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  • What is the difference in the Minelab Equinox 800 and the Minelab Equinox 600 metal detectors?

    I get asked many times a day what is the difference between the Minelab Equinox 600 and the Minelab Equinox 800. Many people just want a good all around metal detector that is great on the pocket book but competes with the big dogs.  A lot to ask but the Minelab Equinox delivers with its different models and lineup.

    The EQUINOX 600 is limited to 5 kHz, 10 kHz, and 15 kHz single frequencies and leaves out the super cool wireless headphone option. Although you can add the Minelab Equinox wireless headphones set separately that will be available this summer.  They both still work the same way and have no noticeable difference in the way they detect or depth.  Great price and options for a good light metal detector.

    The most in your face and obvious option is the wireless headphones the Equinox 800 provides. It it a very good all around detector. It has Wireless headphones with help from the minelab WM-08 wireless audio module and 2 more frequencies, a total of 5 frequencies, 5 kHz, 10 kHz, 15 kHz, 20kHz and 40kHz.  Great for gold nugget hunting and relics with those added higher frequencies! If gold nuggets are not your thing save the $ and get the 600. Of course you lose wireless headphones as well.

    The 600 has 3 ranges for detector swing speed while the 800 had 8. Faster swing speed does loose a bit of detection depth but seperation is GREATLY increased. The stock setting is perfect balance of speed and depth. The added 8 settings of the 800 give great advantage to fine tune your machine.  Slow swing speeds give amazing depth! The lower you can use the better you will be off for more depth.

    The 600 iron range is also different from the 800. The 600 has four settings. Fifty tone, 5 tone, 2 tone and single tone. The 800 allows the user to shift non ferrous targets tones and the volume which can help when your a tone only hunter to hear slight differences in metal detector targets.

    Both of the machines offer Minelab's Multi-IQ simultaneous multifrequency technology and operate the same way as was said before. Both operate on multiple frequencies at the same time. and give the same target evaluation as the other when in multifrequency. Not so in single frequency operation. Not many machines can say that! Huge advantage for areas with high mineralization, bad ground, iron infestations or high trash. Salt water beaches included!

    The advanced settings the 800 provides over the 600 is quite an advantage as well! 800 on the left and 600 on the right in picture below. You can adjust automatic noise cancel with the 800 giving some advanced users the option to battle cross talk with other metal detectors and power lines causing EMI.

    Equinox Advanced settings Minelab Equinox Advanced settings Options. 800 on left, 600 on right.

    Now which one do you want? That is up to you and what options are important to you. Both are great metal detectors!

    If you have any questions feel free to email us at or call us at 405-206-9010.  Be glad to help you any way we can!

  • Take the kids metal detecting with you!

    As parents, often times it's difficult to find new and exciting things to do with our kids in this technology age. One of the best things we've heard from our customers is that their kids absolutely love to go out and metal detect with their parents!

    Metal detecting is great for the younger generation, you can use it as a tool to teach history, create excitement hunting for treasure, and get some great physical exercise all while spending quality time with your children.

    While younger children may not be able to handle full size metal detectors, letting them help with a pinpointer or hand digging tool is a great way to include them in your hobby and let them share the excitement of your finds. we also offer a great selection of cheaper detectors that are really light weight and easy to use for children around 11 and up. The Garrett Ace series would be a fantastic starting point for early teenagers who show a strong interest in metal detecting.

    Here's to the next generation of history lovers, treasure hunters and metal detectorists! As always please contact us at any time if you have any questions regarding the products we sell and service we offer. Happy hunting to you and yours from everyone at BBH


    First shipment of the MAKRO MULTI KRUZER WATERPROOF METAL DETECTOR came in today! These things are DEEP! Be sure to ask about special deals!

  • Don't forget this years Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt!

    It's almost that time of year again, the annual Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt for 2018 will be a fun filled day out for the whole family. Be quick, there are limited spaces still available and this even usually sells out pretty fast!

    The event will be in Jefferson, Texas and will be a great weekend of detecting activities, plus a lot of fun things to do with the family, including rides on the Jefferson railway, a free kids hunt for ages 12 and under, cannon firing demonstrations, special guests and much more!

    Head over to the Garrett Website for more information and have a fantastic time!


    We just got in first batch of the all new Fisher F-Pulse Pin Pointer. They seem to be outstanding! Free shipping off our website!


    MAKRO GOLD KRUZER METAL DETECTOR Will be shipping Mid February! Get your order in for this 61 Khz, waterproof Gold nugget beast with wireless headphones included!

  • Garrett Metal Detectors Gets a New CEO

    New leadership is incoming over at Garrett headquarters.  Steve Novakovich will be stepping in as CEO announced in the company press release on Jan 19th.

    Eleanor Garrett, the current president of Garrett says:

    “We felt that it was the right time to add to Garrett’s management team,”

    The current President of Garrett Metal Detectors. In 1964, Mrs. Garrett co-founded the company from her Garland, Texas home with her late husband, Charles Garrett, who was considered to be one of the pioneers of hobby metal detecting.

    “Steve Novakovich brings more than 30 years of experience to us from all facets of the business world,” Mrs. Garrett added. “Adding Steve to our existing core management team, I feel secure that the company Charles and I founded 54 years ago will remain strong for its next 54 years.”

    Lets hope we see even more innovation we've come to expect from Garrett and wish Steve Novakovich luck in his new position at the company.

  • An in Depth Guide to The XP Deus 4.1 Software Update

    Fellow Deus users, my name is David and I am an avid Deus user.  I have several hours on the detector model and have run versions 2.0, 3.0, 3.1. 3.2, 4.0 and the latest version 4.1.

    What can version 4.1 do for you?

    First of all version 4.1 is NOT a bells and whistle update.  Granted the update seems did improve performance associated with use of the MI-6 pinpointer, V4.1 does offer additional performance in the field.  The following data compiled from use of using the 9" LF and 11" LF coils.

    I have been testing, comparing and detecting using both versions 4.0 and 4.1 on 2 different Deus setups.

    Folks reading the new Deus 4.1 manual will notice ground tracking has been changed, the way it works based on a user's soil mineralization and also depends on this new setting that Version 4.1 brings called ground sensitivity.

    Well, granted using version 4.1 and using tracking ground balance, Deus on average will run quieter.  But folks, quieter is not always better.  What I am trying to say here, yes Deus will when tracking ground balance is selected and medium and lower ground sensitivity settings are used, Deus programming stands a good chance to make Deus go to default ground balance ground phase setting of 88.  By the Deus doing this the detector will not be as deep at finding, or calling nonferrous actually with nonferrous tone, or deeper nonferrous targets could become choppy, misleading a user to thinking indeed there is iron under their coil.

    So, in order to get peak performance for depth, manual ground balance using V4.1 has to be used or higher ground sensitivity settings be used to force Deus with the new V4.1 programming to track to the ground.

    But using higher ground sensitivity settings come with a price.

    What exactly?

    Deus for whatever reason is a better separator, unmasker with  usually mid level ground sensitivity level settings of between 5-7.  Users of version 4.1 will notice default ground sensitivity is indeed level 6, and for good reason.

    I should point out based on actual testing and live undisturbed buried nonferrous targets in the wild, it seems V4.0 is identical with identical settings of version 4.1 as long as V4.1 programmed unit has ground sensitivity level set to level 10.

    Comparing signals on nonferrous during testing placed in challenging situations as well as nonferrous targets in the wild, comparing V4.0 and V4.1 ( with ground sensitivity) set to level 6, I witnessed many times where targets swept with V4.1 to have either or/ and fuller tone, cleaner tone, less chopped, less irony sounding on the edges, just tone period, less static.

    When actually even taking the V4.1 unit and sweeping these same targets with ground sensitivity to level 10, I again noted what I say above about what happened to the signals on nonferous targets.

    A side note here, and I after discovering this tendency was able to make some nonferrous finds.

    Deus tendency using V4.1 and using mid level settings 5-7 ground sensitivity levels, if Deus coil is actually over ferrous and trying to signal (provide high tone wisp) say on nail or iron, if a user changes ground sensitivity setting to level 10 and the signal is the same or gets stronger, this what Deus is signaling on is likely iron.  But if going to level 10 on the ground sensitivity setting and the signal drops out or is more compromised likely nonferrous.

    A skilled Deus user using V4.1 can in fact IMO hunt behind a skilled Deus user using V4.0.

    I encourage all folks to try V4.1, and with time if a person will compare targets with varied ground sensitivity settings, it won't be long until all what I have said here becomes apparent.  Granted hunting in areas already hunted hard using previous Deus versions likely will bring this to light for folks faster.

    This ground sensitivity setting is seems related to ground mineralization, but it is my opinion based on testing, even folks with milder ground yet polluted sites can benefit from V4.1.

    The advantage of V4.1 Deus will not be apparent with all nonferous targets discovered(comparing signal data using ground sensitivity levels 6 and 10),  but given time in the field it will be.

  • All New Makro Multi Kruzer Waterproof Metal Detector

    Check out the all new Multi frequency Makro Multi Kruzer Waterproof Metal Detector!

    Be sure to click the link above with more info on the Multi-Kruzer on our website. We will update it with more info as we get it. Check back often!

    Set to hit our store Mid February! Pre order now!

  • The New XP Deus version 4.1 Software Update is here!

    You can view the complete setup and instalation instructions on how to update your headphones, remote control and coil software over at the XP deus website, it's important to make sure all of your devices are fully charged before beginning the update!

    Here's a quick overview of the changelog:

    The Radio connection between MI-6 and DEUS is now more reliable and faster.


    New menu addition "Ground Sensitivity" in GB > EXPERT. This new setting makes it possible to adjust the machines ability to track soils according to their intensity. This makes it possible to avoid tracking on soils with a low mineralisation.

    • GROUND SENS low (1 to 5): Slightly mineralized soils are ignored and the DEUS does not track and will not display ground values, the Deus will default to the recommended level.

    • GROUND SENS high (6 to 10): The DEUS will track even low mineralized soils.


    Do not be tempted to adjust the "GROUND SENS" too high as this may introduce more instability and false ground readings. Levels of 1 to 5 are recommended, they will give you better stability over
    the V4.0


    • Ground measurement display: If the DEUS does not register a ground effect for 7 seconds or receives a level lower than the set "GROUND SENS" for more than 7 seconds it will now display

    • Ground Tracking: If the DEUS no longer measures a suitable ground fefect for 30 seconds it will default the tracking to a setting value of 88 for more stability For example the ground value will revert to default if: The soil is not mineralized enough or if the level of mineralization is lower than your set "GROUND SENS", or simply if you stop detecting.

    As soon as you resume detecting or if the soil becomes suciently mineralized again, the DEUS will continue to track the soil and the display will show the measured value. HF coils do not require software updates for the moment, they are ignored during the update

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