One of the things that always bugged me with the GPX was it didn't have an internal speaker. Once you make a little Lipo battery setup for it the detector becomes a pretty good cordless detector if you use something like the Quest Wirefree setup to give you cordless headphones but if you want a speaker instead of headphone it gets more complicated. The Lipo battery setups generally don't have an amplifier and because you're no longer using the stock Minelab battery with built in Amp you're stuck with headphones or using an aftermarket Amp like the SP01 or B&Z which then ads cords back onto your cordless setup.
I'd modified a Logitech X-50 Speaker to have a mount or my GPX and it worked well.
This is a modified X-50 where I added a shaft mount. It's downside is it sticks out the side of the shaft and is prone to bumping it on things.
Now I've been advised of a better option, the JBL Wind.
Designed for bike handlebars it sits over the shaft facing upwards so good for the audio pointing towards your head 🙂 It also lasts 10 hours of detecting.
Splash Proof Portable Bluetooth speaker for motorcycles, bicycle and outdoor travel. An all-in-one speaker with built-in FM Radio, SD card for MP3 playback, Aux-In and Handsfree conferencing function.
Wireless and To-Go Speaker. Easy connection with your electronic devices wirelessly. Hand free calling on the go with built in microphone. Carabiner and bicycle handlebar mounting and bracket supplied for dual outdoor usage. Built in FM Radio (20 stations), microSD card slot (up to 32GB) for MP3 playback and Aux-In for cable audio connectivity, JBL Wind is IP45 rated against water splash resistant with built in Lithium-ion battery that can last up to 10 hours of music playback I've ordered one this morning, I'll update the post once it arrives and let you know what I think of it. Unfortunately it probably won't fit my GPZ shaft.
Over the last couple of days I've had a complete nightmare trying to pair my ML80 headphones to my Nox 800. So much so that yesterday I had to detect just using the speaker. Had a fairly good day though so it wasn't all bad! Anyway I didn't want to resurrect the two and a half year old thread below and thought I'd post a solution I found today whilst trying to get the damn things to connect.
So, after trying all the solutions in the thread below, reading the manual, factory resetting everything and watching various Youtube vids I still couldn't get them to connect to the detector. Now my headphones WOULD connect to my iPhone so it wasnt a problem with them. In the end I tried to connect the WM08 wireless module to the detector, which worked so it wasn't a problem with the detectors bluetooth card. Now I was pulling my hair out! Anyway I tried connecting the headphones again after the success with the WM08 module and bugger me if they didn't connect within five seconds! I've confirm tested that they will connect automatically going forward so all is well. There doesn't seem to be any logic to that solution but it worked. So if anyone has an issue in the future and nothing else works, try connecting the WM08 module first then trying the headphones again. Well, guess I now have to go and redo all my detector settings. Cheers all.
Newbie here,how do I connect the Garrett Z-Lynk to the Equinox 600? Doesn't the WT-1 box of the Z Lynk have to be physically connected to the 600 via adapter cord? I didn't see any such cord on the Minelab site.
I just bought this 600 havn't even used it yet but fter reading post from different sources, I think I'm going to hate this thing.
By Steve Herschbach
These are available at some dealers now. Headphone Adaptor Cable 3.5mm (1/8-inch) to 6.35mm (1/4-inch) Part No. 3011-0369 $40.00
Minelab Equinox 1/8" male waterproof connection to 1/4" female non-waterproof connection
I plan on wading a lot with the Equinox and this creates a waterproof connection to the detector itself. The cable is two feet long and reaches just about to my shoulder. Main gripe - the straight connection once it makes that 180 degree bend gives up some length. To prevent stress from pulling on this constantly the cable should be affixed to the detector itself so the cable does not get stressed repeatedly where it makes the bend.
This is a good solution for people who want to hunt in the water but do not need to put their head in the water, and so who do not need the waterproof headphones. The cable also mates directly to the WM08 module for those who wish to use it for that purpose.
Minelab Equinox Parts & Accessories Page
Do be aware there is a compatibility issue as regards the Equinox external speaker. If headphones and adapters are not wired correctly the speaker will keep going even with headphones plugged in. Here is the Minelab article on the subject. As far as I know this applies to the CTX 3030, GPZ 7000, Gold Monster 1000, and both Equinox models. I use Sun Ray Pro Gold (CTX version) headphones which are wired to work properly with the Minelab units.
Minelab headphone wiring diagram
Is there now marketed or has there ever been available a detector which inverts the audio volume scale? Many applications produce better finds from the weaker signals, either because those items are smaller (e.g. micro jewelry) or deeper (e.g. old coins and nuggets). Having to listen through the din of trash to hear the weak signals for most detectors is mentally fatiguing. I wouldn't be surprised if this is/was possible with analog electronics, but seems like a task that digital processing could handle easily(?).