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Uniden Radar Detectors Review

Updated: July 4th, 2017

Uniden AmericaIn January of 2015, during the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Uniden announced their release of three new Uniden radar detectors, the Uniden LRD450, LRD750, and the LRD-950. In 2016, Uniden introduced successors to these models--the Uniden DFR6, and GPS-based Uniden DF7. For 2017, Uniden has defined what is possible in detection performance with the highest performing detectors ever seen, the Uniden R1 and Uniden R3.

Unidens’ History in the Radar Detector Business

Giving Uniden credit, they were the pioneers in integrating a GPS into a radar detector with their introduction of the Uniden GPSRD released in 2001.

However, this Uniden detector did not integrate a photo enforcement database nor did it have the ability to filter out false alerts based upon your location.

The only real benefit of the Uniden GPSRD was that it would provide you with your exact GPS coordinates.

One major problem is it leaked RF (radio frequency) like a sieve, causing interference with ground based satellite transmitters and receivers.

It was so bad that in the fall of 2003 I got a phone call from an ESPN engineer.

He explained that they were set up at the University of Phoenix sports complex getting ready to uplink Cardinals football game, and he was suspecting that a car was in the parking lot that had a radar detector which was interfering with their uplink and “begged” me to come out with my Spectre RDD to locate the vehicle.

So I packed up my SPECTRE, jumped on my Harley and was met by security at the gate and began driving around the parking lot. In about five-minutes I located the car, and hanging on the windshield was a Uniden GPSRD.

Shortly after this the FCC came down with stiff regulations which limited the emissions of radar detectors and overnight Uniden was out of the radar detector business.

Then a few years later they decided to get back into the game by announcing during the 2007 CES show that they were releasing a new radar detector GPS combo similar to Escort’s IQ radar detector.

It was so “similar” that I suspect that it infringed on Escort’s patent so it never got any further then Uniden’s display case at the CES show.

Then this year, Uniden announced that they were going to make their third entry into the radar detector niche by releasing their Uniden LRD450, Uniden LRD750, and the UnidenLRD-950 radar detectors.

Did they get on base or did they strike out?

Overview of the Uniden LRD-950 Radar Detector

On Unidens’ website, they promote their LRD-950 as their top of the line “Super Long Range” radar detector with a built in GPS enabling you to “mark geographical points where you commonly encounter radar transmissions”.

Uniden LRD-950 radar detector review

They also claim that this detector, along with their LRD450 and LRD750 are undetectable to the Spectre RDD.

Uniden LRD-950 Review Spectre

They also claim that their built in GPS has red light camera and speed camera alerts.

The retail price for the Uniden LRD450 on the Uniden website is $399.00, about $50 dollars cheaper then the retail price of the Escort 9500ix.

However, if you shop around on some bargain shopping websites, you will find the Uniden LRD950 for around $193.00.

First Impressions of the Uniden LRD-950 Radar Detector

My first impressions when taking the Uniden LRD-950 out of the box were positive.

The case was strikingly similar to that of the Passport 9500ix, it used the same RJ-11 power connection, had an audio jack, a USB port and came packaged in a travel case.

What was different was that the LRD-950 had an OLED display which was much easier to read then the 9500ix display.

OLED Display – Pass

The one thing I really liked about the Uniden LRD590 was the main OLED display of the detector.

It was very easy to read, even in bright sunlight, it also displayed the time right in the center.

However, one thing I did not like about the display was its five little LED lights under the main OLED display that serve as the signal strength meter.

They are very small and they are very hard to see while driving in bright sunlight.

Voice Alerts - Pass

The Uniden LRD-950 has voice alerts that are easy to hear and understand. It alerts you to the type of speed measurement threat that is being displayed.

Spectre RDD Performance – Fail

I first wanted to confirm Uniden’s claim that their new radar detectors’ were “undetectable” to the Spectre I and 4. I got my two Spectre units from my arsenal of testing equipment.

After powering on the LRD950, I allowed it to go through its power on testing feature. The Spectre 1 lit up like a Christmas tree, the exact same thing happened when I tested the LRD950 against my Spectre 4.

However I was due for bit of a surprise.

During range testing of the Spectre I was unable to detect the Uniden further away then 25 feet. (It should be noted that Stealth MicroSystems had offered a free update for the Spectre I shortly after its release to the Spectre II. Because of this it is unknown if any Spectre I units are still in use today)

During range testing of the Spectre 4, I received a number of intermittent warnings as far away as 500 feet, but for the most part it was silent at distances further then 30 to 35 feet.

So even though the Uniden fails at being 100% Spectre proof, this is the best detector outside of Escort's M3 series in defeating the Spectre.

Mark Locations – Fail

I soon discovered that Uniden’s marketing claim that you are able to “mark geographical points where you commonly encounter radar transmissions” may mislead someone to believe that this feature is similar to Escort’s auto learn feature, where there detectors are able to lock out known false alert locations, its not!

All it is able to do is mark a location that you may want to be alerted to the next time your in close proximity.

False Alert Filtering – Pass

I was pleasantly surprised of the LRD-950’s ability to filter out false alerts from the adaptive cruise control sensors and other devices that cause false alerts.

During the last two weeks driving and testing this detector I noticed one disturbing thing. The lag time for the Uniden LRD-950 to alert to a real constant on K and Ka was as long as two to four seconds behind the REDLiNE and the STiR Plus.

Because of this, I feel it many have a negative impact on the detectors ability to detect quick trigger instant on.

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Radar Detector Performance Testing – Pass

(Updated 11/28/2015)

For our initial review we did a number of instant on and constant on radar detector tests with the Uniden LR-D950 and the results we recorded, documented and published on our YouTube channel.

However several other independent reviewers and enthusiasts have had totally different results then what we encountered and documented during our testing.

So because we only had one Uniden LRD-950 for our initial test, which could had been defective, we have decided to upgrade our score to pass and place it in the same category as our 3-star rated detectors.

Does Uniden Strike Out or Get On Base?

(Updated 11/28/2015)

My only major remaining concern with the Uniden LRD-950 is that they still continue to advertise it as being stealth to the Spectre, which it isn't.

However since many of other respected members of our radar detector community have given the Uniden such high marks and because of its competitive price, I've decided to "eat a little crow" since my first review and say that they definitely got on base with the Uniden LRD-950 radar detector and we're looking forward to Uniden has in store for our community in the future

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