plugged in my Valentine1 and Escort Redline and Redline took the cake for sure. Detects so much quicker than the Valentine. Less false alarms too.
Redline here as well. With the new band segmenting firmware it's performance is as good as the almighty STiR
I used a V1 for 6 years and while the arrows are nice they are extremely overrated.
One scenario where it's good to have arrows is if you are only doing 10-15mph over the limit and you have a car following you that is causing your detector to false alert. Maybe they have a cheap Cobra radar detector (known to leak radar signal) or they have adaptive cruise control. Then the rear arrows help you determine that there is no reason to slow down. Otherwise the arrows are a waste IMO.
Second scenario, why I have a detector to begin with, is you are doing a datalog pull to 140mph for your tuner. If my detector so much as chirps my ass is slowing down. PERIOD. False or not and arrows or not. I'm hitting brakes to be safe rather than sorry I didn't. Plus all detector have what's called "ramp up". As the "brap, braps" increase in frequency/speed or decrease you can tell if you are getting closer to the threat or further from it.
With the new band segmenting (the Escort Redline and newer V1s do this) there are a lot less false alerts on Ka band. Most cops using radar today use Ka band. Not many use K band anymore. If they do it is usually small town areas using older equipment. Again if I hear the Ka "brap, brap" on a segmenting detector it's real and I am hitting brakes.
Here is band segmenting explained.Cut n paste>>>
The major benefit of segmenting Ka is to eliminate sweeping that part of the Ka Bandwidth were false signals reside but no real radar exists.......below 33.7xxx GHZ.
Here are your Ka segments in red being the ones where 99.9% of mobile radars operate:
Ka1 = 33.392 - 33.704Ka2 = 33.704 - 33.896 MPH 33.8 Ka
Ka3 = 33.886 - 34.198
Ka4 = 34.184 - 34.592Ka5 = 34.592 - 34.808 Stalker 34.7 Ka
Ka6 = 34.806 - 35.166
Ka7 = 35.143 - 35.383Ka8 = 35.378 - 35.618 Kustom / Decatur 35.5 ka
Ka9 = 35.595 - 35.835
Ka10 = 35.830 - 35.998
Turning segment Ka1 off is a must or you will detect every Cobra detector out there. Most other enthusiasts also turn off segments Ka3, Ka4, Ka6, Ka7, Ka9 and Ka10 because you will seldom if ever see a real mobile radar operating in these ranges.
What about the other .01%?
Yes, there is always some small amount of risk. Mainly the risk of running into a seriously out of tune Ka transmitter or the rare old version of the Stalker ATR that operated at 35.2 GHZ.
For those seriously concerned about the ATR you can simply activate Ka7 as well.<<<Cut n paste
I will also add that the V1 has one horn in the front and suffers from tunnel vision. This means it's off axis performance suffers. Off axis is frontal around bends and over hills scenarios. It still performs well but it will take longer for it to alert to a threat. The VI does have a rear facing horn and does do slightly better in rear threat detection. But in most threat conditions you are targeted from the front and detectors with only front facing horns can still detect splatter from the rear.
So take it for what you think it's worth and your driving style. For me the new Escort Redline fit my needs better than the V1. But hey the V1 is still a kick ass unit. The 6 years I had it I was never let down by it and that was in my single turbo Supra and you can just imagine the speeds I did in that car! If anyone here is considering getting a Redline you need to tell them to install the new firmware on the new unit before they ship it out. It's a free software flash but as of last week they still had units on the shelves with the old firmware. They don't have plans to reflash all units already in stock. So you have to request it for now before it is shipped out.