By andy g
has anyone had trouble with pairing the 600 with aftermarket headphones i ordered a pair of low latency aptx bluetooth head phones which paired fine but just made a crackling sound so tried some cheaper ones i had in the house and none of them paired at all so went back to crawfords who tried the tronds on another 600 and the same again and tried pairing the other phones i took still would not pair on the shop 600 only phones that paired and worked fine were the mindlab ones so had to buy them so was wondering if anyone else has had this problem with after market headphones even tried a pair of £200 beats headphones from the guy across the road and again they paired but no sound just a faint crackling sound could be heard the guy in crawfords was very helpful and is going to contact minelab and ask them about it so if anyone has had this problem to i would like to hear from you
By Gerry in Idaho
OK, I need to post this video and maybe it has already been shared? If so please delete my post.
Many newer EQ owners out there now and some of the great info and posts are pretty deep. One of the most ocurring phone calls and emails I get from new 800 customers is on how to sync the wireless headphones to the detector. Here is a video that makes it so simple.
Hats off to this young gun Matty for a fine, easy, short informative video.
I looked all through the Equinox tips here and didn't find anything that addresses this.
I was detecting using wireless bluetooth earbuds that have worked fine for months. I walked out of range for a few minutes and when I came back the detector was running, the headphone symbol was showing on the control panel but there was no sound coming to the earbuds. I turned the detector off, turned the headphones off. Then turned the detector back on, the detector was working I could hear it, then turned the earbuds back on, the headphone symbol showed, the sound disappeared from the Equinox speaker but would not come through on the earbuds and it was the same thing when I repeated the sequence with wireless headphones that came with the detector.
I also did resets on the headphones, re-paired with the detector - but the same thing happened.
Any advice/help would be appreciated.
By Steve Herschbach
Here is all the latest along with the new instructional video....
Specifications and pricing....
Garrett has released a new set of headphones with built in proprietary wireless capability, the Garrett MS-3 headphone. These headphones can interface directly with new Garrett models with built in wireless, like the new Garrett AT Max. They will not work with anything other than Garrett Z-Lynk compatible detectors and accessories.
Garrett MS-3 Z-Lynk™ Wireless Headphones PN: 1627710 MSRP $119.95
Built-in Z-Lynk receiver. High-fidelity audio. Volume control. Adjust signal levels to suit individual hearing requirements and to enhance weak signals. Comfortable headband and ear cushions. Folds down for easy storage. USB charging cable included. Speaker impedance: 8 ohms Frequency response: 30-18,000 Hz.
The new headphones can be purchased alone or as part of a system with a transmitter box that can work with any detector.
Garrett MS-3 Z-Lynk™ Wireless Kit PN: 1627720 MSRP $189.95
Garrett MS-3 Z-Lynk Wireless Headphones WT-1 wireless transmitter 2-pin AT connector to Micro USB cable—connects AT detector to transmitter ¼" Jack to Micro USB cable—connects detector with ¼" jack to transmitter USB charging cable Mounting band For any style metal detector with 2-pin AT connector or ¼" headphone jack
By Jonathan Porter
I recently posted this to another forum and thought it might help benefit others and maybe generate some interesting discussion here.
A booster can only amplify whatever the detector audio delivers no matter what anyone try’s to tell you. The inbuilt booster speaker system in the Minelab GPX 4500, GPX 5000 is too coarse for effective use via the Target Volume control, this same control is also used on the GPZ 7000 in conjunction with the WM12 and is also too coarse!
I originally popularised the booster speaker concept when developing a series of instructional videos, looking for a way to obtain good audio that allowed ambient noise of a goldfields environment to also come through so viewers could experience as close as possible the way a detector sounds when in use. In conjunction with this I also discovered the benefits of removing the immediate audio from your ears and placing it further away allowing faint signals to come through (similar to a Television sounding loud in the kitchen compared to being right in front of it). Our ears are designed to collect sound, especially sound that is further away, our ears are also more sensitive to variation in pitch similar to our eyes are to movement so being able to hear the threshold at all times as a reference point is very important, but not at the expense of those around you and small target signals.
The aim with a booster speaker is to lift up the overall volume of faint deep targets without drowning everything else out, as such in less trashy sites a higher volume can be used in conjunction with the correct threshold level. You need to set the volume to compliment the threshold, which needs to be smooth and stable, if someone can hear your threshold miles away you’re doing it all wrong and negating any advantage as well as driving other operators around you nuts.
Best way to go is to set the detectors settings to be smooth and stable, I tend to use conservative Sensitivity/Gain settings along with Volume and Threshold. The Target Volume needs to be kept low to allow the booster to drive the audio without causing distortion, this is especially important on the GPZ 7000. If your detector Target Volume is set to aggressively the booster is then going to amplify that aggressive distorted audio. The threshold needs to be smooth to the ear to start with, if it stutters the amplifier will exacerbate that, if it is too loud it will drown the audio as you boost it.
The B&Z booster is best used for single or twin speakers, it has a very good range of amplification with hardly any distortion. This is especially important because you need to use the booster to adjust the overall audio to suit the ambient noise conditions, in quiet conditions you lower the booster volume so the threshold is not dominating, if its windy then you increase the volume so the threshold can be clearly heard.
The B&Z booster runs on 2 x AAA alkaline batteries which should last up to 3 weeks at 6 to 8 hours per day, it is in a plastic housing to cut down on any excess metal on your body. The B&Z can be used with headphones, to do so the volume of the detector needs to be lowered so the booster volume can be lifted above 2 1/2 to 3 to avoid noise and hiss from the potentiometer, with the GPX and GPZ machines this can be as low as 6 or even lower if required depending on the sensitivity of the headphones being used.
Higher tones tend to require less volume, lower tones more, lower tones (30 and down on Minelab PIs and ZVT) are generally better heard through headphones rather than speakers, this is due to all the natural low frequency noises heard in natural ambient environments, Noise cancelling headphones really compliment low frequency Tones.
The audio of the Minelab GPX and GPZ machines is converted to analogue via the speakers, boosted speakers tend to iron out the steppy digital nature of the Minelab audio, this helps a lot with running less noise floor filtering through the Stabilizer or Audio Smoothing controls, which is were all the edge of detection depth performance lays. The B&Z only ever magnifies the pure audio of the detector with no colouring of the audio through filtering, you only ever hear the “pure” audio intended by the designer of the metal detector. Call me a purist but that’s the way I prefer to hear my detector.
Hope this helps
By Majuba Man
As we all know there are several tools that we use to successfully use our metal detector, one of those being our hearing. Through out our life our hearing skills diminish whether by accident, life style or by aging. I have been wearing hearing aids for a period of time now and they are greatly appreciated, without them there are many things that I would miss, some more than others.
Using a detector has shown me that hearing and understanding what a detector has has to say is extremely important to be successful. With the aid of hearing enhancers and being able to distinguish between the tones of normal threshold and that slight difference of a target is the difference between success and failure.
Trying to use every advantage that I can I came up with the idea of using my blue-tooth capable hearing aids and an audio transmitter from the detector to accomplish this. I have the Phonak in the ear canal hearing aids and purchased a ComPilot II receiver which only works with Phonak aids. My hearing specialist initially gave me a Demo receiver and was excited to hear the outcome of my experiment. Since I have the Equinox 600 which is all ready blue-tooth enabled all I had to do was pare the two and give it and shot.
The results were fantastic, being able to hear the 'outside' noises and having the detector talking to me at the same time was unbelievable! Since the hearing aids and receiver are medical devices there is no perceived lag time like there is with some ear buds and blue-tooth head phones, perfect. I only have 11 hours using this setup in several locations such as curb strips, parks etc. I know that if I can hear in these areas that in the field gold hunting should be exceptional. I would really like to get some more time in but as I write this the temperature is 13*.
Since the experience with the 600 was so positive I purchased a blue-tooth transmitter from Amazon for $30 and a 3.5mm-1/4” adapter for my other detectors. I can use the adapter on the Whites 24K and with the 1/4” adapter on the SDC2300 I now have total wireless detecting capability. Both the transmitter and receiver charge in only 2 hours and will run for about 10 hours of use time. I do want to try this in different locations but I see absolutely no downside other than having to charge the batteries, no big deal. Anyway, another winter project successfully accomplished.