^ Wait not only for the Mx
7s to come out, but also for the independent hobbyist groups to thoroughly test the actual production-retail unit, before you commit.
Don't let vested-interest parties convince you otherwise.
We've seen, in this hobby/industry countless repetitions of vested-interest parties ( of whom I'm surprised are still allowed to represent not only the product, but also is still allowed to remain in our community here
, given the specific view/belief of our host toward such individuals, as well as the specific mission statement of this community , REF: Blinder M27 & Blinder M47 X-TREME Laser Jammers
and MISSION STATEMENT: Forum Rules and Posting Etiquette
, respectively) spewing disinformation and misinformation, and posturing their sales pushes as "recommendations." Ask anyone who has been in this hobby for a few years, and they'll straight-up tell you that pre-production/non-retail releases are *NOT* to be trusted to either be the same physical product and, in some sad cases, offer the claimed performance of that which will make it, eventually, to resale - and this includes items offered by just about EVERY
manufacturer, including Escort, Blinder, Anti-Laser, and Laser Interceptor.
Ask *anyone* who is not biased, who is without vested interest - and they'll tell you straight-up: wait until the actual retail item has come to be realized and tested by our trusted fellow hobbyists/enthusiasts.
And that advice, you'll find, comes even from the hardest-core of Blinder's fan-base. And yes, I, myself, am putting forth this word of caution, even though I have historically been a proponent of Blinder, and you'll also find that to be true of category4
's stance, too.
As independent hobbyists who have no vested interests to impact our biases, we speak from the heart.
As a fellow Subaru owner, I'm sure you've heard of NASIOC, if you're not already a member of that community.
You'll find that I've very recently recommended the Blinder to one of my local NASIOCers. For anyone to even remotely think that, by the above, I'm somehow slighting Blinder would be an egregious mistake, and a search of any of my past post history, on ANY community in which I participate, will bear truth to this.
I come to this from a totally disinterested viewpoint, divorced of any potential external pull or behind-the-scenes ties. I have no vested interest for any party, for any product, for any vendor or manufacturer.
is also just such an enthusiast, and he himself owns both a Blinder product, as well as the Laser Interceptor. You can also review his post history, and see exactly how fair he has been to both sides.
Look at where your advice is coming from.
The Impreza WRX STi of your vehicle's generation/vintage has a very difficult-to-protect LIDAR profile, both front and rear ( again, I refer you to hard evidence: Choosing a perfect protection system
- note that the video documentation of "less than perfect performance" was removed by the user - huh, I wonder why? ) . Although good placement of jammer heads can be achieved, even without modification of the grill, the hardpoints can only be optimally addressed with those body mods. Luckily, if you're insistent on maintaining the stock look of your vehicle, second-hand grills can be had for very, very reasonable prices, thanks to our extensive Subaru enthusiast community - or, if you're looking to use an aftermarket grill, the same can also be done for very little additional cost.
Additionally, consider using VEIL G4 on your main outboard hardpoints - this will not only greatly enhance any jammer's overall performance, but will also give you an inherent-to-vehicle "backup," in the unlikely scenario of jammer malfunction and/or you forgetting to engage the jammer.
If you absolutely "have to have one, NOW," the Mx
5 J17sc revision, as mhardy
(and as a fellow end-consumer, without vested interests, I would also recommend going with mhardy
as your chosen Blinder point-of-sales; you'll see that this is my third revision to this post, and I've come to this recommendation after lots of deliberation) said, is a good "bridge-over" product. In comparing the J17sc revision to the Laser Interceptor, yes, I would give the edge to the LI, but the expense makes up for that gap.
But given that the Mx7 units are right around the corner, I'd say to wait-out for that evolution to be tested thoroughly by your fellow hobbyists/enthusiasts.
I'm personally *very* much looking forward to what the new Blinders have to bring to the party, and hope that the new product will perform as we all anticipate and hope it will.