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    Minelab Equinox, White's V3i, MXT, & XL Pro, plus many others over the years

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  1. White's does offer absolutely fantastic customer service. While Minelab is improving and Makro is already very good, White's is simply far and away the best in the industry and the gold standard for customer service. This is coming from someone who has used most makes and have experience with each. But I agree that they really need to come out with an updated V3i. They were really onto something great with that detector and they just need to take it over the finish line and make it into a near perfect flagship with just a few improvements. They don't have to make it super light weight either. If they can keep the weight down to around 3.5 lbs or so, that would be perfectly OK so long as the balance was good. I actually found my CTX to be easier to hunt with for long periods than my equinox because the balance was so much better on the CTX. (I'm 6'4" and I've heard that the equinox balances ok for shorter guys, but certainly not for me.) One idea for future detector design I've had is to put the battery under the arm cuff and make it so it can be slid forwards or backwards a couple inches to aid in finding a good balance. This would not only accommodate for height differences, but would also allow adjustment for different size coils to keep the proper balance point. As long as weight is kept reasonable, balance is actually more important for the ability to endure long hunts. Put the new V3i in a modified MX Sport enclosure, add aptx low latency wirelesss headphone capability, update the processor, improve the ground balancing system, keep the color analysis screens (Spectragraph rocks!), simplify the controls some, and I bet White's would soon regain dominance of the flagship market.
  2. White's has done pretty well lately with new product roll outs. The MX7 and Goldmaster 24K are both solid designs. So it's not as if they've been resting on their laurels lately. Yes, Cal Cobra, I too would love to see an updated V3i. I have the utmost respect for the engineers at White's that designed that detector. Sure, it was complicated, but that made it all the better to experiment and learn how detectors operate. I've been asking White's for years for a few simple improvements, like better ground balance, faster disc audio, and three frequency pinpoint while in one frequency search, but at this point, I'd settle for one single improvement:: the latest upgraded fastest processor with the software code optimized for efficiency. That alone would take care of a lot of the audio issues, I would think, and it could be done as factory upgrade for existing owners to send theirs in to have it done. That would show that White's is taking care of it's top end customers by giving them a better product for not a lot of $$. Better still, new V3i's could start rolling with the upgraded processor (V3i Pro?) without much new development cost. Sure, there could be many other small improvements made to the V3i, but the development costs would start adding up quickly with each change. With an upgraded processor and software code, development costs could be kept to a minimum since everything else would stay the same. The processor power is the heart of the detector and the single piece of technology that has advanced the fastest since the V3i's release in 2009, so White's would get the most bang for the buck with this one upgrade. It would breathe some life back into the V3i and prolong its market longevity a little while longer while they work on the V4i. I'm just trying to think like a detector hobbyist *and* a corporate bean counter, which is the reality. Oh, and I for one really like the old metal box design. It's super tough, has a nice high-quality industrial design aesthetic, and happens to balance very well. So for 2019 I'm hoping White's gives us a V3i Pro with a new processor and tweaked software code.
  3. Thanks Cipher. Yes, those White's garage sales always have some great deals and interesting oddball items. Seeing those sales makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one who accumulates years of crap in his garage ... I don't know what I was thinking, but I bought one of the AF108 military mine detectors. I'm a military guy and thought this would be cool, I guess. (from their garage to mine). They had two of them and they both sold within the first few hours. There's practically nothing online about the AF108. Is this a PI detector? At least now I will have crashed UFO searching covered ...
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Sweet setup Dan! That's about what I plan to do to mine. The power supply under the armrest should help with balance too.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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