HEY MARK – Jump in here. I went from the XS to the SE and never tried the EX 2,Does this have iron mask. I run in iron mask on the beach. Manual sensitivity around 22 - 24. Go into menu and x out nails, pull tabs, screws. Check in jewelry, coins etc. I run this same setup in the old fairgrounds up here. I turn my iron mask down to about 1/4 screen. This should give you a place to start. I run digital up here but smart screen on the beach. Also with the Explorer series you have to swing a lot slower than you do with other models. They hunt deep and slow.