V1 or STi?
I am absolutely dying here. I've had a V1 since 2002. With StealthJamals video of the Spectre IV in VA I got both excited and nervous so I purchased a STi. My 30 days are coming to an end and I'm still confused. What is clear is that there is no perfect radar detector. Each detector has strenghts and weeknesses. The last 2 mornings I have ran into 2 traps in the same area using 35.5 ka. The trap had was around a curve. The V1 gave exceptional range besting the STi by about 50 yards. In a city environment this is a huge advantage. The STi did however alert in plenty of time. Tonight, I found 2 great sources for K band. A brand spankin new speed sign and an officer that had pulled someone over for a good 40 minutes. First the speed sign. Both gave good range, but the V1's range again was nothing short of phenominal. The new speed sign would shut off and come on like instant on. I was able to take advantage of this for testing. The V1 consistantly alerted to the threat first. Will this help in a real scenario? Probably not, but better is better. The second source of k band. This is where there was an enormous discrepancy between these two detectors. The leo was faced straight and backwards at a 4 way stop. The V1 gave plenty of warning in each direction. The STi only warned me as I was passing the street in one direction and not at all in the other direction. On 2 passes, I received no alert at all in either direction. Very disappointing. We know however that this scenario would equal no ticket anyway and the STi did alert in plenty of time in the real scenarios. Now the other side of the coin, falsing. I have my V1 set to unmute at 4 leds which I found to make falsing liveable. The STi is absolutely stellar with false alerts. I find it's automute function much more useful than Valentines. k band false alarms are not bothersom at all with the STi, although the leds on the smartcord are so damn bright, it's unusable for stealth.
I'm just curious what other people have tried both detectors and your opinions on both?
If you donít mind false alerts V1 if you do get the Sti
Radar is radar whether itís a threat or not
Me personally i like more information rather than not enough
Like correct signal strength and the direction that the radar is coming from.
V1 first !
K band king , ka as far as sti Pluse&&POP has good sensitivity!
Try to get an older version of the V1 for VA so you don't have to worry to much about the spectre. The STi is a fine detector, but the V1 arrows are king in a urban environment. On the HWY 90% of the time it is a forward facing hit and I slow down until the unit stops beeping anyways.
Is your STi manufactured after 2707?
Were you testing both Rd's at once? This is a common mistake of users. Many think that the STi doesnt affect any Rd bc its spectre immune. This is wrong. There are a few videos out there, showing bothe the V1 and Sti alerting to each other and causing weird behaviors. If you did run them at the same time then your results are faulted.
Still here is my opinion.
Normal City driving with false spots =STI
Highway and or backroads=V1
You can see that in GOL Aug radar test the V1 did ultimately the best but along with this added detection range comes more falses in City's....
Dude the 2002 V1 has just eaten and spat out the all new super fantastic undetectable high profit margin STI and you ask this Question? Virion you should just go the STI as i feel the false alerts is where it's at for you. But hey get a ticket and live and learn.
Now the other way to look at it is you already got the best Dude don't be a Victim of the Bell sales machine. IMO
If you want the best and to be number one, keep your Valentine One. If you want to spend an extra $50 and be second or third best, the Escort 9500i and Bel STi are for you.
I can definately deal with the falses. I have upgraded twice since 2002 and now have 3.826. My real concern was the Spectre IV. I have seen dozens upon dozens of state troopers and none of them have had the Spectre in them.
Dude i have the same and it rocks. If Spectre is a prob in your area then you need to worry about it like you are but imo the STI is not the best. The V1 false's (i like that so called word) a bit in large L yes but remember the alert's are real close to the real K band police radar freq so you are alerted to a real threat. Anyway the sti is for homo's simply