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radar detector suggestions

I need suggestions on a new radar detector...with so many reviews out there i dont know who to trust but the people that actually drive my car....i know passport 8500 is a safe bet but it also puts a big hole in my vallet....i hear a lot of good things about PNI Inc detectors....I especially like the Silver Bullet but its too new for reviews...if anyone owns one let me know how they are....www.pnicorp.com
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Here is my suggestion...

If you get a cop signal and slow down immediately, get the passport. $300

If you get a cop signal and want to know if the cop is in front, back, or side...get the Valentine1. $400

I have never heard of PNI Inc but there are three proven detector brands, ValentineOne, Escort Passport, and BELtronics.


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If you want the best range in the business, want to know where the cop is and want the ability to weed out false alarms by knowing how many signals are being picked up (even numbers of the same band tend to be false!) AND if you want a detector that will be upgraded for any technological advances at a discounted cost, go with the Valentine 1 for $400. If you want above average range from the front, not so good from the rear and don't think it is important to know where the signals are and be able to better pinpoint false alarms, get either the Passport 8500 or a high end Bel for $300-ish. I can tell you I have owned a Passport 8500 and it has already been sold on E-bay. It was a good detector, but my Valentine 1 is that much better. For how much a ticket can cost you in the fine and the additional insurance premiums, an extra $100 is worth it. Budget detectors are not worth the money so rather than buying a cheap $100 detetor, save your pennies.

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I have the Escort Passport Solo S2 and i am the same way. Sure i paid out the ass for one but i already got a ticket and that prompted me to invest in one. Its pretty good for the range and basically all i do is slow down when i get a K or Ka alarm. Gotten me out of a lot of trouble already.


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i have owned and/or a number of detectors within the past 2 years. the only ones i would say are worth getting are the passport 8500 and the valentine-1.

i own the passport 8500 because i dont need to know where the hell the cop is, as long as theres one around me...

i cut almost an hour off my drive to cocoa beach this past weekend. that would be about a 4.5 hour drive going the speed limit...i did 15 over the whole time with the passport.
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i appreciate the suggestions and i already know about the 8500 reputation and V1 but in order to get such a reputation they all started from zero at one point....sometimes its good to bet on the underdog...thats why i was asking about the PNI sensoro traveller...Radar Busters were suprised with its performance....its like this, we all know Toyotas and Hondas are reliable and cost more than other japanese cars but why not give a chance to someone else....and we all did and we are very happy with our Mazda 6s right?
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I'm not really sure that's a valid analogy. I'm sure that are some people on here like me that are a Ford family and this is the best option they offered. It's your money though, you don't really have to be defensive about it. Personally, I'd let someone else be the guinnea pig on the new toy.
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I have only used the valentine 1, so my experience with radar detectors is not that extensive. I can tell you it has paid for itself at least five or six times in the last year. It's range is incredible. However, it's worth very little without an alert driver and a good set of eyes.

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I see your analogy about the underdog, but in radar detectors tests have proved that there is the Valentine 1 and then there is basically everyone else, period. I didn't believe the hype, but my Passport netted me a ticket because its range wasn't all it was cracked up to be from behind. Far as I have seen, the odds of that happening with my Val 1 are much less. I have had cops miles behind me and picked them up without a problem. Also, just like all of you say I looked at the Val 1 and said, "I don't care WHERE the cops are". I can tell you, unless you have had that capability, and if you have a non Val 1 detector you don't, don't underestimate it, you have no basis for comparison or conclusion, trust me. I think differently now. Same thing with knowing the number of signals. I gotta tell ya, I have been beamed by radar from a cop while driving by the mall and thought to slow down because the "bogey counter" showed 3 signals coming from the same band (X I believe), which I figured had a high chance that the 1 was a cop. Boy was it right. Conventional detectors like the Passport would have just shown a strong X band signal, which I might assume is the mall having driven by it a million times which would have been costly. If you slowed down every time your detector went off, you would add time to every trip. The Val 1 gives you the tools to know when to slow-em and when to keep truckin'.

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The Passport 8500 (and 7500) in Expert Mode simultaneously keeps track of the strength of up to 8 signals at once (4X, 2K, 2Ka)... this is valuable, as you can place the signals by changes in signal strength and keep track of them separately. To me this is more informative than just arrows and a counter, as I can tell which are near and which are far away too.

As far as range... I have convoyed with people using V1's and my Passport gives me warnings as good as they get them... the range is functionally the same.

The tests are a toss up. About half pick the V1, and half pick the 8500, and some just recommend both (BMW Roundel in particular).

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