I spent about 3 hours the other night researching my next radar detector. And to my surprise Cobra is garbage. I used a Cobra XRS 9930 for 3 years. It was pretty good to me, gave me good alerts on X band, could be a little better on K and KA, forget laser though.... I've had lasers aimed directly at me from cops, and the thing only went off 1/5 times that I can remember. Last year the display light went out, I ignored it, after all I got the radar from a friend for free and the sound alerts still worked. Til the other day... It died, slowly the sound started to go. I was looking at the Beltronics STI, Escort 9500xi, and the Valentine one. They all rated well (quite better then my Cobra) but in the end, I ordered the Valentine one off their site for $399
My only question is, will the Valentine 1 be up to date? I would imagine so, and is there much of a difference between the V1 and the XRS 9930? May be a dumb question, but I'm new to it all.