Originally Posted by Dark Shark
It's disappointing when I hear blah reviews about the 9500. I guess because I spent so much money on the damn thing, I feel like it should be the end all be all. The few occurences that I considered to be were flaws were actually just a matter of perception and inexperience on my part. I've barely had a chance to break mine in yet and I feel like I wasted my money. Someone actually suggested to me that I buy a Passport 8500 850 which cost half of what I paid for my IX. I assumed that since it's newer, cost more, it must be better right?
Well let me say right now that I am "very pleased" with my 9500ix. I have owned the 8500 with the S7 horn and yes it was a good radar detector with very good off axis performance, but IMO the IX is far superior in it's abilitly to filter falses, track via GPS, and notify of redlight cameras, speed traps, etc. with great range. It is worth noting that the later model 8500 X50 uses the same M4 horn as the 9500IX the difference as I understand it is that the IX has the horn inverted to help in its long range performance (someone correct me if I am wrong on that).
Simply because one or even a few people do not like a particular RD does not mean it is not good. V1 owners are very passionate about theirs and rightly so with its long range, but it has its own faults (namely false alerts) that turn me off to it. Others prefer Bel and its unique features. This is simply a matter of preference, but I can assure you that if you own one of the high end RD from Escort, Bel or V1 you are way above the curve with regard to protection.
I think you made a good choice and in the long haul you will not be disappointed, but only time will tell.
Stay below the radar!