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Equinox 800 - My Take, Commentary, And Testing

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Been waiting all day for your post. Let the games begin.

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Unit packing is good.
The wireless headphone case has a little zippered storage for charge cable and the cable for use to hardwire wireless headphones to detector in case your wireless battery dies.
All contents seem to be in package as outlined in instruction manual.
Remember folks you only get one coil bolt.

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Awesome, looking forward to all your finds being posted

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looking forward to seeing your feedback David! 

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I spent about 40 minutes with the detector out sweeping and checking a few things.

Noise cancel process, best I've seen as far as selecting and cycling vs  fbs/fbs 2 detectors.

Ergo rating (nose heaviness compare to Deus wearing 11" LF coil) Deus wins by a smidge. Very close.

Navigating settings a breeze.  I even ventured into advanced settings.

I didn't charge my detector up all the way, but had full bars in power level meter.
Wireless headphones charged fully in about 2 hours.

Sound of detector.
Imo CTX users or previous CTX users will meld with faster vs Etrac or Deus.

Love the magnetic charge connections- some ingenuity there.

Detector doesn't seem flimsy.

Backlights works great, didn't run at highest setting, remember folks this is 800 model, 600 model backlights a little different.

Won't give opinions yet on what I have witnessed so far testing.
But can say this I saw something that made go in the house and bust out my mighty Deus with 11" coil.

May make another run tonite. Cold outside.  Probably the only dummy out tonite in Tn with metal detector.

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Awesome to hear. Instead of a "dummy" think "pioneer."

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Some gee whiz here for folks.
I paired and used my wireless headphones last nite.

This morning, turned on headphones, turned on detector, headphones ready to go, audio coming out of headphones, Equinox was sweep ready.

User of Equinox, one thing I notice, now my eyes not the best, do wear glasses.
The line under speed setting, you go advanced setting here, the line can be a little hard to see maybe.  It is on the far right at the bottom.  Probably harder for a right hander to see vs left hander.  You get the detector when holding too far out in front of you, viewing angle for line can be difficult.

Detector from a noise standpoint, performance wise well above average, quiet running bugger.

Coil cable connection to control box, easy.  Key way in top position.
Also, when Nox was first shown, some folks were concerned it seems with how the cable came out the back, like it looked too frail.  I have looked at this area.  I have no concerns with this area.  A big nut holds everything here.  Seems like a sturdy setup.  Naturally more time in the field, water, woods would tells us more.

Wireless headphones fit me well, very comfortable.  My head is small.  Headphones not near as tight as Vance Deus compatible headphones.

Washers used with coil installation, oblong vs the usual round shape.  So washers are fixed in place by recess in lower rod.

I will likely change title of this thread soon.  I will put all my Equinox specific here.

Detector comparison data will go in comparison subforum in a different thread.

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One test with pic.
Old nail with a 2015 model penny.
Down the barrel sweep.
Park 2
Speed setting 5 iron bias 0.
Check using all freqs/multi freq.

5khz notta
10khz notta
15khz tone noted as coil trailed off nail where coin is nearer.
20khz similar to 15khz albeit slightly better,  detector trying to give something audio wise coming from the right side.
40khz a little better progressively than 20khz, again sweep from right to left, detector is trying its best to tell me some thing is there,
Multi freq- bingo, get some thing I would investigate sweeping from both directions.


Different setup, same nail clad dime.
This dime not in the most challenged position for Equinox to detect, but even the position it is in, take note of multifreq performance.

Same settings as noted with pic above of zincoln penny and nail.
Down the nail barrel sweep.
5khz I get trailing tone
10khz Imget training tone
15khz I get trailing tone, tone is coming in sooner vs lower freqs though,
20khz  I get similar to 15khz, trailng tone is reporting sooner. Something tonally albeit (rubbish) trying to report when coming from right side sweep.
40 kHz I get similar to to 20khz, again I get audio considered better than 20kh coming from right side.
Multi freq= bingo, good signal,from both directions.

One more scenario, gotta take to site next.
Park 2 speed 5, 0 iron bias.
Nail perched above off to side of US nickel (2" wide roll of tape ) non war nickel.

Check using all freqs.
Multi freq again clear winner by a mile!
Equinox using multifreq even ID nickel properly.
Could use some coil height too above and obtain very good signal.

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Well done David , really appreciate the early feedback!

my gut feeling was that the multi frequency was the game changer on this machine,, so far it indeed looks very encouraging!

talked to my dealer here in the U.K. today,,,, looking like mid March until I receive my Equinox, so will be reading your results till then!

enjoy your testing / comparison test etc,,,,,,


Dave H.

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