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Re: Installing a new headphone jack on the XS?
Posted by: MikeO
Date: June 13, 2017 03:49AM
No, you dont have to take off the control box.
You simply remove the arm cuff then ren remove the screws the keep the handle halfs together..
Simply open it up enough to get to the jack and attached wires. Radio Shack used to carry the jacks but, they had extra tabs (you only need to use certain ones) so, you would just break off the not needed tabs. Solder the wires onto it and hot glue the jack back in.
Its a simple task once you get into it.



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872


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Re: Installing a new headphone jack on the XS?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: June 16, 2017 06:00AM
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MikeO
No, you dont have to take off the control box.
You simply remove the arm cuff then ren remove the screws the keep the handle halfs together..
Simply open it up enough to get to the jack and attached wires. Radio Shack used to carry the jacks but, they had extra tabs (you only need to use certain ones) so, you would just break off the not needed tabs. Solder the wires onto it and hot glue the jack back in.
Its a simple task once you get into it.

Thanks, Mike! I'll have to check it out. I wish I had remembered that when I sent it in for repair a few weeks ago. Already got it back. It works 99.99% of the time. Just every now and then
I have to slightly twist on the plug to get both sides of my headphones to work. I'd rather take out the teeny jack and someone be able to put in a 1/4" jack. Don't know if that is possible.

Explorer XS was the beginning . . .
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: June 16, 2017 05:27PM
I joined the ranks of the Explorer XS back in 2000 and used that detector for a decade before moving to the etrac. What a pair of great detectors.

I will always have fond memories of the Explorer XS.


Rich (Utah)



enjoying the vistas and horizons of the Old West.

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Is the E-trac much better than an Explorer SE Pro?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: June 17, 2017 05:26PM
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Rich (Utah)
I joined the ranks of the Explorer XS back in 2000 and used that detector for a decade before moving to the etrac. What a pair of great detectors.

I will always have fond memories of the Explorer XS.


Rich (Utah)

Did you jump from your XS to the etrac? Or did you use an SE prior to the etrac? And if so, have you noticed better detecting with the etrac?

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Re: Installing a new headphone jack on the XS?
Posted by: MikeO
Date: June 17, 2017 07:15PM
Sure you can do it.
Guys did it before called it the dongle. As they would just attach the 1/4 cable inside housing. Then hot glue the cable in there and let the jack on cable extend out the enlarged hole.
Do a search here on it I am sure it will turn up. :)



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/17/2017 07:21PM by MikeO.


Still my main detector!N/T
Posted by: Tim, IN/ IronBrigade
Date: June 17, 2017 08:38PM

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Re: Is the E-trac much better than an Explorer SE Pro?
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: June 17, 2017 09:34PM
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Tony N (Michigan)
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Rich (Utah)
I joined the ranks of the Explorer XS back in 2000 and used that detector for a decade before moving to the etrac. What a pair of great detectors.

I will always have fond memories of the Explorer XS.


Rich (Utah)

Did you jump from your XS to the etrac? Or did you use an SE prior to the etrac? And if so, have you noticed better detecting with the etrac?

I went straight from the XS to the etrac.

Differences? Grip angle was the first thing I noticed. Etrac grip angle feels better to me. It was nice to have 1/4" headphone jack. The S line changing to the 12 line was a pretty simple conversion although it did take a bit of mental gymnastics to flip the screens in my mind. For example rusty bottle caps went from lower right edge to left upper edge. I had areas of the XS screen where certain items would appear. It is the same for the etrac. Just needed to learn the new areas. I look at the S line and the 12 line as the center area of a band my good items usually fall into. There was a certain quality to the Explorer audio that didn't quite make it to the etrac. And I hear even more so with the CTX. That said, I do like the familiarity of the explorer series audio, it is very telling of what is happening under the coil.

If the explorer series has stopped with the XS I would still be swinging one. I did well with my XS and do well with the etrac so I have no complaints.

Rich



enjoying the vistas and horizons of the Old West.

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Comparable deep targets?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: June 18, 2017 07:15AM
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Rich (Utah)
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Tony N (Michigan)
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Rich (Utah)
I joined the ranks of the Explorer XS back in 2000 and used that detector for a decade before moving to the etrac. What a pair of great detectors.

I will always have fond memories of the Explorer XS.


Rich (Utah)

Did you jump from your XS to the etrac? Or did you use an SE prior to the etrac? And if so, have you noticed better detecting with the etrac?

I went straight from the XS to the etrac.

Differences? Grip angle was the first thing I noticed. Etrac grip angle feels better to me. It was nice to have 1/4" headphone jack. The S line changing to the 12 line was a pretty simple conversion although it did take a bit of mental gymnastics to flip the screens in my mind. For example rusty bottle caps went from lower right edge to left upper edge. I had areas of the XS screen where certain items would appear. It is the same for the etrac. Just needed to learn the new areas. I look at the S line and the 12 line as the center area of a band my good items usually fall into. There was a certain quality to the Explorer audio that didn't quite make it to the etrac. And I hear even more so with the CTX. That said, I do like the familiarity of the explorer series audio, it is very telling of what is happening under the coil.

If the explorer series has stopped with the XS I would still be swinging one. I did well with my XS and do well with the etrac so I have no complaints.

Rich
Thanks, Rich.
Having used both detectors, have you ever compared deep in-ground targets with both XS and ET? In other words, if you have a coin garden, have you compared the two on your deepest coin? And if so, are they both comparable?

Comparable deep targets?
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: June 19, 2017 05:02PM
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Tony N (Michigan)
Having used both detectors, have you ever compared deep in-ground targets with both XS and ET? In other words, if you have a coin garden, have you compared the two on your deepest coin? And if so, are they both comparable?

I didn't have them at the same time. Sold my XS when I stepped into the etrac so I never made a direct comparison between the two over the same targets.


Rich -



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Good for you, Tim
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: June 20, 2017 09:31AM
There just is nothing like the sweet sounds of the XS model.

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You carbon fiber tubing question
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: June 20, 2017 09:34AM
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Charles (Upstate NY)
I predict a WOT coil is in my near future, first I have to machine and assemble the Explorer SE Pro Ultralight. The carbon fiber tubing is inbound, coil connectors have landed.

How much lighter is your carbon fiber tubing compared to the Explorer SE Pro carbon fiber? At least I thought my rod was carbon fiber.

Re: You carbon fiber tubing question
Posted by: Charles (Upstate NY)
Date: June 20, 2017 11:37AM
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Tony N (Michigan)
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Charles (Upstate NY)
I predict a WOT coil is in my near future, first I have to machine and assemble the Explorer SE Pro Ultralight. The carbon fiber tubing is inbound, coil connectors have landed.

How much lighter is your carbon fiber tubing compared to the Explorer SE Pro carbon fiber? At least I thought my rod was carbon fiber.

Minelab put a giant heavy plastic end on their carbon fiber lower rod, I want to avoid that so mine is lighter. I can think of two reasons why they did this, either to guard against ware and tare of the carbon fiber rod, that lower ABS plastic end is rugged, ABS is tuff stuff, carbon fiber tubing not so much. OR they needed to put a few inches between the carbon fiber tube which is detectable and the coil. Worse case mine will be a bit lighter than ML's, possibly much lighter if I can extend the carbon fiber further towards the coil than they did.

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Re: How many still use their Explorer XS?
Posted by: Ed (Upstate NY)
Date: July 06, 2017 07:44PM
My poor XS has been sitting in a corner, unused for many, many years now. I should fire her up for old times sake ! I'll never get rid of her.....

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Re: How many still use their Explorer XS?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: July 06, 2017 07:58PM
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Ed (Upstate NY)
My poor XS has been sitting in a corner, unused for many, many years now. I should fire her up for old times sake ! I'll never get rid of her.....

I could never get rid of my XS. I learned detecting on that when they came out. I'm sooooo glad the detecting shop told me this is what I need. I've found lots of good and very deep goodies with mine.
I now have an SE Pro but I have not yet found any super deep coins yet like I used to the the XS with the stock coil. Can't wait till I get that deepie.
I just about a month or so ago, got my XS back from England for a new face.

Re: How many still use their Explorer XS?
Posted by: chamak
Date: August 24, 2017 03:30AM
Still use mine the odd time here in Ireland. Have the WOT coil too.

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