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Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by TheAndyA » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:04 pm

I've just watched some footage on Youtube and the person who made the video didn't seem overly happy with the Nox 800 when used in the field. I'd sooner hear the views of several owners, rather than just the one person.

I'm interested to hear how it performs in the field, please could you share your thoughts?


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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by fred » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:45 pm

Iron Bias at 6? No wonder he had problems finding stuff! I hate to think what the other setting were at.

I suggest that you use the seach facility and see what people who have it set up correctly have been saying. ::g The Nox isn't perfect by any means but it's pretty good. :D
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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by J0gler » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:35 pm

Hi Fred
Just recently upgraded to an equinox 800 2/3 weeks ago and I’m blown away with it . I can only speak as I find , but personally, I think it’s a fantastic machine . I’m finding deeper targets, over areas I’d previously hammered, and I found my first gold coin ( George III 1802 third guinea ) , again over an area I’d done plenty of times.
Some people have had issues with the shaft locking mechanism, but mine is fine, I couldn’t fault it if I wanted to.
Very pleased indeed, hope that helps.
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Post by TheAndyA » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:59 pm

Thanks Steve ::g
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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by DelphiOne » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:37 pm

Not to be to harsh but i think he needs to learn how to use the machine properly. Iron Bias at 6 no need 2-3 is well enough, no need to be fiddling around with settings all the time, all thats needed to be honest is sensitivity - recovery and iron bias. As a first day adopter of the Nox 800 all i can say is it's an awsome bit of kit and has served me well up to now on plough and pasture. I have recovered over a dozen full hammered coins cut halfs and quaters, a gold sovereign, a gold ring, roman fibulas
And dozens of Georgian silver and copper coins. Pointless Video to be honest all i can say is stop fiddling around and learn how to use the machine, plenty of beginner guides online.

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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by Ten pence! » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:08 am

I'd say most clips on Youtube regarding detector settings are best avoided!

I've often watched vids on machines I've owned and have become familiar with, only to say to myself eh? (or words to that effect!) when the owner sets it up in a way you know will be degrading the detectors performance!

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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by leslie(nova scotia) » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:47 am

Be one with your machine.....every one works and a lot of the time it is just the owner twinkling the usage.

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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by littleboot » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:25 am

I am waiting patiently for a Nox. So I am watching some of the basic instruction videos which echo the manual. It will help me get a feel for what is what so I can hit the ground (not running but slow and low :D ) when I get it.
I watched this and my first impression was of someone trying to make a name for himself by going against the flow and being 'different'. I've seen that syndrome before on social media....we all have.
Thing is, even I could see he is not giving the machine a chance and I have only read up about it, and of course followed the threads on here which are posted by users I can trust to deliver.

Like Ten Pence said...I have seen lots of Clever Henry's give their verdict on machines and dismiss them. I run a GMP as you can see...and so often I've seen them run it with sensitivity over in the red zone and their iron volume too high etc etc. And thought...wow...no wonder you are complaining about Iron sounding off all over the place! Its NOT the machine...its YOU!
And that's the nub of it. As Leslie says...all machines will do the business (some are deeper, more adaptable etc etc but still...) and its just a question of getting to grips with how best it works for your ears and your land. The manufacturers guidelines are a sound starting point. Deviations from that have to be thought over long and hard....and of course tailored to where you detect.

When I get one (fingers cross emoticon) I will keep the screen jabbing and button pushing to a minimum and follow the settings that now seem to have formed a sensible consensus for adapting the machine settings for normal UK conditions and potential finds. Simple. (Then its a question of re-training my ears to respond to the sounds.)
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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by garrettoldboy » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:45 am

hello, having read many posts on the Nox 600 or 800 there are some very good members who have these detectors and willing to share information on settings like Fred, i think the chap in the video could take some advice off here, or not !!!!!

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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by fred » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:49 am

littleboot wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:25 am
I am waiting patiently for a Nox. So I am watching some of the basic instruction videos which echo the manual. It will help me get a feel for what is what so I can hit the ground (not running but slow and low :D ) when I get it.
I watched this and my first impression was of someone trying to make a name for himself by going against the flow and being 'different'. I've seen that syndrome before on social media....we all have.
Thing is, even I could see he is not giving the machine a chance and I have only read up about it, and of course followed the threads on here which are posted by users I can trust to deliver.

Like Ten Pence said...I have seen lots of Clever Henry's give their verdict on machines and dismiss them. I run a GMP as you can see...and so often I've seen them run it with sensitivity over in the red zone and their iron volume too high etc etc. And thought...wow...no wonder you are complaining about Iron sounding off all over the place! Its NOT the machine...its YOU!
And that's the nub of it. As Leslie says...all machines will do the business (some are deeper, more adaptable etc etc but still...) and its just a question of getting to grips with how best it works for your ears and your land. The manufacturers guidelines are a sound starting point. Deviations from that have to be thought over long and hard....and of course tailored to where you detect.

When I get one (fingers cross emoticon) I will keep the screen jabbing and button pushing to a minimum and follow the settings that now seem to have formed a sensible consensus for adapting the machine settings for normal UK conditions and potential finds. Simple. (Then its a question of re-training my ears to respond to the sounds.)


And of course with your positive attitude you are far more likely to succeed than somebody who has already decided in advance that they don't like Minelabs! :D
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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by Phil2401 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:06 pm

littleboot wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:25 am
(Then its a question of re-training my ears to respond to the sounds.)
All common sense replies so far - the only advice I can give is to listen to the trusty members of this forum with appropriate experience of the machine and as others have said, ignore the videos produced by individuals with their own unknown / misleading agendae.

Anyway, very good point, Littleboot, about the ears. I bought the 800 about 6 months ago, used it probably about 20 times with only minor tweaks to the standard programs, without any significant success and have now sold it - (to another member of this forum). Like any machine, the Nox of course does what it should - it makes noises when there is metal beneath the coil. I couldn't get on with it because the noises it made didn't communicate the right messages to my brain (or more likely my ageing brain couldn't interpret the signals correctly). I can't quite put my finger on it - to use a musical analogy, I love boogie woogie but I could never understand what jazz is all about - to me the Nox was jazz.

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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by Easylife » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:06 pm

It seems that Mr fiddler couldn't help himself from constantly fiddling with settings which made target responses jumpy. He admits that Iron bias 6 is very high so gawd knows what he had the others set at, he seems quite inexperienced.
I mainly use my Nox 800 on old pasture, it goes deep even on small targets giving reliable target ID's. On my mild ground it can run 24/25 sensitivity and remain stable and quiet. The tones are customizable to suit you, 50 tones can take a little getting used to but how can anyone not get on with a simple 2 tone dig or don't dig program where you choose the tones? I guess that many of the sellers have not attempted to adjust it to suit themselves. x;
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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by garrettoldboy » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:18 pm

hello again, obviously he has bought a detector that he has know idea how to use, watch out for this Nox on EBAY

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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by garrettoldboy » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:35 pm

TheAndyA wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:04 pm
I've just watched some footage on Youtube and the person who made the video didn't seem overly happy with the Nox 800 when used in the field. I'd sooner hear the views of several owners, rather than just the one person.

I'm interested to hear how it performs in the field, please could you share your thoughts?
Andy you cannot get better than a multi frequency, yes these are some what complicated and you need knowledge of the different values and settings, but once mastered and that may take time you be well pleased with this detector, when Littleboot gets her nox watch how her posts go as she seems to have patience and understand with her GMP her Nox will hoover up all those nice finds in France

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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by Swany » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:07 pm

This is my opinion of the Nox mate and is unbiased.

Had it set recovery speed 3, iron bias 3, sensitivity 23, field 1.

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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by JBM » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:19 pm

Nothing changes at this game other than the faces.

At times its even like the school playground.

Still its entertaining. ::g

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Post by Swany » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:30 pm

JBM wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:19 pm
Nothing changes at this game other than the faces.

At times its even like the school playground.

Still its entertaining. ::g

Happy Hunting,

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I like your style Jerry. Just my opinion. Completely unbiased. Last year the nox found a James I groat fragment that the ctx and gpx missed. But not getting rid of them just yet as they all have their place ::g
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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by Blackadder43 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:35 pm

I'm happy with mine and how it performs
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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by Digiffys » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:51 pm

I found 5 hammereds the other day,they where all in bad condition but from a permission ive been doing years.Not saying ive missed them exactly as ploughed after every harvest and it generally always rewards me with atleast one hammered per session but 5! Also just recently found a stater,I'm loving this machine/raving about it ::g ::g
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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by Buriedbytime&dust » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:38 pm

fred wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:45 pm
The Nox isn't perfect by any means but it's pretty good. :D
Wash your mouth out with soap! :-O

It scored 10/10 in all seven categories in the Searcher review :D

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Post by TheAndyA » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:29 pm

Thanks to you all for your replies, great to hear some real world thoughts.
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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by fred » Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:42 am

Buriedbytime&dust wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:38 pm
fred wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:45 pm
The Nox isn't perfect by any means but it's pretty good. :D
Wash your mouth out with soap! :-O

It scored 10/10 in all seven categories in the Searcher review :D

Mind you some people who were quite scathing about that review and very cynical about the possility that a sub £1000 detector could be any good seem to have bitten the bullet anyway. I wonder what changed their mind? :D

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Post by TheAndyA » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:10 am

Yesterday evening I thought I'd see how much extra batteries for the Equinox would cost, I was quite disappointed to find out that they're not user replaceable. It seems that some other manufacturers have also gone down the same route.
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Post by Easylife » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:32 am

TheAndyA wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:10 am
I was quite disappointed to find out that they're not user replaceable.
Sure they are, a real easy job. Battery is in handle grip and just plugs in. ::g
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Post by TheAndyA » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:44 am

Easylife wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:32 am
TheAndyA wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:10 am
I was quite disappointed to find out that they're not user replaceable.
Sure they are, a real easy job. Battery is in handle grip and just plugs in. ::g
Is that the coil battery? Do you happen to have a link to the details?
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Post by Easylife » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:07 am

TheAndyA wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:44 am
Easylife wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:32 am
TheAndyA wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:10 am
I was quite disappointed to find out that they're not user replaceable.
Sure they are, a real easy job. Battery is in handle grip and just plugs in. ::g
Is that the coil battery? Do you happen to have a link to the details?
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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by slowsweep » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:07 am

TheAndyA wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:44 am
Easylife wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:32 am
TheAndyA wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:10 am
I was quite disappointed to find out that they're not user replaceable.
Sure they are, a real easy job. Battery is in handle grip and just plugs in. ::g
Is that the coil battery? Do you happen to have a link to the details?
the coil is connected to the control so doesnt have a separate battery.

on another note, it would appear that my "Opinion" on this machine has been removed, obviously its not as worthy as others.
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Post by TheAndyA » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:37 am

Easylife wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:07 am
TheAndyA wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:44 am
Easylife wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:32 am

Sure they are, a real easy job. Battery is in handle grip and just plugs in. ::g
Is that the coil battery? Do you happen to have a link to the details?
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slowsweep wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:07 am
TheAndyA wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:44 am
Easylife wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:32 am
Sure they are, a real easy job. Battery is in handle grip and just plugs in. ::g
Is that the coil battery? Do you happen to have a link to the details?
the coil is connected to the control so doesnt have a separate battery.

on another note, it would appear that my "Opinion" on this machine has been removed, obviously its not as worthy as others.
That's good to know. Thanks very much! ::g
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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by Mancave-man » Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:37 pm

Phil2401 wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:06 pm
littleboot wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:25 am
(Then its a question of re-training my ears to respond to the sounds.)
All common sense replies so far - the only advice I can give is to listen to the trusty members of this forum with appropriate experience of the machine and as others have said, ignore the videos produced by individuals with their own unknown / misleading agendae.

Anyway, very good point, Littleboot, about the ears. I bought the 800 about 6 months ago, used it probably about 20 times with only minor tweaks to the standard programs, without any significant success and have now sold it - (to another member of this forum). Like any machine, the Nox of course does what it should - it makes noises when there is metal beneath the coil. I couldn't get on with it because the noises it made didn't communicate the right messages to my brain (or more likely my ageing brain couldn't interpret the signals correctly). I can't quite put my finger on it - to use a musical analogy, I love boogie woogie but I could never understand what jazz is all about - to me the Nox was jazz.

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Re: Minelab Equinox 800 owners, what's your opinion of it?

Post by TheAndyA » Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:14 pm

Well, I've bitten the bullet and have ordered the 800! ::g
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