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    Which radar detector is the best?

    I am in the market for a new dectector, does anyone out there have any suggestions on which brand is the better buy? I used to own a passport back in the 80's, but I don't know if they exist anymore or even if they are any good. Thanks everyone!
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    For me, the Escort SRX. High performance, built in, added feature of laser jam..., excuse me, laser "shifter".

    There are Valentine people and there are Escort people, IMO, you can't go wrong with either brand, just get the top of the line Escort, they do make lower lines.
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    Thanks for all the help guys! I checked both out, and both look like they're an excellent choice. I'm probably going to have to sit on this one for about a week b4 I make a purchase . Thanks again!
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    I'd give Valentine a serious look first

    The valentine has directional indicators that provide a better head's up of where the radar signal is coming from, and IMHO provides better sensitivity and signal selectivity. You also have some really neat mounting options if you have an E46 or E39, since you can tap into the power from the sunroof. See the attached: http://www.ideaphile.com/bmw/mods/v1/index.html

    Either way, don't scrimp on this purchase - go with the top of the line or don't go at all. Mine has saved my but several times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinecone
    For me, the Escort SRX. High performance, built in, added feature of laser jam..., excuse me, laser "shifter".

    There are Valentine people and there are Escort people, IMO, you can't go wrong with either brand, just get the top of the line Escort, they do make lower lines.
    I was under the impression that laser jamming was not legal?

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    I have an escort passport 8500 x50 and I think it is great. I payed about 300 for it. You will never get a concise answer as to which is better, the Valentine 1 or the Passport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChosenGSR
    I was under the impression that laser jamming was not legal?
    Radar jamming is illegal, but laser jamming is not.
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    A couple of states have passed laws that make laser jamming illegal (CA for one) but in general it is legal.

    Radar jamming is illegal in all states, since you are in violation of Federal statues on RF emissions.
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    Learn something every day... thanks.

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    Bren and I went to Detroit with his V-1 and my Escort side by side. The V-1 was more sensitive hands down.



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    I have seen some stuff that putting two together side by side causes interference. So may not be a valid way to test.

    But I find the SRX (and Sr-1 in teh Roadster) to have enough sensitivity to work fine.

    I did stress test the laser shifter yesterday. It is fun to see teh cop looking at his laser unit wiht a puzzled expression.
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    Just curious, mcw323is, what does your Avatar mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by S38B38Komp
    Just curious, mcw323is, what does your Avatar mean?
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    Terry, when I was last at your garage, there was a gentleman there from florida (I think) who had a radar detector / laser "shifter" built into the front and rear aprons of his M3 - what system was that?
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