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  1. #1

    Jul 2014
    87 times

    600 or 800 ?

    Ok I am ready to order. The question is which one? Use will be used on both land and salt beach about equally. In the salt up to my knees, mostly the north east. I can afford either but no experience with wireless headphones and not particularly fond of technical problems. Fair amount of experience over past several years. Any comments appreciated.

  2. #2
    Charter Member

    Apr 2013
    N.E. Ohio
    XP Deus, NOX 600
    1257 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Easy one....800 if money's no object...

  3. #3
    Charter Member
    Jul 2015
    Near Ground Zero for Insanity
    XP Deus with HF Coils and Mi6 Pinpointer/ML Equinox 600/800/ML GPX 4800/Garrett ATX/Fisher F75 DST/Tek Delta/Whites MXT/Garrett Carrot/Piranha Relic Shovel
    5142 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    800. Just gives you more options and versatility than the 600 so it's a better value overall. The wireless tech is reliable and you can always plug your favorite phones into the detector with the right audio adapter if you want to go old school.

    Here is a detailed rackout of the differences between the two detectors:

    Gold Mode May Not Necessarily Be the Most Important Thing Missing from the 600

    Here is another thread that goes through the arguments for 600 vs. 800:

    Minelab Equinox 600 vs 800 - which to buy?

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  4. #4

    Aug 2016
    2369 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    If you get the 600, you will always be wondering how would the 800 do!

  5. #5

    Apr 2016
    South Western PA
    ACE 250 with DD coil Equinox 600
    6144 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    I got the 600, had same thoughts on wireless headphones, just one more thing to be worrying about. But, IMO the stock wired 600 headphones were not loud enough to hear the nuanced tones that are important with the Nox. Ended up spending $50 for the wireless headphones and it made a huge difference.

  6. #6
    Apr 2018
    Atlanta, GA
    63 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    The thread vferrari references, is mine. I went through the same questions you are trying to answer, and have decided on the 800.

    I am waiting to see if Santa got my list and hopefully, it will be under the tree on Christmas morning.

    If not, I will buy the 800 myself!

  7. #7

    Feb 2017
    EQ 800 & 600, Fisher F75 +, Tesoro Tejon, Tesoro Conquistador, Bounty hunter Tracker iv
    3218 times
    Metal Detecting
    800. The tone adjustments are endless and that is worth even more than the wireless IMO.
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  8. #8
    Jan 2011
    Southwest Ohio
    Minelab Equinox, Makro PP, and a little luck.
    445 times
    Metal Detecting
    I bought the 600, made my own headphone adapter, bartered for a set of KOSS/Minelab UR 30 headphones and never looked back. Nothing against the 800 but I haven't given it one thought about woulda,shoulda,coulda got the 800. I have found silver and jewelry with the 600 and even though I may only have about 50 hours of hunting time with it, I feel very comfortable and confident with it. Minelab really hit one out of the park with the Equinox. If you aren't planning on nugget hunting ( I live in southwest Ohio!) like me, the 600 is an awesome bang-for-the-buck detector. Buy one already!
    Diggn' is my business....and business is good!

  9. #9

    Mar 2017
    XP Deus, Minelab Equinox
    769 times
    Metal Detecting
    I got an unbelievable deal on the 600, I use it in conjunction with the XP Deus. You should get the 800 if it’s going to serve as your primary machine. The 600 does however make a nice companion machine, and has served me well so far.
    Last edited by secondstar; Dec 12, 2018 at 10:10 PM.

  10. #10
    Oct 2018
    NE Ohio
    Minelab Equinox 600 Garrett AT Max Bounty Hunter Land Ranger Pro Bounty Hunter Tracker Pro
    269 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I got my 600 for $500 shipped, and I’m not a gold hunter, so it works for me. Since money isn’t an issue, just go for the 800. You get the wireless headphone with it, so you don’t need to spend $60:for the good ones. I hate being tethered, so my new headphones will be under the tree from my daughters.

    Happy hunting!
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  11. #11
    Can you dig it.

    Dec 2016
    Equinox 600 - Garrett AT MAX & ProPointer AT------- Back Ups: AT Pro, Tesoro Royal Sabre, Tesoro Mojave, Wilson C&R 4
    950 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    I went with the 600 for $551 shipped. Got the Archmage headphones for $40 on amazon. Pair easily and are comfortable. So Im in for $591. My friend got the 800. He doesnt use any of the extra capabilites the 800 has over the 600 because hes had his best season yet (2018). Ive also had an excellent year. The learning curve isnt too bad. I went from garrett products (cant stand their tones now) and he went over from a DFX. We both picked it up within a couple weeks and now were slamming silver at 10 inches plus as well as large cents. small gold jewelry is easy too.

    Oh and hes on park 2 and i run park 1. Whether it be woods or fields. Both of us use 50 tones.

    600 is just as capable to find deep targets as the 800, but 800 has more options to customize things. So if you like to tinker then go for it. But a 10 inch quarter or large cent sounds the same on both machines.

  12. #12

    Jul 2014
    87 times
    Well it seems that the consensus of opinion is to go for the 800. Thanks to everyone for revisiting this subject. As usual the amount of information and the depth of knowledge on this board is impressive.
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  13. #13
    Charter Member
    Aug 2013
    OC, CA
    XP Deus, Equinox 800 720i Stealth Scoop
    5463 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Both the 600 and 800 are very capable detectors at the beach. I bought the 800 for the same reasons stated above and love it. Best of luck!
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    We are not what we take, we are what we leave.

  14. #14
    Feb 2016
    Los Angeles
    Equinox 600, Minelab Safari
    258 times
    Metal Detecting
    If I were in your shoes and not having either the 600 or 800.. then choosing the 800 is an easy choice. For me, and possibly others who bought the 600 because the 800 was unavailable, it's also an easy decision to stay with the 600 especially if you hunt the way I do...ie; 50 tones, no tone breaks, all metal, high sens, 0 IB, 3 recovery. It has more than enough separation speed in the trashiest parks on Los Angeles. Good luck with your 800 and please show your finds.
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  15. #15
    Apr 2018
    Atlanta, GA
    63 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by saanich2018 View Post
    The thread vferrari references, is mine. I went through the same questions you are trying to answer, and have decided on the 800.

    I am waiting to see if Santa got my list and hopefully, it will be under the tree on Christmas morning.

    If not, I will buy the 800 myself!

    Severely disappointed. Looked and looked but the 800 was not under tree yesterday.
    Guess Santa did not get my letter and now I will have to buy it myself!
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