Hi all, first-time poster but long-time lurker. Right now I've got a dilemma on my hands to choose between the Escort 9500ix or the BEL STi Magnum.
Live in downtown Chicago and do about half my driving down here. Obviously there is no speed enforcement in the city since we're perpetually under 30mph, save for Lake Shore Drive (which is basically never radar/lidar enforced). Chicago and some of the suburbs do have red light enforcement cameras.
I drive on the local highways to visit people in the suburbs periodically. One such route takes me right past county police HQ and they do enforce that stretch heavily from marked vehicles in the underpass. In the spring and summer I travel to neighboring states for track days and that means taking some heavily-enforced highways (Indiana Toll Road, I-94 in WI, I-65 in IN, etc) to get there and back.
My job is 90-100 percent travel so I would likely take the detector with me wherever I go.
Driving style is not really that aggressive or fast, I just try to keep up with the bulk of traffic. That works out to about 10-12 over in most circumstances. Still, that has led to a few speeding tickets over the years. I drive a red Audi S4; it's no yellow Corvette but it isn't a beige Camry either. No front license plate so they're probably noticing me immediately.
Thinking the 9500ix is a smart choice since it still offers excellent sensitivity with the ability to alert on the red light cameras and silence the false alarms in the city/burbs, especially in unfamiliar areas. The ramp-up is disappointing though. But part of me still wants the STi Magnum for that extra sensitivity when I'm on the highway. The off-axis detection is important since the bulk of the roads I'm on are very gradual sweeping curves with almost no elevation change. After seeing some comparisons about how the STi alerts earlier, it's tempting. And no, I do not regularly drive in VA/DC where the Spectre immunity is needed.
Should probably add that long ago I had an 8500 that was stolen out of my car...stupidly left it mounted one day. My parents liked "borrowing it" occasionally since my father has a knack for getting tickets while on roadtrips.
Thanks in advance. Look forward to your expert opinions.