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(Another), good review by Calabash. Makes me feel good about my purchase (not that I needed reinforcement, I have proven it to myself). The one thing I wonder about it where would ML have put the battery pack if not in the sort of overly large handle? I don't like the imbalance either, but coming from a GPZ 7000, I will gladly settle for the overall weight.

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As a rule I keep any “this detector versus that detector” stuff over on the Metal Detecting Advice & Comparisons Forum. Since this video does have some direct commentary with opinions on some other model detectors versus Equinox that is in theory the place for this video. However, I thought the commentary was pretty much spot on across the board and so placed it here for people to view for now at least.

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I'm still to get my Nox 800. It's going to be a good wait but Jerry has me on his list and I can not wait to get my hands on it! I've used explorers for 10 years or so and I love to hunt cellar holes with small coils. I really feel like the small coil ( I note a tone of anticipation in the review) with the Nox is going to be out of this world. I was in heavy Iron a few weekends ago and was lucky enough to find a 1836 Draped bust 5C. It was a very iffy signal on my small sef 8X6 and I wonder now seeing the Nox in action how much stronger that signal would be! I'm getting chills guys :blink:




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Another good review!  He is right about the options of the 800 over the 600 being of value, but the added accessories really seal that deal for me.   I would have shrugged off his comments about the ergonomics until I let my son loose with it for as long as he could swing today.  As light as it is, he got tired after about 1.5 hours and he said the handle was awkward.  I would still like to see him do that turn 90 on the target again with the 800 in a high single frequency like his Deus.  Thanks for sharing!

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7 hours ago, Vez said:

I would still like to see him do that turn 90 on the target again with the 800 in a high single frequency like his Deus. 

I think we all agree!! It's kind of funny he did all the frequency shifting with the Deus to get it to match the Equinox but the one thing the Deus seems to win at he didn't give the Equinox a fair Shake! Don't get me wrong I like his videos! And appreciate all the time he puts in to post them!

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Hold on, I for one do not necessarily agree so don't lump me into the "we all agree" crowd just yet.  Lol.

Having CD do that turn in single frequency is irrelevant to me as I do not use (do general searching) the EQX in single frequency so it would not help me in the least if I walked over the test situation in the field and did not hear it because I happened to be swinging in the wrong direction (though if I was in thick Iron, I do take my time and often swing two ways on grouped ferrous targets especially if I get what I think is a false).  The advantage of being able to hit two-way on an outlier mask situation is far outweighed by all the downsides of using the EQX in single frequency if Multi IQ is available (i.e., not obviated by an EMI situation which is the only way I would search without it):

1. Ability to hit hard on targets of widely different conductivities, not so much the case if you are just running at 20 or 40 khz not only due to the  transmitted frequencies in Multi-IQ but the superior signal processing, which is not necessarily all there in single frequency (e.g., iron bias is not available)

2.  Superior ground phase compensation (Multi IQ is more forgiving to a less than perfect ground balance than running single frequency, that is why ML de-emphasizes the need to do a ground balance unless you are explicitly experienced excessive ground noise).

3. More reliable VDI.

[I don't do the single frequency trick on suspected trash targets and rely more on tone quality and iron tone for evaluation].

However, that being said, I believe the test should have been done with NO iron bias on the EQX (I believe it was set on 2).  Also, a more "apples-to-apples" test would have been using the 6" coil on Equinox, but not available yet.

Regardless, Scott and I go way back with the Deus, and while I agree with almost everything Scott does and says in in his videos with respect to both machines. I really don't get all wrapped up in the minutia of how he conducts each and every test, and frankly, that turn test does not change my opinion on either the Deus or the Equinox and will probably not change what I DO think is a general trend out there:

Equinox is going to make some but not all Deus owners sit up and take notice and perhaps see Equinox for what it is, a great bang-for-your-buck machine that can fill in some big gaps in Deus capability - but is not a machine worth selling your Deus for because there are some advantages Deus brings to the table in terms of ergonomics, portability, and HF performance.

For folks considering the Deus, but who don't yet have one, the Equinox is a very compelling alternative and if I were in that position today, knowing what I know, about both machines would probably opt for the Equinox over Deus due to value unless the portability and weight ergonomics override because they do make a BIG difference especially to disabled or older detectorists.


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I agree that having the 800 in a single freq isn't relevant to me.  I would still like to see if makes a difference for those who only want silver in iron like calabash demonstrated in his video :)  

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1.40 minute AT series a big flop LOLOL . Love it . 13.41 minute LOL

As for the Deus verses Equinox , i still haven't had a lot of depth with the Nox but then my beaches are Hell for trash / mineralisation and tons of Iron and it changes daily and on different parts of the beaches . So if anyone knocks my opinions on the Nox they have to take my sites into account . I am still buying a second 800 soon .

Back to the Deus v Nox . The Nox wins , look at the price of all the gear that you have to have with the Deus to get the capability of the Nox! Also the HF coil wont be very deep and at the price i'd rather have the lower priced 6 inch coil or stay with the 11 inch coil on the Nox. As for the beach , the Deus is no where near as good . And to be fair i have had 2 Gold rings with a Deus in 2010 on one day on the beach and they were within the tidal points but 1 was very shallow .

He is right about land only to a point = Deus but then the Nox being multi freq and beach capable i say Nox . And the price is a winner .

The stem and arm cup are Terra style and they are like that to keep the price down . As for the weight ? what weight , its an anorexic like the Deus . I like slightly nose heavy , the CTX being to far backward heavy was one of the big negatives for me .

Good video . 

Minelab saying the Equinox obsoletes all single freq detectors was a marketing ploy i think . But it does knock a lot of them , not all though.

As for my depth issues i will have to wait till i get on land . But on my beaches ?? But i still have to sift through the modes and shuffle the settings a bit more.

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