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  1. I don't have as much experience with detectors as some (maybe all) or you have, but in my view a tone that sounds a certain way to a person may not sound exactly the same to another. If fact, probably most of us as we age become partially tone-deaf. Each person has his or her own way to interpret the target sounds a detector makes, and this is something that takes time and practice. The ground composition, hello around the target, target metallic composition, and so on, may be different at one location compared to the next, or even in the same location depending on soil wetness versus dryness. Some of the analog detectors of the past incorporated a series of target tones. For example, the Teknetics 8500 produced from the late '70s to early '80s had rotary control knobs and switches plus a gage with a pointer, and also target tones much like the detectors of today. There were low tones from iron, all the way up to high conductive targets such as small silver coins or large ones. A soda can, specially one with the top or bottom up, would produce a high-pitch sound 🙂 Back then when looking for silver coins in upstate NY, I would only listen to the high pitch sounds the 8500 made, although clad dimes, quarters, and dollars also produced high tones that were not as high as the ones for silver coins. I see certain similarities with the sounds the Equinox makes and the ones of the old Teknetics detector I used in the past. By the way, I felt that I was always learning new sounds whenever I detected new grounds with the 8500, and feel the same way when detecting with the Equinox. Summary: I don't think that a generic compilation of target sounds or tones I can listen to will help me much. Since I am old and don't have too much time to waste, I am better of by listening to what the Equinox has to say.
  2. No. But pure RTV silicone is not affected by fresh nor salt water. The areas you are bonding with it must be clean and dry, just like when using it to seal the corners of tiled-showers. Long ago I used a Teknetics detector along the ocean beach when living in CA, and never had trouble with the RTV silicone I used. A final note: I don't see any trouble at all by having drain holes on the coil cover as long as one detects in the water, simply because the coils is being rinsed constantly.
  3. I use RTV silicone, and don't fill the coil cover with it, just the gap between the cover and the coil. Never have had any leakage with any of the coils i have sealed this way. However, the coil and cover must be thoroughly cleaned before sealing.
  4. It takes me from 20 to 30 minutes at the most to seal the gap between the coil and cover. What I do is to buy a 10-oz tube of silicone at Lowe's or Home Depot (costs around $2.00), and use a caulking gun to apply it. I cut just a little bit of the tube's nozzle so that a very narrow bead of silicone flows out, and immediately after push the silicone down into the gap with the tip of my gloved finger, and slide the fingertip along the line or bead of silicone. The next step is to clean the excess silicone with one of a few clean rags I have near, and then start the same process on the next spot. There aren't any open gaps or holes when I am done with it, and the silicone looks nice and shiny all around. Now, I can understand that if one detects in the water holes on the coil cover should not be a problem since both are easily rinsed. But if detecting dry sand, or muddy areas the holes can be a problem. But then, coil covers are relatively cheap. One can have a set with holes, and another one without for detecting dry sand or mud.
  5. As I mentioned before, what I have done with the coil covers of every detector I have owned, and now the Equinox, is to seal the top edges of the cover with RTV silicone. Since the Equinox coil and cover are black, I used black color RTV silicone, making sure that none of it gets inside the cover. I wear tight-fitting latex or nitrile gloves, and next to me I have two or three clean rags for cleaning the mess after I am done. This is a lot easier to do with covers other than the ones for the Equinox since there are a lot of areas to seal. A reason why I never drill holes on the coil cover is as follows: The outer surface of the coil cover is not smooth, but instead a sort of satin finish, which in turn reduces drag when detecting wet sand. But having holes on the cover creates drag if you rub the coil/cover on the wet sand as it gets inside the holes. It also happens if you are detecting areas with mud. In this case, the mud-just like wet sand-gets inside. If you are detecting near water, then you can rinse the coil and cover whenever wet or dry sand get inside the coil. The choice is yours.
  6. Have you noticed that all coil covers' bottom surfaces, not only the ones for the Equinox, aren't smooth? What I do with my coil covers for all the detectors I have had and now the Equinox, is to put a bead of RTV silicone all around the top edges of the coil cover, making sure that the silicone does not get between the cover and the coil. But the Equinox coil has numerous areas that have to be sealed, and this takes some time to accomplish. Anyway, the 11" coil has been sealed this way, and soon a 6" coil that I bought from Amazon.
  7. I do have one of those. The EQ 800 came with the wireless headphones and the WM-08 receiver module. I just don't want to use Bluetooth all the time, but occasionally as a backup. Will be using the Minelab wired headphone (around $32.00 at Kellyco). But I would also like a set of wired earphones to use on hot summer days. There are some to be found at eBay, but I can wait until Kellyco or Amazon have them.
  8. I purchased a Minelab wired headphones for my Equinox, and these work fine. I thought that the headphone receptacle where the jack plugs into was loose, but that was not the case. I figured that one has to push the jack into the receptacle quite firmly until it sort of snaps in place, at which point the jack is held securely without any play. I will also be looking for a set of good quality wired earphones for using during some of the hot summer days. I can still use the Bluetooth headphones now and then, but these will become a backup set.
  9. Thank you, Mr. Goldman for your suggestions. I can give then a try and see how they work. During my years in the military working with aircraft (long ago), we took the warnings about RF and other types of radiation very seriously. I know that we are surrounded by all kinds of RF signals, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. I am just trying to keep the transmitters and receivers a small distance from my brain. Thanks again.
  10. I appreciate what you are saying, and completely understand. But what I am trying to avoid is having the Bluetooth radio frequency concentrated right on my head.
  11. I don't have the Minelab wired headphones, just the wireless one. The wireless headphones work quite well, but I don't want to have a wireless receiver so close to my head for extended periods of time. What I would like to do is to wear wired headphones similar to the iPhone's, or at least one that has very small ear pads that do not get my ears sweaty during the summer. The Equinox headphone receptacle should be a lot tighter around the headphone jack. Because of its location underneath of the control box, the cable wiggles the jack around when one swings the coil. What I am planning to do is to buy the headphone waterproof adapter sold a Kellyco and Amazon, because the rubberized plug at the jack's end of this adapter can hold the jack securely in place. This should solve the problem I am having. Cable: https://www.amazon.com/Minelab-Detector-Headphone-Adaptor-Equinox/dp/B07NJ9NRWG?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-osx-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B07NJ9NRWG
  12. Yes, I read a post about this subject sometime before I started this thread. But the problem with my Equinox is that the headphone receptacle is too loose around the headphone's jack. In other words, if I plug-in the jack into the receptacle, the jack wiggles around. But if I hold it in place with my finger, then it works fine. However, I haven't had the time to figure the mono versus stereo, at least until I can get a tight connection. I emailed this thread to Minelab today, and see what they have to say about it. The iPhone's headphone's jack is a little different than the other headphones I have, so I may not be able to use it, anyway. Later on I will either buy the proper jack as recommended by Minelab, but I still have to see what the problem is with the receptacle since the weight of the headphone's cord loosens that jack from the receptacle, and all I hear is a scratching sound, or just the sound switching back and forth from the headphones and the Equinox speaker.
  13. I bought an EQ 800 last year, and used it perhaps 4 times within two weeks before I put it away for winter. I used the Minelab Bluetooth headphones, which I liked very much because they are comfortable and light. With all of the recent medical warnings about earbuds and wireless headphones, I have decided to use wired headphones-including the ones I use with my iPhone-a try. However, it seems that the headphone socket of my almost new Equinox 800 does not hold the headphone plug tight enough, so the headphone sound breaks and turns "scratchy." When this happens the sound is switched back and forth from the headphones to the detector's speaker, but if I hold the headphone's plug tightly against the socket, then everything is fine. When left alone the plug wiggles in the socket. I tried 4 different headphones I have around my home, and none made a difference. I will check with Minelab USA about this, but wanted to ask of you if this is a common problem with the EQ 600 and 800.
  14. Cabela's and Sportsman Warehouse, offer military discounts. I bought mine at the local Sportsman Warehouse in Fairbanks, and received a military discount once I showed my retired veteran military ID. Tried to order it online from Cabela's, but they could not ship it to Alaska because of the battery inside, and the only Cabela's store in Alaska is in Anchorage, too far from me to pick it up. Amazon would have shipped it to my house, but I saved a few dollars by buying locally.
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