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Go with the Valentine 1 if you don't want to worry about tickets, that is all there is to it. I had a budget detector before my V1, it was so bad I usually saw the cop before it went off.

ZoomZoom Diva, I really don't see the benefit of tracking multiple signals at once, knowing even 1 cop is in the area is enough for me, but the real benefit is the additional range the V1 offers, not to mention the directional arrows. I have had my V1 for 2yrs now, the same day I got it, it paid for itself by alerting me to a trap over 3 miles ahead on the other side of a hill.

Tests are pretty even, but one thing I find very interesting is I have never met a previous V1 owner stating they traded it for a Passport. For that matter I have never met a V1 owner who ever switched to something else after owning a V1. Test's may be a toss up, but brand loyalty is not.

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The ExpertMeter tracking allows you to place the position of each radar source (front, rear, side) by tracking the change in signal strength. My mom and I were both talking about this (she uses a BEL) and we both track the same way, and consider the arrow a warning light version of a gauge.

The voltmeter is another feature I like on the 8500. I have used it as a diagnostic/check tool on multiple cars.

I have not driven with a V1 where any difference in range was noted. In convoys with V1 equipped cars, we get our warnings at the same time. Tests have been mixed on measured range. Passport owners are a loyal group, too, and very happy with their products. The most you see normally are 7500 owners going to 8500s (like I did a few years back).

I believe both provide full radar protection. It's a matter of what features, look, and price point is preferable to you.

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You guys have tastes that are too rich for me:laugh

Anyway, for those who live life on the "cheap side" (like I do)
here is Radartest.com $99 test

I picked up a whistler 1753 and I blieve that it has saved my ass atleast once.
Was going on i5 south; about 90 mph and playing with a black silverado. Radar detector goes off, i back off. As I pass the next overpass/onramp, a cop comes and pulls over the Silverado. Whew.:D

Edit: did some digging around, found this and think it's a good read.
http://www.hackpalace.com/anarchy/guides-f...qs/speeding.txt
tip: copy and paste to notepad.exe (and under format, select "word wrap")

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There is no replacement for the valentine 1...enuf said...
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The Val 1 tracks as many signals as are on you in multiple bands at one time. I have actually had 3 bands lit up at one time (k, x and ka). I have had both the 8500 and the Valentine 1, as said before. With the 8500, I got to pay $300 for the detector, $200 for the ticket and lord knows how much in additional premiums. The Valentine 1, I paid $400 for the detector and haven't gotten any tickets. No radar detector is going to make you invincible, but the circumstance I got nabbed in with my 8500 WAS preventable if I had a detector with better range from the rear. The Val 1 does get more false alarms becasue it picks up EVERYTHING. I would rather have it that way than have a "filter" make the decision for me if the signal is something I want to know about or not. Also, the Val 1 is upgradable, the 8500 is not. Nuff said.

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* * * * * * You guys have tastes that are too rich for me:laugh *

Anyway, for those who live life on the "cheap side" (like I do)
here is *Radartest.com $99 test

I picked up a whistler 1753 and I blieve that it has saved my ass atleast once.
Was going on i5 south; about 90 mph and playing with a black silverado. *Radar detector goes off, i back off. *As I pass the next overpass/onramp, a cop comes and pulls over the Silverado. *Whew.:D *
I've got a 10 year old Whistler with voice warnings that still works great. Saved my butt plenty of times for a fraction of the cost of a V1. I know where all the false alarms are on my commute so that's not an issue. And there's more than enough range on the Whistler to make upgrading a non-issue. Since I got it, I've only been pulled over by a laser-equipped cop and have dodged countless radar traps. It does have a laser detector on it as well, but we all know how useless those are.

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Although the $99 segment doesn't have as much warning as an escort/v1 would give, I believe that the $99 detector still has a place in society.

The V1/escort may give an eariler warning, allowing more time to slow down- perfect detectors for the chronic speeder. However, I drive about 5-10 above the actual limit, placing myself in the quasi-legal speed limit. When I get warnings on my 1753, I don't have to panic and brake. My detector is there to help me me to keep me aware of my surroundings.

With the tenique of driving "quazi-legal", I have averaged only 1 speeding ticket per 5 years of driving. Not too much IMHO, and when I do, traffic school easily makes it disappear into the wilderness; leaving me with a spotless record.

Every detector has its use. I couldn't justify 3-400 dollars on a detector, but if you guys truly believe its worth it, go for it. Its your money.

Oh and no matter what price it is, stay away from rocky mountain. Even my sub hundred whistler outperfmrs it, so says eopinions reviews and radar reviews that i've seen.

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I'm going to rehash something I've said a few times:

Do you have $400 you can live without RIGHT NOW?

The Valentine1 costs $400, for sure. But the thing has SUCH a good reputation that as long as you keep your box, etc., they sell used on eBay for $350-375. That means if you ever want to downgrade to a lesser detector or if you need your money back for some reason down the road, you have a way to do it.

Not to sound like a broken record, but I wouldn't want to own another detector at all. Ever. I believe that the ranges on all the detectors are similar, but the arrows are DEFINITELY worth $400 or whatever Mike Valentine decides he wants to charge for them. Try it and you'll understand.
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Well this is a no win battle, everyone with whatever detector they have right now is pretty loyal to them. As far as rich tastes go, $400 is not cheap, but a higher ins premium for 3 yrs is far more. At least thanks to this thread you now have some suggestions starting at $99 and going to $400, basically the same thing you probably already found on the internet.

cbob brings up a very good point, if you only avg 5-10 over then you probably do not need the V1 or Passport. If all I avg'd was 5-10 over I probably would not even have a detector. But the faster you want to go is the better you need your detector to be if you want to see the cop before he sees you.

And for someone like me who averages 20-30 over, I would not trade my V1 for any other detector currently available.

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Dont have a V1 in my opinion because they jus give you so many false alarms its not even funny. I have a BEL 985 (top of the line Bel) and my friend uses a passport 8500. We set them right next to each other to see which one is better.
We found out that the BEL 985 X band come on b4 the passport 8500 but the K and Ka band slightly come on b4 the BEL 985.

The Bel 985 runs about 220 while the passport 8500 is about 300. Its your choice.. a extra bill for a radar that gives you a slightly advantage or save a 100 and get a BEL 985 which save me from dozens of tickets and i still never got one.
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