I am the "not-too-proud" owner of a Cobra XRS 9500. I bought it a year and a half ago knowing it wasn't the best, but not knowing how bad it was. Even though they don't have the best track record, it has saved me from multiple tickets, although I have gotten two (PLIII doing 79 in a 50, and instant on KA doing 82 in a 65... but lowered to 74). Anyway, after passing a cop using POP radar yesterday (my detector was completely oblivious to it, despite the fact that it supposedly detects it :roll I have decided that I think it might be time to get a V1... I've wanted one for a long time.
The one thing that I've always liked about my Cobra is how loud the volume is. I enjoy driving with the windows down, and even on the freeway I can still hear it. My bro-in-law's Escort 8500 isn't very loud, even on the highest volume setting... if the windows are down or if the stereo is turned up even semi-loud you can't hear it. Obviously the greatest detector is worthless if you can't hear it, and that's my fear with getting another detector. Is the V1 pretty loud?