Sunday, May 17, 2020

Cobra Elite Road Scout 2 In 1 Radar Detector and HD Dashcam Review

If you are like me and suffer from what I call lead foot syndrome, a radar detector can help. If you are also concerned about security, a dash cam could also be desirable. But having multiple devices on your dash could make it look cluttered. Cobra is here to help. Enter the Cobra Elite Road Scout. It is a 2 in 1 radar detector and dash cam, with a $449 MSRP.

Features and specs:

Item #:  0181000-0

Unit Dimensions:   4.38” L x 4.25” W x 1.63” H

Unit Weight:  8.0 oz

Radar Detector Type:


Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Dash Camera

Max Video Resolution: 1080p Full HD

Sensor: Sony Exmor

Processor: Ambarella A12

microSD Card Size: 16GB (Expandable to 32GB)

Field of View: 154°

Video Format: .MOV

Input: MicroUSB

Operating Bands:

X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz

K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz

Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz

Laser 904nm, 33 MHz Bandwidth

Display Type

Graphic Multi-Color LCD

Bar Graph

Frequency Display

5 Levels of Brightness with Full Dark Mode


12VDC, Negative Ground

SmartCord USB Included



The Cobra Elite Road Scout came in a nice looking color printed box with photos and specs of the device. Opening the box revealed a well protected device held in a nice hard zipper case. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic. Quality of the materials used was excellent, as was the fit and finish. The Cobra Elite Road Scout is a premium product and it shows. Also included was a hard zipper case, windshield mount, power cord, USB cord, micro USB Cord and owner’s manual.

I love the design of the Cobra Elite Road Scout. It takes a radar detector and dash cam and combines them into one device. And you get advanced features for each functionality. So now you can have both a radar detector and dash cam with just one device on your dash. And for potential use in multiple vehicles, it also comes with a hard zipper case. The magnetic mount is awesome!

The Cobra Elite Road Scout is an advanced radar detector, with premium features. Sure it had long range radar detection, with multiple frequencies and radar type detection, and protects against false alerts. It also has built-in GPS. Thanks to the built-in GPS, and the built-in database, there are alerts for red light and speed cameras. It will even display your current speed. And Cobra has a defender subscription to keep the database updated. There’s even wi-fi and Bluetooth built in.

For use as a dashcam, the Cobra Elite Road Scout has you covered there as well. Videos are recorded in high definition 1080P, and the camera is optimized for both day and night recording. The built-in G- sensor provides input detection. Thanks to wi-fi built in, you can even connect to it through your smartphone using Cobra’s app to view videos. And thru the wi-fi connection and GPS it can even have your location, date, and time embedded into your videos. It even records audio.

Cobra didn’t stop with the advances features. They also made the Cobra Elite Road Scout easy to use. Only the power button is located on top. Everything else is located on the front. On the left side are buttons for mute, sensitivity and brightness. On the right is the mark button and rotary dial. The design and layout of the buttons is really simple to use and easy to learn. And I love the Cobra app that you can download onto your phone, to control the video and alerts in real time. Now let’s see how it works.

Installation was really easy. I absolutely love the magnetic windshield mount. The suction cup is strong, holding it firmly onto the glass. The bottom of the mount is a magnet, and the top of the Road Scout also has a magnet. Just set the Road Scout close to the magnet and it gets sucked into place. Installing the app on my LG ThinQ V40 smartphone was easy, and so was registering the Road Scout on Cobra’s website. Registering the Cobra Road Scout will get you 90 days free of the Defender Database service. This updates the location of red light cameras and speed cameras. Both of the iRadar and Drive HD apps were also very easy to download and get setup with the Road Scout. Following the well written and easy to follow app was a sinch. The iRadar app was really cool. I love the way you can use it to send updates, such as if there is a new speed trap. And the Drive HD app was also equally cool. Open the app, and you can see in realtime the image that the camera sees. You can also manage the video on the Road Scout; genius!

I also love the design of the Cobra Road Scout. The color LCD display was nice and bright and easy to see in the daylight. Other than the power button on the top, all of the buttons are on the front. And I LOVE the rotary knob as well, such as controlling volume. A rotary knob is found on so many different devices. But finding a rotary knob on a radar detector…my mind was blown!  Genius again!

The Cobra Road Scout performed in spades. I was working with the apps, not paying attention, when the radar detector went off. About a quarter mile further up the road there he was. I think it saved me a ticket! There were a few times that it went off, and I could see the highway patrolman. Only one time did it go off and I couldn’t see him. But it does have a really good range, so it’s possible that I could not see him. It’s performance against false alarms appears to be very good. The built-in GPS worked very well. It displayed my current speed which matched pretty close to the speed on the speedometer, only off by 1mph. And when I went over the set max speed, I got a verbal warning from the Road Scout that I was exceeding the set speed. It truly is a Road Scout!

The video performance of the built-in dash cam was also very good.  It recorded very well onto the included microSD card.  And thru the app I was able to view my video content.  It was easy to see the resolution provided with the 1080P video.  I clicked on a couple of the prerecorded videos thru the app.  One of them was a little glitchy and didn’t do a good recording, which can happen on any device.  But the others worked great.  The resolution was great, enabling me to see everything in front of me.  And the colors looked great with good color saturation. Night images can be very difficult to record.  But I was able to again see everything in front of me in good resolution, with no image noise. I was also impressed with the field of view that was recorded, giving a nice wide field of view in front of me.  At night it recorded well the entire area in front of me that was directly lit with my headlights.  When you got out of the headlights, you started to lose details until it was blackness, which again is expected. I had forgotten about the audio recording, as it was funny hearing the music playing in the background or the conversations I had on the phone or with my family passengers.  The mic did a great job recording the conversations in the cabin.

At the end of the day, I was pleasantly unsurprised by the performance of the Cobra Road Scout which is probably one of the best compliments to give. Cobra has a strong reputation for high quality products, and it’s nice to see them not just sitting on their laurels. With an MSRP of $449, it’s not for everyone. But for its rock solid performance, and ultra cool advanced functionality though the two apps, it’s worth every penny. Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Cobra Elite Road Scout has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Artison Introduces Next Generation Architectural Subwoofers



Artison Introduces Next Generation Architectural Subwoofers



Hyannis, MA. May 14th, 2020 — Artison®, a Savant company dedicated to the design of premium performance architectural loudspeakers, has unveiled two new models of next generation Reactance Cancelling Configuration (RCC) architectural subwoofers. Building upon Artison's past performance and innovations, the Mark II series of RCC subwoofers offer increased output levels, exceptional dynamics, lower distortion, and a significant increase in efficiency.  


RCC160 MKII In-ceiling Subwoofer (pair)

Designed to deliver exceptionally and evenly distributed bass reinforcement from the ceiling, the Artison RCC160 MKII provides a balanced, blended audio experience utilizing multiple points of sound. The RCC160 MKII is a perfect fit for active entertainment spaces such as great rooms, where integrators must deliver superior sound even as people move throughout the space.


When the RCC160 MKII is coupled with Savant's Micro Aperture in-ceiling speakers, this outstanding full-range loudspeaker combination delivers a musical soundscape that is rich in dynamics and detail, plus delivers a perfect grille match required by top architects and specifiers. The square and round grilles are just 4.65 inches in diameter and are a perfect match for Savant’s Micro Aperture speaker family as well as USAI Lighting Recess 4.5 fixtures, delivering a visually clean ceiling that includes subwoofers, speakers and lighting fixtures. Also included, the rectangular grille is designed to blend in with in-ceiling HVAC registers when applicable. Each RCC160 MKII aluminum enclosure features two 4-inch by 6-inch drivers generating the approximate surface area of an 8-inch circular woofer from an impressively small package.     


RCC320 Mark II In-wall/In-ceiling Subwoofer

Designed for both in-wall and in-ceiling installations, the Artison RCC320 MKII delivers even greater output, perfect for dedicated music or theater rooms. The RCC320 MKII employs four 4-inch by 6-inch subwoofer drivers per unit in an extruded aluminum enclosure perfectly engineered for tight spaces, with easy pre-construction or retrofit installation into a standard 2 x 4 stud bay. The Artison RCC320 MKII can be specified with a discrete speaker grille or an HVAC-style ceiling grille. For installations that require stacked pairs of RCC320 MKII’s, a single double-length discrete speaker grill can be ordered.


Efficient Amplification

Rated at 1000 watts, the RCC1000-SA DSP-enabled amplifier is powerful and features all-new firmware that was developed specifically for the Mark II series subwoofers. The 1U digital amplifier can drive up to four RCC320 MKII or eight RCC 160 MKII simultaneously, making installations featuring multiple subwoofers both cost and space-efficient on a per-zone basis.

“As we acknowledged the changing ways that families interact within their homes, which include more active spaces that require excellent sound reproduction, we were challenged to develop a low-frequency driver that not only fit into small spaces but also delivered twice the acoustical output, twice the excursion, and twice the sensitivity of previous solutions,” explained Artison founder Cary Christie explained. “With the MK II series subwoofers, we surpassed every preconception of what we had thought was possible."


About Reactance Cancelling Configuration (RCC) Technology

In 2005, Artison was the first to market with Reactance Cancelling Configuration (RCC) Technology simply designed against Newton’s law that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  In subwoofers, the motion of the driver’s cone creates an opposite force that is a common cause of vibration distortion present in conventional subwoofers. Artison's RCC configuration places an equal number of electrically in-phase drivers opposing one another so that the reactance forces from each driver mechanically cancel themselves, eliminating unwanted distortion.


RCC160 MKII or RCC320 MKII subwoofers are available to order now on the Savant Store, for information on becoming a direct dealer contact Steve Silberman at 


About Artison

Founded in 2003 and known for countless architectural loudspeaker innovations, Artison’s mission is to create visually unobtrusive loudspeakers that deliver the most accurate and involving experience for music and movie playback while holding the need for aesthetic integration to the highest standard. It is through the understanding of physics and acoustical science that we achieve this perfect balance.


About Savant: Savant Systems, LLC, a recognized leader in the smart lighting, audio and energy automation categories, is one of the fastest-growing smart home companies in the luxury and mid-markets. Savant’s powerful Pro technology brings together the four pillars of automation – climate, lighting, entertainment and energy – together in a single application interface for the homeowner. This comprehensive whole-home control system, available through iOS and Android, delivers the premiere experience in all of home automation and is available through Magnolia Design Centers and Savant’s global network of Authorized Integrators. Learn more at 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

CAKE and Polestar Announce Expanded Brand Partnership

CAKE and Polestar Announce Expanded Brand Partnership
CAKE and Polestar Announce Expanded Brand Partnership

The electric vehicle brands strengthen their relationship

CAKE, the Swedish manufacturer of lightweight electric motorcycles, and Polestar, the electric performance automobile brand owned by Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding, today announced an expanded brand partnership to showcase CAKE’s electric motorcycles into Polestar’s showrooms in Europe, to start with.

The two Swedish companies began collaborating in 2019 when the CEOs of both organizations recognized the shared brand values of their businesses. Scandinavian design, electric powertrains, and a new take on marketing, brand, and retail are just a few of the similarities that made both companies eager to collaborate.

“Polestar feels a kinship with CAKE, sharing both a belief in redefining performance and a passion for design. Our desire to help create an electrified and emission-free future is a clear bridge between us,” commented Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath.

CAKE will collaborate with Polestar for events and customer interactions, affording both brands the opportunity to reach new audiences and to drive an exchange around a new, more sustainable future in which electric transportation serves a central role.

“The motorcycle industry is undergoing a similar shift towards electrification as the automotive industry. And with respect to those shifts, CAKE is ahead of the curve,” remarked CAKE founder and CEO, Stefan Ytterborn. “CAKE urges people to explore with respect and speed up the transition towards a zero-emission society. We feel our high-tech bikes, with a beautiful design, inspired people to do exactly that.”

About Polestar

Polestar is the electric performance car brand jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding. Polestar enjoys specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefits from significant economies of scale as a result. This facilitates the successful design, development and production of separately-branded, electric performance cars. Polestar launched in 2017 with the Polestar 1 – a low-volume Electric Performance Hybrid GT with 609 hp, 1,000 Nm and an electric-only range of 124 km (WLTP) – the longest of any hybrid car in the world. In 2019, the Polestar 2 was revealed as the company’s first full electric, higher volume premium car. In the future, Polestar 3 will join the portfolio as a fully electric performance SUV.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020




Featuring Two CES Innovation Award Winners, New Sound Bar Lineup Delivers Immersive Experience of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X


ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., May 4, 2020 LG Electronics USA announced pricing and availability of its 2020 sound bar lineup led by the award-winning premium LG SN11RG and SN9YG, recognized as CES 2020 Innovation Award winners for their enhanced sound quality and usability.


Featuring advanced audio performance, with Meridian sound technology, easy connectivity, smart functionality and sleek designs that integrate perfectly with the stunning LG OLED and LG NanoCell 4K and 8K UHD TVs, the new sound bar lineup is the most immersive home theater experience ever offered by LG. Available through U.S. retailers nationwide starting this month, the 2020 lineup is composed of eight models ranging from 380 to 770 watts.


Five new premium models (SN11RG, SN10YG, SN9YG, SN8YG & SN7Y) combine Meridian sound technology, Dolby Atmos, DTS-X and HiRes Audio (up to 24bit, 192KHz) for highly-realistic audio performance making any content-viewing or listening experience far more immersive. These sound bars all incorporate up-firing speakers to deliver a 360-degree sound experience. The flagship SN11RG even includes separate rear surround speakers with up-firing drivers to further enhance the experience. LG’s long-standing collaboration with Meridian Audio drives the audio quality of these models to new heights using technologies that combine advanced signal processing and refined hardware design resulting in an expanded soundstage with greater height, width and depth. These models also include 4K HDR pass through via HDMI.


The SN8YG, SN9YG, SN10YG & SN11RG also feature advanced connectivity through eARC, allowing for easy connection, better sound quality and convenient control with the TV remote. AI Room Calibration uses spatial awareness technology to measure your room's unique acoustic characteristics. It then balances the sound bar’s audio settings to the environment for immersive sound with a more accurate sweet spot, heard as it was meant to be — naturally and accurately. With the Google Assistant built-in, these four models also offer the convenience of AI smart connectivity and voice recognition without  the need for an extra device..


Other 2020 LG sound bar models in the lineup offer a wide variety of sizes, power output, attractive design and great sound quality to fit the need for enhanced audio in any room or for any screen size. All 2020 LG sound bars are compatible with the optional SPK8 Wireless Rear Speaker Kit, for an easy and convenient way to add rear surround channels without the hassle of running wires to the back of the room.






2020 LG Sound Bar Models

770 W, 7.1.4 ch. High Res Audio Sound Bar
with Dolby Atmos and Surround Speakers
Available May

570W, 5.1.2 ch. Hi-Res Audio Sound Bar
with Meridian, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos
and Google Assistant
Available May
520W, 5.1.2 ch. Hi-Res Audio Sound Bar
with Dolby Atmos and Google Assistant
Available May
440W, 3.1.2 ch. Sound Bar
with Meridian, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
and Google Assistant 
Available May

380W, 3.1.2 ch. Sound Bar
with Meridian, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
and Hi-Res Audio
Available June
429W, 3.1ch. Hi-Res Audio Sound Bar
with DTS Virtual:X
Available Now
400W, 2.1 ch. Hi-Res Audio Sound Bar
with DTS Virtual:X
Available Now
2 ch. Rear Speaker Kit
Available Now


For more information on LG’s 2020 sound bar lineup, visit


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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Cobra 75 WX ST Remote Mount Full Featured CB Radio Review

When it comes to Cobra Electronics, it’s easy to think of their excellent line of radar detectors. But they are more than radar detectors. They also have quality CB radios. Like other quality manufactures, they have tried to stay current with consumer needs. An excellent example of that is their Cobra 75 WX ST. MSRP is only $129.95.

Features and specs:

Weight:  1 lb. (453.59g)

Height:  4.25" (10.79cm)

Width:  2.75" (6.98cm)

Depth:  1.90" (4.82cm)\


Remote Mount System - Allows convenient dashboard installation.

SoundTracker® System - Cuts noise up to 90 percent for clearer communication.

NOAA Weather & Emergency Radio - Be prepared for storms and emergencies with built-in NOAA radio receiver.

Illuminated LCD Display - For bright and clear visibility of display.

Instant Channel 9/19 - Immediate access to emergency channel 9 or information channel 19.

The Cobra 75 WX ST came in a great looking color printed box with images and specs of the product. Opening the box revealed a well protected product held in place by custom molded cardboard. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic with some metal. Quality of materials, as well as the fit and finish was very good. It felt like a well made product in hand. Included was the hand held mic, connector box, installation hardware, and owner’s manual.

Cobra has some other great CB radios, but they don’t work as well with the newer modern trucks. CB Radios aren’t as popular as they used to be, but there’s still a use for them. I got a new truck a couple years ago, a 2017 Nissan Titan. I put in a new sound system, and was thinking it was time for a new CB for it. But there was not a good place for it.

CB radios have the mic and the receiver. But looking at my dash, I asked myself…ok, where’s the CB receiver going to go. There really wasn’t a place for it. Well, I thought, so much for having a CB. But then when I saw Cobra at CES, I was told about their Cobra 75 WX ST. It’s Cobra’s answer to the newer vehicle.

I absolutely love the design of the Cobra 75 WX ST. Instead of having the receiver body that includes all of the electronics, they have moved all of that into the hand held microphone. There’s two main components to the radio. There is the handheld mic, and the connector for the external antenna, and the connector for the microphone card. This small connector box easily gets mounted out of the way under the dash. It’s out of the way and unseen. All of the controls that are on the typical receiver, such as volume channels, memory, LED display etc, have been moved to the hand held mic.

So if you have a modern vehicle with no space on the dash for a CB Radio, no worries. The Cobra 75 WX ST has you covered. It takes up no dash space. The connector box gets installed under the dash out of the way. The hand held microphone is installed on the side of the dash, not as hard to find a space for it. And all of the controls are relocated to the mic. So the mic is a little bulkier than normal, but not by much, and it works well. If you want to use the CB, just grab the mic, and all of the controls are conveniently located at your fingertips.

It’s an overall ingenious design, and it works very well. And it also performed extremely well! LCD display was sufficiently bright and easy to read. Volume was easy to adjust with a round rotary knob. The channel up and down buttons on the left side were also simple to use. The other buttons on the front such as scan and memory worked great too. And I loved the soundtracker noise reduction feature. Using that with the squelch control knob, and the static noise that is common for CB radios was almost completely gone. I had some great conversations with some truck drivers, and they came through loud and clear, and they could hear me great as well. And I was surprised at how well the internal speaker also performed. It sounded loud and clean. Easily sufficient for any conversation. And if you want louder volume, there’s even a port on the connector box for an extra speaker that you can mount in your vehicle’s cabin.

The Cobra 75 WX ST is fairly simple in design and performed in spades! With an MSRP of only $129.95, it’s a bargain and is a perfect design for use in newer vehicles. Based on it’s design, features, quality and performance, the Cobra 75 WX ST has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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