“I can honestly say that Escort has developed the most intelligent and ‘super charged’ performing radar detector/laser shifter that I have ever laid hands on!” Radar Roy May 2008
Last Updated – 10/3/2010
Still My #1 Pick for the Best Remote Mounted Radar Detector and Laser Jamming System made today!
The Escort 9500ci is the ULTIMATE custom installed radar detector and laser jamming system made today! With all band radar detection, laser jamming, GPS speed camera notifications speeding tickets are something from the past.
Top Reasons to Consider the Escort 9500ci
No One Will Ever Know: The discreet installation and the stealth capabilities of the Escort 9500ci allows it to be completely hidden from the eye and those deadly Spectre RDD’s (Radar Detector Detectors). All of the sensors utilize modular connections to the interface to the miniature control module allowing multiple installation options and install flexibility. Color coded cables make installation a snap.
Twin Antenna Design: Its dual antenna design introduces a new level of radar performance each tuned for each specific radar band allowing the 9500ci the longest possible warning on all radar bands, including POP.
Adaptive Dual Signal Processing: The 9500ci antenna system analyzes all incoming radio frequency signals and automatically filters out false alarms. The result is the top performing long range radar detector ever made.
Laser Jamming Protection: Radar Detectors by themselves are typically useless against laser, “if you’re shot your got”, therefore unless you have a laser jamming system installed alongside your radar detector you are vulnerable. The Escort 9500ci addresses this issue by the inclusion of their Shifter laser jamming system for both front and rear protection.
End Those Annoying False Alerts! False alerts are the number one compliant among radar detector users and to combat this issue Escort incorporated their AutoLearn feature which utilizes artificial intelligence to automatically learn by the exact location and frequency each radar signal and determines if it is a real threat. The result is the most accurate long range dash mounted radar detector on the market and a permanent solution ends all those false alerts that you may have grown accustom to with other radar detectors.
Fight Back Against Photo Enforcement: States and municipalities have discovered a new cash cow, photo enforcement cameras. These automated speed cameras are everywhere today snapping our photo and mailing costly citations to our home and businesses. Escort Inc. has developed one of the most complete and accurate databases of known fixed camera locations with their DEFENDER Database for North America. Each 9500ci is shipped pre-loaded with thousands of these camera locations programmed into its memory. As you approach one of these locations the 9500ci will alert you in advance, keeping you ticket free. You can even program your own “hot spots” using the Mark Location feature. Programming updates to your 9500ci’s DEFENDER Database is easy online through their detector tools program.
Download New Firmware Updates Online: New firmware updates are developed by radar detector manufactures on a regular basis to address new and emerging technology from the police radar gun manufactures. In the past to have your radar detector upgraded, you had to pay to mail it back to the manufacture and wait weeks to get it back, not anymore! The Escort 9500ci is web ready simply connect your detector to your computer, log into Escorts website and download and install the latest firmware and Defender database updates in minutes.
Variable Speed Sensitivity: Most of the other radar detectors from other manufactures have two sensitivity settings to combat false alerts; Highway and City. The premise is when you set your radar detector to city; the radar detector is less sensitive and less prone to false alerts. The problem with this is if you forget to set your radar detector back to Highway mode when on the Interstate your detector may not have the range or sensitivity to pick up that patrolman around the corner and now you’re caught. Escort’s solution to this dilemma is their GPS based Variable Speed Sensitivity technology. The GPS inside of the Escort 9500ci senses how fast you are driving and adjusts the sensitivity accordingly and it never forgets.
Easy Programming: Even if you’re someone like me who cannot program my own TV remote control I find the Escort 9500ci a snap in programming and set-up for its advanced features. The Escort 9500ci is pre-set and ready to go out of the box, but some of our power users may want to set the unit up to complement their own driving experience and personal preference. The easy to use 9500ci’s preferences menu allows you to do this in a snap. Don’t drive in an area where X band is used, turn it off; rather use the Expert Meter display, turn it on. It is that easy.
Crystal Clear Voice Prompts and Alerts: Keep your eyes on the road, not on your detector! The 9500ci alerts you with clear and easy to understand voice alerts so you will immediately know what threats your detector is alerting you to.
Self Adjusting AutoVolume: Nothing is more infuriating than having a radar detector go off and not hear it as it alerts you to a speed trap ahead. The 9500ci solves this problem by automatically adjusting the volume based upon the ambient noise surrounding you inside your vehicle ensuring that you will hear it even if you have your radio turned up or if you’re having a conversion with your passengers.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Escort 9500ci
How easy is it to install the Escort 9500ci, the Escort website says I need to have it professionally installed. Well that depends, have you ever installed a car stereo system, are you good with a screwdriver and electrical components? If so it is very easy. The installation instructions that come with each Escort 9500ci are very easy to understand and a typical installation will take you several hours. If you don’t feel comfortable installing the 9500ci call your local Best Buy store and see if they have a qualified 12 volt installer and if so find out how much they will charge. I’ve had clients tell me that Best Buy charged them from anywhere from $200 to $800 for installation, so shop around.
What is the price of the Defender Database Subscription? It is free for the first 90 days of ownership. A one year database subscription is $19.95 and a two year is $29.95. A card with your authorization code is included with each 9500ix when you receive it.
Why doesn’t Escort honor their warranty from the detector I purchased on Ebay (or Amazon, Overstock and others)? Escort has a very strict Authorized Dealer Program and MAP policy to ensure that you, the consumer are getting the very best service and support, this policy is outlined in their manuals and on their websites. If you purchase an Escort radar detector from an unauthorized dealer and you have a problem with the unit or want to subscribe to their subscription service you may be denied or required to pay an extra possessing fee. For more information I invite you to read a post on my blog on how Overstock.com screwed one of their customers.
Is Laser Jamming Legal? Unlike radar jamming which is illegal in the US and carries hefty fines levied by the Federal Communications Commission, there are no federal laws regulating laser jamming. In fact laser is not regulated by the FCC but by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). However there are states that do have laws that prohibit jamming of police laser guns, these states include: Nebraska, Minnesota, Utah, California, Oklahoma, Virginia, Colorado, Illinois and Washington DC
I live in a state where laser jamming is illegal what can I do? Well you have two options, let me explain both:
1- By default the laser shifting capabilities of the Escort 9500ci are turned off, so you’re not jamming, so it would be legal for you to use in this mode.
2 – Now I’m not recommending that you break any laws, but here is a thought. If you’re driving in a state where laser jamming is illegal and your laser jammers active, slow down and turn the unit off. That way as you approach the officer you will be at the speed limit and the officer will be able to get a speed reading on your car. I also recommend that you use this same practice when driving in states where laser jamming is legal.
Does this detector have 360 degree protection? Yes, every radar detector manufactured by Escort and Beltronics has full, 360 degree protection.
Potential Issues with the Escort 9500ci
Many people are shocked when they see a $1599.00 price tag for a radar detector and laser jammer combo but remember, you get what you pay for. The 9500ci is the Big Daddy of all of the radar detector systems today, nothing is better on the market! If you want to have the confidence in knowing that you can beat virtually every speed trap device made today including; red light cameras, fixed photo radar cameras, police laser, and police radar then the Escort 9500ci is your only choice. If photo enforcement cameras are not an issue in the area you drive, then consider the Escort QI45, a much more inexpensive alternative.
If you’re installing the Escort 9500ci yourself or if you’re having an outside installer do the installation for you, make sure that you or they know what they are doing and to take time to read the manual. I have had clients call me that have gone to installation shops and the installer had installed the laser sensors behind the grill, they will NOT WORK THERE. Laser is light, if anything blocks the light wave from the officers gun, you are caught. Also by default the laser shifting capabilities of the Shifters are deactivated, after installation you will have to go into the programming and activate the laser jamming capabilities of the 9500ci.
My Bottom Line Recommendation for the Escort 9500ci
If you’re serious about having the very best discrete long range radar detector that is stealth to all the RDD’s and also includes GPS capabilities for photo enforcement speed traps and automatic filtering then you have only one choice, the Escort 9500ci as there is no other radar detector in its class.
In fact, I am so confident in the performance of the 9500ci that I have this unit installed in my own truck!
This Based upon my 20 years in law enforcement as a certified police radar instructor and 15 years being involved in the speed counter measurement industry.
This is also backed up by literally thousands of other reviews and feedback made by other automotive publications and happy Escort 9500ci users that you will find online, a few of which are published at the end of this article.
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Other Independent Testimonials from Customers and Automotive Publications
Car and Driver | December 2008
“Overall, the 9500ci is a bit like the Bugatti Veyron: darn expensive, but if you’ve got the money to spend, you won’t be disappointed”
RadarTest.com | February 2009
“the use of GPS and clever programming make the Passport ci the quietest remote radar detector ever tested”