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  1. I have owned two Deus detectors, and have almost bought an ORX a half dozen times in the last year. I like the XPs a lot, but they were always just a hair shy of getting me permanently on board. The Deus 2 puts it over the goal post, at least on paper, as adding waterproof adds a whole new dimension. Sorry, no, I was never impressed by the original Deus as regards that. But Deus 2 to 60 feet easily adds comfort that Equinox owners now lack based on three years history. And multi of course. Still, I was hanging back, in no rush to pull the trigger, as winter is setting in, and frankly, there are other options also appearing at this time. It seemed wise to wait and let the dust settle. But I knew deep down a Deus 2 was probably in my future. I want to credit forum member and dealer Kickindirt for nudging me across the line, with an offer of a good deal that I would be silly to refuse. He cast it as an appreciation of thanks for the forum, and that as much as the deal gave me a nice warm fuzzy this morning. So thanks Joel, a very kind gesture on your part, and appreciated. It's not like I'm pushing for first in line, more like last, whenever Joel takes care of his other folks. But I do have a Deus 2 with 9" coil on order, along with a set of the underwater bone phones. I've always had issues with regular audio phones underwater, and have always wanted to try bone conduction headphones, as they are used by professional and military divers in many applications. Another unique option from XP, and one I look forward to reporting on someday. Using ordinary waterproof headphones underwater, the ear fills with water and hearing is often lessened. BH-01 sits in front of the ears on the cheekbone and transmits sound to the inner ear directly through vibrations applied to the bones, without straining the eardrums. Your ears are therefore free. You can also use these headphones on land with the freedom of being able to hear your surroundings or, conversely, to isolate yourself from noisy surroundings with ear plugs. BH-01 also allows the hearing impaired to feel the vibrations generated by the targets towards the cochlea, or simply the vibrations depending on the type of alteration of the hearing system. Adjusting the audio frequencies downwards (100 to 300 kHz) could further improve perception depending on the disorder. Specifications IP68 certified: waterproof up to 20m deep Multi terrain: underwater and for windy and noisy environments Designed to last, 5 Year warranty Made in France
  2. I still think the T2/F75 sets the standard there Carl. Just a shout out to the company you work at - thanks always for posting your thoughts. The T2/F75 is one of the few detectors that really speced it out: Weight: 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg) with alkaline batteries installed. Mechanical: S-rod with electronics housing mounted on handgrip, 3-piece breakdown, batteries under elbow, 2-way armrest adjustment — forward/backward & around forearm. Static Balance: force in vertical plane normal to elbow 0.47 pounds (0.22 kg).Varies with adjustment and user’s stance and arm/hand physiology. Dynamic Balance: axial moment, 0.29 foot-pounds (0.39 newton-meters). Varies with adjustment and user’s stance and arm/hand physiology. Sweep Effort: lateral moment 5.2 foot-pounds (7.1 newton-meters). How difficult was it walking the line between superb ergonomics and weight vs. structural durability (on the T-2 and F-75)? Lead Engineer Dave Johnson: "It took a lot of attention to detail. I was originally shooting for even lower weight. I’ve been studying the physiology of metal detector ergonomics for my whole career and on this product I had a blank check to get it right. There were things we had to do to get the ergonomics right that added weight. We were all betting that good ergonomics was more important than shaving every ounce, and the T2 and F75 proved us right. Nobody is saying we should have made it lighter."
  3. CTX is a really great detector, and as you note, Equinox did not replace it in the areas it excels at. Since this thread started, however, we do now have what looks like a possible upgrade from the Equinox 800 to something else, without paying a huge premium. The Equinox 800 at $949 now has some people at least considering the new XP Deus 2 at $1599, a difference of $650. I think the real promise here is for water users who have been disappointed, or are at least concerned about, the waterproof integrity of the Equinox series. The Deus 2 carries a water proof to 60 foot rating, and this provides a huge margin of safety for people who are normally working at down to ten foot depths. This alone could easily be worth another $650 to a lot of folks. There is also the ergonomics, where Deus has always had an edge over Equinox. The original Deus also generally has been acknowledged as being better in dense ferrous than the Equinox, and hopefully this carries over to the Deus 2. There are a lot of people for whom owning both a Deus and an Equinox has been an optimal solution, and the Deus 2 offers the possibility of one detector combining what is best in both detectors, in a single model.
  4. I have to hope you are joking, especially since you posted a picture I took of my Impulse a year ago. This machine has basically already come and gone, and there is a ton of information on it, with these forums being the number one source. Here are nine pages of threads on the subject: https://www.detectorprospector.com/tags/fisher impulse/ The AQ Limited was released as a prototype build of a yet to be released finished version of the detector. It’s discrimination features are overhyped, and I found it to be basically a very finely tuned TDI type machine. I loved the electronics, but was not happy with the prototype physical design and high failure rate, so I sold mine. A new version that fixes the issues revealed in the prototype release is in the works, and will likely be available in 2022, though at a higher price than the $1500 the AQ Limited sold for. It's already way overdue however, and FT has gone silent on the machine, so hard to say what to expect at this juncture.
  5. The T2 was designed with a very specific eye to the balance and torque, and is probably the best machine made in that regard. The 24K is still slightly nose heavy with the stock coil - the battery box should have went back just a bit. But better than any "pod on a stick" models, and great with small coils, like the 6” concentric.
  6. Equinox is no better. No need to fall into the "I must defend my detector routine.” Balance is a reality thing, measurable, and a Deus is not a balanced metal detector. Thsg said, if I had to put money down on a new VLF right now, it would be a Deus 2.
  7. https://www.noktadetectors.com/metal-detector/the-legend/ No manual yet Nokta/Makro Legend
  8. Grandma was from Poland, so I'm quarter Polish. Used to love Polish jokes when I was a kid also - go figure. Welcome to the forum!
  9. Really loved my old CZ-5 - an all time favorite. Welcome to the forum!
  10. The GPX 6000 should be absolutely killer on that type of target, and you have confirmed it. Great finds!
  11. A properly balanced detector hangs at a 45 degree if a rod is placed under the hand grip. In other words, exactly as it would hang when in use - anything else takes muscle power to compensate for. The Deus as a nose-heavy detector will roll forward and fall off unless pressure is applied to keep the nose up. It's only the weight being kept low overall that saves the day., but it will show up if you put the 13" coil on the machine.
  12. Basically the same detector. What are they worth, or what do they sell for? I might pay $50 for one.... well no, why bother? I'd never use it. So to me, worthless. But yeah, people pay $300 - $400 for these old things. Crazy since the were $500 new way back in the last century. Click or double click for larger versions....
  13. The "all metal" button is a disc adjustment only - it is not changing modes, just opening all disc segments to accept. Recovery speed is a separate thing. Yes, there is a huge library of stuff you can read to answer all these questions, including owners manuals. This site has it all, you just need to dive in and study. Like the file you referenced and more. People will tend to run out of steam answering you if you just ask a lot of basic questions without taking the time to find the info that's already there that answers those questions. Reference Library Downloads Library Steve's Guides The forum has an advanced search function - threads with "ground balance" in title
  14. Yes, though T2 still takes the prize. Basically any detector without a battery box under the elbow is going to be nose heavy. A properly balanced detector should ride on a single outstretched finger under the grip, hanging at a roughly 45 degree angle. Most detectors will roll forward and fall off, and the degree to which they want to do this is a measure of the arm leverage it takes to merely hold the coil in the proper position. That comes mainly from the forearm and wrist, and even though a better balance usually means more weight, it actually means less arm strain, as the muscles used to support sheer weight are in better shape for the job over a long day.
  15. Just a personal opinion from what I have seen in this industry over the decades. Almost no detector stays the way it was at introduction. These days we have detectors that can be updated over the internet, and not a one ever goes without at least one such update. In the old days a major screwup might result in a factory recall. Anything less was quietly fixed in newer machines. Outfits like First Texas in particular seem to constantly be slipping in updates to firmware and even hardware. I do not want to make this out to be a bad thing. I simply think companies reserve the right to make small product improvements along the way as they see fit. Unannounced firmware tweaks have been very common. Also, due to the nature of electronics, small hardware changes are made as old components become obsolete, or new better components arrive that are much cheaper. Almost any detector on the market for more than a few years likely has seen some sort of changes, though usually minor. Long story short, I do think that the odds favor newer over machine five years or more older, as the newer detectors having had some sort of internal tweaks/improvements made. I'm not saying this is true of the SDC, but I'd sure not bet money against it. The only official update was the one already mentioned last year, with the new battery, etc.
  16. Too late. That ship sailed a long time ago. If anything the Garrett Ace started it, not this.
  17. It’s not a particularly wise move from a business perspective. I’m not sure they would have sold any less for a couple hundred bucks more, and that’s just leaving money on the table. The only reason there would be is an attempt to disrupt the market/buy market share. Some would also call Minelab doing what they did with Equinox to be the same thing, but as the dominant player it gets cast more as predatory pricing, intent on killing competitors. It may have helped push White’s into the grave. So in that respect as the scrappy newcomer NM is kind of throwing Minelab’s game back in their face. Ultimately NM still have no real market mind share though, and so to me this does look like an outright bid to get some recognition and market share. It hurts Minelab far less than it does First Texas in particular, and Garrett, and leapfrogs both those old line companies purely from a technical standpoint, even if you ignore the price. People are still going to buy Minelabs, but with machines like this, why buy a Fisher? Repackaging Minelab? All detector companies have been borrowing and reusing concepts from each other for as long as detecting exists. Just like any other industry, whether it’s bicycles, PCs, shoes, or golf clubs.
  18. I totally agree. The first YouTube “testers” are just trying to be first, to get the views. It takes a lot of time to sort this stuff out. I know, been there, done that, and not taking the time to really use the machines in favor of snap decisions on planted test beds, well, yeah, whatever. I’ll wait for a consensus to develop in maybe 6 months minimum after the machines hit users, and rely on multiple trusted sources. It’s not like Equinox got instant acceptance either - just the opposite as the skeptics piled on. I expect more of the same here. Gotta admit it would be fun to be part of the game, but I simply do not have the time. I’m hot on the gold trail, and every hour I spend this year has to be on the hunt for gold, not testing this versus that. I suspect it will be largely splitting hairs anyway, not like some huge advance in capability I don’t already have. For a PI guy, any VLF is a big step down. Tarsacci really disappointed me in that regard after all the hype about it discriminating to PI depth. Sorry, no, not even close in my ground. So for me it’s all a battle over which machine of all these less powerful detectors is the best, not what I actually intend on using.
  19. They also showed a guy tossing his Apex in the sand. That kind of disdain for competition does not appeal to me personally. I prefer companies just talk about their product, not takes swings at the other guy. They want to blow off Multi-IQ as just marketing fluff, when in fact it’s a real breakthrough. Multi is nothing special, it’s how you implement it. Whites DFX and Apex, for instance, offer what I call weak multi, that really only benefits on the beach. Nothing special outside that. Multi-IQ however offers true discernible performance benefits above and beyond single frequency, which is why the single frequency modes go almost unused by most Equinox owners. So while NM wants to imply all multi is the same, the truth is exactly the opposite. The secret is in how you process the frequencies, not how many you have.
  20. My answer from the original post in this thread. The setting depends on your hearing, and if you are using headphones, or the external speaker, plus personal preference, which is why I give no number other than the default. I will add this however. I do not consider the Equinox to have a true threshold based mode. The Gold Modes are modified discrimination modes. The threshold, to my ear, is what is called a “reference threshold” that only seems to null when rejected targets are detected. It does not however seem intimately connected to the ground signal. A true all metal threshold rises and lowers in direct response to the ground, whereas the Equinox Gold Mode threshold stays rock steady, unless going over a rejected target, in which case it nulls. In this one regard the Equinox is weak compared to a detector with a true all metal threshold based mode, and where I can eke out a tiny edge with something like the Gold Bug 2, which does have a true all metal mode. It’s a fine difference only discernible to a few, but real to me. With the Gold Bug 2, having a fine threshold let’s you hear every ground variation, and delivers the ability to find the weakest signals that stand out from the ground signal. That long answer explains to you why having the threshold at any particular level is less important to me on an Equinox than it would be with a Gold Bug 2. I still run with a faint threshold out of habit, as it does offer one tidbit in the form of rejected signals, but other than that, it’s not giving me that direct connection to the ground that a true all metal mode offers. However, it more than makes up for this, in my opinion, by offering trash and hot rock handling one does not have in a true all metal mode. The gold missed, if any, is typically the smallest gold that can be found with a metal detector, and at some point I question time spent focusing too much on targets like that, when it’s gram type nuggets that are the real bread and butter.
  21. This is a battle I’m going to sit out. I’m content with Equinox as my secondary detector, and plan to spend nearly all my detecting hours in 2022 running my GPX 6000 as my primary detector. If at some point a consensus arises that any of these new detectors might have anything I need versus the Equinox, then maybe I’ll pull the trigger on one. Frankly, the only thing I could wish for is better ability to separate ferrous from non-ferrous in highly mineralized ground. The Deus II has my eye the most, given it’s possibility of putting the best of Deus and Equinox in a single package, and one that is more ergonomic than the Equinox. Many people including myself have opined that having both a Deus and an Equinox is really a perfect solution, each filling gaps where the other is weak. The Legend seems more like a step sideways, whereas the Deus 2 is possibly a step up. If enough people think the Deus 2 can match Multi-IQ, then I’ll take a closer look. An upgrade that allows use of a 6x10 coil would help seal the deal.
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