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  1. Took a chance and bought these waterproof Equinox headphones off EEEE Bay for a fast approaching Caribbean shallow water hunt. They're from Hungary! I even wondered if I would get them in time as the estimated shipping delivery date was more than 2 weeks! All the ML retailers I contacted keep telling me 4 weeks for ML waterproof phones and it seems it was 4 weeks 4 weeks ago. I'm also told the GG phones will be out soon too. But I needed wp phones for my trip now and to my surprise they were delivered in 2 days! Amazing and I will test them later. At least I can now take an Equinox on my trip!
  2. Well that didn't last long! I would still watch their site as they may get more available/ in. I tried sharing and can't believe I snagged one there!
  3. My dealer friend discovered his allotment of Equinox detectors was far less than he thought and now my 2 800s will be delayed. I still want to take an Equinox on an upcoming Caribbean trip, so started shopping around on the web for one. Especially after Carter (Detector Comparisons- YouTube) and Drayton (ML Blog) demonstrated how good the Equinox is detecting gold/gold chains in saltwater! I have no idea how long this Equinox source will be available for/dry-up, but thought I would share this info for those of you wanting an Equinox now and are not yet on a waiting list. Of all places to find an Equinox 800 or 600 for sale..... Cabela's online website! That's right the 600 and 800, FREE SHIPPING and no waiting list! It seems Cabela's has made a deal with Minelab to drop-ship. I had my doubts, but what the heck and placed my order 2 days ago. Cabela's indicated it could take up to 7 days for the manufacturer to ship and guess what? ... I just checked online at Cabela's today and my Equinox has shipped! So for now, this is the no waiting list real deal and thought I would share with all not on the list for an Equinox. So if you want an Equinox better get to Cabela's website now! You're welcome, but do not blame me if this source dries up!!!
  4. Our Caribbean travel group have 8 units on order! We're hoping the NOX is good enough to replace our Excaliburs. Especially since it seems to behave so well in wet salt sand in the video. I would like to see it performing waist deep in saltwater. But things are sure looking good. I have already designed a customized NOX travel bag for myself to carry 2 detectors and 2 sets of waterproof headphones- Oh speaking of which again, ML told me to order water phones now! Last time I inquired no dealer had a clue about the waterproof headphone availability and why I called ML. Mine are on order So I can test NOX underwater as soon as possible. I did everything possible to obtain an Equinox this month for our Jan 16th trip. 7 days in the sea for many hours daily would be a great test, and I expect the NOX to shine! If not this trip will test next months trip, or when released. As nice as the Equinox looks and hopefully will be for all our needs, it would be even better were it a folding design. Imagine just folding an Equinox up and sticking it in your backpack!!! The worst thing possibly about the Equinox will be... everyone will have or want one and there will be less treasure to find!!!! Kidding obviously!
  5. It's good to make a manual available with product availability. Still the nice lady at ML said the manual would be posted on their site, on the release date. Perhaps saying late January does not count as the release date? Oh well, like I said previously I was hoping to take a NOX to Caribbean to test in the sea for 7 days. I wanted to read the manual because it looked like my ML dealer friend might have to pack my NOX to the Caribbean, as there might not be time to first ship it to me for test garden familiarization. I wanted to at least be able to study the manual. I've given up on the idea of getting to test the NOX this trip. But anything is still possible.
  6. Really... when one purchases a detector a comprehensive manual should be included- That's Smart. Garrett has printed nice pocket manuals/field guides as not everyone is an expert. But I guess when some businesses have too much business, they can get away with less customer service. Like some Box stores do. Soon there will be no customer service anywhere and the new generation will not even care. One will just have to figure it out on your own. Perhaps not providing a manual is a way to save money and reduce the price of the detector? Or perhaps too many languages are required for print? Obviously it's modern to use your computer/print one out. I still prefer a real factory printed manual I can touch, one well written and one to show some foreign customs official/cop... what I have in my suitcase. Another reason for not printing a manual might be because of future used machine upgrades via USB? Then the printed manual might become outdated? Quite possible the NOX is so easy no manual is needed and a child could run it? So it sounds like ML did not include manuals for field testers? The testers just had to figure it out? I just find it difficult to believe the Equinox manual is not finished at this point. When I called ML I was told on the Release date the manual would also be posted. Well that did not happen and at this point no longer care. Reading the manual would have been fun while waiting for my machines- a way to familiarize beforehand. Most likely I will not even need a manual to figure the NOX out.
  7. Funny, but kind of true. Deliberate or not by ML, brilliant NOX... Ach mein Furher... Ich meine "Equinox" marketing! So many willing to part $ for an unseen product- Brilliant!
  8. Since the NOX battery is built in, serious treasure hunters will be interested in back-up power sources. Lets say a gold nugget hunter spends 2 weeks in the AK Bush... having power options, including possibly Solar could be a real solution for the NOX. How much back-up power will have to be determined. Does one want just emergency power or enough power on reserve for 10 full recharges? Obviously for the casual hobbyist 12 hours detecting time is plenty, unless they forget to charge the unit before heading out, in which case even the hobbyist should be interested in emergency detecting options. One reason I brought this topic up and after sourcing have 2 prototypes/mounts ready for testing. They mount well on my other machines. The only thing left is to determine how much mAh is needed for extending detecting hours say 6 hours and the mAh required for 1 full detector recharge/how long it takes. A 3rd simplistic design is a belt/pack/ molle mount for larger banks. But on the back burner until the actual provided NOX charge chord length is known and how secure the magnetic plug is. I'm envisioning a way other than electrical tape to secure that, as well as possibly sourcing longer charge cables/extensions. Obviously any typical battery bank will do, but still think NOX users would appreciate an Emergency Power kit for their NOX, and one which provides quick multiple attachment options. This has been a fun research project and I'm surprised ML has not done it already? It's amazing how many battery banks are available. Some waterproof and with solar recharge! Some with huge mAh! One thing I discovered researching is there are battery banks and there are battery banks. Some are pure junk, while others take a long time to recharge... some newer banks claim to recharge in half the time and I'm currently testing the ability of several solar banks. Should other NOX users worldwide be interested- Great. If not, I'll have my first NOX Mod.
  9. Steve, in your NOX photo is that the actual NOX magnet connect charging wire? How solid is the magnetic connection? Comes off easy or strong enough to use in the field?
  10. As a shallow water hunter who travels to hunt, I'm finding the NOX 600 attractive. First I travel with 2 machines and will need 2 sets of waterproof headphones... this as back-up. Imagine arriving at your final destination only to discover your machine quit! The price of 2 600s and 2 sets water phones is less than the price of 2 800s. ML says on a wet salt beach the prospecting mode will not work. So do I need it or any of the other 800 extra bells? Perhaps? If the NOX meets my expectations, then for the first time that I can recall, will be able to travel with a great detector (600) where it will only take 1 or 2 gold ring finds to fully pay for the machine! Which means most likely paid for on my first day in the water! OK the 800 is not that much more, but with the 600 one can almost view it as disposable! Before you all pounce on me by that I mean.... If my CTX 3030 gets broken, run over or stolen on a trip... there goes $2400! If customs or some Island cop decides to confiscate it, there goes $2,400! Were I to lose a 600, well that's far less hurt and won't cut as much into my trip profits... or add big to losses! Losing an 800 there is just a bit more ouch factor than a 600. From years experience, if something can go wrong on a trip it will. Like everything being stolen out of your room, including your passport! So I see the 600s as having less Ouch Factor for my style detecting. Plus it's not that far fetched to sell the 600s after 2 or 3 trips and replace them with new ones- just for better reliability. Now for those who need a Jack of all Trades machine, 800 all the way! Or if it turns out the 800 for some reason is better in saltwater than a 600, again the 800 wins.
  11. Treasure Mitchel, Treasure! Oh and some Booty too, Eye!
  12. Who released these/leaked? Who is EMC Technologies? Interesting.
  13. Now that's more what NOX should look like! While still nice the current design is kind of taking steps backwards, from a Company who pretty much brought us coil wires within the shaft. ML must have handfuls just dealing with new NOX technology and wonder who's in their Ergonomics Dept.? ML says they listen to user feedback and this while having nothing to do with saltwater, would be a great time for ML to listen. Perhaps ML is working on Wireless coils for the next NOX? But just imagine a folding NOX in your backpack which only takes seconds to unfold- I would pay more for the design! For years I've been asking ML for a similar to the folding Go-Find design waterproof BBS for ease of travel/packing/use. I guess there are just not enough water hunters to support such a design? I sure hope ML does not give up on BBS!
  14. Steve- Looks like the NOX will be a great coin machine! I'm especially glad to hear the NOX is a good Cherry Picking machine. That's my hunting style in the Sea with an Excalibur... Zero DISC, Cherry Pick gold range tones. (Obviously a wide range potential) You were after silver. If you have tested average 14K gold rings and 22K gold coins, what are their approximate numbers? Any different than an average pull tab?
  15. I think I want the smallest/lightest battery bank that would give me at least a days extra detecting- say 6 to 8 hours. The bank may have to be bigger than I expect? Large banks would be great for multiple days/charges in the field. I also wonder about the Solar banks... do they really charge up that great? I look forward in these NOX determinations. Obviously most will be able to charge via 110/220V. Having emergency power in the field would be prepared! One may never need it, but when one does it's needed. On the other hand some may rely on aux power regularly?
  16. Exactly.... so perhaps multiple banks are needed. I was thinking as going as small as possible for extended/emergency use in the field. Knowing the NOX battery mAh rating would help. Lets say the NOX mAh rating is 3000. If one wanted to recharge overnight in the field, a 3000 mAh bank would only charge the NOX battery perhaps to 75%, due to voltage changes during the process. From what I read with cell phones, if a full charge is desired one should have a bank with twice the mAh rating as the phone battery. I see banks now rated at 50,000+ mAh, yet still smaller would be better for extended detecting. I guess like most things NOX, we'll have to wait and see. I would like to know how well different banks recharge the NOX and I would also like to see how long different battery banks last while detecting on a flat NOX battery.
  17. Well at this point I'll take a blind stab from my brief research and looking at the NOX grip shaft size... and guess around a mAh rating range of 3,000 to 30,000, if it takes 5 hours to recharge at perhaps 2 AMP? Obviously a useless deduction! There is a reason to my madness here... I'm trying to determine the best size/mAh battery bank for the NOX. By knowing the NOX battery mAh rating, I could determine best bank for my needs.
  18. Steve, might the 12 hour run time and the 5 hour (new to me) charge time provide an estimate of NOX battery mAh?
  19. You're right, so perhaps the battery is current technology. Then might it be safe to estimate the NOX battery is perhaps between 1000 and 1600 mAh and closer to 1000? Perhaps an electronics Wizzard might chime in?
  20. Does anyone know the Equinox Battery mAh rating? ML says NOX battery lasts approx 12 hours, but doubt one could calculate the mAh, without knowing the usage draw rate? The Excalibur factory battery pack is rated at 1000 mAh, giving the Excal a 14-19 hour run time. Based on that might one deduce the Equinox battery mAh somewhere between 750 and 1000 mAh? Since lightweight was an objective, would ML have kept the NOX battery smaller? Or might there new battery technology used in the NOX?
  21. The NOX obsoleting single frequency machines in certain ways makes sense and is nothing really new at all. BBS and FBS been there, done that! No single frequency detector works as well as a BBS Excalibur in the sea. Yet BBS/FBS have not obsoleted single frequency machines. The Sovereign was known to open new detecting grounds, yet even ML was/is marketing their 705 VFlex. While the NOX most likely will turn out to be wonderful, I think the ML obsolete statement is brilliant marketing! This prolonged NOX release clouded with showmanship, truths and lots of speculation has caused a loss of interest in other detectors, which I believe to be temporary. I doubt the AT MAX is dead. I'm as excited about the NOX as much as anyone, but have come to my senses. All the speculation, even on my part has cooled me down to just wait and see mode, the only option most of us have. We all can imagine how perfect the NOX will be and it may even be a result of reversed engineering of alien technology? I hear the NOX can make a Cappuccino while detecting! Any new detection technology is welcomed, but I just have to wonder about a new Wonder Machine, outdoing them all starting at $649? Why ML could charge $2,495.00+ and most of us here would still buy it! Well I would. No matter how great the new technology, I'm wondering where the compromises are? How will the NOX compare to my Excals in saltwater? Or handle a black sand beach? How will the NOX compare to FBS on deep silver coins? Will the NOX really outshine the Fisher GB2 on small nuggets? Does any of this really matter? How many GB2 users will dump for a NOX? Will the NOX hit gold chains in wet salt sand like the Makro Racer can? I think the NOX will have to be a Super Machine to obsolete? I'm hoping all this speculation is not turning the NOX into eventual disappointment for some? Besides, the best detector is not the only thing needed for treasure hunting success. Why I recall some fantastic treasures being discovered by an inexpensive ACE 250! The kind of finds which cause drooling! One still has to put the coil over it. Why I have watched "Fanners" find large gold chains in the sea with no detector at all! I kind of question if single frequency technology is dead? Tesoro has never been that HOT on MF, and Jack flat out indicated that in their detecting mags. Even dual frequency machines have potential with some new automation... like taking up where the Whites Beach Hunter ID ended. The BHID liked gold rings in wet salt sand and was a fast responding machine. The NOX has some big shoes to fill, especially as many have different expectations for their detecting needs/styles. It's going to be very interesting after all this hoopla how this pans out... will the NOX become King or will there be some disappointment? Again I welcome all this NOX stuff with open arms, but will just go back into my WAIT mode. Fun Stuff. Happy New Year and great hunting in 2018 to all!
  22. Thanks Guys, I know it may seem silly buying a used FBS SE just prior to the Equinox release and even I questioned my actions. But I'm really liking this SE for beach and general treasure hunting. Granted it does require a slower swing, yet seems a step above the XS and Safari I briefly had and I just like the flute tones better than my CTX. Despite being older technology I'm rather satisfied with this gamble purchase. The control box looks new as it was always covered and every function works. As a BBS user for years, getting used to something different, even FBS can be difficult as one develops a bias. For my shallow water detecting needs I feel nothing can touch BBS and am not looking forward to the day possibly when Excalibur production ceases. Like the end of the Sovereign. I really wish ML would produce a modern Excal! Something light that folds for travel... like their Go Find machines. But this new SE just might get me hooked on FBS as FBS days may be numbered? I'm liking the full screen digital view, all metal pattern and the Long response. Not sure yet about Conductive vs Ferrous responses and which might be better on a salt beach for jewelry? While I'm looking forward to the Equinox as potentially a travel machine, it's going to have to blow the SE off the beach for me to sell my new to me FBS machine. Who knows it just might do that? I can see where new NOX technologies could make it better. Such as being a faster responding detector which might permit more ground coverage and hence more finds? I always find the most gold jewelry when I cover ground Caribbean shallow water hunting. Some Pros like to search every square inch of a particular area and when I do that find less. So being faster the NOX might provide a serious advantage over BBS/FBS? It does not seem the NOX will be able to provide as much target/tonal info as FBS? And I keep bringing up ML says the NOX will not handle saltwater as well as BBS/FBS, nor be as sensitive to silver. I know lots of you hunt for deep silver coins with FBS, so will the NOX compete? I'm very hopeful the Equinox meets our expectations. At this point while I have 2 800s on order I'm still thinking about going with 2 600s instead, since mostly a beach/shallow water hunter. (My dealer friend will let me switch). I like the simplicity of the Excalibur when in water/surf and think the NOX 600 simpler than the 800? I may not need the other 800 functions? I'm not to fond of wireless anything as wireless is a constant problem in my small business- so I really do not care about the wireless phones of the 800. I'll be using the waterproof phones anyway. Some say the 800 will be good for micro gold jewelry on the beach. I may be missing out hunting for micro gold but again my style of hunting has proven again and again, when I think small gold and struggle to hear every tiny signal, that's what I find... small gold. When I think big gold I tend to have more fun and guess what... find bigger pieces of gold! I'll take the bigger pieces. I know all about expensive small rings with diamonds and such and have found several. One nice engagement ring found was insurance appraised for nearly $9,000/replacement value. I've not been able to sell this beautiful ring for $3,000! So it's in my collection. Yup diamonds are nice, but I like finding big gold! So the 15 KHz of the NOX 600 should be fine for dry sand beach gold. I just have to wait for ML to release more on the Equinox to make a final decision. In the end I blame the lengthy Equinox release for my perception of a used detector buyers market and why I now for better or worse have an SE. It's the Explorer accessories that remain pricy... like lower coil rods. I would like 2! New high capacity batteries and I just purchased an aftermarket aluminum Explorer arm cuff for some $50!
  23. I still believe the Equinox is helping to flood the used detector market. I just picked up a sweet deal on a used Explorer SE Pro with 4 coils, including an SEF, WOT, phones, accessories... for under $550. Now some of you will respond I paid too much and perhaps I did, but do not care. I got a great FBS machine cheap! I have not used Explorers much. Had a customized XS and a Safari. I was not too fond of either after some basic testing and sold them without fair field use. I've had 4 3030s, because 3 of them leaked. So I know what the CTX is all about- obviously the best FBS machine. But I just could not pass on the used SE and know I good ring find will pay for it, which I expect to happen based on my beach work with BBS/CTX. The only way for me to know if I like a detector or not is to use it. Because I had not fallen in love with the XS/Safari, I had some doubts about the SE. Well I just got it and it's in better condition than the photos/description! Put it together and liked this detector instantly. It responds better to my test targets than the XS/Safari seemed to. Actually now that I understand CTX functions, the SE seems easy to run. It does seem faster than the XS/Safari and I can't wait to hit the beach in search of jewelry. As mostly an Excalibur user, thus far I do like the tones of the SE. Like the detector is speaking to me and my brain can process what I hear. If after some hunts if I do not still like the SE, I'll make a great package deal to someone else! But I suspect I will be keeping the SE! Because the NOX has become such a sensation is why I even looked at Explorers. I just wanted to see the market, especially what is/will be happening with the CTX! When I saw how cheap SEs went for, I just had to try one. I'm looking forward to testing in wet salt sand the SE vs. NOX on deep gold rings and am hoping the NOX Wows me! I want the Equinox to excel for my travel needs, but suspect the NOX will not provide the same level of tonal information as FBS? Some who sold their FBS machines for a NOX may be going back? I want the NOX to be the best machine for my needs.
  24. Why do you say it's not finalized with a 4 week delivery window announced? Perhaps production and printing is faster than I think? If ML is still designing/testing, how could units possibly ship within 4 weeks? I'm pretty sure ML said they would post the manual when the release announcement was made? (might be on their FB page?) That's why I'm asking about the manual. By secrets I mean the testers should be able to tell all at this point? Unless like you say the NOX is nowhere near ready and the announced release date wishful thinking... Now that would make sense. I was hoping to take a NOX on a January Caribbean shallow water treasure hunt- 7 days, 5-7 hours in the water daily... which would have been an interesting NOX test. I write TH articles and would have loved writing a beaming shallow water Equinox review. (I suspect the NOX will shine in the sea) Obviously this now unlikely, despite having a ML dealer friend and it will just have to wait until my next trip. Oh and because of how this Equinox saga is unfolding, there really is nothing wrong with those interested in asking silly NOX questions on such a forum.
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