Minelab Equinox 600 Metal Detector
- 600 vs 800
The EQUINOX Series has been designed for the serious coin & treasure enthusiast looking to upgrade to a high-performance detector, without the high cost. It's also suitable for the new detectorist, having several pre-set modes for different detecting locations. The EQUINOX Series features Minelab's STATE-OF-THE ART Multi-IQ simultaneous multi-frequency technology and combines fast recovery speed with low-latency wireless audio in a lightweight waterproof platform.
The most obvious difference is what comes in the box. The EQUINOX 800 comes with Bluetooth headphones and the WM 08 wireless module, instead of the wired headphones included with the EQUINOX 600; but these options can be added to the EQUINOX 600 if you so desire. In fact, most popular aftermarket Bluetooth headphones will work with both
EQUINOX detectors. Once you get past the different audio accessories, the EQUINOX 600 can generally be considered as an EQUINOX 800 with a simplified feature set. The EQUINOX 600 has in no way been watered down or de-sensitized. An EQUINOX 600 and EQUINOX 800, set up identically, will have identical performance to each other, under the same conditions.
The EQUINOX 600 is limited to 4kHz, 5 kHz, 10 kHz, and 15 kHz single frequencies, while the EQUINOX 800 also offers these plus the additional higher frequencies of 20 kHz and 40 kHz. This does not mean that the 600 is not employing the full multi-frequency range as part of the Multi-IQ processing. The multi-frequency operation is identical in the two models and provides the same maximum signal response to targets in Park, Field, and Beach Detect Modes., The real magic of EQUINOX is in the Multi-IQ technology (not the single frequencies), therefore you can rest assured the EQUINOX 600 matches the EQUINOX 800 in this regard.
The EQUINOX 800 does have one key mode that is lacking in the EQUINOX 600; the Gold Mode. This mode is designed to enhance performance on small gold nuggets in mineralized ground. It does so primarily by using different audio processing so that targets respond both in volume and pitch. The Gold Mode will be of interest to gold prospectors but has less application for other uses. More to the point, Multi-IQ is so good in both Park 2 and Field 2, that these profiles are as good, or better, at finding gold nuggets than many dedicated single-frequency gold detectors! These modes are identical on the two EQUINOX models and, as a gold prospector; I would have no problem finding gold nuggets with the EQUINOX 600. People who regularly detect for gold nuggets will likely want the EQUINOX 800. If, however, looking for gold nuggets is more like a once-a-year thing, the EQUINOX 600 will serve as well, or better, than other multi-purpose detectors on the market.
Equinox 600 Equinox 800 Detect Modes Park | Beach | Field Park | Beach | Field | Gold
Custom Search Profiles
6 (2 per Detect Mode) 8 (2 per Detect Mode)
User Profile Button
No Yes Operating Frequencies (kHz) Multi, 4, 5, 10, 15 Multi, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 40 Noise Cancel Auto Auto | Manual (-9 to 9) Ground Balance Auto | Manual Auto | Manual Sensitivity 1-25 1-25 Target Volume 1-25 1-25 Threshold Level 1-25 1-25 Target Identification 50 segment notch discrimination | Ferrous: -9 - 0 | Non-ferrous: 1 - 40 50 segment notch discrimination | Ferrous: -9 - 0 | Non-ferrous: 1 - 40 Threshold Pitch Fixed 0ƒ??25 Target Tones 1, 2, 5, 50 1, 2, 5, 50 Tone Break Ferrous Ferrous | Non-ferrous Tone Pitch Ferrous Ferrous | Non-ferrous Tone Volume Ferrous Ferrous | Non-ferrous Depth Indicator 5 levels 5 levels Length 1440 mm (56.7") 1440 mm (56.7") Weight 1.34 kg (2.96 lbs) 1.34 kg (2.96 lbs) Standard Coil 11-inch Double-D Smart coil with skidplate (waterproof to 3m/10') 11-inch Double-D Smart coil with skidplate (waterproof to 3m/10') Audio Output • In-built loudspeaker • 3.5mm (1/8") headphones (included) • Bluetooth compatible • WM 08 Wi-Stream Compatible • In-built loudspeaker • 3.5mm (1/8") headphones (included) • Bluetooth compatible • WM 08 Wi-Stream Compatible Headphones (included) Wired 3.5mm (1/8") headphones (nonwaterproof) Bluetooth and aptX™ Low Latency headphones (nonwaterproof) WM 08 (included) No Yes Display Monochrome LCD with backlight Monochrome LCD with backlight LCD Backlight On, Off Low | Medium | High | Off Battery In-built rechargeable Lithium-ion battery In-built rechargeable Lithium-ion battery Battery Runtime Approx. 12 hours Approx. 12 hours Waterproof Waterproof to 3m/10-feet Waterproof to 3m/10-feet Key Technologies Multi-IQ | 3Fx3 | Wi-Stream | Bluetooth | aptX™ Low Latency Multi-IQ | 3Fx3 | Wi-Stream | Bluetooth | aptX™ Low Latency Other Accessories USB Charging cable (1.5A), Multi Language Screen protectors USB Charging cable (1.5A), Multi Language Screen protectors Software Upgradeable Yes, via USB connection (Windows and OSX) Yes, via USB connection (Windows and OSX) Warranty 3 years control box and coil 4 years control box and coil
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