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New V3i user, thoughts so far
Posted by: coinhunterseth
Date: February 04, 2017 08:13PM
I've been wanting a v3i for many years now, and was able to finally buy one in early January. I haven't used it too much, but I think I am getting the hang of it. So far I have only used it relic hunting, where it seems a definite improvement over my AT Pro, except in high iron areas.
The true all metal mode is awesome, I can't believe how much better it seems for relic hunting. The three frequency pinpoint is also amazing, it helps so much for probable target id. The only thing I do not like so far is the lack of good modulated audio in disc mode. In the all metal mode, I feel very comfortable because the audio is modulated and I can get most of the info I could get from the proportional audio on my AT Pro. On the AT, most of my decision to dig or not came from audio, so the lack of it on the V3i is rather hard to get used to. The all metal mode thankfully is modulated which is why I currently prefer it to disc mode. I do think I will adjust to the lack of modulated audio, and in any case I still have my AT if I want to use it.
So far I have found a good many civil war relics, some flat buttons, an 1864 Indian head cent, and a piece of cut silver so I'm doing quite well with it. I'll probably post pictures sometime in the next few days.
Also, I've read that many people give up on the v3i because it has way too many settings. I actually found it to have less than I expected. Though mainly I don't even use most of them. Overall I'm quite pleased with the V3i.
Seth

Re: New V3i user, thoughts so far
Posted by: PostalTwo
Date: February 05, 2017 04:10AM
The v3i does have modulated audio in disc . U just have to select it

Re: New V3i user, thoughts so far
Posted by: coinhunterseth
Date: February 05, 2017 09:06AM
I said good modulated audio. All the modulation in disc does is make weaker signals fainter. You cannot determine target size, composition (flat iron), or just find round sounding coin signals. I can hear the difference between coins and other high conductors on my AT. On the V3i I have to look at a screen. It is not that big of a deal, just something I need to get used to.

Re: New V3i user, thoughts so far
Posted by: PostalTwo
Date: February 06, 2017 07:04AM
Yeah the v ain't no at machine lol. Every machine has its benefits and drawbacks . Fwiw I hated the at pro ,and used the gold for 1.5 seasons and could never get comfortable with it . The v on the other hand, fits me like a glove :)

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Re: New V3i user, thoughts so far
Posted by: gabbyhayes
Date: February 18, 2017 02:30PM
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coinhunterseth
I've been wanting a v3i for many years now, and was able to finally buy one in early January. I haven't used it too much, but I think I am getting the hang of it. So far I have only used it relic hunting, where it seems a definite improvement over my AT Pro, except in high iron areas.
The true all metal mode is awesome, I can't believe how much better it seems for relic hunting. The three frequency pinpoint is also amazing, it helps so much for probable target id. The only thing I do not like so far is the lack of good modulated audio in disc mode. In the all metal mode, I feel very comfortable because the audio is modulated and I can get most of the info I could get from the proportional audio on my AT Pro. On the AT, most of my decision to dig or not came from audio, so the lack of it on the V3i is rather hard to get used to. The all metal mode thankfully is modulated which is why I currently prefer it to disc mode. I do think I will adjust to the lack of modulated audio, and in any case I still have my AT if I want to use it.
So far I have found a good many civil war relics, some flat buttons, an 1864 Indian head cent, and a piece of cut silver so I'm doing quite well with it. I'll probably post pictures sometime in the next few days.
Also, I've read that many people give up on the v3i because it has way too many settings. I actually found it to have less than I expected. Though mainly I don't even use most of them. Overall I'm quite pleased with the V3i.
Seth

You can make the V3i more complicated in your own mind......I have mine set which I rarely adjust, except sensitivity and maybe tweak the discrimination depending on what and where I'm hunting. Don't overthink all of its many adjustments. My go to detector 90% of the time.



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Re: New V3i user, thoughts so far
Posted by: sddavid
Date: March 09, 2017 02:59PM
Guess that might be the key for me, try not to make it more difficult than it has to be.

Re: New V3i user, thoughts so far
Posted by: coinjumper
Date: March 09, 2017 03:05PM
Imho it's ALOT less complicated than the dfx I had and a thousand times more user friendly. I'm by no means a techy person, just made a few adjustments with help of a video and I was off. The live controls are a blessing.

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