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Old 04-06-2017, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by liquid_helix136 View Post
I used a V1 for a few years, and had it configured accordingly and my firmware was up to date, but it was still very noisy where I live, DFW area. The metroplex I live in is just full of false K and even KA, and I finally got to the point where I found myself ignoring nearly every alarm, even when they were true threats. There were multiple times that it would go off, I would hit silent, and then pass a bogey. That's when I realized it was time for a change.

As of about two years ago, I now use the Escort Passport Max and I love it. I was a BIG fan of the V1 and it's capabilities, but for my personal situation and environment, top of the line and accurate filtering is more important than sheer range and sensitivity. The passport series have the GPS lockout feature, which works incredibly well. If you pass a false alarm 3x in a row, it recognizes this and locks it out, silencing it for good, unless you unlock it manually. You can also manually lock out false alarms. This has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced the amount of false alarms I get. Now 95% of the time, if my radar is going off, its a true threat, especially if it is KA. The only thing I miss is the arrows, but I've kinda gotten over it.

Speaking of the arrows however, Valentine's patent on the arrow technology has expired, and Escort has come out with the Passport Max 360, which combines the two best features of the two leading companies, the arrows and dual band technology of the V1 and the GPS lockout of the Escort series. You can finally have both! ....At the price of ~$550. Tests show that the Passport 360's arrow system isn't up to par with the V1, but that's to be expected. Valentine has been making the same model for the past 25 years or so, and this is Passport's first model with dual band and directional technology.

Of note, I haven't looked in the last 6 months or so, but I believe Valentine has been making efforts in attempting to keep up with Escort as far as filtering out false alarms, and they may be better now than what I had experienced about 2 years ago.

As far as efficacy of both, I received 3 tickets in my 3-4 years of owning a V1, however they were all via Laser / instant-on radar. I have not received any tickets with my Passport Max. So I would say for me, they were equally effective. The passport is just a lot quieter

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I just looked up prices, and you can get the Passport Max 360 for $550, the Passport Max for $350 and the Valentine 1 for about $500.
V1's are 399 and always have been. Valentine only sells the V1 from their website, if you are buying a V1 from somewhere else you will be paying more then necessary.

See my post above about YaV1. I'm surprised no one has mentioned it...

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Old 04-06-2017, 04:48 PM
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the Max 360 also has Bluetooth --- IPhone and Android connection feature. Does this mean you always need to have phone on and with you? And looking at the phone?
Or can you program radar detector from phone?

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Originally Posted by windhund116 View Post
the Max 360 also has Bluetooth --- IPhone and Android connection feature. Does this mean you always need to have phone on and with you? And looking at the phone?
Or can you program radar detector from phone?

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I'm not sure about the Max 360 but with the V1 you would lose some of the core features if you didn't connect your phone. With YaV1 you can push settings to your V1 via Bluetooth and when you disconnect BT the settings will stay. You will lose the GPS lockouts and speed muting, which are by far the best features that make the detector extremely quiet by today's standard.
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Old 04-07-2017, 05:03 PM
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First try out of the Max 360, to work and back. Better graphics than the 9500iX. Easier to read. Measures MPH on constant basis. S2000's speedo is spot-on with the GPS driven device in detector. With radar signals the strength meter is simple bars. It has directional arrows, like the Valentine. Has the usual voice command of triggered signals types. And warning of going above a preset MPH. Which is adjustable. So far, so good.
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Woot has a good deal today on an Escort refurb.
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The Escort Redline (pun intended I guess?) is like the S2000 of radar detectors. No frills and maximum performance. It has better range (>14 miles on a flat desert road) and response times (especially with the RDR and band segmentation firmware flash) compared to even newer models. No GPS or other nifty features (unless you pair the Redline to your smartphone). VG2/Spectre radar detector-detector cloaking shield (only useful if you're in VA or DC).
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>14 miles on a flat desert road
Maybe with tropospheric scatter! Otherwise irritations like the curvature of the earth and the distance to the horizon mess things up.

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Originally Posted by Chuck S View Post
Maybe with tropospheric scatter! Otherwise irritations like the curvature of the earth and the distance to the horizon mess things up.

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In reality, a 14-mile range is useless. However, since most driving scenarios don't present clear line of sight to that kind of distance and instead have curves, hills, bends, cars, atmospheric interference, etc, I'll take as much sensitivity as I can.
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