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  1. If they announced it, and you could buy and get one immediately - now that would be real news!!
  2. If it affects signal strength, it affects depth reading, so yes.
  3. Hit and run poster I guess, never could figure why people post, then don't even check back for the answers.
  4. This is probably where we are headed. As Bluetooth performance improves, it gets to where everyone already has something that will work, and if not, a zillion third party options to choose from. If I were Minelab or anyone else, I’d just build in whatever the latest Bluetooth standard is with future models, and leave it at that. No headphones included at all, assuming the unit has an external speaker. Focus on building metal detectors, and leave audio to people who do that.
  5. Possibly. It’s been discussed on the following thread as a desire many, including myself, have. Hopefully quicker than the three years it took with Equinox! Coiltek coils for GPX 6000 confirmed
  6. Where XP can score here is to give me a Deus feature set, add multifrequency that matches Equinox, not Apex, and in a truly waterproof package. The main strength in multi is for salt water and target id accuracy in park settings, both areas where Deus is weak. But for me it’s also critical Deus 2 retain the Deus/ORX small gold nugget capability. Equinox is a hugely popular water machine, but it leaks way too often. XP can take Equinox market share easily, with a detector that simply works as well, but does not leak, period. It requires a waterproof box and wired coils to really get the job done right. Coils should be wired dumb coils, to cut coil price in half, while expanding options, including third party. Do that, and Florida beaches and more will shift from Minelab to XP. The Deus is already a great relic detector, and little they can do to improve there. And frankly, no market to steal. Equinox showed what people want, but it’s flawed, so make a better Equinox, and take back sales they lost to Minelab. That’s how you compete. Not by giving Deus owners a better Deus, but by giving Equinox owners a reason to ditch their Equinox. Better balance, more coil options, genuinely waterproof - score!
  7. I hope not. Other than looking nice, it creates more problems than it fixes. I’ve not owned a detector yet with a cable enclosed in shaft, where coil swaps were not a pain in the posterior. Fine I guess for people who are not swapping coils constantly, but coils are a major part of my game, as it’s the number one way I can radically change my detector performance for different situations. I keep all my accessory coils on dedicated lower rods, simply because I do swap coils so often. Where XP can score here is to give me a Deus feature set, add multifrequency that matches Equinox, not Apex, and in a truly waterproof package. Equinox is a hugely popular water machine, but it leaks way too often. XP can take Equinox market share easily, with a detector that simply works as well, but does not leak, period. That’s what I’m seeing in the control box displayed, and it requires wired coils to really get the job done right. Do that, and Florida beaches will shift from Minelab to XP. Equinox showed what people want, but it’s flawed, so make a better Equinox.
  8. People who like a totally wireless system think people who do not just don’t understand things properly. Women call it “mansplaining” and I guess this is “Deusplaining” Wireless coils are of zero interest to me. I do not want to charge my coil. I do not want to buy a battery, transmitter, and circuits, every time I buy a coil. I want $200 dumb coils attached to a control box that contains the battery and circuitry, not $400 coils that are redundant, twice the price, and limited in selection. Ones that work underwater without special kits. A cable IS the solution! - this is time saving because there is no need to connect/disconnect the coil at each time . No, my coil stays attached unless I need to swap it. Plus, I can swap a wired coil faster than trying to pair a different coil to a Deus… if I can even get the pairing to work at all. - it suppresses the coil to control box connector issues, like the ones that I sometimes have with my Apex for example. No, pairing issues with XP coils far exceed coil cable to control box issues. - no more coil cable which is fragile and can be damaged when prospecting in the woods for example. Been gold prospecting almost 50 years in some of the worst conditions possible, don’t recall ever damaging a cable by snagging or bumping into things. I wrap my cables firmly, and don’t swing my detector like a machete. Non-issue. - it saves weight and balance , a cable with a its coil and cb connectors weights around 70g I’ll give you that one, but personally I think the Deus could be better balanced. It’s nose heavy, but the fact it is so light tends to make people overlook that. Every time I’m with a group of Deus owners, somebody is having a coil charging problem, or a problem pairing a coil to a control box. It’s a problem only XP owners experience. Again, a cable IS the solution! I fully understand why you and others like wireless coils. Yet it is the one reason that I’ve sold both Deus I’ve owned. But every time one of us mentions we don’t want wireless coils, we get Deusplained!
  9. Interesting story. I got the impression of a hobbyist that jumped in 6 years ago, now decided it’s not as fun as they thought, so getting out. Only difference between these people and a guy buying his first nugget detector, is millions of dollars.
  10. Coin depth reading is nothing more than a signal strength indication, usually calibrated to a dime size target. You are not seeing a depth reading, you are seeing a signal strength indication. This is why it only works on coin size targets, and not real small or real large items. Anything that affects the signal strength, including coil anomalies, EMI, other targets under the coil (including dished out targets) will affect the “depth reading.”
  11. Good point. I had two so sold one, but you will never get what Minelab sells them for. I think I got $100 for mine new unused (they sell for $259 from a dealer). And fact is I have never used the other one yet - I just always grab the ML80 phones. I thought I might stick in in chest pocket to use Equinox with ear buds, but I'm a creature of habit, and the ML80 do me just fine. I don't like stuff that works with only one detector, and the ML80 works with my Equinox and GPX 6000. In case nobody noticed, no proprietary module for GPX 6000, unlike Equinox, GPX 7000, and CTX 3030. So time to sell this other module I guess. I think the module was part of justifying the price difference between the Equinox 600 and 800, but Minelab could drop it, nobody would care, and make more money. Price decrease? Hah! Not going to happen unless the competition puts real pressure on.
  12. You are seeing pictures someplace? I'd love a hardwired coil option - might tip me to buying one.
  13. Not a new thing, just the latest. Funny, as Minelab gets a bad rap for not listening to customers, when in fact they are at least asking the questions.
  14. I have to say that's just been the norm for me, with everything to spare batteries, to piles of coils. There are many people who can use a GPX 6000 with no additional purchases. May even be the majority. Serious power users will almost always need extras for any detector they buy. If they loaded every detector with a bunch of extras to suit the pro users, then the more casual people would complain about paying for stuff they do not need. The GPX 6000 is perfectly balanced, not rear heavy at all, so I do not know what that's all about.
  15. I use various cigarette style chargers while in the road, but our cars, or at least the one I have now, do not have “live” 12V accessory plugs unless the car is running, or key in accessory position. My last rig I hardwired in my own always on receptacle. I’m a bit paranoid about it, as I did use the accessory key once, but other things in the vehicle come on, boosting the draw, and I accidentally ran a battery dead. In a bad place, and only got lucky finding a person who could give me a jump. I got an emergency jump kit for that reason. But current car if I want up charge overnight, I’d need to add that always on receptacle, so until then, it’s clip to the battery. Or use a separate charging option. Whatever, lots of ways to go, sure not anything new for me. The worst actually for me was the SDC 2300 and finding a 12V C cell charger that would charge four cells at once - an uncommon item. Even if the battery ran 16 hours I’d have another. It’s not running time for me, but that I refuse to not have a backup, just in case.
  16. The battery lasts a solid 8 hours if you use headphones, less if using external speaker. Enough for most people, but I do exceed 8 hour days at times, and so I do have a spare battery. My solution is simply to charge both each night. There are many ways one might do that, depending on the length of the trip and available camp facilities. The simple route is a pair of 12V clips hooked to vehicle battery, one as supplied with the detector, and a second purchased set, part# 67-90204 (same as GPZ 7000, Gold Monster, etc). You would of course not want to do this multiple nights in a row without running the vehicle or keeping the battery topped off with a solar panel, or some other method.
  17. Just doing what a small coil does when masking is the issue.
  18. As far as actual genuine additions in the form of real additional performance I expect little. GPZ was a genuine breakthrough, as was Equinox, but next generations are likely to be fine tuning of the original breakthrough. Back to what has been disparaged as drip feed, but reality is genuine advances in metal detecting only come once a decade. So I basically expect more of the same, plus other companies piling on with their versions of SMF and PI, all of which will add up to more of the same. More choices in style, feature mix, and price. But more capability that actually makes a real difference in what I can find in any given day? I’m not holding my breath at all. The good news is I’m very content with what I have now, light years beyond what I started with almost 50 years ago. I’ve personally experienced going from detectors with no ground balance, no discrimination, and no depth to speak of, to the fantastic options we have now. I’m way more focused now on finding better ground than a better detector. That’s the ticket to success, not whatever new flavor of vanilla somebody is brewing to part me from my dollars.
  19. Yup, looks like DEUS II, so basically Deus with SMF mode added.
  20. Welcome to the forum. All I see is blurry pictures and no sign of gold.
  21. Thanks for the commentary Carl, though none of it surprises me, sad to say. The comment above sums it up best. When I was in business, we sought out, and were vitally interested in, feedback about where we needed to improve. It was our main driver, not the pats on the back for jobs well done. FTs lack of interest in that aspect says it all. Obviously a digital CZ would be a new design, with attendant costs. I think the main commentary here is that the Fisher CZ-6 and Minelab Sovereign introduced us to multi in 1991. So Fisher was an innovator and leader, and then….. nothing? Just a few tweaks in over 30 years? So yeah, we get it takes more than waving a magic wand, but FT should have been on a digital CZ way back, in a form that could be done, instead of swinging for the moon, and as a result doing nothing. I liked my CZ-5, and would have taken exactly the same performance, but in a Gold Bug Pro housing, and been happy as a clam. That’s really what people are really saying. But that ship has sailed now, too late in the age of Vanquish/Equinox.
  22. If FT and company persist in overstating the discrimination capabilities of the AQ no good will come of it, but that’s not my problem I guess. From a new article on the Kellyco website, no doubt timed in tandem with the new catalog: https://www.kellycodetectors.com/pages/new-tech-feature-fisher-impulse-aq/ "What makes the Impulse AQ different? Unlike all other pulse induction units, the Impulse AQ has actual target discrimination and target ID. The Impulse AQ uses ZTS (Zero Target Separation) technology to eliminate the need for recovery speed. Instead of separating good and bad targets, the Impulse AQ sees through iron and detects the good targets next to, in, and under the iron." Target ID? Really? Even overlooking that as an error, I've found the discrimination capabilities of this detector to be oversold since day one. In practice it is little different from previous ground balancing PI detectors like the TDI as far as discrimination capabilities go, and ultimately one is left to rely on the same old PI audio tells to deal with problematic items like hair pins. I really like the AQ as a powerful, very refined PI, but if they keep overselling the discrimination as a defining feature, it will result in blowback. Yeah, sure, it will snag some early sales, but it will cost them sales later. Anyone buying this as the long awaited discriminating PI so many have wanted will be pissed off, plain and simple, and quite likely to make a big deal about it. Typical short-sighted marketing move. Me, I prefer the undersell and overdeliver approach, letting machines prove themselves to new users. The current approach is a setup for failure. I seriously like the Impulse AQ I had as far as how it performed. If it had been the finished version, instead of a prototype, I would have kept it. As it is, I've decided that a version with an adjustable ground balance would serve me better, and that is in large part due to the fact that I found the so-called discrimination to be marginally helpful at best. I could discriminate by ear just as well with a model that has an adjustable ground balance, while getting a better ground balance on my soil, and certainly better hot rock handling. I'd rather have a gold prospecting PI I can use at a fresh water beach, than a beach detector that does not work at all for prospecting. People should note however, that a gold prospecting version will likely not work well if at all on saltwater beaches, as such a model will probably be tuned for tiny nuggets, and therefore salt sensitive. But who knows. The Impulse Gold may have a salt mode, and in fact really should, or they will have problems in Nevada alkali ground and Oz salt lakes. Long story short most of my water detecting is in fresh water, so not an issue for me in that regard.
  23. I’m still interested in the Impulse Gold version, as for my purposes the lack of adjustable ground balance in the AQ model was a fail. Long story short my GPX 6000 can’t handle certain hot rocks, and I’d rather find some alternative other than the ATX or GPX 5000 to deal with that issue. It’s a minor problem for me, so I can afford to wait for something new. This would be the first official mention of an AQ Relic model, as no such model has made it to this page yet….. https://fisher-impulse.com/products/ AQ Relic would be an odd name, as Impulse AQ is for Impulse AQua, and we have the Impulse Gold, so Impulse Relic makes more sense. So I'd take it all with a grain of salt.
  24. I'm sorry to hear that George. We are at the age where the herd starts thinning.....
  25. To fill in a missing detail on Jennifer’s saga, I did sell her my used GPX 4500. It worked perfectly for me, but there was a recall out at that time for the 4500 regarding a circuit board issue. I thought I was doing a good thing sending it in under the recall before selling it used, as I sold it to Jennifer with fresh paperwork stating Minelab had just serviced the detector, and given it a thumbs up. I never used it after it was serviced, assuming that it was now ok to sell. The irony here is it was that repair work that left the solder bits in the control box. In retrospect it would have been better if it had never been serviced. Puts new meaning in “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”
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