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    Default Gah...so V1 or X50?

    I keep on changing my mind between which detector I want to buy, every time I seem to set myself on either one, I read another post that changes my mind. >_<

    So, I'm just going to see, who has better opinions for each detector. As of now I'm leaning more towards the V1. Is it really worth the extra 100 bucks?

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    Don't forget to consdier the RX65 too.

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    it all depends on the regions you will be driving in and if you don't mind constant false alerts or you want a quiet detector....etc. what features

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    I just want...whichever detector will keep me the most safe...period.

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    Think of it this way, its all about preference, would you let someone else pick your detector for you, based on their preference. Chances are they wont have the same preferences as you, unless you are lucky. When I purchased my detector it was a toss up between Bel, Escort, V1. Generalizing, I could get the same performace for half the price, so I kick the V1 to the curb. In regards to if price was not a consideration, honeslty that is a good question, I believe it was recently raised, but I did not catch the responses. As I write this I can say that I would NOT jump at the chance, remember the V1 has it share of "glictches" and the overwhelming concensus that the V1 falses alot. So back to my purchase, I scrutinized what I wanted, and what I was willing to compromise. This was a first RD purchase for me, besides all the talk of detectors being worless, I wanted a top notch detector that would not having me jumping on the brakes for falses, I already was in a bad habit of profiling cars and jumping on the brakes just to find out it was a normal car and not a trooper. So with the V1 out for sure, I had Escort and Bel, I ended up picking the bell although on paper the escort I believe beat the Bel by a very small fraction. The other features of the Bel over whelmingly won my money. Paid approx $250 or something like that for my Bel, came with a 2 year warranty, and a to be found out later laughable ability to be upgraded never to be obsolete.

    Regardless if your preferences include aesthetics or not (which by the way is a major factor, why not!) make a list of what feature you like and rate how strongly you like those features, guaging what features you are willing to compromise. Dont focus on peoples reports of fluke bad things, these detectors are all top dog, and the reprots are in a way unreliable unless you are in the exact same position on the same road with exactly the same traffic with the same LEO with the same radar gun etc etc etc.

    Today if I was buying I would still consider the V1, despite its rate of "flase" alerts. Why, because like I mentioned above I was previoously shopping around for a detector that was not going to be aggrevating me. Now because I have a better understanding of a detector and experience, I believe I might have a better tolerance of the annoyance to have a possible couple of seconds edge.

    Recently on a road trip with my old Bel and another cars V1, we were both past by a 100+ land rover who up ahead slammed on his brakes, I dont know what RD he had but ours did not alert for another 30 seconds. NOW IF I KNEW WHAT HE HAD I WOULD HAVE GONE TO THE STORE THE SAME DAY AND BOUGHT WHAT HE HAD. But I don't know, wish I did after seeing that performace, but again, could have just been a fluk thing and the next time my or someone elses RD would have had the advantage.

    Dont beat yourself up on it, I learned that, just pick the one you like, not based on all our chatter, the reviews are extensive, nothing different to tell they are all top performers, so pick the one you simple like.

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    Amoney...thank you. Yours was the most informative reply that I've had to this question yet.

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    I've had them all at least twice. It seems you are like me in that you'll buy one use it for a while because you talk yourself into thinking the other is better.
    Here is my opinion. Go with the V1 newest model. The newer models are a little more quite (yes big L works for k band too). I've not had issues with false "j" alert. The arrows are a must. The range is the same on the top three. Here is how I justify to myself to have the V1 @ $400. It is a detector pointing in front and one pointing behind. I like the others as well but I HATE not knowing which direction to start looking.
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    2 8500 x50's (wife still has the blue one and loves it)
    1 8500 rev 13
    1 Rx 65 (never will get another "self cal" withing a week)
    1 Vector 995
    1 Vector 895
    1 Vector 965
    *Note almost all vectors detected the same
    1 Valentine pre 1.7
    1 Valentine 1.7
    3 V1.8's

    I know. I'm a little weird but I love this stuff. V-1 final answer (unless the STI is amazing)

    Thanks

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    First off, if cost is not an object, wait until the STi is out. If that baby justifies its massive price tag by blowing everything else out of the water, it's worth it. I'm not saying that will happen, and I kind of doubt that it will be much-improved over the current RX65 and X50 anyway, but it's worth waiting for.

    The V1 falses a lot, but it will pick up any radar source from well over a mile away. My X50 doesn't record too many falses, and it always gives me plenty of warning (I've gotten four miles of warning on a straight--but urban--freeway), but the service and support you get with Valentine isn't there, and Belscorts seem to have a 50% survival rate. On top of that, when you buy a V1, you're buying one detector basically for life that you'll send in for upgrades occasionally. When you buy a Belscort, you're buying a detector that you'll replace many times as newer models hit the market.

    Certainly wait until we have good, GOL numbers on the STi before deciding, but assuming it's nothing special (and I really doubt that it will be--call it a hunch, but I think Spectre immunity is the only selling point Bel was after), my vote is V1 if you're mostly a highway warrior, X50 if you're in an urban area and false-prevention is a must.

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    The V1 has two distinct advantages: Laser sensitivity and the directional arrows (priceless). If you don't have to deal with much laser in your immediate area, the X50 may be a better choice, Samurai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcorby
    V1 if you're mostly a highway warrior, X50 if you're in an urban area and false-prevention is a must.
    Many other V1 owners have told me the same, I agree with that thought.

    Quote Originally Posted by bcorby
    but the service and support you get with Valentine isn't there
    uh? I believe that was a typo, there is no question that V1 has the best customer support, like you said, with Bel/Escort they are throw away detectors.

 

 

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