Radar detectors: Escort Passport 9500ix vs Redline

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by J-Dash, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. J-Dash

    J-Dash Been here awhile

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    It's time for a new detector and I've narrowed it down between the two Escorts. The Passport 9500ix and the Redline which is due to start shipping soon. I've been using a V1 and a Bel Sti Driver for the past several years but I have toasted both over time.

    Anyone have experience with the 9500ix? It sounds like the Redline lacks a lot of the features the 9500ix has but in turn gains range. Only bad thing is that it doesn't seem like it will weed out false alarms like automatic door openers and such.

    Thoughts?
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  2. tedder

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    I have the ix. It weeds out false alarms very nicely- it'll ignore them both automatically and manually.

    What's not to love about it? Pretty solid detector. I've used it for some 30k miles so far.
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  3. Snapper

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    I need a new one too - thanks for reminding me & pointing out the new Redline.

    IMHO the choice between the two boils down to the type of riding that you will need the protection for. If you ride more around town/cities and on highways and major routes, particularly commuting, I think the 9500 make sense. If you ride more in the lesser-traveled backroads twisties for fun, I think the Redline would be better.

    I have the 8500, and recently got a Solo2 for the cordless convenience, but am not that happy with the range of the Solo. I'm a backroad guy and will be considering that Redline.

    BTW I turn X monitoring off, as they don't use it around here, and that takes care of 80% of the false signals
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  4. tedder

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    Do you use a Solo on your bike? It seems like a weird choice..
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  5. Ducman69

    Ducman69 Been here awhile

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    When the hell does the patent on the V1 arrows expire? Seems there are a metric crapton of detectors that are just as good or better than the V1, but not having a clue where the radar is coming from is weaksauce.
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  6. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    Yes, why?

    I run a GPS, mp3, and radar detector, all rechargeable AA-based, between 2 bikes and my cars. Just got tired of dealing with wires swapping between vehicles and stashing for security.
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  7. J-Dash

    J-Dash Been here awhile

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    I am right in the middle. I like the idea of the 9500ix being quieter, but when I ride, I am out of the city where you hardly get false alarms anyway. So you guys had a good point about that. The Redline is appealing but at the same time I'm sure that the 9500ix is plenty good enough and I like the speed camera, red light camera and speed trap memory. Not that I will be running red light cameras though but sometimes you have to because they won't turn.
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  8. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    Why ? When your dectector goes off, do you 1. Look at your arrows to see where it is coming from, decide if it is a threat, then slow down, or 2. Slow down immediately, check your speed, then look to see where it's coming from.

    If # 1 is how you answer an alert, you're a pretty good candidate for a donation to the local PD. I'll be the first to admit I'd like someway of knowing when the threat is behind me, but after that, does it really matter ?
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  9. Ducman69

    Ducman69 Been here awhile

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    I don't think you've ever had a V1 if you ask.

    Radar detector goes off.

    If its a strong signal, I slow down.

    If the arrow is behind me, I look behind me and if I don't see anything or the signal is getting weaker, the cop is not a threat and I continue on, otherwise having to drive slow for miles and miles.

    If the arrow is in front of me, I look but still sometimes don't see em hidden or on the other side of the highway or just on a cross road under the highway not even aiming at me. When the arrow goes sideways and then backwards, its obvious where they are (or aren't) and I continue on my merry way, rather than having to drive slow until I'm miles away.

    Remove the arrow, and you might as well not bother plugging the radar detector in, if it you live in a big city. Out in the country, sure, just knowing that somewhere within a mile theres a radar detector pointed somewhere is good enough.
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  10. tedder

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    Why? Because it seems like no more effort to connect the audio patch cable AND power cable than to simply connect the audio patch cable.

    YMMV, of course.
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  11. Snapper

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    I don't disagree. However, the other primary reason I went battery based is for security - don't want any radar or GPS wires dangling in the cages to indicate that there might be expensive electronics stashed inside - already had a window broken from leaving a GPS cable visible.
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  12. remedy451

    remedy451 Calgary, Canada

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    I have both and prefer the 9500ix. I also like that the redlight/speed camera database subscription is so reasonably priced at $30 for 3 years. The automatic false alarm lockout after 3 passes is a great feature and drastically reduces the number of annoying false alarms over time.
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  13. tedder

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    Yep. I suspected you mainly had it because of the cages :evil
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  14. Signal

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    Mine seems to do well.

    I like the mobility
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  15. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    This weekend we were riding in a group of 3 through TN. Our strategy was to ride in the right hand lane to not be obvious. I was dash 3 and we came down a hill and the leader with the detector slows down quickly. I slowed too and looked to the center of the highway and there was a trooper who just turned on his blue lights and headed our way. We thought we were nailed, but the trooper pulled over a silver Intrepid from the left lane.

    Close call. At the next gas stop I asked the radar guy what happened. He said it was all clear then pow hard alarm. We figured the trooper was scouting in the fast lane and picked the Intrepid up visually then confirmed with a zap of the radar.

    The day prior we were in Nebraska. We just gassed up and there was a road sign saying the next 30 miles had construction and loose gravel, no passing no speeding, be careful. Dash 2 and I thought the lead had been spitting up gravel at us but it was later determined to be little bugs. So for this 30 mile stretch we stayed back because of the loose gravel. 20 miles into the 30 we start to close it up then bam blue and red lights, U turn and follow. We all slow down and stop as a group. Lead was legal speed, I was in the middle by now and was 69 in a 65 and the last guy was 71 in a 65. After he tells us our speed the trouper says I going to have to give you a WARNING. We couldn't believe it a warning. We asked what the tolerance was. He said in NE there is an absolute limit. We could have been ticketed for 1 mph over.

    In GA you can usually go up to 9 mph over and not get a ticket with radar. A GA State Patrol Officer can give you a ticket for 1 mph over but there is no fine for 5 or less mph over. That law must be so they can stop bad guys if they need to.

    We also took 453 down the middle of Land between the Lakes. I was leading and doing I guess 50 in a 45 and a Ranger coming the opposite direction flashed his blue lights then patted his hand to tell us to slow down and that was it. We must be doing something right. No tickets in 6000 miles in 8 days.

    Some write up I was reading about the 9500xi said in AZ the photo speed traps use magnetic sensors in the road to detect speed so radar detection won't help.

    I want a detector after this trip.
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  16. Signal

    Signal Belly of a Whale

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    I believe enforcement is up everywhere to make up for lost sales tax $$$.

    Locally here (UT), several LEO's of my "circle" have confirmed they been asked (in some cases, directed) to step it up.....

    I think we all would agree the guy doing 20+ over the limit, weaving through traffic, should get zapped, but the 5 over stuff is also becoming a reality :bluduh
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  17. bass_on_tap

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    Most of the time they offer a $80.00 credit for an old detector in trade. Contact them directly.
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  18. MarylandStrom

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    Here in Maryland (Montgomery County), they have a lot of those speed cameras set up. And yes they use sensors in the road to determine speed. They are similar to the wires they place in the road for stop lights.

    The county justifies them by saying they are only set up in school zones. I say vote those guys out of office.

    They are really very easy to spot if you are paying attention. Typically there are two or three poles next to each other on the side of the road. The poles hold the flash box as well as the camera units.
    Here is a pic:
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  19. Xeraux

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    I got popped in Memphis for 5 over. What's interesting is if you show up to court, the ticket is dismissed and court costs waived. :scratch Why the heck would you even write that ticket?
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  20. Twohondas

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    Do you think there is any real difference with putting a redlight/camera POI db in your GPS and the 9500. Seems like you could have the GPS POI list and get the Redline and have the best of both worlds....mostly???
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