I've been "using" the forums for a few days now. It has been a gold-mine of information that I used to select my new radar. The biggest help was the review the veil people did. Money really wasn't an issue, so the field of possibilities was wide open.
A little history. I started driving in 1985 and soon realized that a RD was a must-have. The problem was that I was a teen with a part time job and a car note, and a father who would never allow me to purchase a RD. I settled on a cheap Uniden that I paid somewhere around $49 for from a Walmart. Cetainly not the best, but it was displayed proudly on my dash and did save my butt from a few tickets, and sometimes didn't. My next RD was a cheaply priced Cobra (can't remember model) and I had that for many years to follow. My next RD would prove to be the best model that I had ever owned up to that point. Circa 1995 I purchased an Escort Passport that I cannot remember the model number to. The whole reason I bought it was the fact that it had a spectrum analyzer on it, and the biggest display I had ever seen. I paid around $350 for it if I recall correctly. The display was a greenish yellow. I had that one until around 2002 and bought a cheap Whistler 14xx. I liked that it talked, and it was rather inexpensive. I didn't like the fact I had to reset my options every time I turned it on. Hence the Whislter 1773 I bought last year. Now the audio has gone out on it and I was in the market for a new one. This time I was going to go all out.
My heart was set on the V1, and I was going to buy it until I came across these forums in my research. Last night I purchased my Bel RX65 Pro, extended 2 year warranty, and overnight air delivery from the Beltronics online store. They say I should have my RX65 by tomorrow 1PM.
So many thanks goes out to many of you who unkowingly attributed to my purchasing decision. Especially the folks at Veil for their superb in-depth review.
**Edited to change model number of my latest Whistler**