I've used many different radar detectors from Escort, and of course the V1. My best friend loves his V1, and I have a couple other friends with them as well. I always had escort detectors growing up, I'm pretty sure my family has had at least one of every model since they came out (no joke), Cincinatti Microwave called my dad when the X50 came out in blue to see if he wanted to trade up for it.
Anyway, last winter I tested my then-new X50 against my friend's V1 (about 2 years old). They were very close, it was usually imperceptible which would pick up first. The V1 picked up a lot more false alarms (X coming as K at distance), but with POP turned on the X50 is about the same with that, just with more annoying noise. I keep X turned off on all my detectors, it's pretty much useless (even according to the X50 owner's manual). At distance X can come across as K, which I noticed years ago when I used all bands, I would get K blips far away and then when I got close to whatever the source was it would go to X, this is most likely the source of false alarms.
Although I use the X50 in my CRX, before I had my car I lived with my friend, and just about daily drove his car with the V1. I know V1 owners say they can't live without the arrows, I understand that, you do get addicted to knowing where the signal is. I liked that a lot, and I also liked the size and style of the V1 (retro!) because it's less conspicuous and doesn't look like it's worth much to theives if you do leave it in the car. There are a few things I don't like about it. First off, it's far too quiet. You just can't use it effectively in a loud car, or with a loud stereo on. My CRX is very loud, and my friend's car is a 71 Datsun 240Z with a 280ZX turbo motor, not really luxury/cruising cars, but definitely something you want to have a radar detector in. I also didn't like the bright display at night, but that's not a problem with the concealed display unit. I don't like people behind me (like police) seeing the detector.
Like I said before, I have grown up with the Escort detectors, and I will continue to buy them. The X50 is much louder and more irritating than the V1, so you don't miss an alert. It has dim settings as well, and a dark mode at night. The concealed display unit is very small and easy to integrate into many cars (in my experience so far). I also like the display. The V1 will beep and tell you how many signals it's picking up, but the X50 will show them individually, with the intensity of each next to it (one of the display options). Though it does have a smaller profile, I don't particularly like the shape/size of the X50. My car has 650/550 springs (and it's a CRX ~2000 lbs), so it's pretty harsh, and when I hit the occasional large bump in the winter when it's cold, it's fallen right off the windshield. I think it's just so long and it's putting a lot of torque on the suction cup thing. Also, in contrast to the V1, the X50 looks like it wants to be stolen.
Also, last I checked, the X50 was considerably cheaper.
Mithuth must of been talking about all those 'junk' detectors.jfrolang said:For me, I wouldn't buy any other detector, they're junk and they won't help you.
It doesn't always save youmattminerDOTcom said:
X2... Just blend in with traffic, keep your eyes peeled and don't do anything stupid. I generally limit myself to 5-10 mph over, or a few MPH over the speed of traffic.mithuth said:Radar detectors don't work to prevent tickets. Period. Just slow your average driving to around the speed limit and you'll be fine.
Because all those other things are free.mattminerDOTcom said:
Play shadow games. Make sure you aren't the car in the direct "lane of view" that most cops take.coz said:Another tactic is to not stick out like a sore thumb:
- Don't be the fastest car
- Don't drive erratically, i.e. don't change lanes a lot
- Don't stay in the left lane
- Don't tailgate
Did you ever turn off X-band? I remember you mentioned it in a thread a long time ago, and when I found the instructions on how to do it, I PMed you.jfrolang said:I HATE all the beeping, so I just run it muted anyway.