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Minelab Manticore is a mythomaniac dream

Minelab announced the birth of a new detector called Manticore some time ago. The hype is huge and the expectations are even higher. It is true that the Yankees laugh at the new name, but they raise the bar extremely high, after all, the successor of Equinox or its improved version must live up to expectations.

Well, the price of almost PLN 10,000 is a pure abstraction only for a few and I want to laugh watching on YouTube when storytellers tell how good the device will be. They probably have a hunch… or the cards say so 😉

The truth is that we know absolutely nothing and despite the numerous shows of the Minelab team traveling around Europe, we know even less … After all, the show must go on and that’s what modern marketing is all about. Announcement Announcement?! Why not … that’s what Minelab did and exactly on December 1, 2022, in a moment we will find out about another piece of news … and what!!! How to have fun! The Americans say it’s fun at the customer’s expense. We’ll see.

Everyone is excited about the new 2D system based on Target Trace known from the Minelab CTX3030 model, but this is a completely different matter and the similarity here is purely marketing. Both detectors are different technology and way of managing and displaying an ID. A new opportunity has opened up for a wide identification of iron, which is good, but how it will really work and on what basis it will turn out in the field. The ability to distinguish between large and small iron is a big plus, and the extended scale may also allow better separation of low conductors from high ones. The question is what will happen when there is a pair of them under the probe? How the software will work. Questions and more questions.

Speculation continues. Numerous Equinox experts are already making screenshots for equipment together. I will not be a hypocrite I ordered myself … I’m curious too.

Unfortunately, as in the case of XP DEUSA II, it takes a few months in the field – other tests are just dreams of storytellers who buy equipment one day to sell it the next. Best of all, they don’t put any effort into learning, they assume it’s supposed to be like that, and they borrow the detector for a day or two, so what kind of reliability are we talking about here?!

I watch numerous comparisons in laboratory conditions on the test track … and I want to laugh. People are commenting on a device they don’t know and haven’t spent several hundred hours with! They assume that the borrower has such knowledge and has set it up well, and on this basis, they make an assessment! So they don’t know the detector themselves and they can’t even set it!!! They don’t even know what function it has and how it differs from others!!! So what kind of tests and credibility or reliability are we talking about?!

In a simple way, they implement untruths, for those less grasped they have a story about numerous data in Excel tables. Spells mary grandma’s wife see you soon. It’s in its purest form treating the recipient like a moron, nothing more.

There is also a lot of repetition, I am a master, I understand this equipment, etc., I mastered it to perfection, it is to confirm the leader himself in his perfection and it is in vain to look for field tests or demonstrations and explanations of individual functions and settings. Goebbels himself said that a lie repeated many times becomes the truth. And so it is in this case.

It is a waste of time to produce fairy tales and tell nonsense that others swallow like pelicans. You have to redo it yourself to understand it, put in time and money and an infinite amount of work. Time is priceless nowadays. All the rest is an addition, on which various more or less autistic megalomania and mythomania prey… or maybe it’s Asperger transmitted by droplets? I do not know.

Below is a video that will illuminate you a bit more, still hot!

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EMI interference

What is EMI Interference? The definition is quite broad and a bit confusing for non-technical people:

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) is any signal or radiated into space or transmitted through power or signal lines that threaten the operation of radio navigation or other safety services, or seriously degrades, blocks, or repeatedly interrupts licensed radio communications. Radio communication services include, but are not limited to, television and radio broadcasting, mobile telephony services, radar scanning, air traffic control, paging services (pagers), and PCS (Personal Communication Services). Licensed radio services, such as those used in WLAN networks or Bluetooth technology, together with incidental transmitters, such as digital devices including computer systems, contribute to the electromagnetic environment.

In our case, these are simply interferences that make the work of the metal detector difficult or even impossible. Half the trouble is when the process is visible and the device characteristically excites, generating a target signal and a numerical ID. Then we know that we are dealing with them and can take appropriate measures. What? Detuning the so-called changing the channel, reducing the sensitivity, or choosing a different operating frequency, if possible, direct elimination of interference sources such as telephones, transmitters, electric fences for animals, etc.

In difficult cases, you can use discrimination and cut-out interference, but this is only a half-measure. We lose performance, which is already heavily limited by EMI interference. A colleague who accompanies us can effectively deprive us of the chance to find finds, being even several meters away with his detector! Don’t fall for the group search, it’s just a nice time at the rally, you can’t count on the effects in such conditions. It’s unlikely!

What was the better situation, and what is the worse? Quiet disturbances. The ones that are not visible, and everything seems to be ok. We lose performance, but the detector does not signal it in any way. You can put a coin under the probe and the device can be completely blind. How to defend against it? It depends on many different factors, and above all on the type of device we have.

We preventively check other programs and detune the device from time to time. We check the signals with the person next to us to see if our detector can handle them as well. It’s the only option. SMF-type machines – simply put, multi-frequency machines, usually work in two or more frequencies, processed by software. In some cases, it may turn out that what was supposed to be a great advantage of a wide frequency range becomes a disadvantage!

For example, we have a program working in the range from 5 to 40 kHz – ideal for searching for gold, i.e. a low conductor is allergic to high frequency, and silver – a high conductor to low frequency. In addition, high frequency copes with small things better and with greater mineralization of the ground. In the case of low frequency, objects with a larger volume are signaled better. Story. We will not miss anything from what interests us the most!

Unfortunately, right now our greatest enemy is approaching and eliminating one of our frequencies. Without seeing it, we lose 50% of the possibilities without knowing it. Often programming and filters sewn in with it additionally stabilize the work of the detector. For this reason, the prevention described above is important. In this way, we will avoid erroneous opinions about the equipment and unreliable tests, especially from the test tracks. Interference can confuse us, so it is worth spending many hours checking different variants of settings in the field in various conditions!

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XP DEUS I and DEUS II which is better?

The flood of films about the advantage of DEUS I over DEUS II amused me a hundred times. Customers don’t know what to do… wait or buy?! In addition, there are also software updates, which cause a flood of extreme comments about the version that works and which does not. Complete confusion and chaos.

The first spline is a proven generation of metal detectors, we know all their advantages and disadvantages in everyday use. Model II is a great unknown, it would seem because multi-frequency technology is present in this model for the first time! Not completely. We have a MONO program where we can use DEUS II like its predecessor by selecting only single operating frequencies. We get two in one.

The new god of detectors works really well, and subsequent bugs are gradually corrected. This is not only the case for the French company XP, the competition is struggling with similar problems. Even domestic producers have found out that changing the software can be the key to success or total failure. The question is how much the hardware will allow us – i.e. the tripe of the detector. How good they are to meet the developer challenge.

For me, one thing is certain, DEUS I is by no means a thing of the past, but on the secondary market. The question is when XP will withdraw it from production and become an icon of sales portals like the old Whites models. We’ll see, meanwhile, it’s worth considering buying this detector, unfortunately, the price is an obstacle, over PLN 7,599 gross is an amount unavailable for many in Polish realities, even in the sphere of dreams.

So what does the new technology give and what does it change for the statistical Seeker? It’s simple, the device works more stably, is deeper, and in the case of a salty sea beach and highly mineralized clay, it allows you to reach deeper. For a lot of iron, hardware from France shines. Low and high conductors are signaled similarly confidently and unambiguously, which cannot be said about devices operating at one operating frequency. The above advantages will be useful in certain conditions and not everyone needs it, most users will be satisfied with much cheaper equipment, but there is one thing, but … Ergonomics and weight are unbeatable, the lack of cables also makes life easier, although DEUS II, like its predecessor, requires an experienced operator, or a lot of self-denial in learning the device.

If the assumptions described above are not met, it is worth getting interested in something simpler, because some functions require full understanding and, what is worse, they are permanently interconnected, which complicates the matter even more. Yes, it all takes time and patience, but it will certainly pay off in the future when others will have to give up.

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Nokta Makro The Legend vs XP DEUS II

How hard it is to compare currently produced detectors does not need to convince anyone. Price is no longer the only exponent.

The competition among manufacturers has come full circle, and the data alone will be of little use for a simple reason, which is the device software. To make matters worse, the popular software update can mess up a lot and turn an average detector into a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Unfortunately, it also works the other way around.

Nokta Makro The Legend and XP DEUS II are connected only by multi-frequency technology, all the rest is diametrically different, maybe apart from the quality of workmanship, in which the Turkish manufacturer tries to catch up with the competition and he does it really very well. The wireless Frenchman is a class by itself and no one has beaten the 960-gram weight of the device so far. In heavy terrain, such parameters speak with each subsequent swipe, and the modular design allows you to change the configuration.

There will be those who will complain that you can’t buy traditional batteries and everything has to be charged separately. This has never happened to me – a power outage. Fortunately, the multitude of modules allows you to resign from the discharged RC panel and use headphones in its place … there are some emergency options.

Let’s get down to earth. The Legend is also solidly built and won’t let you down in the field. It’s not XP’s build quality, but the price is half the God of Detectors. a lot? That’s possible. The Legend convinces with its ease of use and very strong integration with the user. After a while we understand everything, and quiet and stable work is a real pleasure. Audio, yes, audio finally exists and is doing well, especially since we can change a lot. It’s not a symphony from DEUSA II, but it’s closer than farther. The clear detector does the job as it should and that speaks to me. Symbiosis and pleasure. DEUS II is a much more difficult device or is it worse? No. It just requires much more time to master and understand the dependencies of the settings. When will it pay off? In very difficult and specific conditions such as a very large amount of iron. In such a place, XP shines and a title that was not given to it by chance. A large number of settings allow you to adjust the equipment to yourself and the environment. This is a big advantage, but also something that requires a lot of constipation and time. As you can see on social media, many have given up and are putting our Detector God up for sale.

So how to choose? Smart, and so serious? For 90% of Nokta Makro The Legend is enough and will make us really happy. On the same littered meadow, I was better with the Turk than with the French, but I know that it was a medium difficult place, and I would take XP to the rubble of the old inn. DEUS II is a great solution when someone needs lightweight equipment due to injuries or hard-to-reach terrain. It is also a tool to work in a large garbage can and in a huge amount of iron, which makes other devices simply ineffective.

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Nokta Makro The LEGEND kompletne zaskoczenie!

The Nokta Makro The LEGEND metal detector surprised me completely. I did not assume that the device is so well made and works stably and pleasantly. It’s too early to make a final judgment, but my buddies feel the same way. The device has potential.

Let’s start from the beginning. The premise of Nokta Makro was to take over a specific segment occupied by the Equinox 800 model from the Australian company Minelab … and I have a st

range feeling that it just succeeded!

In addition to the lack of defects, the quality and price known from the competition are impressive. We get real multi-frequency equipment, easy to use, waterproof, and really well made. A carbon Seatpost or really great quality wireless headphones with an additional case are really nice gestures and the fact that someone up there is listening to us. There are also disadvantages, such as sloppy glued shipping film, or keys without backlighting or coloring of function icon

s for better visibility. I’m probably picky, but I like complete solutions.

Weight and ergonomics are known from the cheap SIMPLEX+ model and this cannot be questioned, but let’s not forget. This is definitely a high-end detector! Why? The technology allows better signaling of low and high conductors, similar to fine gold jewelry. We will skip less. Work in salt water and highly mineralized soil? No problem. It’s a bit of a Swiss Army Knife, and it’s really refined. Of course, it’s not XP DEUS II, but I think that Minelab will start counting losses at this price quite soon.

The menu is simple and clear, but the settings are really amazing! Do you want to change the volume of signaling for a given ID, its tone, or range? No problem. Do you want to connect BlueTooth wireless headphones and not necessarily factory ones? No problem.

Okay, we already know that. The competition is similar. That’s a fact, but not at this price!

The Ferro Check function is nothing more than a bar showing to what extent the object under the probe is moving towards iron or color. It really makes work easier (caps and other junk), and if we add to it new polyphonic audio, a kind of multitone to choose from, we know much more. Purists can work in two or more tones, freely adjusting them. In the end, we save the ready settings after the pain. The lead signal doesn’t suit us? That’s not a problem either.

Flashlight, the vibration we know it. free update? Great nice too. Watch? Time is important, if the wife is waiting at home, it’s ok. Hour meter? Revelation. Now we know how much our detector really worked.

We have 4 programs such as PARK, POLE, BEACH, and GOLD FIELD. We have a depth indicator, we set the speed of separation of objects, the so-called recovery speed which also affects the depth. We automatically detune interference or select single operating frequencies: 4, 10, 15, 20, and 40 kHz.

I am very pleased with the choice of the MULTI work variant. The PARK and POLE programs, it is M1 and M2. M1 is a multi-frequency range sensitive to high conductors like silver, and M2 to low conductors like gold. This is a great move on the part of the manufacturer, allowing for precise adjustment to the prevailing conditions. The BEACH program has variants Mw and Md, where W (wet) means a wet beach and D (dry) a dry one.

The tests are ongoing. I hope you will share your opinion under this post, more information can be found in the video below:



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Nokta Makro The Legend System Software Update 1.10 beta

Updates Made:
1. M3 multi frequency in PARK mode has been updated to prevent coins from being masked by aluminum foil.

2. Bottle Cap Rejection setting has been added.
When the device is in multi frequency, select the Recovery Speed setting and press the pinpoint button. When you navigate with the right and left buttons, you will see the letters “bC” appear on the right side of the screen. You can adjust the bC value between 1-8 using the + and – buttons. When the bC is 0, it means that it is off.

3. Ground Suppressor setting has been added.
It is used to eliminate false ground signals in tough terrains. To access the setting, select the Recovery Speed setting and press the pinpoint button. When you navigate with the right and left buttons, you will see the letters “GS” appear on the right side of the screen. You can adjust the GS value between 1-8 using the + and – buttons. When the GS is 0, it means that it is off. It is recommended that you leave this setting at off position unless needed.

4. The audio emitted as the Tone Break points are changed while in 60-Tone, has been modified with increased bass.

5. Audio Gain setting has been activated in the Gold Field Mode.

6. Warning tones have been added to the buttons.
The buttons will now emit a warning tone in the following cases:
a) To indicate the minimum and maximum levels of settings.
b) When an inactive setting in a specific mode trying to be activated.

7. The brightness of the Backlight Level 1 has been reduced.

8. Bluetooth Chip Version will now be displayed.
When the Bluetooth headphones are paired with the device and the Bluetooth setting is selected, press and hold the Discrimination button. The Bluetooth chip version will be displayed in the clock section. When the button is released, the clock will be displayed again.

9. While in Automatic Ground Balance, the auto backlight will now be lit until the ground balancing is completed.

10. The loudness of the Volume Level 1 has been reduced in PARK, FIELD and BEACH modes.

11. A new level 9 has been added to the Iron Filter (IF) setting.
There has been no change to the levels 1-8. Level 9 will become handy when trying to discriminate some unwanted mid-conductors such as shotgun cartridges as iron.

12. General improvements have been implemented.