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Monthly Archives: June 2013

  • Whistler launches new CR Series radar detectors for 2013

    Whistler is well known for its radar detectors, not just for their value, but for the large selection of models available as well. The company has a reputation for offering a wide variety of them, historically offering up to twice as many models in its product line as Beltronics and Escort combined. But times change, and now Whistler is taking a different route for 2013, consolidating their entire product line of windshield mount radar and laser detectors into just five new models: the CR65, CR70, CR75, CR80 and CR85. Let's take a look at each one.

    This is the base model, with the most basic, standard features included in the entire series. The CR65 detects all radar bands and all types of laser guns used for speed detection, including LIT Truspeed® S, Laser Ally™ and Laser Atlanta® Stealth Mode with 360° Maxx coverage. It also detects POP mode.

    The feature set includes three city modes, highway mode, Traffic Flow Signal Rejection (TFSR), VG-2 detection, SWS alerts, tone alerts, Alert Priority, Stay Alert, auto quiet mode, setting saver and Auto Off. Of course, the CR65 sports Whistler's signature blue periscope LEDs, a visual cue that is practically an icon on their dashmount radar detectors. For a basic feature set on the low end, that's not bad at all.

    As a base model, the CR65 has an icon display with a numeric LED included on the right side to add a variable digit to the static icons to indicate signal strength. The display brightness is somewhat adjustable with dim and dark settings.

    This model essentially replaces the Whistler XTR-265 and other similar entry level models, such as the XTR-145. The CR65 currently sells for $59.95.

    The CR70 has all the same features as the base model with the exception of the audio alerts. The CR65 uses tone alerts, while the CR70 offers RealVoice™ technology to alert you to radar and laser threats. The inclusion of this feature adds about $10 more to the price, but if you prefer a detector that talks instead of beeps, it's a small price to pay for the satisfaction.

    Other than the additional feature and a slight cosmetic difference in the design on top of its shell, the CR70 and CR65 are the same basic radar detector. The CR70 replaces the XTR-335 (and possibly the XTR-435 as well) and currently sells for $69.99.

    On the high end of the low end in the series is the CR75. It has the same features of the two previous models plus a couple of tweaks to the standard features, one additional feature and one important change.

    In addition to RealVoice™, the CR75 offers selectable tones. The Auto Off feature included in the other models is also now selectable. The key change is the display. It swaps the icon display used in the other models for a blue OLED text display, allowing for more versatility.

    It also has one additional feature that sets it above the CR65 and CR70 - a digital compass. This puts the CR75 almost in the Whistler Pro category, but not quite. The CR75 replaces the XTR-555 and, with the inclusion of a compass, to some extent it may even serve to replace the battery powered XTR-420, although the CR75 itself is not cordless. The current price of the CR75 is $109.99.

    The CR80 enters the low end of the high end, high performance Whistler models, although as radar detectors go, it certainly isn't low end. It does go back to the same 7 segment icon display used on the CR65 and CR70, however it adds other features normally found on top-of-the-line Whistlers.

    The CR80 takes the standard features found on the lower end models and tweaks a couple of them. It offers selectable bands and three selectable filters. Auto Off is not selectable, but the CR80 is compatible with the Intellicord, which does give it some extra versatility in the power department. One unique feature not found on the lower-end models is selectable laser. The CR-80 is also low-emission, which means that it is virtually undetectable to VG-2 and Spectre radar detector detectors. The CR-80 replaces the Pro-68SE. The current price is $119.99.

    At the very top of the CR Series is the Whistler CR85. In addition to the standard features found on all of the other models, the CR85 combines the tweaks and add-ons found in the CR75 with some of those in the CR80 and tops them all off with a couple of its own.

    The CR85 brings back the blue OLED display found on the CR75, as well as selectable tones and selectable Auto Off. It also has RealVoice™. It does not, however, have a compass. From the CR80, it has the selectable laser, selectable bands, the three selectable filters, VG-2 and Spectre undetectability and Intellicord compatibility.

    In addition, the CR85 adds two features previously found only on the highest-end Whistler XTR and Pro models: the ability to automatically dim the display and Signature ID for radar (RISD) and laser (LSID). The latter was available only on the XTR-690SE, XTR-695SE and Pro 78SE. Although the CR85 officially replaces only the Pro 78SE, both the XTR and Pro Series are now discontinued, so for all practical purposes the CR85 replaces all three. The CR85 sells for $159.99.

    It's worth noting that both the CR80 and CR85 have a different antenna that is more sensitive and will improve the range of detection. That alone may be a reason to choose one of those models over the others in this series.

    As for what's in the box, The CR65, CR70 and CR75 each include a windshield bracket, straight power cord and an owner's manual. The CR80 and CR85 add a dash pad and a hardwire kit in case you want it installed.

    As noted above, the Whistler XTR and Pro Series radar detectors (with the exception of the Pro 3600) are going away, including the cordless models. With the introduction of the new CR Series, Whistler effectively consolidated eleven radar detectors into five new models. Choice is good, and there are a lot of radar detectors out there to choose from. Now that the CR Series is available, Whistler seems to have made shopping for a radar detector a just little simpler, which, considering all the choices available, may be optimal.

  • Escort Redline improved with new high performance features

    redline.jpgIt is certainly no secret that the Escort Redline is one of the top names on the list of high performance radar detectors available today. What you may not know is that this powerful and popular model was recently updated with new features to further enhance its radar detection capabilites. That's right. A new version of the Redline is now shipping with two new features. The only thing is, you have to find them.

    Fortunately, Buy Radar Detectors can help. We're going to tell you what these new features are and, more importantly, how to find them, because (at least for the moment) they aren't in the manual.

    Superwide Ka Segment Adjust
    Scanning the entire Superwide Ka band can slow down detection and isn't necessary when only a few of those bands are used in your country or region. The Superwide Ka Segment Adjust allows you to select specific frequencies on the Superwide Ka band to be scanned while ignoring those that are not relevant for your area. This selective scanning will speed up scanning and detection time, thus adding precious seconds to potential alerts.

    Radar Detector Rejection
    Some false alerts are caused by radar detectors in other vehicles. Radar Detector Rejection (RDR) minimizes these false alerts by rejecting those generated by other detectors. As with other scans, performance of the Redline increases when RDR is off, however this can also increase the number of false alerts from other radar detectors. If you are driving with little traffic, turning RDR off can be helpful. If you are in an urban area or on a busy highway, turning RDR on may be preferable. Either way, you have a choice.

    These features sound great. There's just one issue. Escort recently added these new features to the latest version of the Redline detector itself, but, as of the date of this article, not to the user manual. Instead, the company included a card with the new version of the Redline that explains how to use the new Superwide Ka Segment Adjust. Unfortunately, the instructions are incorrect. In addition, there is no information at all about the second feature, the RDR Toggle. However, don't worry, because we're going to give you the correct instructions for both. Read on.

    Accessing the Ka Segment Adjust
    To adjust Superwide Ka, you must first turn Ka off. To do so, hold down the VOLUME/MUTE and SENS buttons simultaneously for two seconds until PREFS appears on the display. This is the Preferences menu. To navigate through the menu, press the RVW (Volume/Mute) button repeatedly until BANDS appears on the display. Press the SENS button repeatedly until Ka SW ON appears, then hold down the SENS button for one second to turn Ka SW OFF.

    Once Superwide Ka is off, you can continue to press the SENS button to toggle through the other bands. You will now have ten additional items on the menu, all Ka frequencies. Using the SENS button, you can now selectively turn them on or off.

    Note: Escort's instructions tell you to turn the bands on or off by using the MUTE button. This is incorrect. Pressing the MUTE button will take you back to the main preferences menu, which will only serve to confuse and frustrate you.

    Setting the RDR Toggle
    To access RDR, Hold down the VOLUME/MUTE and SENS buttons simultaneously for two seconds until PREFS appears on the display. Press the RVW (Volume/Mute) button repeatedly until BANDS appears on the display. Press the SENS button repeatedly until RDR appears, then hold down the SENS button for one second to toggle RDR ON or OFF.

    Escort added two great new features to the Redline radar detector that will help you drive smarter. All they need to do now is tell you where to find them so it won't drive you crazy. Hopefully, we just helped you drive that one home.

  • FREE multi-port adapter with Whistler XTR-690SE - one week only!

    WhistlerXTR-690SE bundle4.pngIf you've been thinking of getting that high performance Whistler radar detector, now may be the time to do it. For one week only Buy Radar Detectors is offering a special bundle with a top-of-the-line model. For every Whistler XTR-690 SE Radar Detector purchased, you get a FREE XLT CA250 Two Port 12V Vehicle Power Adapter with USB Port - a $10 value!

    The CA250 is a handy device that splits your existing single 12v vehicle DC outlet, also known as a cigarette lighter plug, into two separate sockets so you can power two devices at the same time. In addition to the standard 12 sockets, it also has a built-in USB port so you can connect a cell phone, tablet, two way radio or any other standard USB powered device in your vehicle. USB is the industry standard in powering and charging mobile devices, and as these devices grow in popularity, USB charging ports are becoming almost a necessity in vehicles. The XLT CA250 provides a simple, instant upgrade to mobile power in a digital world, and now you can have one FREE when you purchase the Whistler XTR-690SE!

    The Whistler XTR-690SE is a high performance radar / laser detector with Ka MAX MODE for even greater range and detection. According to Whistler, the XTR 690 SE offers performance equivalent to a Beltronics or Escort radar detector at a much lower cost.

    Whistler includes a Signature ID feature into the XTR-690 SE that provides more detailed information about Ka band radar (RSID) alerts and allows you to lock out false laser alerts based on the pulse rate! The XTR690SE also detects POP mode radar and offers true VG-2 immunity. Other standard features include Whistler's Real Voice™ alerts, periscope alert LEDs, text display, a battery voltage meter, and a digital compass.

    The XTR-690 SE and XLT CA250 is a smart bundle at a great price. There is no coupon needed and no hoops to jump through. When you purchase the radar detector, the CA250 will be automatically added to your order when you checkout. This is a limited time offer and is available ONE WEEK only until June 19, 2013 or while supplies last.

    For a closer look at this radar detector and its features, watch The Whistler XTR-690SE Radar Detector video.

  • 2013 Beltronics Radar Detector Comparison

    During the past year Beltronics refreshed their line of radar detectors. Since Buy Radar Detectors is an Authorized Beltronics Dealer, we carry them all. To make shopping for a Beltronics radar detector as easy as possible, we created a set of resources to help you find the one you need, such as articles and reviews, product videos and even an online comparison tool.

    Below is a chart of the Beltronics Radar Detectors currently available and some of their key features, from the dashmounted Pro Series to the installed and concealed RX45. You can compare the current models in this chart to our 2011-2012 Beltronics Radar Detector Comparison Chart for a first hand look at the key differences between the older and new models. You can also compare them to our 2013 Escort Radar Detector Comparison Chart.

    Beltronics Model GPS Voice Alerts Display Undetectable
    RX45 Graphical/Text
    STi Magnum Text
    Pro 500 Text
    Pro 300 Text
    Pro 200 Text
    Pro 100 Text
    STiR Plus Text

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