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    Thumbs up Re: Cobra Vedetta Radar Detectors

    Just received a Cobra Vedetta SLR 650G for a Christmas present! Here's some thoughts on it so far:

    1. Overall appearance: is nice, well built, totally different!

    2. Mounting has to be the best! Suction cup is sticky and can be renewed with water. It's hard to get off even with the lever opened. As with all GPS style mounts a little shaking is normal but not anymore than a standard mount. Whistler, Cobra, and V1 has the best standard mounts. Escort's suck, because cups loose suction ability after a short time. I've been through a lot of sets of their cups. Escort's bracket is okay, it's their cups I don't like. Anyway, mounting can be anywhere now with this new type. I still like mine in the middle as low as possible. I leave the display flipped up and angled towards the driver's position. It looks like a GPS unit so most POs won't notice it unless they look hard. So you have a little stealth in a way of appearance wise.

    3. Power cord is a straight cord. It's nice for longer reaches. I have a short reach so I just wrapped the extra length up in a "bow tie" with the twist tie included and run the lighter plug end through the open end of the "bow tie" to hold the cord in place or to hang it on.

    4. Volume is a little lower than I like it would be when it is on maximum. So you might have a hard time hearing it with radio up.

    5. Brightness is great. You have to dim it manually. It has several positions to suit any lighting situations. If you have a signal and hit the dim pad it goes dark with just a faint view only you can see. Which is nice I think, if you want to go stealth during an alert.

    6. GPS locks on very quickly. Updates are a flash. It comes with a self coiling cord. So you can take your laptop out to the car or bring the unit in with you. I think the Module on the XRS 9970G better. It is easier but I don't like it sticking out like it does.

    7. Cobra dropped POP, VG2, Spectre, Safety and Strobe alerts on these series. I think this is a great move since it makes the unit more noisy anyway. Safety and Strobe alerts I did get legit sources on my XRS 9970G though but not with any real benefit. Also gone is the "# of Bands" theme. Which is good. This unit has X, K, Ka, Ku, Laser bands only. It tells the frequency of Ka of only the police bands only. Laser it tells the PPS.

    8. Setup is a snap and the screen is great at guiding you. It's not a whole touch screen, just along the sides at certain points. I would like the whole screen to be. It's a little challenging to touch those spots on the move. Not hard at all but could be easier. One good thing is you won't get the whole screen smudged up this way.

    9. Screen has different color schemes to match any vehicle, a real nice touch! The clarity of the screen is like a LCD or LED TV.

    10. GPS functions are great. Split screen feature is nice when receiving radar/laser alerts along with GPS alerts.

    11. GPS compass and speed are accurate. Speed might be 1-3 miles off at times but otherwise great.

    12. I like the standby screen telling you the Heading, Speed, Voltage, H/C mode and Intellimute features. A lot of info at once.

    13. Intellimute feature is great. I set mine when vehicle is warmed up so idle drops as low as it goes with all accessories and lights off. Then when you come to a stop with your brakes on, the idle drops a little lower to activate the Intellimute. So you won't be bothered at intersections or lights with alert sounds. I have a manual transmission, automatics set it in the park position. Then when you put it in drive your rpms will drop a little lower with foot on brake. Make sure your engine is at operating temperature so idle is low as it will be before you set it. Some cars or trucks have a hard time setting it. If yours is one of these. Just set it with foot on brake and in gear at operating temp. If none of the above works set it with engine off. You can also just turn it off too. But I usually get it to work with the above examples.

    14. City modes are: City X, City X,K, City X,K,Ka, City Max

    You can read the manual on these. I'm not sure on City Max what it does. If anybody knows let me know? (I think it blocks all audio signals including laser until a signal strength of 2 or more.) The manual could be a little more detailed.

    15. Range is like my XRS 9970G so far. I need more experience with it.

    More later!
    Last edited by MDR; 12-29-2012 at 03:14 AM.

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    More Info on the Cobra SLR 650G:

    1. Regards to the GPS feature adding a Speed trap compared to the XRS 9970G. Once added, I like the 650G better because it warns you with a change in size and color of the warning as you approach and leave the location. The 9970G just gives you a speed trap warning with no knowledge of your distance to the location.

    2. The range seems to be improved a lot on Ka, a little more on K, and about the same on X.

    3. Ka false alerts seems to be a little more on X and K door openers (harmonics) due to sensitivity increases. It could be from legit sources but I did not ID any. I received a K alert stopped at a light. Thought it was the Walgreen's or CVS. Some of the alerts were from them. Then I started getting increasing bars and full blasts of K with a few small alerts of K. I thought it might be reflections off some turning traffic. But then I kept getting full blasts of K off and on then continuously. I thought this is definitely something legit. I was thinking where the heck is he! Looking behind, nothing. Light turned green and started going, K is full blast now. Then I ID him oncoming opposite my direction. (I've seen that car before running continuous mode all the time.) The breaks in full blasts were from the traffic I think. Sensitivity was reel good on K, IMO. As far as Ka, I had some PO cars I passed or drove by with no peep. I was wandering about them having their radar on or a problem with the SLR? I'm still evaluating Ka band. I did receive one legit hit on a continuous mode Ka 34.7. It was a good distance same as with the 9970G. I'm not running them together though. Just using my past experiences as a guide. I'm liking it more & more. The screen is a big plus!

    More later!
    Last edited by MDR; 01-02-2013 at 04:31 AM. Reason: Spelling and grammar

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    Are you sure it wasn't a car? That radar collision avoidance or whatever it is seems to react that way on my 9960. Makes following newer Audis a PITA. Doesn't happen w my Escort, though...

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    More on my SLR 650G:

    1. When receiving "Caution Area" alerts, I noticed you don't get a distance reading on the green and orange circles like the 9970G. You have your speed shown where the 9970G doesn't show it. "Speed Trap" areas your speed is shown also where the 9970G doesn't show it.

    2. Ka band alerts: so far I received 34.7 and 35.5 from behind and oncoming. The range is great, a little bit better than the 9970G. From behind I received at two different times a constant-on alert on (34.7 & 35.5). It kept going and going and I was wandering where the heck is he? Then I seen him closing in on me. That's what radar does from behind. Got some falses on 33.8, 34.3, 34.9 which are from other detectors.

    3. I like the dark feature when a PO is coming from behind with an alert showing you press the brightness pad and it goes almost dark where only you can see it. If no alert it just sets your brightness levels.

    4. Again, I wish the manual was more detailed.

    5. It's different not having all the extra alerts (POP, VG2, Spectre, Safety & Strobe). Which I said is a good thing. I notice it seems to false more on Ka band due to sensitivity increases.

    6. Still not sure what "City Max" does? If anybody knows let, me know? I'm still testing it. I think it blocks all bands including laser till a certain level. I usually run mine on "City X,K"

    7. Setting a LBA (Land Base Alerts) is a little harder than the 9970G. You have to hold the menu/save for about 2 seconds. I have to pinched the pad with my thumb and first finger because trying to just touch it is hard for two seconds while moving. That's why I would like to see a full touch screen like the 9970G.

    8. I noticed I haven't gotten any plain Ka and Laser alerts (with no frequency or pps) like with the 9970G yet. It's always been with a frequency or pps reading.

    More Later!

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    Default Re: Cobra Vedetta Radar Detectors

    Quote Originally Posted by bkrell View Post
    Are you sure it wasn't a car? That radar collision avoidance or whatever it is seems to react that way on my 9960. Makes following newer Audis a PITA. Doesn't happen w my Escort, though...
    I did get a K band alert that kept going with me. Then I spotted one of those with the RCAS. I started saying where the heck are you! Those things are annoying!

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    Default Re: Cobra Vedetta Radar Detectors

    What are land based alerts? I own a 9970G and I don't know what those are... :P

    You have to manually set the 9970G to display the Feq. They probably took that option out since most RDs now show the freq by default.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D_MAC_84 View Post
    What are land based alerts? I own a 9970G and I don't know what those are... :P

    You have to manually set the 9970G to display the Feq. They probably took that option out since most RDs now show the freq by default.
    "Land Base Alerts" are alerts you set yourself for example: Caution Areas, Speed Traps, Cameras, User Alerts. They did take the option of turning the frequency display off. On my 9970G I would see just a Ka alert once in while without the frequency meaning it's not a police frequency used. I haven't had that happened yet on my SLR650G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by D_MAC_84 View Post
    What are land based alerts? I own a 9970G and I don't know what those are... :P

    You have to manually set the 9970G to display the Feq. They probably took that option out since most RDs now show the freq by default.
    "Land Base Alerts" are alerts you set yourself for example: Caution Areas, Speed Traps, Cameras, User Alerts. They did take the option of turning the frequency display off. On my 9970G I would see just a Ka alert once in while without the frequency meaning it's not a police frequency used. I haven't had that happened yet on my SLR650G.
    Ah yes. I do have a few complaints about the LBAs. For one, considering there is an 8-point compass on the thing, speed traps should only be enabled when set on a certain heading. This way, speed trap only alerts when going into one, not out. Also, I find it hard to set red light camera intersections. It's not very accurate and anything short of coming to a stop in the middle of an intersection and setting it, you will get the alert too early or too late. Just my two cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D_MAC_84 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by D_MAC_84 View Post
    What are land based alerts? I own a 9970G and I don't know what those are... :P

    You have to manually set the 9970G to display the Feq. They probably took that option out since most RDs now show the freq by default.
    "Land Base Alerts" are alerts you set yourself for example: Caution Areas, Speed Traps, Cameras, User Alerts. They did take the option of turning the frequency display off. On my 9970G I would see just a Ka alert once in while without the frequency meaning it's not a police frequency used. I haven't had that happened yet on my SLR650G.
    Ah yes. I do have a few complaints about the LBAs. For one, considering there is an 8-point compass on the thing, speed traps should only be enabled when set on a certain heading. This way, speed trap only alerts when going into one, not out. Also, I find it hard to set red light camera intersections. It's not very accurate and anything short of coming to a stop in the middle of an intersection and setting it, you will get the alert too early or too late. Just my two cents.

    Yes there's an 8 point compass and it works off the GPS. I always set my "Speed Traps" from the position they're heading and/or my heading. I always have good results with them. Your alerts will depend on your speed. (Faster will give you more distance. Slower less distance.) The SLR650G will give you a clue whether your coming or departing the speed trap which I like better than the 9700G which doesn't. Red light cameras and Caution Areas work the same way which I don't have an issue with either.

 

 

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