I went with the 9500ix they are installing a lot of new red light cameras with new legislation that passed as well as speed cameras on the highway.
With the GPS it learned my daily route within a day and thus I have no annoying false alarms. You can get the Database updates for a additional 3 years after your 90 day trial from escort for $35 when you get it and for a extra $15 you get a 3 year service plan.
I think between the two its really what you want/need for the areas that you travel, again why I went with the Escort for the database and GPS features. I know a guy that has (8) V1s one in each of his cars and loves them but even he commented on how quite my Escort is when he rides with me. Also in the reviews that I read online the Escort typically beat the Valentine.
Just get a mount that doesn't leave the Escort Hickies on your windshield....
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