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    Default Why I picked RX65

    After reading everything I could find about V1, x50, and RX65...

    All units are clearly pretty capable. It comes down to features and personal driving patterns and preferences. I have a short commute, do lots of city driving, and often drive on strange roads to other parts of the state for business and vacation travel.

    Many sources of info were used. Info from Roy, Veil Guy, and many users was very helpful. In the end, these were the key factors:

    1. In CA, I am mainly concerned about Ka, K, and Laser. Only in smaller towns will I be concerned about X. The RX65/x50 are at least comparable to V1, and the possibility of less X sensitivity will not hurt in most cases.

    2. The volume and alert distinctiveness of RX65 came through loud and clear in Veil Guy's clips. I like that the RX65 sounds for Ka, K, and Laser are so distinctive from each other. On the x50, Ka and K sound more similar and all sounds seem somewhat muted. Even with lots of background noise in my home I could still identify the tones on the RX65.

    3. The threat display on the x50 seems ideal for routine routes, but I am more interested in using the detector for longer trips on strange routes. Here I think the numeric threat display of the RX65 is probably more useful. I won't know how many alerts are normal, but I can see in greater detail which bands are present and how strong they are.

    4. The size of RX65 is appealing, and positive comments about its size and ergonomics helped.

    5. Beltronics has a promotion where they will pay you for trading in an old detector. I got $60 for my Escort (from 1990 or so) which has only X and K. That's money for nothing... it's obsolete without Ka. It also makes RX65 considerably less expensive than Valentine and a bit less than x50.

    6. Bel said that an upgrade (flash) would probably cost the same as a repair ($50-$80), which is reasonable. And, Ku is already built in, unlike the x50.

    7. My experience with Escort products is that they go "full alert" too soon. Others may disagree, but I would prefer full alert as you enter immediate proximity to the threat. I don't want full alert for a mile or more. Too much effort to locate the actual threat. Test results show that RX65 goes "full" later compared to x50 and Valentine.

    8. Lastly, V1 is no doubt a fabulous detector, but I think in the metro areas I drive the falses would probably drive me nuts.

    Bottom line... do your own reseach and pick one that will work for you.

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    Default Re: Why I picked RX65

    Quote Originally Posted by hopper5
    Bottom line... do your own reseach and pick one that will work for you.
    Most of us know this just to let ya know

    Long roadtrips get the V1
    city driving get the RX65 or X50

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    3. The threat display on the x50 seems ideal for routine routes, but I am more interested in using the detector for longer trips on strange routes. Here I think the numeric threat display of the RX65 is probably more useful. I won't know how many alerts are normal, but I can see in greater detail which bands are present and how strong they are.
    I think the threat display on the x50 with 8 signals would have been more helpful

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    I think it's individual pereference..

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavili
    I think it's individual pereference..
    Well I mean the x50 can detect 2k 2ka and 4x at once...

    The RX65 is a great detector, you will be happy

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    You are definitely catching the feature I thought about long and hard. I'll briefly walk through my logic. Perhaps users of the two detectors can comment based on their experiences.

    If you know exactly how many falses to expect, the x50 will tell you when extra signals, presumably threats, are present. (Question: if the threat is same frequency as a false will it be distinguished as a separate signal? I doubt it because the detector doesn't know the location of the threat, only its frequency and strength.) The x50's ability to show the strength of signals (in this mode) seems limited (band letter < small line < long line), although the audio should help indicate the strength more effectively. If you are on a strange road and do not know how many falses to expect, it is not clear to me that this method is better than the RX65 method at discerning threats from falses.

    If you don't know how many falses to expect, the RX65 can more precisely show the strength of signals but not the number of signals, so it seems you could learn the number of a constant signal that breaks the threshold of likely false to likely threat. If you are familiar with falses in an area, you would learn the normal pattern and peak number of the false. Any deviation from that pattern and peak would suggest a threat.

    It is not clear to me that one method is better than the other. Thoughts? Which would you prefer on a familiar road or a strange road? Or how about in a city vs. rural environment?

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    You made the right choice. I will go out and say the RX65 is a superior detector than the Escort X50. Ok now i am ready for the bashing
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    Yes, I fully agreed..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopper5

    (Question: if the threat is same frequency as a false will it be distinguished as a separate signal? I doubt it because the detector doesn't know the location of the threat, only its frequency and strength.)
    hopper5, you just hit on the same question I raised in another thread. It would stand to reason that the 2 freqs would not be discernable by any RD unless there was a difference in the power output of the radar and the falsing source.

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    Is the rx65's X range better then the x50's? I dont get that because on roys website it has the same X band range on both.

    I understand your logic hopper, and its pretty good. I lived in a pretty decent sized city, so I always needed the multithreat detection. But it sounds like you are very confident in your choice, and the rx65 is one hell of a detector

 

 

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