Escort Passport 8500 X50 (Blue)

Radar and Laser / LIDAR Detector w/ Traffic Signal Rejection & Audible Voice Alerts


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The Ultimate Protection

We've all driven a little faster than we should have at one point or another. Some of us drive a little faster than we should more often than others so a lower end radar detector just isn't going to cut it. False alarms or warnings that come on too late are going to lead to expensive tickets and worse than that, you've invested in a product that doesn't work as well as it should. Isn't it time you stepped up to something better that's guaranteed to work all the time, every time? Then it's time to check out the Escort 8500 X50. The ultimate in vehicle protection.

Enhanced Radar Protection

The enhanced "V-tuned" radar receiver provides extreme long range warning on all radar bands all X, K and SuperWide Ka band radar guns, including "instant-on" and "POP" modes.

High Performance Laser Receiver

The 8500 X50 incorporates a highly sensitive laser circuit into the front receiver in order to provide an immediate alert of a targeting laser gun. For the ultimate in laser defense, add on the Shifter Pack.

Crystal Clear Voice Alerts

PASSPORT's unique voice alerts provide clear communications for alerts and menus options so you can keep your eyes on the road.

Exclusive AutoSensitivity Mode Reduces False Alarms

PASSPORT's exclusive AutoSensitivity mode intelligently reduces false alarms created by security motion sensors and automatic door openers. In addition, the 8500 X50 incorporates Escort's exclusive state of the art Digital Signal Processing (DSP), providing the perfect balance of long range warning and false alarm rejection. Conventional Highway and Auto No X modes are also provided.

3 High Resolution Meter Modes

The 8500 X50 offers 3-types of meter displays: Standard Bar Graph, ExpertMeter and the SpecDisplay for information at a glance.

New Advanced EZ-Programming

Once installed, the 8500 X50 is ready to use with settings set to provide you with the best protection in North America. However, you can also customize it for your unique driving preferences.

Brightness Control

The 8500 X50 offers 3-levels of display brightness, including Full Dark mode for discreet night driving.

Proprietary TSR Software

Exclusive software eliminates false alerts from radar based traffic sensors.





General Features:

  • Multi Band Radar/Laser Detector
  • Up to 50% more range than the original Passport 8500 on the K and Ka bands
  • 280 LED Alphanumeric Matrix Display
  • Traffic Signal Rejection (TSR) rejects K band signals used in cities to detect flow of traffic to minimize false alarms
  • 3 brightness modes including fully dark mode for discreet nighttime driving
  • Audible alerts provide a verbal identification of the detected band
  • Automute function will silence audible alerts
  • 3 Convenient modes includes City, Highway, and AutoSensitivity to customize to your driving preferences
  • Protection against POP radar and laser recognition
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides maximum range with minimal false alarms
  • SmartShield VG-2 immunity
  • Hard carrying case included
  • Installs on the windshield with included suction cup mounts

Product Specifications:

  • Antenna type: (if listed)
  • Operating frequencies:
    • X band 10.525 GHz - 25 MHz)
    • K band 24.150 GHz - 100 MHz)
    • Ka band 34.700 GHz - 1300 MHz)
    • Laser 904 nanometers, 33 MHz bandwith
  • Power Requirements:
    • 12 Volts DC negative ground
    • SmartCord (included)
  • Dimensions: 2.85"W x 5.32"L x 1.25"H
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Due to state laws, Sonic Electronix, Inc can not ship radar detectors to Virginia or the District of Columbia.

Product Features

Dark Mode
Dark mode is a brightness option. Unless there is an alert, the unit will be completely dark.
Voice Alerts
The feature designates if the unit uses voice alerts. Voice alerts will audibly alert the driver of various warnings.
Auto Mute
The auto mute function will conveniently mute the alert tone when the alert lasts for an extended period of time. This is for the drivers convenience during extended encounters.
Auto Shut Off
A convenient feature that turns off the unit when the ignition is turned off.

Product Specifications

Radar Display
The type of display that the radar detector has.

LED Displays: Tells the driver what he or she needs to know through a bright LED display.

LED Icon Indicators: Tells the driver what he or she needs to know by illuminating icons and symbols.

Text Display: Tells the driver what he or she needs to know by illuminating text on the display.

LED Display
Signal Strength Meter
This feature means that the unit displays that strength of the received signal.
Brightness Control
If the brightness of the unit can be conveniently adjusted and controlled, it will be listed here.
Turn-on/off Select Bands
Many radar detectors can detect many different bands of signal. This feature designates if the user can select what bands he or she has on or off.
Unit Mounting
Different radar detector are attached to the vehicle in different ways. The most common is for it to be suction-cupped to the windshield. This allows the unit to be moved from one vehicle to another with ease. Another mounting option is called remote-mounting. A remote mount unit is directly installed into your vehicle.

Other ways to mount your radar detector include Velcro and adhesive.

Suction cups
Power Source
The power source is the method in which the unit receives power. Some units will be powered by batteries, while others will need to be plugged in to an AC or DC power source.
12V DC Car Adapter
Direct Power Accessory
If there is an optional accessory to the unit that will provide power, it will be listed here.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
Travel Case Included
If a protective travel case is included, it will be listed here.


Number of Detected Bands
This number indicates the number of bands the radar/laser detector protects against. The term band includes different radars, lasers, and safety signals, among others. The higher the number, the greater the protection.
X Band
X Band is a frequency used for detecting speed from a police radar.
K Band
K Band is the most popular radar frequency band that is used today. It is able to detect speeds from a stand still location, or from a moving vehicle
Ka Band
Ka Band operates within the frequencies 26.5-40 GHz. This is the newest introduced radar band and it is becoming more and more popular. It rarely has a false alert.
This feature specifies if the unit will detect lasers.
VG-2 Immunity
The VG-2 detects radar detectors. Radar detectors with VG-2 immunity will be immune to the VG-2 radar and alert the driver when they are under such surveillance.
Pop Alert
Some radar guns operate in a POP mode so they can get a speed reading of a target vehicle extremely fast, resulting in most radar detectors not being able to consistently signal an alert. There are very few radar guns in service in the U.S. capable of POP mode operation. If your radar detector is Pop Alert capable, you may notice an increase in Ka-band false alerts when POP mode radar detection is switched on.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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August 18, 2014

This is a great detector I own others this does a great job. Sonic was great to deal with fast shipping just good customer service

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Radar and Laser / LIDAR Detector w/ Traffic Signal Rejection & Audible Voice Alerts


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