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White's Electronics MX Sport Metal Detector

White's MX Sport Waterproof Metal Detector
White's MX Sport Waterproof Metal Detector

The White's Electronics MX Sport was new for 2016. It features a new housing design waterproof to ten feet.

The MX Sport comes with the 10" round DD coil and has a couple coil options taken directly from the MXT lineup. These are the 950 round concentric and 10" x 5.5" DD elliptical. Although these coils are similar to the coils used on the MXT they have the special waterproof connector needed for use on the MX Sport and are tuned differently. White's official position is that coils are not directly interchangeable between the MX Sport and MXT series.

Sept 2017 Note - The MX Sport had new machine issues with both the firmware and the hardware. These appear to have been solved now. However, potential buyers of used MX Sport detectors, especially those made in 2016, would be wise to be fully informed of these issues prior to any purchase of a used unit. See this forum thread for details.

The MX Sport has a great set of target id tone discrimination options. The items noted below only indicate each target tone category and an item commonly found in that category. It does not mean that the tone will mean that exact item will be found.

 From the preliminary User's Manual:

MX Sport Tone Identification or Tone ID

The pitch or audio frequency produced by each target’s display identification range can be highlighted with differently pitched sounds, called Tone Identification or Tone ID. A specific audio pitch reference for each range provides quick audio ID based on the pitch of the beep it produces during searching- without looking at the display. When Tone Identification is in single tone, all accepted metal types produce the same audio pitch during searching. If the Discrimination is set to reject a specific target range, that range may not produce a beep of any pitch. Rejected targets often do not produce any tone (silence).

To Adjust Tone Identification:

1.Press Options and use up & down arrows to select Tone ID.
2.Press + & - to select the type of Tone Identification desired.
3.Press Options to exit or wait 10–15 seconds for the options mode to automatically time out.

Tone ID Settings:

1-Tone:
All targets produce the same pitch beep (no tone ID).

2-Tone ID:
Iron targets produce a low-pitched beep; all other targets produce a higher pitched beep.

4-Tone ID:
•Iron (lowest)
•Foil & Pull Tabs
•Nickels
•Coins (highest pitch)

8-Tone ID:
•Large Iron (lowest)
•Small Iron
•Foil / Small Gold
•Nickels
•Pulltab
•Screwcap
•Zinc / Indian Head Penny
•Dime – Dollar (highest pitch)

20-Tone ID:
Each of the 20 Display ID segments (discrimination zones) produce their own uniquely-pitched beep, starting with iron (the lowest pitch) to Silver Dollars (highest pitched).

Another rare feature that the MX Sport offers is the Rejection Volume control. On most detectors notching out or rejecting a certain target segment causes items that fall in that segment to make no sound at all. With the MX Sport, you can set the Rejection Volume to a percentage, for instance 20% or 50%, and instead of being completely eliminated those items would be heard at 20% volume or 50% volume levels respectively.

White's MX Sport LCD Screen Close Up 

Note from Steve Herschbach - the MX Sport does have a Prospecting Mode, but in a field already crammed with lower price mid frequency machines I have my doubts. The extra weight and lack of coil options do nothing to entice prospectors who rarely if ever detect in the water. I therefore expect the MX Sport to have minimal if any impact on the prospecting market.

Download the White's MX Sport Instruction Manual

White's MX Sport Technical Specifications*
Internet Price $749
Technology Induction Balance (IB)
Frequency 13.9 kHz
Autotune Mode(s) Variable Self Adjusting Threshold (V/SAT)
Ground Rejection Tracking, Fixed and Grab
Soil Adjust Normal and Salt Modes
Discrimination Adjustable Notch, Visual ID, Tone ID
Volume Control Yes 
Threshold Control Yes
Tone Adjust No*
Audio Boost No
Frequency Offset Yes 
Pinpoint Mode Yes
Audio Output 1/4" headphone via adapter & waterproof speaker. Headphones included.
Hip Mount Shaft Mount Only
Standard Search Coil(s) 10" round DD
Optional Search Coils Two accessory coils available
Battery Eight AA
Operating Time 20+ hours
Weight 4.23 pounds with batteries
Additional Technology Waterproof to ten feet (with optional waterproof headphones), screen backlight
Notes *Various tone schemes are preset, but a rare feature allows the volume of each tone to be independently adjusted

*Notes on Technical Specifications - Detailed notes about the specifications listed in this chart.