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*Disclaimer — This review was generously written for Detectorstuff by Michael Bernzweig of Detector Electronics Corp., a distributing company of the XP DEUS.
XP DEUS Metal Detector Review
XP DEUS is the World’s First Wireless Metal Detector. Why is this such a big deal? Read on, fellow metal detectorists!
It is the hottest metal detector in Europe and NOW the XP DEUS is available in North America.
There are SO MANY features that make the XP DEUS Wireless Metal Detector the most exceptional available, it’s difficult to list them in order of importance. Perhaps the most stand-out quality about this detector is its level of SIMPLICITY, while offering futuristic state-of-the-art functionality. Anyone can grab & go with this wireless metal detector and search for any type of treasure. From coins and relics, to gold prospecting and more, all you need is the XP DEUS—it’s the total package!
You’ll note it’s easy to put together. And will need adjusting to your length, otherwise it’s going to feel real heavy. (i.e. arm cup, lower rod need adjustments)
It’s not to bad when you’ve done that.
Ok when skimming through the manual you’ll note there aren’t many adjustments, just more or less weird names for them.
Just learn them. Oh and it is a bit noes heavy, if to heavy opt for another coil.
In the field:
Well I start out at the park and play around a bit and soon I noted.. “I need a smaller coil!”
As most of you know, I am a big fan of the Fisher F5! The F5 blew me away with the “control” I had over how I wanted to hunt…and its amazing flexibility to handle various soil and radio noise pollution situations. However, as much as I love the F5 and despite its growing “cult” following, the Engineers at First Texas knew there was even more potential in the basic electronic platform from F5. The always amazing Dave Johnson wanted to create a machine that exceeded the performance of the F5 and simplified the controls. (One thing for which I’m very thankful…. Dave Johnson is NEVER satisfied with status quo!).
When I was given the chance to field test the Teknetics Omega 8000, I jumped all over it! I knew it grew from lessons learned on the F5, so expectations were high. The Omega did not disappoint .
I’ve had a lot of questions about the innovative F5 over the past few months. This is a feature break down I did that was posted on Kellyco’s site. Hopefully you’ll find it useful
Fisher F5 Field Test
I was given the wonderful opportunity to do some field testing with Fisher’s amazing new F5. The F5 is one of the most unique detectors I’ve put my hands on in a very long time! The perfect blend of cutting edge, software driven power meshed with the feel of good old fashioned knobs. I find it very interesting that the “oldest name in metal detecting” is utilizing the newest technology! The F5 is the result of Fisher’s self proclaimed “war on bad user interfaces”. The lead Engineer on the F5 was Jorge A. Saad.
Since Fisher Laboratories came under new management, the Company has not been resting on their laurels! First out of the gate came the incredible F75, followed by the mid-range F4. Next up was the affordable F2, then recently the incredibly deep F70. That leads us up to the innovative F5!
The F5 is situated in the familiar F2/F4 housing, but the electronics are entirely different. This platform was designed by Engineers Jorge Saad and Dave Johnson (with John Gardiner and Mark Krieger additionally lending their talents) to offer outstanding discrimination, depth and ID capabilities. You’ll find the F5 mounted on the familiar gold and black “S” rod which has proven its ergonomics and durability throughout the years.
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To put it bluntly, the Fisher F70 is THE HEAT! As a proud and happy owner of an F75, I caught myself thinking…”I bet the F70 will be a scaled down F75”. In some ways, I was right. A few less features than the F75, (and I LOVE the F75 trigger!…it should be illegal to build a metal detector without a trigger!) However, Fisher retained the most useful functions and made them very accessible to the user. There’s also a little something extra under the hood… more depth than the F75! Yep, you read that right! In my soil, coil-for-coil, the F70 is slightly deeper than the F75.
Speaking of coil-for-coil, if you already have an F75 you can swap coils back and forth. The new elliptical concentric coil for the F70 is great! Excellent design, construction and balance. However, slap the big F75 11” DD coil on the F70 and hang on! I’m talking SERIOUS depth here! Select the “slow” option in areas that will allow it (lengthens the sampling time on the target…if I understand it correctly) and you will be getting way, way down in the ground! (I picture moles, grubs and earthworms packing their bags and fleeing the radio waves in utter terror!) However, due to the lengthened response time, the odds of masking due to nearby trash are increased…but I love having the option to pick which way I want to hunt, depending upon site conditions.
Teknetics Delta 4000 Review
*Review based on prototype version…subject to change!*
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The Teknetics T2 has developed quite a cult-like following since its release! With good reason…It is powerful, lightweight and innovative. It is chock full of useful features that appeal to advanced users in this wonderful hobby.
The Teknetics name has long been synonymous with performance…and that legacy is continued with the launch of the new Teknetics Delta 4000. Lead Engineer on the Delta is John Gardiner. He has had a hand in many recent metal detector releases, including the Fisher F75 and F70. He was backed up by Jorge A. Saad (see my Fisher F5 review for more on him) who wrote the core software code. The legendary Dave Johnson designed the hardware and is overall Lead Engineer for the Teknetics line of metal detectors.
Having now been treasure hunting now for over 25 years, I can’t imagine how many sets of headphones I have gone through. Back then, there were really no companies producing “detecting” headsets like there are today. So, many of us made do with whatever stereo type headphones that we could actually get to work on a metal detector. Of course headphones made for listening to the stereo at home couldn’t handle the riggers of serious treasure hunting.
Nowadays, the metal detectorist has a wide array of headphone choices available with fancy names and price ranges that can go over $140.00….or close to the cost of a back-up detector! Thus the casual coinshooter may get along fine and enjoy a low priced pair, and this is great. But, someone like a relic or nugget hunter using headphones usually “thrown in” with a new detector purchase will be disappointed as these headsets rarely survive getting pushed and pulled in the field.
The F5 offers me tones and depth and is a fast machine with the standard coil and really holds its own in iron and trash. Give it a DD and man you may have a mini F75. On most of the targets I dug I checked them out after the F75 found them with the F5 and the F5 hit on all of the targets. Near iron or on one target under a horseshoe I found a leather belt buckle both were old and the F5 hit the same way the F75 did. Good info so dug it! The F5 is also more quite even in 0 disc and that can be a plus. I have felt that the F75 reads so much info that is in the ground that sometimes it can mask targets because so much info is flooding the machine. But if you slow down and have an ear for what the F75 is telling you then you can pick out the masked targets a lot of the time.
The F5 has a sweet spot being the coil is not a DD it has a different smaller footprint so you have to investigate the target over the sweet spot. The small 4″ BH coil was a waste of time and it would be nice to have a small coil and a DD. That would make me really happy and show me Fisher really is backing their machines for the long run. I really can not say anything for depth as of yet the places I have hunted are not places where targets sink much into the ground. But I am making a Video for youtube that will show the F75 and F5 in action. I know that Bill Ladd is making a video for the F5 so I am going to let him have first run so I can also see how a pro hunts with the F5.
I will post my finds as photos for you I did really well with the F5 even no I will hunt 99% of the time with the F75 it is nice to know the F5 is in the back seat of my SUV waiting if I need a back up…Fisher give the F5 a DD Christmas is coming??????
· Posted by lcpm on August 20 2008 19:09:46
I’ve always heard “The older you get, the faster time passes.” Now that I’m in my mid 40’s I’ve found that statement to be all too true. However, there are exceptions to this rule…. Christmas, payday and waiting for a metal detector to arrive in the mail! I’m the first to admit, I become very “kid like” when I have a new machine on the way to my house. My wife is very “understanding” of this affliction of mine, only succumbing to the occasional “eye roll” when I constantly babble on about treasure hunting, old sites, coins and metal detectors.