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    Default Here is my Eopinion of the Valentine One

    Well, here is my "eopinion". Having owned and possessed radar detectors from the original Fuzz Buster all the way up to the present herd, Iíd have to say my present detector, the V1 is the cream of the crop. I like the Escort and Bell, but the V1 It is truly an example of quality robust engineering with little planned obsolescence. Yet it is constantly being refined internally to stay on top and resolve any problems that may arise. Mike V. would not have it any other way. It does have filter modes (4 at the push of a button) and with a little more intervention from the above average user, you can really interact with its programming capabilities. It is truly military grade piece of equipment.

    As far as testing, unbiased testing and real world testing, i.e. Guys of Lidar, show that it is in most cases to be the top dog. But, I would be happy with any of the top 3 as far as overall sensitivity is concerned. ButÖif I had all three at one time & could only pick one, I would grab the V1 hands down above the rest.

    As far as esthetics are concerned, the V1 has a look that obviously has not changed much from its earlier launch. Thatís not necessarily a bad thing, unless you need something new looking every few years or so. I would not call its look ď80ís lookingĒ, unless you want the V1ís edges to be more rounded & flat like the others, and shrink more in size. Then the front display would have to be minimized and the V-1ís internal antenna array would be compromised.

    The remote display option is a big plus. I love the discrete look and the arrows are why most people wonder how they lived without them. I would agree with this statement.

    The customer service is really good. I never had a problem. You might even get a chance to talk to Mike V. himself.
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    Default Re: Here is my Eopinion of the Valentine One

    Quote Originally Posted by Techhead
    It does have filter modes (4 at the push of a button) and with a little more intervention from the above average user, you can really interact with its programming capabilities. It is truly military grade piece of equipment.
    its kinda like an automatic transmission vs manual, isnt it?


    Quote Originally Posted by Techhead
    The remote display option is a big plus. I love the discrete look and the arrows are why most people wonder how they lived without them.
    i cant count on my fingers (and toes ) how many times the arrows would have given me peace of mind knowing where the threat was coming from. especially on the highway. the remote display would be nice so i wouldnt have to look above my mirror to see whats going on. not a necessity, but a nice little extra to have

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    the arrows are great, and work great. But the little red radar band indicators are dangerous for inexperienced users. Here is why, until you get very familiar with the V1 and its myriad of audio alerts, you have to stare at the the visual display extra long to try and determine which band it is, and it gets worse at night. That is time that your eyes (and mind) are distracted off the road. One should just be able to glance at the detector and get all the information one needs, and it is near impossible to do that on the V1.

    It is a VERY serious flaw, the fact that it has gone this long without being fixed is just utterly amazing, and given how simple such a fix could be it is double amazing. I wonder how many novice users have had near misses with accidents while trying to visually determine which band is being indicated on a V1.

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    Anyone want remote display with multicolor LEDs? <-- check out that thread, it should eliminate the need to stare at the little red lights. i agree, it is a bad design and i hope that valentine fixes it in the future. but for now, the lifespeed display is awesome.

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    Default Re: Here is my Eopinion of the Valentine One

    Techhead wrote:
    As far as testing, unbiased testing and real world testing, i.e. Guys of Lidar, show that it is in most cases to be the top dog. But, I would be happy with any of the top 3 as far as overall sensitivity is concerned. ButÖif I had all three at one time & could only pick one, I would grab the V1 hands down above the rest.

    SML tests showed that the x50 had better long range
    and over the hill performance!

    Here's some quote's!

    Long range performance:
    The Passport X50ís performance was astounding consistently reporting over 50% signal strength at nine miles. Itís reported signal strength was double that of any other detector. Its performance was followed, in order, by Bel RX 65, Bel 995, and Valentine One. We were assisted by two country sheriffís departments. The Passport X50 is the Long Ranger of Radar Detection and hotter than a Texas jalapeno pepper!

    Over the hill performance:
    In the price category of over $200.00 the Passport X50 was the most consistent detector reporting the greatest signal strength


    The v1 has superior lidar performance I will give it that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holein1
    Long range performance:
    The Passport X50ís performance was astounding consistently reporting over 50% signal strength at nine miles. Itís reported signal strength was double that of any other detector. Its performance was followed, in order, by Bel RX 65, Bel 995, and Valentine One.
    i seriously doubt my bel v995 would outperform or tie a v1 on long range. sml tests arent supreme authority. if you see the same results in more than one test, then i would believe it to be true. however, in roy's test results on his webpage and GoL test results, the v1 either ties or outperforms. its a few seconds of time in any case, it doesnt really make that much of a difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackid343
    Quote Originally Posted by holein1
    Long range performance:
    The Passport X50ís performance was astounding consistently reporting over 50% signal strength at nine miles. Itís reported signal strength was double that of any other detector. Its performance was followed, in order, by Bel RX 65, Bel 995, and Valentine One.
    i seriously doubt my bel v995 would outperform or tie a v1 on long range. sml tests arent supreme authority. if you see the same results in more than one test, then i would believe it to be true. however, in roy's test results on his webpage and GoL test results, the v1 either ties or outperforms. its a few seconds of time in any case, it doesnt really make that much of a difference
    Roy's web site includes SML test's! And compare the price of the v1 to the 995 almost half and the performance isn't much better! I really think that v1's are just way to hyped up especially considering what you get for the price.

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    i meant the tests roy did himself. i know he has links to the SML tests on there too. i know the price is higher and you dont get as much, but its all in what you want to spend your money on. for me, the superior lidar detection, arrows and upgradability have convinced me to save my money for a new v1. just my opinion

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    Default Re: Here is my Eopinion of the Valentine One

    Quote Originally Posted by holein1
    Quote Originally Posted by Mackid343
    Quote Originally Posted by holein1
    Long range performance:
    The Passport X50ís performance was astounding consistently reporting over 50% signal strength at nine miles. Itís reported signal strength was double that of any other detector. Its performance was followed, in order, by Bel RX 65, Bel 995, and Valentine One.
    i seriously doubt my bel v995 would outperform or tie a v1 on long range. sml tests arent supreme authority. if you see the same results in more than one test, then i would believe it to be true. however, in roy's test results on his webpage and GoL test results, the v1 either ties or outperforms. its a few seconds of time in any case, it doesnt really make that much of a difference
    Roy's web site includes SML test's! And compare the price of the v1 to the 995 almost half and the performance isn't much better! I really think that v1's are just way to hyped up especially considering what you get for the price.
    I agree I wish at least if the V-1 is the best it would have all the bells n whistles all of the other lower priced detectors had and would give you warnings in a human voice as I got used to that.

 

 

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