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    ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    "A Swiss Army knife is a great tool. But exploring each of its 17 functions while driving is probably not a good idea. The same can be said for a badly-designed radar detector with fussy controls."


    ANY real world pro's or cons??

    I would like to see what you guys are using????

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Valentine One-I have tried most of them and none come close IMHO.
    I have one that 15 years old that I use as a backup and another that is maybe 6 years old.
    Should probably get them both updated.
    Also used to have a laser Blinder but have not installed anything like this on the V.
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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Passport 8500ix.

    Bought a V1 and returned it. The passport seems to work best for me where I live. WEnt on a road trip last month and this thing wasn't even fair. It picked up LEOs from so far away I thought it was falling.

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    I had a V1, trying out an Passport 9500ix or something this time around. Its all getting installed tomorrow so I can give you some feedback

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    For radar, I don't think you can do better than the Valentine-1. It almost pays for itself every day!
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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    V1. Hands down. Have had multiple V1s for years. Got my first one in Nov of '94...

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    Custom installed Bel STi-R NA. I've owned a V1 and Escort 8500 in the past, but the STi-R is in a league of its own.

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    a V1 with the Blendmount, FTW.
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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    I have three that I use, a Valentine 1, a Passport 9500ix and Beltronics GX65. I should mention that the Passport and the Beltronics are essentially the same detector. I rotate them over time.

    All three are excellent. The V1 has the directional indicators. The other two have GPS integrated and can display vehicle speed and can "learn" trouble spots.

    As to which is the best, I think I definitely have it in this group, but can't offer my opinion as to which it is. All are excellent.

    Since I have owned a V (July 2009) I have been lucky enough to not have been stopped for speeding.

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    I have the escort 9500ix and love it.

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Valentine 1!
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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    I have the two different escorts....9500xi and 9500x(?) .... They are great.....one problem....I have it mounted to the mirror....and anytime the nav screen is up and in the daylight brightness.....it sets off the Laser detection...... work around..is to either unplug detector....switch nav to night time brightness....or disable laser detection......

    Anyone else see this?? Ive been on Escorts forums for another fix....but no word .

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    I own 2 Valentine 1 units, I love one, I hate the other. Do not buy a Valentine 1 newer than 2008 if you live near a major city with traffic counting devices (small solar panels visible on top of street lights). The detector will go off non-stop every 30 seconds and drive you crazy. They are dealing with this now but offer NO refunds for this problem. The temporary fix is to put a delay in the programming. I absolutely LOVE my older one that was purchased on E-Bay.


    Here's a vid of a comparison of BOTH old and new showing the false LEO issue.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQX-AvgQXkc

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Quote Originally Posted by e6t View Post
    Passport 8500ix.

    Bought a V1 and returned it. The passport seems to work best for me where I live. WEnt on a road trip last month and this thing wasn't even fair. It picked up LEOs from so far away I thought it was falling.
    I second this one... I had a V1 and also returned it to get the Escort Passport. The Passport is a phenomenal radar detector that worked well, had a nice display and also looked nice. One thing I hated about the V1 was its antiquated looks... it looked like an original fuzz buster.
    fuzzbusterii_b_2.jpg

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Passport QI45 mounts in the grill.

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