Interesting video takes you on a virtual tour of White’s Electronics in Sweet Home, Oregon. The host is…well, you be the judge! Kind of a kid in a candy shop sort of thing. Anyway, White’s has been in the biz for MANY years and has a ton of awesome metal detectors.
It also seems to have a nice lighted display and touts rugged build quality.
The White’s Spectra V3i upgrade…Get it!
I was privileged to receive one of the early White’s Electronics “Vision” uber-detectors last year. Without a doubt, the most user configurable metal detector on the planet! Initially, all the settings and options can seem a little overwhelming. However…if you take the time to really learn this machine, you will be rewarded. The Vision/Spectra V3i CANNOT be mastered in a week or even a month. This is a detector that GROWS with you as a hobbyist. If you purchase one, be prepared to dedicate some serious time studying various forum posts and experimenting…but, boy, is it worth it!
Word has it that White’s will offer a full upgrade of the firmware on the Spectra V3/Vision to a new version that adds additional features (quite a few from the report!). It seems it will cost $100 plus shipping to get procedure done in Sweet Home. This is a pretty cool thing (in my opinion). It’s an optional upgrade at a modest price… they could have “sold” a whole new detector, but instead offer it as a service to their customers.
*update* I spoke with Carl at White’s and I’m going to get my Spectra Vision (V3 before the name change) upgraded to the newest firmware/software! I’ll post up a breakdown of the new features and the upgrade experience!
In part 2 of my ongoing review of the technologically advanced White’s Spectra V3, I was originally going to cover the cool wireless headphones…however, after a trip to the beach for vacation I switched gears and decided to talk a bit about the Spectra V3 as a beach hunter. So here we go…White’s Spectra V3 review #2… Beach Hunting!
One of DetectorStuff’s newest members, Eu-Citizen has hit the ground running with user submitted content! Here’s his review of the DFX…Thanks EU!
When you take it out of the box, it doesn’t really look much. But as soon as you turn it on and want to adjust things.. Whoaa!
Lot’s of adjustments, you could ruin a whole weeks worth of detecting if you’d start out right away and try to adjust everything.
Part 1 of however many it takes!
To say there are a LOT of features and options on White’s newest flagship, the Spectra V3, is an enormous understatement! I’ve spent weeks deliberating on the best way to present a review of the Spectra…and I finally decided to break it into phases. If I tried to put everything into one story, I think it would almost be overwhelming! (to me too…trying to write it!) There will no doubt be some outstanding books and tutorials written on this machine. I would strongly suggest buying one of those when they become available (Jeff Foster or Andy Sabisch?).
This first “phase” report is about the packaging, contents and overall new user impressions. As the chapters continue, I will branch out into other aspects such as assembly, air-testing, interface and “real-world” usage.
So here we go!…
White’s Spectra V3 Review, part 1
Here are a few views of the interior of the new White’s Vision /V3 (there’s some kinda name issue with Vision from what I’ve picked up…so it may be known as the Spectra V3 in the future) All the components and solders look very high quality! For your viewing pleasure…. (yes…I imagine this would void your warranty!) Full review of the Spectra V3 coming soon!
I want to thank the fine folks at White’s, and especially Alan Holcombe and Carl Moreland for helping arrange this interview!
John Earle – Long time White’s Engineer and Loop Guru.
Dan Geyer – Dan worked on the TDI and is White’s PI specialist.
John Plautz – Multifrequency design Engineer
Carl Moreland – Engineering Manager (and owner of the awesome detector tech site Geotech!)
John Earle: Playing around with them, trying to make one from scratch.
Dan Geyer: During the period of the 1950’s and 1960’s my family was seriously involved with placer mining for gold in the Mother Lode area of California. During that time it was obvious that metal detectors designed for finding gold would be of tremendous value to the prospector, however, there was nothing commercially available that worked satisfactory. When I started into electronic engineering the desire to develop suitable detectors for prospecting was of continuing interest. After a many years of working in the electronics field I finally received the opportunity to work with metal detectors here at Whites. And, it has proven to be the most interesting job in my 47 year career!
John Plautz: I met a technician from White’s about 20 years ago that convinced me metal detector design was more challenging than it appears. He was right!
Carl Moreland: When I was a chip designer for Analog Devices I designed circuits in CAD, but got very little hands-on building and “playing” with circuits. So as a creative outlet, I started building detector circuits on the side, which led to my quest for more technical information, which led to the creation of Geotech, which led to my job with White’s.