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The Minelab EQUINOX 600 is the all-terrain multi-purpose detector that obsoletes all single frequency VLF detectors. Equally adaptable for all target types and ground conditions… just select your detecting location and go!
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.
Multi-IQ is derived from:
Simultaneous Multi-Frequency In-phase and Quadrature Synchronous Demodulation.
So, full marks to “Pimento” for this great deduction:
“I think the IQ part of Multi-IQ is not suggesting how Intelligent it is, but is alluding to the mathematical I and Q, representing the two quadrature (90 degrees apart) components of the signal, (which are then demodulated, a key part of most metal detector workings)”
But, that doesn’t mean EQUINOX is not an intelligent detector as well! We can go to a statement from Dr Philip Wahrlich, our principal technology physicist, about a key difference of Multi-IQ compared to the demodulation taking place in conventional single frequency VLF detectors:
“Within the Multi-IQ engine, the receiver is both phase-locked and amplitude-normalised to the transmitted magnetic field – rather than the electrical voltage driving the transmitted field. This field can be altered by the mineralisation in the soil (in both phase and amplitude), so if the receiver was only phased-locked to the driving voltage, this would result in inaccurate target IDs and a higher audible noise level. Locking the receiver to the actual transmitted field, across all frequencies simultaneously (by measuring the current through the coil) solves these issues, creating a very sensitive AND stable detector”
Precisely measuring these extremely small current variations is quite remarkable if you consider the levels involved. It’s actually parts per billion, or nanoamp signals, we are talking about here!
With Multi-IQ, we can derive much greater target ID accuracy and increased detecting performance, especially in ‘difficult’ ground. In ‘mild’ ground, single frequency may perform adequately, BUT depth and stable ID’s will be limited by ground noise; whereas the Multi-IQ simultaneous multi-frequency will achieve maximum depth with a very stable target signal. In ‘strong’ ground, single frequency will not be able to effectively separate the target signal, giving decreased results; whereas Multi-IQ will still detect at depth, losing a minimal amount of target accuracy. This is how we would generally represent the multi-frequency advantage, based on our engineering test data.
Let’s hear more from Philip Wahrlich about the technical details:
“For each frequency the detector transmits and receives there are two signals which can be extracted which we refer to as I and Q. The Q signal is most sensitive to targets, while the I signal is most sensitive to iron content. Traditional single-frequency metal detectors use the Q signal to detect targets, and then use the ratio of the I and Q signals to assess the characteristics of the target and assign a target ID. The problem with this approach is that the I signal is sensitive to the iron content of the soil. The target ID is always perturbed by the response from the soil, and as the signal from the target gets weaker, this perturbation becomes substantial. With some simplification here for brevity, if a detector transmits and receives on more than one frequency, it can ignore the soil sensitive I signals, and instead look at the multiple Q signals it receives in order to determine a target ID. That way, even for weak targets or highly mineralised soils, the target ID is far less perturbed by the response from the soil. This leads to very precise target IDs, both in mineralised soils and for targets at depth.”
“How many simultaneous frequencies?” you may ask, wondering if this is a critical parameter. Minelab has been carrying out detailed investigations into this in recent years. Just as you can colour in a map with many colours, the minimum number to differentiate between adjacent countries is only 4 – a tough problem for mathematicians to prove, over many years. Similar to the map problem, it’s perhaps not the maximum number of frequencies needed to achieve an optimum result, but the minimum number that is more interesting. When it comes to frequencies in a detector, to cover all target types, how the frequencies are combined AND processed is now more important, with the latest detectors, than how many frequencies, for achieving even better results.
Efficient new technology = lower power = lighter weight = higher performance.
The above diagram is intended to be a simplified representation of how different frequencies of operation are better suited to different target types; i.e. low frequencies (e.g. 5kHz) are more responsive to high conductors (e.g. large silver targets) and high frequencies (e.g. 40kHz) are more responsive to low conductors (e.g. small gold nuggets). The EQUINOX 600 offers a choice of 3 single frequencies and the EQUINOX 800 offers the choice of 5 single frequencies. Both models also have simultaneous multi-frequency options that cover a much broader range of targets than any one single frequency can – and they’re different across the Detecting Modes!
3 Detect Modes (Park, Field, Beach)
4 Frequency Options (5kHz, 10kHz, 15kHz, Multi)
Wired Bluetooth Headphones Supplied
Simultaneous Multi-Frequency: True intelligent Simultaneous Multi-Frequency for maximum performance, plus a wide range of single frequencies.
Waterproof Design: EQUINOX is fully submersible, ideal for detecting at the beach and in rivers, streams and lakes. (3m / 10-feet)
Sleek & Lightweight Rugged and lightweight construction allows you to enjoy long detecting sessions in any environment.
Wireless Audio Compatible Compatible with ultra-fast wireless audio with the WM 08, and fast aptX™ Low Latency / Bluetooth headphones.
6 Custom Search Profiles Each Detect Mode features 2 custom Search Profiles so you can save your favourite settings in each mode
Fast & Accurate Target ID Fast recovery speed with accurate Target ID ensures you won’t miss any valuable targets amongst the trash.
Detect Modes Park | Beach | Field
Custom Search Profiles 6 (2 per Detect Mode)
User Profile Button No
Operating Frequencies (kHz) Multi, 5, 10, 15
Noise Cancel Auto
Ground Balance Auto | Manual
Target Volume 0–25
Threshold Level 0–25
Target Identification 50 segment notch discrimination | Ferrous: -9 – 0 | Non-ferrous: 1 – 40
Threshold Pitch Fixed
Target Tones 1, 2, 5, 25
Tone Break Ferrous
Tone Pitch Ferrous
Tone Volume Ferrous
Depth Indicator 5 levels
Length 1440 mm (56.7")
Weight 1.34 kg (2.96 lbs)
Standard Coil (EQX 11) 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
Headphones (included) Wired 3.5mm (1/8") headphones (non waterproof)
WM 08 (included) No
Display Monochrome LCD display with backlight
LCD Backlight On, Off
Battery In-built rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Battery Life Approx. 12 hours
Waterproof Waterproof to 3m/10-feet
Key Technologies Multi-IQ | 3F×3 | Wi-Stream | Bluetooth | aptX™ Low Latency
Other Accessories USB Charging cable (1.5A), Multi Language Screen protectors
Software Upgradeable Yes, via USB connection (Windows and OSX)
Warranty 3 years control box and coil
What is included with Minelab Equinox 600 Series Metal Detector!
Minelab Equinox hits gold chain in saltwater!
- water proof detector Review by Playsndirt
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- Could be the Deus killer if.... Review by Nate
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That being the only gripe I have so far, the build quality is heads and shoulders above the Deus. I can feel that this is a rugged machine and I won't have to coddle it outdoors like I did with the Deus. Recovery speed is just as fast, and the depth seems on par if not better. And charging this one is MUCH better (engineering for the win). This will be replacing my Deus, I just wish I could know what my target was like I could on the Deus. (Posted on 4/11/2018)
- Great Machine Review by Justin Greer
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After swinging for about 30 minutes, my hand would slip up on the grip and I started to feel the roughness of the bottom of the screen. I wrapped a few hair ties around the handle (just below the screen) that solve the issue but it seems to be a HUGE oversight by Minelab. The screen is easy to read and the backlight is just amazing. I see more night hunts in my future with this machine. The modes are pretty cool as well. I wish there was a bit more configuration but not a deal breaker for me.
The recovery speed of the 600 is very good. Compared to the CTX, I would even venture to say that it was a bit faster. Even though the 11" coil is basically the same for both the CTX and NOX, the NOX was picking targets in between trash and above trash better. IMO I also think that the NOX has way less false positives when it comes to high tones. If the NOX chirps consistently DIG IT! We pulled 2 wheaties when the CTX said there was nothing there. The NOX picked them up with ease. The NOX also picked up dimes the were deeper and the CTX was having a hard time.
All in all, this machine is a GREAT machine. I would not compare it to the CTX but I will say you will have a good day running next to one. I plan on running this machine until it dies. (Posted on 3/28/2018)
- Got mine from Bart at BBH and LOVE it! Review by Gerry G.
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- Great info on the Equinox Review by CoinHunter2
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- Cant wait for this awesome machine! Review by Barry Bautista
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