V1 Gen2 - Order now or wait? (6/4/20)

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I realize this is extremely subjective and I have not read anything conclusive to make a decision, but wanted to get some opinions to make some type of informed decision. I ended up selling my V1 Gen1 on Ebay since I still cannot upgrade my unit on the V1 website due to the pandemic situation. Loved using V1's for the last 6 years! I also could get much more on Ebay vs. trade in anyway, so financially made sense.

With that said, should I go ahead and pull the trigger on a new V1 Gen2 now or keep waiting? The concern is the looming power issues on first early purchased units, some repaired units failing a second time and the adhesive front display plastic peeling off in hot weather. I probably would have pulled the trigger had I not read repaired units have had the same power failure, so now I don't know what to do. I feel naked without my V1 Gen1 and probably should have held onto it longer till I made the purchase, I just assumed I would not be reading multiple power repair issues by this time. Thanks for any thoughts or inside info of new units purchased and used over the last 2-3 weeks.
 

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Do you need one right this second? If not, the new Redline 360c is coming and will be announced early next week. It may or may not be what you're looking for, but it may be smart to wait a few days and see if it's a good fit for you or not...
 

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We won't know for a while if the issue is truly fixed. It's really up to you and your tolerance for possibly having to return a unit. Assuming that you don't want to wait, liked your old V1, and know what you'd be getting, it's all about the potential of having to return it.

I waited through the presale and bought mine off the website the following week after seeing some initial testing. So far mine is still alive, but many others haven't been so lucky.
 

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Thanks for the info and info on the Redline 360c coming out soon. I don't need anything for a month with little driving working from home, so will see the Redline 360c info and hopefully comparison tests by the end of June. Thanks again.
 

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Why wait? What’s the worst that could happen? I purchasd mine on March 3, arrived March 8, and has been performing flawlessly ever since. Not all early units failed (possibly 3 out of 10 if the RD Forum poll is representative of the general public). If it fails, V1 will take it back, fix it, and you’ll be fine. Why worry, be happy!
 

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I haven't done this in a couple of weeks.

Received mine 3/7/20. Since then I've driven:
14,461 miles and 250 hours over 89 days with mine. No issues with either power or heat. :) I would not willingly go back to my Gen1 as long as a Gen2 is available to me.
 

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While opinions are good, let me point you to hard data results if you haven’t seen them yet. On both of these pages, look for the thread titles with “V1 G2” in them.


https://www.rdforum.org/forums/142/



https://www.rdforum.org/forums/25/
 
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If you don’t need it, wait... there will likely be better options in the near future... if they turn up bust you can always order a new V1G2. Hopefully with fixes implemented.

And think most likely the R7 will have dropped value a bit more too...
 
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If you liked V1s in the past, you are likely to love the V1G2. Coupled with JBV1 or not, it is a great performer. As others have advised, there are some current issues which are being worked on I believe. If you live in the USA and can take advantage of their return policy, I see no reason why not to try it out.
 

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You're going to get a lot of negativity on this subject. Sifting through that stuff is difficult if you are not a regular on this forum.
I'd just say that if you liked Gen 1 you'll love Gen 2. Especially if you use an app.
And it may not matter to you, but resale on V1's is traditionally better than other brands, if you go past the 30 day return window. But I don't think you'll be returning it.
 

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V1G2 is an excellent detector, but there is no perfect detector. You can spend days/weeks/months/years fretting about whether you should have bought X or Y, but if you're coming from a V1G1, this is unquestionably a major upgrade, without having to learn new quirks from another brand. It can hear farther than you ever thought possible, and it's quiet enough that you'll wonder if it's broken sometimes. There are really no performance cons vs the V1G1 which is what matters if you're upgrading. About the only thing you're giving up is that wonderful dial for power/volume.

The only real bogey is whether the early build issues (power and screen delamination) are resolved. I personally wouldn't worry about it - they seem to be very responsive about replacing units. Mine is still running great, with no issues to report.
 

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Even though they don’t advertise it any more, I believe Valentine Research still holds to the 30 day money back guarantee If you want to get some experience with it before deciding.
 

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Thanks for the info and info on the Redline 360c coming out soon. I don't need anything for a month with little driving working from home, so will see the Redline 360c info and hopefully comparison tests by the end of June. Thanks again.
It will be interesting to see what the Redline 360c looks like and what features and technology the Redline 360c will have.

I have had my V1 Gen2 since March 12th, and it has performed very well for me with no issues or problems. The BSM filtering on my V1 Gen2 is very good to excellent and I am very satisfied with my V1 Gen2.


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Pretty much the only 2 notable units that are due to release is the Redline 360c and the Radenso Theia. I've pretty much lost faith in Escort and I wouldn't put any stock in any of their new releases - especially at their selling price ($650 or greater) and IMO the Theia will not live up to the hype and be very expensive as well. $500 is my own absolute breaking price point for a WM RD. Anything else is "stupid money" that can be spent better elsewhere (jammers, CI RD, etc).

I've bashed MV and the V1G2 for being app dependant when it comes to GPS and other features but I feel that I've been closed-minded about that and I ordered one myself to test it out. Sometimes you have to test drive something out yourself to make up your own mind instead of reading about it from others. One man's cup of tea is another man's cup of you know what.
 

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Pretty much the only 2 notable units that are due to release is the Redline 360c and the Radenso Theia. I've pretty much lost faith in Escort and I wouldn't put any stock in any of their new releases - especially at their selling price ($650 or greater) and IMO the Theia will not live up to the hype and be very expensive as well. $500 is my own absolute breaking price point for a WM RD. Anything else is "stupid money" that can be spent better elsewhere (jammers, CI RD, etc).

I've bashed MV and the V1G2 for being app dependant when it comes to GPS and other features but I feel that I've been closed-minded about that and I ordered one myself to test it out. Sometimes you have to test drive something out yourself to make up your own mind instead of reading about it from others. One man's cup of tea is another man's cup of you know what.
You forgot about the R9.
 

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I've bashed MV and the V1G2 for being app dependant when it comes to GPS
A lot of others have as well without knowing the main reason why. Escort I believe owns the built-in gps patent. MV can’t do this without being sued or having to pay royalties. I think uniden was sued by escort or had to pay royalties. The app work-around on the V1 is genius- plus there are more options with apps. Hell will freeze over before MV pays royalties to escort.
 

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