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Maybe it was the feature on the 8500 that it automatically lowers the audio alarms for you once it's been on for a certain period of time.

The front and rear antenna was another nice feature the V1 has. The 8500 won't be able to detect a rear threat as soon as a V1 should. I've seen how the signal drops sharply once a moving threat has passed you in the opposite direction.
Neither detector will protect you completely but you can opt. to spend some more money if you end up getting the 8500 and purchase the laser jammer, which would help protect you from Lidar, but I'm not sure about the legality of it in the future. You will find many people that will swear by both of these detectors.

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* * * * * * V1 does have auto mute, it just is not turned on by default, however it is possible to reprogram it to support auto mute. But I do agree, the new Passport X50 is pretty much neck and neck with the V1, however I am a firm believer in knowing where the threat is coming from. Not to mention V1 is still the ONLY radar detector with a true front and rear antenna.

Detector's are like anything else, do your research and get what you think is best, I don't mind a Passport owner keeping the cops busy for me.
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As I said, I have had both and my Passport is long gone and sold. The range in every band on the V1 is better, it tells me where the signal is coming from, picks up multiple bands at once and tells me how many are shooting at me. This enables me to know if the signal is behind, in front or what ever and the Bogey counter is the best way to pick out false alarms. The Passport does not enable me to do that, thus my opinion. Many of the tests that are on the Passport site were not scientific head to head tests. There is one scientific head to head test where they guy on the Valentine 1 site claims that he lost because some guy from Autombile Magazine has it out for him and he totally takes the guy's methodology apart piece by piece, its kind of funny. Certainly don't/did'nt think the Passport was a bad detector, but the Val 1 is just better IMO having had both.

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