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As far as I know, there's only 1 place: http://www.valentineone.com/
The price is 399 and it is worth every penny.
I had mine for 3yrs now and with a little bit of luck and self control was able to stay ticket-free.

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There are instructions on how to hardwire V1 in the interior/exterior mods:
http://www.is300.net/forum_new/Forum4/HTML/000322.html

[This message has been edited by vlad_a (edited January 20, 2001).]
 

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My friend has the V-1 and I have the Passport 7500. I can't tell the difference in range. The problem with the V-1 is the size. It will really block your view in the IS, I would think.
 

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I can't say that V1 blocks my view. I got it mounted under rear-view mirror. The size may have to do with the fact that V1 has true 360 degree radar coverage. It has 2 radar detectors and an analyzer that figures out where the signal comes from (front/back or side). The "bogey count" too (for multiple frequencies threats).
 

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Go look at www.radartest.com before you buy. The site tested all of the top brands from the major manufacturers (Valentine, Escort, Bel). The new Escort 8500 and the Bel 880 both came out way ahead of the Valentine 1.
 

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Clearly a biased review. Craig Peterson can trash V1 all he wants. Anyone who ever used V1 won't even consider anything else.
Just so you know, Craig Peterson doesn't know a thing about radar detectors. I've read his previous reviews. Not much changed.

I use V1 every day. I can't drive w/o it. I've tried other detectors. They're just toys.

Just a few facts.
Any word on a true 360 degree coverage? Only V1 has it.
X band radars going to scrap? Oh, no. Not in Ohio. Our cops use X band, especially on the move.
V1 has automatic Dim based on the light in the car. I guess, since there's no separate button, it doesn't count.
Text messages do you a lot of good against radar.
Digital signal srength? What is that? Signal is analog to begin with.
Auto Mute? Oh, yeah, when you get closer to the cop, mute it! I've seen this at work.
Driver programmable features? I'm not even going there.
What about Die-cast magnesium case? Can you leave any other detector in the scorching sun when your car is parked? I do.

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40,222 feet (correct me if I'm wrong) is 7.6 miles. I don't thing Ka band radar signal travels that far. That's the idea behind it. Nice test.
 

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Why do you say that the test/article is biased? The facts are there and everything was rated on equal grounds. I can't argue with you that he doesn't know anything about radar detectors, because I don't know.

About X-band radar going by the wayside....he only states that the trend is that it is being used less and less. He is just looking at the actual numbers of units in use. I don't doubt that Ohio uses it alot.

Also about 360 degree protection...I have operated a radar gun (x-band) before, and the gun is only accurate if it is with a few degrees of the vehicles direction of travel. The further you get from being parallel to the radar wave, the lower the speed that will be recorded by the unit. Therefore, I am not really sure what importance it is for the valentine One to tell you that a radar is coming from the side, since the cop cannot get a accurate reading of your speed. Does it just help you know whether it is a false alarm?

Incidently, during some of my travels on I-80 in Ohio, I have encountered Laser a few different times from state police..is its use widespread to your knowledge? PA uses K-band exclusively (and all of their units the patrol car must be stationary)
 

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I say it's biased because it doesn't state all the facts. I believe, there was some despute between Peterson and V1 (possibly financial). It's been a while since I read all that stuff, so don't quote me on that.

Our cops just love the X band. They use it while on the move. I've seen it number of times.
V1 incorporates 2 radar detectors: front and rear. It analyzes where the signal comes from. When I'm going 90+ miles and get an alert, I want to know where it's coming from and when I pass it. So, if it's a false alarm, it's nice to know it's behind you.
Last Jul4 as I was driving in the morning, I've seen 4 cops on an 8 mile run. That's when Locator comes in handy. You've got to know there's a new "bogey" ahead.

Laser use is very common in Ohio. It's cold right now, so there aren't any out there yet.
I almost got smoked by laser braking from 90+ miles on I90 on my way to Chicago. K40 Defuser Plus that I had on my prev car saved my tail. I'll install it on my IS when it gets warmer.

When it comes to radar detectors, I'll defend V1 as it defends me. It is one of not many real quality products manufactured. Mine is 3+ yrs old and still looks brand new, and it has been through a lot.

[This message has been edited by vlad_a (edited January 25, 2001).]
 

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Can someone explain to me what the big deal is with these detectors and the Valentine 1?

I've used and seen some detectors before, but they just go off all the time.
They're noisy, expensive and from what I gather, useless.

Can someone who uses the V1 tell me the deal? Maybe I should get one.
 

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If this is true...what you are saying makes sense.

Originally posted by vlad_a:
I say it's biased because it doesn't state all the facts. I believe, there was some despute between Peterson and V1 (possibly financial). It's been a while since I read all that stuff, so don't quote me on that.
 

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I know I sound biased, but there's V1 and the toys.
The idea is it has great detecting capability. When it goes off, you know which band, signal strength, direction, number of signals. Using that info, one can guess the probability of a cop being on the road. If you're driving the same route every day, you'll know all false alarms in the area. The "Bogey Counter" tells you how many alarms are present. If the number goes up, and/or the frequency changes - watch out.

It has helped me tremendously to stay ticket-free. Last time being yesterday (Ka Band 1 mile warning).
 

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Originally posted by vlad_a:
When it comes to radar detectors, I'll defend V1 as it defends me. It is one of not many real quality products manufactured. Mine is 3+ yrs old and still looks brand new, and it has been through a lot.
I would probably buy a Valentine One now if it weren't for the fact that the technology is 3-4 years old. I am the type of person who wants the lastest and greatest technology. If he were to come out with a new version of the V1, I would buy it in a second, because I have heard alot of great things about it.
 

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As long as the radar frequencies don't change, there's no reason to upgrade. It does 1 thing it's supposed to do and does it well.
 
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