Escort Redline Raw Sensitivity versus Potentially "Higher" False Rates
I think it is going to be very interesting to see how the new Escort Redline
is going to look to some [other] reviewers when historically the Valentine One (which also has possessed high sensitivity levels (and coupled with very quick response times) but accompanied higher "false" alerts as a consequence) has been historically hammered [by] some reviewers for its behavior.
If, as I expect, the new Escort Redline will be in the same vain as the venerable Valentine One
(but with potentially even higher [radar] performance)m it will mean that the Escort Redline will most certainly be a very significant and exciting product (a departure, really) from Escort, however, I believe the Redline has the potential to create a sort of a conundrum
for some of these [same] reviewers who have historically been critical of the Valentine One for the same type
of performance (although to its credit, Escort has been very clear about its intended behavior and purpose).
I believe this is going to be very interesting to see how this plays out online, will there be moral clarity/consistency, or not?
If the Escort Reline, is praised for its high raw performance even while it comes with a higher level of potential "falsing" then what does it mean for all the historical
reviews of the Valentine One which have historically criticized the V1
for possessing the same type (or similar) behavior to radar sources (from bonafide police radar and not)?
I, for one, have always appreciated what the Valentine One is/has been and its design approach philosophically and I welcome Escort's decision to offer a windshield-mount radar detector possessing potentially the same philosophical design elements while being entirely consistent
on this matter.
Here's are just two examples of the inconsistencies
that have existed with some other reviews.
For a long-time, the Valentine One was the most expensive windshield-mount radar detector (although its price point has stayed unchanged at $399). Reviewers have always hammered the V1 on its high price...that was until Escort and Beltronics started introducing products that were priced even higher. Do you recall reading any reviews about those products being excessively priced? I don't recall seeing them.
Remember the review calling the V1 the "chicken-little"
of radar detectors and the subsequent references to that review from Automobile Magazine? Are you catching my drift?
Having journalistic integrity
is more important to me than winning any popularity contest from my readers or from the manufacturers that I review.
If, indeed, the Escort Redline may finally put to rest a long-raging (longest and most passionate?) debate
in our very small industry (although laser detection
performance will very likely remain a decided win in Valentine's favor) with both the manufacturers and their [very] passionate group of consumers (that is of course until VR responds with something new, itself), it will still not detract from what I believe has been one of the most purely designed piece of consumer electronics for nearly two decades
. Stay tuned...