radar detectors

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  1. Frazz

    Frazz New Member

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    looking to spend around $100

    the more ive red up the more confused i am...

    preferably need one for radar and lasar...

    whats my best bet?
     
  2. TheWeasel

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    RadioShack ones are just as good as anything out there from the testing I did a while back. One beat my V1 for distance of detection. I've had plenty of detectors and jammers over the years and nothing beats just driving smart.
     
  3. Frazz

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    driving smart, and dick cops are 2 diff things, they like to nail people 5 over around here...so radioshack, cobra, what brand, and im assuming i want a 360 degree with 12+ bands...
     
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    i dont know if you can get all the things you want for $100. The best one is the Valentine 1 but its like $300. I have an older escort and it doesnt even do the things you want
     
  5. TheWeasel

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    Valentine 1 is only top depending who you ask. Escort 9500 has gotten many better reviews. People seem to think the V1s stupid arrows are great. The direction the cop is in doesn't matter all that much, if he's in range, he's in range. The 9500 has GPS and allows you to mark where things like automatic-doors are so it doesn't go off every time you drive by the grocery store. It also has vehicle speed related warnings. Much more useful then the V1s stupid arrows.
     
  6. seadonkey626

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    dude your never going to get a good radar laser detector for under $100 dollars

    if you want a good one you have to get a valentine 1
     
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    thanks, good place to buy one valentine or otherwise, amazon seemed to have reasonable prices, any reliable cheep site i may not have thought to check...
     
  8. Jay487

    Jay487 What's Life If You Ain't Enjoyin' It?

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    if you can spring for it get the escort 9500

    i have an 8500 and love it
     
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    get a V1, there is no subsitute

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    V1

    /thread again
     
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    I have a cobra that I got for $150 at radio shack. Have not gotten a ticket since I bought it. It may not be the best on the market, but it's very effective, as far as I'm concerned. I'd recommend it.
     
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  13. TMF

    TMF coming soon to chicagoland...

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    lately I've been using an old whistler...since I'm used to watching for cops anyway, I usually see the cop at the same time it goes off.

    plus, if your detector goes off, it doesn't give you much time at all to slow down before the cop catches your speed anyway

    edit: or does my radar just not have the best range?
     
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    For basic cop patrols, inner city driving, and interstate driving I have had a lot of luck with my little cheapy Cobra detector. It picks up Ka band from around some corners in my area, which surprised me. The range is effective for highway driving as well, it has spotted patrol cars up ahead before I could spot them on several occasions. VG-2, 360* eye, radar and laser. It does not have any fancy features though; GPS, voice mode, etc.
     
  15. squid

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    The arrows tell you which way to look, and when you've passed the guy. Here in CA they don't set up speed traps, they turn on their radar guns and drive around. They come up from behind and nail you more often than not.
    But more importantly, it helps you pick out falses more easily.

    There are tests and reviews out there: I'd suggest you read one and get the one that has the most range. Falses can be learned and driven around on a regular commute, so I'd consider it a lesser factor.
     
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    I have an escort passport 8500, it doesnt even compare to the Valentine.
    Its well worth the 400 bucks, if your not getting the V1 save your money for the speeding ticket you will be getting
     
  17. I LOVE the arrows on my V1. They really do help.
     
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    If you do your research, the V1 tops all other radar detectors in every test. The Escort comes in close 2nd. People don't think the V1 arrows do much but it makes a whole lot of a difference. V1 has been #1 for a long long time, you know they have to be doing something right.
     
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    i had a cobra, it saved me a number of times, now i have a silver bullet, it is nice but the volume is very low on the loudest setting so unless you drive around with the radio off it might not help

    i would say under $100 cobra is the way to go
     
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    Save up and get a V1
     
  21. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    ...and even though the arrows seem like a gimmick, they really do provide valuable information. my wife borrowed my V1 for a few months when her Escort crapped out on her. When I finally asked for it back, she begged me to order a second one because she didn't want one without arrows again.

    Here's a good explanation... http://www.valentine1.com/Demo/Demo3.asp

    It's also noteworthy (but not yet mentioned in this thread) that Valentine will upgrade your V1 for you for less than $100 any time a new feature/band/whatever is added to the V1. I'm about to send mine in for an upgrade for the second time in 10 years. The first time I sent it in for an upgrade, they sent me a brand new unit, all new cables, etc. They'll also fix broken units for a minimal charge even if they're out of warranty (~$65, last time I checked). So you'll never have to throw a V1 in the dump because it's obsolete or because it quit working (as was the case with my wife's Escort).
     
  22. m3m750

    m3m750 Kickin' it old school

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    Let me guess, you've never actually used a V1?

    I've got 2 8500s and a V1. Detection wise they are pretty equal. The arrows really are a great help. Unless it's instant on or Laser, when either the 8500 or V1 goes off you should have plenty of time to react and I do find it quite helpful to know where the signal is coming from. The bogey counter is also handy (better on the V1, but at least the 8500 has a mode that lets you know there are multiple radar sources). More than once I've been saved by knowing that the cop with somebody already pulled over is not the only one in the area. The one thing I like about the 8500 over the V1 is the distinct tone and visual display for K and Ka bands. Around here all the cops use Ka, so I don't really care about K signals, but at night it can be hard to differentiate with the V1.
     
  23. pelf

    pelf The Juice Was Worth The Squeeze

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    I have the passport 8500 x50. I love it. Has saved me multiple times, miles in advance.
     
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    as an RF tech, i know cobras been building solid radios sinse before you were born, they know rf signals. sold co who makes solid tech
     
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    i had an 8500 as well, saved me many a time. well worth the coin.
     

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