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Old 08-11-2011, 11:49 PM   #1
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Which is better?? Valentine V1 or Escort Passport? Ive heard a lot of good things from both. Just really tired of tickets
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has saved me MANY times, plus i like knowing which direction theyre coming from...
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Well depends what kind of driving you do...if you do highway v1 all the way and if you do city passport ftw!
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they both have strong points kinda like choosing between suomy and arai, you can't go wrong with either one. I use a V1 because i like having the arrows that tell me if i have passed a radar threat but I've heard that the escort gives less false alerts
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I have the Escort 9500ix in my car and it's phenomenal. The GPS autolock feature means that if you pass the same frequency radar at the same location 3 times it automatically locks the location out (for just that frequency) so that you get fewer alerts. Also when the GPS alerts you can set it up that it shows your GPS calculated speed for a couple of seconds for information.

I must admit I like the V1 arrows, but one of the Escort's displays shows the number of signals that you are receiving and their strengths, just not their location. I get crazy warning on the Westpark tollway when the cops are out (every day :().
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Escort 100%. Had the Valentine and hated it, too many false signals.

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If you actually read the manual that comes with the Escort, by listening to the way the tone is sounding, you can also tell what direction the cop is in.
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I have the Escort 9500ix in my car and it's phenomenal. The GPS autolock feature means that if you pass the same frequency radar at the same location 3 times it automatically locks the location out (for just that frequency) so that you get fewer alerts. Also when the GPS alerts you can set it up that it shows your GPS calculated speed for a couple of seconds for information.

I must admit I like the V1 arrows, but one of the Escort's displays shows the number of signals that you are receiving and their strengths, just not their location. I get crazy warning on the Westpark tollway when the cops are out (every day :().
the V1 does this as well
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Escort 100%. Had the Valentine and hated it, too many false signals.

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If you actually read the manual that comes with the Escort, by listening to the way the tone is sounding, you can also tell what direction the cop is in.
how can it do that if it only has one radio recieving horn?
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how can it do that if it only has one radio recieving horn?
It's like two pages, but here's part of it:

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PASSPORT receives weak signals. These
signals may be a little stronger as you
pass large, roadside objects. The signals
increase in frequency.

Means:
A moving patrol car with continuous radar is
overtaking you from behind. Because these
signals are reflected (reflections are
increased by large objects), they may or may
not eventually melt into a solid point even
when the patrol car is directly behind you.

Signal:
PASSPORT alerts intermittently. Rate and
strength of alerts may be consistent or vary
wildly.

Means:
A patrol car is travelling in front of you with
a radar source aimed forward. Because
signals are sometimes reflected off of large
objects and sometimes not, the alerts may
seem inconsistent.

There's more, but I'm sure you get the ideal. Been following it for years and the info is pretty accurate.

I just think it's funny how many people have an Escort and don't realize this info is in the manual.
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Thnks for the info guys i think I'll go with passport now. So what is the best model for the price And some people from work have said to get a used one if I do t wanna shell out the big bucks. Is this wise?
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Thnks for the info guys i think I'll go with passport now. So what is the best model for the price And some people from work have said to get a used one if I do t wanna shell out the big bucks. Is this wise?
cheap ones are not worth it, they lose a lot of range. the lowest in thier line that i would get would be the 8500, red or blue display doesn't matter. get that or higher, do not go lower and do not get the cordless escort solo. the solo diminishes range to extend battery life.
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Escort themselves have been known to sell refurbed 8500s on eBay. I bought one, but returned it and bought a new 9500ix because it has the awesome range of the 9500, but not the smarts to auto lock out false signals. It was driving me mad. Having said that the detector I had before that was a uniden so a tin can and string would have been an upgrade
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what happens when a cop camps at this 'know location'?

DPS hangs out on the both sides of 99 at HEB right before westpark

btw, we have both 8500x50 and V1 , i prfer the V1, wife the escort
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I sold my V1 in favor of the passport. Yea, the V1 has the directional arrows but that bish falses ALL DAY LONG ON EVERYTHING. The passport has GPS and after it falses in the same spot 3 times, it stores it an never falses on that signal again.

It also has a speed trap database and detects red light cameras.

The V1 goes off so much that you'll start to disregard it.
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Then you can store that GPS location as a "speed trap" and then everytime you approach that location your radar will speak the words "Speed trap ahead" then it counts down from 1000 ft and notifies you that you've reached your location.

I haven't ran into that issue though. I think the likelihood of a policeman being in the exact same gps location all the time is slim.

Also the speed trap locations are shared. When we travelled to Barber this year I was being notified of speed traps in states that I had never travelled through because other passport owners had saved the locations on their devices.
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