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    Default Remote Detectors - How much loss of range?

    I'm considering a remote detector, such as the SR7 or RX75, because I have a convertible and it's a real pain to take the detector down everytime I run into a store. I've heard that remotes have a shorter range because they're so low to the ground, but I don't know how much to believe that. It's hard to imagine that there are radar waves up at my windshield, but not a couple of feet lower around my bumper. Does anyone have any actual experience with remotes.... I'd be interested to know if you thought the performance was sacrificed? My car is very low to the ground (Corvette), so if there really is a loss of range, it will be even worse with my car.

    Also - Any rumors about either of the above detectors (SR7 or RX75) being updated anytime soon? I hate the thought of spending so much on a detector that's not the most current tecnology. (But again, it's a hassle to use a normal detector with the convertible).

    Thanks in advance.

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    The reason they say that is that with the receiver mounted low like that, it is a lot of times, blocked by the cars in front of you. The higher you place your antenna, the better range you will get.

    You may not notice a big difference. I don't know. I've never used a remote detector before. But that's why a lot of people "talk down" about the remote detectors, because your receiving antenna is mounted much lower than it normally would be if you had one on your windshield. But if you're in a convertible and don't want to put your top up every time you park the car, remote may be a better way to go for you even if you sacrifice a little range. It's all in what you want.

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    I used to have a Bel 975R and I switched to a V1 two summers ago. The Bel did get the job done but the V1, mounted at the top of my windshield vs. in my bumper, has better range by leaps and bounds. How much is the detector and how much is the mounting location I can't exactly say. I have to imagine that performance of a Bel SR7 or RX75 would probably fall somewhere between my 975R and high-mounted V1 due to improved technology. If I'm right about that then you should be just fine as long as you aren't planning to travel at warp speed all the time.

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    Loss in range? It should be even beter. A windscreen can seriously reduce range, especially heatreflecting ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flitsservice.nl
    Loss in range? It should be even beter. A windscreen can seriously reduce range, especially heatreflecting ones.
    Radio waves are not affected by glass. Radio waves are affected by metal. The only time a radar detector in the windshield would not work well is if there was a metallic tint on the window...like in the Chevrolet Venture, Dodge Caravan, and Ford Windstar have. Some Euro cars also have this in the front windshield.

    The Chevrolet Corvette does not have this type of glass, so a detector in the window would be unaffected by it.

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    Perhapps Roy could shed some light on this, I believe that he has an Escort SR7 remote and Bel RX65 in his truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flitsservice.nl
    Loss in range? It should be even beter. A windscreen can seriously reduce range, especially heatreflecting ones.
    Yeap, I even tested this. I held the detector in the car, got 1 bar, held it outside the window, got 3 bars. So it won't make a HUGE HUGE difference, but enough to be noticeable. This was tested on a X50.

    Btw this was against stationary photoradar, so the signal is constant.

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    I have a Passport SRX and an 8500 at the top of my windshield and they both seem to go off almost at the same time. The Srx may be a second or so slower. It seems to me that the SRX falses less being mounted lower. I love my SRX. The thing I hate the most is escort's customer service. They could care less about repeat business. You call them and all they do is blow you off or feed you BS. Also no upgrades. I dont think I will purchase escort in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by compu44
    Perhapps Roy could shed some light on this, I believe that he has an Escort SR7 remote and Bel RX65 in his truck.
    We have tested this extensively: A windscreen reduces range. How much depends on the type of window.

    plastic does not reduce range.

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    Perhapps Roy could shed some light on this, I believe that he has an Escort SR7 remote and Bel RX65 in his truck.
    Sorry, been swamped with the Brand X deal

    I do have an SR7 in my truck and do not notice any reduction in range when I also use a dash mounted unit. Been very happy with my SR7!
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