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    AT MAX OR EQUINOX 800

    I have the AT MAX, but I hear the equinox is better Thoughts??

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    us
    Mar 2015
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    I haven't used the Max, but I am satisfied enough with the Nox 600 that I don't need any more of the market's current machines.
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    Kinda like going with the old science or new science. go with the NOX. The MAX is like the old AT pro with a couple added features.
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    Jul 2019
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    I had the Max for about a month as my first "upgrade" detector. I found quite a lot with it...but realized pretty much everything was shallow and modern. I did some air tests with bad results, called garrett and reported my results and they said my unit was defective. They were a pleasure to deal with and sent me a label to send it in for a free replacement (not repaired or refurbished)! Well, during the wait...i broke down and bought a nox 800......im still going over the same few sites and still finding deeper & older stuff. I havent even opened the the new Max they sent me. Very satisfied with the 800. Im not knocking Garrett or the AT Max....Great company, customer service, & detector, as i believe mine was defective.

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    Don't know anything about the AT Max. All I can say, is I have the Nox 800 and I'm happy with it.

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    If I didn't have an XP Deus I would get the 800. My buddy has one and it is a great machine.
    My wife does all the driving, I just hold the steering wheel.

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    Dec 2018
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    Have the NOX 800. Nice but VDI and sound nuances to tight. Volume without headphones is horrible on a slight breeze then when you pinpoint, everyone around you is disturbed. Super loud. Looking at DEUS to upgrade.
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    I have had both.

    Nox all the way.

    I’m serious.
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    Wait till spring for the new machines to hit the market.

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    I also had my first real "upgrade" as an AT Max coming from an Ace 250 . I had used the AT Max for about 2 weeks, got lucky and found a gold ring on the beach (dry sand) and couldnt manage to find anything in the wet sand due to high quantities of black sand. I figured I could sell the AT and the ring I found and buy a multi-frequency detector, and ended up getting the Equinox 800... Wow what a difference. I massively prefer the equinox over the AT Max in almost every condition to detect. Being a multi-frequency detector, it can go to areas the AT Max will struggle including metallic beaches and highly mineralized soil. Definitely if you have the money, upgrade to the equinox! It will pay itself off in no time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    Wait till spring for the new machines to hit the market.
    Any machines in particular that you are looking forward to??

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    Mar 2010
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czkidd View Post
    Have the NOX 800. Nice but VDI and sound nuances to tight. Volume without headphones is horrible on a slight breeze then when you pinpoint, everyone around you is disturbed. Super loud. Looking at DEUS to upgrade.

    Funny, I have the same complaint about my Deus. Volume is weak except in pinpoint mode. Then it will wake the dead! But, that is the only complaint I have and I am hard of hearing so that may also have something to do with it.
    My wife does all the driving, I just hold the steering wheel.

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    fr
    Oct 2019
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    Well i don't want to be the only one peeing into the Nox campfire, but I am not that impressed with the 600. Granted i am new to the machine, but it is definately not the same build as a Garrett machine.broken pieces after one day... There are so many possible options and settings.. And depth, well i'm not sure there has been any significant leap forward in how deep you will find trash ..as in reality it discrminates the same as any machine ie;, randomly..
    Coil is super sensitive too, i mean having to turn it down to less than half it's sensitivity(to stop falsies) is counter productive, as sensitivity equals depth, as far as i know..
    I'm obviously sticking with the Equinox for now, but if , as stated above, there could be new kit arriving in spring, i would hold off until then..

    Just my two cents
    'And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    Wait till spring for the new machines to hit the market.
    Any idea what they might be? Besides the vanquish

    Chub

  15. #15
    us
    Dec 2012
    lower hudson valley, N.Y.
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    Druid, let's see, you've had your Nox for less than two weeks and you're whining about it. You will not really understand it until you have over a hundred hours using it and that may not be enough. 16 sensitivity on your Nox is still better than any setting on an Ace 250, and multi freq rules in any mineralized soil. Just because you cross-thread your cuff screw in doesn't mean the machine is cheaply made. I think perhaps you are just not cut out for a Minelab user, they are HARD to learn without a doubt. I began with a Garrett nearly fifty years ago and stayed with Garrett for years, still have them and use them, but when it comes to straight out performance Minelab multi frequency rules in my area. When I got my Safari, I was amazed at how little I knew about using it when I had nearly forty years of detecting experience with other machines. I thought something was wrong with the machine, there was only something wrong with me. Once I learned to lower sensitivity and use the machine properly I found out how truly amazing the Minelab technology was. Going from Safari to Nox was much easier because I am already Minelab multi trained. Use patience and I am sure you will find your Nox an exceptionally useful detector, if not there are many other machines out there that may suit your needs better. I too run sensitivity at a low 16 on many trashy areas and believe me, it will still find a silver dime at 9". I can only run high sense in areas with less trash like field and woods hunting. I don't know of any mid range to high end machine that one can use full power in trashy areas on, even my ATP has trouble in trash at maximum sensitivity. Also remember "he who digs the most holes finds the most good stuff", there is no miracle discrimination, and many iffy signals can be good signals on any machine. By the way, when the ATP came out they had wobbly shaft issues and many had pinpoint issues that had to be addressed by Garrett's warranty department. I have also seen many broken cuffs and even housings on the ATP.

    Hva, look at Calabash digger's video on ATP/Nox comparisons it is very informative. Max is just an ATP with backlighting and wireless phones technology, there is nothing new about it's detecting technology. Nox 800 will blow the Max out of the water when learned properly and can be used in areas the single frequency VLF Max or any other single frequency VLF will not work efficiently. The learning curve on the Nox is steeper than that of the Max to some folks but not to others. The Nox has the faster recovery speed and the Max has more coil options which I like, but I have given up my ATP for the 800 for most all hunting I do.
    Last edited by gunsil; Nov 13, 2019 at 09:54 AM.
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