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After spending nearly a year, accumulating an obscene amount of miles through more states that I can count, behind the wheel with this awesome remote, I am pleased to be able to share my formal review of the Beltronics STi-R Custom Installed radar detector.

Every once in a great while, a product comes along that is so special, so outside the established norms of the time, that its very existence redefines its own category. The Beltronics STi-R custom installed radar detector, is such a product.

Beltronics STi-R Review: The Ultimate Remote, in a Count of 2-5-8

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That is an excellent review! I totally agree with your final one line conclusion which aptly describes the STi-R:

"The Beltronics STi-R is simply, the ultimate dedicated remote radar detector."

The only thing which you forgot to mention is that the STi-R (now with its latest firmware which features the audio ramp-up fix) features, as other Beltronics products do, a very linear visual-audio ramp-up profile. This is one particular aspect of Beltronics products which I really love.
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Thanks for your kind words, Mike.

I put a lot of time into evaluating this most significant product for Beltronics (and Escort).

I have clarified my position on the signal ramp issue to which you referred as you may have missed the small reference [to it] towards the end of the review. I have since attempted to expand upon and better articulate this point.

With respect to any updates in firmware or hardware, when my wife and I visited Escort, one their installation engineers performed the appropriate updates (of both models) and performed an examination of installation of both units.

I had specifically withheld rendering a formal opinion, as manifested in my review, until such time the Beltronics (and Escort) had sufficient time to make any tweaks, etc. to these new remote platforms.

I felt, and still do, that these products are significant enough and deserved the respect of a proper "airing" on my part.

I think of it as fine red wine: it's best to leave the cork out for a bit before drinking it to really get the most accurate assessment of [its ultimate] quality.

With respect to your time-line, I visited Escort in mid February.

I have not been apprised [by them] if there have been further changes/updates to the STI-r (or 9500ci), since that time.

I suspect if they felt something was significant enough to merit my attention, they would have directly made it known to me (by now).

If you missed our visit, I have embedded their video for your convenience.


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I saw your video back when you first released it. One aspect of your installation which I thought was pure genius was where you chose to mount your 9500ci display at the bottom edge of the windshield atop the dash.
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Yeah, I know most tend to want to put them into their instrument cluster, which requires you to take your eyes off the road.

This way both remote displays are directly in my line-of-sight.

Since my STi-R tends to alert first in this configuration, I have use the TEC display mode so I immediately know the frequency.

I then use the 9500ci's display in threat-mode to give me bogey/band counts and their relative strengths, getting the best of both-worlds.

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