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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 Bart@bigboyshobbies.net or call us at 405-206-9010.  Be glad to help you any way we can!

    Here is an updated comparison chart with all of the differences between the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800!

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    Specifications Equinox 600 Equinox 800
    Detect Modes: 3 (Park, Beach, Field) 4 (Park, Beach, Field, Gold)
    Operating Frequencies (kHz): Multi, 5, 10, 15 Multi, 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: 0–25 0–25
    Threshold Level: 0–25 0–25
    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 0–25
    Target Tones: 1, 2, 5, 50 1, 2, 5, 50
    Tone Break: Ferrous Ferrous
    Tone Pitch: Ferrous Ferrous
    Tone Volume: Ferrous 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 (non waterproof) Bluetooth and aptX™ Low Latency headphones (non waterproof)
    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, 3F×3, Wi-Stream, Bluetooth, aptX™ Low Latency Multi-IQ, 5F×8, 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 3 years control box and coil
  • 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