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1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Tone ID options or More Multiple-Tones ???thinking

November 28, 2020 07:18AM avatar
I stopped at '5-Tone' because, for me, that's the limit. I don't care for the '7-Tone' of the M6 and MXT Pro, or '8-Tone' or '20-Tone' on the MX-7 or MX Sport, and I have absolutely no desire to use the so-called '99-Tone' or '50-Tone' 'Full-Tones' functions on a lot of different models. I seldom like a '4-Tone' audio, either, except on a couple of models and only on rare occasion.

I do like a '1-Tone' audio on models like my Tesoro's that reject most ferrous-range targets at minimum Discrimination (ED-120), or something like an M6 or F5 when I am also using a Disc. setting at the Ferrous / Non-Ferrous rejection point. I am satisfied with the designed-in '5-Tone' audio ID of the Garrett Apex and Minelab Vanquish 540, and otherwise like the '2-Tone' and '3-Tone' audio options of my FORS CoRe, FORS Relic and Simplex + devices and F5.

I spent about twenty-one years with Single-Tone before I got Two-Tones in April of '86, and even that was for non-ferrous target range Discrimination. No ferrous-range acceptance. and I still favored a single-tone most of the time. It's really only been the past decade that I have enjoyed using a '2-Tone' audio with the low-tone for Iron audio, and then I like it to be a raw or natural audio with or without VCO enhancement. Also during this last decade I like a '3' or '5' Tone 'processed' audio for working a lot of trashy environments.

Adapting to a processed '3' or '5' Tone audio is also dependent on the audio tone pitch they use that works with my impaired hearing, and that also carries over the the headphones I use that also lets me hear a good audio report. In the end, when it comes for me to select a detector for my wants and needs, it is the audio response and audio quality that I appreciate and rely on the most. Any visual display is just an 'extra' that I might glance at from time-to-time. Audio is what really matters.

The only detector I have used and enjoyed for over a quarter-century that features a multiple-Tone ID is the XLT. I can turn the Tone ID 'Off' if desired, but most of the time it is on for the locations I am most comfortable working the XLT with either a 6½" Concentric coil, if it's a bit trashy, or an 8" Concentric coil for common grassy parks, yards and the like.

I've tried all the other multi-tone offerings but, to me, they are just too much noise and confusion. It's interesting how each of us have our different likes and dislikes about detector design and features, but when it comes to the audio Tone ID design, I definitely prefer '3' or '5' tones for everyday trashy conditions, '2' tones if I am mainly working more open area with less trash, or perhaps only encountering Iron Nails most of the time.

Anyone else have a liking for Fewer-Tones vs Many-Tones?


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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2020 07:30AM by Monte.
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1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Tone ID options or More Multiple-Tones ???thinking

Monte 114 November 28, 2020 07:18AM

A quick tally is: 3-Tone, then 5-Tone, then 2-Tone are most preferred.

Monte 61 December 01, 2020 08:31AM

when you are hearing impaired..

dixiedigger57 53 November 30, 2020 11:19AM

Re: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Tone ID options or More Multiple-Tones ???thinking

SvenS 52 November 28, 2020 06:52PM

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WM6 51 November 29, 2020 05:50AM

The Right Tone -

UtahRich 58 November 28, 2020 05:47PM

Another very good post. Let me add this one for folks to work on.

Monte 58 November 28, 2020 07:09PM

Re: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Tone ID options or More Multiple-Tones ???thinking

Albert 50 November 28, 2020 12:57PM

Thank you, your answer makes sense to me. N/T

Monte 36 November 28, 2020 04:22PM

Re: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Tone ID options or More Multiple-Tones ???thinking

diggindeep 54 November 28, 2020 11:38AM

Yes, I also like multiple-tones.

Monte 48 November 28, 2020 11:48AM

Re: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Tone ID options or More Multiple-Tones ???thinking

jmaryt 46 November 28, 2020 10:56AM

3 Tones it is.....

OregonGregg 63 November 28, 2020 10:38AM

Funny, but true.

Monte 64 November 28, 2020 11:41AM

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Timbertodd 42 November 28, 2020 10:06AM

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