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Old 2011-01-13
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Default MY NEW RADAR DETECTOR

First, Thanks to all of you guys and this forum. I learn a lot from reading the threads.

So, when I started my research on which radar detector to buy for my new car, I did what I always do whenever I have a choice to make on a purchase that is pretty important. I asked my friends, I asked the stereo shop guy, I asked the guys at the dealership and then I go on the internet.

And you know what I found on the internet?.......mostly confusion, deception and straight up hustling for my money. So then I did something really crazy.
I picked up the phone and called the radar detector companies directly to get their opinion on why I should buy their product, I wanted to know what they have to offer and I was surprised at what I found out.

All radar detectors have SOMETHING to offer, they all are made with the same purpose, to prevent you from getting speeding tickets and some have some really cool features. So, which radar detector will give me the most for my money, which company did I trust after speaking to them…? Was it Escort/Bel/Passport ( Same People ), K40, Cobra, Valentine, or Whistler?
And my conclusion was K40.

Every other manufacturer tried to sell me on why they were so much better than anyone else, then tried to sell me something over the phone. Not one person, except K40’s lady, asked me what kind of car I drive, where I drive, what state I live in, do I travel a lot, have I ever owned a different radar detector, what did I like or not like about it. She knew every available option on my new car, and spent about 25 minutes answering my questions. And do you know what she said at the end……she thanked me for calling and told me to call her anytime with any questions regardless of which radar detector I bought. I even told her that I own and use a V-1, she said they were great portables and a good choice!

Nicely done K40, I have called them a few times with additional questions. They are extremely knowledgeable about the industry and the products and features they have, and my vehicle specifically and whether or not it has safety features that use radar that could possibly interfere with a radar detector. I decided to go with their new RL360 because of how versatile and integrated it is, plus it is the only radar detector that offers both front and rear radar receivers in their system.

I don’t care which radar and laser protection you buy, I’m just saying, don't short yourself anything. Do the research. Buy the products that you believe will work for you, from a company you like. It’s our money guys, let’s make them earn it.
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Old 2011-02-13
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Default My experience with the V1

After being a Escort Passport x50 owner for many years, both red and blue, I decided to give my daughter my X50 blue since she was moving to another state. I would tread the murky waters of radar detector Reviews and try to pick out a new detector for myself.

After speaking with many friends, reading reviews and reading many ads, I figured I would try something new and decided on a Valentine One. I liked it's abilty to track multiple signals and give me a direction from where the signal was coming from.

I ordered it with the concealed display, the ONLY reason I ordered the CD, was to give me the ability to mute the damn sound easily. Valentine has their heads up their butts not to offer a smart cord on their unit to easily mute the sound, yes you can easily mute the detector if you have the CD, but this creates an even bigger problem.

I have the CD mounted on the cigarette lighter plug, and now I MUST take my eyes off the road for way to long in order to look down and see what and where the threat is, because they weren't smart enough to give the customer the choice of how they want the two devices to work, I would prefer to have both devices light up so I don't have to look down and take my eyes off the road.

I'm sure there are others that would like to keep the detector on the windshield dark, but they should have built programming into the unit and let the customer decide.

The other thing that I totally hate and dearly miss from the X50 is the ability to instantly see what band is coming at me, the Valentine still uses 1970's technology and ALL RED LED's, at night you can't differentiate the band that is showing, they sorely need to go to either a multicolor LED or an alphanumeric display (I keep the volume low and haven't yet been able to learn the different tones, but I always preferred the visual indication better, the sound was just an alert to look at the detector.)

With valentines refusal to move out of the late 1900's, there is now a company out there doing what valentine refuses to do and that is make multiple colored concealed displays, you can even send yours in for colored LED modification.

( I loved the excuse the Valentine people use where they state that RED LED is preferred in cockpits. Last time I saw a lit up cockpit, I saw multiple colored LED displays and heads up displays).

What's needed next is a company to start making smart coiled cords for the V1

So in my opinion, the v1 still has a long way to go to improve upon their unit, they could easily make it a premier unit if they would only add some of these features I've mentioned.

A company that refuses to change is doomed to fail
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