Comparison: Minelab Equinox 800 vs XP Deus vs Minelab CTX 3030

It’s time to know the whole truth about the new Minelab Equinox 800. Are you ready for it? Won’t you fall down in a faint, call a doctor, and all that stuff? So, here’s a comparison between the Minelab Equinox 800, XP Deus and Minelab CTX 3030. Note that the Equinox 800 is the cheapest machine among these ones. Continue reading

Minelab Equinox 800 Depth Test on beach sand

Three months have passed since you knew about the arrival of the revolutionary Minelab Equinox. For today, there is only one thing we can say for sure – the Minelab Equinox is better than the Garrett ACE 250. All the rest is in question. There aren’t any key factors even for the Minelab X-Terra 705 owners to get rid of their machines and urgently buy the Equinox units. But if you own such device as the Minelab Safari or a higher level one, you shouldn’t be distressed about the Equinox at all (Minelab officially described the Minelab Equinox abilities as the ones between the X-Terra and Safari detectors). Here’s an interesting and rather rare depth test performed on sand. Using: the Minelab Equinox 800 with a stock coil. Continue reading

Minelab Equinox 800 Salt Test (sand & saltwater)

The Minelab Equinox 800’s fate depends significantly on its ability to work in salt sand and water. As if it’s impossible to hunt because of false signals, who will be pleased to own such a versatile machine? Here’s a Minelab Equinox 800 salt sand/water test to watch. Continue reading

Testing the Nokta Impact on chain (gold & salt beach)

Back in my days, the only test performed with a metal detector was the one on depth, and everything was clear after the first sweeps with a search coil. A modern approach to a detector is not as simple, including a wide variety: a recovery speed test, a test of how a unit emits false responses, a test on brick and gold, a salt water/beach test, a gold chain test, etc. You want to buy the device that really yields finds, don’t you? Or will any rod that makes a beeping sound and costs $25 be enough for you? Here’s an illustrative test showing how the Nokta Impact works on salt beach: how the machine reacts to a gold chain and whether or not it’s possible to miss such a find. Continue reading

Comparison: Garrett AT MAX & Garrett AT PRO. Depth + salt test

It’s strange, very strange, when the manufacturer has to prove that its new machine is on par with an old one. But it’s difficult to prove it if the new detector looks and works similarly to the old one. For example, the manufacturer says that the new Garrett AT MAX provides greater detection depth than the old Garrett AT PRO. But is it true? Both devices actually come with identical coils. Or, as another example, according to Garrett, on salt beach (and in saltwater) will the Garrett AT MAX operate considerably better than the Garrett AT PRO. Here’s a salt beach test: to compare the Garrett AT MAX and Garrett AT PRO. Also, a depth test: how the machines react to salt sand and water. Continue reading