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      03-27-2008, 03:42 PM   #23
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I believe the Passport, V1 and Bel STI all have 30 day money back guarantees. They are all top of the line. Buy one of each, use it for a couple of weeks, then send the two you don't want back.

But if you drive in Virginia, get the Bel STI, period.
Somone on radardetectors.net was saying he got pulled over using V1 in VA Spectre IV units killin us V1 users Cop knew he was using V1 without seeing it. i second the motion for Bel STI if you live or commute in VA.
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GPS feature on the 9500i has worked quite well for me.
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Who cares about arrows when you know the thing is going off for a legitimate reason - not a false! If you drive the same roads most of the time (like most of us I'd guess), then the ability to program out known falses is invaluable... My 9500i is dead silent during daily commutes unless there's really something to be worried about

As to your question, in all honesty, either a V1, BEL STI, or Escort 8500 X50 / 9500i would be my recommendations... Any of those would be a fine choice - just comes down to personal preference.
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Does the 9500 give you ability to program the number of bogies at a known GPS location? For example, I go by the grocery store every morning on my way to work. It gives me 2 bogies. When the county cops want to use their radar they do so near the store. My V1 then shows 3 bogies. Can you store the two bogie count with the position so that the 9500 will alert if it detects 3?

BTW, the V1 does not false as much as everybody likes to believe. In fact, currently it is one of the more silent ones as far as false alerts are concerned.
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      03-27-2008, 07:28 PM   #26
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25 posts w/out a vote for k40? the slick bluetooth interface trumps any difference in performance IMO.
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Somone on radardetectors.net was saying he got pulled over using V1 in VA Spectre IV units killin us V1 users Cop knew he was using V1 without seeing it. i second the motion for Bel STI if you live or commute in VA.
I third the undetectable Bel STi (or STi-R) motion if you live in Ontario!
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another V1 vote here.
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Passport 8500 X50 Blue ...saved me everytime.

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25 posts w/out a vote for k40? the slick bluetooth interface trumps any difference in performance IMO.
Um, what benefit is bluetooth other than no wires? I actually look for performance, and the K40 is not tops here. And it is like, what? $1500? When was the last time you heard of someone getting a $1000+ ticket? (Virginia drivers don't answer that.) Bluetooth is just a gimmick as far as radar/laser detectors are concerned. It's just not worth it.
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Does the 9500 give you ability to program the number of bogies at a known GPS location? For example, I go by the grocery store every morning on my way to work. It gives me 2 bogies. When the county cops want to use their radar they do so near the store. My V1 then shows 3 bogies. Can you store the two bogie count with the position so that the 9500 will alert if it detects 3?

BTW, the V1 does not false as much as everybody likes to believe. In fact, currently it is one of the more silent ones as far as false alerts are concerned.
Not exactly sure - what I can tell you is that the 9500i will only block that specific frequency when you mark a location... It doesn't block the entire band - just the exact frequency. This is important because you don't want to block the entire K band (for example) when your only problem is an automatic door! So, in your scenario, the 9500i will indeed alert if there is a second K band (or other band) signal detected within the lock area. This is useful since LEO's like to hide in mall parking lots

As far as the V1 false issue goes, we have lots of construction signs which emit K band around here... I've got two friends with V1's, and they're constantly going off. Again, the V1 is a great detector (I've owned one), but I prefer "the sound of silence" with the 9500i
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If you really want a custom install detector, this is what I'd go with: http://www.escortradar.com/9500ci.htm
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i have the escort. works like a charm!
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Review

Here is a review of the Bel, Escort, and Valentine.

http://www.radartest.com/article.asp?articleid=9090
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The 9500i seems quite impressive.

http://www.escortradar.com/9500i-blue.htm
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Here is a review of the Bel, Escort, and Valentine.

http://www.radartest.com/article.asp?articleid=9090
Yep, that's Craig Peterson. This guy has issues with Valentine. Want proof that he's biased? Look here: http://www.guysoflidar.com/march-2007/sabotage.html

Try someone that doesn't have an agenda like Guys of Lidar. Here's the link for their latest review: http://www.guysoflidar.com/august-20...ctor-test.html. And don't stop there. Look around their site.

Also try radardetector.net and speedzones.com.
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The 9500i seems quite impressive.

http://www.escortradar.com/9500i-blue.htm
What's impressive about it? With the exception of GPS, it's like all other high-end detectors, just more expensive.
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The V1 arrows give you situational awareness the others don't have. Cruicial for making critical ticket avoiding decisions.
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What's impressive about it? With the exception of GPS, it's like all other high-end detectors, just more expensive.
That's what makes it impressive you can teach it.

Thanks for the links, good review.
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That's what makes it impressive you can teach it.

Thanks for the links, good review.
Ok, you can lockout stationary recurring false alerts. That's good. I'm not sure I value that as much as knowing for sure that there is a bogie in the area. But I think most people do value the silence.
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      03-27-2008, 10:03 PM   #42
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get the V1 and get it hardwired...nuff said...plus you don't have to worry about your battery going dead...
+1. Will work on the hardwire this weekend. Here is a pic of my previous E46 M3 setup, including an in-cluster remote display I did.
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Another vote for the V1. A friend of mine has the 3 major radar detectors. He has 7 cars. 5 of them sports cars. He has 2 other brands, and 3 Valentine ones.
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