Hi everyone, I'm a gadget fanatic but just beginning to discover the world of radar detectors, so I have some questions. I have had a radar detector for about 3 years now, its a Cobra WX or ESD something...its a 10 band with voice alert and weather alert. It just stopped working (the voice and sounds) so I am in the market for a new detector. I didn't realize cobra was so lousy until reading posts on here. So that said I guess I want an upgrade, but really have no idea what. I can save and get a good one such as a bel or escort so the money really isn't the issue I'm just wondering which one will give me more for the money. Which is more reliable? Is the Ku radar really something to worry about because if it is I am thinking that the Bel Rx65 is a better investment right? Or can the escort 8500 be programmed in the future to upgrade? Can you update an Rx65? Basically if I am going to spend a lot on one of these I don't want one that is constantly going to be going back for repairs or become quickly outdated. SO I need some opinions guys. I live in Syracuse NY and my driving habits keep me mainly around syracuse oswego, buffalo, albany, once in a while NYC but very rarely. I'm not a terrible speeder, maybe 5-15 over the limit. My main problem is my weakness for red vehicles, usually pontiacs that seem to attract police attention. I'm usually the one with a cop behind me for no apparent reason. Thanks for your help, glad to be here.