V1.8—POP2 with Euro Mode. 3.824 I believe. Settings were at small L the whole way. Nothing modified in settings. Where is the magnesium case?
X50 Revision 5
I purchased a V1 straight from Valentine last week, it arrived in 2 days. Customer service was great. One side note is that Valentine doesn't send out an email with a tracking number from UPS or any emails that say that your purchase has been shipped.
I bought the detector to compare it to my X50. I made a long trip to St Louis Area this weekend for a big paintball practice, about a 6 hour drive each way. I traveled on I-55 most of the way (which is known to use vascar), I-294-briefly ( Laser and Ka used mostly here), I-90 and 290. I knew this would be a sufficient testing area. On the way down, there were 2 laser falses. Both of which were in very flat ground with cornfields everywhere, no LEO's to be found. At the first alert, I didn't think to check for the vehicles in front of me for their known laser falses, but the second time it went off ( an hour later), there was only an older ford explorer in front of me. What could be causing this?? Hmm. The vehicle I was in was a newer GMC Envoy, which didn't have adaptive cruise control to my knowledge.
There was also once instance of a state trooper and a conservation officer on the right shoulder, with a Ka gun left on. The V1 gave about 5 seconds of warning around a slight curve. One thing that upset me was the fact that the V1 didn't go to a "constant tone" for more than a split second after I was passed it. The rear arrows did seem to delay after I was passed the Officer.
Another Ka detection of a state trooper pointed diagonally aiming at our direction of traffic. Ka detection was constant on, and the range didn't seem as long as my X50 for some reason. It was enough for me to slow down, but for a constant on Ka pointed at our direction, I expected more. Sorry that I don't have an exact distance or time from alert to radar location, I wasn't driving at this time.
During the last 30 minutes of my trip, I decided to plug both detectors in. The x50 was in highway mode, and the V1 was in Advanced Logic- L mode. A few minutes later, the x50 alerted to a medium strength Ka Alert. The v1= nothing. As I got closer, the V1 finally started to alert to a medium strength KA ahead, whereas the X50 was at a constant KA sound. This was in city traffic. I was not happy after this.
Some notes/complaints: The V1 isn't as loud as my X50, I don't think anyone can argue that. I wish it had 2 settings like the x50 for loudness level. I guess I will have to get an external speaker for it to catch my attention if i'm listening to music. There is one other thing I noticed about it's sensitivity. The strength bar seems to jump around a lot. When compated to my x50, for constant on situations, the x50 had a much smoother transition on sounds. Meaning, from first alert to actually being on top of the officer was a much smoother transition in sounds. It seems like the X50 goes to a constant tone much earlier than the V1, which I don't like about the V1. I know I can change Ka Sensitivity... would that help? Seems like the V1's range isn't as good... Hmm.
Also, I don't like how the V1 uses LED's to indicate what band it's detecting. Since I'm not used to the sound, and some of the tones sound similar, I like being able to look at the RD and instantly know what i'm detecting. At night with the V1, I have to almost guess where the LED is lighting up at- K, Ka etc. I like how the x50 shows what band is being detected on a screen. The x50's KA sounds and POP sounds are very similar though...
Some things I miss compared to the x50-Auto mute, Being able to tell strength of EACH band with the expert display, Adjustable Dimming
The tones take some getting used to... but maybe you guys can make my V1 experience more enjoyable I appreciate any advice and comments.
Overall, I don't know which I'd pick right now. The arrows are something I love. If I can fix or understand the qwerks, the V1 would be my choice. It does "false" a lot, probably because I was in logic mode, but I didn't want to risk it filtering something out, especially since I'm not familiar with what it does/doesn't filter out in Advanced Logic mode.