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I’m wondering which Equinox ( 600 or 800 ) would be the better for my use for what I do here in So Calif... mostly Beaches....any thoughts ? ?

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Check the differences and think about the type of hunting you might do now and in the future. I hunt mostly beaches in Florida and never use the gold modes (but would if in Cali). Then there is the User mode which many people like but I don’t use it. And finally the number of frequencies in multi mode. Also do you need the WM08 module for your existing headphones?

Others will be able to give you specifics and check the youtube videos on this question.

Finally, I have hearing loss and the sound of crashing surf can interfere with hearing the detector. I had the included 800 wireless phones but they did almost nothing to isolate the surf sounds. I found a wireless set made by PAWW that included noise canceling and it works very well to reduce surf sounds. Make sure if you buy headphones that they are compatible with the Equinox bluetooth version. Lots of discussion on that.

It has taken my 2 years to get a good grasp of how to set up (and trust) this detector. If you have a friend or detecting club there it may shorten the learning curve.

Enjoy the search


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I'd say if your only use will be to hunt beaches, go for the 600 and put the money you'll save from not going for the 800 toward a decent set of waterproof headphones.  If you hunt the wet sand and in the water you'll want waterproof headphones.  I have the 800 and hunt everywhere.  I bought the LS Pelso waterproof headphones for the saltwater and freshwater beaches.  They've worked well.  Also, consider buying a carbon fiber shaft if you'll be in the salt water.

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The 600 is all you need on the beach but the headphones that come with it aren't very good and look dorky. They also aren't wireless. Expect to buy better headphones.

If you are planning on only going knee deep or shallower, you might as well get wireless headphones. This is assuming that you are confident enough to walk in the water without falling and getting them wet.

If you expect that you'll be submerging the detector or hunting in the rain, get waterproof headphones.

IMO, the 800 is worth it if you do a lot of dirt hunting. Wireless headphones plus the WM08 module, wider Recovery Speed range, Gold modes, two extra frequencies (20 and 40 kHz), etc.

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Hm - I'd choose the 800 over the 600 anytime.

Hunting the beach doesn't necessarily mean waterhunting shoulderdeep - you don't need waterproof headphones for normal beach hunting or hunting with waders. But the threadowner didn't specify his style of hunting...

I love the WM08, because I can use the headphones I like (that's also possible with a bluetooth aptx-ll receiver), I especially love the variable Tonebreaks and I do use the Userprofile once in a while. Even the Gold mode saved my butt one time, but I wouldn't call that a killer feature for "me".

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The 800 is a lot of more detector, and it's always nice to have some more power than is needed at the moment. And I won't miss bluetooth anymore. (Very nice feature!)

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One of the differences is no longer different. The 600 backlight brightness adjustment is now the same as the 800 through the latest software upgrade. One additional difference however is the recovery speed settings. The 600 is 1-3, the 800 is 1-8. Not a big issue, but, it can help in some junk infested areas to have a bit more adjustment. 

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