“The Escort 9500ix is my number one pick for dash mounted radar detectors in the under $450 price range.” – Radar Roy 2013
The Escort 9500ix is a long range dash mount GPS based radar detector which includes Escort’s patented AutoLearn feature which automatically programs known false alert locations and a photo enforcement camera database which includes fixed position red light cameras and speed cameras (photo radar).
Escort 9500ix Radar Detector Review: Last Updated – 08/3/2013
5-minute video of Radar Roy’s Escort 9500ix Radar Detector Review
Still My Top Choice for the top dash mounted radar detector for the typical North American Driver!
Top Reasons to Consider the Escort 9500ix
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. developed has developed one of the most complete and accurate databases of known fixed camera locations with their DEFENDER Database for North America. Each 9500ix is shipped pre-loaded with thousands of these camera locations programmed into its memory. As you approach one of these locations the 9500ix will alert you in advance, keeping you ticket free. You can even program your own “hot spots” using the Mark Location feature. Programing updates to your 9500ix’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 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 9500ix 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 9500ix 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 9500ix a snap in programming and set-up for its advanced features. The Escort 9500ix 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 9500ix’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 9500ix 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 9500ix 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 9500ix
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 will maybe 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 Escort considering making a stealth version of the 9500ix?
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 9500ix Radar Detector
As the Escort 9500ix is a corded radar detector therefore it requires a 12 volt power source and the 9500ix does come with a cigarette lighter power cord, however we do not feel that this is the best option. To address this issue consider purchasing either the Direct Wire cord or the Direct Wire SmartCord and watch my YouTube video here on how to direct wire your radar detector.
As the Escort 9500ix is a dash mounted radar detector I recommend that you remove it from your windshield if you park for extended periods as it is a welcome invitation for some crack head to break into your car and steal it. Each week I am contacted by one of my followers telling me that they wish they would have headed my advice as now they are in the market for a replacement.Another issue with leaving your detector on the windshield emerges during the hot summer months. When parked your car becomes a green house and temperatures inside your car can easily exceed 150 degrees as the sun bakes the sensitive electronic components inside your radar detector (or GPS).Take your radar detector or any other electronic device off your dash and store them in your glove box or under the seat.
The 9500ix is non stealth forget about those claims that radar detectors make about being stealth against the VG2 radar detector, that device hasn’t been used in years! If you are a professional driver (drive a semi truck) or drive in Virginia, Washington DC or other countries or providences where radar detectors are illegal police use a device called the Spectre to detect if you’re driving with a radar detector in your car. Therefore you need a radar detector that can beat the Spectre. There are only three manufactured today, the Escort Redline, the Escort 9500ci and the Beltronics STI.
My Bottom Line Recommendation for the Escort 9500ix
Based upon 20 year career in law enforcement and 15 years in the speed counter measurement industry I would rank the Escort 9500ix as one of the BEST dash mounted radar detector made today.
Other radar detectors in this same category that you may also want to consider would be:
The Beltronics GX65: Slightly thinner case then the Escort 9500ix, red LED instead of blue, does not include the AutoLearn feature found in the 9500ix, range/sensitivity equivalent to the 9500ix.
Escort Redline: I would classify the Redline as best suited for cross country interstate driving as it does not include the GPS photo enforcement database or TrueLock feature for false alerts. However the Redline is Stealth to all radar detector detectors and does have better long range sensitivity.
Valentine One: Larger and heavier case then 9500ix and does not include GPS photo enforcement database or AutoLearn feature. Also you cannot download and install new firmware updates online to the Valentine as you can with the Escort 9500ix or Bel GX65.
My review of the Escort 9500ix is also backed up by literally thousands of other reviews and feedback from automotive publications and happy Escort 9500ix users that you will find online, a few of which are published at the end of this article.
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