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  • Different Versions of the Whistler 1788

    It has been brought to my attention that there are some stores selling the Whistler 1788 cordless radar detector considerably cheaper than BuyRadarDetectors.com. I did a little research, and just wanted to let everyone know that this cheaper version is a little different than the package that we are selling. Whistler 1788's that come from us include a home battery charger. This home charger is not included in the "cheaper" package.

  • New Whistler Radar Detectors - Details

    I have received more detailed information on the new 2006 Whistler models. They have some very interesting models coming out, with some features that are truly new to the radar detector world.

    All of the 2006 models are part of a new series, called the "XTR Series". This XTR series seems to break down into two sets of detectors. For lack of a better name, I'll call them the "Changeable Trim Models" and the "Remote Control Models".

    One thing that seems to be common to all XTR models is a different type of text display. All of the models with an alpha-numeric text display have the same blue-back-lit display of the Whistler 1788 cordless detector. Prior to the 1788, Whistler detectors had always had red or blue text on a black background.

    While there is no definite release date, we are hoping to have these models in stock in April.

    Changeable Trim Models
    The XTR-325, XTR-425, and XTR-560 detectors make up the set that I'm calling the "Changeable Trim Models". These models are all shaped similar to previous higher end Whistler detectors such as the Pro 73, but they have added a plastic trim ring to the top of the detector. The trim ring can be switched out with different colored rings. Three rings are included with each model.

    All of these models will detect the Ku band. Whistler doesn't believe that the Ku band will be a threat in the US in the near future, so they are not planning to promote the Ku feature. By default, detection of the Ku band will enabled in these models, however it is user selectable and can be disabled.

    All of these models are compatible with the programmable Intelli-Cord.

    Two of these models offer programmable alerts. The XTR-425 has a programmable text display, which means you can change the text CITY or HIGHWAY (or a few others) to say anything you want, within certain limitations (8 characters or less). The XTR-560 also has programmable audio alerts. This will let you record your own alert tones and assign it to any band, replacing the internal alerts.

    Here's a little more about each model:

    The XTR-325 has voice alerts, an icon display with numeric signal strength indicator, and includes red, blue, and gold trim rings. MSRP is $129.95. Our site will probably have it initially priced at $89.99.

    The XTR-425 also has voice alerts, but adds a programmable text display. White, silver, and red trim rings are included. MSRP is $139.95. Our initial price will likely be $99.99.

    The XTR-560 is the top of the line XTR model, adding programmable voice alerts to the programmable text display. The included trim rings are black, blue, and pink. MSRP is $199.95 but we will probably have it for $139.99.

    Whistler XTR 325

    Whistler XTR 425

    Whistler XTR 560

    XTR-325

    XTR-425

    XTR-560

    Remote Control Models
    The XTR-220 and the XTR-520 are targeted at customers driving vehicles with a hard-to-reach windshield. Instead of stretching to reach the detector, they can control all of the major functions from a key chain remote. With no buttons on top of the detector, these two detectors have a look different from previous Whistler models.

    These models will not detect the Ku band, nor will they be compatible with the Intelli-Cord. At this time, no other models will be "remote compatible".

    The XTR-220 has an icon display with numeric signal strength indicator. MSRP is $119.95. Our site will probably have it initially priced at $79.99.

    The XTR-520 adds voice alerts and a text display. MSRP is $159.95, but our price will likely start at $109.99.

    Whistler XTR 220

    Whistler XTR 520

    Whistler XTR Series Remote

    XTR-220

    XTR-520

    XTR Remote

    FuZion Installed Detector
    The new FuZion radar detector is basically a Whistler Cruisader that is made for regular vehicles. Like the Cruisader, the FuZion will fit in a standard 2 1/16 gauge or pillar enclosure. People love this about the Cruisader, so it should be a big hit with the FuZion. The FuZion will not detect the Ku band.

    Whistler FuZion

    FuZion

    That's all for now, but I will provide more information on these new models when I receive it!

  • Difference Between the Cobra XRS 9700 and PRO 9780

    Cobra has many different models. Choosing between them can be difficult. One question that we're always being asked is: What's the difference between the Cobra 9700 and the Cobra 9780? As far as the radar detectors themselves, there is no difference at all. The PRO 9780 does include a few add-ons that people seem to like: an aluminum travel case, a hardwire cord, and a cigarette lighter splitter.

    While I'm at it, the Cobra PRO 9680 and the PRO 9580 are also identical to the XRS 9600 and XRS 9500, respectively, aside from the included accessories.

    Also, you guessed it, the PRO 9480 and PRO 9380 are no different than the XRS 9400 and XRS 9300. Unlike the other PRO series models, however, these don't even include those extra accessories. My advice on the 93xx and 94xx? Buy whichever one is cheaper.

  • Whistler Cruisader In A Car?

    People just love the fact that the Whistler Cruisader radar detector can be mounted in a standard 2 1/16 inch gauge enclosure! Since this is the only detector on this market with this feature, we are always getting asked if the Cruisader will work in a car, as well as a motorcycle.

    The answer is yes, you can use a Cruisader in a car, but there are a couple of things to watch out for.

    The most frequent problem is the wire length. The wires attached to the radar antenna, the control panel, and the additional laser receiver are each 10 feet in length. This should be plenty for most vehicles, but is too short in some.

    Another issue may be that the installation guide is written with a motorcycle installation in mind. It may help to refer to the Whistler Pro 3450 installation guide for tips on things to look for in a typical vehicle installation.

  • Massachusetts Police Prefer Laser

    The Republican newspaper from Springfield, MA has a nice article about police laser. Several police officers are interviewed about LIDAR, so it's interesting to see a police officer's perspective. Here are a few quotes:

    Northampton police officer Michael J. Allard has never lost an appeal when a speeder has been caught with lidar, a laser-based high-tech method for catching speeders.
    ...
    Allard, who writes hundreds of tickets each year, said one woman he stopped for speeding ... came to court prepared with extensive Internet research, which she presented to the Northampton District Court clerk magistrate.
    ...
    "Basically, I was challenged on the device, and I won," he said.

    First of all, it struck me that this officer seemed almost suprised that someone came in prepared and lost. This just shows the normal value of such "extensive Internet research". Secondly, this guy loves laser. He feels like he finally has something that speeders can't stop:

    "If a lidar detector goes off, it means you've had it," Allard said.
    The beam of the laser is so narrow, unlike the wide band of the radar, that it makes it very easy to hit a specific target, even if it is in a crowd of fast-moving vehicles. It can even be used on a jogger or bicycle rider.

    "I shoot the license plate or the grill. I'm looking for the best reflective surface," Allard said.

    In a way, he's right. Normal radar detectors simply cannot be trusted to protect you against police laser. The laser beam usually has to hit your radar / laser detector before it will produce an alert, and that usually means he's already gotten your speed.

    Fortunately, there are devices like laser jammers and Laser Veil available to offer some defense to the motorist.

    Laser jammers actually block the laser gun from getting the speed of your vehicle. Unlike passive radar jammers, laser jammers have been proven to work great. The Blinder HP-905 Compact Laser Jammer has been shown to jam all laser guns in use by police.

    Laser Veil is a great alternative if you aren't willing to spend $350 and up for a jammer. It also works great along side a jammer, improving its performance. Laser Veil works to make those "reflective surfaces" that officer Allard was talking about less reflective. It is a translucent paint like substance that you apply to the reflective areas of your car. If your car isn't reflective, the laser gun has a harder time getting your speed. This gives you time to react to your radar / laser detector's alert, before you've gotten a ticket.

    If you live in or travel through states where police use laser, be careful! And definitely consider protecting yourself with Veil, or a jammer.

  • Article on 2006 Whistler And Cobra Detectors

    Twice.com has an interesting article about the 2006 Cobra and Whistler detectors [free registration required].

    They point out that the new Cobra models will support the Ku band, but the Whistler's will not. Whistler's research apparently determined that the Ku band will not be used in the United States in the "near future".

    New from Whistler are a couple of detectors with remote controls. They are also following Bel's lead by offering models with exchangeable colored trim.

    From the article:

    Whistler's new 2006 detectors include two with remote control modules and several models with exchangeable colored trim plates. The XTR-220 and XTR-520 come with a remote control that is useful in SUVs or minivans that have large windshields or dashboards where the detector may be hard to reach.

    Whistler also has a model that will let you totally customize the detector's alerts. You can record your own audio message to play, and even customize the display text for each alert. I'm sure the enthusiasts could have some fun with that feature!

    UPDATE 2/6/06 - The article is incorrect. Some Whistler XTR series models WILL support the Ku band.

  • POP Radar Coming To Nebraska

    If you live near La Vista, Nebraska make sure you enable POP mode detection on your detector. POP radar is on its way.

  • What To Look For In A Radar Detector

    I'll talk about what you should look for when spending money on a radar detector. I'll explain some of the more popular features that today's detectors offer, and I'll give you a few things to watch out for when choosing a detector.
  • Now In Stock - New 2006 Cobra Detectors

    Four of the new Cobra radar detectors are now in stock: XRS-9730, XRS-9630, XRS-9430, and the XRS-9330.

    It doesn't look like too much has changed (so far) over last year's models. The biggest difference is that their entire line will now detect the Ku band. The Ku band is currently only used in Europe, but there are rumors that a radar gun manufacturer may be looking to bring Ku to the United States.

    At any rate, these models will surely be popular with our European customers. Previously, customers needing Ku detection would have had to choose between the Bel RX65 and 995, both topping $250. Now, a detector supporting Ku band can be had for as little as $80.

    As far as other differences, the new models are sporting a slightly different look. Cobra is also claiming improved performance in the 9730 and the 9630, but I'm going to wait to see some test results before I put that statement on the web site.

    We're still waiting on the XRS-9530, XRS-9830, and XRS-9930 to arrive. The 9530 will be a 9500 with Ku band, but the 9830 and 9930 seem interesting. Both have what seems like it could be a revolutionary color display. Will post more details when they arrive.

  • Bel Express 795 Now In Stock

    We are excited to now have the Bel Express 795 radar detector in stock. This model was originally made by Beltronics specifically for sale at Radio Shack, but we took advantage of an opportunity to pick up a quantity of them on closeout.

    This model is similar to the (now discontinued) Bel 925, with a few exceptions. The 925 had selectable voice alerts, but the 795 only supports tone alerts. Both models had LED displays, but the 925 had a numeric signal strength indicator while the 795 has 4 red LEDs to indicate signal strength.

    One benefit that the 795 has over the 925 (and 935) is that it is compatible with the SmartPlug power cord. I couldn't find this mentioned in the owners manual or on Bel's web site, but I tested it with the SmartPlug and it worked like a champ!

    3/14/07 UPDATE: The Bel Express 795 has been discontinued, and is no longer available.

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