| | Tough choice on a new detector
I have just received a Valentine One but haven't really road tested it yet. Of course, the Redline just came out also, and I've got one of those arriving in two days. I'm going on a road trip in a few days and will be comparing them. However, I've noticed the big discounts on the discontinued Bel STi-R, which is making it very tempting. I'll add that I'm going to be using my detector mainly for freeway driving, I'm not particularly worried about urban use.
The breakdown I'm seeing is as follows:
V1 - Legendary sensitivity, but may be falling a little behind the Redline & Sti-R in that area. Lacks many of the modern conveniences. It handles I-O/QT well and also is about the best at off-axis response (according to the GOL tests at least).
Redline - Pretty much relying on videos here, but looks like it may edge the V1 in sensitivity, plus it has some of the modern conveniences. Looks like it may end up at the top of the list for dashmount units (if GPS isn't important). However, the Escort response to I-O/QT seems questionable, a big weakness these days.
STi-R - Best overall performer out there? At the discounted prices I'm seeing, it's within my means. The big negative is the STi-R requires you to install it before using it, so there's basically no test period.
Dashmount units are easy to resell down the road, especially the premium units, and that may be the determining factor for me. The STi-R would be a long term commitment, but it seems to be the best out there, and that makes it tempting.
I'll add laser detection isn't an issue, thanks to Blinder-Guy I have a M27 system on the way.
Anything I'm missing here? Someone please make it easier for me.