This past week I had the pleasure of meeting fellow forum member KaPro who is an exceptional person who enjoys this hobby as much as any of the other forum members I have previously met (CrazyVolvoRob and Victor.)
The topic at hand during this meeting: Testing a Plethora of detectors against a C/O K-band threat, to see who stacks up where... specifically the Escort Redline.
Thank KaPro for all the driving he did (there are A TON more videos where this came from: ie - forward facing, I omitted 2 RD's etc. etc.... all that will come later)... he made these videos possible. Also there is someone else we need to thank, but I am not at liberty to say their name (so don't bother asking!!!) regardless, a huge thanks to them, they know who they are.
This 'course' is essentially a speed-sign that I have often used in the past to really showcase detectors... especially the all important and tricky off-axis detection. The course also has a null in it (right in sharp curve)... making it extremely difficult for detectors to get those extra 25,50,100,250+ feet of detection. It is a K-band speed sign that is certainly within the K-band specs (in-tune).
-Escort Redline (essentially brand-new)... obviously. (Can't disclose other info).
-Beltronics STi (I will leave these details to KaPro, as its his unit).
-Escort 8500 X50 S7... loves its K-band. (Mine)
-Valentine Research: Valentine One 3.826... an animal for sure (Mine)
Also: (Not in this video):
-Bel E795 (Mine)
-Escort 8500 (Non-X50)... Amazing ramp-up. (KaPro)
-We could not control traffic, so that is a variable that one could take into consideration... except our detections were generally consistent. (There was a set of circumstances -a truck parked infront of the sign to start- that made it so we had to re-run about 4 or so of the detectors to keep it apples-to-apples... because it left after the fourth unit... what a PITA).
-All the Belscorts were in Highway mode as I remember and see on the video... v1 IN A-mode
-The V1 did have Ka-guard off (I forgot to change it..its my highway only unit) but this is a K-BAND speed sign... NOT Ka. (If you do not like this: Do not leave a reply... do your own testing)... we are being honest about it. It should not really impact this K-band alert to my knowledge.
-The Belscorts often displayed different frequencies (I believe during one pass: Not on this particular video... KaPro's 8500 changed frequency mid-alert).
-There will be forward facing videos AND E795/8500 (NON-x50) videos too when I get time. We have well over an hour worth of footage (each pass was generally only 1:45-2:10 IN length before edits so... you know how many passes we took then. It is just a PITA for me to edit.
-Only one detector was ever on at a time. (During all testing).
-On the last clip the little 'Blip' the V1 alerted to that is the speed sign for the OTHER direction: The V1 even alerted 1-time with its rear-antenna going AWAY from it as well... it was the only one to do so (going away)... out of 3 or 4runs with it, but again it only did it once. The V1, Redline, X50, STi all alerted to it well going towards the speed-sign... before turning around.
Hope you guys enjoy and draw your own conclusions...
My conclusions are as follows: (I AM NOT SPEAKING FOR KaPro.. these are mine only):
-The Redline is a SOLID C/O performer... at least against K-band.
-It is NOT off the V1 charts in sensitivity for K-band, nor the STi or X50 S7. (Be sure to pay special attention to the "Red-paint-line" in the videos on the road which denotes an under-ground pipe, but provides an EXCELLENT Point Of Reference to where the RD's alerted. This is especially true for off-axis or tricky hiding-spots.
-If you have a High-End dash-mount RD's (specifically the STi/V1)... keep it as the Redline won't do much of anything for you based on these results and others so far... especially for K-band.
-Forward Facing (Coming up on the radar facing away results were a bit different).
Here you go... enjoy!:
Watch @youtube in HQ as always. (Sadly I filmed in Standard not High quality... just realized that..., but it still looks ok under youtubes HQ).