I have had my 9500ix for about 3 weeks now. I have to say that I have grown to love it. It definitely has to be the quietest detector I have ever had. The gps chip is the heartbeat of the silence, once the daily commute falses have been stored and locked out. I have to say, the range is somewhat better than what I have had with my old 8500.
Even though I have learned to love it, I am returning it. I managed to find a used 9500i for less than half the price of the ix. It had a manufacture date of 2207 and I just flashed it with the newest software. I have to say that from a sensitivity standpoint, I can't tell a difference between the 2. I do like the blue lights of the ix along with the autolearn function, but for the savings in price, I can't justify the extra $. The RLC would be nice, but the closest area to me that uses it is about 70 miles away and I may be down there once every 6-8 weeks.
All I can say is that with the current economy, instability in the employment market, and Christmas upcoming, I will be more cautious with what I spend on items that aren't totally necessary. At least with my decision, the wife is happier too. She didn't mind me getting it, but it was just bad timing, as she is also concerned over her job stability too. At least if things line out in the future, I can still send this in and have it updated to the ix.