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    Default New to the board, Thought I'd introduce myself.

    Hello fellas,

    I am new to the board and thought I'd introduce myself.

    Like everyone here I have an interest in RD unit's. My dad had the original big box cyclops Fuzzbuster in the 70's then picked up a Whistler Spectrum in the early 80's and stuck with that for many years. I started driving in the mid 80's and picked up a few inexpensive bel and cobra unit's. I finally picked up an original Passport. In the early 90's my dad picked up a Passport 4600 and I had a 4500. So I have had my share of RD unit's and familiar with how to work with them.

    I live in the Dallas area. North Ft.Worth actually. From 1993 to 2003 I lived in the city and rather close to work. So I didn't really need a radar detector. Dallas cops had more things they were concerned about than catching speeders. Regularly on the road I would pass cops at 10 miles over the speed limit. Now this attitude has changed and Dallas cops are more focused on speeders. However my problem now is much worse than Dallas cops.

    I moved out to the suburbs in an area where cops have nothing better to do than to sit on the side of the road and think of ways issue tickets. To get to Dallas I drive through no less than 7 different cop districts. 5 of which consider the Highway traffic as a primary source of revenue generation.

    I inheirited my dads Passport 4600. My radar detector had sat in my glove box for years. Only to be pulled out on the occasional road trip. When I moved out here I knew that I would get pulled over. I have been out here 2 years and have been pulled over 3 times(1 speeding ticket, 2 registration). I think I got pulled over 3 times over 10 years living in the city.

    So I am giving thought to upgrading the RD unit I have now.

    The cops out here are using a combination of K, Ka and Laser. Again they use the highways as a primary source of revenue but each city has spent quite a bit of money on their force. This area has a good tax base and no real crime so cops have nothing better to do than sit on the side of the road and issue tickets. All in the name of public safety.

    I've had a chance to do a little research and review this board. Looks like great info can be had here.

    What I am wondering is this. I know the easy answer is get a V1, or RX65. Those are a little out of the budget.

    What is the best bang for the buck detector out there? That has the best performance for the dollar say below $150. I'm even willing to risk an EBay purchase.

    Thanks for reading this and I look forward to your reply.

    Walt

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    Welcome to the board! Lots of good information here...

    For your target price, take a look at the Whistler Pro 73.

    Some of the cheaper BEL Express models (925/935) also come to mind, but those don't have POP protection.

    The Cobra XRS 9700 is another option, but I believe most people here have a higher opinion of the Whistler than the Cobra, the Whistler units also performed better in Roy's tests.

    Jim

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    I second anything jim said.

    I'm looking at the cheaper bel express models (935 because of the text display) for a gift for my sister who gets her license in 3 months and i thought it would be a nice detector.

    But roy sells the whistler if im not mistaken, plus it rates highly, so thats a good choice too.

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    Jim thanks for the suggestions. I will take a look at this unit.

    What I am wondering is how much improved performance I will see over the Passport 4600. The area that I am most concerned about traveling is a rather flat stretch.

    The 4600 has picked up Laser 3 miles out. Now the shooter was at the top of a hill but none the less it was picked up.

    Is POP something that all police departments will eventually have? How quickly are they adopting this tech?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltj2k
    What I am wondering is how much improved performance I will see over the Passport 4600. The area that I am most concerned about traveling is a rather flat stretch.
    I have a Passport 4600, but not the Whistler Pro 73. However, I would expect you to see a marked improvement in performance over the Passport 4600.

    Quote Originally Posted by waltj2k
    Is POP something that all police departments will eventually have? How quickly are they adopting this tech?
    I doubt that there will be a time when ALL departments will have it, as it is currently only available from one manufacturer (though the others might eventually develop similar technology to compete). How many are in use, and where, is debatable. Whether it is currently in use in Texas, I'm not sure either. It's been around since '99, and is marketed as being able to defeat radar detectors, which is probably an attractive feature for departments buying new units. Detector makers only introduced POP protection last year...

    Jim

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    Default Re: New to the board, Thought I'd introduce myself.

    Quote Originally Posted by waltj2k
    Hello fellas,

    What is the best bang for the buck detector out there? That has the best performance for the dollar say below $150. I'm even willing to risk an EBay purchase.

    Thanks for reading this and I look forward to your reply.

    Walt
    An Ebay purchase is very risky. Before I met Roy and the guys on this board I bought an Escort 8500 X50 off of Ebay, to later find out that it was an outdated firmware X50. If you find a better deal on a radar detector anywhere else give radarbusters.com a call and he can work with you. Roy is an authorized etailer and can give you a warranty and a good price...something Ebay can't offer you.

    And welcome to the board!!!

    Chris

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    Don't buy off ebay...yes you can get a "great" deal but most products are misrepresented....I have gotten great deals on ebay but remember nothing come with a warranty and no customer service.

    If you become a member of Roy's email list you can get 10% off on the rx65 which is a great deal and it's the best all around detector money can buy. you can even enter to win a detector.

    For $150 Would recommend any of these detectors
    Cobra 9700
    Whistler pro 73
    Or spring the extra doe for BEL RX55
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    hi m8, what ever is said here id suggest you divide it by 2 then beleive half of that..hahaha

    Nah seriously there is a wealth of info on here and you will enjoy it ..

    cheers

    stalker

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    I gave my girlfriend the Cobra 9700 as a gift for her third traffic stop in a year. I drove around with it and I think that the Ka range leaves a little something to be desired but it's very good overall and my testing was brief. She, on the other hand, loves it. She tells me that it saves her butt all the time. Considering how fast that girl drives I feel reasonably good about recommending it.

    Welcome to the board!

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    My very first detector was a BEL Express 925, and it was pretty good on K, but Ka was lacking a great deal, I remember I got into a speed trap and only had like a 5-10 second warning, where as now with my X50 id have atleast a 30 second warning! But its still a great unit for what I paid for it ($89). Good luck on your decision!

    -Hacksta

 

 

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