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Cobra ESD 9560 Operating Instructions Manual

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Category: Radar Detector
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Operating Instructions 

for Your 

Cobra

®

10 Band

Extra Sensory Detection

®

RADAR/LASER 

DETECTOR

M O D E L  

E S D –

9 5 6 0

Nothing comes close to a Cobra™

N

U LT R A

 


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    N W        

B r i g h t  

              c

            s  

System Ready 

windshield 
bracket 
mount

ON-OFF/VOLUME control

12V DC POWER JACK 

• 

“INSTANT-ON”

speed monitoring detection

TONE ALERT

with adjustable volume

DIGIVIEW

DATA DISPLAY 

with

easy-to-read alpha/numeric dot matrix 
text readout

CITY

or 

HIGHWAY

modes to reduce 

false alerts

SAFETY ALERT

®

Traffic Warning System

STROBE ALERT

SMARTMUTE

™ a mute function which

automatically reduces false alerts by sensing
engine RPMs

MANUAL MUTE

or 

AUTO MUTE

of audio alerts

EASYSET

™ programming menu

AUXILIARY AUDIO JACK

for external

speaker connection

• Distinguishes important safety alerts from 

other K band signals

• Mounts easily on windshield or dashboard
This booklet describes the simple steps for mounting
and setting up your ESD-9560. It also provides helpful
information about how radar and laser guns are used
and how you can interpret the alerts you receive.

alpha/numeric dot matrix text display showing*: 

*See “Operations” (pages 5-19) for more information 

about display features. 

user mode settings
programming
instructions
signal strength
indicators

CITY/HIGHWAY 
mode indicators

radar, VG-2 and
safety/strobe
indicators  

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    N W        

B r i g h t  

              c

            s  

PROGRAM/MUTE 

button to

manually mute audio alerts (and to
enter programming mode).

SET/CITY

button for

CITY or HIGHWAY modes
for fewer false alerts
(and to change user
mode settings while
programming).

SPEAKER

AUXILIARY AUDIO

JACK

LASEREYE

®

for 360°

detection of laser and
strobe signals.

SELECT/DIM 

button to adjust the display

brightness for easy reading (and to scroll through
user mode settings while programming).

ON-OFF/VOLUME

control allows you to
adjust the volume of the
TONE alerts.

12V DC 
POWER JACK 

Congratulations

You’ve made a smart choice by 
purchasing the ESD-9560 radar/laser
detector from Cobra.

®

Just look at some 

of the sophisticated features and 
capabilities your new unit includes:

• 

ULTRA-SENSITIVITY

•  Detects and provides separate alerts for: 

radar signals (X, K, and Ka bands, with
signal strength indicated)
laser signals
emergency vehicle safety and strobe 
alert signals
VG-2 signals 

8-POINT COMPASS

displays direction 

of travel

LASEREYE

®

for 360° detection of laser

and strobe signals

RADAR/LASER 

DETECTOR

MODEL

E S D – 9 5 6 0

 


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Table of Contents

Important information about...

Federal Laws, Safety Alert

®

/Strobe Alert

, Safe Driving, 

Security of Your Vehicle, Customer Support.................................................................................. A1

Installation .................................................................................................................................. 2- 4

Operation–Getting Started  ............................................................................................................ 5

Operation–User Mode Settings  ...................................................................................................... 6-15

EasySet

Programming: Programming User Modes ...................................................................... 7

SmartMute

™ 

............................................................................................................................ 8-10

Auto Mute Mode  .................................................................................................................... 11

Muting an Alert  ...................................................................................................................... 11

Compass ................................................................................................................................ 12-13

VG-2 Alert

®

............................................................................................................................ 14

DigiView

Data Display Brightness  .................................................................................................. 14

Highway/City Mode  .................................................................................................................... 15

Detection .................................................................................................................................... 16-18

Signals Detected  .................................................................................................................... 16

Audio Alerts ............................................................................................................................ 16

Visual Display  ........................................................................................................................ 17-18

Instant-On Detection  ................................................................................................................ 19

Responding to Alerts ................................................................................................................ 19

Understanding Radar and Laser  ...................................................................................................... 20-21

Maintenance and Service  .............................................................................................................. 22-23

Limited 1-Year Warranty ................................................................................................................ 24

Specifications .............................................................................................................................. 25

Optional Accessories  .................................................................................................................... 26

Order Form .................................................................................................................................. 27

Important Information   

Important information about...

Federal Laws Governing the Use of 
Radar Detectors 

It is not against federal law to receive radar
transmissions with your Cobra

®

radar

detector. The Communications Act of 1924
guarantees your right to receive radio
transmissions on any frequency. Local laws
that contravene this Act, while illegal, may
be enforced by your local law enforcement
officials until and unless they are prohibited
from doing so by federal court action.

Safety Alert

®

and Strobe Alert

Use of this product is not intended to, and
does not, ensure that motorists or
passengers will not be involved in traffic
accidents. It is only intended to alert the
motorist that an emergency vehicle
equipped with a 3M Corporation 
Opticom

or Tomar

®

preemption system,

or a Cobra

®

Safety Alert

®

transmitter is

within range as defined by that product.
Please call local fire and police departments
to learn if coverage exists in your area.

Safe Driving 

Motorists, as well as operators of
emergency or service vehicles, are 
expected to exercise all due caution 
while using this product, and to obey 
all applicable traffic laws.

Security of Your Vehicle 

Before leaving your vehicle, always
remember to conceal your radar 
detector in order to reduce the 
possibility of break-in and theft.

Customer Support 

In this user's manual, you should find all
the information you need to install and
operate your ESD-9560. If you require
further assistance after reading through 
this manual, Cobra

®

Electronics offers the

following customer support services:

Automated Help Desk

is available 24 hours 

a day, 7 days a week at 773-889-3087. 

Customer Service Operators

are available

at 773-889-3087 Monday through Friday, 
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST.

Questions can be faxed

to 773-622-2269.

Automated Technical Assistance

is 

available 24 hours, 7 days a week via e-mail 
at: productinfo@cobra.com

On-line answers

to frequently asked questions

can be found at: www.cobra.com.

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Where to Mount Your Unit 

You will get optimum performance from
your ESD-9560 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 unit's view of the
road either to the front or rear. You can 
also mount it directly on the dashboard. 

The unit's lenses must not be blocked and
the LaserEye

®

should have a clear view out

the back window to allow 360° detection.

Radar and laser signals pass through glass
but not through other materials and objects.
Objects that can block or weaken incoming
signals include: 

windshield wiper blades

mirrored sun screens

dark tinting at the top of the 
windshield

heated windshields currently available 
on some vehicles 

(Instaclear for Ford,

®

Electriclear for GM,

® 

consult your 

dealer to see if you have this option)

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5.

To adjust the angle if necessary, 
gently push or pull on the bracket 
to bend it. DO NOT use the 
detector to bend the bracket.

6.

Plug the power cord into the detector.

7.

Plug the cigarette lighter adapter on 
the power cord into your vehicle's
cigarette lighter.

8.

You can temporarily remove the 
detector whenever you wish by 
sliding it off of the bracket.

Windshield Mounting 

1.

Attach the rubber cups to the bracket.

2.

Make sure the rubber cups and 
your windshield are clean.

3.

Push the bracket firmly onto 
the windshield.

4.

Attach the detector to the bracket. 
Check the angle of the unit.

U

L

T

R

A

NW

h

Windshield mounting

NW

h

Dashboard mounting

Instaclear for Ford

®

is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company, Inc.

Electriclear for GM

®

is a registered trademark of General Motors Corporation.

 


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1.

Turn on the unit and adjust 
audio volume by rotating the 
ON-OFF/VOLUME CONTROL DIAL 
clockwise (away from you).

2.

You will see 

“TESTING”

appear in

the display, 3 beeps will sound, then

“SYSTEM READY”

will appear

indicating that the power is on.

3.

The display will cycle through the 
user mode settings (SmartMute

and

City/Highway status) for approximately 
1 second each. 

4.

Start-up is complete when the 
display continuously shows the 
current compass direction (N, NE, 
E, SE, S, SW, W, or NW) plus 
single letters indicating current user 
mode settings (c = city mode, h =
highway mode, s = SmartMute

on). 

NOTE:

In some vehicles, power is supplied

to the cigarette lighter even while the ignition
is off. If this is the case with your vehicle,
you should turn off or unplug your ESD-9560
when parking for lengthy periods.

Dashboard Mounting

1.

Place the detector on the dashboard 
to find a location where the unit has 
a clear, level view of the road. The 
angle can NOT be adjusted after 
mounting.

2.

Remove the paper backing from one 
side of the hook-and-loop fastener.

3.

Attach the pad to the dashboard at 
your chosen location and remove the 
other paper backing.

4.

Attach the detector to the hook-and-loop
fastener. You can remove and reattach
the unit as often as you like.

5.

Plug the power cord into the detector.

6.

Plug the cigarette lighter adapter on 
the power cord into your vehicle's 
cigarette lighter.

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4

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L

T

R

A

    N W        

B r i g h t  

              c

            s  

      N W       h

Testing 

System Ready 

 


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E A S Y S E T ™   P R O G R A M M I N G  

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All user mode settings on your ESD-9560
can be changed by using Program mode.
When changing the settings, please keep 
in mind:

• Buttons can have multiple functions.

• All settings will be stored in memory

when the power is turned off and recalled
when the power is turned back on.

In general, the procedure for using 
Program mode is as follows:

1.

Press and hold the PROG/MUTE button
for 2 seconds to enter Program mode.
You will hear 3 beeps and the word
PROGRAM will appear in the display.
Then brief programming instructions will
scroll through the display two times.

2.

While the programming instructions 
are scrolling, press and release the
SELECT/DIM button to cycle through the
user modes. You will hear 1 beep each
time you press the button. As each
mode is displayed, the current setting for
that mode will be shown.

3.

With the user mode you wish to change
displayed, press and release the
SET/CITY button to change the setting.
You will hear either 1 or 2 beeps,
depending on your selection. To move to
the next selection, press SELECT/DIM

again. When you exit Program mode,
the new setting will automatically be
saved.

4.

When you have finished programming
any or all of the user modes, press and
release the PROG/MUTE button 
to exit Program mode. Or simply wait 
10 seconds without pushing any 
buttons. SETTINGS SAVED will appear 
in the display. 

NOTE:

You cannot enter Program mode

during an alert. The unit will not detect
signals while in Program mode. During
programming, if no buttons are pushed for
10 seconds, the unit will automatically exit
Program mode and save the last settings.

EasySet

Programming: 

Programming User Modes

The table on the next page shows you how
to program all user modes and the settings
you can choose from. 

NOTE:

On the following pages, you will

find more detailed explanations of each
setting.

See page 10 for instructions on setting the
SmartMute

activation point.

See page 13 for instructions on calibrating
the compass. 

2.

Press and release the

SELECT/DIM button to cycle
through the user modes:

3.

Press and release the SET/CITY

button to choose the desired
setting for each user mode:

SmartMute Mode 

SmartMute On 

All alerts (except for strobe signals from 

emergency vehicles) are automatically 

muted below the engine rev point you set .

SmartMute Off 

Normal operation. 

SmartMute Set 

Set SmartMute 

Allows you to set the engine rev point 

(not shown if SmartMute™ is off)

when using SmartMute.

™ 

(see page 10 to set activation point)

Auto Mute Mode

AutoMute On 

The audio volume of all alerts will be 

automatically muted after 4 seconds for as 

long as the signal is detected. 

AutoMute Off 

All alerts will sound at full volume for as 

long as the signal is detected. 

Set Compass  

Set Compass

Allows you to calibrate the compass. 

(see page 13 to calibrate compass)

VG-2 Detect 

VG-2 Detect On 

The unit will detect VG-2 signals. 

VG-2 Detect Off 

The unit will not detect VG-2 signals.

VG-2 Audio 

VG-2 Audio On 

With VG-2 Detect On, the unit 

(not shown if VG-2 Detect is off)

will give audible alerts for VG-2 signals.

VG-2 Audio Off 

With VG-2 Detect On, the unit 

will give only visual alerts for VG-2 signals.

Display Brightness* 

Display Bright

Display is at full brightness.

Display Dim

Partially dimmed for dusk or night driving.

Display Dimmer

More dimmed for dusk or night driving.

Display Dark 

Display is off.

Highway/City Mode* 

Highway Mode On 

All X band alerts are sounded immediately.

City Mode On

Audio for all X band alerts are blocked until 

signal strength reaches level 3.

Program Exit 

EXIT PROGRAM

Allows you to exit Program mode.

NOTE:

To reset user modes and settings to factory default, press and hold PROG/MUTE button while turning on the unit.

* The settings for these user modes can also be changed with the one-button method. See the description of each user mode (following) for details.

1.

Press and release the PROG/MUTE button to enter Program mode.

EasySet

Programming Menu

VISUAL

RESULT

VISUAL

 


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8

SmartMute

SmartMute

is a unique new feature of the

ESD-9560 that allows you to avoid alerts
you don’t need to hear because you are
stopped or moving slowly. By sensing the
“revs” (RPMs) of your engine, SmartMute

knows when you are at low speed and
automatically mutes all alerts (except for
strobe signals from emergency vehicles).

Before SmartMute

will work, you must 

set an activation point for your engine’s revs
(see page 12). Whenever the revs 
are below that point, SmartMute

will begin

muting. The activation point will be stored
in memory and recalled each time power is
turned on.

When you turn SmartMute™ on you will
hear two beeps and “

s

” will appear in 

the display. When you turn SmartMute™ 
off you will hear one beep. (See page 7 
for instructions using the Program mode 
to select SmartMute

.)

The factory setting is SmartMute

off.

NOTE:

SmartMute

may not work with

some vehicles because it cannot sense 
the engine’s revs. In such cases, you can
reduce unwanted audio alerts by using Auto
Mute and City modes when appropriate.

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What to Remember 
While Using SmartMute

SmartMute

works with both City and Auto

Mute modes.

Whenever engine revs are below the
activation point, an arrow pointing down
will appear in the display. 

Above the activation point, an arrow
pointing up will appear.

If, for any reason, the unit stops sensing
your engine’s revs, SmartMute

will indicate

an error and automatically turn off.

The rev point you set will be stored in 
the unit’s memory when power is turned
off, and recalled each time the power is
turned on.

The rev point must be reset if you use your
ESD-9560 in a different vehicle.

Important:

When initially choosing your

SmartMute

activation point, a setting of

approximately 300 to 600 RPMs above 
idle is recommended. You can reset the
activation point at any time to fit your
individual preferences and driving style.

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10

Auto Mute Mode

Auto Mute will automatically reduce the
audio volume of all alerts after 4 seconds
for as long as the signal is detected. When
you turn Auto Mute on or off you will hear 
2 beeps for Auto Mute on and 1 beep for
Auto Mute off.(See page 7 for instructions
on using the Program mode to select 
Auto Mute.)

The factory setting for Auto Mute is ON.

Muting an Alert

Your ESD-9560 allows you to quickly 
turn off an audio alert by momentarily
pressing and releasing the PROG/MUTE
button. If you press and release the
PROG/MUTE button a second time 
during the alert, the audio alert will be
turned back on.

Auxiliary Audio Jack

Use to connect an external speaker in
environments with high ambient noise
levels. The internal speaker will be
disconnected.

    N W        

B r i g h t  

              c

            s  

PROG/MUTE

button

Press and release

Setting the SmartMute

Activation Point

Your ESD-9560 must be installed in 
your vehicle.

Caution:

Do not attempt to set the rev

point while driving. Your vehicle should 
be 

parked

and 

idling

SmartMute™

must be turned on.

1.

2.

Procedure

In Program mode, go to Set

SmartMute. Press and release the

SET/CITY

button to begin

setting SmartMute™

.

Tone

2 beeps

Visual Display

Press SET again at

desired RPMs...

Tone

1 beep

Visual Display

appears

Procedure

Rev your engine to the level you

wish to set. Rev the engine

slightly above idle and hold revs

steady for 2 seconds.

Tone

none

Visual Display

none

NOTE:

If the unit is unable to sense

usable pulses within three seconds,
SmartMute™ will indicate an error and
automatically turn off.

1 beep

Error

SmartOff

               

               

  

Press SET again...

  

  

               

               

               

               

  

E r r o r

  

  

               

               

               

               

  

Smart 

  

  

               

               

               

               

  

  

SET!

  

               

               

               

               

  

  

  

SmartOff

               

               

               

               

  

E r r o r

  

  

               

               

               

               

  

  

  

SmartOff

               

               

3.

4.

Procedure

Press and release either the

SELECT/DIM

button to proceed

to the next user mode or the

PROG/MUTE

button to exit the

Program mode.

Tone

none

Visual Display

none 

Tone

1 beep

Visual Display

appears

Procedure

At the desired rev level, 

press and release the 

SET/CITY

button.

Tone

3 beeps

Visual Display

Smart

then

SET!

1 beep

Error

SmartOff

NOTE:

If you do not set a rev point

within 20 seconds of beginning these
steps, SmartMute™ will indicate an
error and automatically turn off. 

 


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NOTE:

If you do not press the SET/CITY

button within 2 minutes, compass
calibration will automatically terminate

1 beep

Error

for 2 seconds

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Compass

Your ESD-9560 includes an internal 8-point
compass that will continuously display your
current direction of travel: N, NE, E, SE, S,
SW, W, or NW.

Calibrating the Compass

Important:

Before using it for the first

time, you must calibrate the compass to
provide accurate indications of direction.
(See page 7 for instructions on using the
Program mode to select Set Compass.)

Calibration allows the compass electronics to
measure and store information about the
magnetic fields generated by your vehicle.

The compass will remain accurately
calibrated as long as your ESD-9560 is
mounted in the same place in your vehicle.
If you change the location where the unit is
mounted or move it to another vehicle, you
must recalibrate the compass.

The compass temporarily may not provide
accurate readings if you are inside a
building or enclosure, or are close to a 
large metal tractor/trailer, truck, or train.
Once you are away from such a location,
the compass will work correctly again.

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E r r o r

  

  

               

               

1.

Procedure

In Program mode, go to Set compass.

Press and hold the 

SET/CITY 

button to

begin setting the compass.

Tone

2 beeps

Visual Display

Drive in 2 circles…

Press SET when done...

2.

Procedure

Within 2 minutes, 

drive your vehicle

in a circle twice, 

then press 

the 

SET/CITY

button again.

Tone 

3 beeps

Visual Display

Compass Set! 

for 2 seconds 

followed by 

direction of travel 

(

N

NE

E

SE

S

SW

W

, or 

NW

)

3.

Procedure

Press and release either the

SELECT/DIM

button to proceed 

to the next user mode or the

PROG/MUTE

button 

to exit Program mode.

Tone 

none

Visual Display

none

To calibrate the compass:

 


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VG-2 Alert

®

The ESD-9560 is undetectable by police 
VG-2 detection devices, and will alert 
you when such a device is in use near 
your vehicle. During the alert, the unit
continues to detect other signals. You 
can choose whether or not you want 
your unit to show VG-2 alerts. With 
VG-2 detection on, you can also 
choose whether or not you want your 
unit to sound audible VG-2 alerts. 

When you turn VG-2 detection on or 
off you will hear 2 beeps for VG-2 
on or 1 beep for VG-2 off. 

When you turn VG-2 audio on or off 
you will hear 2 beeps for VG-2 audio 
on or 1 beep for VG-2 audio off. (See 
page 7 for instructions on using the 
Program Mode to turn VG-2 alerts on 
and off.)

The factory settings are VG-2 Detect 
On, VG-2 Audio On.

DigiView

Data

Display Brightness

You can choose from four settings for 
brightness of the display: 

Bright

for daytime driving

Dim

for dusk driving

Dimmer

for night driving

Dark

(no visual alerts will be displayed)

You can cycle through the 4 settings by
repeatedly pressing and releasing the
SELECT/DIM button. 

Dark indicator

Display Brightness 

(continued)

You will hear 2 beeps for bright, 1 beep 
for dim, dimmer, and dark. (See page 7 
for instructions on using the Program 
Mode to set Display Brightness.)

NOTE:

You can set display brightness 

without entering Program Mode by
repeatedly pressing and releasing the
SELECT/DIM button.

The factory setting is Bright. 

Highway/City Mode

Setting your ESD-9560 to City mode
prevents all X band audio alerts until the
signal strength reaches level 3. (A single
beep will sound when the signal is first
detected.) This will reduce false alerts 
while you are driving in or near urban 

areas where there are many sources 
for conflicting X band signals such as
microwave towers and automatic 
door openers.

In Highway mode, you will hear 2 beeps
and “

h

” will appear in the display. In City

mode, you will hear 1 beep and “

c

” will

appear in the display. (See page 7 for
instructions on using the Program mode to
select Highway or City mode.) 

NOTE:

You can also select Highway or 

City mode without entering Program 
mode simply by pushing and releasing 
the SET/CITY button.

The factory setting is Highway mode.

              h

    N W        

B r i g h t  

              c

            s  

SELECT/DIM

button 

Press and release

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Dark

Bright

Dim

Dimmer

    N W        

B r i g h t  

              c

            s  

SET/CITY

button 

Press and release

      N W       c

      N W       h

City mode

Highway mode

 


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* your ESD-9560 provides LaserEye

®

360° detection of these signals

PLEASE NOTE

Beep rate changes with different laser alerts

PLEASE NOTE

There are different tones for each Safety Alert

®

Laser*

Strobe Alert™*

               

               

               

  

               

  

Emergency Vehicle

Type of Signal

Visual Display

Type of Signal

3M Opticom™ or Tomar

®

V

Visual Display

Emergency Vehicle...

(flashing)

Radar

Type of Signal

X band radar
K band radar

Ka band radar

Visual Display

X
K

Ka

Laser 

20/20…

Laser 

UltraLyte…

Laser 

Pro Laser…

Laser 

Pro Laser 3…

LTI 20-20™*

LTI Ultra-Lyte™*

Kustom Signals ProLaser™*

Kustom Signals ProLaser III™*

               

               

Laser      

               

  

               

  

               

               

Laser      

               

  

               

  

               

               

Laser      

               

  

               

  

20/20... 

UltraLyte...

Pro Laser... 

               

               

Laser      

               

  

               

  

Pro Laser 3...

               

               

               

  

               

  

Ka           5      

               

               

               

  

               

  

K              5      

               

               

               

  

               

  

X              5

Signals Detected

The tables on the following pages show 
you the types of signals your ESD-9560 
will detect, as well as the voice and 
visual alerts it provides for each one.

Audio Alerts

A distinctly different alert tone is used for
each type of signal detected (including
separate tones for each laser signal). For X,
K, and Ka band radar signals, the tones will
repeat faster as you approach the signal
source. The repeat rate of the tones gives
you useful information about the signal
detected. (See Responding to Alerts, 
page 19.)

Visual Display

An indication of the type of signal 
detected will appear in the DigiView™ 
Data Display. During X, K, and Ka alerts,
you will also see from 1 to 5 vertical bars,
indicating the strength of the signal
detected. 

Weakest 
Signal

1

2

3

4

5

Strongest 

Signal

SIGNAL STRENGTH CHART

 


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PLEASE NOTE

There are different tones for each Safety Alert

®

20-20™ and Ultra-Lyte™ are trademarks of Laser
Technology, Inc.

ProLaser™ and ProLaser III™ are trademarks of
Kustom Signals, Inc.

10 Band Ultra™, EasySet™, Strobe Alert™ 
and SmartMute™ are trademarks of Cobra 
Electronics Corporation. 

Safety Alert

®

Traffic Warning System, VG-2 Alert

® 

and LaserEye

®

are registered trademarks of 

Cobra Electronics Corporation.

Opticom™ is a trademark of 3M Corporation.

Tomar

®

is a registered trademark of TOMAR 

Electronics, Inc

Interceptor VG-2™ is a trademark of TechniSonic
Industries LTD.

VG-2 Alert™*

Type of Signal

Interceptor VG-2™

V

Visual Display

VG2

Safety Alert™*

               

               

               

  

Emergency Vehicle...

               

  

               

               

               

  

Road

               

  

               

               

               

  

               

  

Hazard

               

               

               

  

               

  

Train

               

               

               

  

               

  

VG2

tone repeats slowly at first, then

speeds up rapidly

tone sounds one time only

tone instantly begins 

repeating rapidly

tone repeats slowly as you 

approach a hill or bridge, then 

speeds up sharply as you reach it

tone repeats slowly for a short period

any type of laser alert

any Safety Alert

®

or 

Strobe Alert™

probably police radar

probably a false alarm, but

possibly pulsed radar

radar or VG-2 nearby has 

been activated suddenly

probably police radar beyond 

the hill or bridge

probably a false alarm

laser alerts are never 

false alarms

you are nearing an emergency

vehicle, railroad crossing, or road

hazard (construction, accident, etc.)

FULL ALERT

exercise caution

FULL ALERT

FULL ALERT

exercise caution

FULL ALERT

exercise caution

Description

Interpretation

Recommended Response

Responding To Alerts

Instant-On Detection

Your ESD-9560 is designed to detect 
instant-on speed monitoring signals, which
can suddenly appear at full strength.

You should take appropriate 
action immediately whenever 
an alert is given.

* your ESD-9560 provides LaserEye

®

360° detection of these signals

Type of Signal

emergency vehicles

road hazards

trains

Visual Display

Emergency Vehicle…

Road Hazard

Train

 


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Radar Speed 
Monitoring Systems

Three band frequencies have been approved
by the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) for use by speed monitoring radar
equipment:

X band 

10.525 GHz

K band

24.150 GHz

Ka band

33.400-36.00 GHz

Your ESD-9560 detects signals in all three
radar bands.

VG-2

VG-2 is a "detector detector" that works 
by detecting low-level signals emitted by
most radar detectors. Your ESD-9560 does
not emit signals that can be detected by 
VG-2, but does detect VG-2 signals and 
will alert you when a device is in use 
near your vehicle.

Safety Alert

®

Traffic 

Warning System

FCC-approved Safety
Alert

®

transmitters emit

microwave radar signals that indicate the
presence of a safety-related concern.
Depending on the frequency of the signal
emitted, it can indicate a speeding 

emergency vehicle or train, or a stationary
road hazard. 

Because these microwave signals are within
the K band frequency, most conventional
radar detectors will detect Safety Alert

®

signals as standard K band radar. Your 
ESD-9560, however, is designed to
differentiate between standard K band 
and Safety Alert

®

signals, and give separate

alerts for each.

Safety Alert

®

technology is relatively new.

Safety Alert

®

transmitters can be found in

limited numbers in all 50 states, but the
number is growing. Depending on your
location, you may not receive these alerts
regularly and may often encounter
emergency vehicles, trains, and road
hazards without being alerted. As the
number of transmitters increases, these
alerts will become more common. 

When you receive such an alert, please
watch for emergency vehicles ahead of you,
on cross streets, and behind you. If you see
an emergency vehicle approaching, please
pull over to the right side of the road and
allow it to pass.

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Does weather have any affect 

on LIDAR?

Yes. Rain, snow, smoke, fog, or airborne
dust particles will reduce the effective 
range of LIDAR and can, if dense enough,
prevent its operation.

Can LIDAR operate through glass?

Yes. Newer LIDAR guns can obtain 
readings through most types of glass.
However, the laser pulse also can be

received through glass to trigger an alarm
by your ESD-9560.

Can LIDAR operate while in motion?

No. Because LIDAR operates by line of sight,
the person using it cannot drive the vehicle,
aim, and operate the gun all at the same time.

Is LIDAR legal to use?

Yes. It is legal in all 50 states.

Some common questions about LIDAR include:

U N D E R S TA N D I N G   R A D A R   &   L A S E R

Strobe Alert

Special strobes mounted on the light bars of
authorized emergency vehicles (fire trucks,
police cars, ambulances) automatically change
traffic signals as the vehicle approaches an
intersection. These strobes and the special
strobe detectors located on the traffic signals,
introduced fairly recently by 3M and Tomar,
are already in use in more than 1000 cities
nationwide. Cobra’s exclusive Strobe Alert™
detector will detect these special strobes and
give an Emergency Vehicle alert. 

When you receive such an alert, please watch
for an approaching emergency vehicle and pull
over to allow it to pass. To inquire about
coverage in your area, contact your local fire
and police departments.

LIDAR (laser)

The correct name for the technology that most
people refer to as laser is actually LIDAR,
which stands for Light Detection and Ranging.
LIDAR operates much like radar. Its signal
spreads out like a radar signal, though not as
quickly. Unlike radar, LIDAR must have a clear
line of sight to its target vehicle throughout
the entire measurement interval. Obstructions
such as sign posts, utility poles, tree branches,
etc., will prevent valid speed measurement.

 


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If you suspect that your unit
requires service, please call 
773-889-3087 BEFORE shipping 
it to Cobra.

®

This will ensure that

you receive service as quickly 
as possible.

If you are asked to send your unit to the
Cobra

®

factory, please follow these steps:

1.

Send the complete unit, including
power cord. (It is not necessary to
include the mounting bracket.)

2. 

For warranty repair, enclose some 
form of proof-of-purchase, such as a
photocopy or carbon copy of a sales
receipt. If you send the original 
receipt, it cannot be returned.

3. 

Enclose a typed or clearly written
description of the problem you are
having with your unit, plus the name
and address where you want the 
unit returned.

4. 

Pack the unit securely to prevent
damage during transit. If possible, 
use the original packing materials.

5. 

Ship prepaid and insured using a
traceable carrier such as United 
Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express,
or first class mail with delivery
confirmation. Ship to: 

Cobra Factory Service 
Cobra Electronics Corporation 
6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, IL 60707 USA

6. 

Please allow 3 to 4 weeks before 
contacting us about the status of 
your service. Call 773-889-3087 
for assistance.

If your unit is under warranty, it will 
either be repaired or replaced upon 
receipt, depending on the model. If your
unit is out of warranty, you will receive a 
letter informing you of the repair or
replacement charge.

Maintenance of Your 
Radar Detector

Your ESD-9560 is designed and built to 
give you years of trouble-free performance
without the need for service. No routine
maintenance is required.

If your unit does not appear to be 
operating properly, please follow 
these troubleshooting steps:

Make sure the power cord is 
properly connected.

Make sure the socket of your vehicle's
cigarette lighter is clean and free 
of corrosion.

Make sure the power cord's cigarette
lighter adapter is firmly seated in your
cigarette lighter.

Check the power cord fuse. (Unscrew
the ribbed end cap of the cigarette
lighter adapter and examine the fuse. 
If required, replace it with a 1-amp 
fuse only.)

Service

You can receive technical assistance with
your unit through one of our customer
support services:

Automated Help Desk

is available 

24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 
773-889-3087. 

Customer Service Operators

are

available at 773-889-3087 Monday 
through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST.

Questions can be faxed 

to 

773-622-2269.

Automated Technical Assistance

is available 24 hours, 7 days a week 
via e-mail at: productinfo@cobra.com

On-line answers

to frequently 

asked questions can be found at: 
www.cobra.com.

 


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COBRA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION 

warrants that its Cobra

®

10 Band Ultra™

Radar/Laser Detectors, and the component 
parts thereof, will be free of defects in
workmanship and materials for period of one 
(1) year from the date of first consumer
purchase. This warranty may be enforced by 
the first consumer purchaser, provided that 
the product is utilized within the U.S.A.

Cobra

®

will, without charge, repair or replace, at its

option, defective 10 Band™ Radar/Laser Detectors,
products or component parts upon delivery to the
Cobra

®

Factory Service Department, accompanied 

by proof of the date of first consumer purchase,
such as a duplicated copy of a sales receipt.

You must pay any initial shipping charges
required to ship the product for warranty
service, but the return charges will be at
Cobra's expense, if the product is repaired 
or replaced under warranty.

This warranty gives you specific rights, and 
you may also have other rights which vary
from state to state.

Exclusions: This limited warranty does not apply;
1) to any product damaged by accident; 2) in
the event of misuse or abuse of the product or
as a result of unauthorized alterations or repairs; 
3) if the serial number has been altered,
defaced or removed; 4) if the owner of the
product resides outside the U.S.A. 

All implied warranties, including warranties of
merchantability and fitness for a particular
purpose are limited in duration to the length 
of this warranty.

Cobra

®

shall not be liable for any incidental, 

consequential or other damages; including,
without limitation, damages resulting from 
loss of use or cost of installation.

Some states do not allow limitations on how
long an implied warranty lasts and/or do not
allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental 
or consequential damages, so the above 
limitations may not apply to you.

Cobra Electronics Corporation

6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, Illinois 60707

www.cobra.com

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QUALITY SEAL

QUALITY SEAL

QUALITY SEAL

X band

10.525

± 0.050

GHz

K band

24.125

± 0.125

GHz

Safety Alert

®

24.070

± 0.010

GHz

Traffic Warning System

24.110

± 0.010

GHz

24.190

± 0.010

GHz

24.230

± 0.010

GHz

Ka band

34.700

± 1.300

GHz

Laser

910

± 50

nm

Strobe

700

± 300

nm

Dimensions

3

16

"W  x 1

5

16

"H  x  4

11

16

"D

Weight

170 grams

Band

Frequencies

Unit Dimensions & Weight

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S P E C I F I C AT I O N S

This radar detector is covered by one or more of the following U.S. patents:
5,497,148; 5,594,432; 5,612,685; 6,078,279; 6,094,148. Additional
patents may be listed inside the product or pending. 

 


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You can find these fine accessories at 
your local Cobra

®

dealer. If you wish, 

you can order directly from Cobra.

®

To order by phone

Call

773.889.3087

(Press 1 from the main menu 
8 a.m.-6 p.m. M-F CST. )

To order by mail or fax

Please fill out order form on next page, 
and mail/fax directly to Cobra.

®

To order online 

Go to www.cobra.com and click on 
“shop Cobra.

®

Windshield Mounting Bracket

Includes suction cups
545-139-N-001

Straight 12V DC Power Cord

Includes plug and fuse
420-030-N-001

Curled 12V DC Power Cord

Includes plug and fuse
420-026-N-001

For credit card orders fill out order
form and fax to: 

773.622.2269

or call 

773.889.3087

(Press 1 from the main menu)
8:00 am - 6:00 pm, M-F, CST.

Make check or money order
payable to:

Cobra Electronics
6500 West Cortland Street 
Chicago, IL 60707 USA
Attn: Accessories Dept.

To order online, 
please visit our website at:

www.cobra.com

and click “shop Cobra

®

Prices subject to change without notice.

Tax Table

Illinois residents add 8.75%
Indiana residents add 5%
Michigan residents add 6% 
Ohio residents add 5%
Wisconsin residents add 5%

Please print clearly

Name

Address (No P.O. Box)

City              

State

Zip

Telephone (          )

Credit Card No.

Exp. Date

Circle One:   Visa     MasterCard     Discover

Customer Signature

Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Offer valid in Continental U.S. only.

420-030-N-001

Straight 12V Power Cord

420-026-N-001

Curled 12V Power Cord

545-139-N-001

Windshield Mounting Bracket

xxx-xxx-N-001

Dual Port Power Adapter

Item #

Description

Cost Ea.

Qty.

Amount

Subtotal
(Tax if applicable) 
Shipping/handling

$4.00

Total 

Dual Port Power Adapter

Includes adjustable plug (upto 90˚)
and fuse  xxx-xxx-N-001

 


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©2002 Cobra Electronics Corporation

6500 West Cortland Street 

Chicago, IL 60707 USA

The Cobra

®

line of quality products includes:

CB radios

microTALK

®

radios

Radar/Laser Detectors

Safety Alert

®

Traffic Warning Systems

Accessories

HighGear

™ 

Accessories

For more information or 

to order any of our products, 

please visit our website:

www.cobra.com

Click “shop Cobra

®

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