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Xp Mi-6 Pinpointer Review

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Tnsharpshooter  

 As always Thanks for posting.

 Chuck 

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Seems like there were a lot of bugs and disappointment when this first came out. Did all that get sorted out I wonder?

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It did have issue on launch and for several months afterward.  The latest XP Deus firmware 5.1 resolved a lot of the disconnect/reconnect issues and it also appears to work flawlessly with the ORX with the original ORX firmeware.  I think a lot of the original disappointment stemmed from people thinking it was going to be a discriminating type pinpointer - but since XP decided to go with a PI type pinpointer, that was not really possible.  Then once it was released with the original version 4.x firmware it was buggy during the disconnect/reconnect with the pinpointer or your coil going off in la la land until you power cycled either the pinpointer or the controller box.  That was very frustrating.  They finally got it ironed out with 5.1 firmware (5.21 is the latest release and should be installed because it resolves a power drain problem with the wireless headphones while in standby/off).  With the disconnect/reconnect issues basically solved, I find that it is a very sensitive pinpointer and I like using the pitch audio.  It does have a couple of downsides: there is no vibration mode if you are using the pinpointer wirelessly connected to the controller and in some specific situations it is convenient to be able to scan the plug with the coil to re-acquire the target then use the pinpointer zero in and that is clunky in the wireless configuration because it requires you to go through the disconnect/re-connect dance to switch between coil and pinpointer.  Knowing and being ok with those two limitations which I think is true of all the integrated wireless pinpointers including Garrett's and Nokta's means you will probably be ok with the upsides of a wireless pinpointer including the audio options, ability to hear faint audio in your phones which basically extends the pinpointer's range, being completely silent in public detecting settings, and the lack of any pinpointer/coil interference being picked up in your headphones.  HTH.

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I have the Mi-6. Came with my ORX. Best pin pointer I've used. I love the way it instantly shuts off the coil and you hear it through your headphones. Lots of tone and sensitivity settings. I use the VCO tone and it really helps to zero in on the target. Much more depth than the Garrett pin pointers I've been using lately. Waterproof and rechargeable. Great Pin Pointer IMO

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2 hours ago, Chase Goldman said:

clunky in the wireless configuration because it requires you to go through the disconnect/re-connect dance to switch between coil and pinpointer.

I read that was a major advantage of the Z-Lynk Propointer... it supposedly does not have this problem.

More curious than anything else. All my pinpointers stay in vibrate mode so wireless is wasted on me.

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I will have to better familiarize myself with how the Z-lynk works, if the pinpointer and detector are on separate channels and can sound off simultaneously, that would be a superior feature as long as there was no cross-talk.  Would like to test that out should I decide to pick up an Apex. :wink:

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I really like the the MI-6 used in conjunction with my XP ORX. It has worked flawlessly with the ORX and is extremely sensitive on tiny gold nuggets and pickers (far more sensitive than my favorite pinpointer the Tek/Pointer-F/pulse.)

I was absolutely not impressed with how it would rarely work properly with my Deus remote or my Deus Lite module even with the latest software updates. Constant dropouts, absolutely howling audio and just made for a very unpleasant experience. Never could sort it out, so bye, bye Deus.

Jeff

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With the ORX the "connect/disconnect dance" is a press of the button on the pin pointer. Pretty short dance. Press the button, pin pointer is activated and coil is disconnected. Press the button again and the pin pointer is disconnected and you're back to using the coil. Not all that difficult.

Steve - If you like the vibrate mode so others around don't hear it beeping, the Mi-6 beeps in the headphones so others don't hear it. If you're using the vibrate just because you like it, get yourself an electric toothbrush. Makes it feel like you're detecting at bedtime.  😁

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Partly because I don’t like making noise, but mostly because I don’t like proprietary solutions. I can just grab my pinpointer and it works with whatever detector I use, headphones on or not. I don’t see any advantage at all to hearing the signal over feeling it. My old Propointer before they let you shut the audio off, I filled the speaker with glue. 

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