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This is a discussion on Radar detectors within the Interior Mods forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; If you want a good radar...you're going to pay good money for it....

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    i have a passport 8500 x50 and i'm pretty happy with it

    my buddy and i did a comparison test on a drive down from chicago to atlanta earlier this month (2 different cars w/ communication via 2-way radios). some quick observations...

    - x50 is more sensitive to KA and K band directly in front
    - v1 is FAR more sensitive to the rear of the car (though this may have something to do w/ the fact that my x50 is mounted very high while his v1 is mounted in the center of the windshield)
    - x50 false alarms much less
    - v1 arrows are very handy to have

    brand new, the price difference is about $100 ($320 for the x50 vs $400ish for the v1). if you do a lot of high way driving, i'd probably go for the v1. but if you're in the city mostly, the x50 will more than suffice and false alarms much less

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinoycowboy View Post
    i have a passport 8500 x50 and i'm pretty happy with it

    my buddy and i did a comparison test on a drive down from chicago to atlanta earlier this month (2 different cars w/ communication via 2-way radios). some quick observations...

    - x50 is more sensitive to KA and K band directly in front
    - v1 is FAR more sensitive to the rear of the car (though this may have something to do w/ the fact that my x50 is mounted very high while his v1 is mounted in the center of the windshield)
    - x50 false alarms much less
    - v1 arrows are very handy to have

    brand new, the price difference is about $100 ($320 for the x50 vs $400ish for the v1). if you do a lot of high way driving, i'd probably go for the v1. but if you're in the city mostly, the x50 will more than suffice and false alarms much less
    Very informative review. Thanks!
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    Here is the info from Motortrend:

    2005 Radar Detector Buyer's Guide - Motor Trend News

    Here is the info on the GPS radar detector. It lets you mark signals from false alarms (say the grocery store) and it remembers for next time, but it blocks only that exact signal in that area. You can also mark speedtrap areas so that it will alert you when you are approaching that bush or whatever that the cop was behind last time:

    Escort Passport 9500i GPS-enabled Radar Detector | Gear Blog & Discussion at Automobile Magazine

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    I love radar detectors, but i hate exposed wires! does anyone know of a detector that is battery powered and just as good as the V1?

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    Passport offered one for awhile, not sure if it's still around

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    The V1 guy is adamant that cordless = crap. See here:

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    get a valentine 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesims17 View Post
    I love radar detectors, but i hate exposed wires! does anyone know of a detector that is battery powered and just as good as the V1?

    Mike
    passport makes the solo. as mentioned above, cordless radars detectors are not the way to go. their integrity is compromised by battery strength... also, i had to change the batteries every couple weeks

    i hardwired my x50 into my homelink wires, but i'm sure you could do the same w/ overhead lights. all you need to do is cut up some phone cord wire w/ data capability (i used the dsl wire you plug in from the wall to the modem... it just be data wire because it has 4 pins while regular phone wire only uses 2 pins).
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinoycowboy View Post
    i have a passport 8500 x50 and i'm pretty happy with it

    my buddy and i did a comparison test on a drive down from chicago to atlanta earlier this month (2 different cars w/ communication via 2-way radios). some quick observations...

    - x50 is more sensitive to KA and K band directly in front
    - v1 is FAR more sensitive to the rear of the car (though this may have something to do w/ the fact that my x50 is mounted very high while his v1 is mounted in the center of the windshield)
    - x50 false alarms much less
    - v1 arrows are very handy to have

    brand new, the price difference is about $100 ($320 for the x50 vs $400ish for the v1). if you do a lot of high way driving, i'd probably go for the v1. but if you're in the city mostly, the x50 will more than suffice and false alarms much less
    The Valentine One is more sensitive all around than the X50 so your buddy must have an old V1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaDaRkInG View Post
    The Valentine One is more sensitive all around than the X50 so your buddy must have an old V1.

    Guys of LIDAR - Radar Detector Test - August 2007
    i don't think so, he bought it a year ago brand new. at any rate, i've read varying reviews of both radars, especially when they are compared to each other. i was just stating my own experience, which could have been skewed by the placement of our mounts, as i mentioned.

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    I posted this last year and when I did the research, it was 2006, but I think this still holds true (more or less).


    "I did some research on detectors last Aug/Sep and from what I found there were three which were considered to be the top of the food chain: Valentine 1, Escort Passport 8500 (now replaced by the 9500?) and the Beltronics RX65. From all of my readings, I don't think you can go wrong with any of them and it seems that each has developed a loyal fan base. I did find a study that directly compared all three to each other and I was happy with the way they did the test. The Beltronics came out on top and that's the one I went with. I don't have any previous detector experience, but I know that I LOVE mine.

    A couple of points to remember (which have already saved my butt):
    -they're not "cop detectors" so you still have to use your head
    -just because your detector isn't going off doesn't mean that there's not a cop sitting there with a radar gun...you might be his first
    -pay attention to ALL warnings; people get too used to false alarms and start disregarding the detector when it goes off; don't do that.

    I hope this helps... "
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    passport 8500 x50 great radar quality performance

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