I've read several threads on the soon-to-be-fielded Deus 2 and how it will compare to the Equinox. There have been many good views on this topic so I thought I'd share mine. As you read this, keep in mind the views expressed here are worth just as much as you've paid for them. 😁
1. Wireless vs Wired: I'm 99% a salt water beach hunter with my EQX 800 and the way I grid a beach, I often go from the damp sand to the wet sand and then into the surf (only about 1 foot deep due to concerns over water intrusion so I keep the control box dry). Given that, a Deus II for me would have to be constantly wired from coil to control box in order to work in the surf. For that reason, a totally wireless capability would not be that enticing since the wire from coil to box would be a permanent configuration.
2. Waterproof: I owned a Deus and found it to be a solidly engineered machine so I'm not a skeptic where XP claims of being waterproof are concerned. Were I to make a wager, I'd bet on much better waterproof performance in the Deus II than was the original ML waterproof claim for the EQX. Being truly waterproof is important for me and not because I hunt deeper than 1 foot in salt water these days because I don't. Ours is an outdoor hobby so I think all detectors should be waterproof...at the very least, reliably weatherproof. How many times have you been caught in the rain or dropped your detector in a puddle of water? Even if you are a land hunter and never go near any water, replacing a damaged or inop machine due to moisture intrusion isn't a trivial thing.
3. Build quality: The Deus I had was quality built, rugged and reliable. No coil ear issues, wobbly shafts or arm cuff breakage. In my view, it was a much more rugged detector than Minelab products in certain areas. XP doesn't seem to pinch pennies as did Minelab on simple things. Recall the original skimpy gaskets they put in the CTX 3030 that caused flooding of the battery box. The issue was solved when they came out with merely a little thicker gasket! Their use of cheap coil ears, arm cuffs and wobbly shafts on the EQX series is another example. For a few pennies more per unit, they would have saved untold thousands in warranty replacement costs in both the CTX and EQX series machines. Although they are among the very best where software technology is concerned, I never understood that "penny wise pound foolish" approach in their physical build design.
4. Overall Performance: This is where the EQX was superior to my original Deus. The multi-frequency/multi IQ of the EQX vs the selectable single frequency of the Deus was an obvious choice in my salt water beach hunting environment. I eventually sold my Deus for that reason. Now, if XP has really overcome that limitation in the Deus II with their FMF feature, I'll be happily impressed.
5. Final Thoughts: I'm with the others who will take a "wait and see" approach. But, given my past experience with XP engineering, I have no doubt the Deus II will be a very capable salt water beach detector. Will it generally outperform the Minelabs? TBD. Will it be found that XP pinched pennies on their build quality? I say no. It will be a well built unit. Will it be more comfortable to use than the Minelabs? Yes. Will it be more complex in its settings options than the Minelabs? Yes. Will it's overall performance justify the higher price tag compared to the current EQX? TBD but that will be determined solely by and in the eye of the beholder as the saying goes.
Just a few thoughts from my foxhole...
By Steve Herschbach
I have owned two Deus detectors, and have almost bought an ORX a half dozen times in the last year. I like the XPs a lot, but they were always just a hair shy of getting me permanently on board.
The Deus 2 puts it over the goal post, at least on paper, as adding waterproof adds a whole new dimension. Sorry, no, I was never impressed by the original Deus as regards that. But Deus 2 to 60 feet easily adds comfort that Equinox owners now lack based on three years history. And multi of course.
Still, I was hanging back, in no rush to pull the trigger, as winter is setting in, and frankly, there are other options also appearing at this time. It seemed wise to wait and let the dust settle. But I knew deep down a Deus 2 was probably in my future.
I want to credit forum member and dealer Kickindirt for nudging me across the line, with an offer of a good deal that I would be silly to refuse. He cast it as an appreciation of thanks for the forum, and that as much as the deal gave me a nice warm fuzzy this morning. So thanks Joel, a very kind gesture on your part, and appreciated.
It's not like I'm pushing for first in line, more like last, whenever Joel takes care of his other folks. But I do have a Deus 2 with 9" coil on order, along with a set of the underwater bone phones. I've always had issues with regular audio phones underwater, and have always wanted to try bone conduction headphones, as they are used by professional and military divers in many applications. Another unique option from XP, and one I look forward to reporting on someday.
Using ordinary waterproof headphones underwater, the ear fills with water and hearing is often lessened. BH-01 sits in front of the ears on the cheekbone and transmits sound to the inner ear directly through vibrations applied to the bones, without straining the eardrums. Your ears are therefore free.
You can also use these headphones on land with the freedom of being able to hear your surroundings or, conversely, to isolate yourself from noisy surroundings with ear plugs.
BH-01 also allows the hearing impaired to feel the vibrations generated by the targets towards the cochlea, or simply the vibrations depending on the type of alteration of the hearing system. Adjusting the audio frequencies downwards (100 to 300 kHz) could further improve perception depending on the disorder.
IP68 certified: waterproof up to 20m deep Multi terrain: underwater and for windy and noisy environments Designed to last, 5 Year warranty Made in France
By Steve Herschbach
Minelab gets a bad rap at times over their marketing practices. But everyone does it. Take the Deus 2 claim of being able to choose between 49 frequencies (see upper right in picture below - click or double click for larger version). The reality I am willing to bet a dime on, is that it is actually a choice between 7 frequencies. 4 kHz, 7 kHz, 15 kHz, 21 kHz, 28 kHz, 35 kHz, and 45 kHz. The other 42 frequencies are almost certainly just the tiny offsets included for EMI canceling purposes, 6 offsets for each of the 7 primary frequencies. They did the same thing with the original Deus, counting these small offsets as separate frequencies for marketing purposes (X35 coils for 35 frequencies).
Anyway, I'm not posting this as a criticism per se, since again, everyone does this stuff. Just for newbies or people unfamiliar with multifrequency detectors, don't think this will give you a true 49 frequency range to choose from. 4 to 45 in single frequency steps would not even add up to that many, and frankly, that would be too much for no real purpose. Frequency differences only matter if there is enough spread. The difference between 10 kHz and 11 kHz would be perceptible to nobody. From a control perspective even, it would be silly to scroll through 49 frequencies, and you will not. The Deus 2 will let you choose from 7 single frequencies, and the others will only happen in a separate Frequency Shift menu, three positive, and three negative offsets. So 14.7, 14.8, 14.9, 15 kHz, 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 for the 15 kHz setting. That's seven versions of 15 kHz, do the same with the other 6 primary frequencies, and bingo, you get 49 frequencies. But not really - it's seven folks.
Also, just like Equinox with it's six frequencies, don't think all seven frequencies are going to be running at once in the multi modes. People assume that, and then get angry when they find out different. But it will never be stated explicitly by XP that this is what is going on, because it is not. Generally all you need is three frequencies for an optimum solution, and adding more takes more processing power while adding nothing real as far as capability. All that matters is the mix you use depending on the goal. Gold prospecting will be "weighted" to high frequency, silver coins will be "weighted" to lower frequencies. No matter what, we still do not have one multi mode that does everything. Saltwater modes must ignore signals you really want while gold prospecting, otherwise you detect the salt.
I repeat, I'm not trying to ding XP with this post. Just saying that with Deus 2 you will get a machine with several multi modes customized for several situations, none of which are using all seven frequencies - certainly not 49!!. And you will have the option of choosing between seven different single frequencies. Know the realities of the tech, and be realistic to avoid disappointment.
I have to admit I really like what I see with the Deus 2. If I had to pick one VLF to buy right now, this would be it.