I have been lurking and reading these forums over the past couple of weeks for a real world review of all the radar detectors on the market today. Well, I settled on the 8500 X50 . I bought it from Best Buy
(list was $308) only cuz I had a couple of gift cards so I paid $15.00 in cash for it. I just broke open the wrapper and have read the owners manual, but now at 10pm, I think I'll wait until morning to set it up in the car. I will let you know how things are working out.
Oh, I am replacing an older Bel 950 unit. Kept getting LO3 Cal errors when the unit starts up and is hot and the speaker does not sound anymore.
Great site! Thanks for letting me post.