The way they do the processing is different. One is not really newer, or better, than the other. The smaller units tend to be linear but not always, and put the clutter/gain/rain processing into the scanner when the other type normally does this video processing within the display. Most radar used on the NN1 will work on the Vx2 and vice versa as long as you stay with the same display type. For example, 7" NN1 display radar will NOT work on a NN1 or Vx2 10.4" or vice versa. There are many things that go into compatibility such as tuning voltages etc... Bottom line is that they are not interchangeable. You would need to locate the correct radar scanner to pair up with your display unit.