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Old 03-17-2004, 12:25 PM   #1
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Best Radardetector

Hey guys, Im in the market for a radar detector. Search through thisi board I hear all kinds of good things about the V1, as a matter of fact I don't think anybody ever said anything is better than the V1 other than the escort that some people like. I went on the radartest site a couple days ago and read a review http://www.radartest.com/article.asp?articleID=1064 , that claims that the BEL980 is the best detector you can get, at least for the Ka band. I live in SoCal. Can anybody tell me how much truth is in that review, are these guys biased or is some shadyness involved?

Because it seems to me from real life users, that the V1 is the better option.

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Old 03-17-2004, 12:28 PM   #2
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I think its pretty biased you can tell how its written just towards the other models..the V1 is def everything you pay for...
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Old 03-17-2004, 12:28 PM   #3
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V-1 Hands down. The V-1 is upgradeable, multi options for stealth display, volume control. The unit comes with all sorts of mounting options that are well thought out and a very comprehensive operators manual. It can be programed to block out X band if you so desire. Too many posititive.

The thing that I love the most is the ARROWS. Nothing like knowing where the signal is coming from!

I have had many radars from the big original Escort boxes, to cobras, K40's, etc. V-1 is my choice.
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Old 03-17-2004, 12:44 PM   #4
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V1 if you want better quality, arrows, and don't mind the bulk
Passport if you want it sleek.
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Old 03-17-2004, 12:47 PM   #5
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I live in So. Cal and the V1 accomplishes what I need it to do. It has given me ample warning on the city and highway. I love it and def. worth every penny. Good luck.
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Old 03-17-2004, 01:55 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info guys, it seemed to me that that review seemed a little biased anyways.
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Old 03-17-2004, 02:04 PM   #7
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I'm definitely going to pick up a V1 myself. I've heard the BEL's are decent, but I've seen a number of them go bad in the past. Never heard a bad thing about the V1's though!
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Old 03-17-2004, 02:21 PM   #8
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I have a V1.. Id say with the bogey counters and flashinf arrow indicators.. it is the best hands down.. look at this comparo.. Id say V1 is the best even if it costs that extra $$$.

http://www.speedzones.com/

Theres the site.. everything you need to know about detectors/dector, detectors. jammers, scanners. etc.. Its LOOONG but i recommend reading all of it. Its interesting.

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Old 03-19-2004, 09:00 AM   #9
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i like the v-1

i never heard any thing bad about the v-1 it is tops in the fanatics by far.
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Old 03-19-2004, 09:49 AM   #10
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i have 8500 and no tickets here

i dont think you can go wrong with the 8500 or V1
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Hey guys, Im in the market for a radar detector. Search through thisi board I hear all kinds of good things about the V1, as a matter of fact I don't think anybody ever said anything is better than the V1 other than the escort that some people like. I went on the radartest site a couple days ago and read a review http://www.radartest.com/article.asp?articleID=1064 , that claims that the BEL980 is the best detector you can get, at least for the Ka band. I live in SoCal. Can anybody tell me how much truth is in that review, are these guys biased or is some shadyness involved?

Because it seems to me from real life users, that the V1 is the better option.

Thanks for your input.

The V1 baby..... Hands down...
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Old 03-20-2004, 12:49 AM   #12
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Is the V1 website the only place that you can get it? Besides Ebay, where did you guys get your V1 and for how much? CA just launched this crackdown on speeders, and i wouldn't want to be one of their targets!
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Old 03-20-2004, 10:25 AM   #13
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Is the V1 website the only place that you can get it? Besides Ebay, where did you guys get your V1 and for how much? CA just launched this crackdown on speeders, and i wouldn't want to be one of their targets!
Their website is the only place that sells new units. Get it there. It costs $400. It will come with a warrenty and have the latest software version.
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Old 03-20-2004, 11:17 AM   #14
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The V-1 is only sold by Valentine. You can order from the website or call. But here is how to get it cheaper with full warranty.

Call them up on the 800 number. Tell them you are interested in one of the open box units. He gives a 30day guarrantee and when someone returns a unit, they cannot sell it as new or for full price. They give 10% (sometimes more if they have alot of units, like after Christmas returns) off the price. They do it on the optional components too.

I bought my $400 unit for $359 and the remote display $40 for 37.

The units come in absolutely perfect shape. All components, original box, you have no idea its a reshelved unit. The warranty is in full force and your serial number is registered to you for future upgrades (cannot get that when you buy it off Ebay). Also the unit is loaded with the latest software.

LIKE I SAID (and many others too) Once you live with the arrows (and bogey counter) you cannot live WITHOUT them!
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Old 03-20-2004, 01:09 PM   #15
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Damn....you guys are awesome all of you! So here i go to the 800 # and burn a hole in my wallet, but this is def an investment, after reading everyone's posts on it.
Anyone used to live in paranoia for fear of getting caught, but now have no worries because of the V1? Just want to see how much at ease you folks are on the road with that lead foot.

on a side note, just got back from an early morning flight, and walking from the flightline to my car, you can see her gleaming a mile away from the detail i gave her last night. Wish she could be like that always....
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