Originally Posted by techwhiz
Call up Valentine you can get their returns at a deep discount.
They give all new accessories and a regular warranty. You can only get them by phone.
It will save about 10-15%.
Also I talked to a Calif Highway Patrol Officer at Sears Point World Touring Car, he swears by the V1 and indicated, it is the only detector on the market that will detect his instant on gun while it's idling, ready for attack.
I have a V1 hardwired in my car.
Once you get the arrows, there is no going back.
Also there is a remote display and another company makes an accessory to use your Android phone/tablet as the remote display.
Thanks for letting me know about the discount on the valentine1's, why do they not advertise it someway to get more business or sell at a fraction claiming they're "refurbished" radars?
Originally Posted by Goofyguy
This is going to end up a Escort vs Valentine war. I have had both and both do a great job finding the local smokies in thier nests.
pros and cons for both
V1 has the arrows, you dont understand how nice they are till you no longer have them. Getting a radar tag then trying to find him is fun and all but Id rather have a good idea where to start. If its a cop in oncoming traffic with 30 other cars is a lot less stressful than one coming up behind you. Again the arrows I like a lot. The display is no nonsense and big, tells you whats going on without any guess work. I didnt like that you have to turn off radar types to shut the thing up. X and K bands arent used a lot anymore by most sherrifs offices, but you roll through an older town and the K and X band are all they got. So be careful where you are if you have those off. As well no GPS filter, so the stationary cams, doors to walmart, and so on will go off unless you turn off that band of radar. Me personally I do not want to buy a detector then only use half of its abilitys.
9500i/ix they both have GPS filtering, the IX comes loaded with red light cameras which to me is not important I have no need for that, and speed traps like Lidar and speed cameras which can be updated. As you get close to these places you get a warning to settle down. As well you can add speed traps, cameras, red light cameras, and filter out the school zone speed signs and such with a few presses of the buttons on the radar. Filter out the bad, add the ones you know are usual traps. As for filtering out types of radar at certain spots you do not have to worry about a cop deciding to sit there one day, you only filter out that devices handshake per say. It can detect a different signature so no worries on that at all. Downside is the lack of those arrows. In stock form when a radar signature shows up the screen tells you your speed, to again tell you your speeding, then it gives you a strength meter a second later. This is when you start to hunt him out, is he behind you, in front of you, other side of the road? Ive had KA blaring and never see the car.
Both have Pop detection, which is when the laser is just taking a reading before prior to firing the laser for accuracy. As well the instant on/off detectors in most Highway patrol cars they both did a very good job for me. The V1 is invisible to radar detector detectors, so if they arent allowed which only 3 states arent they wouldnt know you had it, the Passport they will find in a heartbeat.
Ive had both, right now I only own one and thats the 9500i. Again I love the arrows, but I like to run all forms of radar not just half to make it quiet.
It seems as if this thread is turning to exactly that, sensitivity and arrows vs. Sure thought and looks. I am seriously caught in the middle but most of the people posting don't seem have owned both of them and the few that have recommend the 9500ix over the v1. Maybe the 9500ix is better than the v1 but around my area, there are hardly any old or outdated town near by or any outdated cops. Which would you recommend ? The v1 or 9500I? I live in a pretty busy and updated city and commute thru cities that are similar. I do understand what you mean though about running your radar at half capacity instead of full strength, but are the arrows and sensitivity really a major pro vs. the 9500ix?