Yoda of Radar
The V1 is certainly a 'Get it in and Go' detector. When you start getting into trying to mod. the settings, it gets a bit tricky, and somewhat complicated. I always advise people to use the V1 for a week or so before making ANY changes. (Its just such a different detector then any of the other ones you will use).
Now if she wants she can play around with the modes (A,L,little "l"), and she should be fine there. The V1 comes stock from the factory with everything you need for upmost protection and range in the states though.
Its a FAR SUPERIOR detector then her Cobra and she shopuld drive with it as is before messing with it.
So: Yes is my awnser, get it up and go.
depends where u live...if u can turn off X band and def. pop...
I live in Massachusetts.....I was reading about all these people turning this off and that off and I didn't know if you needed to "set it up" or if you could just run it out of the box. Thanks for your replies
IO = Instant On.
CO = Constant On.
This should help you to program it if you choose too.
I used a Cobra for 1 1/3 years without issue, so it's not a huge shame, it does its basic job, just a V1 does it a world better with muchmore advanced accurate and informational warnings in a simpler manner.
The V1 works great out of the box, around me all the bands are actually used in my area, with all the moving doors and such I'd reccomend the one time effort of holding down the mute button until you get to big L mode and consider swithcing to A mode if you get out on the open highway.
Yeah there's alot you can do, but there is nothing you need to do.
Out of the box should work well enough for most people. Some people like to shut off POP to reduce false alerts, or turn off various bands that are not in use in their home area, or set up fancy K-band muting to reduce the annoyance of picking up door openers from such a far distance.
These, however, are entirely optional -- the V1 offers full protection right from the out of the box settings.
My best suggestion is to drive around in A mode for about a month or so and get a feel for how the V1 reacts to different situations. Make sure you encounter some real leos with radar as well as some strip malls to see how it will alert in each case. Once you've got a good handle on what a real police radar alert ramp up sounds like vs a "false" (that is, non-police radar noise from door openers, etc.), go ahead and make adjustments based on where you live and what you've found to be the highest threat to you. If you find Ka is your biggest threat and K is def not used and you're tired of false K's, try checking out the K automute section. If you don't live in NJ, Ohio, or any other area that uses X, try using the V1 in little l mode. But in my opinion, definitely run in A mode first and get a feel.
The thing about the V1, at least what I think, is that it takes a little bit of user-involvement, although I've never had anything other than a V1, so I can't speak for the others. To me, I'd think just like with any good sports car, there's got to be some level of involvement and not just passive driving. The VeilGuy's comparison of the V1 to a Porsche comes to mind...
As for my personal settings, I like using little l mode with the k automute as Ka is my biggest threat. I've set the muted volume to zero so I can at least see (and not hear) a threat on K or X and determine for myself whether or not to react accordingly. I certainly wouldn't use the k automute if K was used in my immediate area, though.
i live in MI detroit area, and i use A mode and have never modded the settings at all still to this day. Lol, sounds dumb but i love it only because i know exactly where i am gonna get a false alert from because i memorized the locations of certain stores. I usually leave the volume on high cause i have my radio really high, this way i can hear it.
I mess around with other modes and really don't find myself using them at all, and i really don't know why. I don't think i plan on changing any of the settings either, i like the way it is right now.
Same here. You can usually tell if it's a police car or not by how fast the signal grows.
Originally Posted by muledoe1