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    I used to have a Whites Spectrum XLT, Now Im back into the hobby...

    I purchase a Whites Spectrum Xlt in 1998 I absolutely loved that machine and found many great coins, jewelry, and relics. Unfortunately in 2001 I had many health issues and thought detecting was over for me so I sold my XLT. Now I'm getting back into the hobby and I want a machine that is as great as my XLT was. I'm thinking about sticking with Whites because of how great they were and am looking at the Spectra V3i. Would you guys and gals out there tell me if it is just as great if not better than the Xlt. I know everyone has their favorite manufacturers. I won a minilab Eureka gold at a Gold show so I have that to prospect with(which I'm considering selling) just looking to get a high end detector for coins and jewelry. I would like to hear your thoughts on it, Also does anyone know if Whites is planning to replace the V3i anytime soon?
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    mxt would be my choice for coins and jewelry.i have a coinmaster,xlt,gmz (no good)and just got a gmt.and i use the mxt most of the time when iam not looking for gold.
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    I liked the White's VX3 ... Looking into getting another one ... A simple version of the V3i

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    1st - I noticed this was your very first post - so, Welcome Aboard red83hd! Take a look at Forum:North Carolina for information (i.e., clubs, etc.) directly related to your state.
    2nd - You might also browse Brands for information.
    3rd - Whatever you finally decide on - please consider buying one from one of 's Supporting Vendors.
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    Equinox 800, Treasure Probe IV, E-Trac, 3 Excal 1000's, White's GM3 V-sat. White's TM808, VibraProbe, 15" NEL Attack, 5X10 Joey, Steath 920ix and 720i, TRX, etc....
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    I used to be a White's fan also.....until I tried a Minelab with multiple frequencies. Nothing wrong with a V3i or MXT pro, but, that's yesterday's technology. The best current bang for your buck in coin/jewelry hunting is the Equinox IMO. If you plan on doing any salt water beach hunting, then no contest, the Equinox beats anything White's has as an all around detector.
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    thanks all for the welcomes and replies. look forward to using the site again. I always hate buying something new and I appreciate all the input I can get.
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    i still use my old XLT... (got lucky last year and found a like new one on line for $250 and bought itas a back up)
    I still make old and awesome finds with it
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    Quote Originally Posted by CASPER-2 View Post
    i still use my old XLT... (got lucky last year and found a like new one on line for $250 and bought itas a back up)
    I still make old and awesome finds with it
    An XLT is a good machine. Just a bit depth limited and pitiful in salt water/wet sand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    An XLT is a good machine. Just a bit depth limited and pitiful in salt water/wet sand.
    I DO OK WITH MINE FOR DEPTH IN FARM FIELDS - VERY SENSITIVE ON SMALL SILVER
    i get 1/2 dimes, 1/2 reales, 3c sil., and cut spanish often from spots hammered by others they missed
    just a few quick examples




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    I've never used an XLT so I can't compare it to any other machine. I do own a V3i though and I believe it is still one of the best machines currently available. It isn't all peaches and cream though - it is a heavier machine (well balanced though) and it is NOT waterproof. Three frequencies at once, or select a single frequency of your choice. Best screen on the market and extremely user customizable - to the point that too many incorrect adjustments can really hamper performance. The stock programs are fine to start out with (turn on and go) and can be adjusted (for better performance) as you learn the machine. Good selection of coil choices. Great coin and jewelry machine.

    No word, from Whites, on replacement plans (for the V3i).

    Other machines you might wish to consider:

    Whites MX Sport - waterproof single frequency machine. Very sensitive and deep. Great coin and jewelry machine. Not the best choice for salt water hunting, but it will do if salt water hunting is only an occasional thing (you'll lose some depth in salt water, but it will find good targets). Underrated machine in my opinion.

    MX7 - basically the same machine as the MX Sport, but not waterproof (it is water/dust resistant). It is a bit less weight than the Sport - and a bit less costly.

    Nokta/Makro Multi Kruzer or Multi Anfibio - both are multi frequency machines (single frequency at a time) and waterproof. I don't own the Anfibio so can't comment on it. The Kruzer is fast and deep. Very sensitive. Decent in salt water, but not the best choice if you're going to do a lot of salt water hunting. Deeper modes are um sparky; as in they can be a bit too much in really trashy areas. The 7 inch concentric coil is fantastic (I much prefer it over the stock coil - which is a good coil itself). The Kruzer weighs less than either of the two Whites machines (V3i, MX Sport). The Kruzer is a great coin/jewelry machine.

    Nokta/Makro Simplex - inexpensive, single frequency, waterproof machine. I haven't used one, but the reviews are very good.

    Unless you're in a big hurry to get hunting right away, it might behoove you to hold off (on a machine) until spring. By then there will be another option to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    I too am a red head, always heard that statement "Red on the head like the **** on a dog. Red heads are actually rare = got no red headed kids so I guess I'm a dying breed.... By the way, there's so few hairs on my head now, so I guess I'm no longer a RED HEAD
    LOL - I'm not a red head, many people have come to that conclusion, although if I grow a beard I have a nickel sized spot - as Rob dyrdek says "I'm 1/16th ginger". I used to have a red 1983 Harley Davidson hence red83hd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahts-a-dats-ago View Post
    I've never used an XLT so I can't compare it to any other machine. I do own a V3i though and I believe it is still one of the best machines currently available. It isn't all peaches and cream though - it is a heavier machine (well balanced though) and it is NOT waterproof. Three frequencies at once, or select a single frequency of your choice. Best screen on the market and extremely user customizable - to the point that too many incorrect adjustments can really hamper performance. The stock programs are fine to start out with (turn on and go) and can be adjusted (for better performance) as you learn the machine. Good selection of coil choices. Great coin and jewelry machine.

    No word, from Whites, on replacement plans (for the V3i).

    Other machines you might wish to consider:

    Whites MX Sport - waterproof single frequency machine. Very sensitive and deep. Great coin and jewelry machine. Not the best choice for salt water hunting, but it will do if salt water hunting is only an occasional thing (you'll lose some depth in salt water, but it will find good targets). Underrated machine in my opinion.

    MX7 - basically the same machine as the MX Sport, but not waterproof (it is water/dust resistant). It is a bit less weight than the Sport - and a bit less costly.

    Nokta/Makro Multi Kruzer or Multi Anfibio - both are multi frequency machines (single frequency at a time) and waterproof. I don't own the Anfibio so can't comment on it. The Kruzer is fast and deep. Very sensitive. Decent in salt water, but not the best choice if you're going to do a lot of salt water hunting. Deeper modes are … um sparky; as in they can be a bit too much in really trashy areas. The 7 inch concentric coil is fantastic (I much prefer it over the stock coil - which is a good coil itself). The Kruzer weighs less than either of the two Whites machines (V3i, MX Sport). The Kruzer is a great coin/jewelry machine.

    Nokta/Makro Simplex - inexpensive, single frequency, waterproof machine. I haven't used one, but the reviews are very good.

    Unless you're in a big hurry to get hunting right away, it might behoove you to hold off (on a machine) until spring. By then there will be another option to consider.
    Thanks for all the helpful info - I've heard that it is heavy -I think I read somewhere people use a harness like the Minelab pro swing. The Xlt could be customized also I heard many stories of guys mucking things up, I always used the preset factory settings and never had an issue. Once in awhile I would try out custom settings. The "other option" statement is that in general or do you have an inside edge on one of the companies?-lol

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    nice finds casper - I found a beautiful 1774 1/2 reales and a nice 1804 1/2 cent among other treasures with the XLT
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