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blimblam
06-29-2007, 08:45 AM
im planning on getting one but i don't know which one to get. i was looking at the Cobra XRS-9930 because of its low price and great reviews. what brand and model do you use and how do you like it? and anyone have experience with that cobra?

Prowler573
06-29-2007, 08:48 AM
Bel Pro RX65.

Bought in new factory-direct with an extended warranty (which I've not had to use)

I like it just fine. It's saved me countless hundreds of dollars...

envengineer
06-29-2007, 01:20 PM
Bel Pro RX65.

Bought in new factory-direct with an extended warranty (which I've not had to use)

I like it just fine. It's saved me countless hundreds of dollars...

I've got an older Beltronics detector (960 or 980 I think). Great detector, I'm actually considering trading it in to upgrade to their new STI Driver model which has quite a bit more range.

Go to http://www.radartest.com/ for some decent info.

dvrmstrng
06-29-2007, 01:21 PM
escort 8500 x50....always gets the job done...

Scoobydoo
06-29-2007, 01:29 PM
bel 795 express, under $100 and works great

blimblam
06-29-2007, 02:11 PM
on a really tight budget cant exceed 150 for a radar. the radars yall listed are on the expensive side =X

Prowler573
06-29-2007, 02:23 PM
I've got an older Beltronics detector (960 or 980 I think). Great detector, I'm actually considering trading it in to upgrade to their new STI Driver model which has quite a bit more range.

Go to http://www.radartest.com/ for some decent info.

I've looked over the STi Driver model - looks bloody great but I can't see trading in a detector that I paid $300 for and is still under warranty coverage to only get $80 back on it :crap:




on a really tight budget cant exceed 150 for a radar. the radars yall listed are on the expensive side =X
This is one area of purchasing that the old adage "You Get What You Pay For" holds incontrovertibly true :fyi:

blimblam
06-29-2007, 02:33 PM
This is one area of purchasing that the old adage "You Get What You Pay For" holds incontrovertibly true :fyi:

i've read that some of the cheaper radars are better than the more expensive ones. im gonna go do my research and see what comes up.

and that site charges you yo read the reviews...

supra06
06-30-2007, 03:32 AM
hey if u come up with the decisions let me know on what brand ur going with

Forben70
06-30-2007, 03:55 AM
i've read that some of the cheaper radars are better than the more expensive ones. im gonna go do my research and see what comes up.

and that site charges you yo read the reviews...


No way is this true. I will put a bet on you that I know more about radar detectors then 98.9% of the people on this forum. Not to brag, but seriously. I've worked for the law enforcment. I've delt with many brands such as Stalker radars, lidar laser guns, and much more. Most police might not admit it, but as highway patrole, I've stopped a few people with radars that think their invincible, but I've seen a few people slamn on the breaks while I'm shooting a laser down the interstate before I could get it on them. It's tough for us to admit, but there are things out there that work against are technology and there always will. No matter what we create, opisite tecnology is created also. But when it comes to radar detectors you get what you pay for. I've tested with them all and done hundreds of hours of re-search on every brand of radar and most models. Cobras, I wouldnt trust it going 5mph under the speed limit. I actually threw one away other day. Beltronics make decent radar detectors against radars, don't have ultimate protection against lasers but they do work. Whistlers, you might as well have a coffe can in your window hoping it deflects the laser. Rocky Mountain=trash. Scramblers = no good. If your in the market for a radar, please do not buy something cheap. Your only to choices are Valentine 1 or Escort 8500 or sti. They all have their advantages. I've tested both lines, honestly on the highway I feel safer with my valentine 1.

Just a short story, keep in mind I'm a retired officer now driving a sports car. I do have temptations at time, but try and keep the road safe. But traveling from Houston to California, I was cruising along the highway at about 90 with my valentine. Keep in mind limits are 65 mph at night untill out of Texas. Laser goes off like crazy, I had just got nailed and knew I was in trouble. Look around, spot the officer as far as I could see on side of the road. Needless to say he was past the next exit that I took. Saved my but that night. :laugh:

alpinetypeR
07-02-2007, 02:44 PM
if you cant afford an escort dont waste your money on any one...

why buy a crappy one then on top of that price have to pay for your tickets... just do it right the first time...

Passport X50

Prowler573
07-02-2007, 02:46 PM
Passport X50 and the Bel Pro RX65 have the exact same internals :fyi: just in a different case.....

4frogger
07-02-2007, 08:27 PM
I got a V1 hardwired in my car. By far the best investment I've done that actually paid itself off by avoiding at least 5 tickets so far. If you speed a lot then I would highly recommend it.

Next I would say the passport escort, I had this one as well and its solid.

Once you get used the arrows feature for the V1, any other radar you use is just not as good. The arrows really help you know where about the cop is hiding or going the opposite direction on the freeway.

Like everything, you pay for what you get.

Prowler573
07-02-2007, 08:29 PM
I'm not as concerned about where the cop is in relation to my car as I am knowing that he exists in the vicinity at all.

If I'm close enough to him that my detector can sense his radar gun then I'm close enough to slow down if I'm speeding.

In front, behind, beside, I don't care.



Test after test after test has shown that the only real advantage the Valentine has over the top dog Escorts/Bels is much higher X-band sensitivity and the addition of those threat direction arrows.

Well as the numbers of police departments using X-band guns, whether they be state, county/parish, or local cops is fewer and fewer by the day. It's outdated technology. So - being better at sniffing that out is of no real import to me.

After that? The arrows....
Well, I've already stated my opinion on those.


All in all?
There's no way in Hades the V1 is $100+ better than its closest competitors.

Forben70
07-02-2007, 11:43 PM
I'm not as concerned about where the cop is in relation to my car as I am knowing that he exists in the vicinity at all.

If I'm close enough to him that my detector can sense his radar gun then I'm close enough to slow down if I'm speeding.

In front, behind, beside, I don't care.



Test after test after test has shown that the only real advantage the Valentine has over the top dog Escorts/Bels is much higher X-band sensitivity and the addition of those threat direction arrows.

Well as the numbers of police departments using X-band guns, whether they be state, county/parish, or local cops is fewer and fewer by the day. It's outdated technology. So - being better at sniffing that out is of no real import to me.

After that? The arrows....
Well, I've already stated my opinion on those.


All in all?
There's no way in Hades the V1 is $100+ better than its closest competitors.



Your wrong there in relation to test. Test have shown allot more then this. The V1 is also allot more sensitive and picks out lasers quicker and more resposive in addition to x-band. They both have their advantages. I've had both in my car right beside each other. And honestly the v1 always picks up just a hair quicker, and has the arrow feature which I always like, but I noticed the x50 had less false alerts. But with the v1 it shows the direction, so if your passing a store and it points that direction you know the difference in a false alert and cop if your in town. Either way, I think we all agree that the escort and v1 are both the top of the line. And like you said, if your not going to purchase one of these 2, then dont waste your money.

Prowler573
07-03-2007, 12:05 AM
Your wrong there in relation to test. Test have shown allot more then this. The V1 is also allot more sensitive and picks out lasers quicker and more resposive in addition to x-band. They both have their advantages. I've had both in my car right beside each other. And honestly the v1 always picks up just a hair quicker, and has the arrow feature which I always like, but I noticed the x50 had less false alerts. But with the v1 it shows the direction, so if your passing a store and it points that direction you know the difference in a false alert and cop if your in town. Either way, I think we all agree that the escort and v1 are both the top of the line. And like you said, if your not going to purchase one of these 2, then dont waste your money.
Laser speed detection detection is still in its infancy relative to other technologies/bandwidths. By the time your detector can see the laser the laser can see your vehicle. Consequently better or worse sensitivity for that aspect of the detector, at present, is rather inconsequential.
Meh.

As far as the bolded sentence? I concur 100%.

CaliforniabOY5
07-03-2007, 12:36 AM
good info!

Tonyguy
07-03-2007, 12:38 AM
yes, great info! i think i will have to start saving for that V1.

slick rick
07-03-2007, 12:42 AM
I enjoy the V1...its worth the $400 to me eventhough I have an in house attorney. :)

WantedIsHere
07-03-2007, 12:45 AM
its all about the CB

Louisiana_CRX
07-03-2007, 01:09 AM
The best method is to put tin foil in your hubcaps...I read online that it will screw up the radar signal.....

Shyne151
07-03-2007, 02:55 PM
I have a Bel 995... I like it... alot.

4frogger
07-03-2007, 02:57 PM
The best method is to put tin foil in your hubcaps...I read online that it will screw up the radar signal.....

:laugh: that was a good laugh!

Heres a good link, kind of old though. http://www.motortrend.com/features/mobile_electronics/112_0508_2005radar_buyersguide

Louisiana_CRX
07-03-2007, 08:21 PM
I have a Bel 995... I like it... alot.


Yeah they are good if you like false alarms....I have one :(

Shyne151
07-03-2007, 09:06 PM
Yeah they are good if you like false alarms....I have one :(


Good for you, I've never had a problem with mine.

Louisiana_CRX
07-03-2007, 09:42 PM
give it time...i'm on my 3rd one

WiCKeD 5.9L
07-03-2007, 10:23 PM
I posted this over on JeepsUnlimited and everyone was mostly in favor of the Valentine. Plus I would put some weight behind a retired officer recommending one. With the V1 you also can purchase upgrades.

This gave a good summary of how the price ranges compare: http://www.laserveil.com/radar/detectors/buyers-guide/2006/

Feature comparison: http://www.007radardetectors.com/tests.htm

Louisiana_CRX
07-03-2007, 10:33 PM
I've never tried a V1 ...but from what I've read it should be about the best you can get...I have a new Cobra remote mount I'm getting that will even detect those cameras at stop lights...I hope to get it in the next week or so it is a new product....not available yet...:( I had pretty good luck with the top of the line Cobra dash mount in my 07 Focus....It doesn't false like the BEL's ...I've also have ran several models of remote mount whistlers that do pretty good...I'm in the process of putting the remote gauge style detector in my 06 Saleen....

Forben70
07-04-2007, 03:01 AM
Valentine1 and Escort X50 period.

And if anyone is lookin for one I have an x50 for sale. My son and I are both getting a new car. And I'm getting a 4cyl for gas, so I dont plan on needing a radar. If anyone needs this, I'll hook you up.

btnhfan
07-04-2007, 03:04 AM
Isn't the solo s2 same as the x50?

myvanpounds
07-04-2007, 03:30 AM
I'm rocking the escort passport srx. its among the best of the best, and its fully hidden and integrated with my vehicle. saved my *** a lot, even shifted laser a time or two. I did get nabbed a total of three times with it tho. POP radar every time. the valentine1 is probably the best bang for you buck, belscorts high end stuff is good too. but if your looking for a window mount go with the v1, if you looking for a stealth install go with belscort. their customer service was pretty good when my srx went out, sent the hole thing in looking like trash and got it all back in brand new condition and only cost 80 bucks. just don't waste your money on crappy detectors.

Forben70
07-04-2007, 03:50 AM
I'm rocking the escort passport srx. its among the best of the best, and its fully hidden and integrated with my vehicle. saved my *** a lot, even shifted laser a time or two. I did get nabbed a total of three times with it tho. POP radar every time. the valentine1 is probably the best bang for you buck, belscorts high end stuff is good too. but if your looking for a window mount go with the v1, if you looking for a stealth install go with belscort. their customer service was pretty good when my srx went out, sent the hole thing in looking like trash and got it all back in brand new condition and only cost 80 bucks. just don't waste your money on crappy detectors.


Hey bro, is it possible you could get me a link to this and some pictures if it's not hard to get to in your truck? If it is then no problem. Do you have it setup where it comes over your speakers or what?

aesoj
07-04-2007, 05:40 PM
I'm using a K40 undetectable (completely hidden) radar system at the moment and it's worked great for me....they even back their ish up by offering to pay any ticket that you get. In fact, I had one in my other vehicle as well and took it out before I sold the car (willing to sell if you're interested).

If you're going to go the high end route, look into their new (calibre) models that use bluetooth technology. I guarantee that you won't be disappointed. By the way, you can also add their laser defusers for complete protection. Oh, and if the price scares you, ebay will save you a few hundred bucks.....

www.k40.com

Prowler573
07-04-2007, 05:52 PM
K40's ticket guarantee is the same as the other companies that offer the same, though, isn't it?
If you are going more than 10% over the posted limit or 15mph over (whichever is less) they won't pay?
Is that right?

Forben70
07-04-2007, 08:12 PM
K40's ticket guarantee is the same as the other companies that offer the same, though, isn't it?
If you are going more than 10% over the posted limit or 15mph over (whichever is less) they won't pay?
Is that right?


True that. Not to mention all the other hidden stuff in blueprint. :suicide:

aesoj
07-05-2007, 10:51 AM
The only "catch" for the (K40) ticket guarantee is that you weren't in a school zone or DUI (or DWI) when you got the ticket. I did forget to mention that the guarantee is only good for one year though (after you purchase the radar detector). After that, you're on your own. I'm guessing they do this because they asume that after a year of use you'll know how to properly react when the radar detector goes off.

The other nice thing about K40 is that if your radar detector system -or any part of it- is EVER stolen, they will replace it for free...I'm not sure if that applies to their visor/windshield mounted units though.

Have you guys downloaded the Calibre brochure or owners manual on the K40 site? You will be amazed.....

envengineer
07-06-2007, 07:01 AM
http://www.radartest.com/article.asp?articleid=100542

Read the above test to see how the V1 although a great detector is losing some ground to others in terms of range on radar bands.

There is also an interesting note about the V1 and its apparent heat issues when exposed to intense sunlight. The STi shut down in a protect mode, while the V1 kept going until it failed. Once cooled down, the STi detected on all bands, while the V1 had stopped functioning on two bands.

I'd expect the heat issue to be addressed by Valentine in the next software upgrade, but it could be an problem on current detectors.

Full agreement with other posters that you aren't helping yourself with a cheap detector. You'll just feel confident since you have one and get nailed even easier than before.

slick rick
07-06-2007, 11:21 AM
I read that link awhile ago...finding an unbiased review is tough for radars. However, in FL, I have used my V1 with no heat issues at all. My radar has been scolding hot many times, yet has worked flawlessly. Who knows...