|The Cobra XRS-9445 is a 14-band detector packed with latest technologies to safeguard you while driving. This Cobra radar detector employs Xtreme Range Superheterodyne technology to detect subjects that are at a considerable distance. The Instant-On Ready function in the Cobra XRS-9445 helps you to drive safely in the prescribed speed limit. This 14-band detector features Safety Alert that helps you to know if emergency vehicles (ambulance, fire trucks etc) are approaching. The Highway/City modes in the Cobra radar detector reduce false alerts caused by automatic door openers and burglar alarms. This Cobra XRS-9445 provides audio guidance that helps you to focus on your drive rather than being disrupted by the radar unit. This radar can be mounted either on the windshield or the dashboard of a car.|
|Detection Mode||City / Highway modes|
|Detection Type||K Band, Ka Superwide Band, Ku Band, Laser, X Band|
|Detection Area||Front / Rear|
|VG-2/VG-3 Alert||VG-2 Alert, VG-2 Undetectable|
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I've used a lot of radar detectors over the past 30 years, and I've had very, very few speeding tickets. All these detectors seemed to work, they all picked up police radar fine ...but they also picked up lots of OTHER radar based devices too! Since these ARE radar based signals, they aren't really false alarms but they ARE aggravating alarms.
I'd say that is the biggest difference in detectors, some know the difference and don't pester you till they encounter a VALID concern. The false alerts on most detectors will destroy any confidence you have in them. I actually beat one detector to death for harassing me with needless alerts.
I find that the detection range is fairly similar on most detectors, it is apparently pretty easy to pick up radar signals, door openers, sonograms, UHF radio transmitters and satellite transmitters. Its those needless alerts from NON-POLICE radar devices that makes most detectors useless and/or aggravating.
Lucky for us, some detectors do a good job of sorting out the signals they receive. These detectors often cost more but they ARE worth it ...because you can trust their opinion when you get an alert.
Enter Passport, Sentry, Cisco-tech,Valentine One and others. High-end radar detectors are often priced from $350 to $1700 or more. As an electronics rep I've been able to road test many of these premium models without investing my own money. In my experience these high-end units all do a great job.
But wait! There is at least one detector that I found that works as well but FOR A LOT LESS MONEY. The Cobra XRS-9445 street retail price is only $99 but I found a few on eBay for under $50! There are many sellers on eBay so shop around.
The Cobra XRS-9445 does a great job and you can trust it's judgment. The features are endless so read the manufacturer's specs. It can pick up police radar equipment in every current band allowed to be used by the FCC. False alerts are minimal and with the voice descriptive alert you don't have to watch the display to see what the detector picked up. This detector is the first one I've used that performed like the high-end units so I bought two for my on use. I haven't regretted it, even my easily aggravated wife uses it now.
The installation is super easy and the instruction book is clear and complete. I love the performance, the small size, and the portability when I use a rent car. I do wish it came with a separate straight power cord for permanent use on my personal car so I could hide the wire along the windshield. I also wish it had a mount that allowed me to rotate the detector straight ahead but with a 45 degree horizontal rotation. (That further reduces the non-police radar based signals.) Hope this info helps someone save some money.
There are more expensive Cobra detectors that I haven't tried so if I ever decide to upgrade I'll certainly check the Cobras first.
I've owned Radar detectors for some 25 years now. I've bought them from $50 to $400 dollars, and yes there is a difference in quality of the electronics in them. That being said, this $80 dollar detector I got off E-bay holds a close candle to the more expensive detectors. If you don't need the compass, battery voltage and all the other frills the more expensive ones come with then this one is for you. The electronics in the detector is as good as my $400 dollar Whistler. You still have to know how to use them, it took me years of experience in different situations,especially with today's instant-on and pop band, and aircraft above you. This one even points out the Red light camera intersections in my city, shows as K-band. In the last 25 years I've had one speeding ticket,that was in a school zone, and I didn't have my detector on.(Kicked myself)Police have a little game around here, if everyone is speeding they will pick out the car that has a detector in it to stop and ticket, This unit just saved me the other day, I got a specter in a speed trap, this unit stopped me from being detected. One rule of thumb with today's pop, instant-on, laser guns, don't be the lead man out there, put a pigeon out front of you. When he or she gets gunned your detector will still let you know then you can hit the brakes. If no pigeon, do the speed limit, One will be by shortly. Remember people, weather you buy a inexpensive detector or have to be the big kid on the block and have all the bells and whistles, these are just a tool! you still have to know when to pick your fight. I get a kick out of some of these reviews by obviously inexperienced people thinking that they have a detector so they should be immune from radar guns, then cry when they get a ticket, then call the detector a piece of crap. There is nothing wrong with this detector, I would buy another one for the price. I've had pop detection a mile down the highway with this unit, that alone tells me the electronics are sensitive. And no I don't work for any brand of Radar Detectors.
The Cobra XRS-9445 Radar detector is great for someone on a budget that wants quality and performance. This detector works well on the highway and city. I tend to use the highway mode more often though since this setting is more sensitive to radar and laser. But overall I read many positive reviews about this detector and had to buy it knowing that even though Cobra may not be the top of the line for radar detectors. They have came very far since their older models.
Great radar detector. It is very sensitive. Voice alerts are nice, since they tell you what band of radar it is detecting.
It has warned me of oncoming speed traps on the highway, before I could actually see the patrol car.
The only negative is that even at full volume, it is not very loud. If you drive on the highway with your radio turned up, you might not hear the alerts.
If a cop is using the instant-on radar gun, by the time you hear the alarm, it may be too late. I did have that happen and immediately slowed down, so it still may have saved me from getting a ticket. I don't know of any detector that can detect an instant on radar though.
This is the only radar detector I have owned, so I can not compare it to others.
The Cobra XRS-9445 Radar Detector is sleek! And more importantly, it works very well :))
Spoken alarts along with tones to identify each signal detected, as well as signal strength display, the ability to control the volume and to dynamically stop alerting you when your cars RPMs are at idle is flat out awesome.