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Cobra XRS 9470

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Item #: 079XRS9470
 

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by Dominic Devito
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Cobra's XRS 9470 radar detector provides long-range detection when you're on the road, along with voice alerts that give you an audible layer of protection. You'll instantly hear what kind of signal is being detected so you can make an informed decision. The XRS 9470 tracks multiple safety, laser, and radar bands, and its UltraBright Data Display™ gives you an instant warning of nearby threats. Add in 360-degree laser coverage and alerts for POP instant-on radar, and you can travel with confidence knowing that you'll avoid any unpleasant surprises.

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Advanced radar detector detection
The XRS 9470 also provides complete immunity to VG-2 and Spectre I radar detector detection devices, giving you a heads-up when they're in proximity. Its rugged, compact chassis protects super-fast circuitry that alerts you to upcoming problems well in advance. You can follow the 5-level digital strength signal meter to learn how close you are to the signal's source.

Extra features
You can choose between city and highway modes to keep false alerts to a minimum, or turn on the dim mode to give your eyes a break when driving at night. Want to keep things quiet? The IntelliMute® feature reduces false alerts based on your relative speed, and keeps your detector free from detection.

Highlights:

Protection:
  • detects one safety, 7 radar, and 6 laser bands
  • digital voice and audio tone alerts for radar, laser, and POP
  • city/highway modes
  • 360° laser protection
  • VG-2 and Spectre I immunity and alerts
  • display includes signal strength meter
  • dim and auto-mute/intelligent-mute modes
Specifications:

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Features and Specs
Detection
X Band Radar Yes
K Band Radar Yes
KA Photo Radar Yes
KA Wideband Radar Yes
Laser Yes
Pulse Warning Yes
VG-2 Protection Yes
Display & Alerts
Dimmer Yes
Dark Mode Yes
Visual Alerts Data
Audible Alerts Voice
Mute Yes
Earphone Jack Yes
General
Visor Clip No
Straight Cord No
Coiled Cord Yes
Case Included No
Battery Powered No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • Radar detector
  • Windshield mounting bracket with two suction cups
  • Coiled power cord (18" to approximately 60" length) with a cigarette lighter adapter on one end
  • Self-adhesive Velcro pad
  • Operating Instructions
  • Product registration card
  • Compass information card

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Features

14-Band Radar/Laser Detection: The Cobra XRS 9470 detects 14 bands of radar and laser, including the Safety Alert System:

Radar Laser
X band
K band
Ka Superwide
Ku band
VG-2 (RDD)
Spectre (RDD)
Spectre IV+ (RDD)
LTI 20-20
Ultra-Lyte
ProLaser
ProLaser III
Stalker LIDAR
Speedlaser
 

Safety

Safety Alert Traffic Warning System

XRS Technology: The XRS 9470 is equipped with Xtreme Range Superheterodyne Technology, with super-fast lock-on detection circuitry, to provide extra detection range, and the best possible advance warning to even the fastest radar guns.

UltraBright Data Display: The XRS 9470 is equipped with the UltraBright Data Display for easy recognition of the band detected using band identification icons. You can adjust the intensity of the display using the top mounted Select/Dim button. The detector has a Bright display mode for daytime driving, Dim for dusk driving, and Dark where no visual alerts will be displayed.

Instant On/Pop Mode Alert: The detector is designed to detect Instant-On speed monitoring signals, which suddenly appear at full strength. Pop Alert provides protection against K & Ka Pop mode (single pulse) radar gun signals and provides super-fast, instant-on detection. During a Pop alert, the detector will continue to detect other signals. Note: Radar guns have a much shorter range when in the Pop mode, so appropriate action should be taken immediately whenever a Pop alert is given.

Safety Alert: The Cobra XRS 9470 will give you advanced alert of the presence and/or approach of emergency vehicles, trains, and road hazards from systems equipped with Safety Alert Traffic Warning System transmitters.

Visual Alerts: The display includes the type of signals detected and a numeric indication of the signal strength from 1 (weakest) to 5 (strongest).

Voice Alert: The XRS 9470 has a Voice Alert feature that sounds alerts with a specific voice annunciation of the signal being detected. When Voice Alert is activated, the voice also confirms all user settings when they are changed.

Audio Alerts: The unit will sound alerts and confirm user settings with an audible tone alert. A distinctly different tone is used for each type of signal detected, and with radar bands, the tones will repeat faster as you approach the signal source.

LaserEye: The top-mounted LaserEye provides you with 360° degree detection of laser signals. When mounting the unit, you much make sure the LaserEye has a clear view to the front and rear of the vehicle.

VG-2/Spectre I/IV+ Protection: The XRS 9470 will alert you when VG-2, Spectre I, and the new Spectre IV+ radar detector detection (RDD) are in use near your vehicle. The unit is undetectable by VG-2 and Spectre I devices, but can be spotted by Spectre IV+ RDDs. During an alert, the unit continues to detect other signals. You can choose whether or not you want the unit to show VG-2 and Spectre I and IV+ alerts and whether or not to sound audible alerts.

Easy-Set Programming: Easy-Set Programming gives you quick and easy access to all the settings on the unit. The Menu is divided into two sections:

  • User Settings: City Mode, IntelliMute/IntelliMute Pro, iMute/iMute Pro Activation Set Point, Auto Mute, Voice/Tone Setting, Display Timeout, Restore Factory Settings
  • Alert Settings: Pop Detection, X-band, K-band, Ku-band, VG-2, Spectre I/IV+ Detection, Safety Alert

"System Ready" Prompt: When the unit is first powered on, the detector goes through a series of self tests. If successfully completed, a "System Ready" display prompt occurs and the unit is ready to begin detecting.

Auto/Manual Muting: When Auto Mute is On, the unit automatically reduces the audio volume of all alerts after they have sounded for four seconds. The signals will remain muted for as long as the signal is detected. When manually muting, you must press the Mute button while a signal is being received. This will reduce the volume of the alert in progress. The volume will return to normal for the next signal.

IntelliMute: IntelliMute allows you to avoid alerts you don't need to hear because you are either stopped or moving slowly. By sensing the RPMs of the engine, IntelliMute knows that you are driving at a low speed and automatically mutes all alerts (except for strobe signals from emergency vehicles). You must first set an activation point for your engine's RPMs, and when the revs go below that point, IntelliMute begins muting. Once set, the activation point is stored in memory.

IntelliMute Pro: IntelliMute Pro prevents detection by radar detector detectors (RDDs), such as VG-2, Spectre I and Spectre IV+, when traveling at slower speeds. When IntelliMute Pro is on, and engine RPMs are below the IntelliMute Pro's activation point, the detector's radar detection circuits are turned off to prevent detection by RDDs. In addition, no alerts will be given at RPMs below the activation point.

External Speaker Jack: You can connect an external speaker or earphone if the detector is to be used in an environment with high ambient noise levels. A 2.5mm sub-mini jack is provided.

Mounting: You will get optimum performance from the detector if you mount it at a point approximately in the center of the vehicle, as low as possible on the front windshield without obstructing the view of the road to the front or rear. The detector can be mounted in two ways:

  • Dashboard Mount: Using the supplied Velcro pad, you can attach the detector to the dashboard.
  • Windshield Mount: The supplied windshield mount adheres the detector to the windshield with two suction cups. The angle can be adjusted for best visibility.
 
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5 out of 5

really good radar

Written By mario, tulsa ok on Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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i read the reviews before i bought this radar i notice it had a lot of bad ones but i still gave it a shot and it auctually turn out its a pretty good radar for the price i really happy with it
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

XRS 9470

Written By alex, detroit mi on Thursday, April 26, 2012
 
great radar detector, detects all police radars from a long distance if they have theyr radars are on, it saved me from a ticket 3 times already . it works better than i excepted
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Cobra XRS 9470

Written By LC, Prince George's County, MD on Tuesday, April 03, 2012
 
I bought this radar detector to replace an old Bel unit I had that was unable to detect most of the numerous speed cameras in my area until after I passed them and had been clocked. However, to my disappointment the unit performs the same way as my old Bel. Consequently, I do not trust this unit while I am driving. Moreover, the unit feels really light, empty and cheaply made compared to my old Bel.
Pros:
The price. Volume wheel on the left side is a nice feature.
Cons:
Unreliable. It doesn't detect radar-based speed cameras until they are detecting you.
3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Cobra XRS 9470

Written By jim, weth. ct on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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the detector is great but the coard is too short I use it in a GMC pickup truck
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2 out of 5

cobra xrs9470 radar detector

Written By gary, houston on Friday, February 03, 2012
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Detector did not go off when I went by numerous Houston police cars set up to catch speeders
Cons:
Does not monitor all radar bands used by police
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4 out of 5

Cobra XRS 9470

Written By Terry, Tennessee on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Good improvements over previous Cobra I owned. The suction cup attachments could use some re engineering. The cord is small to go from centrally located electric source to left side of windshield where it is more hidden.
Pros:
Good electronics. Minimal false alarms, good city switch. Good display.
Cons:
Poor accessories. Suction cups and power cord.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

best for the price

Written By Gary, Madison, WI on Saturday, August 20, 2011
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I've owned 8 detectors over the past 25 years, up grading every few years to keep up the latest radar gun advances. It's no surprise that this Cobra is the best I've had... its the newest! I've extensively compared value and this is the best in the current market (Aug. 2011).
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The new Cobra

Written By Rob in NC, Just south of Raleigh on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Excellent product. Was bought to replace my old Bel detector.
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