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February 13, 2020 03:12PM avatar
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diggindeep
I do agree with most of what you said, however I think we can agree that on a salt water beach a single frequency machine is far from the performance of multi-frequency.
I will agree that sometimes, to maybe often, some multi-frequency detectors might have an edge on a single-frequency. But from personal experience. I know that sometimes I have out-performed some guys on a saltwater beach who were using a multi-frequency detector. I not only got a better audio response and better depth on a target, but I also had better TID than they did.

Always? No, but often enough it was fun.smiling smiley That was on the Oregon Coast which has very mineralized black-sand mix, and also going against three Minelab guys at the GSL, and there's no argument about 'saltiness' there. That said, I am not a beach hunter and if I made regular trips to a salty environment, the Vanquish would be in my hand, but also the Nokta / Makro Simplex+.


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diggindeep
In regards to the Sovereigns, Explorers, e-Trac, CTX in mineralized dirt, yes I agree in a lot of cases a single frequency will excel over them especially in heavy mineralization. However with the new Multi-IQ in the Equinox and Vanquish I've made many comparisons with single frequency machines such as the Impact, Kruzer, Racer, Whites MX7, AT Pro, Deus, Fisher F19, Teknetics T2, etc where they all ID the deep target as iron or ID is very erratic, making it impossible to know what's below the coil. I also find that many single frequency machines have a tendency to ID deep iron as a good target only to find it's iron when you dig it up. The Equinox however tends to lock onto a number or have an average when the ID is jumpy that is fairly accurate.
I've hunted very mineralized ground the bulk of my life and because of that I have been selective on which makes and models I use to better handle the conditions. Some of them had an edge on the earlier SMF detectors at times, especially a White's 6000 Pro Xl and later the same-o XL Pro. A lot depends on the search coils used and how well someone knows their detectors and settings.

Minelab is rather quiet on just exactly what frequencies are used and actually how they use them. I do believe, however, that the Multi-IQ approach works differently than the BBS and FBS devices and that is why we can see some improvements / advantages in the Multi-IQ technology.

As for visual Target ID, I found that they can all be wrong at times or all be right, but in the very densely littered sites I most often hunt, Target ID on any detector will be close to useless if a person wants to rely on it.

Some of the models you mentioned, like the T2 series, the F19, the AT series, of the group you listed, usually have less accurate visual 'lock-on' from mid-depth to their deeper depths. I was never pleased with their depth-of-detection, and even less thrilled with the TID or numeric VDI read-out accuracy beyond 'average' or mid-depth ranges.


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diggindeep
Generally speaking as a target gets deeper the minerals in the ground start to consume the target making ID difficult until finally all the detector sees is iron. Faster recovery on single frequency machines like the Dues make it possible to work heavy mineralized dirt like Culpeper, VA when faster recovery speeds are selected. But the trade of is loss of depth. Since 75% of my sites are plowed fields or pasture with targets all the way from surface to 14" deep, the Equinox or Minelab GPX (for final cleanup) are my detectors of choice.
I'll just say that at depth any target's signal can be degraded to some extent by the ground mineral make-up. Because of that we are going to see detectors that don't handle it well and some that do a more impressive job. Among those that are more impressive I will agree the Vanquish is in that group. Some single-frequency detectors do OK, but I'll agree that when people get carried away with some adjustments, such as Recovery Speeds, there will be a loss of performance. Often the user is not aware of that because they just don't know or understand how detectors do and don't work, or that there can be trade-offs with errant settings.


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diggindeep
Totally agree on you in regards to hunting iron trash and coin caches, multi-IQ suffers in those areas. If I'm hunting a trashy ghost town I might try the Equinox for a while but almost always switch over to my Deus or F19.
Yes, and Multi-IQ models are not alone in the suffering department. A lot of single-frequency or selectable-frequency detectors can also struggle. Partly due to the operating frequency, but some also due to other adjustment functions that are not properly used, and with some it is simply due to factory internal pre-set functions, such as Ground Balance..


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diggindeep
The Equinox will excel in iron trash in one area though, and that's it's ability to see small or low conductive items such as small buttons and small gold coins.
Well, darn it, I haven't encountered a smaller or lower-conductive gold coin since I've had my Vanquish.sad smiley But I have hit on some smaller-size and/or lower-conductive targets that sounded good. Some higher-conductive as well.

That's why I have also been selective on the detectors I assign to my get-serious Relic Hunting Team. They have to handle iron well, and also hit on lower-to-higher conductive keepers that are partially masked. I have hunted with a guy who really likes the 6" DD on his EQ-800 because he has been able to unmask some good targets in an area where he'd hunted with the stock 11" DD and couldn't get a good hit on any of them. Even though I don't put the Vanquish in the same class as my dedicated Relic Hunting units, it is doing reasonably well for sort of a 'cross-over' detector. One with strengths that favor more urban type Coin Hunting applications, but it can 'cross-over' to some Relic Hunting type environments fairly well.

I did work a heavy iron challenged area yesterday and had good hits and visual TID with the 540 Pro w/5X8 DD coil on some small rivets in amongst the iron trash. Also found some smaller-size higher-conductive targets as well that impressed me with the performance of this detector. A lot in the way of design and performance in the 540 Pro package for the $$$.


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diggindeep
No one detector will cover every scenario, It's all site dependent in the end, best tool for the job, keep the tool shed well stocked for every occasion.
Never going to be an argument of different opinion on this point of view! thumbs upsmileys with diet Dr. Pepper floatthumbs up

And I have a selection of 6 detectors in my rig right now, and it's warmed from 23° to 45° so I am headed off under clear blue skies with the Vanquish, mainly, to try and find anything old and exciting.

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Out for a bit of evaluation and Coin Hunting unit adjustment.

Monte 335 February 11, 2020 08:28AM

Update on my progress ... Going to check a 'Manufacturer Glitch' today.

Monte 204 February 14, 2020 10:16AM

Who Are You! ? And what have you done with the REAL MONTE ?. N/T

UtahRich 201 February 11, 2020 05:49PM

Re: Who Are You! ? And what have you done with the REAL MONTE ?.

OregonGregg 198 February 14, 2020 09:05AM

Favorite types of Pie ?

UtahRich 184 February 14, 2020 10:47AM

Re: Out for a bit of evaluation and Coin Hunting unit adjustment.

diggindeep 213 February 11, 2020 12:25PM

Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

Monte 227 February 13, 2020 10:14AM

Re: Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

jmaryt 220 February 13, 2020 01:53PM

If I'm enjoying a detector and finding stuff ... that's 'FUN.' thumbs up N/T

Monte 190 February 13, 2020 02:13PM

I enjoy myself not finding stuff smiling smiley N/T

glabelle 197 February 13, 2020 02:22PM

Yes, just getting out detecting can be fun.

Monte 187 February 14, 2020 05:12AM

Re: Yes, just getting out detecting can be fun.

jmaryt 174 February 14, 2020 05:21PM

Funny you should mention that

UtahRich 183 February 14, 2020 12:55AM

Re: Funny you should mention that. Exactly Rich

Kickindirt 172 February 14, 2020 02:42AM

Re: Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

diggindeep 200 February 13, 2020 11:37AM

Back to you, sharing our opinions and experiences.

Monte 183 February 13, 2020 03:12PM

Re: Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

glabelle 195 February 13, 2020 02:21PM

But I used a single-freqquency detector to accomplish the same thing. N/T

Monte 176 February 13, 2020 03:16PM

The detector of choice is

UtahRich 199 February 14, 2020 01:08AM

Re: The detector of choice is

diggindeep 202 February 14, 2020 11:24AM

Re: The detector of choice is

glabelle 189 February 14, 2020 11:53AM

Passing thoughts and personal experiences from afield.

Monte 210 February 15, 2020 02:10PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

Kickindirt 190 February 14, 2020 09:22PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

glabelle 217 February 15, 2020 09:33AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

Kickindirt 189 February 15, 2020 01:31PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

glabelle 173 February 15, 2020 02:30PM

A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

UtahRich 195 February 15, 2020 06:47PM

A Little Help From Your Friends . . .but ya wasn't there to help.

OregonGregg 221 February 16, 2020 10:16AM

Hey, Rich. I wasn't that harsh, just wondering.confused smiley

Monte 174 February 16, 2020 09:34AM

Re: Hey, Rich. I wasn't that harsh, just wondering.confused smiley

glabelle 168 February 16, 2020 11:26AM

George, I put up another post to continue this discussion:

Monte 172 February 16, 2020 12:06PM

Re: A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

glabelle 179 February 15, 2020 09:56PM

Re: A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

Kickindirt 167 February 15, 2020 10:19PM

Re: A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

Remfire 172 February 15, 2020 09:33PM

You said: "I got it because it may be great for GT hunting."

Monte 210 February 15, 2020 03:04PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

jmaryt 203 February 15, 2020 11:03AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

OregonGregg 170 February 15, 2020 10:33AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

jmaryt 182 February 15, 2020 11:07AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

OregonGregg 172 February 15, 2020 07:25PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

jmaryt 181 February 16, 2020 11:15PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

glabelle 205 February 15, 2020 11:02AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

OregonGregg 178 February 15, 2020 02:14PM

Re: Out for a bit of evaluation and Coin Hunting unit adjustment.

Kickindirt 205 February 11, 2020 10:48AM

Yes, a new 'toy' that isn't a bad pick for many uses.

Monte 223 February 13, 2020 08:14AM

Oh, the horror! eye popping smiley And some testing Attachments

glabelle 214 February 11, 2020 10:10AM

"Oh, the horror! eye popping smiley " ... Yes, 'testing' in both environments gets interesting.

Monte 182 February 12, 2020 10:53AM

Re: "Oh, the horror! eye popping smiley " ... Yes, 'testing' in both environments gets interesting.

Kickindirt 174 February 12, 2020 03:10PM

Joel, I'll get a picture up, and you can test it on the WTHO, too! N/T

Monte 198 February 13, 2020 07:27AM

Re: "Oh, the horror! eye popping smiley " ... Yes, 'testing' in both environments gets interesting.

glabelle 176 February 12, 2020 01:12PM



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