Looking For RD Reccomendations

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1. What kind of vehicle you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount? E46 330i, along with a W220 S430.
2. What's your budget? I'd like to spend around $300, but I'm willing to go up to around $400 if it's what's necessary.
3. Where you live ( address not needed of course) and what states, country or areas you primarily drive? I drive in South Jersey(Camden County), mainly around Cherry Hill and Voorhees
4. How do you drive? +10/15 in traffic, and have more fun at night/with clear roads.
5. What your daily drive is like (short trips? long trips? city? highway?) we ask this because of falsing issues that exist in many areas or cities. Within the City which is a typical suburb. Most trips don't exceed 30 minutes. I do drive on the highway (295) frequently and a radar will be important on highways for me.
6. How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all? N/A other than waze
7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake. Most of the roads if not all are flat. A few roads are up slight hills, a few roads have slight kinks in them with trees filling in where the road would've been if it were straight.
8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need/prefer a GPS enabled unit? There are speed cameras, but I don't know if not having GPS would be a dealbreaker.
9. Thanks to ahl: "Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?" I would set it up as needed "What kind of device do you own (iOS/Android)". iOS
10. Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area? No

Laser isn't a big issue for me, as generally, I'm observant of where cops like to sit and don't go fast blindly on a road.

I've been mainly looking at the Valentine V1 and the Uniden R7. A relative of mine used the V1(with Junk-K fighter) and served its purpose, although while trying to remember it I feel like it might've been a just a slight bit chatty. I've heard that the R7 has quality issues and is legitimately chatty, but the range sounds good for extra protection. I'm not entirely sure if the range is necessary in my situation, as in theory, it would just make me slow down even farther from a threat than necessary(assuming the V1's range is enough). If the information helps, my area supposedly uses X band alongside KA band for speed detection(probably K band aswell). I am open to any other recommendations, but I'm firm on buying a detector with arrows for the extra information it provides.
 

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If you want the best false filtering, and don't mind spending $449, consider the Radenso Pro M.

If you want the best range possible on the highway, want to be at $300, don't mind programming mute memories on the fly, nor mind still getting the occasional BSM false, R3 is the way to go.

If you want arrows, and want to stretch the budget and range to maximum, get the R7.

If you want zero BSM falses, want to throw the budget out the window, want the best range ever conceived, and want to wait for at least several months, consider the Radenso Theia.
 
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Personally, my choice would be Radenso Pro-M or a Uniden R7 but those are on the high end price wise. But for me, an RD is an Investment so I prefer to spend an extra hundred up front to get what is necessary than maybe get a ticket.
 

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Having GPS is always good, as you can use speed-based muting.
With your budget, I would suggest a R3 or refurbished/ 2nd hand R7 as the V1 is out of stock at present.
 

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In South-Jersey, I agree that range isn't your paramount need. All of the quality RDs discussed in these forums will probably be fine for range. You will want decent BSM filtering, since NJ is crowded, and I agree with your instance on arrows...once you have those, it's hard to go back.

If you want to wait and see for a few months (discussed at length in other forums here), you could try to wait-out a new V1. If you're in a rush, sounds like the R7. I don't know why Theia comes-up in every one of these threads; you can't buy one (like the V1 - though we know those actually exist), and the price is assumed to be about triple what you specified as your budget.
 

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Solid recommendations above, and really comes down to preference/price. Speed is money. How fast do you want to go?
 

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Solid recommendations above, and really comes down to preference/price. Speed is money. How fast do you want to go?
Pretty fast, but I don’t see a problem with the R7/V1 being less effective than other more expensive detectors. I was pretty set on the V1 but after seeing how many people think their 20 year old V1 is worth $500 I think I may just go with a manufacturer refurb R7. Not bad price and 90 day money back guarantee. I’ve heard good things about the refurbished uniden’s but if anyone has different experiences I’d like to hear them.
 

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Pretty fast, but I don’t see a problem with the R7/V1 being less effective than other more expensive detectors. I was pretty set on the V1 but after seeing how many people think their 20 year old V1 is worth $500 I think I may just go with a manufacturer refurb R7. Not bad price and 90 day money back guarantee. I’ve heard good things about the refurbished uniden’s but if anyone has different experiences I’d like to hear them.
Speed is money, and right now Uniden is beating it on range. Supposedly until Theia is released.
 

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Pulled the trigger and ordered the manufacturer refurb R7 now. I'm glad I did because I can experience the detector without having to worry about struggling to find a buyer as it has a 90 day warranty and PayPal will be my friend in any other circumstance.
 

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