: what is the most preferred radar detector (window mount)



FSTMRFR
10-23-12, 07:15 AM
I am in the market for a great radar detector..... I have 3 sports cars, so I am looking for window mount (mirror) mount....not dash or hard mount for multiple cars... Point me in the right direction... Right now my number one pick is escort passport 9500ix... I checked out the valentine1... Tell me what you all think....

McGuffy
10-23-12, 08:02 AM
Escort and Valentine are easily the best manufacturers out there. I don't think you can go wrong with either.

My 2 cents - you can disable bands like X and K on the Passport (not sure about Valentine) - these bands haven't been used for ages, at least not in my neck of the woods, so disabling them rids me of grocery store door openers and the like.

IBMike
10-23-12, 08:33 AM
search the board for V1; that'll be your answer!

Or you can look at the results here:

http://www.guysoflidar.com/august-2007/radar-detector-test.html

smiley47
10-23-12, 10:04 AM
I have the Escort Solo (battery operated) that I hang on the onderside of the visor with a clip they supply. It may not be quite as advanced as the 9500 but it's never let me down. No cords or wires and you can easily move it from one car to another.

FSTMRFR
10-23-12, 03:15 PM
Sweet... Thx for the heads up.... Gonna go read the link you posted.....

yotsubachan
10-23-12, 03:16 PM
search the board for V1; that'll be your answer!

Or you can look at the results here:

http://www.guysoflidar.com/august-2007/radar-detector-test.html

Thanks for posting this. I was leaning towards the V1, but wasn't sure how much better it was than the 9500. Looks like the V1 is significantly better for curves. Thanks.

thebigjimsho
10-24-12, 12:02 PM
Been loving my Valentine 1 for 18 years...

dennych
10-25-12, 02:02 AM
would you guys recommend an invisicord with the mirror mount? Not a fan of having the cord go straight down

Brian in GA
10-25-12, 07:07 AM
I picked up the Escort 9500xi. It came down to that and the Valentine. After having it for 3 weeks now I DO appreciate the GPS feature which stores and cancels all of the false X band alerts on about the 3rd pass through any given area. The V1 does have the arrows which was the only other feature that really had my attention.

I studied extensively and feel I made the right decision for me in my area which is the suburbs of Atlanta. If I lived in farmland, I may have used the V1 because there would be less false alerts due to the lower population and business density.

This thing has saved me three times in the past 3 weeks, I do find I drive with more confidence after seeing how soon it alerts me to a threat.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2009-cadillac-cts-v-general-discussion/271859-laser-jammers-radar-detectors-what-do.html

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FSTMRFR
10-25-12, 10:27 PM
Thanks for posting this. I was leaning towards the V1, but wasn't sure how much better it was than the 9500. Looks like the V1 is significantly better for curves. Thanks.

There is a new version of the 9500 that had not been tested against the v1, mainly because it was not produced at time of review for that posting.... The new one 9500 seems to be very comparable to v1... I am going with 9500xi because of cancellation... I don't care what direction it's coming from.... As long as I am forewarned.... ;)

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I am in need of this asap, my new V tricked me into getting in it hard and wound up caught with a mandatory court date with 112mph in a 55 zone :(

Hotrod-Realtor
10-25-12, 10:53 PM
[/COLOR]I am in need of this asap, my new V tricked me into getting in it hard and wound up caught with a mandatory court date with 112mph in a 55 zone :(

Well that sucks badly. Lawyer up brother.

jzchen
10-26-12, 05:14 AM
There is a new version of the 9500 that had not been tested against the v1, mainly because it was not produced at time of review for that posting.... The new one 9500 seems to be very comparable to v1... I am going with 9500xi because of cancellation... I don't care what direction it's coming from.... As long as I am forewarned.... ;)

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I am in need of this asap, my new V tricked me into getting in it hard and wound up caught with a mandatory court date with 112mph in a 55 zone :(

Ouch! Don't think I ever hit over 100 in ours.

I have a V1, a STi Driver (accidentally bought, don't ask), and one of those Cobras with colorful display and their old GPS locator. I'm afraid I don't have experience with ESCORT Live, but out of the three I use the V1 the most. The other two are mostly collecting dust.

FSTMRFR
10-27-12, 11:39 PM
Well that sucks badly. Lawyer up brother.

You know it.... Oh well it does happen.... It's like a $500 dollar roller coaster ride...lol

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Ouch! Don't think I ever hit over 100 in ours.

I have a V1, a STi Driver (accidentally bought, don't ask), and one of those Cobras with colorful display and their old GPS locator. I'm afraid I don't have experience with ESCORT Live, but out of the three I use the V1 the most. The other two are mostly collecting dust.

That's why I am trying to narrow it Down.... Either v1 or 9500xi...... Leaning on the escort though...

Wannago
10-28-12, 12:53 AM
The 9500ix isn't in the same league as the V1 as far as outright performance (sensitivity and responsiveness). It is better in cities due to it's GPS and filtering capabilities (better=less noisy), but if you know that X and K bands aren't used, you can turn them off in the V1 and it will give you fantastic protection against Ka and LIDAR (it is VERY sensistive to LIDAR) although no detector will prevent LIDAR tickets. Escort Live is useless...don't waste your money on that.

I have a custom installed Beltronics STiR+ as well as a V1. The STiR Plus is the current king of the hill in "almost" all regards. In this video, both the STiR+ and the V1 alert at exactly the same time to a brief Ka alert from over 4 miles away. Watch what happens at around the 50 second mark....the V1 alerts first then the STiR+alerts 6 SECONDS LATER! This is the benefit of the rear antenna and arrows in the V1.

If I had been running a 9500ix, I am pretty sure it would have missed the very first alert and I would have got a ticket. For the V1 to be on par with the STiR+ speaks volumes as to it's level of performance.

Unless I was going to be almost constantly driving in the city, I would not run with only a 9500. Cops are clever and use some intersting tactics (like in the video), and in my opinion, you want not only a very sensitive detector, but also a "quick" one that will catch the short bursts aimed at drivers ahead of you before it is your turn. The 9500 isn't "quick".

The Escort Redline is the current king for sensitivity / range as far as windshield mounts go, although a bit slow with respect to instant on and quick trigger shots.

Whatever you get, be carefull shutting of K band...it is still used in quite a few areas, but X is safe to turn off. Oh - there is NOT a new version of the 9500...the latest is the 9500ix that has been out for several years now. Again, it's not in the same league as the V1, Redline, etc.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RQM2qjfGDM

Crystal Red CTS-V
10-28-12, 01:48 PM
There is a new version of the 9500 that had not been tested against the v1, mainly because it was not produced at time of review for that posting.... The new one 9500 seems to be very comparable to v1... I am going with 9500xi because of cancellation... I don't care what direction it's coming from.... As long as I am forewarned.... ;)

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I am in need of this asap, my new V tricked me into getting in it hard and wound up caught with a mandatory court date with 112mph in a 55 zone :(

I'll bet that was "instant on" radar, for which no detector can defend against, unless traffic ahead is zapped, giving you an opportunity to slow down.

6104696
10-28-12, 05:31 PM
I won't get into the "which one is best" discussion, but I'll offer my two cents. I live in VA where they are illegal, but often drive into MD and points north (I don't use it in VA). I also have several cars. I have an Escort Solo S2 (which has been superceded by the S3); this is the wireless one which makes it easy to remove when I cross into VA, and swap bedtween cars.

It was not as highly rated as the wired or corded ones (Valentine included), but it works quite well, has saved me many times, and doesn't false too much. I get about 2 round trips to LI out of a pair of batteries. The storage case has a spot to hold a spare pair.

Wannago
10-28-12, 05:49 PM
No offense, but the cordless models are further impeded by slower performance associated with the nature of their cordless circuitry/power supply.

Whether or not an RD is easily removed plays almost no role in areas where they are prohibited. What is really important is whether or not an RD is detectable by police radar detector-detectors. If the cop has a radar detector detector, he will know you have an RD even if you have taken it down.

The Solos are not stealth. Neither is the V1 nor the 9500ix, so if that is a requirement, you should check out the Beltronics and Escort web sites for stealth, undetectable models.

6104696
10-28-12, 06:52 PM
No offense, but the cordless models are further impeded by slower performance associated with the nature of their cordless circuitry/power supply.

Whether or not an RD is easily removed plays almost no role in areas where they are prohibited. What is really important is whether or not an RD is detectable by police radar detector-detectors. If the cop has a radar detector detector, he will know you have an RD even if you have taken it down.

The Solos are not stealth. Neither is the V1 nor the 9500ix, so if that is a requirement, you should check out the Beltronics and Escort web sites for stealth, undetectable models.

I don't care about stealth; I only use it where they are legal to use. I do care about convenience and neatness, and have had plenty of corded detectors, and the cordless is much more convenient and more neat (for me, and in my opinion).

I know that wired models have tested better, and I pointed that out in my original post. My point is that the S2 has served me well and continues to do so. The OP said that he had multiple vehicles, so since I have a similar situation, I thought I would pass along my experience with the S2. YMMV.

FSTMRFR
10-28-12, 11:00 PM
Thx for the info from y'all.... Just want best bang for the buck.... I am combined city and country driving.... Sort of why I leaned on the 9500.... Seemed to do best for both, being less noisy.... But as far as response time, I see the v1 and 9500 on par with each other, just a distance difference..... Which if placed at same location and would seem to have lower or longer response time because of distance, but if u are at distance for functionality of them both, the response time was more or less.... Equal.... I have done much homework on this after the original post.... Both being stellar performers.... Guess u just have to pick your poison...... The things that make you go....hmmmm...

Baxman
10-29-12, 12:24 AM
For about $60 you can have the V1 or other unit hardwired (but still unplugable and removable) into the headliner console. No wires, no batteries; looks factory. Car Toys or other car stereo, etc. shop.

My V1 has saved my @$$ a time or two.