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No, it uses a processed audio tone.Does the apex have any vco tone?
85% of my detecting time is spent with an 11x7 or smaller coil on any of my machines when hunting old yards, curbs, and demolished home sites. I’m just like everyone else and make key finds from surface to 6” MOST of the time. But there are a lot of wooded battle site areas that require a big coil. If you don’t have a 11-13” coil in these places you go home empty handed. Vco tone is key for hunting this way as it’s like a form of discrimination for me. A fired .58 round into a sand hill is deep once it hit, add 155 years and that dude is deep. I can only imagine what I can’t hear.No, it uses a processed audio tone.
As for general performance, I am not one of those who cries out 'Depth-Depth-Depth' all the time, simply because I know better. I find the Apex with the only coil for it right now provides very 'functional' depth-of-detection for most folks and for most everyday needs in typical hunting environments. If I encounter a situation where I am searching for something that might be deeper, and if it is a smaller-size target, I have one or two other models with slightly larger search coils I can grab. But for most places I have hunted for several decades, most desirable targets are relatively shallow, and in the surface to 6" depth range the Apex is working very well.
Actually the Viper coil, which I label as being a mid-big sized coil at 6X11 DD, is handling typical conditions quite well and I'm hoping for a smaller-size coil to complement it. Many of the sites I search have a lot of trash and a smeller-size coil is needed. I will keep the Viper coil mounted on my current Apex for hunting fringe areas of very littered old sites and covering the more open areas I visit. I ordered a 2nd Apex that should be here Tuesday and it will be ready to mount a smaller-size coil to tackle the more confined places where bigger coils to fit, and to better handle the dense debris conditions at many of the old-use site I hunt.
Apex is a really nice model from Garrett.
I purchased one with the wireless headphones and wireless carrot . Really nice setup . You can hear everything thru the wireless headphones and no crosstalking with each other . Unfortunately I believe my Garrett apex is not working properly as it beeps all over the place . Tried adjusting sensitivity, frequency etc and nothing helps . I’ll be sending it in shortly for a check up . All in all thou , I like the whole package