Minelab Equinox 800 – Our Review Of This Professional Metal Detector!

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13 Responses

  1. Randy Ledbetter says:

    I have had problems in my area since the soil is loaded with small hot rocks, very rocky underneath the soil. the 800 sees everything and reacts with a lot of chattery noise. I have noise cancelled, ground balanced, reduced sensitivity to 17-18 (afraid to go lower), changed frequencies. I’m not sure of what else to do. I use the Field 1 mode mostly.

  2. Matt R says:

    Great review! If you wouldn’t mind clarifying why this is not a good first detector? Is it based on cost? May I ask what you see as a better first detector under a grand
    Thanks!

    • Detectorist says:

      Hi! Yep, the point is the cost of this unit. Most of the new detectorists just buy a first detector which has to be cheap, because if they will understand that this is not a good hobby for them – it would be faster to sell. Just ordering the unit about $900+ is not the wise idea to start this hobby. But, if you have a friends-detectorists, who can help you with this detector and will also explain to you a lot about our hobby and assist/help you – then why not?

      As a first detector, there are good Garrett ACE series or Fisher F series models.

  3. Gabriele says:

    I near to buy a new MD to find “coins”, what you suggest from NOX800 and DEUS?

    • Detectorist says:

      If you are an experienced user you can choose between Deus a Nox. Both are great detectors! Nox is better for beach detecting, Deus is better for small and tiny coins, depends on your area and type of detecting. There is no universal detector for all applications on a market.

  4. Paul says:

    I have a few questions that you might be able to answer. It was reported on YouTube that the Equinox 800 could not detect large silver coins or rings on their edges accurately. Does the Equinox 600 also have the same problem? Did Minelab fix the problem in the 2019 machines? There was a software update that seemed to help some, but not completely. The second question has to do with the multi-frequency mode for both the Equinox 600 and 800. I was under the impression that in multi-frequency mode the detectors could only detect in the single frequencies found on the machine. For instance, the Equinox 600 could only detect in three frequencies all at once in multi-frequency mode. However, a metal detector dealer told me that was not the case. He said in multi-frequency mode, the Equinox 600 could detect in several frequencies all at once and not just the three individual frequencies offered on the machine. Then, of course, that would mean the Equinox 800 would perform the same way in multi-frequency mode. I was leaning toward what that person said as being true because of the review that was given for the Minelab E-Track on here. The review stated the E-Track detects in 28 frequencies all at one time ranging from 1.5 to 100 kHz. So, if that is the case, then it would stand to reason the Equinox would detect the same way in multi-frequency mode. 1.5 to 100 kHz would cover every possible good target rather it be small or large or gold or silver. After all, the Equinox 800 would not be an upgrade to the E-Track if it detected in few frequencies and in a lesser range in multifrequency mode. This is all confusing too me, could you shed more light on this for me?

    • Detectorist says:

      Well, as far as I know, and see, from my personal experience, Equinox series detects only on Frequencies which Equinox has. If Equinox 600 has 3 freqs, then Mulity-IQ operates on this 3 freqs.

      Using 28 freqs in one time makes no sense, to be honest.
      Hope it helps!

    • Hank says:

      There’s a software update on Minelab’s site that is supposed to help with the problems detecting silver in some situations.

  5. bert verschuere says:

    where can I buy that camo tape? or what is that?

    • Detectorist says:

      I bought it directly from China on AliExpress, lol! But I highly recommend to buy a normal covers, as I’ve upgraded already to fully coated covers.

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