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Cobra DSP 9200 BT

Smartphone-compatible radar detector

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Our take on the Cobra DSP 9200 BT

I've got a healthy fear of anything that might make my car insurance rates go up, so a radar detector seems like a natural solution. Unfortunately, I live in the one state in the country where they're illegal, but Cobra's DSP 9200 BT radar detector would make a good candidate for a trip outside of Virginia — with its digital signal processing and smartphone compatibility, it seems ready to keep me abreast of what's happening along the the road ahead.

Radar protection with a digital upgrade

I've got a healthy fear of anything that might make my car insurance rates go up, so a radar detector seems like a natural solution. Unfortunately, I live in the one state in the country where they're illegal, but Cobra's DSP 9200 BT radar detector would make a good candidate for a trip outside of Virginia — with its digital signal processing and smartphone compatibility, it seems ready to keep me abreast of what's happening along the the road ahead.

Cobra DSP 9200 BT radar detector

Cobra's most advanced detector

The DSP 9200 BT boasts completely digital circuitry and signal processing, for long-range detection and quick alerts that'll have you aware in a jiffy. Digital signal processing quickly compares detected radar signals with known radar gun signatures, so you'll have instant information about what threats lie ahead. It'll cover you across multiple radar and laser bands. And this compact detector's color OLED screen shows you everything you need to know with exceptionally readable graphics and alphanumeric characters.

Cobra claims the DSP 9200 BT is their smallest detector yet, and it'll fit comfortably into most pockets. In addition to the standard suction-cup windshield mount, Cobra also includes a handy dual-lock permanent mount for those who want to make this detector a fixture in their vehicle.

Fewer false alarms

False alarms can render even the best radar detectors nearly worthless. The DSP 9200 BT's digital signal processing quickly rejects false signals from multiple sources, including traffic flow sensors and vehicle collision avoidance systems, so you can be sure when you get an alert it's the real thing. You can adjust sensitivity for city or highway travel to reduce false alarms, or turn on the detector's AutoCity mode for automatic switching between highway and city modes based on your speed and other information the detector gets from your smartphone.

Incorporate your smartphone...

Just download the free Cobra iRadar app from Google Play or the iTunes® App Store — the detector links to the app through your smartphone's Bluetooth. You can then view all alerts and functions on your smartphone's display or on the detector's color screen, including signal strength, settings adjustment, and alert history.

You'll also have warnings for verified speed and red-light camera enforcement locations across the United States, courtesy of Cobra's AURA camera database. The detector also tells you about upcoming caution areas with high accident rates, and areas of photo enforcement. The app offers a speedometer and compass to help you keep track of your velocity and bearings when connected to the detector.

Note: In-app purchases may be required to take advantage of some of the free iRadar app's offerings, including the AURA camera database. 

...while keeping it out of sight

You can view all the great features of the iRadar app on the DSP 9200 BT's color OLED screen, so you won't have to worry about mounting your phone in a convenient location before you hit the road. The detector displays location-based alert types with easy-to-understand symbols.

Engage with the Cobra iRadar Community

Millions of other drivers are using the iRadar app on their smartphone as they travel, so why not use their information to help yourself? iRadar users can tag detected radar signals or enforcement areas on their own phones, and those locations are uploaded to Cobra's central server. Your app then can incorporate those tagged locations into its own maps and give you a heads-up when you're approaching them.

Sound and sight options

The DSP 9200 BT features voice alerts, which audibly inform you of which specific band is detected. Several different mute options allow you to hear what you want, when you want. The audio signals will come in loud and clear through the detector's built-in speaker, and you'll hear escalating alerts as you approach the source of the signal.

The detector's frequency display mode shows exact frequencies of alerts, while adanced frequency display mode delivers a graphical representation of signal frequency, SSM levels, and center frequency, for those who need the most information right away. Multi-color threat level indicator gives you a sense of the severity of detected signals. You can take advantage of the detector's four dimness settings to save your eyes when driving at night, and turn on the screen saver to prolong the life of the display.

Invisible to most radar detector detectors

The DSP 9200 BT offers complete immunity to VG-2 and Spectre I radar detector detection devices, warning you when they're in proximity. You can follow the digital strength signal meter to learn how close you are to the signal's source, and what kind of threat you're facing.

More benefits of the Cobra iRadar app

You can have the app remember where you parked your car so you can find it after you've spent time at a big shopping mall, amusement park, or sporting event. And select A/V receivers from JVC will allow you to see the display of the iRadar app on the receiver's screen when the receiver's in "App Link Mode."

Sorry, but we cannot ship radar detectors to Virginia or the District of Columbia.

What's in the Box:

  • Radar detector
  • DC power adapter with attached 70" cord and Mini-B USB terminal (5V 2A)
  • Windshield mount with two 1" suction cups
  • Dash mount with attached hook-and-loop pad
  • Self-adhesive hook-and-loop pad
  • Hard storage case
  • Operating Instructions
  • Product Registration

Product Highlights:

  • radar detector with Bluetooth connectivity
  • dual lock permanent mount, suction-cup mount windshield bracket kit and hook-and-loop fastener
  • straight power cord and travel case
  • color OLED graphic display
  • detects 3 radar bands and 6 laser bands
  • digital signal processing for long-range protection and false alert elimination
  • voice and audio tone alerts for radar, laser, and POP
  • 4 city modes
  • 360° laser protection
  • VG-2 and Spectre I immunity and alerts
  • Spectre IV+ alerts
  • display includes signal strength meter, plus two frequency display modes
  • dim/dark and auto-mute modes
  • SpeedMute suppresses audible alerts based on vehicle speed
  • rejects false signals from vehicle collision avoidance systems and roadside traffic flow sensors
  • Cobra iRadar app
    • available free through Google Play or iTunes App Store (in-app purchase required for some features)
    • connects to DPS 9200 BT detector via Bluetooth
    • provides warnings for speed and red-light cameras, photo enforcement areas, known speed trap areas, and caution areas through Cobra's AURA database
    • car finder
    • speedometer and compass

Cobra DSP 9200 BT Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Great Radar Detector/No false alerts

Rick from Portsmouth, RI on 2/17/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I recently purchased the Cobra 9200 BT radar detector, to replace my Cobra SPX 7800 BT detector. The main reason I bought the new one, was to filter out all the false alerts I was getting with the SPX unit. I would get false KA alerts, and train alerts all the time on the highway. The new DSP unit filters out all the false KA alerts, and all the false train alerts. Now when it goes off, so far, it has been a police car. This gives me a lot more confidence in the detector. It also has an app for my iPhone that connects to the unit and notifies me of safety cameras, red light cameras, and speed traps. If your older detector is driving you nuts chirping for the whole trip, I highly recommend investing in the DSP unit. So far, it's been dead on.

Pros: Very small, inconspicuous unit. Has many nice features when connected to the iRadar app. Only chirps when there's a real alert. Detects radar from a long way off, giving you time to slow down.

Cons: None


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Features and Specs

X Band Radar Yes
K Band Radar Yes
KA Photo Radar Yes
KA Wideband Radar Yes
Laser 360 Degree
Pulse Warning Yes
VG-2 Protection Yes
Display & Alerts
Dimmer Yes
Dark Mode Yes
Visual Alerts OLED
Audible Alerts Tone+Vox
Mute Yes
Earphone Jack No
Visor Clip No
Straight Cord Yes
Coiled Cord No
Case Included Yes
Battery Powered No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Cobra DSP 9200 BT is an advanced radar/laser detector in an incredibly small package. With built-in Bluetooth and the free Cobra iRadar app, you can share threats from your protector with other users, and receive location information from others, for speed/red light/camera and speed traps. Equipped with the latest technology, and digital signal processing (DSP), the DSP 9200 BT's powerful CPU can provide extended detection range, quicker warning times, and greater accuracy over previous models.

Radar/Laser Detection: The DSP 9200 BT detects X, K, and Ka band radar signals, as well as many different types of Laser signals (with 360° detection). Cobra's powerful servers and complex algorithms take massive amounts of historical user data and distill it into a threat level. When connected to the iRadar app, the detector's display will change color to match the severity and urgency of the threat level: Blue=Low Threat, Orange=Medium Threat, and Red=High Threat level.

LaserEye: The DSP 9200 BT's LaserEye provides you with 360° degree detection of laser signals. When mounting the unit, you must make sure the LaserEye has a clear view to the front and rear of the vehicle.

OLED Display: The DSP 9200 BT is equipped with a 1.5" full color Organic LED display with bright graphics and clear text. You can adjust the intensity of the display using the top mounted "Dim" button in 4 levels (Bright, Dim, Dimmer, Dark).

Visual Alerts: The text display includes the type of signals detected and a numeric as well as vertical bar indication of the signal strength from one bar (weakest) to five bars (strongest).

Voice or Tone Alerts: The unit will sound alerts and confirm user settings with an audible alert. You can choose either Voice or Tone alerts. In Voice Alert mode, you will first hear several tones, then a voice announcing the type of signal detected, followed by more tones.  In Tone Alert mode, only the tones will be heard. 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 Drive and Auto Mute: Quiet Drive is a muted drive mode for times when a driver wants less audible feedback. It must be turn on each time the detector is powered on. Auto Mute, when enabled, automatically reduces the volume of all alerts after 4 seconds. The signals will remain muted for as long as the signal is detected.

Cobra iRadar App: Cobra iRadar is a large community-based radar/laser/camera detection system. When linked to the Cobra iRadar detector via Bluetooth Smart, users can share and receive alerts in real time from other iRadar users. The Cobra iRadar app is compatible with iPhone 4S and later, and requires iOS 6.0 or later. It is also compatible with Android smartphones running Android OS 2.3.3 or higher. Cobra iRadar provides the following features:

  • Provides alerts from and access to AURA, Cobra's exclusive and 100% verified camera and driving hazard database of red-light cameras, known speed traps, and dangerous intersections.
  • Displays live radar and laser alert information from all iRadar users.
  • Allows you to submit and receive locations of live police, red light cameras, speed cameras, and caution areas from other members of the iRadar community.
  • View alert history on the radar map view.
Note: Subscription charges are required within the iRadar app for access to the Cobra iRadar Center ($4.99/month, $13.99/quarterly, or $49.99/annually) and AURA Live ($2.99/month, $7.99/quarterly, or $29.99/annually).

Pairing: Once the Cobra iRadar App is downloaded to your smartphone and the unit powered on, the iRadar unit will appear in your phone's Bluetooth settings menu. The detector's LED will flash blue during pairing and will turn solid blue when pairing is completed.

Compass: The DSP 9200 BT features an 8-point GPS Compass to give you an accurate direction heading when connected to your iOS/Android smartphone via the Cobra iRadar App.

False Alerts Immunity: The unit provides immunity to false alerts from other vehicle's Collision Avoidance Systems (CAS), which use radar signals and could trigger false alerts. It also rejects false alerts from Traffic Flow Sensors.

VG-2/Spectre I/IV+ Protection: The DSP 9200 BT will alert you when VG-2, Spectre I and IV+ radar detector detection (RDD) is 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.

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 hook-and-loop 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.

Power Requirements: The DSP 9200 BT comes with a DC power adapter ("cigarette lighter adapter") with a 70" cord. The DC plug has a Type A USB port that can be used to power or charge your smartphone while you power the radar detector.

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Bluetooth connection to smartphone and also a full OLED display. Also because of the multiple systems it can detect. [ J  Feb 29, 2016 ]

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