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Old 09-20-2010, 07:17 PM   #16
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I read those reports on the Adaptiv TPX not being as good as the Escort & V1 but after running into Wayne from Adaptiv in Bend this summer I bought one anyway. I do like the mount and it works great with my J&M sound setup ... and in at least one ride two weeks ago it did it's job better than an Escort Passport. I got the signal and slowed from the TPX but my friend didn't see anything on his Escort mounted on his windshield and he got tagged for 88 in a 55 MPH zone. That ticket cost him $446! He relies on lights and I assume he just didn't see them. Got to admit, it aint' worth a damn if you don't get the warning.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:16 AM   #17
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..... He relies on lights and I assume he just didn't see them. Got to admit, it aint' worth a damn if you don't get the warning.
Expensive lesson. If he wants to rely on lights he needs either the HARD or VISUAL ALERT

I personally like audio alerts, my eyes are busy enough. I run a cable to my sound isolating earbuds.... sometimes mixing music in as well.

One other thing.... I've been using a detector religiously for decade now and find it generally less effective as the speed limit increases. I.E. as you move up the ladder to straighter/faster major routes and especially the slab, the cops start using more sophisticated equipment (instant-on radar and laser) where a detector won't help. Thankfully for me, in the really twisty backroads, the only place I care to speed significantly, the cops only tend to use constant-on, where my detector is very reliable.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:25 AM   #18
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I have owned many radar detectors, Passports, Fox and a couple of others, the Valentine 1 is the only way to go. What is a big ticket worth? Save money on a detector? get tickets, or just ride unprotected and pray.
+1, I too have had experience with other radar detectors and I prefer the V-1 for sensitivity and the amount of useful information it provides on the nature of and level of threat presented.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:46 AM   #19
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Again...thanks!

Again, thanks for you suggestions. I appreciate it.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:52 AM   #20
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Another path to follow is to monitor the CB freq when hammering on the slabs, should be 19 east/west and sometimes 15 north/south. I've found I can get an 80 mile advanced warning on any stationary traps just by listening, as well as construction backups.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:10 AM   #21
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+1, I too have had experience with other radar detectors and I prefer the V-1 for sensitivity and the amount of useful information it provides on the nature of and level of threat presented.
Plus, what a lot of people don't know is the Valentine 1 is upgradable.

If you've got an older V1, send it back and get it upgraded with the latest hardware and firmware for the cost of the parts.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:26 AM   #22
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....Passport 8500 X50 owner....
Oh, I really like the built-in voltage monitor too.:)
+1

What i can't seem to do is set it on spec mode. Misplaced owner's manual....

Plenty of reviews here...


http://www.dealtime.com/xPR-Escort-Passport-8500-X50~RD-106434891396
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:12 PM   #23
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don't detectors fail when encountering laser set-ups?

if I'm correct, all of the cops here in and around Toronto use laser guns/sighters.


pretty sure that means you're screwed.


if I'm wrong, please tell me. got 6 tickets last year.





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Old 09-21-2010, 12:25 PM   #24
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don't detectors fail when encountering laser set-ups?

if I'm correct, all of the cops here in and around Toronto use laser guns/sighters.


pretty sure that means you're screwed.


if I'm wrong, please tell me. got 6 tickets last year.






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Yes, their display might as well read, "you just got a ticket". However this is another area where the V-1 shines, because it is sensitive to laser and if there are cars well ahead being flashed with laser, the V-1's radar indicator will go off, essentially warning you of this activity. I have experienced this several times and have slowed appropriately and then spot a cop flashing vehicles down the road. But if there are no cars ahead, you are essentially screwed.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:04 PM   #25
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What i can't seem to do is set it on spec mode. Misplaced owner's manual....
Get a copy of the manual here, http://ec1.images-amazon.com/media/i...L000067031.pdf
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:20 PM   #26
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Yes, their display might as well read, "you just got a ticket". However this is another area where the V-1 shines, because it is sensitive to laser and if there are cars well ahead being flashed with laser, the V-1's radar indicator will go off, essentially warning you of this activity. I have experienced this several times and have slowed appropriately and then spot a cop flashing vehicles down the road. But if there are no cars ahead, you are essentially screwed.
Understand laser is the toughest but the Escorts all have laser detectors too....8500, 9500 and the new Redline.
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:28 PM   #27
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Expensive lesson. If he wants to rely on lights he needs either the HARD or VISUAL ALERT

I personally like audio alerts, my eyes are busy enough.
I have a bank of 6 blue super bright LEDs that flash in cadence with the detector output. I have them mounted above the instrument cluster, pointed towards my face.

When the detector goes off, there is no way to avoid seeing the LED's. They dim automatically with ambient light levels so vision at night is unaffected.



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Old 09-21-2010, 05:39 PM   #28
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Have been using the Passport 8500 for years. I feel the Valentine 1 is superior but like mentioned before I couldn't afford the price and picked up a used 8500 on Craig's List for $165. It has saved my butt many times over saving me many times the cost of the unit over and over again.

One thing I made sure about was being able to know when somethings up when using a radar detector. Also mentioned in this thread is that they are useless if you don't see the alert. I contacted Marc Parnes and bought one of his visual Alerts. http://www.marcparnes.com/Visual_Alert.htm Best investment anyone owning a radar detector can make. IMO a radar detector isn't complete until its equipped with Marc Parnes Visual Alert.



Mine you can see located just under the radar detector.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:23 PM   #29
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+1 on Valentineone.

been running Valentine One for years ... big fan.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:30 PM   #30
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Just sold mine. Nice unit, well made, but lacks the range of X50s and V1 I have owned. Also second that motion on the Marc Parnes Visual Alert. Much better than Adaptives
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