One year with the V1G2

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This week marks 1 year since receiving my V1G2 (3/17/2020) after sending in my V1G1 for an upgrade, just as the world was beginning to transform.

While my driving situation has changed considerably, from 20-25k miles/year to just 2k, I have still had the opportunity to experience the V1G2 both in-town, on the highway, and a few times in the city (albeit with much fewer cars around).

My settings have been logic mode (little l), Custom Frequencies (24.025 - 24.225, 33.700-33.900, 34.500-34.900, 35.400-35.600), X-band disabled, rear X/K muted, rear laser off, mute below 30MPH, and an app for GPS lockouts. No app based box/BSM muting.

K-band filtering has been very good. In-town logic mode will usually mute the weak automatic door openers when driving by. Starting my car up while parked in the presence of automatic door openers, the V1G2's logic mode keeps them muted until I've left the lot. BSM filtering has been excellent, with very few cars (usually Acura/Honda/Jeep when close) setting off the V1G2, and with logic mode the signals are almost always muted while indicating a weak signal. I'm not sure if tractor trailers have more BSM's now than they did a year+ ago, but I have noticed the V1G2 alerting more often when near semi's than I did with my V1G1.

Ka-band range has been excellent, including doing the "over the hill and through the woods" off-axis trick that we used to only see in Escort's M3 antenna's, then later from the Stinger VIP, Radenso Pro-M and Uniden R3/7. I have noticed more "leaky detector" falses, which is part of the reason I decided to use Custom Frequencies, which seems to have helped significantly, along with the recent firmware updates that improved reporting of multiple Ka signals.

So far the physical construction has held up. My power button doesn't stick, the face plate hasn't delaminated, nor has the circuitry failed. Another solid product from Valentine Research, and I know they'll stand by their product should I encounter a defect. The V1G2's slim, compact design and magnesium case feel great on the rare occasion I take it down from my blend-mount.

The V1G2 continues to be my favorite detector on the market today. The arrow behavior is excellent, even with the challenge of improved front and rear sensitivity, and with the exception of certain circumstances the ramp-up is amazing at communicating signal strength. The display is easy to read when in direct sunlight, unlike the OLED's that are common today, and the V1G2's open API means it has no rival when it comes to app integration. Firmware updates have been seamless and easy using their V1Connection app, no more sending it back to the mother ship, plugging into a computer or USB stick, just start the upgrade process in the app and begin driving; it'll likely be done before you reach your destination (but mind the PSL until it's finished).

It's not perfect, the IO/sudden strong signal ramp-up needs improving, and the competition are offering MRCD/T detection, but it's still a great RD that's served me well this past year and I look forward to using it more in 2021.
 

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@mikedotd - thanks for your thoughts. Your posts are always very balanced in my opinion.
 

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I was about to call you out on the K door openers in a parking lot when you start up thing.... until I saw your settings were to mute below 30MPH. Lol

Cuz yeah, when I had one as a test, it still cried like my gen 1 does when I start up in the same parking lot.
 

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There is no phone app required to have them muted, and it's not speed dependent. Logic mode does the muting for you. Again, it's abundantly clear you haven't actually ran one.
 

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I was about to call you out on the K door openers in a parking lot when you start up thing.... until I saw your settings were to mute below 30MPH. Lol

Cuz yeah, when I had one as a test, it still cried like my gen 1 does when I start up in the same parking lot.

As @Rags mentioned above, logic mode (and Advanced logic mode) will mute/hide weaker K-band signals that are detected at start-up until they cross whatever logic threshold VR has baked in. It's not app or Savvy related as I've spent weeks running with Savvy at 0, and with an app not connecting at start-up for whatever reason that I didn't care enough to troubleshoot since the V1G2 in logic mode was so quiet anyway.
 

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There is no phone app required to have them muted, and it's not speed dependent. Logic mode does the muting for you. Again, it's abundantly clear you haven't actually ran one.
Nope. I’m literally surrounded by K band glass door openers at work at a facility and both the gen 1 and 2 sing to high heaven when powered up. Mode changes from A makes no difference. Even if powered up in L, it still goes off to them. It’s close proximity, but I don’t care... if it’s not legit, it a false. Next time I grab my friend’s gen 2, I’ll shoot a video of both powering On and doing the same thing.

Regardless of that, even if L offered a silence to that, I still can’t run it because even A was bad at K band C/O distance kickin on the most recent test runs on current firmware in comparison to my gen 1. (I posted about this in another thread.) No way I’d run L with legit K around me from county cops.
 
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You are so full of it your eyes are brown.
 

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Thanks for posting Mike! I've crossed a year as well and enjoyed reading your post. I've got enough ass time with the G2 as the DD to understand who's being honest, and who's not for whatever reason. Top quality post right here!

I've been commuting for 3hrs total each day, the past few days unfortunately. I also made a trip into NWI Indiana today from the North Side of Chicago. No app. No savvy. Just good ole default settings and that's it! Got to enjoy a good bit of traffic as always.

To get home I went through Stoney Island and then up LSD. I wouldn't have believed myself years ago based on the G1's behavior, but the G2 is like next gen technology or something! I'm very familiar with this route and it's full of K junk - wouldn't know it now. The one time I got a nagging K alert, I could tell within several seconds to pay attention. First, the G2 just doesn't talk that much. Second, it wasn't going away and was slowly ramping up at a random intersection! Bingo, eventually I see a cop speeding toward me as I'm sitting at the light looking around all WTF-like.

I love that more often than not, the nagging K alert turns into a "Oh that's a cop" moment for the folks who enjoy the logic modes. I'll pay $500 bucks and skip the AI, because I'm still impressed by this thing weekly. Not just with detection performance but how well the compressive receiver scoops up the important info to characterize signals in real-time.

I've got a year's worth of driving with the G2 behind me and am happy to say it's obsoleted GPS. Besides, track me on my phone! 😒 It's a whole new driving experience and I look forward to future upgrades!
 
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This week marks 1 year since receiving my V1G2 (3/17/2020) after sending in my V1G1 for an upgrade, just as the world was beginning to transform.
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Mike, since you've been running this for a year now, do you miss the lever/knob combination of the V1G1? I'm running a V1G1 with JBV1 and am hesitant to upgrade.
 

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Mike, since you've been running this for a year now, do you miss the lever/knob combination of the V1G1? I'm running a V1G1 with JBV1 and am hesitant to upgrade.

Well, I miss the analog lever/knob because they are such a quick and easy way to control the alert and mute volume.

But honestly, I haven't changed either volume setting since installing my V1G2 in my car. Between the logic modes, speed based muting and GPS lockouts that apps bring, I haven't needed to adjust either of the volumes.

I do wish I had held on to my V1G1 though for nostalgia, and just ordered a new one instead of sending it in for the upgrade.
 

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Thanks for the one year review.

I have mine from March 2020 and have no power issues, no display issues, etc. I usually keep my volume at 7 and don't touch it unless the baby is in the car where I set it to 5
 

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I've also had mine since 3/2020 with no power issues, no display issues, and no reason to ever send it back in. It's a huge leap in performance over G1 but I do miss the knob/lever volume control. I do adjust it when on the phone and usually just mute the phone mic. I also found the G1's mute/mode button easier to push while driving especially at speed.

I've had the R7 for a few months now and it has yet to persuade me that it's a better DD than G2. That might change if a bunch of K I/O was in my area but it has done well against the actual K threats I've faced. If you time traveled me back to the purchase date I would buy G2 again.
 

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Mike, since you've been running this for a year now, do you miss the lever/knob combination of the V1G1? I'm running a V1G1 with JBV1 and am hesitant to upgrade.
Have been running mine since Mar 20. I have the V1G2 running dark by the passenger visor, CD in instrument cluster and RA under the steering column. The RA has the legacy knob so I don't miss it on the V1G2.

The knob would definitely be missed If I only relied on the V1G2 Volume control. I always thought that quickly turning down the volume in case of an alert to keep passengers happy was EASY with the knob as you knew the range and selected position. With the buttons, you have to BEEP your way to your selected volume, most likely defeating the purpose of quieting the V1 in the first place...
 

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@Boozehound I wish it was faster to shut down. A lot of times I hold down the power button to turn it off but I fall short and it stays on...
 

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@Boozehound I wish it was faster to shut down. A lot of times I hold down the power button to turn it off but I fall short and it stays on...
I missed that one since mine shuts down instantaneously when I turn off the ignition. You know, the way computers, phones, and a few other things used to! Please say the scourge isn't coming to RDs. At least the "boot" time is good.
 

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I missed that one since mine shuts down instantaneously when I turn off the ignition. You know, the way computers, phones, and a few other things used to! Please say the scourge isn't coming to RDs. At least the "boot" time is good.

Ah, my wifes CRV does that, my BMW keeps the juice going for 15 min or so. I honestly don't like the abrupt power off with cars that do that. For me it's like holding down the power button to force shutoff a computer versus going to the menu to shutdown.
 

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I've also had mine since 3/2020 with no power issues, no display issues, and no reason to ever send it back in. It's a huge leap in performance over G1 but I do miss the knob/lever volume control. I do adjust it when on the phone and usually just mute the phone mic. I also found the G1's mute/mode button easier to push while driving especially at speed.

I've had the R7 for a few months now and it has yet to persuade me that it's a better DD than G2. That might change if a bunch of K I/O was in my area but it has done well against the actual K threats I've faced. If you time traveled me back to the purchase date I would buy G2 again.
@mikedotd , Very nice and well thought out review. I share almost all of your opinions and thoughts on the V1G2. @Boozehound , I too have had my V1G2 since March of 2020, mine has been problem free since day one.

I also miss the knob, but I have gotten used to the buttons. I change the main volume and muted volume frequently when my wife and daughter are with me as I run my V1G2 in All-Bogeys mode pretty much all the time, and they don’t enjoy hearing the alerts as much as I do...lol.

All in all, the V1G2 is a great radar detector for the threats that I encounter. The Ka band sensitively and responsiveness is excellent, the BSM filtering is very good, and the K-band performance is good to very good for the mostly C/O K-band that I encounter. I would definitely buy the V1G2 again.
 

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Do you guys remember when people were saying that the new G2 was rushed out and all of them were going to eventually brick and lose their displays? I'll grant them that there were too many failures for comfort but those with lots of VR experience called it saying whatever problems it had would be fixed. I'm hoping for improved K I/O response & ramp and from there adding livable and useful MRCD is all that's left.
 

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Similar situation for me. I bought my V1G2 on 3/18/2020. Running it with a blendmount in my Durango R/T and driven daily. I am using V1Driver via my iPhone 11. My V1G2 has performed flawlessly. Coupled with V1Driver, I get virtually no false alarms and the range is phenomenal. Mostly Ka band used by KSP and local departments, with an occasional K band unit showing up. For that reason I do keep K band turned on. Have to say I am one very satisfied customer.
 

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