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  1. #21
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    Default Re: The future of Valentine One? Dismal.

    I am torn on this subject, really. There are things about the V1 that no other detector has that I would not want to part with.

    Simple functionality: turn the knob to control volume instead of holding down a button and trying to hit the right level while watching the volume scale, I can set the mute level I want not some predetermined amount that most likely is not what I want all with a simple lever right where it should be...around the main volume control. The same knob controls the modes. Very simple and effective.

    Effective functionality I get nowhere else: Direction of threats, number of threats, dependable and accurate ramp-up both audibly and visually. I now also get the direction of each detected threat, it's strength, AND the frequency. No other detector does any of these things today.

    Custom Sweeps and Ka Guard off: With this I have the fastest reacting detector around, and now don't have to deal with nearly as many false alerts...not to mention the range of the detector has been increased with this advance. Compare that to another company that has one of the slowest reacting detectors around, and we have literally been BEGGING to get them to fix that...and V1 comes in and offers a very clever and effective way of doing it.

    Modular accessories: No cords hanging everywhere, but I can have a remote display, an even more advanced remote display that is connected via bluetooth, remote audio, and many aftermarket options for accessories. In one vehicle I have direct wire, V1 connection, RA adapter and V1. Not a single wire is visible anywhere, and I can move the bluetooth V1 connection quickly by snapping it out of my fuse block and move it to my other car that has a direct wire, CD, RA adapter, and V1...with not a single wire shown, or I can move it to my other truck that has Savvy, RA adapter and V1...again with not a single wire shown. Nothing is dangling from the detector and there isn't crap all over the place. It's clean and neat.

    The best windshield mount around: Enough said, there isn't a better one made. The V1 doesn't rattle and jump around, stays put on the windshield, and adjusts so easily and incrementally that it's a wonder why my 500 Redline requires me to BEND the freaking tab to get it level.

    Now there are things I wish it had: Higher horsepower engine under the hood (wanting that next advance in tech...like we will likely see from Escort soon). It should be able to perform better with the filtering turned on. I wish it had a display of the primary frequency on the unit itself. I wish it had band priority on the display instead of signal strength priority.

  2. #22
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    Default Re: The future of Valentine One? Dismal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp View Post
    Looks???? You don't like how it looks? You're not supposed to be looking at your RD...YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE KEEPING YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD AHEAD OF YOU!!!!
    Maybe a 9500ix Gamer Edition is what you're after?
    This is like buying a set of speakers based on how they look. I think he sounds like more of a potential Cobra customer... "man, just LOOK at my radar detector!"

  3. #23
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    Default Re: The future of Valentine One? Dismal.

    good to see things haven't changed around here bell boys will be bell boys and zombies will will be zombies lol.

    mckeand13 and buckdrama at no time in the past or present has any other detector maker surpassed the V1. See zombies will be zombies.

  4. #24
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    Default Re: The future of Valentine One? Dismal.

    i do think the quality of the V1 is much better than any Escort or Beltronic product. From the case to the internals. I dont own one because i dont speed in a way that makes it necessary to own one. But i have handled many. Maybe my next Radar detector will be a V1

  5. #25
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    Default Re: The future of Valentine One? Dismal.

    Sigh, can we lock this thread? It's been discussed over and over and over (will there ever be a V2, what's new from VR, etc..)

    Noobs don't like to go back and read previous topics.

  6. #26
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    Default Re: The future of Valentine One? Dismal.

    If I wanted my detector to look like a spaceship I'd buy a Cobra.
    If I wanted the best windshield mounted detector available I'd buy a V1.

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    Default Re: The future of Valentine One? Dismal.

    rags has some valid points imo. the last bit show he isn't a hard nosed crazy fanboy and are what I wish for also.

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    Default Re: The future of Valentine One? Dismal.

    Quote Originally Posted by auskip07 View Post
    i do think the quality of the V1 is much better than any Escort or Beltronic product. From the case to the internals. I dont own one because i dont speed in a way that makes it necessary to own one. But i have handled many. Maybe my next Radar detector will be a V1
    Heads up. It's been posted many times over many years that the V1's internals are somewhat more impressive that the "other" company's. Starts with the 4mm thick PC board......

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    Default Re: The future of Valentine One? Dismal.

    Quote Originally Posted by ghz1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by auskip07 View Post
    i do think the quality of the V1 is much better than any Escort or Beltronic product. From the case to the internals. I dont own one because i dont speed in a way that makes it necessary to own one. But i have handled many. Maybe my next Radar detector will be a V1
    Heads up. It's been posted many times over many years that the V1's internals are somewhat more impressive that the "other" company's. Starts with the 4mm thick PC board......
    thickness of the pc board doesn't mean a whole lot.

    If it did my old Japanese transistor radios would be the bomb !

    They way the v1 is laid out they have a lot more room to work with inside is all.

    want to see some impressive miniaturized microwave circuitry and packaging look inside the whistler 78 se

    find the FCC number and look up the internal details
    Last edited by Buckdarma; 01-08-2013 at 09:02 AM.

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    Default Re: The future of Valentine One? Dismal.

    I've been back and forth between the Redline and V1. I've had V1's for YEARS. I ended up with the Redline for a while due to the fact it wasn't detectable in Va, which I travel through a fair amount. In the end, though, I missed the arrows and the ramp up on the Redline was terrible. I also worried about the IO issues as I had a couple of close calls. Nice unit, but it needed further developing.

    I just reintroduced myself to the V1 after a 3-4 year break. Instantly I was very annoyed with how chatty it was. That was until I dialed up some settings and introduced Savvy. Now? I think it's as quiet as the Redline was in HIGHWAY mode.

    In terms of the appearance? The V1 is MUCH ligther. I don't think it's any thicker, really. It may be wider, but not by much. The V1, as it has been said, has an EXCELLENT mount. The Redline's was terrible. The unit was too heavy and it always bounced arround. It was bothersome to me that I had to pay more money for another bracket that should have been included in the first place. Bad design and marketing.

    Everyone has an opinion on this subject that knows anything about RD's. For me? All that I really miss from the Redline is not being able to be detected in Va. The rest? The V1 far exceeds, so far, in my opinion.

 

 

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