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Whistler XTR-695SE

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by Dominic Devito

Step up to the versatility of Whistler's XTR-695SE radar/laser detector. It combines Whistler's high-performance features with reliable protection against all commonly used radar bands, including X, K, laser, and Pop™ Mode. The 695SE's Ka Max mode offers even more added protection against this commonly used radar band. Plus, you get the reassurance of a 3-year warranty.

Audio and visual alerts
You can set the display so that each type of radar triggers a different color alert — up to 7 different colors. Or just set the display to match your car's interior lighting at all times. Twin top-mounted LEDs blink to alert you to the presence of laser, radar, or SWS signals in the vicinity. Also, selectable voice alerts relate Safety Warning System messages, confirm which feature you've selected, and tell you which type of radar or laser you're encountering.

Reduced false alerts
Whistler's latest circuitry helps reduce the annoyance of false alerts. The XTR-695SE's Ka Max mode provides extra long-distance protection, and when Ka band radar is detected, the detector separates real threats from probable false alarms by identifying the frequency. This detector can also tell the difference between police laser and the laser emitted by airports or certain vehicles. You can also set the XTR-695SE to ignore false alarms that occur every day in the same spot on your commute, and you can choose between three city modes to reduce false alarms in populated areas.

More useful features
The bright text display keeps you informed with easy-to-read messages, and you'll appreciate the "Dim" and "Dark" modes for night time driving. If you're experiencing driver fatigue, the Stay Alert™ feature will help keep you awake by making you press a button at a regular interval until you can pull off the road.

A built-in 72-point digital compass keeps you oriented throughout your journeys. This detector will shut down automatically 3 hours after turning off your car to guard against a dead battery.

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Highlights:

  • radar/laser detector
  • suction-cup mount windshield bracket kit
  • power cord
  • backlit LCD text display with 7 selectable colors
  • 72-point digital compass
  • low profile periscopes — top-mounted LEDs blink to alert you
  • headphone jack
Protection:
  • selectable real voice alerts (and digital audio tone alerts) for radar, laser, POP, pulse, and strobe/safety alerts
  • Ka Max mode offers superior range and sensitivity for detecting Ka band
  • 3 city sensitivity modes
  • 360° laser protection
  • exclusive radar and laser signature ID (separates real threats from false alerts)
  • patented POP™ mode detection
  • dim/dark modes
Specifications:

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Features and Specs
Detection
X Band Radar
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Yes
K Band Radar
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Yes
KA Photo Radar
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Yes
KA Wideband Radar
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Yes
Laser
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Front/Rear
Pulse Warning
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Yes
VG-2 Protection
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No
Display & Alerts
Dimmer
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Yes
Dark Mode
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Yes
Visual Alerts
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Digital
Audible Alerts
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Yes
Mute
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Yes
Earphone Jack
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Yes
General
Visor Clip
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No
Straight Cord
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5'
Coiled Cord
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No
Case Included
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No
Battery Powered
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No
Parts Warranty
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3 Years
Labor Warranty
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3 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Radar detector
  • Windshield mounting bracket
  • 2 Suction cups
  • Rubber bumper
  • 5' Straight power cord with a cigarette lighter adapter on one end
  • Owner's Manual

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Features

Radar/Laser Detection: The Whistler XTR-695SE detects the following bands of radar and laser:

  • X Band (10.500-10.550 GHz)
  • K Band (24.050-24.250 GHz)
  • Ka Superwideband (33.400-36.000 GHz)
  • Laser
  • Safety Warning System (SWS)

Front/Rear Laser Detection: The unit is equipped with a high-gain optical lens on the front panel for increased sensitivity and field of view for leading-edge laser detection. On the rear is an integrated optical waveguide for superior detection of laser signals transmitted from behind.

Signal Identifiers: Two signal identifiers, Ka RSID and LSID, help further identify threats from the Ka band and Laser guns:

  • Ka RSID: The Ka Radar Signal Identifier (Ka RSID) helps to accurately identify valid police radar frequencies and eliminate the likelihood of a Ka false alert from another source. Ka RSID will educate you to the common Ka speed radar guns by displaying the nominal police radar frequencies of 33.8 GHz, 34.0 GHz, 34.3 GHz, 34.7 GHz, and 35.5 GHz. The Ka alerts that do not fall into these frequencies will be reported only as Ka.
  • LSID: The Laser Signal Identifier (LSID) can identify the laser gun's pulse rate or PPS (pulses per second). Common Laser PPS rates used in the US are 100, 125, 130, 200, 238, and 380 Hz. The rate of 600 Hz is sometimes used outside of the US. LSID can also be used to identify other forms of laser sources such as LACC (Laser Assisted Cruise Control) used in some high-end vehicles. As the Laser PPS information is displayed, you can identify and lock out PPS rates that are due to non-police speed laser use. Once locked out, any new encounter with the same Laser Signature ID will provide the display information and two quick beeps.

Ka Max Mode: The Ka Max mode provides enhanced Ka sensitivity for increased protection. This mode can be selected with or without RSID.

POP Mode: POP Mode is featured on some newer radar guns operating on K and Ka bands. When the gun is in POP mode and activated, a brief burst of energy (less than 1/15th of a second) is transmitted, and the vehicle's speed is quickly acquired. This unit has a patented POP Mode protection, and will display an alert as it would a regular radar alert.

Pulse Alerts: Pulse (or Instant-On radar) is more difficult to detect than conventional radar because if remains off until activated to measure the speed of a targeted vehicle. When Pulse transmissions are detected, the unit will sound an urgent 3-second audio warning and display "PULSE".

Safety Warning System Alert: The Whistler XTR-695SE 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.

Stay Alert Feature: The Stay Alert Feature is designed to test a driver's alertness. When engaged, the unit will sound two beeps every 30-60 seconds, and the driver must press specific buttons within 3-5 seconds to show alertness. If the driver fails to respond properly, an alarm sounds and the display shows "Get Rest".

Display: The XTR-695SE has a 7-color backlit LCD text display which provides distinct visual confirmation of signals detected, signal strength, and indicates engaged modes of operation in 7 colors. The unit can be set so that each band alert can be shown in a different color or scroll all colors while alarming.

Visual Alerts: In addition to the digital display, the unit's Low Profile Alert Periscopes provide an added attention-getting visual alert. The two extra LEDs flash on and off when the unit alarms to provide a unique visual alert. You can set the unit to flash for all alarms, remain on or remain off.

Integrated Real Voice: The built-in Real Voice is used to announce band identification, safety warning system messages, and feature selections. The Real Voice can be turned off, if desired.

Audio Alerts: The unit will also 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.

Quiet/Auto Quiet Modes: Quiet Mode cancels audio during an alert and any new alert within 20 seconds. After 20 seconds of no radar signal detected, the audio alerts are restored. The Auto Quiet mode reduces the selected audio level to Level 1 approximately 5 seconds after a radar or safety radar signal is detected.

Self Test: When the unit is first powered on, the detector goes through a series of self tests to confirm that the speaker and visual displays are functional.

City/Highway Modes: Whistler's Three Stage City mode is designed to reduce the annoyance of automatic door openers, intrusion alarms, and other devices that share frequencies with police radar (generally X-band). You can set the unit to any of two City modes and a Highway mode. City Mode 1 operates with a lowered sensitivity for X band, City Mode 2 operates with no X-band detection, and the Highway mode is the normal mode with full X-band detection.

Filter Modes: At times, a radar detector in another vehicle will unintentionally emit a frequency that will cause your detector to falsely alarm. The filter modes provide additional signal processing to minimize the occurrence of false alarms. Filter modes operate in Highway Mode, and all City Modes.

72-Point Electronic Compass: The XTR-695SE includes a 72-point electronic compass that automatically provides an accurate direction reading. In the Combo display mode, the unit will provide both compass headings as well as detects radar/laser signals. You can also set the unit to compass mode, and no detection of police radar/laser is performed. The compass must go through a calibration sequence before use.

Vehicle Battery Monitor: The vehicle's battery voltage can be displayed by pressing two buttons simultaneously. This allows you to monitor the battery voltage and take corrective action should the voltage get too low.

Vehicle Battery Saver Mode: The Vehicle Battery Saver mode automatically shuts off the detector after 3 hours. The timer is reset if the detector is turned off, unplugged, or any button is pressed before the timer has expired. If the unit has automatically turned off, it can be turned back on immediately with the press of any button.

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.

Intellicord Ready: Whistler's optional Intellicord power cable allows some models to control the detector's features such as power on/off, city modes, dim/dark and quiet/auto quiet modes with a simple press of the button on the power cable. The XTR-695SE is compatible with the optional Intellicord.

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 using the supplied windshield suction cup mount.

 
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Whistler XTR-695SE

Written By Anonymous, NYC on Friday, September 18, 2009
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Works really well. Slightly high amount of false k/ka in the city but nothing that would bother me too much. The auto volume needs to wait longer before returning to full volume.

Once out on the road, can usually detect and ID radar from over a mile away through rolling hills. 2+ miles otherwise.

Customizable colors are nice to have in addition to the voice alerts.

LCD is hard to read under full sunlight.

Unit is black, so little glare on windshield.

Mounting bracket easy to install but hard to take the unit off it while leaving the suction cups attached.

Works best in small towns where cops literally stalk you to get tickets $$$. Must've gotten me out of 2-3 tickets already in 3 weeks.
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