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  1. #1

    May 2012
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    Whites v3i in comparison to the 3030

    I am an Whites XLT owner for the past 15 years. I am now looking to get back into detecting and i will probably getting a bew machine. I would be very interested if anyone has had the chance to compare the v3i to the 3030? I have already spoken to a couple of dealers in Oklahoma (where I'm. From), but would appreciate additional input. I am hoping to start searching for relics and I also like to hunt old parks as well. I have not done much beach hunting. Any one out there comparing these two models?

  2. #2
    us
    May 2012
    Flower Mound, TX
    CTX 3030, Explorer XS
    10
    I'm sort of doing the same. Haven't been active detecting but I have an Explorer I've used. I'm leaning toward the CTX3030 because I like the two dimentonal discrimination screen and the new features seem to take the E-trac to a new level.

    But, if I had been a long time Whites user I would probably lean more to the v3i just because it would work more like what I'm used to. That being said, I've looked at a lot of v3i vs e-trac comparisons by doing a google search for that term. Many are biased but my overall impression was that the e-trac was the preferred machine but not by much.

    I don't know the weight of the v3i but the e-trac is about 4.8 lb. and the CTX3030 is 5.2 but supposedly balanced better.

    If you are like me and like lots of bells and whistles and the latest technology check out the ctx. If you are more comfortable with the whites screens and methods you'll probably prefer the v3i.

    So, do the google search and start watching the comparison videos and user comments. You won't find many ctx comparisons yet but there are com ctx vs e-trac comparisons out there and will be more in a week or so. That's the best advice I can give you.

  3. #3
    us
    Mar 2010
    Denver, Colorado
    TDI SL, Etrac, Whites XL Pro w/tone mod, Makro Racer, Whites IDX Pro w/Bills mods
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    I previously owned a V3i and now own an Etrac. The CTX3030 looks very similar to the Etrac outside of the color screen and Target Trace features. There are also other apparent updates in the electronics. I found the V3i very good but got bogged down in the menus and all of the adjustments and tweaks. For me the Etrac was actually easier to learn and operate. I did not think I would ever adjust to the audio tones of a Minelab since they sounded like nails on a chalkboard but it wasn't too hard of an adjustment once I had the headphones on. Both are heavy compared to many detectors in case that is a concern. If you buy one get the Sabisch book on it and it will save you a lot of time and effort learning it. Whether you get a V3i or Etrac or CTX you have to like the machine you are using. I have had machines that were good but for some reason (sounds, display, handling) annoyed me and I wasn't very effective with them. If the operator and machine don't "connect" it will lesson the chances of success and that can be equally important as getting a techincally capable detector.

  4. #4
    au
    Jul 2008
    TNQ
    330
    88 times
    CTX3030 works well, but a little heavy for my hunt style, if you like menus and tweaks then go for it, I've never used a V3i.


    ivanll

  5. #5
    us
    Apr 2010
    Michigan
    WHITE"S SPECTRA V3i d2 coil 6x10 coil 5.3 coil super 12 surfmaster II
    159
    7 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Why waste your time learning a unit every time a new one comes out. Im going to stick with my V3i & etrac I have the best of both worlds
    What go's up must come down What gets lost will get found!

  6. #6
    us
    Www.youtube.com/kshollywood

    Jul 2010
    Brandon,ms
    XP DEUS WS5 with 11" coil,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Whites VX3, whites DFX, MINELAB xterra 505
    521
    165 times
    Relic Hunting
    Buy from Mike at woodland detectors you won't regret it!!! Mike will help you in every aspect of metal detecting. Ask anyone on here about woodland detectors and Mike!

  7. #7
    us
    Nov 2008
    Toll Free ~ 855~966~3563
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    There is really no comparison...For the money, the Whites is a much better machine...I can attest to this because I have used both the V3i, and the dirty 30. I was so disappointed in the ctx with the huge price tag thinking it might be the next super machine....Boy was I wrong! Save yourself a bunch of cash and go with the White's you wont regret it. I sold my personal CTX last week, buying the White's, and pocketing some cash! You can call us toll free to discuss the performance test. I put a good honest 100 hours on the "Etrac with chrome" The White's outperformed the Minelab CTX 30-30 in Culpeper Va, and most of the Eastern US. ( The White's MXT even did better) Everyone knows aropund here we will only announce the honest news on manufactures products, and it just solely our opinions. The field tests we perform are accurate diggging natural targets, in natural undisturbed enviroments. The White's is STILL America's favorite....And American Made too...And you all know about White's unbeatable customer service.
    Last edited by Woodland Detectors; Jun 16, 2012 at 08:14 AM.
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  8. #8

    Apr 2007
    Mertztown, Pa
    Minelab Etrac, Safari,X-Terra 705, Tesoro Tejon, Whites DFX, Garrett AT Pro, GTI 2500, 250, Fisher Gold Bug DP,F75 Limited
    747
    101 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Mike under mineralized ground conditions, did you run in ground coin? What were your findings in that set up if you did.

  9. #9
    be
    Apr 2009
    Sov GT-Explorer II-Goldbug Pro-Eurotek Pro-Classic III-Golden µMAX-1212-x-SH MKII-
    132
    45 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Well, seasoned huters might want to choose the one that has manual ground balance settings...

    A very useful feature, that I really do miss on both my Sov GT and Quattro.

    Manual ground balance : men know why...

    HH

    Grumpy
    He who never hunted with a non motion detector ignores the stunning capacities of human ears.

  10. #10
    cr
    Detecting fever comes and goes.

    Jun 2012
    San Jose
    Actual: Whites MXT All Pro, M6 and Tesoro Sand Shark Ex: BH Platinum, Tesoro Lobo, ST & Tejon, Teknetics Delta, Whites MXT, V3i, Dual Field, MX5; DP Wader, Garrett At-PRO, Fisher Gold Bug 2, CZ-70Pro
    837
    160 times
    Metal Detecting and Ham Radio
    Quote Originally Posted by Woodland Detectors
    There is really no comparison...For the money, the Whites is a much better machine...I can attest to this because I have used both the V3i, and the dirty 30. I was so disappointed in the ctx with the huge price tag thinking it might be the next super machine....Boy was I wrong! Save yourself a bunch of cash and go with the White's you wont regret it. I sold my personal CTX last week, buying the White's, and pocketing some cash! You can call us toll free to discuss the performance test. I put a good honest 100 hours on the "Etrac with chrome" The White's outperformed the Minelab CTX 30-30 in Culpeper Va, and most of the Eastern US. ( The White's MXT even did better) Everyone knows aropund here we will only announce the honest news on manufactures products, and it just solely our opinions. The field tests we perform are accurate diggging natural targets, in natural undisturbed enviroments. The White's is STILL America's favorite....And American Made too...And you all know about White's unbeatable customer service.
    What do you mean when you state that the mxt did even better. The mxt performed better than the v3i I am asking since I just got the mxt and I was considering the v3i as well. It if you say that the mxt will outperform the white top of line than I will think it twice before I purchase the v3i.

  11. #11

    Jun 2012
    1
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    Quote Originally Posted by norbyx

    What do you mean when you state that the mxt did even better. The mxt performed better than the v3i I am asking since I just got the mxt and I was considering the v3i as well. It if you say that the mxt will outperform the white top of line than I will think it twice before I purchase the v3i.
    I interpreted his statement as...not only the v3i outperformed the CTX the mxt in some instances did too. I have a V3i and have used an MXT. The V3i is in a league all it's own in my opinion. If you are ready to make the jump to the V3i then do so. Just know there will be some extra learning (manageable) regarding the V3i. I was going to get a CTX, but I trust this guys opinion. The V3i has been a great detector for me and it looks like it will continue to be.
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  12. #12
    cr
    Detecting fever comes and goes.

    Jun 2012
    San Jose
    Actual: Whites MXT All Pro, M6 and Tesoro Sand Shark Ex: BH Platinum, Tesoro Lobo, ST & Tejon, Teknetics Delta, Whites MXT, V3i, Dual Field, MX5; DP Wader, Garrett At-PRO, Fisher Gold Bug 2, CZ-70Pro
    837
    160 times
    Metal Detecting and Ham Radio
    Well to be honest I am not ready to make the upgrade to the v3i, I love the machine but can't afford it at the moment. I just wanted to know if I was missing a great deal with my mxt against the v3i or the 3030. If I am not missing much than I will happily keep my mxt.

  13. #13
    us
    Jun 2007
    Southwest Michigan
    Made in U.S.A.
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    466 times
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    norbyx I have both the MXT and the V3i, back when I was using the MXT my brother and I were about neck and neck for targets in the ground and he has the Minelab SE, since I bought the V3i there's been many times he isn't able to hear what the V3i is at all. The V3i does take some learning but it was very easy for me as I've always had Whites since I started detecting.

  14. #14

    Apr 2004
    Germany
    117
    12 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Woodland Detectors View Post
    There is really no comparison...For the money, the Whites is a much better machine...I can attest to this because I have used both the V3i, and the dirty 30. I was so disappointed in the ctx with the huge price tag thinking it might be the next super machine....Boy was I wrong! Save yourself a bunch of cash and go with the White's you wont regret it. I sold my personal CTX last week, buying the White's, and pocketing some cash! You can call us toll free to discuss the performance test. I put a good honest 100 hours on the "Etrac with chrome" The White's outperformed the Minelab CTX 30-30 in Culpeper Va, and most of the Eastern US. ( The White's MXT even did better) Everyone knows aropund here we will only announce the honest news on manufactures products, and it just solely our opinions. The field tests we perform are accurate diggging natural targets, in natural undisturbed enviroments. The White's is STILL America's favorite....And American Made too...And you all know about White's unbeatable customer service.
    To be fair, you should mention your ground and how you like to hunt and for. I had the V3i and though I loved it, it just did not get depth in my soil. (Somewhat iron mineralized) Then I broke down and finally got an E-Trac - I had avoided Minelabs for years due to the hype (check my handle, same on all forums and goes back years). But, it performed. I ran the E-Trac head to head against the V3i (which I felt very proficient with and I was brand new with the E-Trac). I tried many many settings and got most (not all) of it on video. I have to say, though the V3i has more options, a better screen, etc. the E-Trac really outperformed it at depth. It also was better in iron which made no sense to me as I thought the E-Trac was slow on recovery - but it unmasked better in iron. (I am a coin hunter and also after regular sized jewelery, not a relic guy).
    Check my head to head videos here, there are quite a few there, just scroll down: earthmansurfer69 - YouTube
    The great thing about the E-Trac or CTX is that it is easy to learn and hard, very hard, to get it not to work. I didn't have any problems with the V3i, but many many people have. So, it's not for the slight of heart - something to consider regarding ones abilities, style, etc.

    I sold the E-Trac as the balance was killing my back. I bought a CTX really for the perfect balance and it really has it (I didn't want to, I was happy with the E-Trac outside of the weight). I still feel a bit of the weight but it is a night and day difference.

    I feel the V3i had more flexibility (e.g. - like fine gold hunting, analysis features, etc.) but it doesn't work well in mineralized soils. I have been in contact with others who have told me the same thing. The E-Trac is MUCH MUCH better in iron mineralized ground - it's not close. The CTX appears somewhat better than the E-Trac (but not enough to justify the cost - unless you water hunt or like me, the balance forced you.) Put a 13" Detech on an E-Trac, which I did, and I bet in runs very very close to a CTX.

    Albert
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  15. #15

    Mar 2012
    12
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    All this talk about diggin deep coins and new machines.I been do that for the last 10years with my sov-xs2 welcome to the club a little late then never .I took the time to study and use my machine my way not runnin around with it like a weedwaker nice and slow and digging all targets at first then weeding out the unwanted by EAR .Once again welcome to the deep diggen era 3030 fans what took you so long ..lol

 

 
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