Ahhhhh, the good ol' daze! I started off back in the mid-70's with the original Fuzz Buster (with that big ol' yellow blinking "eyeball!"
Can't help it. It's a "manly man" thing. I always get a Pavlovian reaction anytime I run into a new gadget.
Hi from Cincinnati OH. My name is Rick, and I'm a 6' pianist (I think I spelled that correctly) and my professional work is as a pit orchestra conductor for musical theatre, and I have a small music studio where we create full orchestra accompaniment track recordings for theatre companies world-wide.
(PSST: Feel free to come visit www dot bway2 dot com slash tracks with 100 of your closest theatre friends..)
RE: Radar detectors
I've been a bit fickle over the years, utilizing first a Fuzz Buster (which was mounted in the pocket of my WindJammer fairing on my Honda 400 motorcycle back in 1974). When it came to the cars, I always appreciated the remote (under the hood) type models. I had the Whistler Spectrum Remote, then the non-remote Valentine1, and finally (currently) followed by the Escort Passport SRX, purchased for $400 from a local Jag dealer that was overstocked.
Well, now it's 4-5 years later, and I'm currently losing saliva over the new Escort Passport 9500ci remote system.
[The Wish List]
I DID make a suggestion to the Escort folks about an extra cost option to offer with the 9500ci - extra laser shifter sensors. With my big flat sided SUV, I would love the option (as Whistler used to offer in their 1430 series, can't say if it's still their available option) to "add" extra sensors to the "kit." The idea of being able to install two sensors closer to the license plate, and two more nearer the headlights (Escort's claim of the only two reliable targets on the front of a vehicle), and an extra dual-sensor option for the BOTTOM of a rear license plate coverage, sort of a triangular coverage - center and wide on top, split left/right sides on the bottom (again Escort claims the rear plate is the only valid target area on the rear of a vehicle, my Tahoe has HUGE flat doors and enormous rear light lenses, but in Escort I trust - I just wish I could option a few extra sensors -grin -). The safe comfort level would be MORE than compensation for the extra cost of the sensors!
Anyhoo, I hope to make a few friends along the way here. If anyone is into installing 12V gadgets in their vehicles, I'm sure we can talk a lot!
My 2004 Tahoe (my "I ain't 18 anymore" playtoy) contains:
- Pioneer Z3 nav/AV unit
- AVC 5KW contiinuous AC inverter, 10K burst rate
- TWO 1250 Amp 12V batteries on a separator to forbid draining of the "car" battery when playing gets too long
- Backup camera in rear door
- Two headrest video monitors with AV selectors
- 12 CD multi-changer
- 6 DVD multi-changer
- AV distribution system
- Bose sound system with on-steering-wheel IR remote
- Passport SRX Radar/Laser detection/shifting
- Upgraded 300A alternator, local custom build
- DEI RF two-way alarm system
- White strobe lights mounted front/rear, used for funeral traffic control
- Extra CD/DVD player in rear for headrest monitors
- Galaxy 95T2 180W CB Radio
- Texas Star 1200W amplifier
- alarm clock!
Ok, so I like my gadgets when I travel. The 5KW Inverter makes carrying along a small refrigerator (120V) and a microwave simple.. The actual purpose of the 5KW inverter is due to summer outdoor theatres, where we sometime run into bad power issues. The 5KW inverter gives us four complete 15A 120V circuits. The two 1250A 12VDC batteries allow the inverter to run 4+ hours without starting the car..
If anyone likes to talk gadgets, tech, music synths, sequencing or the like, I'd love to hear from you!