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    Default Best radar for the buck?

    Im really new to these forums and to radar detectors I wanna know which radar is the best from someone like me who doesnt want to pay more then $250?

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    I think the general consensus around here is that you should spend ~$30 more and go with the Bel 995. It's basically an RX65 ($330) minus a few features.

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    for 150$, the detection range on this one is supposed to be really good..
    http://www.radarbusters.com/products/cobra/9700.asp
    However, I can tell you I was not very impressed with this one. I would have a 6-10 seconds to slow down for a cop going 55mph. With the escort for about 80$ more you get about 30 more seconds

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    Yeh, i had the Cobra XRS-9700 for a week and i returned it. I found it not to be a really good help. By the time it started beeping i could allready see the cop for myself.

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    Yea I wasn't very impressed with it. As much as I hate to say it, I think there is a HUGE leap between the highend detectors & the low end detectors. I have not found one that is inbetween.

    http://www.radarbusters.com/products...ler/pro-73.asp

    That looks like a good one, but the SML tests show that the detection range is lower then the 9700 :?

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    Hmmm, maybe i sould go all the way and save my money and get a really good one. Which one of these is better BEL RX65 or the V1?

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    The Bel and the V1 question is going to get you a lot of personal preference answers. Mine is for the V1. To me it seems basically the bel rx65 vs escort x50 comparison comes down to which features do you prefer and the rx65/x50 vs V1 comparison comes down to do you spend the vast majority of your time on the highway or in the city? The V1 appears to be the highway favorite.
    Richard

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    Thanks guys for all the responses. Yeh, i do spend most my time on the highway. I'm actually still in high school. But my gf lives 22 miles away so i take the thruway alot and speed ofcourse so i need something that will save me from getting alot of speeding tickets. Well i guess im gonna have to start saving up for the v1!!! By the way would it be better to just order it from the v1 home site?

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    V1 is the only legit place to buy it from. People who sell them are just selling ones that they bought for full MSRP from Valentine and then selling them. If you call V1 direct you can get an open box unit for $360. That's what I did.
    Richard

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    V1 has my vote
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