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Old 01-14-2022, 07:03 PM
jmaclen jmaclen is offline
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The XP-ORX seems to give one a chance for some gold-finds, as well. Not sure I see that with the 540's from their web site and videos.

I have been watching a series of videos on the XP-ORX in their Skills-School series and I like the ORX more and more...even if it takes a steeper learning curve and I might have "to work" the detector more.[/QUOTE]

I like the ORX a lot for gold prospecting if that is the "gold" you were referring too. The Vanquish 540 is actually fairly sensitive to small gold nuggets also, but its lack of manual ground balance for high mineralization and tendency to mask adjacent targets due to its only average target separation would make it hard to prospect in most places. I can say from experience however, that the Vanquish will hit very hard on gold jewelry, nickels, lead, brass, and the rest of the clad/silver range of targets if they are not literally on top of each other in a spill.

So, if you plan to do some gold prospecting, relic hunting or hit tot lots and parks without a lot of modern trash, the ORX would be a great option.

However, in thick aluminum is not much fun since there is no notching on the ORX and the 3 tone audio has a wide mid tone range from roughly 20 to 75 on the target ID scale with plenty of overlapping targets like nickels, some pull tabs and some gold rings which share the same IDs. The way XP did the audio for the two "Coin" modes, they used the audio response feature found on the Deus 1 but with a fixed setting of 4 and it makes most coin sized/pull tab sized targets sound really loud with very little audio modulation, variation or nuance like one finds on the original Deus 1. There are some of the Deus PWM audio harmonics around the edges of the tones but they are not different enough to be very helpful like they are on Deus 1. So to some peoples ears, the three tone audio sounds fairly brash, harsh and not very pleasant. Others really like it.

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Old 01-14-2022, 11:16 PM
Tony-Ok Tony-Ok is offline
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You still have to remember gold targets show up and give the same audio and VDI as foil, pull tabs, can slaw, etc. You will have to dig lots of lower conductive targets to get gold. Also gold might come up in the nickel zone 62-63 on ORX. I dig lots of nickels. But zero gold in the 1.5 years I have been using the ORX. Just a little more info for you . The more info you compile the better off you will be. Glad to answer any questions for you .. Tony
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Old 01-15-2022, 01:43 PM
DannyB1954 DannyB1954 is offline
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I went with the ORX because I felt it suited my needs better. I live in the Western States, so gold nugget hunting is part of the game. When traveling I can take one VLF. The ORX goes high enough in frequencies to find the small, and low enough for coins. It is far less complicated than the Deus.
I do have multi frequency machines, (White's V3i and Minelab Explorer SE). In practical use I have not seen a big advantage in them. No matter how expensive the machine, It can not tell the difference between gold, lead, and aluminum. They are also often wrong about what is steel.

White's V3i, GMT, 24K, DFX, TDI SL, TRX pinpointer. Fischer CZ-7a Pro, f-75, f-19, Garrett Infinium, ATX. Tesoro Lobo Super Traq. Tejon, Compadre. Nokta AU Gold, Simplex +. Minelab Explorer SE. XP ORX. & still shopping.

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Old 01-15-2022, 10:39 PM
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Pete - if you feel the ORX is the detector for you go for it. Lots of good advice here but if you think its the best option for your detecting needs you won't be disappointed. XP makes fine detectors and there are a lot of great choices out there, the ORX is definitely one of them. Good luck!

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Old 01-16-2022, 12:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Valley Hunter View post
Does anyone know if the MI-6 pinpointer can NOT be "paired" and just work in stand-alone mode

If you do not want a paired XP pinpointer
Save $50 and get the ML-4 same pinpointer just not wireless to pair up
Think 7 is the stand alone mode
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