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Just like the title. I heard the uniden r3 is great and I am heading to frys to get a radar detector soon as my car is done having the oil changed. But I would like to know what all of you run and what your experiences have been like. I personally am staying away from escort products because all the new ones require a premium app subscription for GPS lockouts and camera position updates after 1 year, unlike the now discontinued 9500ix (what I was going to buy) which didn't need the premium app service.

I don't want any fighting please, I know this can be an opinionated topic, but I want to make an educated decision on which one I buy.

Thanks in advance! :)

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This is my honest recommendation: just slow down. Don't be that guy (yes, I realize this is mostly a forum for "that guy"). Save it for the track. GO TO AUTOCROSS and get it out of your system there.

I have driven at 9mph over the limit right in front of parked Staties and have yet to be pulled over for it. You don't need to go any faster than that unless you're REALLY trying to pass someone quickly. Also, I don't hit the brakes when I see them. Most of the time, they're watching the traffic and looking for someone's headlights to dip from braking.
 

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Sadly where I live there aren't any tracks or autocross, and the idea of going through my tires and brakes in one day doesn't sit well with me. I just want to make sure there isn't a cop hiding up ahead when I do a pull. I generally don't speed other than that. I also don't want to downshift if there is a cop up ahead clocking and he will think I am being a douche revving at him, then get a huge exhibition of speed ticket. I know radar detectors aren't cop detectors, but some help is better than no help.

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Just like the title. I heard the uniden r3 is great and I am heading to frys to get a radar detector soon as my car is done having the oil changed. But I would like to know what all of you run and what your experiences have been like. I personally am staying away from escort products because all the new ones require a premium app subscription for GPS lockouts and camera position updates after 1 year, unlike the now discontinued 9500ix (what I was going to buy) which didn't need the premium app service.

I don't want any fighting please, I know this can be an opinionated topic, but I want to make an educated decision on which one I buy.

Thanks in advance! :)

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This is my honest recommendation: just slow down. Don't be that guy (yes, I realize this is mostly a forum for "that guy"). Save it for the track. GO TO AUTOCROSS and get it out of your system there.

I have driven at 9mph over the limit right in front of parked Staties and have yet to be pulled over for it. You don't need to go any faster than that unless you're REALLY trying to pass someone quickly. Also, I don't hit the brakes when I see them. Most of the time, they're watching the traffic and looking for someone's headlights to dip from braking.
Bald Wonder makes a great point, and 9/10 times if you don't break 10 over PST (posted speed limit) then you won't get pulled over due to it not being worth the paperwork. UNLESS you have dark tint, inspection is out, etc. To rack up a few tickets.

In Southern Cali, I'm unfamiliar with the technology they use and what bands they use in radar and if they use laser. My advice is to go to rdforum.org and do research and see what they use.

Here in Pennsylvania they use ONLY K-band. Nothing else. They're permitted laser in some districts but don't. Literally it's been recorded once in Philly like a few years ago but it's never used. Ka band is the most common and it isn't used here. So, I wanted good K band performance and could care less about the rest. That said...K band is what blind spot monitoring (BSM) uses...so if you get a cheap one it'll go off all the time and be annoying. I got the Uniden DFR6. It came in 5th in live fire testing someone did on the radar detector forum. Top 4 were distances of like 1.1 mile to 1.05 miles...DFR6 spotted it in like 1.03 miles...IF YOU NEED MORE THAN A 1.03 MILE HEADS UP YOU'RE GOING WAY TOO FAST ANYWAY.

It was only $200 and does the job with EXCELLENT BSM filtering once you turn it on. Only certain Mercedes and a single model of Acura sets it off sometimes briefly. Other than that it's whisper.

If you want to go for some of the top dogs for good off-axis detection (not straight in front of you...around turns and stuff) Radenso XP/PRO is great, the kings like the Redline and Valentine 1 work good still with firmware updates, and a few others that get tested do good. If you have laser around you, Radar detector won't do anything. If you get touched by the laser it's already too late even if it goes off and warns you. You need a laser jammer (only illegal in SOME states..so it might be a real option for you) to stop that. Those get installed in your bumper and once you get hit you hit a switch and turn them off once you slow down. Those are more advanced of course. My suggestion, get a Radenso Pro for 400 bucks or get a used one and call it a day. State of the art tech with amazing BSM filtering and awesome range/off-axis detection. The best all around detector.

Edit: Also, do you use Waze? There is no reason you shouldn't use it 24/7 if you are worried about it. It's highly useful even for stuff other than cops, but it's nice that people in populated areas mark cops as well. Totally free, doesn't eat data or battery too badly, powered by Google Maps. I run it with my detector and see things way in advance.
 

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Just like the title. I heard the uniden r3 is great and I am heading to frys to get a radar detector soon as my car is done having the oil changed. But I would like to know what all of you run and what your experiences have been like. I personally am staying away from escort products because all the new ones require a premium app subscription for GPS lockouts and camera position updates after 1 year, unlike the now discontinued 9500ix (what I was going to buy) which didn't need the premium app service.

I don't want any fighting please, I know this can be an opinionated topic, but I want to make an educated decision on which one I buy.

Thanks in advance! :)

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I have the Valentine 1. I've had it for years. I like the fact that you can run the serial number and check for updates. I've had it updated twice over the past 8 years or so. The price for the update depends on how big of an update it needs. Most importantly, I've been ticket free for 8 years!

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I have the Valentine 1. I've had it for years. I like the fact that you can run the serial number and check for updates. I've had it updated twice over the past 8 years or so. The price for the update depends on how big of an update it needs. Most importantly, I've been ticket free for 8 years!

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I also had a V1 for about 5 years it used to work great till all these lane assist came out. Never sent it in for an update. Does yours give a lot of false alerts with the update. Is it worth it to send it in?
 

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I'll never, ever sh*t on the Valentine 1 or the Redline because both of them are literally the all time kings of Radar Detectors, but lets face it. They're old and they're just trying to keep them alive as long as they can...but they need to release a Valentine 2 or something with the current software plus hardware upgrades to allow for outrageous range, new-school BSM filtering and the off-axis ability of the Radensos. Then they would charge probably $600 for it though which would suck lol.
 

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I just picked up my second V1 last year. The only reason that I got a new one was because my original was old enough that it could not be updated any more--but it was almost 10 years old, and still as reliable as ever. It could not be updated to the programming that detected and blocked the new blind-spot warning that a lot of the new vehicles have, and it was starting to irritate me. If not for that, I'd still have old faithful. Get a V1 and a BlendMount to mount it to your rearview mirror, hardwire it to fuse #85 and be done.
 

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https://www.rdforum.org/index.php?threads/51945/

Looks like Ka and LIDAR (laser) are used primarily in Cali. Ka being most common most of the top options will keep you safe pretty well minus small changes in range/off-axis/etc. There is SOME K band but nothing like here in PA, so that mixes things up some for you compared to me. LIDAR, well like I said without a jammer you're f___ed if you get hit with LIDAR. The detector is merely telling you that you just got a ticket if it yells laser.

Your options are dependent on: Range, off-axis ability (if you have a curvy roaded commute), BSM filtering, and features like GPS.

Looks like the Uniden R1 is recommended a lot over options like Valentine 1:
https://www.rdforum.org/index.php?threads/62603/
Definitely read through that ^ these are people who live in Cali and eat/sleep/breath this stuff.

As well as my detector, the DFR6 apparently. If you disable the K band and run waze, it should be a non-issue and you won't get ANY BSM alerts. For $200... (I lied it's on sale for only $184 on Amazon wtf)
 

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I'll never, ever sh*t on the Valentine 1 or the Redline because both of them are literally the all time kings of Radar Detectors, but lets face it. They're old and they're just trying to keep them alive as long as they can...but they need to release a Valentine 2 or something with the current software plus hardware upgrades to allow for outrageous range, new-school BSM filtering and the off-axis ability of the Radensos. Then they would charge probably $600 for it though which would suck lol.
I mostly do around town driving, I don't have a long commute or any highway driving other than taking the freeway to get across town (about 3 cops on the freeway through my city though). And there are a lot of markets in my area as well as expensive cars, we get anything from audis to bmws to Aston Martin's and Lamborghini and Ferrari. So lots of bsm and lots of radar doors. I want a detector with minimal false positives but good threat detection, police are really sneaky in my town, they hide behind hedges and brick walls, in driveways between cars parked in them, you won't see them until its too late without a detector. That's how I got a 60 in a 45 ticket 4 years ago running late for work.

That being said I learned my lesson from that ticket and I don't speed around like Mario Andretti Jr anymore. But I don't like how sneaky the police are and I want to know where they are so when I want to do a pull, I can without worrying "is there gonna be a cop on that side street?"

Edit: sadly radar jammers are illegal in California.

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I mostly do around town driving, I don't have a long commute or any highway driving other than taking the freeway to get across town (about 3 cops on the freeway through my city though). And there are a lot of markets in my area as well as expensive cars, we get anything from audis to bmws to Aston Martin's and Lamborghini and Ferrari. So lots of bsm and lots of radar doors. I want a detector with minimal false positives but good threat detection, police are really sneaky in my town, they hide behind hedges and brick walls, in driveways between cars parked in them, you won't see them until its too late without a detector. That's how I got a 60 in a 45 ticket 4 years ago running late for work.

That being said I learned my lesson from that ticket and I don't speed around like Mario Andretti Jr anymore. But I don't like how sneaky the police are and I want to know where they are so when I want to do a pull, I can without worrying "is there gonna be a cop on that side street?"

Edit: sadly radar jammers are illegal in California.

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Since K is very very rare you would see probably NO false alerts with a DFR6, my falses that aren't from the like 4 known cars that cause them still with BSM, they are from doors in area in town. Turn off K band and X band and suddenly it would never go off except literally just Ka and Laser. It would work great for a cheap option! If not, the Radensos pride themselves in having some of the best filtering on the market and their off-axis detection was previously unmatched...so coming around turns they were detecting things before the kings were. I was going to buy a Radenso Pro before settling for the much cheaper DFR6 once I realized they only use K band here so it would be pointless to get an expensive loaded detector.

And I've been alerted at over a mile twice now in 4 months. I have it hard wired to slot 85 like previously mentioned mounted to the right of my rear view. It has EXCELLENT detection behind me also. If I pass a radar sign it'll go off the whole time including beside and then behind me for a half mile before stopping. Pretty good test of the affordable detectors off-axis ability. Turning off K band to eliminate falses from doors/BSM and running Waze to detect the local cops who might occasionally use an old K band gun would mitigate that.
 

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I also had a V1 for about 5 years it used to work great till all these lane assist came out. Never sent it in for an update. Does yours give a lot of false alerts with the update. Is it worth it to send it in?
Yes, there is a specific update for the vehicles with lane departure warnings. No more false warnings. If it's been that many years without an update, they may charge you around $150 and send you a brand new unit.

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Yes, there is a specific update for the vehicles with lane departure warnings. No more false warnings. If it's been that many years without an update, they may charge you around $150 and send you a brand new unit.

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Holy crap! Batman is in my thread and he drives an ST!

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Since K is very very rare you would see probably NO false alerts with a DFR6, my falses that aren't from the like 4 known cars that cause them still with BSM, they are from doors in area in town. Turn off K band and X band and suddenly it would never go off except literally just Ka and Laser. It would work great for a cheap option! If not, the Radensos pride themselves in having some of the best filtering on the market and their off-axis detection was previously unmatched...so coming around turns they were detecting things before the kings were. I was going to buy a Radenso Pro before settling for the much cheaper DFR6 once I realized they only use K band here so it would be pointless to get an expensive loaded detector.

And I've been alerted at over a mile twice now in 4 months. I have it hard wired to slot 85 like previously mentioned mounted to the right of my rear view. It has EXCELLENT detection behind me also. If I pass a radar sign it'll go off the whole time including beside and then behind me for a half mile before stopping. Pretty good test of the affordable detectors off-axis ability. Turning off K band to eliminate falses from doors/BSM and running Waze to detect the local cops who might occasionally use an old K band gun would mitigate that.
They have a dfr7 on clearance, are they any good?
Sadly it is also open box though.... Don't know if I want to drop 270 dollars on an open box. Thoughts?
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They have a dfr7 on clearance, are they any good?
Sadly it is also open box though.... Don't know if I want to drop 270 dollars on an open box. Thoughts?
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Will you use that GPS feature? If you have K band turned off, you won't trigger electronic doors...so why would you need a GPS mute ability UNLESS you are muting a KA band speed sign. Which yes, they do exist.

Edit: I love open box deals because they're almost never damaged and these things last decades so I trust it's durability even with an open box.
 

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Will you use that GPS feature? If you have K band turned off, you won't trigger electronic doors...so why would you need a GPS mute ability UNLESS you are muting a KA band speed sign. Which yes, they do exist.

Edit: I love open box deals because they're almost never damaged and these things last decades so I trust it's durability even with an open box.
Yeah, if it was actually a DEAL I would risk picking this open box up, but I am walking out right now, its only 20 dollars off from a new one and for that I can't risk buying a unit that could have been dropped or something. Gonna just use waize for now. Need to do more homework before dropping this much dough on something.

If I am going to turn off k and x band and not use GPS, I could just get a cheap whistler or something, though the range is questionable on those... Idk, all this is making my head hurt lol. (I legit do have a headache though)

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Yeah, if it was actually a DEAL I would risk picking this open box up, but I am walking out right now, its only 20 dollars off from a new one and for that I can't risk buying a unit that could have been dropped or something. Gonna just use waize for now. Need to do more homework before dropping this much dough on something.

If I am going to turn off k and x band and not use GPS, I could just get a cheap whistler or something, though the range is questionable on those... Idk, all this is making my head hurt lol. (I legit do have a headache though)

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Might as well buy it from bestradardetectors. I dont think they tax and shipping is free. But if you dont care much about GPS, i would get the Uniden R1.
 

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Might as well buy it from bestradardetectors. I dont think they tax and shipping is free. But if you dont care much about GPS, i would get the Uniden R1.
I do care about GPS, I would prefer to leave x and k band turned on, and have a detector with a good filter that won't go off like mad. The 9500ix was looking like that detector, but sadly you can't get them anymore.

Probably won't be getting one at all now, when I told my family I was shopping for one today they all got upset, so I will probably just get a suction mount for my phone and the waize app, not fool proof, but nothing really is.

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I have never owned a radar detector before and this thread might be what it takes to give me the information necessary to buy one that will work for me. I don't usually drive THAT fast on the roads, but if I am being honest, ever since I've bought the ST in January 2017 I find myself creeping up the speedometer.
 
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