I spent a total of 5 hours yesterday with the STi and a new Redline. I have them both mounted at the top of my windshield, one to the left and one to the right of the rvm. They are 10 inches apart. I drive an 07 GMC pick em up 4wd. Ran them separately against a Ka band speed sign to determine the first alert spot. After doing this I decided to run them at the same time as there was no interference noted as far as where they each first alerted. Here are a few observations:
> I need a video cam!
> The STi alerted first to the Ka sign by one alert tone. Negligible, but I thought the Redline would alert first by a fair margin.
> Next was a K band sign. Again the STi alerted first by approx. 5 seconds. The Redline also dropped the signal very briefly, while driving towards the sign.
> Driving back towards the K band sign, now a forward facing situation, The STi and the Redline alerted at the same time.
> Driving back towards the Ka band sign, again a forward facing situation, the Redline alerted first by 5 seconds.
After this little experiment, I encountered no less than 18 Ka band equipped enforcers, all of which were constant on with one exception. The STi alerted first in 75% of these encounters. Only by an alert tone or two but still first. In the one I/O encounter, again the STi alerted first by an alert tone. The leo was 1.2 miles down the road behind a hill in the median.
This was by no means a scientific test by any facet of the imagination and I'm not stating it as such. What I will state is I absolutely am not getting a Redline. The unit looks like a Korean copy of the STi. The paint sucks and so does that friggin lip! As far as overall build quality goes, the V1 and the STi rule period. I will try mounting the Redline low and center to see how bad the glare is. My initial impression is that the Redline is a hacked copy of the STi with a "methed up" ramp up to give the illusion of better sensitivity. Bottom line so far, it's not better than the STi or the V1. I'm also fairly certain that manufacturers variance is a play here but come on. I know this is quick and dirty but I gotta go to work. I'll post more later. Oh, I'm definitely keeping my STi!