Well, Michael. How should I start?
I'm writing this letter to you and making it public to get the perspectives and opinions of others in this matter.
I started off in radar detection with my very first detector, a Cobra.
Yes, it was a cobra, and I bought it at Sears. However, it would only detect radar AS I passed LEOs, which I at the time thought was amazing. Actually, I returned the piece of !@#$ and remembered my brother using a Whistler, until someone stole it from his car.
So I went to your website and found my first REAL, WORKING detector, an XTR-330.
To my surprise, THIS ONE ACTUALLY WORKED!
Wow! I'd have a couple thousand feet on encounters. Not bad considering the Cobra just made sounds and flashed LEDs as patrol cars passed me within 50 feet (no exaggeration).
So, I used that bad boy for a while and started doing my research on radar detection (which is how I found this forum). And after countless reading and more reading, I came to terms that the XTR-330 just wasn't enough for my ego on the road. That's when I ordered the XTR-695 and mailed the 330 to my brother who lives in New Jersey, so I knew it wouldn't fail him on X band, lol. And it actually saved him many times!
Anyway, as soon as I got that 695, I was like a little kid running for Christmas presents underneath a murdered tree. I was ecstatic. Once hooked up to my car, I felt like a real bad ass now and chuckled at the thoughts of my 330, thinking, "Psshh... don't need that pathetic piece of !@#$ anymore!"
Oh my god! My first Ka encounter 55 miles down the highway @ 34.7!
SAVED BY THE XTR-695 about 1.5 miles in advance! WOW! That's +1 mile longer range than my XTR-330!
And I thought I had the best... until you guys came out with the 2ND EDITION SERIES!
"OH MY GOD! I THINK I'M GOING TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK AND DIE A VIOLENT DEATH!!!! THEY HAVE AN XTR-695 SE NOW? OH MY!!!!!"
I couldn't be happier and was VERY satisfied with the performance of both the Pro 78 SE and XTR-695 SE! Amazing!
But here's the thing Michael...
The 9500ix, 9500ci, STi Magnum, Redline, RX65, etc. rolled out. All these high-end performing detectors have come out recently....
But what has my beloved Whistler Group put out for us radar enthusiasts?
As I've seen, NOTHING.
This makes me sad. It really does. I love Whistler. I love the performance and prices.
Impress us. Make us believe again in what once was the best.