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  1. I use a low latency Avantree Torus wireless Bluetooth collar headphone with my Equinox and wanted the same option for my Garrett 24k. This Bluetooth transmitter works well with my 24k and is also rated as low latency, so there’s very little lag time between swinging over a target and hearing the target tones. Use stick-on Velcro to hold it onto the back side of the arm cuff and run the cable into the audio input/output port on the detector. You will need a 1/8” female to 1/4” male plug adapter to connect the two. A right angle adapter helps make for a lower cord profile into the detector’s audio output plug. The manufacturer says it lasts up to 14 hours, mine is new and I haven’t used it over eight hours yet. It seems to work well, causes no interference and delivers nice audio. I’ll post a better review after a few days of harder field testing. It may be a good option to use for wireless Bluetooth audio with other detectors as well. Edits: not water proof so use a baggie cover. A right-angle adapter makes it nicer as the cord won’t stick out the back so far (as shown in new photos) Giveet Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07198BBZN?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share CERRXIAN Right Angle 1/4 Male to 1/8 Female Adapter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N5LWJWQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_QP59Q3BYB1T42CSRZGGV
  2. The Minelab ML-80 headphone is made by another company and sold under other brand names. The Miccus Stealth SR-71 has been a popular alternative. Unfortunately an update has possibly made the latest version of these headphones incompatible with the Minelab Equinox. From this ad: "IMPORTANT NOTE FOR METAL DETECTOR USE: The current SR-71 Bluetooth 5.0 release DOES NOT work with metal detecting equipment. The reviews are citing earlier 4.2 versions of the headphones." This also for the Miccus website: "Are different brands of Bluetooth products compatible? Yes. Bluetooth manufacturers are required to make their Bluetooth products compatible with all other Bluetooth devices; failure to meet this requirement means products cannot legally display the Bluetooth logo. Just because a device is Bluetooth enabled, however, does not mean it supports the A2DP stereo music profile. All Miccus Bluetooth products support A2DP and will only work with other Bluetooth devices that support the A2DP profile as well."
  3. So I did a little more experimenting with the WM08 and various wired headphones I have around the house and I am noticing a little difference in latency VS Bluetooth, specially with pinpointing as suggested in responses to my previously posted WM08 question. I also noticed quite a difference in sound of different headphones when used with the WM08 too. I've been looking into some of your suggested headphones, such as Gray Ghost, Sunray Gold, Killer Bee, etc., as well as looking at older posts regarding headphones for use with the Equinox. This leads me to ask a question to those of you who prefer wired phones with your Nox. What full over-the-ear wired headphones do you prefer with your Equinox and why? TIA for your help.
  4. Refer to page 48 in Minelab Equinox Manual: Am I missing something or is the instruction wrong or a type-o? Manual states: "The non-ferrous setting can not be a higher number than the ferrous setting." Should it not read: "The non-ferrous setting can not be a lower number than the ferrous setting." Of course it may have 'flew over my head' . . . I've spend some time attempting to clarify the statement but it still appears like a type-o. What's the verdict? While on this subject: Are t1(50Hz) and (t2)500Hz fixed in terms of pitch or frequency? I would think they are permeably set. Just curious. Thanks, Billy
  5. I wear hearing aids and I can’t use regular headphones because they fit over the hearing aids and cause feedback which is a high pitched squealing noise that is very annoying. Do you think that the bone phones for the Deus ll would work with my hearing aids since they go on the cheek instead of over the ear? Also, if I use the headphone adapter on the ws6 puck would the bone phone plug into the puck? I have my Deus ll on pre-order.
  6. I've read some things here that confused me, and I checked them out today, finding the source of the confusion. Sunray makes two sets of Pro Gold headphones: the 'Originals' and the 'CTX version'. I have the former. I've read that you need the CTX version if you want to use them with the Equinox. (As always, maybe I didn't read the fine print.) When I plug my 'Originals' (via a 1/4" female to 3.5 mm male adapter) into the back side of the control module it's as if they aren't connected at all. Nothing comes through the headphones and the Equinox speaker emits its normal sounds. Presumably this is what has been reported here. However, using the WM-08 wireless module (connected to the headphones with the same adapter) the speaker is bypassed and the sound in the headphones is loud and clear. In fact it is noticeably louder than with the Garrett MS-2 headphones. Although I didn't check my White's ProStars, in the past they performed similarly to the MS-2's. The sound quality doesn't seem quite as clean but the Pro Golds certainly have enough sound quality to work well in the field. I wonder if the volume difference has to do with impedence matching. Anyway, bottom line is don't throw out your Original Pro Golds if you have converted to an Equinox user.
  7. I've been hunting in primarily Park 2 with 50 Tones and no discrimination (all metal) on land for the last year or so and feel I have learned to hear some nuances as to target sizes and shapes with that. I previously hunted in the stock Park 1 with 5 Tones and felt I wasn't hearing all the information that was coming in from the targets. I usualy go to the East Coast of Florida one or two times a year and use the stock Beach 1 or Beach 2 programs which are 5 Tones. I was reading some discussions where different tones were discussed and someone mentioned they could hear nuances of target responses in 2 Tones and that confused me. Isn't 2 Tones sort of a dig everything not ferrous sort of scenario? Is there more information in the 2nd Tone that I'm not hearing? I've only ever used 2 Tones playing around with the stock Field 1 so I haven't used it enough to find out much about it. So do you beach hunters use 2 Tones, 5 Tones, or 50 Tones and which works better for you? Thanks in Advance!
  8. Is there some basic summary of sound interpretation (Minelab flutty tones processing perhaps) that could help me learn how to interpret what I'm hearing? For instance, hearing iron burp at the edge of the coil for b-caps, or 'round' vs. not so round sound etc.?
  9. Curious if the Legend is compatible with the Pulse Dive pointer and maybe the Green headphones. Anyone know?
  10. I had some spare time today and was messing around in the man-cave. I've had a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50X that I had used with the WM08 last year. I've been plugging wired earbuds into the WM08 and running the cord down the back of my shirt to keep the cord out of my way. I have a couple of APTX Low Latency transmitters I used on the CTX, Etrac etc and was going to use that on the Audio's. I was having a hard time getting them to pair up, when I glanced at my WM08 and had a flash of inspiration The Techica's have a special twist in, removable plug, so I decided to make a short patch cord and mount the WM08 on the side of the headphones. These phones have some excellent sound quality with more than enough volume and they feel great. I retire this Saturday, so I plan on giving the setup a good work out next week.
  11. I was experimenting with Dan(MN)'s mod of mounting the WM-08 to a pair of good quality wired headphones, which works really well. I read the Equinox manual section about the WM 08 and saw that its latency is only 17ms whereas Low Latency Bluetooth is 40ms and normal Bluetooth is up to 100ms. I have been using LL Bluetooth ear buds all Summer and Fall so I'm used to the way they respond, but when I tested my new WM 08 rig, I couldn't really tell any difference in response time/latency. I guess I was expecting there to be a noticible difference. So my questions are, for those who use the WM 08 module, can you tell a difference as opposed to Bluetooth? Do you prefer to use the WM 08 setup and why?
  12. I noticed that these don't come with a volume control. Is that because it's harder to hear under water and not needed? Would I be better off with a pair of Amphibians from Detector Pro? Thanks! Walt
  13. Morning all, I have been looking for something that will essentially work like a WM08 (the Equinox wireless receiver) but on the GPX 6000. Something that can then simply have any type of earphone, earbud, on ear or over ear headphones attached to it. I specifically wish to plug some Philips Sports earbuds into a Receiver. They sit out of the ear to allow some ambient sound in so you are aware of surroundings. And don't sit inside your ear like a proper ear bud that can get all sweaty and yuck. I've used the Philips before and they are perfect for me. The supplied Minelab GPX 6000 headphones work great - but I'm not keen on headphones as they are hot and they make it difficult to wear a broad brimmed hat. I do recognise there are other hat options. The non Bluetooth options: The Quest kit is great ( http://phasetechnical.com.au/product/quest-wirefree-mate-kit/ ) and although I know they work really well, they definitely only pair with each other and I do not want to attach a Transmit unit to the GPX 6000 - possibility of EMI, an extra thing to get knocked off, an extra thing to charge and the functionality of a Bluetooth LL Transmitter is already in the GPX so why not use it!! 🤪 The Minelab Pro Sonic is too expensive and would need a Transmitter attached to the detector. The Garrett Z-Link - would also need a Transmitter attached to the detector. Bluetooth APTX Low Latency options: I have ordered the Avantree AS70 as it said they were due for release at the start of June. But since ordering (4 days ago) that has been changed to the end of July 😤 https://avantree.com/au/as70-bluetooth-adapter-for-headphones They are the latest version of the Clipper Pro previously mentioned on DP as having worked well. The Clipper Pro seems completely unavailable now. I like the look of the AS70 and Clipper Pro as they have a good clip that will attach to a shirt, collar, harness or whatever. There are these https://avantree.com/au/lock-bluetooth-transmitter-receiver-set but they are a pair and I wonder if the Receive unit will work directly with the GPX or will it only pair with the Transmit unit (it does say auto pairing with each other in the write up). Chase Goldman had previously mentioned these as working well: TaoTronics 65ft Bluetooth Transmitter/Receive https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076BMT9BY TROND Bluetooth V5.0 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B4W40VC/ Newer version here https://www.amazon.com/TROND-Bluetooth-Transmitter-Indicator-Simultaneously-dp-B01K8ANDCI/dp/B01K8ANDCI/ref=dp_ob_title_ce I notice the TaoTronics is currently unavailable on Amazon. At this stage I may get one of the newer Trond units as that will at least be a back up for my upcoming big trip and may end up being my main unit if the Avantree does not turn up in time. There are a few others mentioned on this site http://www.aptx.com/ but some look el-cheapo, some are no longer made (the site is not kept up to date in that regard), none of them have a clip to attach to clothing and I am unsure if any of them actually pair with a Vanguish/Equinox/GPX6. Anything that pairs and works well in Low Latency with the Equinox/Vanquish should work well with the GPX 6000. Would be even happier if my Equinox WM08 just hooked up (shame on you Minelab 😜) So my questions, finally! What other brands have worked for people? Is the audio quality good? Manufacturing quality good? Somewhat weatherproof? Is the Low Latency good? Have they paired easily with no issues? What sort of time frame are the batteries lasting for most people? Hoping you good people can share some 1st hand experiences - good or bad - and this can be a one stop resource for others searching for a similar device. Cheers, N.E. 👍
  14. Who has run the sp01 on their 6 I had a crack , with my cogs as well , but found the cables a pain in the arse ... Also with the 6,s headphones on 70% volume on the phones and the detector backed off a tad I hear the feint murmurs ok I reckon anyway 😃 I
  15. These poll results will be seen at Minelab, in hope of guiding future product development. Please take the poll seriously, and if you wish, provide extra commentary via the posts section. This poll is designed to reveal how owners of the Minelab Equinox, Vanquish Pro Pack, and GPX 6000 are using, or not using, the included ML80 and ML100 headphones. Please, only owners of these models should respond to the poll directly, though others are welcome to add commentary via posts. Again, I request you take the poll seriously, and think about answers or commentary provided, as reflecting on the quality of forum membership. Thank you for your time and responses.
  16. Hello, I am looking for a solution on how to vibrate the Equinox 600/800 detector for a deaf person who will use it underwater. As you know, a deaf person wears hearing aids that are not waterproof and cannot be immersed under water, and in these headphones he is not able to hear the signals, too much hearing loss is about 95dB. I did a few attempts with a small amplifier and vibration motor from an old cell phone, but there are problems: - after connecting the system to the Nox800 on the cable, the motor makes a slight buzzing noise but does not react to the metal signal in the coil, - after connecting the system to the WM08 wireless module, the vibration works great on signals, but unfortunately after the detector is submerged under water, it loses the wireless connection. - if I connect the headphone (computer) cable to the Noxa800 and at the end of the handset (the signal is heard in the headphones) I cut the cable and solder it to the system, vibration works great on the signals. Why is it that the vibration does not work directly on the cable and it works through the headphone cable? Is there anyone on the forum who will cover this topic? One more thing. The deaf person uses an induction loop instead of headphones, which works with the hearing aid above the water and on the ground. This loop connected to the detector via the cable is perfect, but when it is connected to the WM08, a buzzing can be heard in the background. How to do it to eliminate interference?
  17. I bought these headphones and used them in the ocean last week in the Kauai (up to my neck).The dealer is always busy or on a trip so I thought I'd throw this out there to get some feedback. I had a few instances where the audio cut out completely and I jiggled the cord and it came back. My question is, should the end of the headphone cord have an o-ring like a lot of my scuba equipment does? The EQ800 still seems to work fine so I don't believe any water made it's way inside detector. As to my success ..well let's just say I understand why my dealer goes to Cancun for his jewelry hunts and not where I went where the waves are 3,4,5 feet. I quickly looked for beaches with "breakwaters" that you can safely take children to and I did find lots of coins and 1 silver diamond ring..but man, it was still 'surgey' as heck and not easy to lift one foot up to push scoop into sand while keeping your balance! Anyone have any experience in using the EQ in the ocean? I saw online sand scoops with a "cross" handle (like on a small shovel) where when you scoop you can keep the scoop from twisting sideways...thoughts..usage?The scoop handle would have to be a "breakdown" type to be able to pack for air travel. The scoop I took has a straight shaft that easily turns sideways when scooping.
  18. Got the tarsacci out today to get things charged up and redoing the zlink wires differently. I love the z link and Garrett headphones. But hate the connector that’s needed. Wish I could figure out something different for that. Will be in Culpeper in about 3 weeks for the DIV and will only be using the tarsacci there.
  19. With the release of the GPX 6000 along with the Vanquish and Equinox, thought I would provide an updated summary of several known compatible Bluetooth APTX-LL headphones of various types, features, and price points for consideration thanks to other forum members (e.g., F350 Platinum) here who have played guinea pig and purchased/verified compatibility and performance: Avantree solid all around BT APTX-LL phones, over the ear type: https://www.amazon.com/Avantree-Wireless-Headphones-Comfortable-Bluetooth/dp/B01A0EAYDI/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=Avantree+aptx&qid=1626912542&sr=8-8 If you want some decent light weight BT APTX-LL phones withe great "Soundblaster" quality audio, try these Creative phones on for size - occasionally they run flash sales on these and they can be had cheaper (note they are light but "on the ear" style which some may not like especially for long detecting sessions: https://www.amazon.com/Lightweight-B...6906692&sr=8-5 Decent over the ear BT APTX-LL phones as a less expensive alternative to the Avantrees above: https://www.amazon.com/AKSONIC-Bluet...6908685&sr=8-6 If you are interested in earbud style phones these two pairs of phones are comfortable, sweat resistant, and have great audio (I like the Glazata N9 neckband style, less stress on the interconnecting wire, but the Pawws are at an unbeatable price): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097B5V5M7...v_ov_lig_dp_it https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The following are a unique "convertible" torus neckband style that can be switched into local wearable "speaker" mode (the closeup soundstage sounds great even with "quiet" tones and is less annoying to others around you than running the speaker on your detector) or you can switch them into earbud mode for private listening too. Note that these are not water resistant. Cool but pricey. https://www.amazon.com/Avantree-Wear...dp/B07Y56W9XQ/ If you are detecting near surf or in windy conditions the following BT APTX-LL phones are pricey (though the Pawws are 50% off right now) but have great audio PLUS active noise cancellation (so you can really hear faint audio tones) though they are not designed to get wet: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/Avantree-Blue...6907632&sr=8-4 Finally, these Quest detecting phones are purpose built for the Equinox (but compatible with any BT APTX-LL transmitter such as those built into the Vanquish 540 or GPX 6000) and are weather/water resistant (but not submersible) and pretty rugged for dirty, wet conditions, also with great BT APTX-LL audio: https://www.kellycodetectors.com/que...es-for-equinox Wireless is definitely the way to go with as long as you are not doing submerged water hunting, which necessitates waterproof wired phones. Pair the above with any of a number of diminutive BT APTX-LL transmitters or receiver/transmitters (e.g., https://www.amazon.com/TROND-Bluetooth-Transmitter-Headphones-Simultaneously/dp/B01B4W40VC/ref=sr_1_3?crid=32YIIDCD94VQX&dchild=1&keywords=trond+aptx+low+latency+transmitter&qid=1626913077&sprefix=Trond+aptx%2Caps%2C174&sr=8-3) and you have a cost effective wireless audio solution for any detector that uses a standard or mini headphone jack. HTH and Good Luck. Feel free to post any additional rekko's in the thread.
  20. I’m after a durable and lightweight set of headphones for warmer weather. I run a speaker with my 3500 but have the need for headphones sometimes. I want an “on ear” set. I’m looking at getting the Telex Airman 7 Listen Only headphones. The link is below…..love to hear any pros or cons. Impedance is 150 ohms…..thanks. https://www.sportys.com/telex-airman-7-listen-only-headset.html
  21. I'm looking for the 4 wire pinout for White's MX Sport audio port, I've lost my adaptor and want to build a replacement. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
  22. Hi all, I love my equinox 800, but I hate taking off my headphones to listen to my pinpointer signal. I'm looking at getting a pinpointer with Bluetooth technology, but as far as I can tell I'm not able to use the same headphones for both devices. Does anyone have any advice on this in terms of what to buy or how to make two different systems work together on the same headphones?
  23. Came across an interesting article regarding Qualcomm's latest incarnation of it APTX BT audio codec called "APTX Adaptive". The technology from a purely technical standpoint is simply amazing. Instead of fixed bitrate modes (e.g., APTX - Classic, APTX-HD, APTX-LL), APTX-Adaptive evaluates and scales the best bit rate based on the situation and adjusts on the fly, including incorporating low latency by default. Cool right? However, diving into the specifics, it appears there may be a few gotchas. Notably, the low latency capabilities of APTX adaptive are not quite as good as APTX-LL and backwards compatibility - from the article: Regarding low latency: "[APTX Adaptive's] Algorithm latency is also down to less than 2ms at 48kHz, with a system round trip falling somewhere between 50 and 80ms depending on the implementation. This isn’t quite as fast as Low Latency’s sub 40ms speed but should be virtually imperceivable. Other codecs can reach over 200ms latency, and even the old aptX clocked in at around 150ms." Regarding backwards compatibility: "Speaking of latency, aptX Low Latency is being retired after the launch of Adaptive, which has some implications for backward compatibility. When connecting to Low Latency devices, Adaptive will default back to aptX Classic. In other instances, aptX Adaptive simply matches the capabilities and bitrate of the Classic or HD-capable device, so product transition should be seamless." What does all this mean for ML detectors and the folks who own them? Well there are gaps in the article's explanation of APTX Adaptive's implementation, but the key takeaway is the statement that APTX-LL is being retired. What this practically means is that 3rd party headphone companies will gradually shift to implementing APTX Adaptive and releasing phones with that tech while phones with APTX-LL will be harder to come by as the APTX-LL phones are retired from manufacturers' product lines. 3rd party APTX-LL compatible headsets are already a relatively rare breed. This will just eventually exacerbate that situation. All the existing APTX-LL compatible gear will still continue to work with both APTX-LL and APTX Adaptive phones, but at some point, the APTX-LL phones will wear out, break or get lost and getting a 3rd party, direct APTX-LL replacent will be hard if your favorite phones are no longer manufactured. ML will support breakage of their ML branded APTX-LL under warranty and I suspect, ML will continue to stock their marked up phones for post warranty purchase, for the foreseeable future to support their active detector product lines using APTX-LL wireless. It appears APTX Adaptive phones should work with the ML APTX LL detectors, the big question mark is whether their latency will default to APTX Classic birate AND latency at 150 ms (compared to APTX-LL's 40 ms latency) is not entirely clear in the article [this would be noticeable and bad] or will simply use APTX Adaptive's 50-80 ms latency and APTX Classic's birate which would be OK, but not quite as good as APTX-LL. What is also not clear is whether full APTX Adaptive backwards compatibility requires the new Qualcomm chip on the transmitter (in this case the detector) which would be a non-starter for ML, a firmware upgrade to the existing BT chip in the detector, or nothing at all needs to be done. I suspect the latter, but I am just guessing. Overall, this is the flip side of hitching your wagon to a pseudo industry standard compatible technology where you have less control over future obsolescence (but a better and more economical selection of third party hardware) vs. using your own, less universally compatible proprietary hardware/software. ML makes their proprietary solutions such as Wi Stream wireless audio even more cumbersome by not providing universal compatibility across their own detector lines. Manufacturer-specific proprietary tech is one thing, making it detector specific is a whole other level of suck. I was encouraged to see ML going solely with APTX-LL wireless audio on the GPX 6000. I just hope ML they did their homework and asked some pointed questions of Qualcomm before Adaptive was announce and before committing to APTX-LL for the GPX 6000 regarding future backward compatibility as Qualcomm evolved the APTX tech and got the right answers that put the questions I posed above to bed as non-issues... We'll see.
  24. E-mailed Centerville Electronics about Whites replaceable covers for ear muffs. No reply. Does any one know where i can get covers from .I am in Australia. Regards.
  25. So, Lower-price wireless headphones are going as low as $30 U.S. on Amazon. Nicer ones more, obviously. My 2 questions are: Does one really need ONLY White's wireless headphones to make the wireless mode work on White's detectors? Would really any old one work? (The factory originals are more than a little pricey on E-bay, etc.) TIA!
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