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Hey guys does anyone own a Betronics STi Driver radar detector?? I dont know if mine is defective or simply because the device sucks. There were several occasions where that damn thing only went off when i was almost directly in front of the popo. I had read tons of reviews on this detector and it's supposed to be very good if not better than the V1. Does anybody have any input on this????????:confused2:confused2:confused2:confused2 I will just get a V1 if u guys think it's better than this piece of crap that i currently own.:grrrrr::grrrrr:
 

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My STi driver works just fine. Do some drive by testing where radar is currently being used (preferably Ka band like NY State Troopers) and see if it's working properly. Mine can sniff them out about 1.5 miles before passing one on the side of the road on a long straight away. Although, it didn't go off when I was driving up a hill on the freeway, until I came to the top of the hill where the road curved to the right. There is a mountain on the right, and when I had line of sight with the patrol car, it finally went off. Let's remember that radio waves will not bend around curves, blind spots, or over the tops of hills. You can have some cars in front of you, and there will be sufficient "overshoot" that you will pick it up without even seeing them. Hope this helps.....
 

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It's a great detector!! Make sure your settings are appropriate. Mine has saved my *** more than 10 times. I have a V1 in my E39 M5. It's good as well but does to out perform the STi imo.
 

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Thanks for all the input guys. I have turned everything to on so the settings should be good. I guess i have to just manually set it to highway mode when i am driving on the highway to maximize the range. I usually have it on autoscan....is that wrong??
 

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I leave mine in Highway mode at all times, with X band turned OFF. I hear some K band stuff driving around town, but usually when I drive by Home Depot, Lowes, or Longs, as their door open sensors use K band. The STi filters much better than my Rx65 Pro, so a few door sensors when I'm just putting around town is no major annoyance. After driving cross country a few times, just about every radar encountered was K band, and the State boyz prefer Ka band. The STI sniffs them out pretty darn good, IMO................... Heard the Ku band a couple of times, but didn't see anyone around. Haven't seen any traffic messages yet.
 

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My Valentine One has been great! Never got a ticket since I started using it 3 years ago. Before that, was different story.
 

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V1!!!
 

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The thing that's nice about the V1 is the directional arrow indicators. You really learn to rely on them after having one of these units. As far as capacity to pick up a signal, the 2 units are probably pretty equal. Radar Roy's test actually indicated STi outperformed V1. I don't think you could go wrong with either. The other selling point is the the STi does not "leak" any signal. This means that in states where detectors are illegal, cops won't be able to pick up a leaked signal and bust you for having one. Remember, any way you can minimize an encounter with law enforcement is always to the driver's advantage. I believe this is a large selling point for drivers who live in these states. Both units are the best in the industry:)
 

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+1, +1, +1!!!
 

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The thing that's nice about the V1 is the directional arrow indicators. You really learn to rely on them after having one of these units. As far as capacity to pick up a signal, the 2 units are probably pretty equal. Radar Roy's test actually indicated STi outperformed V1. I don't think you could go wrong with either. The other selling point is the the STi does not "leak" any signal. This means that in states where detectors are illegal, cops won't be able to pick up a leaked signal and bust you for having one. Remember, any way you can minimize an encounter with law enforcement is always to the driver's advantage. I believe this is a large selling point for drivers who live in these states. Both units are the best in the industry:)
The Valentine One is the best at detecting radar and lidar. Who cares what Radar Roy says about the V1 because he doesn't sell the V1. Do you think the V1 is going to win the test if he doesn't sell it?

http://guysoflidar.com/august-2007/radar-detector-test.html
 

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The Valentine One is the best at detecting radar and lidar. Who cares what Radar Roy says about the V1 because he doesn't sell the V1. Do you think the V1 is going to win the test if he doesn't sell it?

http://guysoflidar.com/august-2007/radar-detector-test.html
Invalidate someones results based upon theory and conjecture because they sell some of the tested products?! No thanks. The results you posted certainly do not match what my experience is with both of the units being discussed. I have been using V1 for more than 10 yrs. It's a great unit as I said earlier. If you want to get into a pissing contest, please look elsewhere. Radar Roy is a reasonable source of information or has been over the years. Because another group gathered different data does not automatically discount some of their group's results.:lightbulb:
 

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Invalidate someones results based upon theory and conjecture because they sell some of the tested products?! No thanks. The results you posted certainly do not match what my experience is with both of the units being discussed. I have been using V1 for more than 10 yrs. It's a great unit as I said earlier. If you want to get into a pissing contest, please look elsewhere. Radar Roy is a reasonable source of information or has been over the years. Because another group gathered different data does not automatically discount some of their group's results.:lightbulb:
The Guysoflidar group are all friends with Radar Roy and members of his radardetector.net site so they are not biased. Radar Roy was present at many of their events and he backs up their results. Also, Radar Roy doesn't even own radarbusters.com anymore because he sold it to some investors. If you want to believe testing put out by a man that doesn't sell the V1, that is your problem. The guysoflidar don't sell anything so they don't care one way or the other who wins their testing. Do you want to believe a person that is probably biased or an unbiased source like the guysoflidar that doesn't sell anything?
 

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The Guysoflidar group are all friends with Radar Roy and members of his radardetector.net site so they are not biased. Radar Roy was present at many of their events and he backs up their results. Also, Radar Roy doesn't even own radarbusters.com anymore because he sold it to some investors. If you want to believe testing put out by a man that doesn't sell the V1, that is your problem. The guysoflidar don't sell anything so they don't care one way or the other who wins their testing. Do you want to believe a person that is probably biased or an unbiased source like the guysoflidar that doesn't sell anything?

Actually, I choose to consider each group of data and weigh it against my real world experience. Your assumption of an entity being biased because they sell a product is speculative. I don't care if RR owns the company anymore or not. He has always been a reasonably accurate source of info. regarding these countermeasures. If you choose to dismiss any test info. from him or his company because he sells some of the products, then that's your business. It certainly is not the only position one could have or even the most reasonable one IMO. Both great units, end of story.:rolleyes:
 

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Well this weekend I almost lost my license and got my car towed by relying on Beltronics STI.. I was coming around a bend in the evening and he nailed me at the top of it (going +50km/h of the set limit).. I was shocked.... no matter how close I got to the patrol car nothing went off. I had it in autoscan and I want to change the settings to highway now and remove X-band. I was just so shocked and pissed - unreal experience for me. It has saved me in the past but that night nothing.

Literally I had to beg him to keep my car and not qualify the ticket for "racing law".. unbelievable.
 
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