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Nox Question..
Posted by: LS hunter
Date: February 17, 2019 05:13PM
Im looking to purchase a new metal detector. I mainly hunt for coins...parks.. schools...old yards... I do want to start Beach hunting.. mainly saltwater and no deeper than 5 foot...im looking at the Nox 800 and the ctx.. And tje amphibio multi. I have read a few post that the Equinox 800 will only dig about 6 in on coins and has some chatter problems as well do you guys feel this is the case.. the only reason I'm not jumping onto the CTX is the learning curve I do have more than 25 years in this Hobby but we all know the CTX can be a handful.. I do favor Minelab as the last detector I purchased was the SE Pro from Richard BWD... and I loved the tones...thx.Greg..

Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: jim tn
Date: February 17, 2019 07:05PM
I don't use any of the detectors you mention, but hunt with a buddy that has the Nox 800 and he never mentions it has any chatter problems and we hunt urban sites. Also, I can state with fact that he digs coins inches deeper then 6". I am, though, seeing good depth reports on the Anfibio, too.HH jim tn

Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: Aaron
Date: February 17, 2019 09:59PM
Ive had a CTX since 2012, once you set it up it’s not bad at all. Works great in water, I mostly used the same land program I used in water.

Just got a EQX, looking forward to using the 20-40khz in water for small gold, which the CTX didn’t do that good at in fresh water.

Aaron

Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: jmaclen
Date: February 18, 2019 01:21AM
Hi LS Hunter

I am very familiar with the Anfibio/Kruzer series and the Equinox. They are both great detectors.

I had trouble getting the Multi Kruzer I used for awhile to settle down in my soil. I think that was related to my bad soil conditions and not a problem with the Kruzer. The Multi Kruzer is a really nice detector and the Anfibio is even better.

You mentioned lack of depth past 6" on the Equinox. I have found wheat pennies and dimes (The Equinox is great on mid to low conductors, its pretty good on high conductors) with good target IDs and audio at 8" regularly and I live in an area that is very mineralized and reduces detecting depth by 1/3 to 1/2 of most VLF detector's potential. I had problems with excessive EMI chatter and ground noise but noise cancelling, lowering sensitivity, and manual ground balancing made the Equinox a very quiet, superb coin/jewelry detector in the Park and Field modes and a beast for gold prospecting in the Gold modes. I haven't use the beach modes yet.

If you live in an area with moderate to mild soil you should really enjoy either the Nokta Anfibio or the Equinox.

Jeff

Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: MassSaltH2O
Date: February 18, 2019 07:41AM
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LS hunter
Im looking to purchase a new metal detector. I mainly hunt for coins...parks.. schools...old yards... I do want to start Beach hunting.. mainly saltwater and no deeper than 5 foot...im looking at the Nox 800 and the ctx.. And tje amphibio multi. I have read a few post that the Equinox 800 will only dig about 6 in on coins and has some chatter problems as well do you guys feel this is the case.. the only reason I'm not jumping onto the CTX is the learning curve I do have more than 25 years in this Hobby but we all know the CTX can be a handful.. I do favor Minelab as the last detector I purchased was the SE Pro from Richard BWD... and I loved the tones...thx.Greg..

"....and no deeper than five foot..." Lol

Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: LS hunter
Date: February 18, 2019 07:42AM
Thx jim.. I will surely thinking I was going to have to spend 1400 on a used ctx to get some depth..most of my finds here are in the seven to nine inch range you know the usual silver and Wheaties.. much appreciated..

Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: LS hunter
Date: February 18, 2019 07:46AM
Thx..I like the tone the minelab put out so im glad i dont have to drop 14 1500 on a used ctx..thx for the info...

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Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: jayhop
Date: February 18, 2019 10:51AM
In my opinion the CTX is a more robust machine than the equinox. I had one for 3 years and always had faith in it that it wouldn't break and that it would find whatever I walked over down to 13 inches with the 17 inch coil.
It is a well built machine, not to say the equinox isn't. It's just constructed differently.
I have sold my ctx. I really like the adjustable tone volume on the Equinox. The ctx didn't have that.
In my test garden the equinox will sound off on all US coins at 11 inches with a digable tone using the standard coil.
These 11 inch coins are not detectable from 360 degrees except for a copper penny.



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Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: LS hunter
Date: March 03, 2019 04:24PM
Thx guys..I love that old silver but then again who doesn't..Just wanted to make sure the Nox 800 would consistently dig at least 7 to 8 inch on a dime or nickel... I'm really conflicted between the ctx and the Nox 800 it just seems the equinox is a little easier to use and has a lot less leakage problems than the ctx has..I know the ctx will get better depth and that can be expected because of the price difference I'm sure ..Whats the depth like on a salty beach and in saltwater...?..Greg

Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: GeorgeinSC
Date: March 03, 2019 06:00PM
I don't know where you got that 6 inch information. Gentleman in our club routinely dig coins at the salt water beach in excess of a foot deep. He went from a Garrett to the Nox and was astonished at the depth that he was getting. He reports great depth when dirt fishing also.



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Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: March 03, 2019 08:23PM
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LS hunter
Thx guys..I love that old silver but then again who doesn't..Just wanted to make sure the Nox 800 would consistently dig at least 7 to 8 inch on a dime or nickel... I'm really conflicted between the ctx and the Nox 800 it just seems the equinox is a little easier to use and has a lot less leakage problems than the ctx has..I know the ctx will get better depth and that can be expected because of the price difference I'm sure ..Whats the depth like on a salty beach and in saltwater...?..Greg

CTX deeper because it costs more? WAAAAY wrong. I used the CTX since the first batch was released. I get every bit of depth and maybe a hair more from my EQX than I did from the CTX. I I can't recommend the CTX for anything other than if you just have to have the FeCo display or the GPS. BTW- I LOVE both those features, but they aren't worth the price difference.

Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: pmhoover
Date: March 04, 2019 09:04AM
I have a Nox and an E-trac, haven't used the CTX. The Nox does feel a bit wimpy construction wise, but I have not had any problems with it breaking or getting damaged during use. Time will tell how robust it is, but with the many thousands of hours among total users, I'm not hearing any common reports of breakage or downtime because of it being a weak machine.
As for tones, there is a major difference between the E-trac and the Nox. Much wider range of tones on the E-trac. The Nox you can a fair bit of adjusting to the pitch, the tone of the pitch, the volume that each range of targets registers at and other settings. So its different, but it has a decent amount of adjustability. The tones won't sound the same, but you can make adjustments to make things provide more nuances than just the same mono beep for every target. Its somewhat similar to the E-trac sounds, but its definitely its own separate language, unfortunately without that sweet silver warble.

If you do get a Nox, you definitely want an 800 model, it's not even close. Pm me for details as there are a few and since thats not what you asked about in your original post, I'm not going to clutter it up with info you may not want

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Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: March 04, 2019 12:39PM
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pmhoover
I have a Nox and an E-trac, haven't used the CTX. The Nox does feel a bit wimpy construction wise, but I have not had any problems with it breaking or getting damaged during use. Time will tell how robust it is, but with the many thousands of hours among total users, I'm not hearing any common reports of breakage or downtime because of it being a weak machine.
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This is always the trade-off with the construction of anything. When you build it as strong as a tank, it also winds up weighing just as much. Us end-users always want them to be as light as possible but as strong as the tank.

So far I LOVE the weight of the EQX. I haven't had any problems from weak construction, it seems perfectly robust for its use. I think there were some sealing issues with the first production, because there were a number of problems with water inside the control head. I haven't heard any more problems lately. I do wish they had stuck with the CTX flip latch on the rod instead of the twist-lock.

Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: MassSaltH2O
Date: March 06, 2019 05:49AM
You can get down to 10 or 11 inches on the salt water beaches for a dime. Deeper for the 15" coil, I am sure.
But, the Nox has a pretty steep learning curve also. This is hardly a "turn on and go" machine.

Re: Nox Question..
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: March 06, 2019 07:14PM
The CTX is undoubtedly a fantastic machine IMHO for what I do,while being a bit heavy...I tend to live and die by accurate readings,so there’s that too,but preliminary depth tests in AIR tell me that the 800 will do fine on coins to the 10” level if it does the same in much of my ground. If you’re worried about “setup”...don’t...you do NOT have to go farting around with every single button it has to begin with,and that’s with anything really. As I just stated elsewhere,the machine is a TOOL,and how well you learn to use that tool should equate somewhat with your degree of success. Both machines will CERTAINLY get you well past 6” though,so don’t worry about all of that.

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