At the moment, I see a little confusion about the differences between the Minelab EQUINOX 600 and 800. I also see that the EQUINOX 600 gets less attention, as it’s not a ” top ” model, which in my opinion is unfair. I hope that I will be able to explain this confusion further and prove that the model EQUINOX 600 deserves close attention of treasure hunters.
The first and most obvious difference is the package in the box. 800 EQUINOX comes with Bluetooth headphones and wireless module WM 08, and EQUINOX 600 with wired headphones but accessories can be added to the EQUINOX 600, if you need it. In fact, most popular Bluetooth headphones that are sold in stores will work with any of the metal detectors EQUINOX.
Once you’ve looked at the “various accessories”, you can understand that the EQUINOX 600 is an EQUINOX 800 with a simplified set of features. However, the EQUINOX 600 has not been specifically simplified, moreover, EQUINOX 600 and EQUINOX 800 configured the same way will have the same performance under the same conditions.
A large number of rumors, generating confusion, associated with the new multi-frequency technology Multi-IQ from Minelab and frequencies that are used by metal detectors. EQUINOX 600 is limited to single frequencies 5 kHz, 10 kHz and 15 kHz, while the EQUINOX also offers 800 of them, plus additional higher frequencies of 20 kHz and 40 kHz.
This does not mean that 600 does not use the multi-frequency range that is available 800. Operation in the “Multi” mode is identical in the two models and provides the same signal to the target in the “Park”, “Field”, “Beach”modes. The real magic of the EQUINOX is the Multi-IQ (instead of separate frequencies), so you can be sure that EQUINOX 600 is same as the EQUINOX 800 in this regard.
EQUINOX 800 has one search mode, which does not have 600 EQUINOX – Gold. This mode is designed to improve the performance of the search for small gold nuggets in mineralized soil. “Gold” is of interest to miners, but can also be used for other purposes. Moreover, in the Multi-IQ mode profiles “Park 2” or “Field 2” are also good, and are perfect for finding gold nuggets – in General, they are much better than the search modes for many specialized single-frequency metal detectors to search for gold. These two profiles are identical on the two models EQUINOX. And as a prospector, I’d say I had no trouble finding gold nuggets with the EQUINOX 600. People who regularly search for gold nuggets are likely to want the EQUINOX 800. If, however, the search for gold nuggets you go once a year, the EQUINOX 600 will be just.
The other big difference between EQUINOX and EQUINOX 600 800 is a menu “Advanced settings” available on EQUINOX 800. These settings allow you to fine-tune the different settings that both models have.
Both “Equinox” have automatic noise reduction, but the 800 also has a manual setting. If you are looking for areas with high levels of electrical interference (EMF) or near other metal detectors, this will be useful when choosing the most quiet settings with minimal interference. At the same time, automatic noise reduction works fine, and most treasure hunters will never use manual at all.
EQUINOX 600 is a wide range of volume settings and tone, including modes 1, 2, 5 and 50 tones. The point at which the sound of “Chernin” becomes the sound of “nonferrous metal”, can be joined, as well as to adjust the volume of the iron. EQUINOX 800 adds the ability to shift the sound of categories of color targets and change the sound to them, which is useful for those who prefer to search by ear. This option will help people with some hearing loss in a certain sound range.
However, all these tone and volume settings do not affect the main power or detection depth of both models. I’ll admit that although I like them all, I didn’t really use them because the Minelab’s preset parameters are so good that I had nothing to worry about.
EQUINOX 600 has three levels of target extraction Speed (recovery rate). EQUINOX 800 has eight levels for more fine-tuning in the most demanding scenarios such as “carpet of nails”. Low values are needed to search for very deep targets, separating closely spaced objects is not very. High values provide excellent separation, but the perception of very deep goals becomes more complex. Use the value as low as possible to achieve the desired level of goal separation. The Iron indicator also has the same differences of 600 and 800.
Again, worth repeating, that the Advanced settings in the first place, offer an additional degree of control over the parameters used in the EQUINOX 600, and 800 EQUINOX. EQUINOX 600 have the same parameters, but slightly simplified.
EQUINOX 800 has a “Profile” button that allows the user to go directly to the selection of an alternative search mode. EQUINOX and on the 600 it will have to press a few buttons. For example, to get from “Park 1” to “Beach 1”, you need four clicks “search Mode”. The EQUINOX 800 user can program an additional user profile to go into one click. It’s just an element of convenience.
EQUINOX 600 allows you to turn the backlight on or off. EQUINOX 800 has several levels of illumination: Low, Medium, High or Off. This is of interest only for very fastidious users.
As for the price difference, buyers of the EQUINOX 600 will probably save enough to buy an extra coil. It can be argued that in many situations EQUINOX 600 with two coils would provide a clear advantage over the EQUINOX 800 with only one coil EQX 11.
The EQUINOX 600 is a really great metal detector that has even more features than most other metal detectors. Hardcore search engines that crave the extra features of the 800 model usually know why they’re needed. But the main thing is that both models are equally powerful and equally well define the vast majority of goals.