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    San Diego & Monterey, CA
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    Photography, Detecting, Birdwatching
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    Minelab Equinox 800, XP Deus, Garrett AT Pro

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  1. sdbirder

    New 15" Coil Weighs 580 Grams...

    Here are the weights I captured of the whole detector with a calibrated A&D balance. Equinox 800 11" Coil: 1320g, 2.91 lb Equinox 800 15" Coil: 1485g , 3.274 lb Difference: 165g, 5.82 oz, 0.3638 lb My detector is a little dirty from a recent gold prospecting trip to the AZ desert, so the values may be slightly high. I didn't check for dirt under the 11" coil/cover, 15" is new and unused.
  2. I got mine this week from Amazon. I kept the Amazon search bookmarked "EQX 15 Double-D Smart Coil", checked it regularly, it popped up and I pounced on it. Also, do searches using the part number: 3011-0335.
  3. sdbirder

    Blown Out By Emi

    I've had a similar problem at a beach I like, making my Equinox almost unusable. It was a cellular phone tower. It got better as I moved further down the beach away from it. Another thing you may want to try is putting your phone in airplane mode and see if that helps.
  4. sdbirder

    What To Get For A Second Detector?

    I'd also say a 600 as well. Excellent value and only missing a few modes that most will never use. In my case when the wife and I go detecting, I get stuck with the old AT Pro and she get's the newest lightweight machine. Mainly because she's not used to swinging a detector regularly, so the lighter the better just to keep up. I may get a 600 just for this too.
  5. I've noticed when I transition from submerged saltwater to bone dry beach my ground balance will shoot up into the 50-70's until the coil drys up. My quandary, should I trust this reading or manually set it at what I know the dry beach is (usually is 0 to 7)? I've tried both and it doesn't seem to matter much, but then there's always the fear of missing something due to an incorrect setting and I just wanted to confirm the best practice. Thanks in advance!
  6. Now that the six-inch coils have hit the streets has anyone heard of an ETA for the Minelab Equinox 15" Double-D Smart Coils? This is what I'm really looking forward to! Thanks!
  7. sdbirder

    Video Review Of Anderson Carbon Shaft For Equinox

    Anyone slap it on a scale to see what the weight difference is?
  8. They sent a follow-up email asking how things were going and Emily's response didn't make any sense? Probably a copy and paste response. ---------- From: sdbirder Date: Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 4:14 PM To: 66 Audio Support <support@66audio.com> Overall its working good with the aptX LL firmware. Occasionally it'll freeze up when I try listening to music on my phone or pc. Hooking it up to the charger snaps it out of the freeze. Please let me know if you release any further refined aptX LL firmware. Thanks, sdbirder ---------- From: 66 Audio Support <support@66audio.com> Date: Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 11:48 AM To: sdbirder Hi sdbirder, Thanks for your message. We currently have no plans to support LDAC or aptX-HD. We’ve thoroughly ran audio listening tests and groups and the difference between our current aptX and aptX HD was non-existent. BTS Pro and PRO Voice uses the latest generation of Qualcomm aptX as well as our own 66 SoundEngine DSP which further enhances the audio profiles in numerous ways. Additionally, the headphones use very unique and high-end stereo drivers with optimal frequency response curves and low THD for the best listening experience. Let us know if you have any more questions. Best, Emily O. 66 Audio Support support@66audio.com M-F 10am - 8pm PST
  9. The person who sent me the firmware was Caroline B. I had another exchange with an Emily O., who appeared clueless and just copied and pasted a long blurb about no plans to support LDAC or aptX-HD, and audio listening tests and groups and the difference between our current aptX and aptX HD was non-existent. I'd give it one more try and put ATTN Caroline B. Unfortunately I don't have her direct email, just support@66audio.com. If that doesn't work Amazon has great return policies. Good luck!
  10. I'd definitely contact their support at support@66audio.com. They should be able to send you a firmware to enable aptX-LL. Here's what they sent me, might even work on your unit. Here's an update from our team! Please click this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xqspc65hb2lcyas/BTS_Pro_6_9_5_LL.exe?dl=0 1. Connect headphones to a PC 2. Hold "<<" "66" and ">>” buttons until the LEDs turn off 3. Run the update, press y This should enable aptX LL on your unit. Let me know if I can help out with anything else!
  11. Did the Pro Voice model sync up ok with aptX-LL on the Equinox? I've been so swamped with my wedding, honeymoon, more traveling, a cold, etc... I haven't had a chance to take them on a nice long detecting session. I FINALLY got to take mine out for a six-hour beach session on Sunday. They didn't miss a beat, never disconnecting like the WM 08 wireless audio module does. They were loud and clear in the knee-deep surf and VERY comfortable with a sun hat and sunglasses. Easy to take on and off during breaks. I absolutely LOVE mine.
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  13. I have an older set of wired Bose QuietComfort 15 noise-canceling travel headphones and stumbled onto a clever, low profile Bluetooth upgrade for them. I just bought the BTunes Wireless Bluetooth Adapter on Amazon for $59 a couple weeks ago. They sound GREAT, have a better than the advertised battery life of 10+ hours (I'm on 12 hours now), easy to charge and best of all they sync up with my Minelab Equinox 800 in AptX low latency mode!!! I got the Bluetooth upgrade specifically for air travel but I figured some of you may want to know about this. Highly recommended! https://thebtunes.com/
  14. Definitely not cheap, but around the same price as the ML 80's. Plenty of aptX LL offerings out there but I searched high and low and these were the only aptX LL I could find in stock that have the backphone design which are almost identical to the Deus WS4's. The 100 foot range should also eliminate any dropouts.
  15. I'm a former XP Deus user and have been searching around for aptX LL headphones similar to my old Deus WS4 wireless backphones so that I can wear sunhats. I purchased the 66 AUDIO BTS Pro's last week and was pretty disappointed after syncing them up to the Equinox 800 and no aptX LL!!! I contacted their tech support and didn't hear anything for a couple of days. I boxed them up to return to Amazon and just as I was heading out the door to the UPS Store I received an email from them saying "We will send over a manual firmware update in 1-2 days to resolve the aptX-LL issue." Two days later (today) I got the firmware update. The update went smoothly on my PC, I synced up to the Equinox 800 and aptX LL now works GREAT!!! I tested them out around my garden and they're awesome. If anyone needs the firmware update file without having to wait four days send me a PM. These headphones sound great, loud, are comfortable and have some pretty impressive specs with a 40 hour battery and 100 foot range. https://www.66audio.com/bts-pro https://www.amazon.com/66-AUDIO-Wireless-Bluetooth-Headphones/dp/B01M8M4R7K