A couple of weeks ago, I had "sold" my V1 on eBay and decided to purchase a 9500ix (from Best Buy) because the V1 city 'chatter' was driving me nuts in Los Angeles/Orange Counry.
This should have been my 1st hint, but I went to 3 different Best Buy stores....and all of them had multiple returned/open item 9500ix units. I asked the sales rep(s) why so many of these units were being returned and I got the expected BS answers.
I wanted to test the unit out personally and see how it compares with the V1. could always return it before the 30 day refund period at no cost to me.
My initial impression was that the 9500ix was much larger than the V1 and felt "cheaper" as well. I hated the button layout but I kept an open mind and used my V1 hardwire that I had in my vehicle.
To make a long story short....I returned it to Best Buy after 2 days (adding to their already abundant stock of returned 9500ix).
I hated the GPS feature and didn't care for the plastic casing either. Also I couldn't live w/o the ARROWS. I thought I could, but I was wrong.
I didn't fully appreciate the V1 until I no longer had it. It truly is the "king" of ALL radar detectors....err LOCATORS.
Here's the cool part. The person who won my auction failed to make payment. It was a blessing as I was able to keep my V1.
But there was still an issue with city "chatter" (especially in LA). I had my V1 programmed with X-band OFF, POP mode OFF and K-band auto-mute set to 30 seconds. I also had a custom MUTE button installed. Even with those modifications....it was still a noisey little bugger around town.
I was on the verge of disabling K-band, but was adviced not to in So Cal.
I have finally found the answer to my problem. I set option "E" to DOWN (K-band mute at level 4) and it does wonders in little L mode.
I am still able to see K-band detection, but the volume is muted until it hits level 6.
This option has been a God send for me driving in Los Angeles and I love my V1 more than ever.
I admit that it was a stupid move on my part initially selling my V1 but I had to learn the hard way and in the end, I appreciate this device even more now.
Long live the V1.