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Steve Herschbach

The XP metal detector company has just announced a new model for late 2018 called the XP ORX. This new model appears to be a refined version of the XP manufactured Depar DPR 600. The DPR 600 was made to take advantage of the African gold rush by offering a model designed primarily as a gold prospecting detector with other uses taking a back seat. I personally think the Depar DPR 600 was used as a proving ground for the new high frequency (HF) coils while also offering an opportunity to fine tune the Gold Field program. My xpectation all along is that XP would eventually release a similar model for sale outside of Africa. It looks like after almost two years that new refined version of the DPR 600 is available for purchase as the XP ORX.

This introduction is so new that information at this time is very limited - everything here is subject to change as new details emerge. For now what we know for sure is that the XP Orx will be available in two configurations. The versions are basically the same, with a wired headphone version for 700 Euro, and a wireless headphone version for 800 Euro. U.S. pricing is unknown at this time but $799 and $899 is probably in the ballpark. You can choose either the 9" round HF coil There is no exact word on availability yet, but presumably we will be seeing this model available for purchase before year end.

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XP ORX gold prospecting metal detector

It is possible hints about the new XP Orx can be gleaned by reading the DPR 600 User Manual. One main difference is in the User Modes. The DPR 600 and XP Orx both have four preset programs plus two user custom program slots for saved programs. The programs on the DPR 600 are designated as 1. General 2. Large Gold 3. Fine Gold 4. Iron Discriminate. The XP Orx is designed for a bit wider appeal, and so it looks like the General and Iron Disc modes have been recast as coin hunting modes. The modes on the XP Orx are 1. Gold 2. Fine Gold 3. Coin Fast 4. Coin Deep

ORX Key features:

  • HF coil technology (21 Frequencies ranging from 13 to 81kHz).
  • 4 factory programs : Gold Prospecting (x2) – Coins and Relic (x2) + 2 user modes.
  • Trusted XP fast wireless technology: Coil – Remote – Headphones.
  • The all new “WS Audio®” compact wireless headphone receiver.
  • Re designed ultra-light Telescopic “S” stem.
  • Still the lightest at only 765grs (with remote hip mounted).
  • Easy to operate with a user-friendly menu.
  • Wireless connectivity to the MI-6 pinpointer.
  • Lithium battery, giving up to 23 hours of battery life.
  • Available with a choice of HF coils 22cm or 24/13cm elliptical.
  • Compatible with the X35 coil range (22, 28, 34/28cm).
  • 5 year warranty.
  • Made in France.
  • Suggested retail price: 700€ (wired headphone) – 800€ (wireless headphone).

Note that the upper armrest area of the rod has been redesigned and is different than the existing Deus rod assembly.

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I don't think there is much mystery here except for how many people will opt for this new model versus the new X35 coil based Deus models. In my opinion by extending the top end frequency of the new X35 coils to 28 khz has inadvertently removed some of the demand for this higher frequency version. Small gold sensitivity gains over 30 khz are quite minimal and with the extra features the Deus offers many people may continue to prefer it as their detecting solution. A lot may boil down to the price difference between a 9" round X35 Deus package and the 9" round HF Orx package.

No matter what I am very confident this new high frequency XP model will do very well for gold prospecting. I do not expect performance to be any different than that I observed while testing the XP Deus with elliptical HF coil on small gold.

XP ORX Announcement

XP ORX Technical Specifications*
Internet Price estimate $799 wired headphones or $899 wireless headphones
Technology Induction Balance (IB)
Frequency 14, 28, 56 kHz (round 9") or 14, 28, 70 kHz (elliptical)
Autotune Mode(s) Multiple "Reactivity" Settings
Ground Rejection Grab, Manual, Tracking
Soil Adjust No
Discrimination Variable, Visual ID, Tone ID, Notch
Volume Control Yes
Threshold Control Yes
Tone Adjust Yes
Audio Boost Yes
Frequency Offset Yes
Pinpoint Mode Yes
Audio Output 1/8" headphone socket & speaker, wireless headphones
Hip Mount Yes
Standard Coil(s) 9" round DD or 9.5" elliptical DD
Optional Search Coils new X35 coil series
Battery Built In Rechargeable
Operating Time 20 hours
Weight 2.0 lbs
Additional Technology Wireless coils, control box, headphones; firmware updates via internet
Notes Probably based on "Africa Only" Depar DPR 600

*Notes on Technical Specifications - Detailed notes about the specifications listed in this chart.

 

Edited by Steve Herschbach



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