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Old 12-01-2014, 01:38 AM   #1
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Choosing a Radar Detector

Going through a couple options for a radar detector and was just wondering everybody's thoughts on these.

First off, like everybody else, I prefer not see any wires going to and from the actual detector. So, I found this cordless one on amazon from Escort

http://www.amazon.com/Escort-Solo-Co...productDetails

Thats the only one that caught my attention. So my question is, is the Valentine 1 really worth dropping 400 bucks on? I have an Imola Red ZHP and the cops love me, I don't intentionally speed but I want to know when I pass, or are passing cops, just to make me feel more comfortable.

I know the valentine is awesome, but spending 400 bucks on it sounds a little crazy.

Just asking for people opinions here, thanks for looking

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Old 12-01-2014, 01:42 AM   #2
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A BSRDR Redline is the only option, and then turn off all bands except 2 5 7 Ka, and in some places -- K.

With a cheap radar detector -- its like a placebo. If you get a cheap one -- it goes off constantly due to automatic doors, and automatic cruise controls -- you begin to ignore it because, 34.47 Mhz Ka is probably another automatic door, and now you are either $500 poorer, or in jail, depending on how fast you were going.
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:57 AM   #3
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I grew up with radar detectors back in the 80's & 90's. They worked great cuz the technology back then was SOOOOO easy to determine where & to spot the cops with them.

But...TRULY......aren't "Radar Detectors" in general....a COMPLETE waste of time ...AND...MONEY ??

I invite ALL to answer this.


EDIT: I haven't had a "radar-detector" since, like 1993....cuz cops' technology makes it a complete WASTE of money to buy anything now. Jus sayin.

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Old 12-01-2014, 01:57 AM   #4
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Radar detectors are nice on hilly or windy roads, possibly even in town, but on the highway where most people do their speeding they are practically worthless. Once you are in range of their radar they got you, as long as they have a clear shot of you.

But if you really want one, don't go super cheap. Sure you will know when there are cops around, but you will also know when lots of random stuff is around. My friend's goes off around farm equipment.
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Old 12-01-2014, 02:08 AM   #5
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are they legal in the US? in Australia they are not legal and a lot of the cheaper ones cant "hide" and are able t be picked up by police.
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Old 12-01-2014, 02:16 AM   #6
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are they legal in the US? in Australia they are not legal and a lot of the cheaper ones cant "hide" and are able t be picked up by police.
As far as the entire US goes I'm not sure, but they are illegal in my particular state. Most cops aren't going to go after you for them though, just write another ticket when they pull you over for something else.
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Old 12-01-2014, 02:55 AM   #7
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the time of "radar detectors" has past dudes.

let it go.

radar detectors can not POSSIBLY pick up a cop whom just flicks a F switch nowadays. You'r CAUGHT.

Anybody who buys a F radar detector today is a F ...MORON.

Tell u wut...send ME your $400 & I'll send u this...




...a box of marbles. H#ll, I'll even spray pain the outside black so it looks nice on your dash.
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Old 12-01-2014, 03:41 AM   #8
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So much disinformation herein.

To long didn't read -- cheap radar detectors (under $400 or so) are completely worthless unless you know how to use them.

If you are on a budget. Escort 8500 and turn off all bands except Ka -- but you are still vulnerable to instant on.

The Redline BSRDR redline is the quickest radar detector out there with the new firm ware and still can grab instant on.
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:09 AM   #9
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These days you need a laser jammer if you want protection.

Radar is not used anywhere anymore. Its only laser.
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:14 AM   #10
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These days you need a laser jammer if you want protection.

Radar is not used anywhere anymore. Its only laser.
Again, misinformation.

Radar is much more common, to this day, than LIDAR is. However, it is becoming more common with large PD departments. Rural and poor(er) departments still almost exclusively use Radar. Of those, its overwhelmingly Ka based radar.

Really, both is idea. A good laser jamming system isn't that expensive these days, shoot, I am selling my Blinder HP-905 Quad for $300 if you are interested. It'll stop everything except the DragonEye, which is a very rare gun.

But that is a different story.
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Redline or V1 for the detector. Antilaser Priority for laser jammers (make sure if you get them to slow down and turn them off asap)

Trust me... this is my hobby for over 8 years.



And OP, 400 is NOTHING for one of THE best high quality detectors out there. You gotta pay to play. I have almost 2k in "equipment"

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Old 12-01-2014, 09:24 AM   #12
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Redline or V1 for the detector. Antilaser Priority for laser jammers (make sure if you get them to slow down and turn them off asap)

Trust me... this is my hobby for over 8 years.



And OP, 400 is NOTHING for one of THE best high quality detectors out there. You gotta pay to play. I have almost 2k in "equipment"
Antilaser priority is a BA unit. BSRDR Redline 2/5/7 segments & 3 Front 2 Rear Priority unit -- forget about it.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:25 AM   #13
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Agreed! I had blinder, li and now ALP. Alp is by far the best and it's sheer power is insane

2 front is good enough but for NJ 3 might be a better choice. They love to shoot extreme off-axis off hills and those exits on I95.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:27 AM   #14
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Yeah, there's a lot of mis-information in here. I've got a Passport 9500ix since I do a lot of city driving. The GPS functionality is worth every penny, since it "learns" false alarms and is almost silent unless it sees something worthwhile. I've seen highway patrol doing "instant on" from miles away before, but never gotten a false reading from cruise control.

The line earlier about "Once you are in range of their radar they got you, as long as they have a clear shot of you." is factually untrue, that's just not the way radar works. Think of radar like a flashlight, you can see someone with a flashlight from much farther away than you'd be illuminated by one. There's some other complicating factors at play, yes, but a good detector that can focus on very specific bands won't have any problems picking up speed traps.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:30 AM   #15
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Agreed! I had blinder, li and now ALP. Alp is by far the best and it's sheer power is insane

2 front is good enough but for NJ 3 might be a better choice. They love to shoot extreme off-axis off hills and those exits on I95.
The phone in your sig looks like the Blinder HP-905 heads. I had 2/2 on my old e60. Was excellent to set cruise at 100 from LA to Vegas in the middle of the desert. I was running a bad segmented Redline + Escort's P2P software and Waze.

Truly an amazing combination. If I was to do it over again, I would have gotten a second Redline for the rear windshield, and a Police Scanner. I almost got it by CHP coming up from the back while i/o'ing people in the Left Lane.
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Again, misinformation.
This thread is bringing out more idiots than an oil thread
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:51 AM   #17
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Valentine 1 for radar and Laser Interceptor for laser jamming, best combo out there in my opinion.

If radar detectors are illegal in your state then a stealth install of the Bell STiR Plus w/laser jammer.

I have been hit with laser as high as 110 mph first hit and got my speed down to 65 as I passed the officer and no ticket.

If the sharper officers turn their Ka band on and off or turn on the moment you are on top of them, yes the detector will go off and most likely you will get a ticket. Not much you can do if you are the only car on the road at night so you cannot see them and do not pick up any signals from them doing the same to other traffic ahead of you.

I have been running the V1 and started with a Passport ZR3 jammer and now have a Laser Interceptor. Ticket free for 10 years and never drive below 80 unless traffic dictates otherwise.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:54 AM   #18
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This thread is bringing out more idiots than an oil thread
Before we exchange words, I just want to make sure I am understanding you correctly.

Guy from above says that no one uses Radar anymore, and OP should just by a laser jammer instead. I correct his info, because, it is completely incorrect.

You call me an idiot?

What am I missing?
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I enjoy the directional arrows of the V1. Obviously nothing is foolproof, but I've lost count of the times it has saved me.
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V1 with the Bluetooth interface and either the V1Connection or YaV1 Apps and Waze seems to be a very good combination.

For anyone chiming in that radar is dead, it is not. Yes there is a Laser enforcement but Laser enforcement requires a lot from the LEO as they have to be FAR more actively engaged and "snipping" traffic, where with Radar they LEO can be a bit more hands off and does not require the same level of attention.

Also it depends on where you live and travel. I live in VA one of a few of the states where RD are illegal and many of the LEO actually run and use Radar Detector Detectors and will give out tickets for use of Radar Detectors.

But I can tell you I have traveled quite a bit over the past Summer and my V1 with the V1Connection and Waze worked out well, I traveled over 2500 miles in 1 week in over 10 states and this combination saved me many times.

So to each there own, but before you discount Radar detectors, you should do your research and compare the V1 and Redline, seems that there are a lot of folks in favor of the V1 with the BT interface and smart phone Apps. There are plenty of YouTube comparisons and a number of Forums specific to Radar and Laser detection where you can dive much deeper into this subject.
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