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Post  adrian ss Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:01 pm

Going to give an EQ 600 a try out soon. Will see how it stacks up against my Safari, Gold Bug DP, TDI & SDC 2300 at the beach.
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Post  mogy Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:38 am

Hi Adrian    how about including the Vallon in your  test ?

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Post  adrian ss Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:29 am

I can do that....

When? is the big question.
I won't have the 600 for several days yet.
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Post  bicter Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:16 am

Hi Adrian,
Good to hear you've got the 600.
If memory serves me correctly, the 600 doesn't come with Bluetooth headset, only a wired headset. If you want to get a Bluetooth headset, ensure that it has APT-X functionality to minimise lag.

If you want to use your own headsets wirelessly, you will need to obtain a WM-08 wireless module to connect to the 600. Details here: WM-08

The 800 has the WM-08 module supplied standard and not many people use it as they prefer the Bluetooth headsets so it's possible you will be able to pick up a used module on facebook/gumtree/ebay.

I should add that the equinox allows you to turn up the signal volume to hear targets better over the sound of the surf.

Enjoy the Equinox.

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Post  adrian ss Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:00 pm

600 arrived this morn.
Some quick testing shows it as an ok machine. Noise cancel works very well on mains interference, random EMI upsets it a bit and sensitivity is ok.
    It is not screaming fantastic at me but is pretty good. See how we go when I get a chance to take it into the field and to the beach. Weather is crap at the moment.

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Post  adrian ss Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:57 pm

29/10/20
Have given the 600 a couple of runs at Pine Island and it is quite good  and can locate 20 cents at up to 45+ cm in dry river sand with sensitivity at 21 and in Park 1 mode. This figure is close enough to my in air test on this coin.
TID is not accurate until a coin size  target is 6 to 8 inches from the coil (11 in DD ), any deeper and you get multiple hits and jumpy TID figures.
   I do not like the pinpoint mode, signal is too broad and can be a bit vague at times.
The pre set modes are nice and quiet and work well enough over a wide range of mineralisation but setting correct ground balance and tweaking the sensitivity,  disc ranges and recovery speed can improve things a bit.
With Recovery Speed at setting 3 the target signal appears close to the coil centre during a sweep but at 1 or 2 the signal appears to the left or right of centre depending on sweep direction and sweep speed.
  Nice machine and pretty difficult to go wrong with this detector.
If you are used to swinging an Infinium, Vallon VMH, spectrum xlt or sea Hunter etc you will think the 600 is a feather. At one and bit kilos it nearly floats away on the breeze.
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Post  adrian ss Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:35 am

Hopefully I will be able to give the 600 a try out at the beach this weekend. Will also take the vallon, GB DP and a Vanquish 340.
Was going to take the safari and the TDI but but car space is lacking after the missus gets all her stuff in, and anyway I already know they both work extremely well over wet and dry salt beach sand and in the water
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Post  adrian ss Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:08 am

Back from the beach. (Did not find any human body remains re missing Sydney business woman.)  Was on the lookout tho pale    

Good trip and got in plenty of detecting. Found the usual beach rubbish, several coins, a broach, sinkers, truck loads of bottle caps, not many bobby pins but nothing spectacular.

The Vanquish 340 performed very well with good sensitivity and wet salt handling ability. TID is ok, detection depth in the wet and dry sand to the water line is good enough for any beach hunter. Nice machine and good value for money if you detect the beaches.

The EQ was a disappointment. Yes it detects well and runs reasonably quiet over the wet sand but the big annoyance was that it was not responding to certain non ferrous items which it either blanked out on or gave an weak iron tone. no matter which mode was used. So be careful with this machine it will miss totally some small gold chains and earrings and deep ish coins . I did find a long lost 10 cent coin at close to 18 + inches in very damp sand that gave a combined blanking and weak low tone that I recovered just to see what it was, whereas I would normally have ignored such a signal.  and yes it pings lightning from very far away. Even in Tracking the detector chirped a lot over the wet and dry sand irrespective of the mode selected. I perserverd with this detector for the duration of the trip away mainly because it was finding plenty of stuff even though it was a tad chatty over the sand. I will say though that I was able to run the sensitivity on 22. 25 was a bit too noisy. Winding the Sens down will eliminate the chattyness but depth will be lost, I normally run my detectors ground response slightly positive.

For best chance of finding gold rings and chains in dry land sites with the 600 operate in Park 2 All Metal.
For best chance of finding gold rings and chains at the beach use in All Metal  Beach 1 where possible over the wet or dry sand. If you can get park 1 to work over the dry sand at the beach then give it a go. Beach 2 is insensitive to light weight chains........Just my view; you may find differently.

The Gold Bug DP is a magic machine in the All Metal mode that will ground balance to the water line. The disc mode is of very little use over wet sand.
Targets that th EQ was blanking on the GB screemed over and gave a gave a TID that was interesting enough to make me want to recover the target.
   Nice machine. The Ground grab feature makes adjusting the ground balance over the dry to the wet sand fast and easy..Yes you have to do it often...If you don't you will miss plenty of items. If there is a gold chain beneath the coil of this tecta it will find it.

I did not run the Vallon this time out. I have used this tecta on the beaches before and it is great. Ground balances well all the way to the water. Is capable of finding very small chains and jewellery items and will have you digging deep holes. It is a bit heavy and the military HPs are a pain in the butt, however they work well. A very sensitive machine and like the Gold bug in All metal mode, it will find everything. If you don't want discrimination this tecta will keep you very happy with your finds tally.  Laughing   It loves ferrous and microscopic bits of al foil.  Evil or Very Mad

Just my opinion, not gospel.


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Post  bicter Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:15 am

Adrian, just a thought on your comments on the 600. What version of software do you have installed? I havent been to the beach for ages but it struck me that the latest updates are designed to enhance detection of coins on edge. For the type of hunting you are doing, it may be worthwhile going back to the original software and seeing if your results improve/change.
I do recall that when I first updated the 800 I had a suspicion that detecting in the wet sand wasn't as accurate, nothing I could prove on the day as insufficient deep targets but the suspicion remained.
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Post  adrian ss Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:17 am

How do I find out what software is installed and how do I change it?
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Post  bicter Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:46 pm

You will need to download the software from the minelab link first to identify the software version and before doing the rollback.

How to update software is here: https://www.minelab.com/anzea/equinox-software-update-3-0

How to rollback to previous versions is described here: https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/7461-how-to-rollback-equinox-to-previous-software/

Good luck and look forward to hearing your thoughts
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