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    Default New Vector 995 Road Pack

    Beltronics Bows New Radar Detectors

    By Amy Gilroy -- TWICE, 12/19/2005

    WEST CHESTER, Ohio — Beltronics is offering a new line of radar detectors aimed at “young, affluent, tech-savvy” consumers.

    Among the 2006 products is a new Road Pack for the top of the line Vector 995 that allows the detector to be hardwired to the fuse box for a “custom installation.” The Road Pack also comes with a SmartPlug cable with the controls located on the plug, within reach of the driver. It also has an amplified speaker so the detector may be heard over the radio. The new Vector 995 Road Pack is expected to ship in February at a suggested retail price of $349.95. It also comes with a travel case that has been added to all Vector products.

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    Beltronics is also adding a new lower price point to the Vector line with the model 940. The all-band radar and laser detector has a suggested retail price of $169.95.

    Also in radar detectors, Whistler said it will show six new models at International CES next month ranging in suggested retail prices from $109 to $399. Escort said it is planning a line modification later in 2006, and Cobra plans to unveil a new line at CES.
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    Sounds like it will be an interesting year for the industry, lots of new stuff coming out. I'll be interested to see what Escort's "line modification" is.

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    Not that this is anyhting new... just the 995 with a straight wire and a speaker attachment, which you could all get a long time ago separately anyway.

    I'm STILL waiting for news on the Bel STi Driver XR. Where oh where is the news on this? How come so few ppl are talking about it?

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    This may be a stupid question, but what is CES?
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    I really hope Cobra is actually going to come out with a high-end unit, but I kinda doubt it. It would be really nice since they have features like a City K mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by compu44
    I really hope Cobra is actually going to come out with a high-end unit, but I kinda doubt it.
    I agree I think Cobra really could have a impact on the high end RD market if they just changed their marketing strategy (but they are smart not to). They have already got some things down such as laser detection (suprisingly good) on their higher end units, and also a load of features (a few real good, most POS selling points) So I am sure with a little time and effort from their techs (and some money) they could come up with a High-End detector(s) based on they have a decent starting platform.....

    BUT that right there is exactly why they probably wont make a real high end unit, because they own a large share of the el-cheapo model market that offer flashy (and most of the time useless) features which get your average consumer who doesnt know much about detectors...willing to fork over the cash for their products.
    The thing is Cobra is a business, they are a brilliant company because they know their target-market (mostly young adults or anyone who doesnt know a lot about RD's and loves the flashy features) and they play right into their hands.
    Why would Cobra want to spend millions of dollars and try to beat the already existing High-End units when they are doing so good in the low end market?
    Cobra knows that most people buying high-end RD'S (x50,V1,RX65,995) type stuff, often times know a little about the RD market. They know the people spending the $280 on those products (like us on this board) know that cobra doesnt have the greatest detection but rather the most use(less) features.
    So even if they did make a truely high end detector, that could detect radar right up there with the x50/v1/rx65/995 (not to mention have the few usefull features and cool features of the cobras) it would be unlikely (due to its brand name for years coming hand-in-hand with lackluster detection) that the people spending the big bucks would switch from the Belscort/V1 products.

    Just my (I think pretty good ) $.02 why Cobra keeps doing what they are doing.

 

 

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