Originally Posted by MineralWeiss
There are tons of tests done by a variety of supposedly "impartial" reviewers and probably the most impartial is guysoflidar
. The problem is some of these reviewers still might have personal bias. If you want the absolute best detector, get both a V1 and a 9500ix and maybe one or two others, not very practical but that way your covered. It has been my experience, and I have been using detectors constantly since the late 80s, that you will get good performance if you buy any of the upper end models...you get what you pay for. It seems no detector is truely the best in every area, but most will give you enough warning to save you from a ticket MOST of the time. If your on a desolate road at night (maybe one car every 5 minutes), and the police are sitting on the side of the road with their radar off until you arrive, even the best detector isn't going to save you.
Guys of lidar no longer do any testing. Go to radardetectorforum dot org.
Run two detectors simultaneously and you run the risk of them interfering with each other. If you must do this running the V1 with a remote mount unit like the 9500ci (not the 9500ix) is better but you better test placement first. Obviously the farther away from each other the better. But then each detector has an optimum position to mount it and you probably won't be able to achieve this.
A better way to do it, and one that a few have tried and have had success is running a V1 and Bel STi-R+ together. Then get a Laser Interceptor for jamming lidar, if it's allowed in your state. The STi-R+ is a remote mount unit just like the 9500ci but without the ZR-4 laser shifters (jammers). However, the LI jammers are better than the ZR4s and the STi-R+ is better than the 9500ci as a detector, even though it is made by the same company (Escort owns Beltronics). What makes the STi-R+ better is the extra configuration and setup options that let you tailor the detector. If you have the money and want to get your geek on then this is probably the best coverage right now -- V1, STi-R+ and LI.