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If you must buy at only yhe 2 places you listed. Best Buy sells Escort and Circuit City sells Beltronics. Both are pretty much the same. Cobra is also sold by both but since you have the $$ go for the higher quality Bel or Escort.
 

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if you must buy one...slow the f down! :p
 

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Escort Solo II - Excellent detector

EZ-programming - turn on and off features with ease
SWS system - picks up alerts in South Florida and Florida Turnpike
4 band detection - X, K, Ka and Laser
cordless - allows mounting just about anywhere.

I find the V1 to be bulky, but very effective. All other brands seem to be cheap imitations.

One thing that pleases me as an Escort owner; research shows that the majority of radar detector technology patents belong to Escort.

Honestly, having any brand of detector is better than flying blind. And if you don't fly....disregard this topic.
 

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I've never owned one and am looking to pick one up as the last 12 years of speeding (sometimes triple digits for hours) without getting caught once is sure to catch up with me.

Sounds like the V1 is the most popular.
 

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[quote author=speedgator link=topic=58624.msg1389709#msg1389709 date=1178505264]
I find the V1 to be bulky, but very effective. All other brands seem to be cheap imitations.

One thing that pleases me as an Escort owner; research shows that the majority of radar detector technology patents belong to Escort.[/quote]
Check the date on those patents because the engineer of the V1 worked for Escort before they had a falling out, and they are probably still using his old ideas to this day. My hypothesis is that they haven't gone after Mike @ V1 because the ideas he used for the V1 were sufficiently advances over his first iteration at Escort that the Escort patents didn't apply.

I use a V1 and it's hands-down the best, IMO.
 

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Get what is the best for your budget. V1 is big and overpriced if it offers the same performance as a X50. They both do the same job. Get a red passport to match the red mazda leds. V1 is red as well. Not sure about the Sti I haven't had one forawhile.
 

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i dont know about your states but in HI, there is a "matched speed" option under "how speeding information was recieved". so even if you have a radar/laser jammer and you fly by a cop, they can pull you over and just check that box, saying you were going 100 or something. and even if you slow down they probably can still give you 10-15 mph over the speed limit just to give you the ticket, because you were speeding.
 

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I heard great things about the Escort Solo s2. My friend has one and says it works like a charm. Plus, it is cordless so no attention drawn to your windsheild. I have one coming in the mail.
 

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The only advice I can give to that is be wary of battery powered radar detectors, if the batteries start to fail so does the detector. Keep on top of the batteries and you'll have no problems.
 

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[quote author=Hexedit link=topic=58624.msg1442385#msg1442385 date=1180383942]
The only advice I can give to that is be wary of battery powered radar detectors, if the batteries start to fail so does the detector. Keep on top of the batteries and you'll have no problems.
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My solo2 is actually pretty good on batteries. It has a power save option that will turn it off if you park and leave it on. You also have a meter at boot up that shows how much juice is left in it. I keep two spare batteries on hand in case it decides to go dead, but you usually have about a day's warning of them dying out.
 

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It will also alert you when battery life is coming to an end... I have never been in a situation where the battery has gone dead on me. It is a part of what I call my "pre-flight" check if you will when I start my day of driving. Did I mention I put about 500 miles a week on my car?

But I will agree with the threads main focus, and that is the quality of the Escort system and the Valentine One are both at a level that provide you with the best in radar detection at the consumer level.

Just don't use it in Virginia...
 

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Battery powered - you don't get the same level of protection.
V1- cap out the governor and don't worry be happy.
 

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[quote author=Syn link=topic=58624.msg1610602#msg1610602 date=1186174520]
Battery powered - you don't get the same level of protection.
V1- cap out the governor and don't worry be happy.
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I would love to see data support that statement....
 

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in my opinion the laser jammer would be the best one, we sell them and install them at my work, it makes it show it shows up a blank on the gun but the problem is in some places they still use radar instead of lasers. but these are legal and the laser jammer will back u up on it, they will send a lawyer down if u get a ticket to fight it for u.
 

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[quote author=aminzer link=topic=58624.msg1616334#msg1616334 date=1186434148]
in my opinion the laser jammer would be the best one, we sell them and install them at my work, it makes it show it shows up a blank on the gun but the problem is in some places they still use radar instead of lasers. but these are legal and the laser jammer will back u up on it, they will send a lawyer down if u get a ticket to fight it for u.
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Laser jammers don't protect you 100% from laser, they merely give you a slim change to slow down if at all before the officer locks your speed. Almost all laser jammers have a punch through distance and if the cop lasers you close enough you are screwed either way. Pretty much all new laser guns have found ways around the jammers at close distances. At long distances the jammers are more effective and will allow you a chance to slam on the brakes and then past 1000 feet you can probably have the ticket thrown out due to case precedent. So by investing in a laser jammer, you are protecting yourself between 400 and 1000 feet of the lasering officer. Besides that, if you don't have a radar detector you are left open to a cop running stationary radar or moving radar.

Also, no laser jammer company will send a lawyer down to fight your ticket. I don't know where you heard that but its total BS.


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I did find one jammer, the laser inteceptor, which had insane test results, JTGing (Jam to gun) on almost all tests with only 1 or 2 guns being able to get a reading off the headlight 33% of the time. I still don't recommend you speed by a cop if your jammer goes off, but it will save you a ticket or two if its properly installed and functioning.
 

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what is the company?
 
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