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I've got a $100 Cobra that works like crap. I've heard that the 300-400$$ Passport detectors work good.
 

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get a valentine 1.

"you get what you pay for"
 

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The midrange Beltronics units offer the best price to performance and in most cases meet the needs of typical users. Plan to pay above $150 but you don't have to pay $300.
 

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sweet thanks guys! you saved me on this one i almsot bought a cobra off ebay :barf: hahaha TY!
 

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what is up with that STi detector and is it named after the STi - they did the lower case i!!

Unless you are in VA, DC, a professional driver working in the US, or Canadian, there is little need to consider it instead of the lower model.
 

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i just picked up a used v1 with the concealed display for 300, it works well, but there really isnt much need for it in the city
 

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ive got a v1 and couldnt even tell you how many times its saved me. It has definitely paid for itself already, and gives me plenty of peace of mind.
 

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Anyone have any luck with any of the new GPS enabled detectors? Also, what about the $200 Radio Shack Bell that got really high marks in the 2005 MotorTrend review? Sorry for bringing back a dead thread to life..
 

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rgr

so i followed everyones advice, btw, and got a V1...i got it on ebay for 250 I was a bit concerned at first because of the price but it had a warranty on it. and like dude below its amazing....its seriously saved me atleast 10 times in the month i've had it. Every time it goes off im surprised at the accuracy and distance it reads at :p thanks guys!!!! +1:tongue:
 

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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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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?

Mike
 
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