So the Radenso HD+ is Radenso’s new remote mount radar detector. It’s basically the remote version of the Radenso Pro SE. You get high end radar detector performance like the Redline/Magnum/STi-R Plus/9500ci and even better blind spot filtering for less money… so it’s a pretty compelling package.
Here’s my initial impressions of the HD+:
Now there’s a couple ways you can set up and run your HD+. You can run it standalone, you can integrate it with your AntiLaser Priority, or you can run it with Radenso’s upcoming CPU. Let’s go over all the different options, pricing, and the pros and cons of each setup.
Radenso HD+ with Beltronics 975: $699
So the HD+ is designed to be a standalone radar detector. You get the radar detector antenna plus an additional box that functions as the “brains” of the radar detector. In this case you can run it with the Beltronics 975, a very compact box that interfaces with the HD+.
This is the standard option that lets you get the radar detector, plug it all in, and it works out of the box. The 975 lets you configure all the different options, it has the speaker to play audio alerts, lets you mute alerts, etc. The design is pretty ancient looking, but it does the job just fine.
Should you decide to get the HD+ with the 975, here’s your tutorial on how to configure it:
Radenso HD+ integrated with the ALP: $599+
You also have the option of plugging the HD+ antenna into your ALP if you’re already running the jammers. This is great because you save the money from having to buy the 975, plus it’s one less doodad you’ll need to stash somewhere in your car where you can reach it.
Instead you’ll need to buy the antenna itself ($499) and buy the ALP’s Radar/GPS Module ($99) which is the interface between the HD+ and the ALP. Doing this, you’re $100 less than using the 975.
There’s a few other accessories that are really helpful. I’d recommend the ALP GPS Antenna ($59) so you can get low speed muting and help quiet the detector down around town.
You can get the optional HiFi module ($99) to get an external speaker for voice alerts, louder alerts, and the ability to switch profiles on the fly to more easily switch settings. You can also get the Bluetooth module ($99) which will allow you to pair your ALP/HD+ with your phone and display alerts that way. The bluetooth module will allow you to switch profiles like the HiFi module, but unlike other detectors, the HD+ will not be able to display the frequency of a signal. That’s a drawback if you’re using the HD+ with the bluetooth module, but it’s no big deal otherwise.
Personally I think the ALP integrated option is a little better than the 975 because it’s one less box in your car to mess with, plus it’s a little bit cheaper. The main drawback is that it’s not quite as easy to change settings (it’s all done on your computer and then you load them into your ALP and you can switch preloaded profiles as needed) while the 975 lets you change individual settings more easily. That said, once you get your settings loaded in, it’s not something you’ll need to mess around with much so it’s not a huge deal.
Radenso HD+ with the new Radenso CPU: $899
Radenso will be releasing their own CPU to pair with the HD+ in place of the 975. It’s not available yet, but it will be a similar idea as the 975 with some big benefits.
This more advanced CPU will allow for not one but two antennas, one front and one rear. This way you’ll get directional information (aka. arrows) like many other popular detectors provide.
It will also allow you to plug in a GPS antenna which will really help cut down on the false alerts. Like the windshield mount detectors, this will give you low speed muting, redlight camera alerts, and GPS lockouts. These all help significantly around town. The 975 has no GPS functionality. The ALP integration will offer low speed muting but no lockouts. This will offer all of it.. plus it’ll give you the ability to pair with the ALP as well if you like.
The first antenna retails for $499 and if you want the additional second antenna, you can buy it at a discounted price of $399. So the single antenna price will be $899 and the dual antenna price will be $1299.
Radenso will also offer an option to upgrade from the 975 to the new CPU for those of you who’d like to get a Radenso sooner and don’t want to wait. You’d simply buy the 975 and then for $250, you can upgrade to the new CPU. It’ll cost you $50 more in the end than just waiting for the new CPU, but you’ll get to run the Radenso much sooner instead. Upgrading is simply a matter of swapping control modules and wiring harness so it’s pretty straightforward.
Stealth Antenna Upgrade: $220
Something else that’s in development but not yet available will be a stealth antenna.. meaning the antenna will be immune to detection by radar detector detectors. It hasn’t been created yet, but Radenso is planning on releasing a stealth version of the HD+ as well for an additional charge of $220. For people who live or drive in areas where RD’s are illegal, this would be a desirable option.
Other ALP Radar Detectors
So I mentioned earlier that the HD+ can integrate with the ALP. The M3 remotes, the STi-R Plus and 9500ci, can do the same thing. Let’s take a look at how they compare.
Performance-wise, they’re all pretty comparable. There’s still more testing to do, but early testing is showing that the HD+ competes directly with the M3’s.
When it comes to filtering, here’s the biggest difference. The blind spot filters on the M3’s isn’t so great. The Radenso’s is better so it will be quieter driving around town. This makes it a huge improvement.
When it comes to RDD immunity, the M3’s are stealth while the Radenso is not. There will be a stealth option down the line, but it will be more expensive than the integrated ALP option.
When it comes to price, the M3’s are a bit cheaper.
The M3’s can also display a signal frequency properly when paired with your phone via bluetooth while the HD+ can’t.
Other than that, the M3’s are a bit cheaper, performance is comparable, and the HD+ offers better blind spot filtering, and the M3’s are stealth to RDD’s.
STi-R Plus Radar Package: $499
9500ci Radar Package: $549
Standalone Radar Detectors compared:
Finally, let’s take a look at how the HD+ will compare once the new CPU comes out and it has GPS. The standalone STi-R Plus, 9500ci, and Stinger VIP all have GPS, so that’s the best comparison. Let’s take a look at retail pricing:
Radenso HD+ single antenna: $899
Radenso HD+ single antenna stealth: $1119
Beltronics STi-R Plus single antenna: $1299
Radenso HD+ dual antenna: $1299
Radenso HD+ dual antenna stealth: $1739
Stinger VIP single antenna: $2790
Stinger VIP dual antenna: $4290
So the single antenna Radenso is cheaper than the Plus and the dual antenna version is the same price as the Plus. The single antenna stealth version of the Radenso also cheaper than the Plus. It’s only when you go for two stealth antennas that you go higher than the price of a Plus, but the only other option for dual stealth antennas is the Stinger VIP which is much more expensive. This pricepoint is what makes the Radenso so appealing.
It performs similar to the Plus, has better filtering, and costs less money. The main advantage of the Plus is that GPS lockouts are totally automatic while on the Radenso they require you to manually lock the signals out.
When you go for the dual stealth antennas to go for the top of the line option, you’re then competing with the Stinger VIP. Yes the Stinger offers even better performance and filtering, but it commands a much higher price too. The Radenso HD+ will be kind of like a cheaper version of the Stinger VIP in this regard, and that’s something we haven’t had before.
This Radenso setup is not yet available, but it should be a strong competitor once it arrives.