Just wanted to say hello to everyone, I"m new to the forum but have been into detectors for a couple years. I've been driving with a Bel Express 925 combined with a Bel Laser Pro 904 which has been adequate until recently. I got nailed by a cop using IO doing 19 over about 2 months ago and decided I needed to upgrade my detector (went nuts, just way too late) after the ticket (just got dismissed in court, another story... )
Anyway, I have been debating between the Valentine 1, RX65, and Passport 8500 X50 (not the 9500i because of the reviews I've been reading). I'm leaning towards the V1 but I have some questions about the negative things I've been reading.
A lot of people don't like the false readings that come with such a sensitive detector...a lot of X Band it sounds like, and I can't turn X Band off because the highway patrol still use it here. Does the V1 have any sort of an automute feature where it will just give little blips at the first reading and when its stronger start to go nuts or will this be an issue?
Also, I have read a lot about the volume not being loud enough...this will be an issue as I have a loud car and listen to my music even louder when driving, so is it really that quiet?
A stupid question, but one I can't find...does the V1 have highway mode or city mode, how do the modes work? And lastly, it looks like the V1 is pretty large compared to everythign else...is this an issue for anyone because I don't like having a giant detector in my way all the time...