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Valentine One Radar Detector

4.6 out of 5 stars 269 customer reviews
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  • X, K, Ka, and Super Wideband Ka Detection
  • 360° Protection against all types of Laser
  • Rear Radar Antenna
  • Ku Band Detection
  • Directional Indicator
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Product Description

The Valentine One is one of the highest performing radar detectors on the market. One reason for this is multiple radar antennas! The only other detector with two radar antennas is the Bel STi Driver, but in the STi both antennas face forward. In the Valentine One, there is one forward antenna and one rear-facing antenna. Using this combination of antennas, it effectively tells you the band and strength of the radar signal, along with the number of "bogeys," or radar units being detected. It will also tell you what direction the signal is coming from, and provide the best rear detection out of every other windshield-mounted detector on the market. Even when this sounds too good to be true, there's more. The Valentine One has excellent laser reception, consistently appearing at the top of tests in this category. In addition to the super high-performance of Valentine's detector, this model will never become obsolete. The very first Valentine detectors from 1992 look identical to the ones today, and can be sent in to Valentine to be updated with the latest hardware and software (charges may apply). If you decide on a Valentine One, you'll be in good hands with the same detector for the rest of your life.

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Technical Details

Item Weight 1.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 6 x 2.5 x 4 inches
Origin Made in USA
Item model number V1

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ASIN B000U89KGW
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4.6 out of 5 stars 269 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #31 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Radar Detectors
Shipping Weight 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available July 24, 2007

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I've had a Valentine 1 since the early 90's. Over the years, it has been upgraded and has consistently been a top performer. Since those early days, these new V1s offer laser, a reinforced power cord (fixing a former Con), slightly modified/improved interface (see Pros) and new detection capabilities for instant-on radar.

Pro:
+Incredible detection range that always amazes my passengers... consistently voted #1 in the rankings in laser and radar tests, usually only dinged for price (see Cons) or styling. (Are they serious? Who care's if it's boxy?)
+Able to track multiple targets at one time (9), which at first sounds silly, but it helps you filter threats
+Able to tell that you've passed a target. Signal in front will shift to side lights and then to rear helping you ID where the signal is
+Is he behind me? Front AND rear detectors (and matching light indicators) I think makes this detector one-of-a-kind
+Black color (unit, mounts and cables) blends into your dash and does not reflect as much light and glare as its shiny counterparts. I can't believe the competition has gone with the shiny titanium styling... silly!
+The longer power cord (four feet?) looks like a "phone cord" and is reinforced nicely, a vast improvement over the early V1 cords
+Also has pieces for hardwiring the unit, but I suspect you'll need to buy wire and an installer (not a typical do it yourselfer project)
+The glass mount (with spare suction cups) is just awesome! After 15 years, the design is still unbeaten!
+Variable volume and mute settings, with one-touch mute
+Display will show a "J" when a signal is determined to be "junk", a false-alarm. When you get the "J" your V1 is telling you that it is retracting the warning from this signal.
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First I'm a long time owner of the V1 from back in my younger days of owning a Viper and running with friends south of Stockton on I 5 south, their Italian cars were pushing 200 mph while the Viper hit measly 170. I still drive fast and still have my license thanks to the V1 and 9500ix. It appears Viper and Corvette owners are like V1 and Escort owners, they do not like each other, a bit of a long stand rivalry. Well the V1 is like a Viper, no frills, mind blowing torque and power. The V1 is the most sensitive and will pick up bogeys miles away when on open flat roads, if you're a rural dweller with little minimal city driving the V1 is for you. It is simple to operate and has one knob, no frills and lets you know the direction and number of bogeys. If you keep it, upgrades every few years will set you back $189. Yes, the guy has his cranky old Mother in law working the phones and customer service is less than pleasant at Valentine
The 9500ix is like the Corvette, plush interior, plenty powerful with lots of options and technology. For you city folk and those who live in heavily populated areas AND can understand and use technology the 9500ix is for you. Less sensitive on the wide open road but has all the features required for people who travel the same route each day in and around the city or populated area. GPS enabled device, when your detector goes off you look at it, it alarms and displays your mph, speeding again. It warns you of those dam red light cameras and permanent photo speed traps ($35 for 3 years of updates). It auto learns all those annoying X and K band false alarms along my commute, somehow when a cop is hiding in one of these areas it picks him up. It will display you battery voltage when it gets low.
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For years Valentine had Escort and the others completely trounced. Finally, with the X50, Escort came close to Valentine in some respects. Their new GPS detector the 9500i is also based on the 8500 X50 model. The thing is, Valentine keeps a commanding lead in four respects:
1. Yes, Escort now equals Valentine on K and Ka (but not X band); however, Valentine responds much better to instant on.
2. Valentine's laser detection is insanely good. No one comes close...and that's what you need with laser, because it is very hard to "spot."
3. Because of patent considerations, Escort can't have front and rear antennae on their unit and tell you what direction the radar is coming from. This is actually a VERY useful feature...and the rear antenna lets you know when a mobile instant on unit is creeping up behind you.
4. Valentine detects instant-on POP radar nearly 100% of the time. Escort just plain doesn't see it half the time.
I've driven with one since the mid 1990s, and never received a ticket while using it. It's the best investment you can make in driving peace of mind.
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--- IS THE VALENTINE ONE WORTH IT? -------

Absolutely, and I give the device itself 5/5 stars. But more on that 1/5 star rating further down in my review.

As for the device itself. This is an amazing Radar IF, and that's a big IF.. you don't mind false positive K-bands. If you have a V1 and ever driven behind any new Audi, you'll know what I mean. But when you couple the Radar with the V1 Connection add-on, and use the App, you unlock the true potential of it. With realtime GPS tracking, bogey map, speed information, band power information, and the ability to hook into the bogey database for your area/trip and also store your own false positives so they don't annoy you in that frequent drive to work.

From what I've personally experienced, I believe the V1 is the most sensitive of all radars in the market (previous 9500ix owner), and I believe it is also the only Radar that provides you frontal and posterior detection, with arrows indicating threat direction. If you are a country driver, long open roads, looks of open space and tree lines where they hide behind and trigger. This is the must-have for you. Those driving in crowded cities, with lots of speed cams and traps, you are advised to either get the V1 and V1 Connection (Requires setting up) or opt for an All-Inclusive device such as the Passport 9500ix as it comes with GPS and flash memory for storing bogey coordinates. This devices takes some work and setting up, but once it's properly configured, it is your best friend.

--- CLARIFICATION -------

Why 1-star? Because there's deliberate veiling of information happening here and unfortunately there's no way to tell who's responsible.
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