I'm trying to think of all the differences and notable similarities between the 9500ix and GX-65. I like my V1, but I do have two cars and if I sold my RX-65 and maybe my trusty 955, I might be able to justify trying out one of these newfangled GPS detectors. I'm going to decide for myself, so I'd like to keep this from being a personal recommendation thread at this point, just an objective list that'll help anyone trying to decide.
- Obviously, the GX-65 lacks AutoLearn. It's a personal decision if that's useful or not, but it's the biggest difference.
- 9500ix has blue display, GX-65 is red. But you can buy a 9500i with a red display and send it in to be upgraded to an ix, and they won't change the display color.
- We're pretty sure that only the Escort has the update to only alert to speed cameras on the side of the highway you're travelling on.
- Same story for the update that let's it run on USB power only when updating.
- Only the Escort has Traffic Signal Rejection (based on info from the manuals)
Of course there's the standard Bel/scort differences like..
- The Escort lady vs. Pedobear.
- Escort's ExpertMeter represents multiple signals as multiple bar graphs attached to the same band indicator, Bel's Threat Display shows them as separate band indicators paired with numerical representations of the signal strengths.
- The Escort has AutoVolume.
- The Escort has AutoPower - turns off the RD automatically after the GPS detects it's been sitting still for four hours.
- Looks like only the Escort has the scanning dot.
- They both have the M4 horn/hardware, just like all the other modern entry-level to midrange Belscorts.
- They both alert to speed cams and RLCs.
- They're both updateable for firmware and POIs through Detector Tools
- They are both capable of clearing the database.
- "SpeedCheck" and "SpeedAlert" are the same thing.
- They both get updated for new POIs with a subscription to the Escort database that costs $29.95.
- With voice alerts turned on and when the display is in ExpertMeter or Threat Display, the detector will sound a voice alert, "Multiple signals detected", when more than one source shows up on the display.
Some things I'm not sure about...
- It seems like the Escort got an update to add some of these features like TSR and directional speedcam alerts, and from what I'm hearing the Beltronics didn't get it at this point. True?
- Are there any somewhat known quality differences between the two, like one having more variance in performance between units?
If it's OK, I'd like to edit the first post as suggested and as my questions are clarified.