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post #1 of 33 Old 02-26-2013, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Best radar detector?

After a spendy ticket last year I have been thinking about a radar detector. Just wondering what people are using? I would like something small. How well do they work? Will they really save you a ticket? I'm guessing if you get stopped with one on your dash its a guaranteed ticket.
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Escort 9500ix if you don't want to be badgered by false alarms, Valentine V1 if you do.

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How's the alarm on it? Do you ever not notice it?
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How's the alarm on it? Do you ever not notice it?
It has GPS lockout of bad alerts. I was navy trained in radar a thousand years ago. Thre is no better receiver/ detector on the market or I would own it.

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I have an Escort passport, had it for maybe 10 years with no problems. I like the fact that it gives me a good Moment by moment voltage reading. I have it connected to a splitter that also has my GPS thus I get the signal in my earbuds. My friend that I have ridden with for 20 years has a Valentine, we get the warning at about the same time. His gives direction, I figure if I am being zapped I don't care about the direction from whence comes the radar. His Valentine also was much more expensive, and he has sent it back for upgrades. He swears by his radar unit. I had a Valentine unit that was stolen and if I were to replace my present unit I would stick with Escort.
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I've owned a Cobra and V-1

the Cobra with exception of directional capability was every bit as good as my Valentine that I replaced it with at 25% the price

would I buy a V-1 again, no, but the price to get it serviced when it gets wet is less than a new Cobra

I'm not sure what all the hype about V-1 false alarms is, its easy enuf to adjust the sensitivity of each band



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A radar detector does not give you diplomatic immunity. Modern radar is very good. If you are the targeted vehicle on the road, and the operator knows what they are doing, it will get you. The detector may give you warning of someone being gunned down ahead of you and allow you enough time to slow down. That being said, it has saved me on numerous occasions. I use a V1 and have for many years. From what I have seen and read, it is a coin toss between it and the Escort 9500ix as far a defence against police radar goes. The 9500 has the GPS feature and it can be programmed to ignore known false signals (eg. Door openers at the supermarket) and memorize locations of red light cameras. The V1 has the directional arrows which I find usefu. Both are about the same price.

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I wanted a low key approach so I chose a Whistler 3450. The 3450 has a small control head and a remote antenna unit.

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I'm not sure what all the hype about V-1 false alarms is, its easy enuf to adjust the sensitivity of each band
It's not a problem in the boonies, if that's where you live. I don't -- and every small town now has patrol car moving radar, front AND rear in many cases. I can't leave town without getting painted three times. The V1 has been seriously leapfrogged in the past 5 years. I don't want to reduce sensitivity, I want to completely block out false alarms and the Escort is the only receiver that does that.

It also has crowd sourcing with an iOS or Android app to let you know about issues miles down the road.

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how bout less expensive? Or is it not worth spending the money if you're gonna go cheaper?
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