only thing I regret is I didn't get another of these when they went on sale dirt cheap at radio shack.
See, it would be a nice experiment to rip open one of those Cobras and see if there if there is some way, any way to supe them up to make them perform better.
Probably not, because of the cheap tech, but its worth an experiment.
I believe a add on longer horn would do it.
easy to try out as all you need is a DIY cardboard horn lined with aluminum foil.
that or a plastic microwave lens added on in place of the original like whistler uses on all their detectors
I have been thinking of going to the hobby store and getting a plastic casting kit to try this on a few under performing detectors.
Escort uses plastic microwave lens also.
Last edited by Mandingo; 04-17-2012 at 06:02 AM.
I had a fairly cheap Cobra that I paid about $90 for. It worked rather well. I bought in Tennessee and coming home in Virginia, I had it on the dash and it picked-up VSP from behind at about 2-3 miles back and still kept chirping for several minutes after they past me...That's not bad for a cheap RD.
Cobra bashers will first say they don't detect radar till you on top of it which is a total basher lie.
Then they will say they don't pick up I/O which mine does better then any detector I have had previously. Then they will say it only picks it up from short distances which is totally falsehood too.
Then they will say it doesn't pick up very brief q/T's but I have never seen this. That's a kind of funny remark because a lot of very expensive high quality detectors don't do this very well either.
One being the MAGNUM !
can't wait for the new Vendetta line
Last edited by Mandingo; 04-20-2012 at 08:42 AM.
The Cobra performed anywhere from middle of the pack, to near the bottom on every constant-on test we ran. I ran around with it for a couple of days and it didn't perform very well on the few encounters I had. One thing it definitely did do a lot was misidentify bands. I've been driving past one spot in particular for years that has an X band source, that the Cobra consistently called Ka band. No detector can be considered "good" in my book, if it can't get the band right. That's basic stuff.
Freebird and I also ran this over the hill test:
well I can tell you one thing right now that isn't in your tests.
I regularly come across police running C/O over the hill and it's a substantial hill and the Cobra of mine has done as well or dare I say BETTER the the more expensive Bell's and whistlers I own.
and that is a fact.
which please me a lot.
BTW that unit you tested is a bit OLD version in this line.
No doubt some tweaks were performed in the newer units I would bet
1/20 mile in 34.7 garbage.
I got solid I/O indications from over a mile the other day on a road that had a large curve at the end.
funny thing your tests shows it constantly beats the whistlers in 34,7 and equals them
and this statement you make is more then a bit misleading.
" The Cobra performed anywhere from middle of the pack, to near the bottom on every constant-on test we ran. "
when you look at your own 34.7 data closely
Last edited by Mandingo; 04-20-2012 at 09:49 AM.
As far as rd's misinterpreting signals haven't seen it with this unit.
The champ of all time is MY 78SE LOL!
It regularly reports x band as K
so much so I can't lock x band out on the unit !