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Here is a non-official testers impression of the Equinox.
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: December 14, 2017 11:06AM
I came across this on a group that I'm a member of, I thought I would share it. " The Zone with the Minelab Equinox.

I was Lucky enough to be at another great Dig a few weeks back at a Dig in Scotland with some great people and an old mate in Neil Jones Slow and Low.

I was using my Trusty Fisher F75 Ltd and i had seen Neil in the morning and met up with him again in the afternoon where he walked round with me for around two hours, all be it he was in excruciating pain with his bad back and every other painful ailment a man or woman could every get.I know the feeling.

I had seen the detector first at a dig last weekend and Derek McLennan let me feel the weight and balance of the Equinox and it was incredibly light.

I propped up my F75 on my spade and left it in the middle of the field and off Neil and i went.He gave me the whole Equinox outfit.

The wireless head phones were in Bluetooth mode and fitted snuggly around my head and ears and easily covered my ears up just enough to keep them warm from our Scottish weather and were not like the old Koss Cans that kept falling off my head and many others who had them with their other Minelabs over the years.
The sound /Tones were very Crisp with no audable lag what soever and that was without the Ws10 wireless unit and on just Bluetooth.I was able to pick out tiny faint two way signals with out any problem.

Now In to the Zone. What is the Zone you may ask.

Well about 5 years ago whilst detecting with Neil Jones at Salisbury on a great Roman site on part of a 14 day marathon detecting fortnight and when using my Minelab Etrac and Neil also with his ETrac, i was getting very frustrated at the rate Neil was pulling out Roman Minums and Grots from what was probably the worst arid and mineralized conditions possible known to man in the uk.

There was evidently an urgent need to completely slow down the rate of swing and Zone in on these very faint signals and Neil had shown me what i was missing, but the point i am making is that this Term Zoning in is just another level of Concentration and focus and takes us all a little while to get in to in the course of the days detecting,some folks call it getting your head down, but Neil had emphasized how important it is to do this on some difficult detecting sites and to winkle out those finds in very difficult dry conditions.

Back to the Equinox.
I walked round in a small area all kitted up with the Equinox using Multi Freqency IQ. It was just like the old days and those Typical Minlelab tones i loved in the Explorer,Etrac and Ctx 3030.I started picking up targets almost immediately and dug some tiny bits and bobs that could easily have been a cut quarter or cut half.

The tones were very crisp two way and easily to hear and like Neil i dont use the Equinox pin pointer at all and managed to get the finds in quick time using My Garrett Carrot once out of the hole.I was about 20 minutes in to the session then Neil had noticed i was moving relatively quickly across this Area but unknown to me i was missing tiny finds.

Neil Stopped me and we went back and i slowed the search right down.Neil increased the volume on the headphones and in 25 tones i started picking up Tiny signals but not that hard to hear.They were clear and two way.You just need to slow the coil swing down and listen and you are in to the ZONE.Remember this is in Multi Freqency IQ.

I am not saying that no one else gets in to this so called Zone of where the next level of focus and concentration is required and am sure many of us do and when you see detectorists at digs flying across the fields at digs in case they miss anything, its no wander i like to hang back and see what they have all missed.

Neil and i stayed in this small area for about and hour, infact we could not get out of it because of the increase in targets it was incredible and i started laughing at Neil and looked at him and could not believe that i had passed over these other tiny targets on the first 20 minutes.

Depth is not so important to me these Days and Neil said as much and with our aching bones and ailments its nice just to get finds at the average 6 to 8 inches and yes mayby a bit more on a good day.The Equinox Depth was astounding.I was genuinely Gob smacked and i Know Derek Mclennan said as much about this too but i was astounded by its depth no question.

Seperation. Reactivity.
The Equinox is Super fast.I wont say its faster or slower than others to avoid another recover speed discussion but it is excellent and very impressive indeed in fact lightening fast.

The Weight of the Equinox is very light and on par with The Xp Deus No problem their but what i really liked was the Control box position which is angled better than the Deus control Box at least for me so was very pleased with this and its fixed so no chance of loosing it.The user inter phase or platform is a singe.

The Whole unit is well made and sturdy and breezes through stubble no problem.

Conclusion.
Very Light weight
Very Sturdy and well made.Pushes through stubble easily
Very fast Recovery Reactivity
Amazing depth.Just my opinion
Great Tones and if you have used Minelabs its a natural cross over to the Equinox.
The Headphones are miles better than the old Koss and very light.
For the Money.
You get so Much for your money with the Equinox.
5 single frequencies up to 40 Kz with the 800.
Multi IQ Technology.
Bluetooth and wireless capability.
Waterproof too to 3mtres.
And all for relatively little money.

This is not an official Minelab Review and are just my own personal opinions based on a two hour session with the Equinox prototype 800 it is totally non bias
Id like to thank Neil Jones for giving me his prototype detector and his time for a few hours and we also had a good laugh and chat about old times.
Thanks
Keith Whiggy"

Re: Here is a non-official testers impression of the Equinox.
Posted by: Des D
Date: December 14, 2017 11:31AM
"A good read Dan!

I'm sure 'Whigsvolt', won't mind you reproducing? ( hope it doesn't cause Copyright issues as seen recently?)

It's about the most [ complete ] observation seen thus far IMO"

Re: Here is a non-official testers impression of the Equinox.
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: December 14, 2017 12:02PM
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Des D
"A good read Dan!

I'm sure 'Whigsvolt', won't mind you reproducing? ( hope it doesn't cause Copyright issues as seen recently?)

It's about the most [ complete ] observation seen thus far IMO"[/quote. He gave me his Blessing to share this. I made sure I asked before I did. I've already run into that situation before.


Re: Here is a non-official testers impression of the Equinox.
Posted by: Nuke em
Date: December 14, 2017 04:14PM
Sounds fine enough on land but i am still waiting for the wet sand searching , in the salt water too .
Nothing about that so far !



Uses = 2 x Minelab E.Trac + RNB 3100/3400 battery packs , Minelab Equinox 800 + 6 in and 15 in coils + Carbon Fibre stems , XP ORX , Minelab 35 Probe , Garrett Carrot x 2 , Gray Ghost / Nugget Buster NDT Headphones x 6

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Re: Here is a non-official testers impression of the Equinox.
Posted by: mtwolf2270
Date: December 14, 2017 04:47PM
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Nuke em
Sounds fine enough on land but i am still waiting for the wet sand searching , in the salt water too .
Nothing about that so far ![/quote

Not trying to be a wise guy just honestly wonder why people think it may not work on salt wet sand? There are several minelabs that will work exceptionally well at the beach. This is a muti freq machine so why would it not work? Single freq machines don't but this is a multi plus it has 2 freq specific to gold in the 800 model. So just curious as to why the doubt?


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Re: Here is a non-official testers impression of the Equinox.
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: December 14, 2017 05:08PM
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mtwolf2270

Not trying to be a wise guy just honestly wonder why people think it may not work on salt wet sand? There are several minelabs that will work exceptionally well at the beach. This is a muti freq machine so why would it not work? Single freq machines don't but this is a multi plus it has 2 freq specific to gold in the 800 model. So just curious as to why the doubt?

Probably because the initial release of the CTX had a programming issue and it didn't great in salt beaches, so they had to make an update that created the saltwater mode it has now.

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I really appreciate the information, sounds good.....N/T
Posted by: Greg (E.Tn)
Date: December 14, 2017 05:12PM

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Re: Here is a non-official testers impression of the Equinox.
Posted by: Nuke em
Date: December 14, 2017 05:22PM
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mtwolf2270
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Nuke em
Sounds fine enough on land but i am still waiting for the wet sand searching , in the salt water too .
Nothing about that so far ![/quote

Not trying to be a wise guy just honestly wonder why people think it may not work on salt wet sand? There are several minelabs that will work exceptionally well at the beach. This is a muti freq machine so why would it not work? Single freq machines don't but this is a multi plus it has 2 freq specific to gold in the 800 model. So just curious as to why the doubt?

It may well work on the wet salt but there are no videos to show it .
All we hear about are testers doing land and its land in the UK in particular that is productive usually , Neil wouldn't go to non productive land and said to a mate on Fa*c**ok that he wouldn't go to a sandy beach to do a search to put our minds at rest because its to far just for a few hours testing . Whats the first thing that people who may buy this machine going to think ?
Maybe it doesn't work on the salt wet ? or maybe its not that good ? who knows .
These are questions that need answering , you wouldn't buy anything else that costs so much without knowing some details about its capability and i need to know before buying . I dont want to buy a machine that doesn't work on the salt wet . Its no use to me if it doesn't .
I at the moment have 2 on order but i have already told my dealer that 1 will be on hold till i know about the salt issue . And if no information comes out before i buy then i might cancel ?

Just because its got 5 freqs that work supposedly together and is waterproof to 10 feet doesn't mean it works well in the salt wet , we all like to think the Garrett AT Pro works well in the salt wet but in actual fact it doesn't . Its a fresh water machine .
I could buy the machine for land use but i rarely go on land these days and though i need a lighter machine it really is the salt wet issue that needs clearing up .
Its like they are afraid to test it ? or cant be bothered ?

There are lots of people that do detect beaches and want this machine to work there and hope it does and on Fa*e**ok on the Equinox site i have heard that its getting a right slagging for whatever reasons . Though as i am not on there i cannot comment further .

Test on the salt wet and show it working then the sales will go through the roof . But if its not good on the salt why not just say , people that want to do the salt will just buy another Minelab or something else .
Minelab is winding a lot of people up and they will walk away and most likely just buy something else , and that doesn't always have to be Minelab.

Also the Terra 705 has a beach mode , on the dry its a fine machine as my finds with it over the last 7 years have shown but it is a failure on the salt wet . So why the beach mode ?
It could be the same for the Equinox ? People just want to know .



Uses = 2 x Minelab E.Trac + RNB 3100/3400 battery packs , Minelab Equinox 800 + 6 in and 15 in coils + Carbon Fibre stems , XP ORX , Minelab 35 Probe , Garrett Carrot x 2 , Gray Ghost / Nugget Buster NDT Headphones x 6


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Re: Here is a non-official testers impression of the Equinox.
Posted by: mtwolf2270
Date: December 14, 2017 06:01PM
Cool I was just wondering those are good questions. I beach hunt once or twice a year. Hopefully all our questions will be answered soon enough. Thanks for the explanation

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Here is a non-official testers impression of the Equinox.
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: December 14, 2017 06:04PM
Nice catch here Dan, Thanks for posting.

Rich -



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Re: Here is a non-official testers impression of the Equinox.
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: December 14, 2017 06:26PM
“The sounds of the Explorer,eTrac and CTX”.....these do not go together. Which is it? Is it a composite of the three when run in Multi tone? If sounds are similar that would tell me that they are using at least some of the tried and true audio processing...but is it more “S curve-ish” or more “12 line-ish”? Both? Neither?

good read.
Posted by: bugg
Date: December 14, 2017 07:48PM
I wonder if he dug a big hole with his shovel and buried his f75?:goodnight:

Re: Here is a non-official testers impression of the Equinox.
Posted by: calabash digger
Date: December 15, 2017 03:29PM
thanks for the post very informative... now we need someone in the US to do the same.

Re: Here is a non-official testers impression of the Equinox.
Posted by: BigTony
Date: December 15, 2017 05:04PM
It could mean simply that you don’t have difficult time distinguishing coins under the coil



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