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    Default 1st post! Is the 8500 (old one) still worth $150?

    Hi!
    I am about to buy the 8500 old edition for $150 but wanted to know what do you think about it. The only thing that bothers me is that it doesnt detect POP but it seems there little to gain from that feature anyway. Any thoughts...is the old one still worth $150? One more thing, there hasnt been any upgrades to the 8500 even though its upgradability was nicely advertised feature.
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    150 isnt to bad. I wouldnt be worried about pop, because as of now we havnt seen one detector (including the x50) detect POP from a z-series. I would be a little hesitent on the KA band on the original 8500 though, and I hear it has overheating issues. If I were you, id buy it- then sell it back on ebay when brand X comes out

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    I bought my Bel RX55 on ebay for $170 shipped, and in my opinion it is a very good detector, it also does have POP detection

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    So $150 is not a hot deal just a fair price... then I shouldnt rush cause I thought I was getting a very good price.
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    Ka on the 8500 is awesome. Mine worked great for 4 years before it gave out. And only $50 to refurbish it to facto spec is not bad at all. I would say that $150 is a good deal if it is in good working order. I can't fathom how good the Ka is the X50 and RX65 if it is a vast improvement over the regular 8500. It must be outstanding.

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    I have an X50 and turned POP off. Get the 8500 to hold you over until you want/need something else.

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    So nothing in the $150 range can touch it? Like the silver bullet or whistle 73 pro which was my first candidate...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaolin95
    So nothing in the $150 range can touch it? Like the silver bullet or whistle 73 pro which was my first candidate...
    From what i heard about those detectors I would stick with the 8500...which i would say is far superior to those detectors

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    I'll compare apples to oranges and my friend uses the 8500 not the x50. We have done several side by side comparison tests against the V1 and its not even close on Ka band. Some times we will have slowed to the Ka alert with the V1 and right about then the 8500 will go off.

    It does overheat like a motha but I blame my friends troubles on him. We where stationed in Oklahoma for a year and he never took it out of the car on really hot days. Now it self calibrates like once a day!

    For me the V1 comes in the house and gets to chill out any time I leave the car!

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    Thanks for the input but the V1 is not within my budget nor is a favorite based on my research. Unfortunately $150 is already $50 over what I wanted to spend in the first place. What you just said basically goes against all tests that Ive read where the 8500 (well at least the latest version) beats the V1.
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