I've been a supporter of this detector, but I just had an experience that has changed my mind.
Tonight I'm driving towards a K band source that I had previously locked out. The door openers at a local Walgreens.
As I'm heading towards the source, I see that my local police department has set up one of those stationary radar units. As I pass this drone, I notice that my 9500i is silent, but I have the spinning satellite icon, but looking in my rear view mirror, and I notice it's flashing my speed, but the detector remained silent.
"That's not right", I think to myself.
I immediately unlock the source.
Now I wonder if it's possible that the radar unit and the door opener are the same frequency. I put the 9500i in SPEC mode and pull up to the doors at the Walgreens.
24.124 is what flashes on the 9500i.
I then start heading towards the radar unit which is very near. As I approach, the display changes from a constant 24.124 warning, to 24.154.
Frequencies ARE NOT THE SAME.
I then go back to the Walgreens and as the 9500i again displays a 24.124 warning, I lock out the signal. Now I then drive the route again.
As I head towards the Walgreens, the 9500i is silent with the spinning icon.
I turn towards the radar unit. The icon is still spinning.
I approach the radar unit. Still silent, icon still spinning.
Radar unit indicates in bright red flashing numbers that I'm driving above the PSL, but the 9500i is still silent with the spinning icon. I get a sinking feeling.
As I'm just about to pass the radar unit, I unlock the signal, and the 9500i immediately screams out a K band warning at 24.151. Obviously a different frequency than the door openers.
Sooo this tells me the following.
My 9500i is locking more than just the locked out frequency. It leads me to believe that it's locking out the whole band.
My experience is contrary to Escorts demo on it's website. If an LEO was shooting K band radar in that vicinity, I would not get a warning.
So I will be calling Escort in the morning. I am past the 30 day trial period, but I obviously have a unit that does not work as advertised. Unless they have a fix for it, I don't want it anymore.
The main selling point of this detector is the Truelock/GPS features, and if they don't work, I don't think the 9500i is worth the $200 premium over the X50.
The auto dimming is OK, as well as the speed display, but again, not worth the premium considering that it has similar if not identical detection ranges as the X50.
The problem is that when my wife bought me this unit as a gift, we sold her old 6800 in a garage sale, and I gave her my old school 8500.
We just took a trip from the Chicago 'burbs to Toronto, Canada and back taking my our Land Cruiser which is my wife's daily driver and where the 8500 currently lives. During my U.S. driving, the 8500 performed very well, saving me a couple of times.
So, if they have a fix, fine. I'll play along. If they don't, I'm stuck having to get another detector. I guess I could consider a V1, but I HATE falsing detectors (Passport has spoiled me) and I don't know if I could live with that. I could get an X50. My Acura RL has blue gauge and interior lighting, so I might be inclined to get the blue X50 for uniformity.
Or I could go with a Bel.