I know this topic has thoroughly been beaten to death already, and I have read many of the posts, but I still cannot make up my mind... Perhaps some more detailed questions will help.
First off, I live in the Milwaukee area and 90% of my driving is in the Southeastern WI - Milwaukee area, with the majority of the other 10% being on the eastern side of the state going to and from the northeast area of the state. With the rare occasional out-of-state road trip thrown in (eventually those will be increasing slightly with vacations with the wife and kids).
I currently have had an Escort Passport 8500 for the last 10 years or so.
I am looking to finally upgrade, and am trying to decide between the Valentine 1, the Redline, and the 9500xi.
I do love the idea of having arrows!!! I often find myself wondering where the source of the alert is coming from on the old 8500. But, I don't know how much that would actually help in real world... I have heard some people say they love it, and some people say they are overrated... Seems most of the people that have them love them, and most of the people that don't have the V1 think they are overrated! I would probably get Savvvy with the V1 to cut down on the falses in the city, but I understand this area has traffic radar also, and that wouldn't help with that... Does the V1 have a mode to help eliminate that?? If so, would I be hiding potential threats in my area by using it??? That is my biggest concern with the V1.
If I got the Redline, I would probably try the new Escort Live system, to enable false lockouts like the 9500ix. I know the Redline is much more sensitive than the 9500ix, so am leaning towards that combo vs the 9500ix IF I go the Escort route instead of the V1. However, there is something about having the GPS right in the 9500ix instead of ALWAYS needing to fire up the iPhone app and everything, especially on short drives and stuff... Is the Redline really THAT much "better" than the 9500ix?? Is that the consensus, that the Redline with the lockout features of Escort Live trumps the 9500ix in every way?? I know there is more to the Escort Live system than the false lockouts, but the other things would be just "icing on the cake", since that is dependent on other people also using it near me, so depending on how much of a foothold it grabs in my area will determine how successful it will be with that portion of it.
I know the Escort's can be used in expert mode to determine the exact frequency of the threat, which also helps determine the validity of it, but I really don't understand exactly what frequencies that I should be looking for to filter that in my head????
**Will the V1 annoy me with the traffic radar in the area (or leave me vulnerable to threats if it has traffic radar filtering that I enable??)
**If I go with the Escorts, how do I apply expert mode into knowing what is real??
**If I go with the Escorts, Redline with Escort live, or simply 9500ix???
Sorry for the long post, I am an engineer and tend to over-analyze things!!!
Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it!!!!