STI and GOL
Been a real busy few days and I have not had time to post, but I’ll provide a short run down on our trip and the GoL testing.
First off we started our 2100 mile trip to Ohio from Arizona, with Outrun’s Valentine One detector and the STi that we obtained from Bel during the CES show earlier this month.
The STi alerted to Ka alerts two to three seconds before the Valentine.
On K, both detectors alerted at the same time.
Upon entering Illinois, we were hit with X band from a Sheriff’s patrol car. X band had been disabled from the STi during this encounter, but was later turned on. On another subsequent X hit in Ohio, the Valentine One alerted first.
We stopped off at the corporate offices of Beltronics and Escort, and we were given the VIP tour!
We met with the engineer who developed the STi, who explained the development and the unique features of this unit. One feature that impressed Outrun, RacerX and I was the laser detection design of the unit. They had taken apart a unit for us and shown us the four laser diodes facing the front, and the one laser diode for the rear. Two of the front facing laser diodes are placed on a 45 degree angle, allowing the unit to receive “scatter” laser signals.
Csteph commented in an earlier post “that his STi was also a Spectre”. We encountered the same concern during our trip. The STi would alert to other radar detectors. The engineers at Bel were aware of this concern and said that he had just completed a software upgrade to solve this falsing issue.
After the tour in engineering, we were given a tour of their quality control area. They showed us that on the RX65 units, that they take one radar detector, out of each case of 10, on the top of each pallet of radar detectors to check quality control of their product.
With the new STi units, EVERY unit is removed from its box and run through a series of three tests, before it is ready for sale!
Their commitment to this quality control has kept their return rate below 2%, and only 10% of these returns, are for performance issues.
Outrun, RacerX and I would like to thank the entire staff at Escort and Beltronics for the hospitality they shown us!
Today (Saturday) we met with the GoL crew and they started their tests of various radar detectors.
Csteph had sent the GoL his retail STi and I provided them my STi for testing.
We were all very impressed with the overall sensitivity tests of the STi and the RX65 units. The GoL are now compiling their results and they will post their observations in a following post.
I obtained a newer Spectre from Roy Zeglers in AU last week, and I performed a test with it, along with my Spectre and a VG2. The STi was completely immune from detection on all nose to nose tests! Both STi units would give a strong Ka alert, when it was in close range to the Spectre units.
The GoL also performed their own Spectre and VG2 tests of the STi and also obtained the same results that I did.
Now to clear up a few issues that others have posted. My STi was not a juiced unit, provided to me by Bel for these tests. And to cover these concerns, the GoL also obtained a retail unit from Csteph. My unit and Csteph were tested separately by the GoL and both gave consistent results.
And to cover what a user commented was my “concern” with the STi’s falsing issue. The STi as well as any radar detector made by any top manufacture is ALWAYS under development as new technology evolves. It would be foolish of me and Bel, rush to fill customers orders just to get them out the door, when we know improvements to the product are just weeks away.
From seeing first had the development of the STi, speaking with the engineers, and seeing the commitment to quality Bel has put into this newly designed detector has totally impressed Outrun, RacerX and myself. When they say that the STi is unlike ANY OTHER RADAR DETECTOR ever made, they are not kidding. It is a complete new platform from the ground up!
VERY GOOD TO HEAR!!! I can't wait to get my hands on one now...MY RX65 has been flawless, but if the KA detection on the STi is even better than my 65, I'm sold....Also seems as if the laser detection will be top notch..Can't wait for the results!!! Keep up the good work and I appreciate all of the hard work and time you guys (GOL and Roy) put into these test...
need to test the STI in West Australia where multinovas are everywhere.
Yeah that would be sweet. Roy, wanna send me one for testing?
Originally Posted by stalker
hahaa I though you would pop up scamming a freebie
So when will we see the results?
Re: STI and GOL
Originally Posted by RadarRoy
Beltronics is a CANADIAN company with its head office located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and ALL Bel/Escort products are built up here, I personally visited them twice and they were pretty unfriendly, I posted my impressions in details back in Oct or Nov last year :wink:
Re: STI and GOL
Thanks for clearing that up Roy......
Originally Posted by RadarRoy
Very interested in the Laser capability of the Sti. I guess it wasnt tested in the GOL. Any chance of a "match race" between it and the V1??