“I no longer recommend the Escort 9500ix because you have two better options” – Radar Roy 2014
If you’re considering purchasing the Passport 9500ix don’t until you watch this video
When I first reviewed the 9500ix way back in 2007, I called it the best radar detector on the market, however a lot of things have changed since then.
The most notable change is the introduction of the Adaptive Cruise Control systems installed on new cars today.
These sensors operate on the same K-band frequency that police use.
Subsequently detectors that don’t have the ability to filter out these adaptive control systems are almost rendered useless because of the over abundance of false alerts.
Because of this the engineers over at Escort have borrowed technology developed by NASA to communicate with their equipment in deep space called digital signal processing and have integrated it with their newer Passport and Passport Max2 radar detectors.
The result is that both of these newer detectors, the Passport and Passport Max2 are able to sniff out real police radar based on the DNA profile, while also filtering out all those annoying false alerts.
Escort Live will enable your Passport to have all the same features such as the Defender photo enforcement database and the ability to lock out known false alert locations when paired to your smart phone.
Your Passport will also have the ability to also share real time alerts with other members of the Escort Live community.
The Passport has four times the capture distance of a police radar gun, which provides you ample warnings for police K and Ka instant on speed traps.
Now here is what a user from Portland Oregon had to say about the Passport in his 5-star rating.
“I’ve only had this detector for a little over a month, but so far I have been very pleased. This doesn’t false on some of the new cars like my much older passport detector was.”
Now here is what the Texas Speed Demon from the Dallas Forth Worth area had to say after rating the Passport with 5-stars.
“This M4 antenna blows the 9500ix away in my opinion – I will also say that the off axis is improved as far as the unit I’m using. “
I’ve rated the Passport Max2 as the worlds best windshield mounted radar detector because it also includes the DSP technology and a new antenna design called the M5, which enables the Max2 to have over 8 times the capture distance of a police digital K and Ka radar gun.
The Max2 also has it’s own internal GPS system and the Defender photo enforcement database already built it.