I'm returning my XTR-690SE I received yesterday. Two things bothered me. First was that the red display is barely visible to not visible in the bright sun on my dash. The second was the amount of false alarms.
About 1/2 way through my trip today I turned off X band and turned off POP. That helped a lot, however, I still got a lot of what appeared to be false alarms. The range appeared good on the few times I saw a LEO following a warning. But there were so many warnings where there was no LEO that I started to get jaded and started not giving as much attention as I should to the warnings. That is largely why I got my last ticket from being distracted and not paying attention when I heard the beeping because my old detector gave too many false warnings.
I was hoping that with the frequency ID thingy on the Whistler would reject most of the false signals. Often I could not see if a frequency was displayed on my 690SE display to get a better idea if it was a real threat or just a generic warning. That was frustrating. There seems to be an abundance of false signal sources here in Southern California to trip up the detectors. Hoping that with the GPS the 9500ix will memorized and mute out the stationary garbage sources. Should it also do a better job at rejecting random false signals compared to the Whistler?
I read some reviews and watched a few videos of the Passport 9500ix and it seems like the best one in eliminating false signals, so that when it goes off, you better pay attention. I really hate to spend that much $$$ on a detector. I tend not to buy the cheapest or most expensive of anything as usually neither are a good value. So I'm hoping that the extra $285 is worth it. All it will take is one save to more than pay itself off. So in that respect I guess $449 is not all that bad. ($499 less $50 trade in.)