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Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: LS hunter
Date: July 09, 2018 11:29AM
I'm just getting back into thing,,,I have been at it for more than 35 years now..my question is simple,,,Pro and cons on both detectors...I will be hunting parks and beaches,,Saltwater mainly....If i went with the ctx 3030 it would be used as im only spending 1500 ,,,Will the nox do the job on the beach and the nox would have warranty as the used ctx will not...I just want the best I can have for beach hunting..Thx any input is much appreciated...

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Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: Architex
Date: July 09, 2018 12:57PM
A lot of a persons reaction to a detector is personal. Try to get each one of those detectors in hand and detect enough to check the ergonomics, hear some tones and make a few adjustments. Otherwise - the CTX is heavier and a bit slower than the Nox.



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Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: MEV
Date: July 09, 2018 01:06PM
Yes ctx 3030 it's heavier and slower but what Ive heard it's 100% better in TID and that means less digging trash



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Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: LS hunter
Date: July 09, 2018 04:47PM
Do you guys think the nox dogs as deep?

Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: July 09, 2018 06:05PM
It seems most people have the Equinox(no,I’m not jumping on that “N*X” baloney,I’ll type it out or call it an EQ) for the lighter weight,apparent speed,apparent better pickup of low conductors,waterproof qualities and reasonable price. Hunting deep with accuracy Is an FBS thing,although some reports say the EQ does well here too. It really does depend on what you primarily target,where you do it,your physical conditioning,etc. The EQ does seem like a bargain for what it supposedly does. I use the words “apparent” and “supposedly” because I don’t have an EQ. I do have a CTX. And I can ALL but guarantee you that your trash-to-coin ratio will be favorable if you decide the CTX is what you need for your specific hunting.
IMHO,Minelab isn’t in the habit of churning out turds. It’s ALL great stuff,at least what I own and from what I see others doing with them. I can’t envision ever going to a different brand for what I do,though my Whites has treated me well in the past and is still fun to use. But for coin ID in trash and when hunting deep coins,the Minelabs really do a spectacular job.

Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: LS hunter
Date: July 09, 2018 06:43PM
Thx...guys...

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Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: flysar
Date: July 09, 2018 07:20PM
I've owned 3 CTXs over 5 yrs just because I want to keep it under warranty for water work.
I have 20+hrs on my EQ 800.
My impressions in my highly mineralized soil:
Only interested in nickels, copper, and silver coins tough to beat the 800. Solid 13 nickels, incl war nickels, 22 and above equals copper and above. Maybe dug 3 zincs.
Separation is great, easily on par with my Deus.
Unfortunately the 800 is so chatty compared to my CTX I run 5 tone as 2 Tone - [13-14] [22+] as high tones the other IDs are lower tones with volume set low. This allows my ear to filter out the chattiness. Lowering sensitivity doesn't improve chattiness.
Dig more nails with the 800 than CTX, time may improve this.
Haven't hit our tough freshwater beaches with the 800 yet.
The CTX is so stable in my soil unless you crank it up on manual sensitivity. ID is great but I do dig more zincs, some hit copper & dime tones/ID. War nickels are not the same tone/ID as standard nickels. I can't remember the last time I've dug a nail... once again time with the machine I'm sure.
Right now it's tough for me to favor or dismiss either because they both have their place.

Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: "Carolina"
Date: July 10, 2018 06:38AM
I own both detectors. I read a lot of the Equinox is chatty but I think that their machines just have not been set up properly for it's particular hunting site. I own the 800 and it is as deep as the CTX on salt beaches and in the water. Target ID hands down the CTX is the better machine. All and all, for me, the CTX is the better machine of the two for many reasons. The Equinox is a fun machine but no one has owned one long enough to see all it's short comings yet. My vote is the CTX is the most versatile and offers more options than the Equinox so my vote is for the CTX.



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Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: brother steve
Date: July 10, 2018 08:55AM
I have owned both machines as well and the ctx is hands down he best . There is a reason it costs more

Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: sprchng
Date: July 10, 2018 09:38AM
I have experience with both.
You will be digging more with the ENox , period , the ID is not as good but the CTX is definitely more of an armful.
No coils , beside the stock , for the Enox , a definite handicap.
For 1500 you should be able to find a CTX with enough warranty to assuage any fears you have of getting a "bad" machine.
If you use the Enox in the saltwater much it is becoming apparent you will be in the market for an after market shaft that displays some quality versus the cheap, stock Enox shaft so figure in an extra 150 to the cost of it.
If any part the Enox control handle breaks after warranty ( or for any reason not covered under the warranty) there is no repairing it , you will be buying a new control handle.
I have contacted Minelab about this scenario repeatedly and they refuse to address the issue as to the cost of the control handle should you accidentally damage it.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/10/2018 09:39AM by sprchng.

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Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: flysar
Date: July 10, 2018 10:19AM
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"Carolina"
I read a lot of the Equinox is chatty but I think that their machines just have not been set up properly for it's particular hunting site.

If you have any tips for my soil conditions I'd be happy to listen to them.

Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: Ron12
Date: July 10, 2018 08:50PM
I have both as well and test ect tell me hands down the ctx is more stable and a LOT deeper
I still like the equinox but I use it a few times and then like today decided to take out Ctx and is very apparent how much better the Ctx is
I don’t dirt dig only Beach hunt
Really love the CTX as deep as I would ever need to Dig
14 inches on a 14k 6 gram Band easy
HH Ron

Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: LS hunter
Date: July 11, 2018 10:01AM
You have a good point there....That's the kind of information I'm looking for to help me make a fair decision....thx

Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: LS hunter
Date: July 11, 2018 10:15AM
I like the fact that the nox is a light detector truth be told it's not factor ,,I. Just want a good detector for saltwater huntting about five foot in depth at most,,,Some school and park hunting as well. One good point made was the Nox hasent been out long so we really dont know about it short comings as of yet if any worth worrying about...Thx guys...

Re: Question...CTX,, and 8oo Nox...
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: July 11, 2018 12:58PM
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LS hunter
I like the fact that the nox is a light detector truth be told it's not factor ,,I. Just want a good detector for saltwater huntting about five foot in depth at most,,,Some school and park hunting as well. One good point made was the Nox hasent been out long so we really dont know about it short comings as of yet if any worth worrying about...Thx guys...

Five FEET? Perhaps an anchor but certainly not a coin....

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