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Earphones for the ctx3030

IDXMonster

Well-known member
You’ll likely get a lot of answers. A company called “Killer B“ makes a set of headphones called “Hornets”. Incredible headphones, they’re all I’ve used with the CTX. They make other models which people like quite a bit, as well as a single sided model called the “Stinger”. Another brand is “Sunray” who make a model of headphone called the “Pro Gold”. Again, some variations available, all of which seem to be popular. Both of these brands are very “detector specific”....built to be in that environment. Rumor has it that BOTH of these brands are actually built by the same manufacturer, but I have no way of confirming that.
Yet a third brand is “Grey Ghost”, and I mention them because their design is a “tank” style, just like the Killer B Hornet. These cover the ear completely and totally, and seem to be the best or close to it for cutting out surrounding noise. Have a look around the net for these brands and pricing.
 

cw3

Member
Are you going in the water?

For land hunting I use the Sunray Pro Golds. They do a good job blocking out outside noise.

I was going to get another set for backup. I might get the killer b's to compare them.

I have the grey ghost(waterproof) and they are not as loud as the pro golds.
 

Ronstar

Well-known member
I use the Grey Ghosts on my Fishers. As long as they are adjusted to fit directly over the ears they block wind and traffic noises wonderfully. Just remember to adjust up or down to compensate for headwear.
I run the volume max on the detector and adjust volume down on the headphones to meet conditions at the time.
 

SILVERSTAR

New member
I use the Grey Ghosts on my Fishers. As long as they are adjusted to fit directly over the ears they block wind and traffic noises wonderfully. Just remember to adjust up or down to compensate for headwear.
I run the volume max on the detector and adjust volume down on the headphones to meet conditions at the time.
Thank you so much for all your information!
 

SILVERSTAR

New member
You’ll likely get a lot of answers. A company called “Killer B“ makes a set of headphones called “Hornets”. Incredible headphones, they’re all I’ve used with the CTX. They make other models which people like quite a bit, as well as a single sided model called the “Stinger”. Another brand is “Sunray” who make a model of headphone called the “Pro Gold”. Again, some variations available, all of which seem to be popular. Both of these brands are very “detector specific”....built to be in that environment. Rumor has it that BOTH of these brands are actually built by the same manufacturer, but I have no way of confirming that.
Yet a third brand is “Grey Ghost”, and I mention them because their design is a “tank” style, just like the Killer B Hornet. These cover the ear completely and totally, and seem to be the best or close to it for cutting out surrounding noise. Have a look around the net for these brands and pricing.
I have an additional question; I did get the hornets from killer B but you have to put an adapter in to make headphones work as they aren’t quite long enough; do they make them specific to fit the 3030 or does everyone use the adapter? Or what other headphones fit exactly without having to do an adapter.
 

trojdor

Well-known member
Of what "adapter" do you speak??
There's the (included) Minelab adapter that attaches to the back to allow 1/4" HPs to plug in.
There's a 1/4" stereo/mono adapter sometimes needed to hear audio in both ears. (Usually w/older phones.)
There are extension adapters to increase the cord length.

If it's the later, you can (carefully!) stretch the coiled headphone cable to lengthen it.
Be sure to grasp/support both ends as you stretch, so as to not pull the wiring out of the connector or phones....don't just pull away!
(Those of us born about a million years ago may remember having to do this with the coiled landline telephone cords, to lengthen them.)

You can, of course, get a really long connection by just plugging the phones into the wireless adapter.
:)
mike
 
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SILVERSTAR

New member
Of what "adapter" do you speak??
There's the (included) Minelab adapter that attaches to the back to allow 1/4" HPs to plug in.
There's a 1/4" stereo/mono adapter sometimes needed to hear audio in both ears. (Usually w/older phones.)
There are extension adapters to increase the cord length.

If it's the later, you can (carefully!) stretch the coiled headphone cable to lengthen it.
Be sure to grasp/support both ends as you stretch, so as to not pull the wiring out of the connector or phones....don't just pull away!
(Those of us born about a million years ago may remember having to do this with the coiled landline telephone cords, to lengthen them.)

You can, of course, get a really long connection by just plugging the phones into the wireless adapter.
:)
mike
I was confused about the headphones that I had purchased; I didn’t know certain Headphones went with certain detectors and some do not without that adapter that changes the wiring. Sorry to have bothered you. Ill be calling the company I got the earphones from and maybe they have the kind that works with the 3030. What was sent works with another detector I have without the extra pen.....constantly learning. Thank you!
 

trojdor

Well-known member
It's no bother at all!
(We like to help.)

Some of the headphones....like the SunRay Pro Golds....have a switch that can internally 're-wire' the phones to work with different detectors.
Just let your dealer know it's for the CTX, and he should be able to help.

Good luck, and HH...
:)
mike
 

IDXMonster

Well-known member
Silverstar....do you have the WM10? If so are you planning on using it? I actually have never plugged my Hornets DIRECTLY into the machine via the onboard headphone module on the back of the machine, Ive always connected wirelessly via the WM10 wireless module. Are you having trouble getting sound to come through the headphones? The Hornets have 2 plunger switches...one is to allow them to be used with the CTX, the other is a volume limiter. Tell me exactly what you’re having an issue with.
 

IDXMonster

Well-known member
OMG, I’m sorry guys. I just figured out what the issue is...I’ve never run the CTX with phones plugged directly into the machine, makes the “wireless” option kinda useless. So I use the WM10 with my Hornets or just no phones at all, depending on the site. The Hornets do NOT turn off the speaker, but my pair of Killer B “ST” models DO....just tried them. Sorry to mislead anyone, I wasn’t expecting someone to plug directly to the machine...
 

Al/lindley

New member
I have a pair of the grey ghosts with my CTX 3030. My overall hearing though is not so good, so I have a hard time hearing tones with them, even with the volume control turned way up. i guess it's just me....
 

Profit

New member
Hope Silverstar was able to find a solution to his issue. Hornets are a great set of headphones.

I don't have a ctx or experience with the issue, but I read that a stereo to mono adapter is needed for the speaker to shut off while using the headphones plugged in the machine.
 
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