I agree that the PSR-500 has more bells and whistles but the price is not really the same. Both new radios cost around $500 yeah, but I got an excellent condition used Pro-96 for $275, try getting a used PSR-500 for that! Receiving digital is what counts, and PSR-500 even when buying used still costs around $400.MaxTracker said:way better, yes you can Hold ID's. the PSR-500 does LTR whereas the 96 don't. The step size for VHF is adjustable to 7.5KHz, PSR-500 does 700MHz Trunked, which many agencies are planning to use in the future. Cost is virtually the same. GRE offers firmware up-dates, Good luck on that with radio shack. The 500 is Object oriented whereas the 96 is not, the Memory of the 500 holds Trunking systems by systems alike a Motorola radio. the 96 stores them in 1 of 10 banks, BIG Differance. the 500 Can display and/or be programmed with NAC codes, the 96 can't.
Self Explainitory, the PSR-500 runs circles around a Pro-96 for the same money!
The question was which radio is better not price. The PSR500 is better and out performs the Pro-96. So for less money you get less radio.xpawel15x said:IBoth new radios cost around $500 yeah, but I got an excellent condition used Pro-96 for $275, try getting a used PSR-500 for that! Receiving digital is what counts, and PSR-500 even when buying used still costs around $400.
Best place to buy from. Free shipping. Here's their ebay link:http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-GRE-PSR-500-Digital-Multi-Trunking-Scanner-FREE-UPS_W0QQitemZ170207183977QQihZ007QQcategoryZ149992QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem. They are based in CT, and I have heard nothing but great things about them. I'm in LI, so I had my rig THE NEXT DAY. If you can live without the fire tone outs, get this radio. BTW, have I mentioned yet how much I love my new PSR-500?pro-97 said:Thanks,
Where is the best place to buy the 500?
And does fire tone out work on it?