OK, so I've given the newest XTR-695 some time now for reviews to be written and it seems like the unit generally doesn't disappoint... especially at the sub-$200 category.
Which leads me into my first question... how "sub-$200" is acceptable? From what I can gather, the Whistler-approved pricing is ~$190... though MANY vendors advertise (via Google Shopping) prices starting as low as ~$142 and rising slowly from there up to as high as $242.
I realize there is the Whistler "unauthorized dealer" list on their website, but that is quite a substantial list which would require a lot of cross-referencing. So I'm not sure what exactly the rules are on radardetector.net, but if listing websites/prices other that this one is a no-no, I'd appreciate any PM's on everyone's recommendations/feedback on their experiences purchasing an XTR-695. Thanks in advance!
The second part of this thread... if the XTR-695 is "officially" a $190 radar detector, how does that price point make it stack up to the Bel Vector 995 at ~$200 (to as high as $300 according to Google Shopping)? From what I've read, the Vector 995 is a top-notch performer that's simply a little less feature-packed than its $400+ siblings. I certainly don't want to take anything away from the improvements and innovative features brought forth by the XTR-695... however, I can't help but get the sense from those who've used both (XTR-695 and 995) that the Bel is undoubtedly a step ahead from a performance standpoint (though conceding to the Whistler in the reliability/customer service department). Still, if there is an easy fix for self-cal issues with Bel's (and Escorts for that matter), then it becomes difficult to overlook a clear performance advantage in the name of customer loyalty (I've only ever owned Whistlers).