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Whistler CR97 6 Mile Detection!


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  • Performance equal to detectors costing twice as much

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Product Code: WHISTLER-CR97


Whistler CR97 Review


  • The Whistler CR97 is Whistler's highest performing detector released to date.
  • Up to 6dB increase in sensitivity to Ka-band police radar (double the alerting range) compared to the CR93
  • Up to 3dB increase in sensitivity to K-band police radar (150% increase in alerting range) compared to the CR93
  • NEW FDSR ### feature, alerts to and identifies FMCW photo enforcement sources, such as MRCD/MRCT/TraffiStar
  • Configurable reactivity, allows you to customize responsiveness to instant-on police radar
  • LSID feature display pulse rate of police lasers, including variable pulse rate (VPR) guns
  • Ka MaxID, maximizes Ka performance with center frequencies of Ka-bands detected
  • Additional filter levels, 4 & 5 for both XK and Ka
  • Bright OLED display
  • Firmware updateable via a USB cable

The CR97 is now ranked as a 4-star rated detector, a first for Whistler, providing you ample time to slow down in most police radar encounters.

RadarBusters rates the CR97 as the best valued-price GPS enabled detector on the market and the best in the under $250 price category.

The unit now offers performance on par with some detectors costing twice as much.

The CR97 offers 360-degree protection and detects X, K, and Ka radar signals and excellent sensitivity to police laser.

Radar Detection Range

The CR97 has noticeably better range and performance than all previous models, and is now ranked in the 4-star category.

This level of performance and quickness to react to I/O police radar makes this detector excellent with instant on encounters.

ALL NEW FDSR ### Feature

Whistler now offers a feature that can't be found anywhere else, the ability to detect and alert to FMCW (frequency modulated continuous waveform) radar that other detectors filter out. When the FDSR ### or FDSr ### feature is enabled, the CR97 will not only alert to K-band, but also with a continuously changing series of numbers that relate to the nature of the modulation used.

Especially when coupled with the Verilight GPS database, you will be notified that you are approaching an active "speed on green" photo enforced intersection, such as one monitored by the TraffiStar S391.

CAS Signal Rejection

You can fine tune the degree of signal rejection with XK and Ka filters which add additional processing times prior to alerting to vehicles' collision avoidance systems.
With a K filter setting of 4, the CR97 does especially well at filtering out K-band CAS systems from Chevrolet, Honda, and Acura that can wreak havoc with other detectors.

Photo Enforcement Protection with Builtin GPS

Automated photo enforcement cameras and speed traps are everywhere today!

To combat these Whistler has equipped the CR97 with GPS technology and their photo enforcement database, called Verilight, will alert as you approach one of these locations.

When combined with the FDSR ### feature, you will be notified that you are likely approaching a speed-on-green enforced intersection and you would be well advised to check your speed before crossing into the intersection.

Updatable Firmware

The CR97 comes equipped with a USB port which allows for both firmware updates as well as updates to its photo enforcement database.

Clear Bilingual Voice Alerts

The detector has clear voice alerts, in English or Spanish, providing you with the information you need without having to take your eyes off the road.

High Definition OLED Display

The unit displays radar alerts using an OLED display. The display is easy to read at any angle and the brightness is adjustable.

Easy Programming

You program your CR97 by pressing the buttons to set the brightness of your display, program the radar bands used in your area, adjust the filtering options, and more.

Online Photo Enforcement Database Updates

You can ensure that your CR97 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 database updates.

Warranty & Support

Comes with Whistler’s 1-year warranty and RadarBuster's 30-day no risk money back guarantee.

Also, here on RadarBusters, we have several articles in his help guide section to assist you in getting the most out of your detector such as: How to Maximize the Use of your Detector, How to Update YourDetector, and Defensive Driving Tips for Detector Users.

You’re welcome to contact RadarBusters direct 24/7 by using the contact form on this website or calling our toll free number during normal business hours.

Included Accessories

Comes equipped with a power cord with USB connectivity for your smartphone, a windshield mount, and reference guide.

Why Buy from RadarBusters?

Authorized Dealer: RadarBusters is an authorized dealer for Whistler so you can be assured that you detector is covered under Whistler's full warranty.

Real Reviews: Unlike the other review websites out there, RadarBusters was founded by Radar Roy, a retired cop and certified traffic radar instructor with over 40 years of experience. Luxury Automotive was so impressed with our high standards and qualifications that they dubbed us the “General Schwarzkopf of detectors”.

RadarBusters is one of the longest operating and most experienced countermeasure-dedicated company in the industry. We are not a big box electronics store that offers everything under the sun. You will find no other company that offers the same level of pre- and post-sales expertise, than us.

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 it? Return it! Just call us to get your RMA code. All returns without an assigned RMA, will be not be accepted.

Support: Have a problem or concern? Then email us 24/7 and we will personally get back with you typically within 12 hours or less!
Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 22 Write a review »

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Great buying experience March 19, 2019
Reviewer: Terry Rydell from Houston, TX United States  
Great buying experience, well informed sales person helped. He (Mike) knew his business on CR97. The CR97 works great. I would recommend to buy this model.

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Cr97 March 11, 2019
Reviewer: Gregory briggs from MCKINNEY, TX United States  
I really like this cr97 so far still needs work would like to see all frequencies on Ka band and k bamd

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Highly recommended March 8, 2019
Reviewer: nicholas lancaster from WALKER, LA United States  
Very good guy and was very patient helping me set up my new radar detector like I needed and I have no worries on my way to work or any event life has in store for me.

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March 8, 2019
Reviewer: Johnathan Taylor from Spring, TX United States  
Took some time to set up, but I love it.Well worth it compared to more expensive ones.

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Returned February 22, 2019
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Ursa, IL United States  
Good service just decided on model you not carry

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