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Old 06-11-14, 10:15 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I am thinking of getting a radar detector, but I was wondering what I need to know about them before buying one.

What kind of features should I be looking for, or specs? From what I have read online thus far, the Valentine V1, and the Escort Redline/Passport detectors are supposably the best ones on the market. But what exactly makes them better than each other/other different models.

Are there particular bands I should be wanting my radar detector to have that are most used by law enforcement?

I've noticed that one the companies websites, they say something like "Its twin-antennae design allows it to maximize performance by band, giving you the longest warning possible", but doesn't tell you the range of the detector. Does anyone know the average range of these detectors? What's the average range of a police radar gun?

If anyone can answer any of these questions or provide more information regarding radar detectors, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Car and Driver recently did a pretty decent test of two of the models you are considering. It is probably available online.
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I own a V1. I would buy the Escort w/ GPS. V1 is good, but false alarms in the city are crazy.

I bought the bluetooth connection, but it rarely works. I haven't spent much time digging into why (firmware/hardware or just no good).
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Car and Driver recently did a pretty decent test of two of the models you are considering. It is probably available online.
Found the link if anyone else wants it. Thank you.

http://www.caranddriver.com/comparis...omparison-test
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I own a V1. I would buy the Escort w/ GPS. V1 is good, but false alarms in the city are crazy.

I bought the bluetooth connection, but it rarely works. I haven't spent much time digging into why (firmware/hardware or just no good).
I was under the impression that the V1 was able to recognize the difference between the automatic door sensors around stores/malls around the city and police radar guns. Does yours go off frequently within the city?
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It's not. Audi's also drive it crazy, among automatic doors. There is a complicated way to program it that turns of bands, but it seems like a poorly thought idea.

It's great for ka, and has even caught laser, but it's annoying in the city.
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It's not. Audi's also drive it crazy, among automatic doors. There is a complicated way to program it that turns of bands, but it seems like a poorly thought idea.

It's great for ka, and has even caught laser, but it's annoying in the city.
Thank you. I read in the Car and Driver online writeup that the Escort is easy to program to not go off in the city. If you drive by the same location more the 3 (or 5 times) it will remember that location and not go off unless the cops have set up there.

What do you mean by Audi's drive it crazy? The actual car sets the detector off or??
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I have the V1, false alerts are crazy in the city though. But I have my K band set to where it will go on loud if the signal increases but if it stays weak it stays on silent to avoid false alerts. Programming was a bit of work though.
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Escort 9500ix for the win. Has built in GPS so will remember all spots you mark as false positives. Also will program itself to remember them after passing it 3 times. Works like a charm.
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Cars that set it off must have some sort of radar guiding. Ours doesn't bother it, but Audis set it off seemingly the most. Others cars do as well, but I notice Audis the most.
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I noticed most cars that set off the k-band alert have the distance sensors on the bumper. I hate audi's for this reason. It actually gets annoying, especially when the audi is in front during high traffic. Some BMW's cause the k band alert also.
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I have the V1, false alerts are crazy in the city though. But I have my K band set to where it will go on loud if the signal increases but if it stays weak it stays on silent to avoid false alerts. Programming was a bit of work though.
How difficult was it to reprogram on a scale of 1-10, 1 being the easy, and 10 being difficult?

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Cars that set it off must have some sort of radar guiding. Ours doesn't bother it, but Audis set it off seemingly the most. Others cars do as well, but I notice Audis the most.
Would that cruise control feature that measures the distance of the vehicle in front of you and maintains a certain distance from that vehicle affect the radar detector?

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I noticed most cars that set off the k-band alert have the distance sensors on the bumper. I hate audi's for this reason. It actually gets annoying, especially when the audi is in front during high traffic. Some BMW's cause the k band alert also.

So the parking sensors set it off? The parking sensors should only be enabled while trying to park, not while driving. I know while I worked at BMW, there was a lot of issues with parking sensors going off while driving, it was quite an annoyance.
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V1 Programming (I haven't tried this). Looks a bit painful, depending on what you want to change.

http://www.valentine1.com/v1info/pdf...-REVforPDF.pdf

My own car doen't set off the detector (2014 F-sport Exec.)
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V1 Programming (I haven't tried this). Looks a bit painful, depending on what you want to change.

http://www.valentine1.com/v1info/pdf...-REVforPDF.pdf

My own car doen't set off the detector (2014 F-sport Exec.)
Thank you. That definitely looks like a pain in the ***...
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Valentine one is hands down the best one I have ever owned! Saved my *** a bunch of times and i like how i know if they are behind me also.
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