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    Quote Originally Posted by dewcon4414 View Post
    I wouldnt say it falses...... its can be a bit chatty if you run HIGH sensitivity...... or real low Recovery Speed because it picks up more of the minerals in the sand. This happens mostly with hard pan.... or when you are out there chest deep. But this machine does seem to like high K gold ..... and smaller gold than the Xcal and coil for coil is deeper in the wet sand than the Xcal.
    Thanks

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    Hunting directly behind my buddy (same line in the wet sand) who is very experienced with the Excal, I'd say the equinox. I came home with way more stuff even running behind him.

    Also, it's nice to be able to skip over pennies and dimes when you are in a hurry racing the incoming tide because it's easy to identify them.

    After the firmware update which fixed the coins on edge problem, I sold off all my other machines.

    It is not as nice on the ears though.
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    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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    May 2014
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    Equinox for sure. Its lighter, cheaper, and has a better warranty. You can easily swap out the headphones and coil. The only thing I like better about the Excal are the tones, I am not a fan of the beeps you get with the nox/ctx. I've replaced my CZ21, Excal, and CTX with just a Nox 600 and couldn't be happier about it, though I do miss those other machines.

    Having said that, pay close attention to OBNs post - out of the box, the nox is going to win. If you are like him and want to modify the excal with better headphones and such, the excal could be a better machine. But it voids warranty and the machine is still much heavier than the nox. It also requires some technical ability to do the mods unless you are paying to have them done.

    Regardless, the machine is only 1/2 the battle. Both are great. You aren't going to go wrong with either one.

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    rykroll, so what did you get? Do I need to do double time before you get out there?

    I think 50% of the club member's own Nox's now.. I see a lot of little gold being found this year in the bay by these guys.
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    Ryan Kroll

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    I sure did! And already scored my first ring. I love it! Click image for larger version. 

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    Very nice ring rykroll. Congrats!


    We are not what we take, we are what we leave.

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    Another Happy Nox owner, Best bang for the bucks.

    Now I have to get my azz in gear...

    Effort is Important, But knowing where, can make all the difference!





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    I think the Nox will be my go to machine for wet and dry sand. I'm still using the excal in the water as I think it will hold up better.
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    Debby

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    "Dew" Meeker

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    Deb I’m using the Nox in the water because of the repairs needed on the Xcal. I believe the Nox May be a bit better on small gold too even in the water. Depth about even. BUT ....running PP the Xcal has the silence factor and some will do better with it especially in PP mode.

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    Garry

    Nov 2013
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    Quote Originally Posted by flgliderpilot View Post
    Hunting directly behind my buddy (same line in the wet sand) who is very experienced with the Excal, I'd say the equinox. I came home with way more stuff even running behind him.

    Also, it's nice to be able to skip over pennies and dimes when you are in a hurry racing the incoming tide because it's easy to identify them.

    After the firmware update which fixed the coins on edge problem, I sold off all my other machines.

    It is not as nice on the ears though.
    I have found rings at TDI 20 .I know it's pennies but there are rings too.
    If you don't look for it you won't find it!! So get out there and dig it.

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    Colonel

    Jan 2014
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    Obviously everyone has their personal preference, but for me, I haven't used my Excal since I got the EQX 800. The EQX has a much faster processor, more sensitive to small targets than the Excal, lighter and it's easier to swing for long periods so it fits my needs on the beach better than any other machine I've ever owned or tested.

    Since I no longer go into deep surf, the Excal has been hanging in my hobby room for over a year. Were I into diving however, I'd take the Excal.

    Just the view from my foxhole...
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