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  1. You are used to dealing with Minelab and all their weird headphone shutoff issues. This is just a standard 1/4" headphone jack like every company but Minelab uses. So any normal headphones work, as will any external speaker rigged in place of the headphone. The detector has no idea what's on the end of the cable.
  2. Just imagine also that this is often largely myth, as plenty of scrape to detect operations have proven over the years. Yes, there are locations where large nuggets lurk just out of reach. But more often than not, desert deposits are formed by a very specific type of wind erosion called deflation, where light surface material erodes away over millenia, leaving extremely rich surface deposits. These deposits deplete rapidly at depth, as many an oldtimer found, when big money was spent going deeper at these places. The result almost always being that the miner went bust. Dreams are the stuff detecting is made of, and this one is lodged firmly in many minds, but the reality is far duller, I'm sorry to say. But sure, big nuggets down deep, newer AI detectors, dream on lads. Eolian Placers "Eolian gold placers have a specific structure. The producing horizon overlies the deflation surface like a blanket, with its thickness extremely small (tens of centimeters)…."
  3. What they find is actually all that matters. That's what sells metal detectors. Finding stuff. It can be the nicest sounding detector in the world, and if people do not go out and show they can make finds, it will never sell. That said, I do agree that if a person is going to shoot metal detector videos, then please, show what the detector is doing. The sound it makes while hunting, the sound it makes over target, being the most basic thing of all. Frankly, I find watching metal detector videos about as exciting as watching paint dry, and taking away any ability to hear the detector.... I actually would rather watch paint dry! The only way Axiom will sell is if more people get their hands on it, and go out and show they can make decent gold finds with it. More importantly, it has to be regular users. So I find gold, Gerry finds gold, Warren finds gold. So what? The naysayers and Minelab defense team will simply say we are Garrett shills, it was all rigged, can't trust those blokes, etc etc. The problem then is the chicken and egg thing. If nobody who actually is good at finding gold is willing to give the Axiom a fair go, and to also show what they find, then what chance does it have really? There is a lot of ill will towards Garrett, largely over the actions of a gung ho Aussie dealer many years ago, who promoted the Garrett Infinium as a Minelab killer. I actually knew that was causing damage at the time, and tried to fight the guy with my own balanced, and quite honest, reviews of the Infinium. Hype never wins in the end, but gets found out, and leaves a bad taste in people's mouth for a very long time. Longer than I thought actually. Toss in relatively high price for the Axiom in Australia, versus the bargain it is here in the states, and Garrett does really have their work cut out for them. It does not help that patches genuinely are pounded to death now, to the point where even the best operators, with the best gear, are struggling to find gold these days.
  4. If using a mono coil, a small surface target will signal under each edge of the coil, a double signal. Easy for beginners to miss target by digging in middle of coil, when in fact target is under one edge. Swing wide enough to determine if you have a centered target, or one that is hitting on each edge. If it is that double blip hit on both edges type, this can be used to give a pass on the target. I usually stick my pick head with super magnet down and scuff around, and that will pull up a ferrous bit. Other wise dig it, unless in thick bird shot, then give it a pass. Again, just playing the odds.
  5. Yeah, just go detecting and don’t worry about it. Chances of actually wearing a hole through the bottom are pretty slim, unless you are a gung ho scrubber. And even then, you could wait until significant wear is evident, then simply glue a very thin layer of plastic to bottom, to get back to where it was. But chances are it will never go that far.
  6. The problem with a lot of this theorizing about machine learning, is that metal detectors know less than most people think. For instance, they have no idea what metal is under the coil. Any metal can read almost anywhere, depending on the size of the target. Target id only works for items that never vary, like a silver dime, yet many trash items can mimic a silver dime. Still, you can build a detector that can cherry pick coins rather effectively for use in the U.S. But go almost anywhere else, or detect for anything else, and it rapidly turns into “dig all non-ferrous targets”. Nugget detecting, jewelry detecting, relic hunting, and detecting anywhere with history, like the U.K., you better be digging all non-ferrous. That’s because the range for metals is based on target size, not composition, and good targets exist at all target id numbers. Eliminate anything, you potentially eliminate good targets. In a nutshell, for any given metal, the target id range goes from small targets to large targets. The idea target id identifies type of metal is an illusion. And then you discover that all detectors misidentify some non-ferrous as ferrous, so you end up just digging everything. Target masking also motivates people to remove trash targets. All nugget hunters eventually dig all targets, until an area is devoid of targets, period. This is extending to both beach and relic hunting as time goes by. Depth? Max VLF depth has not changed in decades. My old Compass Gold Scanner Pro went as deep as any VLF made today. We have got an improvement in target id accuracy at depth, but sheer depth hit a wall ages ago in VLF. PI is where the depth advances came, and we are at the wall there also. I can imagine some improvements in target id in PI by rapid mode switch analysis, but due to the nature of PI you will always have severe overlap of ferrous and non-ferrous, because, again, target id is based more on size, than composition. Target ID More About Size, Than Type Of Metal The target id range for one special type of metal, gold, goes from deep in the ferrous range, for gold in mineralized ground, all the way to silver dollar and higher, if you are detecting gold bars. Pick your metal, and the result is the same. It’s all about the size of the target, with infinite overlap between metal types. For every gold target, an equivalent aluminum target can exist. Finally, a detector really does not even know the size of a target. It only knows strong signals, and weak signals. So a large target at the edge of detection depth can deliver the same result as a small surface target. Usually only small gold nuggets give a ferrous reading in mineralized ground. However, every nugget, no matter the size, if buried deep enough in mineralized ground, can read like a small ferrous target. At the edge of detection depth the ground signal overwhelms the target signal, flipping non-ferrous items to ferrous. If you pass on ferrous targets, you can pass on a two ounce gold nugget at depth (for example). This applies just as much to silver coins as to gold nuggets. Any non-ferrous target can read ferrous under the right conditions in mineralized soil, and the more mineralized the soil, the more severe the problem. I hunt ground where coins read ferrous after just a few inches, and recently saw a detector identify a large brass shell casing as ferrous at two inches. Tune Out Nails, You Will Miss Gold! Long story short detectors are as dumb as stumps, and good luck making them smarter. The only thing that can get smarter is the operator, and the smart ones know that as long as targets remain in the ground, good finds can still be made. Reliance on discrimination is the main reason why good targets continue to exist, waiting to be found by those who will dig what everyone else thought was trash.
  7. It’s there in the instructional videos, just not the focus per se. If you jack up the audio in this one starting at minute 2:24 with my voice too loud, you can hear the typical threshold. Almost identical to GPX 5000, but a tad move lively. Yet definitely not “the warble” as seen in SDC and SD/GP models.
  8. Interesting. Just tried it. Plugging headphones in does not disengage the Z-Lynk wireless. It's the other way around. Z-Lynk has precedence, and engaging Z-Lynk wireless disengages both the external speaker and the headphone out jack. So plugging headphones in disengages external speaker. Activating Z-Lynk wireless disengages both external speaker and 1/4" jack outlet.
  9. As far as I know, the transmitter (detector) can only pair to one receiver at a time, be it headphones or receiver box. The receiver however can pair to both a detector and the pinpointer. So in the case of Axiom, you pair the detector, and the pinpointer, both to the same receiver device (MS3 headphone or WR1 receiver). I've not tried it but headphone jack should shut off other audio when in use, external speaker obviously. Not 100% sure of the Z-Lynk though, will try it and report back. Easy solution is simply tee off the 1/4" jack, or tee of a WR-1 Z-Lynk Receiver, which has its own audio out. Z-Lynk Details & Manuals Here Just an FYI. I find the MS-3 headphones to be duller and not as bright as my trusty Sun-Ray Pro Gold headphones, plugged directly into the Axiom. I'm assuming it is the nature of the headphones themselves, not Z-Lynk, and so am getting a WR1 that I can use in conjunction with my Sun-Rays, in hope that it gives me both a wireless solution, plus clearer audio. That, and the MS-3 has a single volume control, and I prefer dual volume controls, since my right ear is a tad more deaf than my left. The nice thing about the WR1 is you can plug any headphone you like into it, and it also as a receiver can pair with the Z-Lynk enabled Pro=Pointer AT.
  10. Audio 01 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) is what Minelab is, and almost every other gold detector ever made. It's not and never was a Minelab exclusive. Audio 00 is ATX style and does not have adjustable tone. There should be a law against shooting video without recording the detector audio. Axiom has a smoother threshold than SDC, 6000, or 7000, but not as good as the rock solid GPX 5000. Well, maybe if you back it down, but as people know, I tend to run full out and ratty.
  11. It’s a tough balance. I like detectors to be simple…. but not too simple! We all have different places where we draw that line. I think I’m kind of in the middle. I sure don’t need White’s V3i or GPX 5000 level of control. But on the other end, detectors like the Gold Monster and GPX 6000 have gone super minimal. Ground tracking whether you want it or not, and even no threshold control. Yes, they work, but I chafe at bit at not having at least a little more control. Axiom does seem to be a happy medium in that regard, at least for me. With good presets, up and running fast, and better yet, saves all settings when powered off. Most detecting is just turn on and go. Congrats on the wedding, regardless of the bill.
  12. There should be enough power concentrated in a small area that you can almost melt the nuggets! My only concern, as I’ve considered that combo, is that in my locations it might also light up some tiny hot rocks that don’t need to be lit up. That could be a serious downside people are not thinking about in some locations. But for really mild ground, no hot pebbles, a 6K with Sadie coil should annihilate small gold. It would be interesting to run it side by side with the best VLF nugget machine you have, as it might actually have a shot at truly obsoleting VLF as a reasonable alternative. A Gold Bug 2 might eke out a marginally tinier bit of gold, but I have to think for sheer punch the 6K/Sadie combo would leave a VLF in the dust.
  13. Seems like many people I know who have the Nox and who have tried both the Deus 2 and Legend, are saying Legend is suiting them more than D2 as an alternative to the Equinox 800. I don’t know about that, as I’ve not tried the Legend, but my time with the Deus 2 has me thinking I’ll just stick with my Equinox. But it’s a close thing, and pretty hard to argue with the price of the Legend. Good thing is I don’t think anyone can go wrong with any of them.
  14. I’d quit with the what’s wrong part, get a 6x8 NF coil on that 6K pronto, and go find some gold. Should be a killer combo for NZ!
  15. The Axiom has superb performance on high magnetite beach material, stuff that other PI detectors can't ground balance to at all. The main problem is the existing coils are far too buoyant, literally float like corks. But for on the beach out of the water, Axiom is a sweetie for west coast beaches. I sure hope we get epoxy filled coils someday, for wading. Thank God I do not have to watch videos. I feel your pain!
  16. Been asked and answered, read my posts. This is a thread for the instructional videos.
  17. I see no reason why a properly made app could not control a Deus coil, and actually be a better interface. The XP menu system is nothing to brag about, and something better designed, in color, on my big iPhone 12 screen, would be great. You could still use the headphones to actually hear targets. Just an alternative, and much better control interface, would be a plus.
  18. Tone is fully adjustable. I agree, the tone improvement on the Axiom vs ATX alone makes it a completely different detector, far better target definition. Tone Adjustment TONE adjustment is only available when operating in VCO audio type (Audio 01). Press the MENU button until TONE is selected, then press the MENU Plus (+) or Minus (-) buttons to scroll through 100 available tone shifts. Each Tone shift is minor, but this allows the User to adjust to a particular tone that bests fits their particular preference or hearing ability.
  19. I'll take the bullet. Wes is saying what I've said in other posts. We have 5000 and 6000, and Axiom is in the middle somewhere, kind of a mix of both. There is no pat answer, and personal preferences about small details do matter. Technically speaking, anyone with a 6000 and a 7000 need look no further. But fact is I like my Axiom, good chance I'll be selling my 6000. But is it because Axiom is better on small gold, or something like that? No, I enjoy the versatility, the extra control. I’m heading to Tahoe right now to hit the beach. There are areas of detecting that are gray zones, and only using the machines in question can determine for people what they really like. I can't tell people if they will like a Deus 2 vs an Equinox vs a Legend. THEY ALL WORK!! All will sell, all will have fan clubs. The Axiom works. Some will like it, many will stay with Minelab. But my opinions and Gerry's opinions only get you so far, and a person using the machines could come to the exact opposite conclusions, as far as which it is they prefer to use. But in general, I see no pressing need for anyone using both a 6000 and 7000 to get an Axiom. Maybe an extreme hot rock problem? Is a GPX 6000 worth $2000 more than an Axiom? Not from my perspective. I think the GPX 5000 is worth $2995 (it's overpriced at this point), and Axiom and GPX 6000 both worth $3995. The 6000 was too much from the git go. Put GPZ 7000 at $4995. But that's just my opinion of relative worth, others will differ. It's all just blah blah blah until you lay hands on both and use them, and people with opinions about one who have not used it.... worthless. "well, the Infinium"......
  20. Coiltek has a two year warranty, and you coil has to be less than two years old. https://coiltek.com.au/product-registration/
  21. Any dealer quoting less than MAP in a public venue is in violation of their dealer contract. That being the case, this is NOT the place to be negotiating prices. Call and talk to dealers privately if you are looking for a deal. It won’t happen here. Gerry helps a lot on the forum. I don’t see the same from Kellyco. And last I looked, they are still selling LRL equipment.
  22. If you want to know about various PI detectors and how they compare for relics, a thread asking about that on the coin and relic forum is the best bet. Ask what people are using at Culpepper. But personally I’d get an Axiom before I’d go back to an ATX, unless it needed to be submersible. The Axiom is simply a more modern, more powerful detector.
  23. Very late on this one, but finally got around to it.
  24. The Garrett Goldmaster 24K metal detector was originally introduced by White's Electronics in 2018, and was still in production when White’s closed up shop in 2020. Garrett Metal Detectors subsequently purchased White's, and the 24K has the distinction of being the only White's model that Garrett decided was worth continuing to produce. All accessories like coils are compatible on both versions. The Garrett Goldmaster 24K is a 48 kHz induction balance metal detector aimed primarily at gold prospecting. "Featuring a 50% increase in coil voltage over previous models along with an all-new XGB ground balance system, take your prospecting to new depths with the Goldmaster 24k. This machine represents a new generation of VLF detection technology, with features that both sourdough and greenhorn prospectors can appreciate. Starting with the industry-standard 48 kHz operating frequency, we’ve packed all the necessities into one package to put you on the gold. A large, backlit display shows you all the machine’s settings as well as valuable target information. The Target Graph at the top of the display shows Ferrous, Gold, and High Conductor ranges, which is mirrored with Target ID numbers ranging from 0-99. An all-new XGB ground balance system can handle mineralized ground unlike other VLF prospecting machines." Source: Goldmaster 24K brochure Garrett Goldmaster 24K metal detector Garrett Goldmaster 24K control panel For advanced users, TracLock and Ground Grab are just a tap of button away. You can assign a ground balance offset in both TracLock or XGB modes. To help prospectors that prefer drywashing, sluicing, or panning, the Goldmaster 24k features a Ground Scan mode that can show you where valuable paystreaks are in streambeds and washes. The Goldmaster 24K offers 10 levels of adjustable sensitivity, adjustable audio volume with two levels of Boost, adjustable discrimination, vSAT, adjustable threshold, non-motion pinpoint, and a Tone ID mode. But don’t let that scare you if this is your first prospecting machine – this is a turn-on-and-go machine, with advanced features you can grow into as you gain experience. SENSITIVITY – Set the sensitivity at a level that does not result in false signals from the ground. Very strong ground may result in the symbol on screen and a loud sound – this means the sensitivity is too high. GROUND BALANCE – With the default setting, the detector will use XGB to automatically ground balance. Tap to lock the ground balance to the current setting. Tapping when the ground balance is locked will update the current ground setting to what is under the coil. GROUND SCAN – Hold to put the detector into Ground Scan mode. The top bar displays the ground strength and the two digit numbers display the ground type (phase). Useful for tracing paystreaks. IRON CANCEL – Tap to silence hot rocks, trash and mineral changes in both audio modes. Hold to select the Iron Cancel setting (1 bar is default). Note that this setting may decrease the detector’s sensitivity to very small gold, but is necessary in difficult ground conditions. VOLUME and THRESHOLD – Tap to adjust the volume with the up and down buttons. Hold to adjust the threshold with the up and down buttons (“th” displays on screen). Set these to a comfortable level for your hearing and preference. AUDIO MODE – With the displayed on screen, the detector is in “BEEP” audio mode (high tone = good target, low tone = bad target). The default setting (without on screen) is a traditional All-Metal audio mode with greater sensitivity to small targets. SAT – SAT can smooth out ground inconsistencies. Hold to adjust it (“Sa” displays on screen, 2 is the default setting). PINPOINT – Hold for non-motion pinpoint mode. In difficult ground this mode may be affected by mineralization. BACKLIGHT – Tap to enable the backlight (this reduces battery life). FREQUENCY SHIFT – Hold when turning the detector on to shift frequency (useful when there is EMI). Power off to save the selection. FACTORY RESET – Hold when turning the detector on to perform a factory reset. AUDIO - Built in speaker, 1/4” headphone jack, lightweight headphones included. BATTERIES - 8 AA Rechargeable NiMH batteries included, with International mains charger, plus 12V charging adapter. WEIGHT - 3.5 lbs COILS - 6" x 10" DD standard. Official Garrett Goldmaster 24K Product Page Garrett Goldmaster 24K Owner's Manual Goldmaster 24K XGB Ground Tracking Explained White's Goldmaster 24K - Steve's Review Forum threads tagged "24k gmx" Garrett Metal Detector Forum
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