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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 6:28 pm Thread Starter
 
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Best radar detector

who make the best radar detector???
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 7:44 pm
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who make the best radar detector???
I think it's the same people that make the best tires and the best oil. Sorry for the sarcasm, but you'll get a different answer from everyone you ask about these three items. Actually, I think there are only three worth considering: Passport 8500 X50, Valentine, and Bel RX 65. You may want to check a site like www.radarbusters.com for comparison tests. you can't go wrong with any of these three.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 8:24 pm
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I love my V1 for its ability to count bogies and locate them fore and aft.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 2006, 8:14 am
 
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Chalk up another vote for the Valentine-1. After a few Escorts, I got a V-1 and haven't looked back. The bogie count and direcitonal signals are unbeatable. I can't imagine driving without one.
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I also prefer the Valentine One. The location arrows and bogey counter have paid themselves off many times.
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Dissenting opinion, but to be honest, when the detector goes off, I could care less where the signal is coming from...brakes if needed, but get off the throttle now!

The direction only helps to determine where the signal was coming from, such that you can see the culprit in front, behind, or going the other direction. Once spotted, you can then decide whether or not to resume the questionable operation you were following before the disturbance.



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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 2006, 7:07 am
 
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Dissenting opinion, but to be honest, when the detector goes off, I could care less where the signal is coming from...brakes if needed, but get off the throttle now!

The direction only helps to determine where the signal was coming from, such that you can see the culprit in front, behind, or going the other direction. Once spotted, you can then decide whether or not to resume the questionable operation you were following before the disturbance.
I disagree. The directional helps me locate and if there is more than one it indicates that and where they are. This has paid off for me more than once. A traditional RD user would just pass the cop they see with the RD still screaming and feeling the danger was past, speed up only to encounter the second one that they would have known about had they had a V-1.

But hey...it's not my driving record.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 2006, 7:58 am
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I had an experience like that not a week ago. I got an alert (X band of all things) and saw a cruiser in the median, facing the other way. As I passed him the alert moved to the rear as it should have, but the V1 showed another bogie ahead. A hundred yards later I went under an underpass and there was another cruiser hidden behind the thing, shooting cars in the back. Sly dog. I detected the reflection of his signal from the going-away cars. Without the V1 he would have had me for sure. Neat gadget.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 2006, 8:41 am
 
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I have the RX 65, which I paid $210 for on Ebay.

I think it's the best radar detector for the $$$ and has beaten the V1's on radar detection. The V1 is better at laser detection though, but for the difference in price, I bought a mount, radar overide, er6i ear buds, and ipod and a hardwire kit for my RX 65.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 26th, 2006, 1:12 pm
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But?

Nobody has mentioned the Beltronics Bel ST-I Driver?? Anybody have one?

I am currently thinking about a Val, Bel 65, or Bel driver.

Was also wondering if a weather guard is necessary and on which one. I saw the box which is made to cover units for about 60.00.
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