The old 9500i came back from being updated. Also, came back with the black storage case (I sent the detector with the case only), another Smartcord, some more suction cups, and a spare mount, the new instruction manual for 9500ix, and the Database key and serial. It also included the service card with a bar-code for the new serial number assigned to the unit.
The display is still red which is okay with me as the blue is too hard to see in the daylight on a motorcycle. The red one will take its place.
Also, the top cover is replaced with the 9500ix cover as well. No doubt it's the 9500ix, just with a red display.
The service order says professionally tuned and calibrated too. They call it a 9500iR (R=red?). Also notes says: ix/npf/sw. I don't know what npf stands for. I'd guess ix is the conversion and sw is software to assign a serial number to the unit or maybe a database.
I didn't try registering the unit with the new info to see if the update for the other 9500ix would load and it did (??). The Detector Tools shows the unit's new serial number in the top portion of the program. I don't know why it allows the database update to load as I thought they were assigned by the serial number and not interchangable?
I did register it and that basically downloaded the same database as unit one. It loaded pretty much the same as the other did.
The audio seems louder in the older red unit. I don't know why that is.
Also, it came back 2nd Day UPS. A little less than two week turn-around (12 days). For the new exterior 9500ix case, circuit board, software, tune-up, Smartcord, mount, and cups, it seems almost a bargain!