I don't know why I felt I needed a radar detector in the first place. I am not a compulsive speeder like I used to be. I would imagine that once most of us hit middle age, we tend to drive more like law-abiding citizens. Nevertheless, I own a yellow car (see below) that sticks out like a sore thumb, and I'm sure that I'm noticed by a lot of cops. Though I only excel the speed limit by 10 MPH, I still would like to avoid any tickets. Have done a lot of research on these things over the past 3 days. I even bought one, just to return it a day later for something more expensive. It seems that the BIG DADDIES of the Radar Detector gamut are the Escort and Valentine One. These sell for about $400 each, and are regarded as the very best of the best. At first, I didn't want to spend that kind of money. I went out to Circuit City yesterday and purchased the Bel Vector 985 which has gotten very good reviews. It is considered one of the top performers amongst radar detectors. Final cost was about $300. But you know what? For the past 24 hours since that purchase, I couldn't sleep. If I truly want the BEST protection, and I am willing to spend $300 for it, why not go another $100 and buy the one that is MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. My choice? The Valentine One. It can be only ordered via its website. It has been rated as the best Radar Detector in its price range. Not only does its sensitivity surpass all others, but it offers REAR protection as well. To top that off, it is the ONLY detector that has arrows that tell you EXACTLY where the radar is coming from. I returned my $300 Bel Vector 985 and ordered the Valentine One. It should arrive early next week. Hope to hear some comments from Valentine owners as well as owners of other detectors and how you rate their performance.