Well i finally took my STi from North VA to NYC(over 200+ miles one way). I have to say i'm a bit disappointed. This is the same trip i've taken with my x50. I mean i've done over 10,000 miles with my x50 on this same trip. The main difference is the amount of Ka alerts or falses I got. To start off, i set the unit to highway, on threat mode and turned off POP.
I got a Ka3 alert within the first 5 miles. Then another Ka2 alert 5 miles later. An another Ka3 alert witin 10 miles. I received over 15 Ka2 or Ka3 alerts the entire trip almost every couple miles crossing 5 states. BUT, i did not see the LEO's to confirm it was indeed a real encounter. Granted is was night time but I saw 3 confirmed LEO's the entire trip. (1 in NJ and 2 in MD) I got really concerned when i got into NJ. The notorious X band State. Here's where it got interesting.
In NJ i got almost 6 of the over 15 Ka alerts. I'm thinking it must be instant on and i'm just not seeing the LEO. But does NJ have Ka. Then i saw a car behind me coming up fast, real fast probably doing over 100 MPH. It passed me then my STi alerts a KA alert as the car is parallel to me. (I noticed a detector glowing in the dark in his center dash) I give chase to see if it was indeed the other car's radar detector that gave me that Ka false in NJ. It took me a while to catch-up but when i did it happened again. I'm so disappointed. I drove the rest of the trip uneventful. The STi is not only immune to Spectre. It's a *BEEP* Spectre itself.
the one good thing is that STi picked up a K band toll booth alert much farther then i've ever did with my x50. So if the range is exceptional then thats great, but if Ka is the band that produces little Falses (so i heard) why did I get a Ka2 to ka3 False the entire trip? None of the Ka alerts (except maybe one in NJ) passed the Ka3 mark. So i either never closed in on the LEO or the Ka alerts were just other dectectors that i was passing. Is that common for a NON POP dectector to alert a KA alert from other RD? I'm returning to VA on Monday and i'll see if the STi gives me the same results. I'm also doing this same trip next weekend but this time with my X50 to see the difference in falses.