due to the crusier was using dual stalker units and the K band was a dashmounted handheld in the camaro.

    I personally love my 995 it alerts me with plenty of time from K-band and Ka...and i usually drive hilly roads.

    Also the BEL 995 and RX65 are the same detector but the 995 doesn't have all the features....For highway driving threat reader is not as valuable it would be in city driving. Also with the BEL 995 you can't select Ka USA/International...It's always on international...

    Yes my BEL 995 does false more then my friends RX65, but it's bearable and i have only gotten falses where I can look and say automatic door openers are there. The 995 already has Ku-band and has decent POP detection...Most falses on the the BEL's and escorts come when POP is enabled...In the one encounter i had with a POP gun(MPH industry z35) i was alerted. But POP enabled will increase falses alot
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    Bottomline is that the 995 is a great detector....be worry though the warranty might be void due to the registration not under your name. You might just want to buy a RX65 from Roy...you can get 10% off the RX65 by being on the email list. And you will not have to worry about warranty or anything with Roy being a certified e-tailer

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    Well it is like do you want Pepsi or Caffeine free Pepsi :wink:
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    Quote Originally Posted by happya$$
    Well it is like do you want Pepsi or Caffeine free Pepsi :wink:
    exactly...I'd go with the RX65 cause on paper it has a better performance

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyVOLVOrob
    Quote Originally Posted by happya$$
    Well it is like do you want Pepsi or Caffeine free Pepsi :wink:
    exactly...I'd go with the RX65 cause on paper it has a better performance
    True, but didn't Roy himself say that the same difference could likely be seen between two RX65's?

    I'm just trying to understand how if the hardware is the same as the RX65, and the firmware is pretty much the same save for a few locked out features, how the range would be less or more falses would occur.

    I really do WANT the RX65, but for something I only use 2-3x a year and for 1/3 less cost the 995 seems like a good deal... That is, unless something new is coming out in the next week or so

    The $100 difference, btw, is considering Roy's discount.. Otherwise it'd be 130. I'm not too worried about warranty issues, as if there was a problem I'd just have my friend send it in for service under his name.

    Has anyone here actually had both of them and driven the same routes, etc, save for in the test? Also.. how much value is the "smart cord" that comes with the RX65? I guess that's another point for the RX65..

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    If you only use it 2 to 3 times a year then get the 995. I did not know you use it that little
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    Quote Originally Posted by happya$$
    If you only use it 2 to 3 times a year then get the 995. I did not know you use it that little
    Yeah for 2 -3 times a year i'd go with the 995 me speaking from an economic stand point...I mainly use my 995 for highway driving and road trips and it does it's job perfectly.

    Quote Originally Posted by RadarRoy
    Yes, the techs at Bel say it is the same detector as the RX65 without the travel case. In testing the range was a bit shorter and filtering lower. But again, you could take two identical RX65 units and see the same difference during the same test
    Quote Originally Posted by RadarRoy
    There are differences

    The V995 does not have the autoscan feature for Ka band. The unit comes programmed to scan the entire Ka band.

    Filtering: In tests that I have done with known false alert locations, the RX65 was able to filter out the false alerts better
    Filtering difference might be due to different software
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    For how much you use the detector get the 995

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    The 995 would be an excelent choice for you. It already has you covered on Ku and POP, and is software upgradable.

    For most people, and especially on the highway, the threat display is of limited usefulness. I never use it on my RX65 other than just to play with. Smartcord wasn't all that great either. It's another one of those things that you won't need a lot on the highway because the 995 is pretty silent unless something's up.

    For the cost, i'd say go for the 995.

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    multi-threat display rules on the X50, but like happya$$ said, not as cool on the RX65. still, being able to see multiple threats is a nice thing.... you may get a stronger alert to X band and dismiss it as a false when a Ka is running right behind it. :? Since price is a concern, convince your wife you won't be hurt by spending the $200. :wink:

 

 

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