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  1. Sorry, missed your question. Same as the stock headphones, i.e. you won't notice any delay unless you are swinging super fast.
  2. Yep, you just explained why if you intend to work around water, a fully waterproof machine is good insurance. When it comes to small gold in mineralised dirt, Gold Monster is better than Equinox, and Gold Kruzer is better than Legend, so at this point in time, the old school thinking is still accurate in my opinion. Maybe in milder soils it's different... I don't know.
  3. Not quite Noise Cancelling, more Noise Blocking being a full cup headphone, the Quest WireFree Pro is also available in a Low Latency BT version, which will pair straight up to the 6000. They are a little cheaper as they don't come with a transmitter. http://phasetechnical.com.au/product/quest-wirefree-pro-low-latency-bluetooth/
  4. On the 7000, you definitely want to be in Normal if comparing to any of the SD series.
  5. Depends what size target you are talking about. My GP extreme beat a 2200 at the Maryborough test patch on a 17 oz'er (I think..... it was a long time ago).
  6. Wow 6 years ago already. Have to do an update to include the gpx6000. But here's a quick summary: Deeper than the SDC More sensitive than GPZ7000 Lighter than all of them 😁
  7. As both a hobby prospector and retailer, that's where my thoughts are at the moment. Like Steve I do like new toys, and need to know how they perform.
  8. The two factors for me are Price and Performance. Both are very muddy at the moment. One thing I know for certain is that is takes 45 secs to do a Noise Cancel, I think I've seen that about three times in the videos already 😋 Can you do it manually?
  9. A DD in the "E" (mono) switch position will run a little quieter than a straight mono coil, but it should still give you a fair idea. I.e. If in "Normal" (DD) the coil is very stable, but when you switch to mono mode you are getting a lot of false signals, then you can be pretty sure a straight mono isn't going to work out.
  10. Here's an image of the 16x10" Xceed coil. Approx 880g. No I haven't tested one yet, but I like the look of it!
  11. There was a heap of Tesoro's available on ebay, for many many months after the company folded. Stock seems to have dried up, and any that are still available the price seem to have increased by 20% or so. Maybe it's the poorer Aussie dollar but that's what I'm seeing from my end. Interesting about the audio. The diablo II micro max is analogue then, and the Vaquero digital, but I always thought the Vaquero was smoother. Maybe it's more filtered? Maybe it's the slightly lower tone? Maybe a combination of both. Might have to charge up some 9V's and see if they still fire up.
  12. That is likely going to be a deadly patch hunting set-up.
  13. These are the key ones for me, but the others are also very welcome!! 1. Iron Filtering from 1 to 8. Current 1.07 value equals setting 8 which will also be default in 1.08. 3. VCO “Tone Pitch” audio added to Park, Field and Beach. 7. Audio Gain adjustment in Park, Field and Beach for boosting audio on weaker signals. 9. Last discrimination setting before shut down will be retained on startup. 10 Threshold tone frequency (pitch???) for Park, Field and Beach will be default 10 and Threshold tone improved. 12. Sensitivity will automatically be lowered during the setting of Notches.
  14. To put it simply, a PI detector can use a Mono coil, because there is a pause between transmit and receive cycles. So the same winding can be used for both. ZVT cannot use a mono coil, so it isn't a Pulse Induction machine in the true sense. I have always explained the GPZ as taking the best characteristics from VLF and PI and meeting somewhere in the middle. I still love the GPZ, its performance, ground balance, audio, robustness etc etc.
  15. Simon, the Detech concentric coil is good on the beaches but only with the GPX5000 Salt Gold timing. On the Salt Course timing of the 4500 you just can't null out the salt signal. This is true also for many mono coils. You can get it to work with a few setting tweaks, but a Salt/AI coil or a DD coil in Cancel mode will run dead silent.
  16. These coils are very cool. Very light for the size, they cut down on ground noise and EMI like a DD coil, yet they give a sharp signal like a mono coil. On the 5000 I found I could run Normal or Sens Extra in ground where I had to use Fine Gold with a Mono coil. The later camo ones come with both the spoke skid plate and a closed one. DD and Mono on the coil switch also gives you different performance characteristics.
  17. The other way you can look at it (especially in light of material and shipping cost increases) maybe the Sadie is just a bargain at the moment.
  18. I'm looking forward to trying it on the beach. That's where I need the extra coverage AND am happy to dig as deep as required.
  19. I have been using the LS Pelso headphones with the Legend and the audio is good, and threshold works as it should.
  20. Yep, got this lot chasing ghosts in a well pounced old patch. I was running Sensitivity 2, Volume 2 with the Minelab headphones, with the SteelPhase Gel Pads fitted. It obviously worked, but reminded me how much I hate the Bluetooth crackle. I will stick to sP01 hardwired wherever vegetation isn't a real issue.
  21. Don't worry, plenty more tiny pieces of gold in nature than big ones - that is true everywhere. Not to mention the bigger ones are/were a lot easier to detect, so the tiddlers are all that is left in many spots. I just like to reserve the title of Nugget when I get the odd bigger one, and anything over 10 grams can be called a LUMP 👍 As you know, I am in South Australia, probably the worst state for detectable gold. Actually we do mine a lot of gold here, but it is predominately what is produced as a by-product way way down by the big miners.
  22. Hi Simon, so I'm hoping it's just a battery contact issue? I've watched your videos, and have some comments. 1. Have you tried the Difficult ground type on that tiny nugget? In all the testing I've done on smaller gold even in milder soils (mild for me, not sure how that compares to your ground) I have found that Difficult is as good if not slightly better than the Normal Ground Type. Most of the time I get a better signal in Difficult, especially on the 11" coil. 2. Hard to see in all the videos, but it appears you usually have the volume flat out? Volume flat out with the threshold on I feel like the threshold is too loud and kind of swamps the signal. Drop it down to the 2nd second setting, (with headphones) and see if it improves the response. 3. Re stability of the threshold when you are by the river, I'd be happy with it in the manual setting at 12 or 1 o'clock. 4. Try and bury a nugget in the ground, and refill the hole. This is far better than sweeping the coil up in the air. Also make sure you Noise Cancel, then ground balance. Then do a few sweeps across some clean ground as you approach the target. Makes no sense ground balancing the coil to the ground level then raising it 4-5 inches into the air to clear the height of the rocks. 5. This is about the 2895'th time I've seen this - your coil cable's first loop around the shaft should be over the top, not under the shaft. When you loop the cable under the shaft, this puts a lot of stress on the cable entry point every time you put your detector down to retrieve a target. 6. Don't call a 0.03g piece of gold a nugget 😁
  23. 6000 ear pads have holes - this allows them to breath - but yes bad in wind. First thing I did to mine was replace the ear pads. I have plenty to choose from here due to building/selling several different headphones over the years. The Gel Pads that are supplied with the SteelPhase headphones fit the 6000 headphones nicely. They are bit tight when trying to put them on the plastic plate, but with a bit of love they get on there and are a nice snug fit. They don't transform the headphones to be amazing in wind, but there is definite improvement. Personally I use the SteelPhase headphones or my old Recon's when it's windy, and my Minelab wireless ones are reserved for when working really scrubby terrain - which can only be worked on calm days, otherwise the noise from tree rustling is unbearable. So, I just use your traditional leatherette style ear pads, minus the micro holes. These are also an option for the SteelPhase headphones, which I recommend to people in humid climates, as they breath a little better. I sell these as an accessory here.
  24. Very easy to miss a target in a scoop regardless of detector or coil. Many years ago I got into the practise of not throwing out your 'barren' spoils, but putting them back in the hole, or on a pile next to the hole. I still get excited from time to time though and Murphy's Law gets ya! A grown slightly overweight man on his knees with some plastic contraption trying to find a 0.fly fart piece of gold must be a sight for those horse riders passing by 😁
  25. First software update for me was a breeze. Doing the 1.06 update, my laptop was not recognizing that the Legend was connected. I downloaded those USB drivers and then it worked fine.
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