I found this forum as a result of doing research about my new Bel Vector 995. Christmas Eve i decided it was time to upgrade my old radar detector. I purchased a high end (cant remember the model) cobra and with in 30 minutes of driving from the store to my house i had ripped the thing off the dash and was using my old detector again. My main complaint with the cobra? False signals to the point where I had a migraine. Anyway, i turned around in my driveway and returned to the store. At this point i was talked into the bel v995.
I cringed at the $320 while handing over my credit card, but decided it was worth the money if the thing worked like the guy said it would. My drive home was silent and i was happy.
Two days later the thing popped up with "failed calibration: Needs Service". This message eventually cleared itself but I was worried that I might have a bad unit so i brought it back and swapped it out. Later that day I talked with bel and was told that the unit might have gone bad because I turned my car off with it still on and this is "known to damage the unit". I thought that was a load of Cr.ap and even if it is true, for $320 the da.mn thing should be making coffee for me in the morning, not blowing up when i turn my car off. I decided it was time to do some research.
First off, I donít want a V1. The thing is ugly and outdated looking. I don't care how good people say it is, I don't have an 8 track in my car and I certainly don't want something that looks like it belongs along side one!
So with that in mind i have narrowed it down to three choices:
Passport 8500 X50
Or just keeping my Bel Vector 995
I am shying away from keeping the v995 because for $20 more i can get the other two units which have a lot more bells and whistles; so unless someone can come up with a good reason why not to get rid of the V995, its between the RX65 and the X50.
Here is what i like about each unit:
X50 Blue display is really nice. Basically itís the reason I am seriously considering the unit over the RX65. Actually, itís the only reason.
The RX65 has voice which in theory is nice, but functionality wise is lacking. Just like the v995, the RX65 voice only announces the type of signal itís detected which while its helpful, its not absolutely needed. Now, if the thing would say not only the type of signal but the range... that would be much more enticing. Second, I donít know why buy they used a guys voice. It may sound stupid but with a higher percentage of guys using detectors, you think they would put a female voice on the thing like the cobras. I would much rather here a southing female voice then some guy blurting out "k band, k band". Remember Hal went crazy and tried to kill the crew, the enterprise never did that! Bel needs to stick with a female voice. :P
Anyway, back on topic. The RX65 seems to have better test results which is a little more important then the cool blue screen but as we all know those tests can be BS. I guess I am looking for a bottom line: Which of the three I have listed above is going to out perform the others? Every test I see provides different results which are a bit confusing if not annoying.
I called bel and asked them which would work better, the RX65 or X50 and they told me the both the internal components and the software were EXACTLY the same so that there should be no difference. Again, this information was different then what I have read, but I figured it was worth mentioning. Also, I am a bit worried about bel phasing out the escort line of products and being left with a unit that will no longer be able to be upgraded. Then again, if what bel says is true then they should be able to use the same software the use on the regular belís as they claim ďitís the same software as the escortĒ
Tomorrow I am going to make the decision on what to do. I know itís a limited amount of time but I sincerely appreciate any advice people here can provide on the matter.
Have a safe holiday and don't drink and drive. I'm an EMT and don't want to have to scrape any of you off the road :)
(PS: Sorry for the long post)
EDIT: I just read a pdf linked to a thread on this site that said Bel is owned by escort not the other way around. kinda makes my concerns about bel discontinuing the escort product line seem a bit absurd : )