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  1. The Deus II arrived this morning so I’ll give you a run down of the first testing day.. To be honest my first impression when I took the Deus II out of the box wasn’t good.. It looks like a kid’s toy.. I’m glad XP didn’t paint them red or yellow, I’d send it straight back.. Once I got over the shock of how light and toyish it feels I realised what a heavy beast the Equinox is, especially with a 13x15’’ or 15’’ coil.. The pistol grip is a winner, plus the Deus II is nicely balanced but that can’t be too hard if there’s hardly any weight to balance.. One initial thing that’s got me a bit spooked is the stand-by light on the coil.. It was already flashing when I opened the box and hasn’t turned off yet! Is this normal? I’d have thought it would turn off after a certain time to save the battery.. If this is not normal, how can I turn the bloody thing off? It keeps on blinking once every 4 seconds even when the control box (or Remote Control in XP speak) is turned off.. I’ve not tried smashing it against the wall yet, but I’m getting close.. Anyway, I worked out how to run it on program 11 Beach and headed down to (you guessed it) the beach.. I was keen to see how it compared to the Equinox so I whacked on an 11” coil for the occasion.. Whilst on the job, the first thing that struck me about the Deus II was that the display on the Remote Control is bullshit.. Far too much information for the beach (or anywhere else).. The target ID only flashes up when the detector has spotted something (it doesn't stay on the target display), the rest of the time it shows you a whole load of stuff which is not important.. I know it’s a different story for prospecting but do you really need to know that the coil is still attached? I do like the ferrous/non-ferrous indicators on the sides of the display, they seem to be pretty accurate.. I tend to listen to what the detector is telling me before checking the screen to confirm what I’m hearing.. With the Equinox the target ID is there for the world to see but with the Deus II the small numbers get lost amongst all the bullshit.. Even then, as soon as you’re not over the target anymore it jumps straight back to telling you what program you’re in (which you already know because you’ve just set it).. I’m also not too sure about the little white numbers on a black background, if XP had filled the whole screen with them it would’ve worked better.. I’m sure it’s a matter of getting used to it and blah, blah, blah but this stuff leaves a bad taste in my mouth.. I realise it’s only cosmetic and what really matters is under the hood, but I’d have thought this was pretty basic stuff to get right.. Anyway, back to the beach.. I did the usual scenario of burying different things (coins, gold rings and other small jewellery) at different depths in dry and wet sand.. My first impression is that the Deus II is NOT better than the Equinox on the beach.. it’s not worse but it certainly isn’t any better.. I could find every target no matter how small or deep with both the Equinox and the Deus II.. This was both a relief and disappointment.. Relief that my Foxy Noxy hadn’t been knocked off its perch and disappointment that the huge amount of cash I paid for the Deus II didn’t buy me a whole lot of difference.. I knew this would be likely (and in my defence I did buy it as a scuba detector) but I did live in hope.. I know it’s early days yet.. I’m still running the Deus with the speakers on the Remote Control and haven’t tried the headphones yet (they’re still in the box).. Also I’m not used to the tones and am still mucking around trying to get them right.. Are the tone settings universal like the Equinox or do you have to set them each time you turn it on? I’m trying to get out of the 3 tone setting the Deus uses in program 11 to get it to 5 tones.. Does it remember your settings? I’m still figuring stuff out by pushing buttons, guess I’ll have to read the manual.. But even if I get this all sorted, I don’t think that on my beaches the Deus II will outshine the Equinox.. Underwater is a different story.. I’ll be taking it for a dive tomorrow (I was going to take it today but old matey took so long to fill my tank, only just got it back).. So I’ll keep you posted on how my new Nox-Lite performs in the drink..
  2. I want to do the V0.6 update now that it appears to be safe to do so. Now, I apologize for my utter lack of computer skills but I need some help. I don’t have a PC but can use a windows based laptop at work, or my wife’s laptop. I’ve updated my equinox a couple of times but when I go to XP update page and download I get a program updaterdeusIIupdate.zip and cannot open it. The video instruction by Gary says it will ask if you want to have it on your home screen but I don’t get that prompt. The zip file does not open. What am I doing wrong? Help would be appreciated. Thsnks
  3. I used the Diving program today, but with: Discrim 0, Full Tones, Sensitivity 95, Reactivity 0, Audio type PWM A low frequency-weighted, deep, stable beach program which worked well on relics today.
  4. I had a chance to observe a D2 with 11” coil recently, and overall was impressed by what I saw. Seemed just ok on mid to low conductors, but excellent to superior on high conductors. Decided to get back on the order list based on what I saw, thinking it may do better than I thought on silver in my parks. That in mind I switched from 9” to 11” coil, as I’ve decided other units will do better on gold, especially nugget detecting, and that was main reason I wanted the 9” coil, as alternative to 6x11 nugget coil. But for deep silver, I’m thinking the 11” has the edge. What I did not like was lower rod movement that seemed far in excess from what I remember on my two previous Deus 1 units. Less the rod itself, then slop in the cam lock mechanism. Not sure, but my previous impressions were the XP S shaft was the best of the best. This one… barely ok out of water, and I’d think a disaster swinging in water against resistance. Anyone else seeing this, or is it a problem isolated to my buddies detector?
  5. Apparently there is a new XP part available, a cable to go direct from the waterproof fitting on the controller, to a standard 1/8" jack. For wired phones, and even other wireless phone options, with appropriate transmitter box. But this cable is a secret, only listed on metaldetector.com so far as I can find. Only $12.90, but they want $22 shipping!!!! Sucker that I am I have one on order, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth for something that would fit in a first class padded envelope. So I am turning you all loose to find a better source, and not get bent over like I did! Looks an awful lot like the Tarsacci adapter. Might be something one could find generic, assuming that IP68 five pin adapter is standard stuff, which I’m sure it is. Long story short I prefer this to the puck adapter, so I can use the full controller, and with phones I prefer over the on ear phones XP provides. I'm an over the ear guy, and don't want to spring for the XP proprietary version. XP DEUS 2 Remote Control Headphone Jack Adapter
  6. I'm sure there has to be some D2 books in the works or is it too early in the release for the writing to have begun?
  7. Are there any updates coming for the Deus 2?
  8. I have received some bad news in the last few hours and I don't know how many around Europe know the current availability of the D2 with 9 "coil. There seems to be nothing in this second delivery batch either, except 11 "coils. This could mean an additional one to two months of waiting for anyone who wants the smaller version. Bad, really bad😣
  9. Out detecting in the woods on Saturday and the remote fell off the shaft and it hit the ground even with it being tethered with the supplied XP lanyard. Luckily I saw it happen so that was good. It seemed that the "prongs" on the lanyard "shrunk" and allowed the remote to fall off. I tested it several times before hand but it somehow failed. It may have been that it was cold out but the prongs were bent inward and not holding onto the other piece. Needless to say that the lanyard is gone and I'm ordering a better one online. No second chances for it. Just a heads up to keep checking it for yourselves.
  10. From what I’ve read there are no small sniper coils, like a 6” round because of there not being enough room for a battery. I wonder if it’s possible for XP to make a conventional wired coil that plugs into the back of the remote? The coil would probably be less expensive and you could use it in water without the antenna. Might be a killer coil for gold hunters and trashy curbstrip hunters. What I mean by using it in water is wading where just the coil is submerged. You wouldn’t be able to submerge the RC because you’d lose your wireless headphone signal.
  11. Back in my college days I spent a fair amount of time studying with this beautiful french girl. We always sat across the table from each other and spent more time talking than studying. These days I don't remember the class or even her name anymore but can still see her in all her natural beauty.... long dark hair, big brown eyes, always smiling and dressed nicely....I could keep going but this is supposed to be about a metal detector... Disclaimer: There are no great finds here just junk 😄 but I thought I might as well post something in this slow moving sub forum as 350 platinum has been doing all the heavy lifting lately. I received my deus 2 last week and have been itching to try it out so yesterday I went out for a 2 hour hunt. The site is an old town site..I've been hunting it since 2015 off and on and I think I've got only 7 silver coins. None have come easy. There is lots of shot gun caps 22 casings and a variety of other junk still in the ground but true high conductors are very rare, In fact I've found my last 3 silver coins off the beaten path far from where the small town was. For this hunt I stayed in the pounded iron ridden ground as I wanted to see if could scrape anything up that may have been missed. I ran the Deus 2 in deep HC and park 5? I think it was. Previously to the hunt I had turned on the detector and fiddled with the buttons at home for a total of about 15 minutes and read about 7 pages of the manual 🙂 so I really did not know what I was doing but I do have a dues 1 that I kinda know how to operate. I hunted the two stock programs only changing the disk, recovery speed and the silencer. I did not hunt slow like mentioned in the article by Mr. Stout. I hunted my normal speed which is medium fast. Impressions: It's deep. Deeper than the Deus 1 with regular 9 inch coil. The targets that would have been squeakers on the deus 1 came in loud and clear with the deus 2. It seems to see into the nails well as I dug a couple targets that had nails in the hole with the target. I only dug a couple of deep iron targets out of curiosity just to confirm they were in fact iron. It's fast like the Deus 1 but the tones are different and will take some getting used to as with any new detector. In the short 2 hour hunt I came away impressed..mainly by it's depth. I really need to get it up in the foot hills now and see how it does in the dirt up there... I think it's going to be a keeper and I'm looking forward to spending some time with this new french girl. strick
  12. According to Gary Blackwell.
  13. I have noticed a few times where on the XY screen the line is a solid perfectly horizontal line in the middle. Doesn't seem to matter on the TID, some representing good numbers, some junk numbers and sometimes no TID number. Is this some type of error?
  14. I had my old XP Deus 1 out checking the charge and wandered if the Mi6 would still pair and it did. Now, I had the new XP Deus 2 powered off and in another part of the house. I don't understand it but it still worked with both. I guess I was so tickled when I got it working with the XP Deus 2, I failed to un-pair with my old XP Deus 1. As I once asked this question----It would be so nice if the old high frequency coils would still work with the mono program on the new XP Deus 2.
  15. The greatly anticipated USA arrival of XP’s new detector, the DEUS II, is still several weeks away! Although the DEUS II was first released back in mid-December in the European Union countries (EU preferential origin), specifically France, Germany, etc, they have only just arrived in the UK this past week for dealer distribution. For us “across the pond”, the first limited allocation shipment is planned to be air freighted to the USA late this next week and after import/customs processing and shipping to XP’s USA distributors, it could take two weeks, to as much as three, to get them to dealers and their customers. Please keep in mind, these first shipments are limited in numbers so most of the dealers that submitted their orders by November 6, 2021, may only receive 1 to 3 units as XP and the USA distributors are striving to fairly share their limited availability across the USA. However, the good news is XP is assuring that the USA will have the top priority for the sending of the 2nd and 3rd allocations of DEUS II. In the meantime, following is the link for the XP DEUS II manual. It is well written and will be helpful when the DEUS II arrive. UK RC DEUSII.pdf (xpmetaldetectors.com) Incidentally, there were some USA DEUS II YouTube’rs/testers that thought the DEUS II USA shipments were already in the air and arriving in the USA by this past Friday. However, the XPLORER manufacturing facility and headquarters in Toulouse, France, confirmed that this was not true and just wishful thinking. Also of interest, XP testers and/or YouTube’rs got pre-regular production versions of the DEUS II with version 5 software. The DEUS II that will be shipped to the USA will have the newer version 6. The DEUS II , its coil, remote control, WS6 headphones are all designed to have their software updated online!
  16. I really like having the pinpointer paired with the detector. Most of the time, it works great. Periodically, the pairing doesn't work. Sometimes, simply turning it off and back on does the trick yet at other times, it takes several tries. Today, I had to un-pair it and then re-pair it to get it to work. Several times afterwards, I had to turn it off and back on a couple of times to get it to work. Most of the time it works great but sucks when it doesn't. I was using Program 2 Sensitive on the Deus II.
  17. I used a similar configuration on my Equinox which proved somewhat popular so I thought I’d post my Deus version. Keep in mind that everything below is just my personal preference. Rationale: Over more than a few years, I tried numerous ways through a combination of Target Identification (TID) and tones to better identify what was under my coil. It didn’t take long to discover that trying to cut the tone and TID distinction too fine in an attempt to accurately identify all targets was unproductive. Thru tedious trial and error, the obvious became clear. TID is not an exact science by any measure. TID can be affected by numerous variables such as depth, soil composition, the metallurgical make up and orientation of the targets in the soil. Expecting a consistently exact value for each possible target was unrealistic. I finally concluded that what I wanted was only an indication of what might be under my coil rather than expecting or trying for a precise ID. Can TID and tones do that for me? Yes After realizing what I wanted or needed from of a TID/tone combination, I settled on a 3 tone option. Below is a summary of my rationale for adopting that 3 tone solution. ~ My attempt at using full or 50 tones proved impossible for me...information overload! I then tried 5 tones and although more understandable, I felt that 5 tones was unnecessary and might even be overkill...for me. Why? ~ ALL targets fall within 3 conductive categories/zones--Low, Medium or High. So it made more sense for me to focus on those 3 zones and align the tones accordingly. The tones provided information on what zone I was dealing with while the TID gave me some rough indication as to where the target fell within the range of that zone. ~ I also wanted a system that wasn't apt to cause me to ignore good targets because they were similar in make up to worthless targets. Example; gold and aluminum are both mid level conductors and generate similar TID within that range. Yes, I'll dig aluminum so as not to pass up potential gold and dig other high conductive targets such as copper pennies so as not to pass up silver. Then as I was just learning the Deus II, Calabash Digger cautioned me that a too high discrimination setting could cause a good target to be masked by junk...and ol’ Calabash was right! I didn’t want to risk that either. ~ The question: How to get around junk that ranged from 0 to 20 or 25 on the Deus scale without risk of masking the good ones because of a high discrimination setting. I simply converted the 4 tone option to 3 tones using a combination of selected tones and tone breaks. Solution: I tested quite a number common targets of varying size and metallurgical composition and came up with some common TID ranges that I see on our beaches for each of the conductivity zones. This 3 tone configuration suited me just fine for the beach hunting I do. For the lowest conductive junk targets ranging from 0 to 7, I set tone level 1 at 100 kHz using a discrimination level of 7. (Disc setting of 7 seemed to prevent the masking of a good target even with reactivity set at 1 or less.) For other low conductive targets ranging from 8 to 20, I set tone level 2 at 100 kHz also. (Using 100kHz for both tone levels 1 and 2, I get the iron grunt for those junk targets which range from 0-20) Mid level conductors ranged from 21 to 85 so I set tone level 3 at 450 kHz..a nice mid tone. High conductors ranged from 86 to 99 so I set tone level 4 at 993 kHz I prefer the volume level of each zone to be at maximum--including ferrous items...personal preference. ~ In my work with a local museum however, I could use the 1 or 2 tone option. When digging museum quality artifacts, iron could be a valued artifact so I dig everything. I also dig it all when detecting along Florida's Treasure Coast as remnants of the ships fall within the iron or low conductive range and are periodically found along our beaches. Just one solution that works for me…your solution could be even better! 😉
  18. Just got my D2 (11 inch coil) in the mail yesterday and got to take it out today for the first time, for about 1.5 hours. This is my first MF machine, the closest I’ve used prior to this is my Simplex+ which I really enjoy. I was worried when I bought the D2, that It would be way too advanced for a complete newbie to MF machines but Ive spent quite a bit of time watching videos and reading the manual. Anyway, I made a few tweaks to the park program, switched to the XY screen and gave it a go at a local park. Long story short, I ended up finding 25 pennies, 9 quarters, 3 dimes ( 1 Silver Rosie) and 2 nickels. From my new guy perspective, I have to say that Im really liking this machine ALOT. Im not going to touch on all the things that everyone already knows about the quality of it, but I have to say that for me, it seems pretty intuitive to operate. What I mean by that is, I was expecting the remote to be much more complicated than in reality. Now, having said that, I still don't completely understand what all the different programs and options do, but its not as daunting as I was expecting. Additionally, the XY screen really does work very well. I got fooled a couple times by pop tabs, until I figured out the tone nuance but after that I didn’t dig any more pop tabs. Im retired from the military and deaf in my left ear, so it is difficult to hear the audio on some machines but I have to admit that what everyone is saying about it being a tone machine, is true. Using the headphones, I could start to pick up on those subtle tones although I have to say I’m not a big fan of the headphones as they tend to hurt my ears after a little while. Anyway, just wanted to share and to let folks know that just because you’ve never used a Deus in the past, don't be afraid to give it a try.
  19. Can anyone tell me what the number 2 in the lower left corner means ? Also, my battery indicators for my coil and RC never ramp down. Both always show full charge until either just dies. Anybody else notice this issue ? Suggestions ? Thanks in advance. That 2 is driving me crazy. 🤣
  20. Part one: A tale of three objects. Goal to identify deep non-ferrous targets and compare signals before digging. Myself, on the Equinox and my friend on the Deus and VERY experienced Deus 1 user. Modes Beach 2 Equinox, Beach and Beach sensitive both tested on Deus The Ring: I located what I was sure to be a deep nonferrous beyond TID range. Called my friend over and he could hear it as well and the Deus 2 would not tid lock either. He said it sounds bad to him, I said it sounded clean to me. We now both know it was a ring. The Charm: I had a solid lock at 16 but I knew it was at the end of my tid range, as about one in every three swings would throw me another number. The Deus would not lock consistent and only gave a number one in about 6-8 swings. The Coin: A staple here to find. I buried it in the wet sand at the edge of my hearing it [about 15"] But not too deep where I would not dig it. The Deus would not number lock, either but was real scratchy on signal. Not sure I would have dug it, my friend said he would of not dug it. Today, more searching for deep nonferrous and testing buried gold.
  21. Does anyone see or know any reason this WS4 adapter would not also work for the WS6?
  22. Hi all, I noticed that D2 threshold which I select when I’m in pitch is useless. It’s a steady hum, without any variation, not even on discriminated iron. I love threshold and, in my opinion, D2 hum is useless. What’s your opinion about this?
  23. I got my 9" XP II yesterday and after charging it up I started to play with it. After about 5 minutes I could see where this thing was going. It's incredibly easy to use and set up for whatever task in terms of detecting I could ask of it. Here's what helped me and got me ready to use it: 1. Gary- Seriously about the best detector teacher on the Interwebs. I could listen to him teach about shoe tying and come away satisfied. If I die before him I'm going to ask my wife to contact him to do my eulogy. Pay him whatever he wants as no one tells a better story. 2. Calabash- his videos are short and to the point. Who cares if he says how great the XP is? If you get all riled up over metal detector videos you ought to consider other hobbies. I learned a great deal about getting started by watching. I'd love to hunt with him someday because it would be FUN! 3. Mental Metal Guy- Another great use of youtube. You'll want to skip the first 1-2 minutes of the videos because it's basically dramatic music and a Fort Bedford ad but the rest of the videos are great. He will teach you all the basics in a different way than CB but between the two you will know how to operate the D2. I think he called me a clown in a forum post awhile back but I don't hold grudges so if he could help me find a gold ring I'll be a clown all day. 4. Griffinds guy- more good how-to stuff on the D2. I'm a school teacher and the kid at the end (I'm assuming his son) is a bit like the smart a$$ know it all who always tells the teacher they are wrong but the info is top notch and will help you if you'll listen. 5. Chase- Read what he says. If he says something he is likely right. I flew clear across the country 5 years ago and did an XP bootcamp with he and Andy in Gettysburg. He was right then about detecting and he is right now. Don't question him just listen. I hit the beach this morning for my first time out. Started in Beach. I did a frequency scan. Hit the wet sand and it was chatty. I remembered something about what Chase said about Beach P (remember, do what Chase says) and I switched to Beach P. OMG, it became so quiet and I began to hunt. The tone was in pitch and while it was different than my 800 I just decided to go with it. It was fine. After about 4-5 targets you could easily tell what something was. Iron sounds crappy, you can easily tell. I dug everything and Modelo is now #1 in terms of what drunk people drink at the beach in 2022. The bottom line was this D2 is a breeze to swing and if you'll take the time to learn it BEFORE you get into the field or beach you will have zero problems. If you make a mistake TURN IT OFF and then turn it back on. I dug a silver medallion that was at least 16 inches deep in the wet sand. Could my Nox 800 have found it? Who cares? Performance wise this thing is sweet. Again I dug everything this morning, and after an hour I could tell what everything was going to be based on the tone and the ID. Every signal that said "I'M IRON" was iron. Every bottle cap was a bottle cap and every penny was a penny. The hardest thing for me today was putting the RC on the stem and yes I had removed the cover(like I said, Idiot proof) but I finally got it on. I'm going to figure out a way to tether it on to the shaft because I had to traverse about 20 feet of boulders to get to me spot and all I could think about was what if I slipped and knocked it off into the abyss. I solved the problem by taking it off and putting it into my pocket. Now there are some folks who will complain that for $1600 XP should have included a cup holder, a place to rest your cigarette and beer but if you paid $1600 you likely missed out a better deal elsewhere but in the end it's only money and XP has produced a winner. For a person with a junk elbow it's the bomb. I'll admit I'm going to become a fanboy and buy the 280 backpack because I'm tired of getting yelled at that my detectors take up too much space in the car. I hung my 800 up on the wall and I don't plan on using it for the forseeable future as I want to put the hours on the D2. I'm going to hit a park tomorrow so I'll do some dirt fishing with it and see how it goes but I suspect that it will kick some serious booty. Hope this eases some minds about what detector to save up for if you're on the fence. Skate
  24. I’m going to tell everyone in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa to not buy this machine or cancel your order. I would hold off until they can figure out those loose screws and other major issues. Truthfully, this machine is absolutely fantastic and so much fun to use. I have just been using the Deep HC program, only change I made was 5 tones and I use the XY screen. Today alone I got: 24 quarters, 36 dimes and 16 pennies ( 1 wheat). I got fooled 4 times with items I thought would be keepers and weren’t. The park I was at was completely full of trash but the audio and XY screen are amazing. I have the ORX and have only had it for a short time and haven’t got to use it much. So my experience with XP machines is limited but I watched a lot of videos on YouTube and that really helped. I don’t care what machine you use but I figured I would tell you my experience from someone with very limited exposure to XP products.
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