Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector Review
Overall Rating 81 Points
Overview of the Escort Passport 9500ix
Today, all radar detectors have 360-degree protection and will
detect X, K and Ka analog signals. However, many of them will not have
the level of performance you need to warn you in time when shot by the
newer digital instant on radar guns.
Thus, you will need a detector that is enabled with Digital Signal Processing (DSP), which enables the detector to sniff out instant on radar miles away.
And this is just one of the many other features included in the Passport 9500ix radar detector by Escort.
The Passport is built on the Escort’s M4 antenna design, which enables the detector to have 4 times the capture distance of a police K and Ka radar gun.
The Passport 9500ix also includes an internal GPS, which will alert you to fixed photo enforcement cameras, potential speed traps, and will also filter out known false alerts.
Long Range Radar Detection: 5 Points
The Passport 9500ix is built on Escort’s M4 antenna design, which places the Passport in the Long Range Category, having 4 times the capture distance of a police radar gun.
The result is a detector that will provide ample warning of instant on K and Ka Radar miles away.
Sensitivity and Filtering: 10 Points
The Passport 9500ix’s internal GPS is able to discern exactly how fast you’re going and adjust the sensitivity accordingly.
Why this is beneficial:
You’re driving at highway speeds, the 9500ix recognizes this and automatically switches to highway mode for maximum effectiveness.
Then, as you drive into a shopping center, which is surrounded by automatic door openers, the 9500ix will dial down the sensitivity
The result is protection when you need it most without being annoyed by false alerts when you don’t.
If you have owned a cheap radar detector you know how annoying false alerts can be.
To combat this Escort developed a technology called AutoLearn, which enables your detector to learn and store known false alert locations based upon their exact location and frequency and then filter them out.
The result is a detector that isn’t going to pester you with a ton of false alerts like other radar detectors will.
The Passport 9500ix is also equipped with TSR Filtering.
Many state, county and city highway departments in the US have installed
devices called traffic flow sensors (TSR) to measure the flow of
traffic on city streets and highways.
These traffic flow sensors transmit a strong K band signal, which causes radar detectors to alert.
In response to this Escort has developed TSR rejection software to block out these annoying false alerts.
result is that you’re not going to have to shut down your radar
detector to keep from being blasted by false alerts when driving in
areas where these types of devices are used.
Photo Enforcement Protection: 10 Points
Automated photo enforcement cameras and speed traps are everywhere today!
As a result Escort has equipped the Passport 9500ix with GPS technology and their Defender photo enforcement database, which will alert you as you approach one of these locations.
You can also add your own “hot spots” using the mark location feature.
Clear Digital Voice Alerts: 10 Points
The Passport 9500ix has clear voice alerts, providing you with the information you need without having to take your eyes off the road.
High Definition Text Display: 5 Points
The Passport 9500ix displays radar alerts using the older text display. You have the choice of either having a blue or red display. The display is easy to read from any angle and the brightness level is adjustable.
Easy Advanced Programming: 8 Points
You can program your 9500ix by pressing the buttons on your detector or by using the Escort Live app on your smart phone if you have the optional Escort Live Module installed.
You can set the color and brightness of your display, program the radar bands used in your area, adjust the filtering options and more.
Escort Live Compatible: 5 Points
The Escort Passport 9500ix is Escort Live Compatible, allowing you to tap into the Escort Live community to receive real time alerts from other Escort and Beltronics users in your area by purchasing the Escort Live external interface.
Online Defender Database Updates: 10 Points
You can ensure that your 9500ix has the latest database updates to protect you from new threats by simply connecting it to your computer's USB port and downloading the latest Defender database updates.
Warranty & Support: 10 Points
Your Passport comes with Escort’s 1-year warranty and Radar Roy's 30-day no risk money back guarantee.
Also, because we have been an authorized Escort dealer since 1995, you’re pre-approved to purchase Escort’s extended 24 month extend warranty for only $29.95.
Here on RadarBusters Radar Roy has several articles in his help
guide section to assist you in getting the most out of your detector
How to Maximize the Use of your Radar Detector, How to Update Your Radar Detector, and Defensive Driving Tips for Radar Detector Users.
You’re also welcome to contact Radar Roy direct 24/7 by using the contact form on this website or calling our toll free number during normal business hours.
Motorcycle Use: 8 Points
When accessorized with the proper motorcycle mount, external warning device, and weather protection the Passport 9500ix becomes a great detector for motorcycle use.
Motorcycle Mounting Systems: RadarBusters offers a variety of motorcycle radar detector and cell phone mounts by Techmount, which will fit virtually any motorcycle.
External Warning Device:
The 9500ix does have an external earphone jack, which you can plug into
your motorcycle sound system. However, we would recommend the
Legal Speeding HARD system, which is a wireless heads up display.
Weather Protection: There are several websites that sell “motorcycle radar detector boxes,”
but we don’t recommend them. Instead, go to your local CVS and buy a
child’s size shower cap. It’s cheaper and will protect your detector just
Your Passport 9500ix comes equipped with a travel case, windshield mount, 12 volt SmartCord, a quick reference guide, and a 1-year subscription to the Escort Defender database.
Optional accessories you may want to consider when purchasing your Escort Passport 9500ix are:
Escort Live External Module: Enables your Escort 9500ix to access the Escort Live community to share real time alerts with other radar detector users in your area.
BlendMount Mirror Mount: Enables the mounting of the Max2 to your rear view mirror.
Why Buy from Radar Roy?
Authorized Escort Dealer:
RadarBusters has been an authorized dealer for Escort since 1995, so
you can be assured that you detector is covered under Escort’s warranty
program and pre-approved for Escort’s 24 month extended warranty
Unlike the other radar detector review websites out there, Radar Roy is
a retired cop and certified traffic radar instructor with over 40 years
of experience and has his own arsenal of police radar and laser guns.
Luxury Automotive was so impressed with Roy’s high standards and
qualifications that they dubbed him the “General Schwarzkopf of radar
No Sales Tax: You will not be charged sales tax as long as your order is shipped outside of Arizona.
No Risk 30-Day money back guarantee: Don’t like your detector? Return it no questions asked!
Low Price Guarantee: By becoming a member of Radar Roy’s VIP Club you will receive his 90-day price match guarantee, ensuring that you will get the best price anywhere!
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