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Thread: CTX 3030 Waterproof Headphones, NOT Gray Ghosts

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  1. #1
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    CTX 3030 Waterproof Headphones, NOT Gray Ghosts

    I bought the Gray Ghost waterproof headphones in 2017, used them for about 2 weeks. In 2018 used them for 4 months and they started to go bad. Loss sounds/signals, cracking noise, low volume or none and intermittent. I traced the problem to a possible broken wire inside the headphone cable where it goes into the headphone jack on the CTX 3030.

    In searching my written literature for trouble shooting, I discovered the Gray Ghost Warranty card that I was suppose to mail-in within 14 days of buying the Gray Ghost headphones, so I guess I'm out of luck regarding the lifetime warranty.

    Was looking to buy another waterproof headphone manufacturer and came across two that look identical - one is sold on Amazon (Minelab CTX 3030 Waterproof Headphones Garden Accessory, made by Minelab) listed at about $93.00 and good down to 3 meters/10 feet (also found at Serious Detecting for $149.00, good to 10 ft.). These Minelab headphones have very poor reviews on Amazon. There appears to be almost identical Minelab headphones sold by others (e.g., Kellyco) for the Minelab CTX 3030 for $149.00 that are good to 200 ft. Without further info, I'll probably go with the the Kellyco headphones for $149.00 and good to 200 ft, but can't get over the poor quality Ghosts and hate to spend about $50.00 more for Kellyco- Minelab, if I don't need to. Any feedback appreciated.

    Added Note: Just noticed that the Minelab headphones for the CTX 3030 at Serious Detecting ($149.00) are Koss, but still noted on website that they're good only to 10 ft, yet the same (?) headphones at Kellyco (not specifically "Koss") are good to 200 ft as noted on their website. Now I'm completely confused!!!

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    I would just fix them, very easy. I can post a parts list if needed.

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  3. #3
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    I've also had some significant issues with my waterproof Gray Ghosts. I can't believe they are the best thing on the market. First time I used them in the water I had the same issues. I sent them in. Even on warranty I had to pay shipping so it was like $15 and they were a real pain about it. Now, I can see the cords fraying again so I don't dare take them in the water. Let me know if you find a good alternative.

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    I'd check with the manufacturer first. They might repair for free, or, very reasonably.
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    Call the manufacture and tell them you forgot to sent in the registration card...give them the serial number; perhaps they will honor the warranty!
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    If you’re not using underwater? and knowing how weak the volume is with piezo’s and a CTX are, I’d say look to consider the Kellyco LS Pelso’s. Would guess they’d be much better sounding with more volume.

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    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    I'd check with the manufacturer first. They might repair for free, or, very reasonably.
    Found out that a warranty card (for anything) isn't vital or important or can even be required, but only that you have proof of purchase (and date).
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    Some issues came up with warranty on items sold by detectorpro prior to the company being sold. Patriots are another good pair. Most used for deep diving may go that deep but what good is it if you can’t hear them? For the CTX.... speakers are a better choice.
    Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.... John Wooden.

  9. #9
    us
    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
    CTX3030 w 11" and 17" Butterfly coils, Minelab Excalibur II w 10" coil Troy Shadow x2 w 7" coil Vibra-Tector 730 w 4" coil Whites (1970s)
    501
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    Quote Originally Posted by rc2125 View Post
    If you’re not using underwater? and knowing how weak the volume is with piezo’s and a CTX are, I’d say look to consider the Kellyco LS Pelso’s. Would guess they’d be much better sounding with more volume.
    OK, Decided to go with the Kellyco LS Pelso's. They cost $129. Also working to send in the Gray Ghosts for repair. Always need back-up waterproof headphones. FYI As a temp fix, attached the Minelab headphones, that are not waterproof, to my CTX 3030. After a dry beach hunt, decided to wash
    my detector AND headphones off with the hose, as I always do...with my waterproof headphones, anyways. Wish me luck.
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  10. #10
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    ft laud, fl
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    I've had bad luck with Gray Ghosts also. Too bad that Harold doesn't make headphones anymore. Ed

  11. #11
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    Sep 2012
    STATEN ISLAND NY
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    [QUOTE=LawrencetheMDer;6045047]I bought the Gray Ghost waterproof headphones in 2017, used them for about 2 weeks. In 2018 used them for 4 months and they started to go bad. Loss sounds/signals, cracking noise, low volume or none and intermittent. I traced the problem to a possible broken wire inside the headphone cable where it goes into the headphone jack on the CTX 3030.

    In searching my written literature for trouble shooting, I discovered the Gray Ghost Warranty card that I was suppose to mail-in within 14 days of buying the Gray Ghost headphones, so I guess I'm out of luck regarding the lifetime warranty.

    Was looking to buy another waterproof headphone manufacturer and came across two that look identical - one is sold on Amazon (Minelab CTX 3030 Waterproof Headphones Garden Accessory, made by Minelab) listed at about $93.00 and good down to 3 meters/10 feet (also found at Serious Detecting for $149.00, good to 10 ft.). These Minelab headphones have very poor reviews on Amazon. There appears to be almost identical Minelab headphones sold by others (e.g., Kellyco) for the Minelab CTX 3030 for $149.00 that are good to 200 ft. Without further info, I'll probably go with the the Kellyco headphones for $149.00 and good to 200 ft, but can't get over the poor quality Ghosts and hate to spend about $50.00 more for Kellyco- Minelab, if I don't need to. Any feedback appreciated.

    Added Note: Just noticed that the Minelab headphones for the CTX 3030 at Serious Detecting ($149.00) are Koss, but still noted on website that they're good only to 10 ft, yet the same (?) headphones at Kellyco (not specifically "Koss") are good to 200 ft as noted on their website. Now I'm completely confused!!!

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    Those things have a limited lifetime warranty. You just got them so you must have some type of proof of purchase or at least be able to tell them where you bought them. I own a few pair of GG headphones for different machines and have broken about three of them and never had a problem with getting them fixed and have never gotten a bill. And it was my fault, I broke them. You have to contact them, its well worth the postage. Their customer service phone number is 908-333-2942, call them.
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  12. #12

    Apr 2015
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    You can make a set of Pelso's for less than $25 if you have any basic soldering skills. There are videos on youtube.
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  13. #13
    us
    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
    CTX3030 w 11" and 17" Butterfly coils, Minelab Excalibur II w 10" coil Troy Shadow x2 w 7" coil Vibra-Tector 730 w 4" coil Whites (1970s)
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    1129 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
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    Follow-up
    Bought the L S Pelso waterproof headphones for my CTX 3030 from Kellyco and the sound is fantastic for an older guy with moderate to severe hearing loss. I am comparing the Pelso headphones with the Gray Ghost water poof headphones that I wore for a little over one season (about 5 months) and with the Minelab non waterproof headphones that came with the CTX that I have used a few times.

    The L S Pelso headphones have great volume, sound and tone. The tone is crisp and sharp. They provide good volume (have volume set on “10” and Threshold on “14” on CTX). They are snug on the head but appear somewhat short if your head has low ears; the top band of the headphones could press against the top of your head. You can wear the headphones with the top band moved to the back of the head/neck if your ears are too low. The headphones plug into the 8-pin connector on the CTX and the headphone waterproof female jack appeared loose upon arrival but was easily twist-tightened. The headphone cord length is good with ample extra cord extension available.

    I haven’t worn the new L S Pelso headphones in the water, yet, but they are rated to 200 ft. I’ll have them in the water in the next week of so and report back if any problems. Overall, I am very pleased with the L S Pelso waterproof headphones and would recommend them as a primary or secondary set of headphones for the CTX 3030.
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  14. #14

    Apr 2015
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    Well, there are two different Pelso headphones... one set is Piezo, and the other is not. The piezo set will go to 200' but they are not as loud and do not sound as good as the non-piezo version.

    I am betting you actually have the non-piezo version (which sound better).

    The non-piezo version would probably not go deeper than a few feet without destroying the tiny plastic speaker cone.
    Minelab Equinox 800,Fisher CZ-21, Excalibur II

    ... waiting to see that elusive dowser on the beach with a bucket of gold rings ...

 

 

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