I realize that there's several threads on each detector, but I just wanted to start one of my own, since it's ever-so-slightly different. Bear with me. :wink:
Okay, so here's the story. I've been a long-time reader of all things radar for quite some time, ranging from Radartest and its accompanying drama to the Beltronics / Georgia Tech studies from years ago to Speedzones to Motor Trend / Car and Driver reviews for the past couple years and everything in-between. I've been suscribed to the "big three" @ Epinions for a long time now, and I've previously owned, amongst other lesser units, a Bel 985 and a pre-POP Valentine.
I've been using an x50 for, I dunno, an awfully long time now. I really do love the unit (aesthetically, for the blue display, and functionally, for its top-shelf performance along with options like frequency display), but I'm questioning whether I should return to my Valentine roots. I actually sold the V1 I had then (had it for something like a year or so, I believe) in order to switch to the 8500x50. Naturally, I miss what I don't have - I had the V, so I wanted frequency displays and more modern interfaces. Now that I have the x50, I want my arrows, magnesium case, and Superman mount. If only the two detectors would procreate and make the perfect piece ... but I digress.
Bottom line: a penny for your thoughts. Keep the x50 or sell it for a sexy new Valentine? Why? (Why not?)
Thanks a lot.