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: Radar detectors???....


HEK
07-14-2003, 10:19 AM
Yesterday I bought my wife a radar detector from Radio Shack, all bands, 360 detection, compass and best of all the price $70.....

Is the same unit I bought myself a year ago and has saved me a million times from facing the LAW... :wink: ..not that I speed ... 8) ...and YOU?....

eMass
07-14-2003, 10:37 AM
IMHO - radar detectors don't work well enough to justify the cost. The advent of Laser and the better training of police officers using traditional radar guns has seriously crippled a radar detectors ability to protect you from little more than the threat of a garage door opening. :lol:

I stopped buying detectors more than 10 years ago and just made a consious decision to pay attention to my speed. I haven't got a ticket since. :D

Slowhand
07-14-2003, 11:26 AM
[quote:f60c5f5577="eMass"]IMHO - radar detectors don't work well enough to justify the cost. The advent of Laser and the better training of police officers using traditional radar guns has seriously crippled a radar detectors ability to protect you from little more than the threat of a garage door opening. :lol:

I stopped buying detectors more than 10 years ago and just made a consious decision to pay attention to my speed. I haven't got a ticket since. :D[/quote:f60c5f5577]

I think I've only encountered Laser once. My detector has alerted me to radar dozens of times (I have a Cobra). It's especially valuable in small towns and in low speed streets in the city. I've never had a ticket in 30 years of driving.

lon777
07-14-2003, 11:58 AM
My Valentine One has saved my arse too many times to count. Since it also has laser detection, I can usually avoid getting nailed by it.

HEK
07-14-2003, 12:40 PM
[quote:d3b3abbe1a="eMass"]IMHO - radar detectors don't work well enough to justify the cost. The advent of Laser and the better training of police officers using traditional radar guns has seriously crippled a radar detectors ability to protect you from little more than the threat of a garage door opening. :lol:

I stopped buying detectors more than 10 years ago and just made a consious decision to pay attention to my speed. I haven't got a ticket since. :D[/quote:d3b3abbe1a]


You must not live or drive thru towns that have "quotas"....I know for a fact that on the 15th and close to the end of the month "town" cops ( both in CT and MA where I reside)...use the "old fashion" KA bands and collect revenue for their towns on those particular dates......

I have been saved enough times that I can say it has paid for itself many times over....and my wife loves the compass feature, which too bad is not an option on the E...alike some vans that have it with their clocks... :roll:

psm0110
07-14-2003, 10:40 PM
IMHO, most radar detectors are a waste of money. the high end passport and Valentine One being the exception. My V1 has saved my butt several dozen times. All detectors are useless against laser, but lidar is limited in its use (they have to be still, waiting, etc, in a trap). Most cops do not know how to use them, or traditional radar.

Element
07-15-2003, 06:51 PM
How much is a Valentine One?

Bostonblackie
07-18-2003, 09:02 PM
You are correct in your assumption, that for the most part a resonably priced detector will do the job in most rural towns. But the Valentine is the only way to go on the Interstates especially when dealing with the State Police who seem to have the best equipment for determining speed."LIDAR?" Much of it bought by the insurance companies and then leased to the State Patrols for a $1 per year. Tell me this isn't revenue enhancement!

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eleMentalCase
07-19-2003, 07:49 AM
You might want to take a look at radartest.com. They are considered by many to be the leading authority on radar technology, detection, defense and testing.

http://www.radartest.com/article.asp?articleid=1024

There are 4 pages of independent test results and as you'll see the Escort 8500, SRX and SRZ all blow the doors off everything else on the market including-- the Valentine One.

I've owned a Valentine and my personal experience confirms radartest.com's test results- that the Escort 8500 is more sensitive- and just as important, it throws FAR less false alarms. And the 8500 is $100 less than the Valentine.

My 8500 has paid for itself many times over.

My .02 worth,

Steve

elemantal
07-19-2003, 09:03 AM
The Valentine One is the only way to fly. It tells you whether the radar is in front, to the side, or behind you. Also tells you what band, or if it's laser.

misfit
07-19-2003, 02:25 PM
used RD's in the past,,, but found when it alarms its already too late... :evil:

Slowhand
07-19-2003, 03:03 PM
I checked out the Valentine site. It seems like a quality detector to me. What puzzles me is that the testimonials all seem to be written by the same person....

Gojira
07-20-2003, 01:06 AM
I own an Escort 8500 myself. I need to get a new hardwire kit, as I left the old one in the Vette I traded for my E.

Effective or not, I run with a detector because I'm curious. I like to know when I'm being watched. Also, even when you're not speeding, knowing when Radar Detection is in the area will prepare you for the speed demons who slow down and dive for the right lane.

Additionally, there are Road Hazard Warning technologies that use radar bands , and a good detector will make you aware of them (Construction Ahead, Emegency Vehicle ahead, etc)

I also happen to like blinking lights.

OOOOOO, shiny :)

psm0110
07-20-2003, 10:43 PM
[quote:70c4e61b7d="eleMentalCase"]I've owned a Valentine and my personal experience confirms radartest.com's test results- that the Escort 8500 is more sensitive- and just as important, it throws FAR less false alarms. And the 8500 is $100 less than the Valentine. [/quote:70c4e61b7d]

The 8500 is a great detector, but I take issue with the statement that the V1 throws false alarms. You get great depth of info with a V1, the direction, count, strength and band. Any fool can tell an automatic door from a cop after driving with a V1 for a month. Moreso, if you drive a normal commute, you learn your electrico-magnetic landscape pretty well, when to excpect every blip and pop. You will innately know just by pattern of blips when a cop is stationed with X-band radar in the middle of strip-mall alley. Trust me - it's the perfect X-band camoflauge and the cops know it.

Kennewick_Man
05-17-2004, 12:34 PM
[quote:629dd7d6b4=" "][quote:629dd7d6b4="eleMentalCase"]I've owned a Valentine and my personal experience confirms radartest.com's test results- that the Escort 8500 is more sensitive- and just as important, it throws FAR less false alarms. And the 8500 is $100 less than the Valentine. [/quote:629dd7d6b4]

The 8500 is a great detector, but I take issue with the statement that the V1 throws false alarms. You get great depth of info with a V1, the direction, count, strength and band. Any fool can tell an automatic door from a cop after driving with a V1 for a month. Moreso, if you drive a normal commute, you learn your electrico-magnetic landscape pretty well, when to excpect every blip and pop. You will innately know just by pattern of blips when a cop is stationed with X-band radar in the middle of strip-mall alley. Trust me - it's the perfect X-band camoflauge and the cops know it.[/quote:629dd7d6b4]

I'm not usually one to ressurect a tread from months ago, but you are absolutely correct. The V1 vs 8500 holy war will rage on. I've used both, and I have to say my V1 is the only way to go for *me* ... Nothing wrong with the Passport, but the V1 is a far superior tool, once you learn to use it properly. I'd feel crippled trying anything else. Also, the 'falsing' thing I see mentioned a lot is kind of strange to me. If it's a radar source, I want to know about it and then decide for myself if it's a threat. So it's not falsing, it's dutifully reporting. And yes, knowing electro-magnetic landscape of your own stomping grounds is definately something you pick up fast without even trying. The local fun mizers in my area are a wiley bunch. I've seen X band being used as you said in strip mall areas, instant on K band, all sorts of fun things. Valentine One saved my ass many many times, and coupled with the most important component - the brain- I have never received a ticket.