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Old 02-01-2008, 11:52 AM   #1
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Valentine 1 Radar Detector

Anyone have a Valentine? Does it work? Worth the money?
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Old 02-01-2008, 01:12 PM   #2
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Yes. Worth the money. Absolutely. Wouldn't trade it for anything... well that's not true. I'd trade it for a 997TT in Germany where there's no speed limits.

But that's the only thing I'd trade it for!

Do a thread search to see the hundreds of posts on the Valentine One. I'm willing to be it's in the top five things discussed here. Some debate as to just how useful the arrows are, but frankly, when you use them for a half hour, you'd never go back to not knowing where the radar signal is coming from.
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Yes. Worth the money. Absolutely. Wouldn't trade it for anything... well that's not true. I'd trade it for a 997TT in Germany where there's no speed limits.

But that's the only thing I'd trade it for!

Do a thread search to see the hundreds of posts on the Valentine One. I'm willing to be it's in the top five things discussed here. Some debate as to just how useful the arrows are, but frankly, when you use them for a half hour, you'd never go back to not knowing where the radar signal is coming from.

Germany has speed limits now, I missed a window of opportunity again. Detectors are great, but getting nailed with one in the car is like flipping the officer off. I've even heard the urban legends of the po po placing the unit under a tire before you re enter the highway, ducket in hand, have a nice day!

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Old 02-01-2008, 01:19 PM   #4
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It seems to be a good detector. A lot of folks here have it and love it. But you could save about $100 if you got a Passport Escort X50. It doesn't have arrows, but arrows, despite their curiosity factor, doesn't mean it works better. In fact, many say -including Valentine owners, that it has more false signals than the X50.

If you wanna spend some money, get the Passport 9500i. If it was in my budget, I'd definitely get one of those. It allows you to lock out false alarms with its built-in GPS! It adjusts sensitivity based on your speed. You can mark known speed traps. Automatically adjusts volume based on interior noise... I want one!
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That passport does seem to have some sweet features. IMHO, the best experience speeding is with an officer in the passengers seat, an experience I've been fortunate enough to have had.
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That passport does seem to have some sweet features. IMHO, the best experience speeding is with an officer in the passengers seat, an experience I've been fortunate enough to have had.
How did you manage that? Friend? Driving course? An arrest that went horribly horribly weird?
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Old 02-01-2008, 05:01 PM   #7
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If you wanna spend some money, get the Passport 9500i. If it was in my budget, I'd definitely get one of those. It allows you to lock out false alarms with its built-in GPS! It adjusts sensitivity based on your speed. You can mark known speed traps. Automatically adjusts volume based on interior noise... I want one!
Agree 100%. Every review I've read (popular mechanics, car and driver, etc.) rates the 9500i above the Valentine and right now the 9500i is the one I'd get. But I'm holding off buying in hopes the Valentine adds the features from the 9500i.

If only I could combine the features I like about both into one uber-detector!!
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Is the Passport programmable? I do not know.

I turned off X band on my Valentine One and I rarely, if at all, get a false alarm any more. X band is only used in Ohio now.

Is the Passport upgradable? I do not know.

The Valentine One can be sent back for an upgrade to the latest and greatest for less than a hundred bucks, including shipping.

And there you have it. Arrows, which are more than a curiosity issue for me (when a cop shoots from the front stationary while another approaches from behind) and these two issues are what settled the Passport vs. V1 debate for me a while back.
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How did you manage that? Friend? Driving course? An arrest that went horribly horribly weird?
Yeah! What did she look like? Spill the beans, man!
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Valentine One all the way. Once you live with the arrows, you'll never go back.

You can save $100 and I hear this from my friends that have Escorts that you don't need the arrows. If you're ok with just beep-beep-beep and not having any idea of where the police officer is, then go with the Escort X50, it's a great detector. The 9500i is more expensive than the Valentine and still doesn't have arrows.

If you want the best in the field, get the Valentine 1. Easily upgradeable, best range (see unbiased testing link I provided below), front and rear detection, and of course, the arrows!

Call up V1 and get a returned unit (same warranty, looks brand new) for $360 plus shipping, instead of paying the full $400.

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Get the Valentine One. The arrows alone are worth the $400.
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I turned off X band on my Valentine One and I rarely, if at all, get a false alarm any more. X band is only used in Ohio now.

X Band is only used in Ohio? Are you sure?
If so I will turn off the X Band and live with out the few false alarms I get.

I have a 9500i I love it.
The 9500 is very customizable. I have mine set up so I can track multiple signals. It tells me how strong each of them is and what band. It does not tell me if they are ahead of me or behind. But if its chirping I slow down.

I have many false alarm areas locked out. The 9500 will pick up new signals in an area that has been locked out. It does the lock out by gps location and the mhz of the signal And I rarely get false alarms unless I am in a strange area and have not locked out those pesky signals.

The Speedtrap feature is nice; I travel out of town a few days a week and there are a few spots the cops sit and its a good reminder to slow down.

I have tested this radar a few times on long trips. When the radar would go off I would reset my trip odometer and then watch the signal get closer and closer, most of the time I am picking the cops up almost a mile out. To me a mile is plenty of enough time to slow down. I dont need need more than a mile of chirping to slow down.


Also the 9500 is has a nice remote mount that I have placed to the right if my tach. It has a very faint blue LED showing its on and a very bright yellow LED that flashes when it detects a signal. I can post a picture of it if you guys want to see it.

When I chose a detector I wanted the least amount of false alarms and this detector in my opinion is the best at reducing the false alarms for me. Thats why I bought it.
But I would trade it for a 996TT the problem is that with a 996tt and no 9500 i will lose my drivers license.
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X Band is only used in Ohio? Are you sure?
If so I will turn off the X Band and live with out the few false alarms I get.
X Band is used on the new red light cameras in new orleans. They apparently post your speed in the ticket.

It is also used at the speed detector at the foot of the causeway.
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Thats enough for me....x band is staying on.

Thanks for the info max.
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:10 AM   #16
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Valentine-yes

To some the arrows are a "curiosity" however I disagree. The other day I turned left at a light and a statey followed me up a hill, the detector howling with the arrow showing to the rear. As we progressed, the arrow showed to the front and the number 2 came up, both in the none X band. Sure enough coming toward me was a NYS Sheriff with his radar blasting. The thing is very sensitive and I get signals as much as a mile ahead of time, plenty to brake down and look "not guilty", if you get my meaning. Best detector I ever had and had an older Passport in my van until it broke and the techno at Passport said it was too old to update or repair.

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Old 02-02-2008, 11:19 AM   #17
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Randall, yes the Passport is programmable (I have X turned off).
I don't know if it's upgradeable. Sending it back to be upgraded seems inconvenient though. Other than the arrows, I'm pretty sure the Passport has all the features of the Valentine -and more.

Hey baseball, do you really want to wait to see if Valentine adds a GPS feature? Can you imagine that unit being any bigger? That thing's size as it is isn't quite discreet. Imagine a "boom box" from the 80s.

AKL, I'm not saying the arrows don't work. Clearly they do let you know where the signal comes from. But it's not the "where" that makes you slow down.

I guess I just want Valentine supporters to realize or concede that arrows are nice, but merely bells and whistles.

I love this debate.
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How do you turn X off the V1? I seem to have lost my manual.
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I got the instructions for overriding the software from the V1 web site.
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Hey baseball, do you really want to wait to see if Valentine adds a GPS feature? Can you imagine that unit being any bigger? That thing's size as it is isn't quite discreet. Imagine a "boom box" from the 80s.
Yer right, spring is coming and I doubt the V1 will be upgraded by then - I think I'll go order the 9500i right now. Thanks for helping me get off the dime Jeph
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