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05-07-2006, 03:21 PM
I've heard that the Valentine 1 is the best. I have an Escort 8500 that has prevented all but one ticket. Any one out there ever use both of them?

the POPO
05-07-2006, 03:36 PM
Any of the BEL line is fine as they are essentially part of Escort (or vice versa).

05-07-2006, 03:49 PM
Anyone that says a Valentine 1 is overrated has probably never used one. Once you get used to the directional arrows and bogie counter on a V1, you'll wonder how you ever got along without them. The information they provide is easily worth the price difference between the V1 and anything else on the market.

05-07-2006, 03:59 PM
I've had one for 9 years, and it's been upgraded twice. Without the directional indicators, high sensitivity is useless on any radar detector.

05-07-2006, 04:01 PM
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the POPO
05-07-2006, 04:43 PM
The arrows were pretty much useless.

I had it at the same time as I had my Escort 8500, and the V1 falses too often. What do I do when ALL the arrows seem to light up? Stop in my tracks?

What's the point of the bogie counter? It shows you how many there are and the logic system tries to give you a reading on the "top threat".

My Escort 8500 also has a "bogie counter". In expert mode, it will track all three bands (X, K, Ka), and display the relative signals. I feel that is much more important.

And I still feel the V1 is overrated and people are always trying to justify the money spent on the device, which I should add is the most expensive detector on the market with horrible customer service (the woman at the other end of the line for those who understand).

the POPO
05-07-2006, 04:44 PM

05-07-2006, 05:08 PM
On the West Coast on Interstate 5, I find a lot of the cops get you by pacing you. As they pace, they shoot radar ahead to get a relative speed of the cars. With the directional arrows, the V1 picks it up and tels you it's coming from behind. Every other radar detector would just light up for a few seconds and then turn off and so you would just ignore it and keep o speeding until the cop pulls you over.

The V1 is the best.....and the most expensive. I have two of them....each hardwired into my 2 cars.

A ticket in Oregon for 90+ mph will get you a ticket of $500; $100 more than the price of a V1.

05-07-2006, 05:22 PM
k40 all the way its the best, ive had them all

05-07-2006, 05:24 PM

05-07-2006, 05:25 PM
Keep the 8500....

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05-07-2006, 09:33 PM
in conjunction with Lidatek or Blinder. No detector will save you from LIDAR. This guy saying the arrows and bogey counter on the V1 don't help is the first and only one I've ever heard say that, and I strongly disagree.

05-07-2006, 11:02 PM

05-08-2006, 12:54 AM
Had used many different ones, then used V1. Can't beat them. No way.psybj

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face. I bet NO. the POPO
05-08-2006, 01:44 AM

05-08-2006, 08:14 AM
I have tested the 8500 side by side with the V1 and I believe the 8500 is more accurate/quicker than the V1 but the arrows prove to be the cats behind. If I could have done a completely stealth install of the 8500 in the M3, I never would've even tested the V1. The 8500 is now in another vehicle and still helpful.

05-08-2006, 11:38 AM

the POPO
05-08-2006, 01:30 PM
Nothing beats a V1 according to some close minded folks on this board.

05-08-2006, 02:01 PM
and at least here in NC the V1 picked the bogey up first 8 out of 10 times, plus the arrows seal the deal.
I have only had to deal with customer service once and it was a great experience.

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