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Old 04-21-2004, 09:47 AM   #1
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Bel and Escort whoop Valentine's butt

Check out the review I found last night. The Bel RX65 and the Passport 8500 X50 seem to outperform the Valentine since it doesn't support POP mode

http://www.radarbusters.com/support/product-tests/5.asp
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Old 04-21-2004, 09:57 AM   #2
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Ford magazine also says that Ford is the best car on the road.
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Old 04-21-2004, 10:13 AM   #3
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Didn't someone once post that his stock 325i step beat his friend's modded 330i manual?

In all fairness, no, Valentine won't detect a POP K or Ka, only a POP X which is pretty useless since POP X radar guns will NEVER be put into service.

I'm skeptical however that the X50 and BEL units do a great job of detecting POP. POP is hard to detect. They may detect it, but it's probably not fool proof.

It may not be time for V1 users to upgrade yet though. POP isn't all its cracked up to be. POP is extremely unaccurate at long range, so an officer has to wait till you're closer then normal to fire... so you can probably spot him by eye.

After he does, POP is only an estimation and the POP gun manufacturers even say that tickets can't be written on a POP reading. That means the officer has to fire a regular Ka burst to confirm your speed. Hopefully he tries this on someone up the road before he tries you... meaning you'd see a Ka blip.

I won't be throwing out my V1 yet... I'm gonna see if POP actually becomes a threat. And if it is, I'll see if Mike Valentine releases an update. If that doesn't come, then I'll go buy that nice BEL unit.
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Valentine's opinion about POP

Just found this site. Mike Valentine talks about the POP feature
http://www.valentine1.com/pop/
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Check out the review I found last night. The Bel RX65 and the Passport 8500 X50 seem to outperform the Valentine since it doesn't support POP mode

http://www.radarbusters.com/support/product-tests/5.asp
If you ever go to grad school, one thing you will learn is the ability to evaluate your sources when conducting research. Credibility is a good thing.

The report contradicts itself.
"You get what you pay for, and this is specially true with radar detectors."

Then lists the BelRX65 as the best and passport as second ($339.95). and the SOLO 2 is number 3! WTF?

The V1 is #9 (and the only detector in the review that they do not sell).
"We do not sell the Valentine 1, however as many people consider this radar detector the bench mark of radar detectors we do test it. The Valentine 1 is an excellent unit with excellent range and filtering. The big drawback in our opinion is the price as it costs $399.00 and does not detect POP3 radar guns at all! In our testing, the Escort 8500 outperformed the Valentine 1 in range and filtering. Upgradable by Valentine."

No mention of the arrows either.

Everyone has their opinion, myself included. Most people who have used both detectors chose the V1. You'll have to be your own judge.
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