Well it turns out the bug I've been griping about forever is "Fixed" in latest firmware. The problem was the "Fix" was not what I expected.
First, I really love a quiet detector which is why I have 3 9500ix's in my family.
Second, EscortRadar was really trying hard to help me and was willing to personally look at all my detectors. But it was just a mis-communication.
Third, I really love the "SmartMute" feature. Which basically gives you a Single Double Brap if you are Below 20MPH on any alert.
The initial "bug" was if you received an alert above 20MPH and were slowing down the Radar Detector was partially locked up. It would "unlock" itself once you went above 20mph again or if you received another alert while below 20mph it would switch to SmartMute.
When in this locked up stated (below 20MPH) it would:
1) Continue Alerting at Full Volume (unless it was already AutoMuted above 20mph).
2) The Mute button would not work.
3) Even if the Alert was gone it would still keep beeping.
4) It would never switch to "SmartMute" even if you were completely stopped.
Well Escort "fixed" 1-3. But I was always expecting #4 as well.
If you are going to allow for SmartMute at all (some folks don't like it) but for those that do like it. I see no harm in kicking it in on the fly during an alert. You've been full alerted, you get the double brap and your going very slow. Why continue alerting.
SmartMute will automatically shut off (start normal beeping) with an active alert when you go from below 20mph to above 20mph. But it will not automatically turn on (double brap then silence) with an active alert going from above 20mph to below 20mph.
Poll: Multiple Choices
Option 1) Do nothing, it’s perfect as is.
Option 2) Switch to SmartMute even with an Active Alert when slowing down.
Option 3) Make Option #2 a User Preference.
Option 4) Add SmartMute Crossover MPH Setting (i.e. Off,0,1,2,3,…30MPH)
I choose minimum of Option 2 and ideally would add number 4 (but I think 20MPH is a good number). Option #3 is too complex to explain to many of 9500ix’s users and escort likes to keep it simple. Option #2 doesn't require user know anything other than it's even more quiet.