By Keith Southern
Video of the Apex on Monte's Nail Board Test.
This is Monte's official Nail Board Test he sent me Years ago.
I think for the large size of the stock coil and DD its quite Good!!
Test done with factory tone break.Zero Disc.Multi Freq and some other solo freq's at one point for a comparison.
By Steve Herschbach
This is a video that Garrett has done in response to some of the user videos made about the new Apex. It’s possible this was posted before and I missed it... been busy lately!
“Iron targets can “mask” or change the Target ID of adjacent good treasure targets. Two examples of target masking are presented, along with a demonstration of successfully scanning coins mixed into a row of nails. Although the presence of iron can change a target’s ID, this video shows how easy the Garrett Apex can pick out the treasures in such trashy detecting environments.”
Well, out of interest I thought maybe if the Apex is cheap enough I'll give it a shot, I could always make it the first detector I've ever sold after buying it if I did dislike it. I don't like missing out on all the action.
So I contacted Garrett NZ for a price. https://www.garrettnewzealand.co.nz/ Their response nearly made me fall off my chair.
We currently have a pre order in with Garrett USA but no confirmation on delivery at this stage, we hope for Christmas time this year but may be first quarter next year, we are only bringing in the apex unit with headphones, the current retail price will be $1029.00.
So you can see a price comparison here are some NZ prices in NZ Dollars.
Garrett Apex + Headphones: $1029
Vanquish 540: $659
Vanquish 540 Pro Pack: $769
Vanquish 440: $559
Vanquish 340: $469
Equinox 600: $1,118
Multi Kruzer Package deal: $1198
Includes 2 search coils, waterproof battery case, hat and Nokta digging tool.
Simplex+ WHP: $698
Garrett ACE 400i: $675
Garrett ACE 300i on sale!: $499
When you look at price points the Apex is laughable, you'd go the Equinox all day long for a tiny amount more, the dealer would probably match the Apex price on it anyway. And the Vanquish and Simplex crush the Apex price.
Similar things happen in Australia with US detector pricing, this is why US detectors are US detectors, price makes them very noncompetitive outside of the USA in some other parts of the world. Its not just Garrett, it's all US detectors that are priced far higher than their competitors produced in other parts of the world, it would be acceptable if they were world leaders in detecting technology but they're far from it. A big part of it will be the crazy shipping prices incurred with US products being shipped overseas, I'm not sure why that is, the most expensive country to get something shipped from that's for sure but there has to be more to it than that, taxes or something making them not competitive.
I said I was done with the videos about the Apex but I had to do one more that does show some improvement on the in-line nail coin test. I have no problem admitting that sometimes there's a better way to do things, I would like to see Garrett succeed just as much the next guy, so anything that shows improved performance is welcome. If you're only interested in those results skip to 2:46 in the video.
FYI Monte Berry posted somewhat of a review on metaldetectingforum.com that pretty much matches what I've been saying about the Apex. He's also the one who suggested using iron audio off for the best results. Monte does pretty thorough tests and misses very little. You can see his comments here Apex comments
The rest of the video addresses some of the comments made on Facebook about my previous videos. The only link I posted to the video was on this forum but someone posted it to an Apex users group and let the fun begin. You'd think I killed their favorite dog. It is what is. So i'm sure someone will find this video and post it there as well, not going to be me though. If people watch it at least they will know where I'm coming from.