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    Ryan Kroll

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    Equinox 800 or Excalibur?

    I am in the market for another beach and water detector do you guys or gals think the equinox can produce like the Excalibur?

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    I use and like both. IMO, the Excal will go a little deeper. The Nox will give you a better idea of what you're running over since it has a display. Changing a coil or headphones is much easier on the Nox. Naturally, if you're going deeper in the water than 10 feet, you will need the Excal. Both are very stable and work well in salt water.
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    If I did not know my Excalibur so well, I would own a Nox. My belief is, a New Nox is Better then a New Excalibur. Keep in mind also, the machine is only part of the puzzle when it comes to finding treasure.
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    ARC

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    I would love to test drive an EQ for a day.

    Too bad my X2 would be pissed at me for cheating.

    Nah really... would like to take the Nox for a spin just to compare these.

    I know the Excals like I know my arm so it would be interesting to push a comparable machine ... err or so they say.

    I would give my review... or will if ever the chance arises.

    Not buying one... or any detectors for that matter.

    The ones I have now collect enough dust.
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    "Dew" Meeker

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    I e got a pretty good handle on both. Price, warranty, repairs and mode go to the Nox. I’d give sensitivity to smaller gold also to the Nox. Can’t see an advantage depth wise but like Joe said....you can be a big part of the equation. The Nox is lighter but can be noise heavy with it’s bigger coil. But who don’t like using the Xcal in PP mode? Waist to neck depth the Xcal is quieter. You just can’t beat the simplicity of th Xcal either. You can swap phones and coils on the Nox. It’s wireless and for night hunting has a back light and screen....it plain and simple a machine with multi purpose.
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    Ryan Kroll

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    A solid machine won't leak in the surf?

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    Own both Equinox 800 and 4 excals with different size coils, I will always own an Excal with pp mod.
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    I have two Excals and the 800. I have had great success with both. The truth is that it's hard to decide which detector to take. I love them both. The 15 inch coil in the water is a little noisy on the 800 unless your lucky to have a calm day.
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    You guys running PP on excals are you doing the same on the NOX?
    I find the nox deeper than the bbs machines myself and don't need PP mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slider66 View Post
    I have two Excals and the 800. I have had great success with both. The truth is that it's hard to decide which detector to take. I love them both. The 15 inch coil in the water is a little noisy on the 800 unless your lucky to have a calm day.
    the Nox falses in the water?

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    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.
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    I have both but was able to still pull more stuff out of the ground with the Equinox after I had already hit some of my favorite Maine beaches hard with my Excalibur. If you plan on going deep in the water, then of course the Excalibur. But for just the surf/dry beach, Equinox. The Equinox offers so many more easy configurations regarding headphones, coils and settings. Plus, you aren't pigeon holed into just a "water" machine. JMTC.

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    Your are right....truly multi use even RAW gold with the 800

 

 
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