Here is my review:
I've been a radar fanatic for about 5 years. I've owned x50, regular 8500, rx65, couple different valentine ones, bel 995, and 965, and others I can't think of at the moment. Got a little bored with the hobby I guess in '07 so just ran the v1 3.864 and 8500 the last couple years. Was bored on the internet and got back on this site to see what was new.
Of course had to have the 9500ix. The GOL tests and features made it a must have for me. I had to reregister because I couldn't remember my user name and password.
Anyway the review.
I live in TN always over a hill or around a curve. Cracks me up to see some of the videos were you can see for 5 miles and the detector picks it up for 2-3 miles. I average .5 to 1 mile at best on the v1.
So far the escort has seemed better to me than the v1. I've only had it a couple days but our local cops run ka 35.5 and the range is better than the v1. I've not had an encounter on off axis yet. The features of this 9500ix are fantastic. I manually lock out signals. I love the auto dim, auto mute, antifalsing, auto sensitivity, and gps speed reading of the escort. Best feature is the downloadable updates. Who wants to spend money and time to have the latest firmware?
I'm thoroughly impressed with the range and I don't really have to worry about locking out falses cause everything is primarily KA.
I really don't go but 10 over but I love to win against radar. I know were they are and what they are doing. Great little hobbie for a gadget person.
It you are on the fence I'll tell you it's a pretty damn good detector. The range and features are fantastic.
On a side note I run the 8500 and thought it was at best fair to not bad. My wife runs the v1 because she commutes 90 miles a day. She says there is plenty of warning with the v1. She took my car to work the other day (before the 9500) and she said the 8500 sucked. She was on the cop when it alerted.
Comments appreciated because I never post just read. I did think this was worth a post.
Just my two cents. Thanks for your time.