I'm not sure about my 8500 x50 after the first week of using it. So far the X50 has been very good at detecting the couple radar shots AND the laser hits I already got including this morning on the way home.
Escort needs to make the 9500ci display available to plug into the other model detectors. Since it's getting nice out I like to drive with the windows down which of course means wind noise AND tunes need to be louder accordingly (highway only). I also drive directly into the sun every morning so sunglasses are a must year round. One of he joys of working nights and living directly east from work . Currently I have the RD mounted on the right side of my RVM which is barely in my peripheral view. There is nothing on the display that really JUMPS out at you when it switches from auto to whichever alert even on the brightest setting. I already have automute OFF. This morning I had the windows down and music on but not real loud. I got hit with a laser shot and barely heard the alert and only because the song had a quieter part. I moved the RD to the Left side closer to me but it's sort of in my field of view. I could probably get used to it but not sure if I like it there. My radio DOES have a telephone/mute lead so I was thinking If I could hit the earphone jack it might work for a trigger BUT according to Escort when I called them it also turns off the speaker on the x50. The only "remote" display is the flashing LED on the coil cord (or straight remote one if I get it). At that point I still need to look high and right to see what the real story is.
I like the remote display in the V1 as I could mount it multiple places and the arrows appear decently bright to get your attention. Granted it adds a bunch of cost but the external audio also has either an earphone and/or external speaker. I'm thinking that would be good to trigger the tel/mute at the same time.
I might have to try the V1 soon to see how that is. I was hoping not to spend the extra money so I could put it toward an LI dual but I NEED a visual alert I can see and a good audio.