Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by jcmaloney » Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:05 pm

I had a fiddle at Corfe, those who know me know how cynical I am.

Its fast.....very fast.
Its sensitive.....very sensitive.
Its waterproof.
Its light.
It runs for 8-10 hours.
The control box & coil can go on an aftermarket stem.
The multi-frequency doesn`t cycle through the "gaps" in frequency.
Improved processors mean clearer target ID.

In the field it was finding targets that a pinpointer struggled to find!

Think waterproof 705 on steroids with some fizzing tech onboard.

Its not a CTX. ::g



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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by Digiffys » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:39 pm

Just hope it can perform on wet sand and seawater :D For all the vids and bits and pieces ive seen I havent seen anything on the sensitivity side of things meaning adjustments,settings etc can anyone shed some light ::g
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Re: EQUINOX - Minelab`s New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by sweepstick47 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:03 pm

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I'm sold. No19 on the way. Maybe ditch the dues. Woz going for the hf coil 350. Nearly the new minelab.
Hello junior, That's really bad luck. Were the previous 18 all poor performers? If so, good luck with the new Equinox and I hope there won't be another 18 others to follow. ::g Regards ss47
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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by marcus » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:13 pm

Some info from experienced detectorist on Minelab owners forum.

I was commenting that all posts up to the release are all speculative and having now handled and used the detector for over five hours on an actual dig I can say that this detector is going to be a winner.

Its selectable single frequency like all VLF's but the big plus is that at a press of a button it becomes a multi frequency machine.

Very fast and so sharp on tiny items. I was finding the shot from a 12 bore cartridge and very deep with a lead token about the size of your quarters at 13"/14". Also pulling out bits of bronze deep from a heavily hunted area. Also in the same area found my first hammered coin with it a tiny Elizabeth First farthing.

For beach hunting you can select single frequency for the dry sand and multi frequency for the wet so again going to be an excellent beach hunting detector.

I would say that this is the first detector that has broken away from the repackaged new machines coming out all the time with the same technology inside a new fancy box.

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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by mrix » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:53 pm

Couple of questions on my mind are......

1) The coil looks fairly large, how is the machine balanced ? there does not appear any weight at the back of the machine to counterbalance it ? is it simply they have constructed a really lightweight coil ?

2) They state they are using the Bluetooth system for the headphones, obviously its never been the ideal solution due to lag but have they now found a solution for the lag delay?

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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by fred » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:40 pm

judging just by look at it at the MHF rally the whole thing looks very lightweight indeed. ::g Perhaps almost worryingly so! :D

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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by jcmaloney » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:41 pm

mrix wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:53 pm
Couple of questions on my mind are......

1) The coil looks fairly large, how is the machine balanced ? there does not appear any weight at the back of the machine to counterbalance it ? is it simply they have constructed a really lightweight coil ?

2) They state they are using the Bluetooth system for the headphones, obviously its never been the ideal solution due to lag but have they now found a solution for the lag delay?

Cheers all
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Balance is fine if a little "towards the coil" which pushes the arm cup towards the arm. TBH I think the coil is the heaviest part of it! Having the straight hand grip below the control-box (unlike the old Explorer "hand stress" position) makes it swing lovely.
There are two options for headphones, wired (small/phone jack size) for earbuds etc or the WM-8 module that nobody seemed to have at Corfe.
Done some target testing in a field, myself & Neil took it in turns to cross check...both machines got them just in different tones.
Its a very,very capable machine......................but its not a CTX ;)

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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by GeoffBristol » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:49 pm

jcmaloney wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:41 pm
mrix wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:53 pm
Couple of questions on my mind are......

1) The coil looks fairly large, how is the machine balanced ? there does not appear any weight at the back of the machine to counterbalance it ? is it simply they have constructed a really lightweight coil ?

2) They state they are using the Bluetooth system for the headphones, obviously its never been the ideal solution due to lag but have they now found a solution for the lag delay?

Cheers all
mrix
Balance is fine if a little "towards the coil" which pushes the arm cup towards the arm. TBH I think the coil is the heaviest part of it! Having the straight hand grip below the control-box (unlike the old Explorer "hand stress" position) makes it swing lovely.
There are two options for headphones, wired (small/phone jack size) for earbuds etc or the WM-8 module that nobody seemed to have at Corfe.
Done some target testing in a field, myself & Neil took it in turns to cross check...both machines got them just in different tones.
Its a very,very capable machine......................but its not a CTX ;)
Hi, I don't own a Minelab but I am interested in the Equinox 800, when you say it's not a CTX do you mean that the CTX is superior ?
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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by Sportsman » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:08 pm

It does make you laugh though when they give these machines to folk to test that are not going to say a bad word about it i.e minelab folk who get there machines from the dealers for free who say it can do this can pick up a hammered at 12’’ etc etc ..my advice is wait until the proper unbiased guys test it before you go out and spend £800 on a new machine
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Post by redwulf500 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:12 pm

As above...... u;@

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Post by FULLTIMER » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:20 pm

I noted there was a full page advert/ article in searcher magazine outlining the various details of these machines, at the end it did state that both the FBS & BBS machines would/could out perform the Equinox on the beach, and they would also be more sensitive to small silver (hammered coins) for example.
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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by GeoffBristol » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:25 pm

I would not buy one just on somebody's say so, I will wait until they have been released and used in the fields for about 6 months, then make my mind up.
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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by sanjuro » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:14 pm

FULLTIMER wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:20 pm
I noted there was a full page advert/ article in searcher magazine outlining the various details of these machines, at the end it did state that both the FBS & BBS machines would/could out perform the Equinox on the beach, and they would also be more sensitive to small silver (hammered coins) for example.
Is that what Minelab said ? that both FBS and BBS would out perform the Equinox on the beach and on small hammereds? if thats the case it would be disastrous to sales of the new detector.

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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by FULLTIMER » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:37 pm

Havn't got the mag with me at the moment it was more like a question and answer page about the functions etc, not sure if it was put out by Minelab or whether it was questions being asked by Searcher magazine and being answered by Minelab ,or maybe just a Searcher thing, in a way i suppose Minelab would still have to differentiate the two systems otherwise sales of the higher end FBS machines would suffer
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Post by sanjuro » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:49 pm

I was thinking that too that they would not make a cheaper unit that outperformed the existing high end units
thanks for the quick reply

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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by Mud Max » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:55 pm

Clearly the patented FBS tech has it's place, and no-one can dispute the reputation of ctx, E-Trac and co. The FBS goes deep on the right land and works great on sand for sure. Minelab have had a long time to experiment and test everything at their disposal.
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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by marcus » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:07 pm

Detectival Rally 2017 by Brandon Neice.
Detectival Rally 2017
September 28, 2017 11:05am
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All across the UK and Europe metal detectorists gather for rallies. Permission to detect hundreds (sometimes thousands) of acres of historic land is obtained by the event coordinators and groves of eager treasure hunters gather for a chance to make the find of a lifetime. England’s very own “Detectival” is among the largest detecting rallies in the world. This year Detectival was held in the quaint country setting of Oxfordshire between the medieval market towns of Burford and Charlbury. Seemingly overnight the countryside morphed into a buzzing (and beeping) tent city of more than 1500 attendees accompanied by every vendor under the sun. Knowing that Detectival would be the year’s biggest metal detecting event, Minelab took full advantage of the stage and literally dropped the world’s newest, lightest, fastest, waterproof, wireless multi-frequency metal detector onto the world... “Behold… The EQUINOX!!!”

The parachute wasn’t the only thing that hit the ground that day. When Minelab announced the price of the new EQUINOX series, there were more than a few jaws that hit the floor too! Is it too good to be true? How could Minelab possibly put all of those features into something that light? Furthermore, how could they get away with an expected retail price point of USD 899 for the flagship EQUINOX 800? Minelab has been saying they are going to “obsolete” all other single frequency VLF detectors, but if the EQUINOX actually does what it claims, it really WILL!

Even though, as I write this, the EQUINOX is still in the final stages of refining and tweaking, the performance is astonishing. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that a multi-frequency detector could be so fast without losing depth and stability?

The hunting conditions were tough. The finds seemed to be very random until a small Roman villa site was discovered that afternoon. A feeding frenzy of detectorists converged on the site and a few hours later, close to 100 Roman coins had been unearthed. The finds slowed to a crawl and when the crowd finally cleared, I saw an opportunity to put this new detector to the test in “hunted out ground”. To this day I know there’s more in there, but with my time at Detectival coming to an end, I knew I’d have to makedo with a few short hours of hunting. Luckily for me, that’s all I needed. The EQUINOX continues to impress with each refinement and I’m truly excited to see what the future holds with this amazing machine.

Check out the video of my Detectival experience

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Post by marcus » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:13 pm

Video of Detectival Rally 2017 by Brandon Neice featuring the Equinox.
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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by JBM » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:33 pm

That was one very large hole for a coin.

What happened to the pin pointing with the Equinox.? :(

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Re: Minelab Equinox - New Metal Detector Series Finally Announced

Post by jcmaloney » Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:14 pm

Sportsman wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:08 pm
It does make you laugh though when they give these machines to folk to test that are not going to say a bad word about it i.e minelab folk who get there machines from the dealers for free who say it can do this can pick up a hammered at 12’’ etc etc ..my advice is wait until the proper unbiased guys test it before you go out and spend £800 on a new machine
1. I haven`t been given a machine.
2. I saw somebody else who BORROWED it dig a bag seal at around 12 inches in normal field conditions...not "set up".
3. I make you VERY right....let other folk find out the glitch`s first. ::g

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