Reading the Veil Guy's blog got me wondering about the ramp up complaints on the 9500i.
When I was approaching the cape I was stuck in traffic on the bridge. The V1 rightly alerted to a weak K-band source that was ahead. It turned out the a patrol vehicle was on the center median facing perpendicular (north) to my west-bound approach around and to the left on the road. The Passport 9500i was silent. Aaaah, relief - the sound of silence. When switching the detector back to highway mode, the 9500i alert to K-band. Desiring peace and quiet, I returned the 9500i to AutoSensitivity mode. It remained quiet at even 30 feet away and facing directly at the patrol car. It wasn't until I crossed a 15 foot threshold that the 9500i alerted at a full strength. My approach speed was about 3-4 miles an hour. It feels to me that detector is not actually less sensitive in this mode, but uses a variable squelch mechanism to obtain its silence.
The more I moved at a snail's pace toward my final destination for the evening, the more I appreciated the Passport 9500i's new innovative feature as the detector remained silent with every signal to which the V1 alerted. No need for aspirin with this one.
I am warming-up to this detector more every day, I drive with it.
For those who have complained about ramp-up, can you provide more info on speed during those times?
Escort advertises that the 9500i varies it's sensitivity based on vehicle speed. Could it be that if you're creeping along below 30mph, the 9500i will give you a slow beep due to the fact that you really aren't going very fast until you are very close to the source?
If this is the case, this advanced feature may be more of a negative since it gives the perception of less sensitivity. This would require all experienced RD users to have to unlearn what we've become accustomed to (getting signal as early as possible regardless of speed), and now trust that the detector will now take it upon itself to determine your potential risk based not only on the type of signal received, but also taking into account your speed.