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  1. A V3i Pro with 1) a better auto ground balance system, 2) a true manual ground balance adjustment ability, 3) faster audio response especially in discriminate, 4) a faster processor (to help with the laggy disc audio), and 5) the ability to hunt in single frequency but pinpoint in three frequency. The V3i is one fantastic detector and deserves a "Pro" update. Please White's don't give up on this almost complete masterpiece of a detector.
  2. Steveg good info. Just curious, but which aftermarket brand is identical to the Minelabs AND is aptx-LL? The Miccus SR-71's look identical and at least claim to be LL. What are the other brands?
  3. There shouldn't be any noticeable lag. You need to make sure it is connected in LL mode by looking at the LED on the headphones after you make the connection. If it doesn't connect in LL mode, then you need to reset the headphones and try again. Once you get them to connect in LL mode, then don't fully reset the phones, just turn them off and then next time you connect them, they should quickly connect in LL mode. It was a little tricky the first time I set them up, but since getting them to work properly the first time, I haven't had any more difficulty. This is true of any LL headphones and why you should get a model that has an LED indicator (like the Audition Pros) to verify they are indeed connected in LL mode.
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    Equinox Headphone Jack

    I'm not sure I understand your question, but it does shut down the external speaker. The pigtail, I'm pretty sure, is stereo to stereo, the miniplug adapter is what changes it to mono. Tim, those are really great headphones, light and comfortable, and can be used with all sorts of other bluetooth devices. Just be sure when you connect them that they connect in aptx low latency mode as confirmed by the LED on the headphones.
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    Charging Options

    Here’s a solution that gives you 8 USB outlets that use only one 120VAC outlet. It’s 40W or 8A total giving you the ability to charge up to 4 individual devices at a high current 2A rate simultaneously. And for us nerds, it has an LED readout that shows what the charging rate is for each port in real-time. I got mine last week and have been very happy with it. It allows charging the Equinox, Bluetooth headphones, my iPad, iPhone, and whatever else all the same time and all at the full rate. And it all plugs into one wall outlet. iLepo 8- Port USB Charger LCD Display Charging Station: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072BKDBR8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  6. Congrats on finally getting your hands on a new Equinox. Can't wait to see your reports come rolling in. I couldn't agree more about sticking with your local dealer. There are many benefits that come from your local dealer that you've built a relationship with, and trying to save a few bucks buying from a big box store just isn't worth it. Plus you support your local small businessman instead of corporate shareholders who only care about the profits.
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    My New Treasure Talk Blog - Equinox 600 Vs 800

    One possible advantage of the manual noise cancel is that you can manually set it to “0” in a low EMI area which may squeeze out a bit more performance compared to being frequency shifted away from the neutral or resonant primary frequency. This was true in the old days where you would want to run without any frequency shift since the electronics, especially the loop, were tuned to run best at one set of frequencies. Not sure if this may be true with the equinox, but it did make a noticeable difference on my old XLT and IDX.
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    It's Time To Get Serious!!

    Sweet setup Dan! That's about what I plan to do to mine. The power supply under the armrest should help with balance too.
  9. Cliff, I was all set to keep the Tronds, until I realized they didn't fit. If you have a way of trying them on first, then I'd still give them a try. The fit was the only reason I didn't like them, otherwise they would have been great. Chase, thanks for the heads up on the Miccus SR-71's. They sure do look like the exact clones of the Minelab headphones without the logo (and likely the price). The Minelab headphones fit very well with plenty of adjustment and don't have the small size problem that the Tronds have. Good suggestion too about trying one of those little bluetooth transmitters that will plug into any detector's headphone jack and make a poor man's wireless setup. I did just that very thing this week for using my new Audition Pros with my old MXT and it works great. Those little transmitters can be had for under $30 bucks and can turn anything with an audio output jack into a bluetooth capable device. Just make sure that it is actually making the connection in aptx-low latency mode, since it can be tricky to pair in LL and sometimes pairs in SBC mode. The Avantree's and Tronds have an LED that shows if it's indeed in LL mode, but unfortunately the Minelabs do not. The latency is so obvious, that all you have to do to check if wave a target back and forth in front of the coil, and you can tell right away if there is a huge lag, then it isn't paired in LL mode. I just added some photos of the bluetooth transmitter setup on my MXT, attached with velcro. As a bonus, the Minelab Equinox headphones work great with this setup and can now be used with any of my detectors.
  10. I received the Trond TD-BH01's today and was able to make a direct side-by-side comparison with the Avantree Audition Pro's. They are both very similar in size, function and sound quality. The Tronds do have a bass boost feature but you can turn it off and then they sound no different from the Audition Pro's. The Tronds also have a hard gloss black shell that looks like it will be more durable and better resist dirt and hard outdoor use. The Audition Pro's are lighter and more comfortable. They have a deeper ear cup that, for me anyway, means my ears aren't mashed against the inside foam. Both ear cushions have a big enough circumference to go around the ear comfortably, it's just that the Audition Pro's are deeper. But the big difference and deciding factor for me, is that the Trond's headband doesn't adjust enough to accommodate my head. I have a normal sized head, but the Trond headband doesn't lower the earcups enough even when fully extended. I can barely have them fit completely over the ears, but then the headband is pulling down tightly on the top of my head and is very uncomfortable within minutes. So there it is, I will keep the Audition Pro's simply for the main reason that the Tronds don't fit my head. If they adjusted just a little bit bigger so I could pull the earcups down just a little further, they'd be the ones I would pick because they do seem a bit more durable and better suited to detecting use. But alas, they just don't fit. The Audtion Pro's are totally comfortable for me and the ones I'm keeping. Bottom line, if you don't have a medium to small noggin, I'd recommend the Tronds. But if you are medium to any larger, then I'd say you'll have to go with the Audtion Pro's. Buy both and see which which works and return the ones you don't like. It's just nice to be able to choose from a large number of aftermarket headphones.
  11. I don't have the 6" coil yet, but I'm "on the list" with my dealer for whenever they become available. The little coil ought to make the Equinox shine even brighter and play to its strength of being a great separator. I can't wait to try it out in heavy iron, including in Gold mode, and see what setting work best to find all the non-ferrous stuff. Hopefully the 6" coil will arrive in time for the WTHO group hunt in May in Nevada, where we'll be hitting several old ghost town sites. It's clear one of the Equinox's great strengths is separation, and in iron in particular. I plan to really put the Equinox to the test, and trying to figure out which modes work best in the heavy iron. Field mode probably, with its Iron Bias set at 0, but now we're starting to hear that Gold mode may actually be the winner here. Time will tell, and it's the exciting challenge of all of us collaborating, comparing notes, and figuring all this out with a new powerful detector like the Equinox that is most of the fun. I really appreciate the positive comments on my little mini-review. There are lots of more technical reviews and tests out there, and this was only meant to be a broad overview from a typical end-user's perspective. Lucky for me, I write in layman's terms because, not being a technical person myself, that's about all I can understand. I do understand a little about DSP from my other interest of ham radio, and that's partly what has me so excited about Multi-IQ. I've seen what good software engineers can accomplish and Minelab has a great crew of engineers that are really starting to dive into everything modern technology has to offer. And that's really the most impressive thing about the Equinox to me, is the obviously VERY thoughtful engineering that went into every aspect of its design. We hobbyists are lucky there is a company out there putting so much effort and resources into giving us good products. Steve's forum is quickly becoming the best out there. He strikes a balance between keeping it clean and thoughtful on one hand and letting his forum become a free-for-all on the other, a very difficult task for any forum owner, and he does a GREAT job. It's also great because of all the great members who make the effort to contribute thoughtful posts in a positive cooperative manner. It's a group effort. So thanks to everyone else who makes this forum succeed. Work has me heading overseas for the next little while and I won't be able to detect again until sometime in April, but I'll still be reading, lurking, and chiming in where I can. I bet I'm like most here, that we just can't get enough reading every little tidbit about the Equinox, so please keep all the great posts coming.
  12. I was one of the lucky first recipients of the Equinox 800 and now after a couple weeks of use here in Boise, I figure I'll go ahead and give my rundown of my impressions of the machine. I agree with several other users that the TID is jumpy on deep silver (or other deep coins) certainly compared to the CTX. I never had an etrac but I did have (and liked) a CTX, and the CTX did better on deep coins, there's no doubt. Minelab said as much in their releases regarding the Equinox and Multi-IQ, specifically that FBS is still going to be superior on deep high conductors, and my experience with the Equinox is that they were right. The Equinox is a very good, but not great, detector for deep coins. For deep isolated coins, the CTX still reigns supreme. However, the current thinking is that the vast majority of yet-to-be-found silver coins are still there not because they are deep, but because they are masked. The Equinox unmasks far better than the CTX does. So you may actually have a better chance of coming home with silver with the Equinox because it unmasks so much better than the CTX (or, I'm assuming, the various other FBS machines which I haven't used). Park 1 with iron bias set to 0 and Recovery Speed set to 3 or less, seems to do best on deep coins. Despite the talk of Beach 2 being best on deep coins, I haven't found that to be the case, but everybody's soil and local conditions are different, or maybe simply because Beach 2 operates at a reduced transmit power level. Set up right, my V3i and MXT with the 10x12 SEF and Ultimate 13 coils, get just as deep and with just as stable TID on the deep coins in my test garden as the Equinox, the MXT maybe even a bit better. The MXT separates as well too, but that's probably because I have many, many, hours on the MXT and know just the right coil control techniques to use with the MXT, and I'm still learning the Equinox. And on mid to low conductors, like most gold jewelry, the Equinox does far better than the CTX. What really are the main types of targets that most of us would like find? I would suggest that gold jewelry has become the main target for most of us, whether it be on the beach, sports fields, or wherever, and for these targets, the Equinox does a fantastically good job. A couple more thoughts after using the Equinox for a couple weeks. The depth gauge does not work very well, for whatever reason. Not useless, but not very accurate, and it's slow and reports targets deeper than they really are. It seems to be calibrated for quarter or larger sized targets which is different than almost every other detector out there, so it takes some getting used to. The inaccurate depth gauge is compounded by the lack of much audio modulation. From the audio, it's easy to tell a 2" deep target from a 8" deep target, but not much else in between. The pinpoint VCO audio is much better for determining the depth of a target, but that means you have to go into to pinpoint each time to get a good read on target depth. Also, I wish the depth gauge and TID worked in pinpoint mode, and this shortcoming seems to be a step backward in technology after having used most other modern detectors with that capability. I expect some tweaking in a subsequent firmware update. The audio is great. Smooth, stable, very pleasant to the ear. Unlike most detectors with a lot of tones, the Equinox actually sounds really nice in full 50 tone mode (my V3i is almost unbearably horrible when used with many tones, in comparison). Maybe it's the stable TID or lack of a lot of TID segments, but the tones are very stable and communicative, and it's a great detector for hunting by ear rather than visual TID. One of the first adjustments I made was adding a threshold tone, which is very useful for determining when targets are disc'd out, as the threshold goes silent for an instant. This is kind of a good middle ground between totally silent search and all-metal "horseshoe" mode, so you get some info but without the chaos of too much noise. The threshold is a great feature. As I mentioned above, the modulation isn't great, but at least it errs on the side of letting you hear the deep targets. The audio does get very busy in trashy environments with a lot of shallow targets. The DD coil design causes very strong signals on the edges of the coil, so you actually get three strong "beeps" as you sweep the coil over a shallow target. The strength of the three beeps is almost the same intensity, so it sometimes gets very hard to locate a target in a target rich environment where targets are less than a coil width apart. Out in the open, it's easy to tell you are sweeping over one shallow target, with a distinct rhythm of three beeps that you soon learn to recognize, but with lots of closely-spaced targets, it gets confusing fast. I know this is inherent in the nature of DD coils, but on the Equinox, for whatever reason, the edge targets are very strong and frequently difficult to distinguish from the main center target response. I found this to be still confusing even after several hunts. Going into pinpoint and examining the individual targets clears this up, but it makes hunting in disc mode where there are lots of targets to be sometimes quite tedious as you have to stop, go into pinpoint, and slowly separate out each closely spaced target. Other detectors with DD coils have the same issue, but it just seems a lot worse with the Equinox. I expect more time with the Equinox will help me learn to better separate out the false edge signals from the true center signal. The Bluetooth feature is great. One you go wireless, you don't go back, and Minelab was good enough to use the widely available aptx-LL codec, so that users can pair any number of aftermarket headphones with the detector, as I have already done with the Audition Pro's I bought on sale on Amazon. Build quality seems good. It's just so light and small, it just feels light duty, kind of along the lines of my old Gold Bug Pro. For the price, however, it is excellent and is very well designed, using a tough feeling plastic and nice connectors. Cost of production must be very low, as there are so few components. Picking up my V3i, it feels like a multi-thousand dollar beast in comparison, the screen, the heft, the buttons, everything about the V3i is heavy duty and high-dollar feeling compared to the Equinox. The CTX, too, feels decidedly high-end in comparison, with heft, thick housings, heavy-duty connectors, and the color screen. The Equinox screen is functional, but very simple, not a lot of info, just the basics. The Equinox is a mid-level detector after all, so I'm not faulting it, just making an observation that it has a definite mid-level feel compared to the top machines. And balance: it's so light that it is nose-heavy. Not bad in practice because it's overall so light, you're basically just feeling the weight of the coil itself, but it definitely does not balance well. I'm thinking of adding an external USB battery under the arm cuff mainly just to try to balance it out better. But again, it's so light, that it's not really a problem, just an observation. I have a 6" coil coming, and I'll bet it will be a lot better with the smaller coil. The Equinox does everything very well, including finding deep coins, in one detector. Minelab markets it as an all-purpose detector, and for this, it is the best ever built. But for detectorists who are focused on one type of hunting only, they would still probably be better off with a detector specialized for just that one purpose. I'm not bashing the Equinox. I love mine. But don't expect a silver bullet that will do everything better than every other detector out there. I actually think that Minelab has very nicely filled a hole in their lineup, so that the so-called "well-equipped" dectectorist would have a CTX for deep coins, an Equinox for heavy trash and beach and jewelry hunting, a Gold Monster for VLF nuggetshooting, and a GPZ of some flavor for the die-hard semi-professional prospectors. (If Minelab released a good closed 5x10 coil for the Equinox, it could probably substitute for the Gold Monster). Being fully waterproof opens it up to a lot of different uses for a lot of people. So it fits nicely withing their product line, and if someone wanted just one detector, they would do very well with the Equinox. Overall, I really like the Equinox, but it's not a miracle machine. I will happily keep this detector for its waterproofness, its separation ability, simplicity, cost-benefit ratio, and overall fun factor. It's amazing that Minelab was able to pack so much capability into such a small and inexpensive detector. Bang-for-the-buck factor is the best of any detector.
  13. Thanks for the follow up. Based on what you are saying, the bass boost is probably not noticeable then with typical detector audio frequencies. I’m going to go ahead and order them and see how they compare. They definitely do look more rugged. It’s just nice that we have so many aftermarket choices. P.S. I just ordered the Tronds you recommended and will compare them side by side with the Audition Pros and will report back.
  14. I looked at those too and would have bought them, but the reviews said that it has a very heavy bass boost "feature" that can't be adjusted or turned off. If anything, I need a "treble" boost to compensate for some hearing loss I have and to better respond to the typical frequencies in detector audio. Too much bass and you could get hum, pop, and loud low iron tones. I agree the Avantrees aren't super rugged. Very light and comfortable, though. Is it possible to turn off the bass boost? The reviews said no, but maybe you found out differently, because these otherwise look like great headphones.
  15. I bought some Avantree Audition Pro headphones off amazon for $60 and they work great. They are aptx-LL. I would strongly urge going ahead and buying the low latency versions of whatever you decide on. The regular aptx is 100-150 milliseconds delay, but the low latency is only 40 ms. Some people notice the higher latency. I’m a real stickler for fast audio, so I didn’t want to take any chances and went ahead and sprung for the low latency. Pairing is very easy since the Equinox was designed to work with the aptx protocol.