I've been lurking for about two months now, soaking up all the information I possibly can (including going back and reading the major old threads, e.g. the things like the Blinder stealth mode issue), and have finally decided that I need to get some opinions about my current equipment.
I drive a white 2000 Camry (yeah yeah, I didn't know jack about laser when I bought the car, otherwise you can be damn sure I wouldn't have bought white), with a stupid governor around 100 mph, but since I basically just commute to work it's fine. (I'll also join in with the bunch of Bay Area drivers who want to rip those $*(#&@ drones off the poles and throw them into traffic).
Currently I have a Bel 945, which I bought around 2002 after reading the SML results for that year. The general consensus around here seems to be that the SML results are fairly useless, of course, but once again at the time I didn't know that....
At any rate, I'm posting in the V1 forum because my main question at this point is whether to give in and be sucked into the maelstrom of V1 zombification. I feel it pulling at me daily when reading this forum - it's like the Dark Side, and Michael Vader---er, Valentine is beckoning me.
So my question is basically what is your opinion on the 945? At the time it was described as the innards of the 965 without the unnecessary features. Is it worth upgrading to the V1? (And I've seen enough postings over the past two months to know that most people here will say yes - my question is more "is the 945 bad enough that moving to a V1 will be like night and day?")
The reason I'm not posting this in the Bel forum is because I want to hear V1 user opinions on the differences, whereas someone telling me why the RX 65 is better isn't helpful - I've been convinced enough by all I've read here and elsewhere that the arrows and the bogey counter are essential items, and I have definitely experienced the frustration of having the 945 beep at me and looking around frantically (and unsuccessfully) for Mr. Smoky.
Also, I do plan to get a jammer (I'm in CA, but I'll use the flip-it-off-once-legal method), once the AL and DS (refuse to try to use the Defender names since I'll confuse myself and you as to which is which) are tested by GOL and proclaimed worthy, but for now my only laser defense is a photocopied plate with Veil & LS, since I don't trust the 945's laser detection even if shot at point blank range. And since I have a white car with unVeiled headlights (too cold right now), I'm kinda a sitting duck for the CHP. So that's another potential reason for getting the V1.
This forum is fantastic, by the way, although it's a good thing my boss can't see my computer screen all day....