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'Detector Talk' about the EQ-800 & 900 and the Legend. ???

January 23, 2023 09:08PM avatar
I had an interesting discussion about the detector manufacturers who are alive and active today, and the topic of 'updates' as well as product comparisons. I was trying to get 'opinions' from them as one is a Minelab-only user with an early Equinox, and the others have, or have had, the EQ-800 and now the EQ-900. Then there were the two who had a Nokta Legend Pro Pack.

The Minelab Equinox 800 definitely grabbed quite a following and has been around now for several years. Really caught the attention of consumers when it came to comparisons and who might have anything to compete. For the most part there wasn't anything until Nokta introduced the Legend.

So, out comes the Legend, which was obviously designed to compete with the Equinox 800, and with the features it has and the added changes from the updates, those who use the Legend said they felt it was better in several ways than the EQ-800. So, up until very recently, the SMF detector market offered the well-known and proven Equinox 800 and the Nokta Legend as the top two models with a lot of desired operator adjustments and close in-the-field performance.

Then, just as we finally had an entry to compete and give folks a pick between the EQ-800 and Legend, Minelab shock things up for consumer as well as manufacturers with the introduction of the Equinox 900. Those who had or have an '800' and got a '900' said they note the difference in performance and prefer the 900's build quality and performance over the 800 and have no reason to part with their new 900.

The Legend owners, also able to compare performance using 11" and 6" DD coils with the Equinox 800's they had, or have, feel that with the updates they are satisfied with the Legend and the performance is usually as good, if not better, than the 800. And, with a little more hunt-time, they will learn it better and think it offers a bit of performance that is just a little bit better.

They note the build quality was better than the 800, and with some updates it might offer more than the 800s, but that brought up the question of how close the deign and performance is to the new EQ-900?

In the end of our little group discussion all with those various models did say they were satisfied with the performance afield, be it the 800, 900 or Legend. One key point mentioned was that a lot of us are on a budget and the Legend offers a lot of quality build and performance for the $$$ invested. The other thing we all agreed on, without a doubt, is that we are a little tired of the snow, the high winds we are having, and the cold that also arrived. We all wished 'winter' would stay in the mountains and ease up on folks here in the lower elevation. Spring weather can't arrive soon enough.

Also, it did leave me thinking about acquiring a new detector. I might not need one, and my health might keep me from using one, but sometimes the urge is there. smiling smiley It was just five of us so I'm looking for others comments about these three models and the two manufacturers.



► Do you have, or recently had, any of these three models?

► What are your comments about build quality, especially comparing with other models?

► What type(s) of hunting do you feel any of these models show their strengths?

► What Tone ID do you prefer, and how does it compare to the others?

► What is your opinion about the Visual VDI read-out by comparison?

► If you have owned or used two or more of these models, what are any weaknesses?


Just curious because the 'new detector trend' seems to lean towards a top-end (by manufacturer) SMF, and today, the only real offerings with similar design shape and features are from Minelab and Nokta. Yes, there is the XP Deus 2, but none of us have had one so it wasn't part of the discussion.

Monte

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Subject Author Views Posted

'Detector Talk' about the EQ-800 & 900 and the Legend. ???

Monte 309 January 23, 2023 09:08PM

Re: 'Detector Talk' about the EQ-800 & 900 and the Legend. ???

Rick N. MI 64 January 30, 2023 09:43AM

Re: 'Detector Talk' about the EQ-800 & 900 and the Legend. ???

desertsmith 40 February 01, 2023 10:23PM

Re: 'Detector Talk' about the EQ-800 & 900 and the Legend. ???

Kickindirt 54 January 30, 2023 05:38PM

EQ-800 & 900 and the Legend. ???

UtahRich 84 January 26, 2023 02:05AM

Re: EQ-800 & 900 and the Legend. ???

GeoW 61 January 30, 2023 09:33PM

I was disappointed in?

UtahRich 66 January 31, 2023 10:26PM

Re: I was disappointed in?

GeoW 54 February 01, 2023 09:01AM

Re: I was disappointed in?

kac 46 February 01, 2023 10:27AM

I agree N/T

kac 32 January 31, 2023 03:33PM

I agree, I was disappointed too.

UtahRich 53 January 31, 2023 10:28PM

Re: I agree, I was disappointed too.

kac 54 January 31, 2023 10:40PM

My favorite analog detector is really a digital. But, we’ll ignore that

UtahRich 60 February 01, 2023 01:40AM

Re: My favorite analog detector is really a digital. But, we’ll ignore that

kac 49 February 01, 2023 10:24AM

Well thought out - thumbs up N/T

UtahRich 26 February 01, 2023 12:04PM

Other Options . . . . ?

UtahRich 67 January 27, 2023 05:49PM

Re: Other Options . . . . ?

Utmike 73 January 27, 2023 11:11PM

Right choice might be No Change. thumbs up N/T

UtahRich 39 January 28, 2023 04:01AM

Re: best to try them all lol N/T

Kickindirt 36 January 28, 2023 11:53AM

Re: best to try them all lol

D&P-OR 65 January 28, 2023 12:24PM

Re: best to try them all lol

Kickindirt 60 January 29, 2023 12:54AM

Re: best to try them all lol

D&P-OR 55 January 29, 2023 03:39AM

Is the bestest the one that finds me the mostest? thinking

UtahRich 59 January 29, 2023 04:49AM

Re: Is the bestest the one that finds me the mostest? thinking

kac 51 January 29, 2023 03:05PM

Re: Is the bestest the one that finds me the mostest? thinking

Kickindirt 51 January 29, 2023 04:50PM

Re: 'Detector Talk' about the EQ-800 & 900 and the Legend. ???

Harold,ILL. 91 January 24, 2023 07:40AM

Harold, why it's the Legend.

Monte 102 January 24, 2023 11:31AM

Re: Harold, why it's the Legend.

kac 80 January 24, 2023 08:31PM

Re: Harold, why it's the Legend.

SvenS 41 January 31, 2023 09:30PM

They look good but do lack coil choices. Small N/T

Monte 24 February 02, 2023 11:56AM

Re: Harold, why it's the Legend.

kac 38 January 31, 2023 10:42PM



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