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Differences Between Minelab Equinox 600 vs. Minelab Equinox 800 Metal Detectors

This month marks the release of the brand new Equinox series of metal detectors from Minelab. The Minelab Equinox 600 and Minelab Equinox 800 include revolutionizing Multi-IQ multi-frequency technology which is designed to redefine all-purpose metal detecting for serious metal detecting enthusiasts. What this means for detectorists is they will be able to operate across the full spectrum of frequencies at the same time, allowing for maximum results. This brings us to the first major difference between the Minelab Equinox Series metal detectors.

The Equinox 600 features:

  • New Minelab 3Fx3 technology which allows it to operate at (5 kHz, 10 kHz, 15 kH) simultaneously
  • Covers a broader range of targets when operating in “Multi” rather than operating in any one single frequency
  • Eliminate excessive ground noise by switching into a single frequency
  • 3 Detect Modes (Park, Beach, Field)
  • Backlight Options: “On” or “Off”
  • Bluetooth Audio compatible
  • WM 08 Wi-Stream compatible
  • Includes Wired 3.5mm (1/8″) headphones (non waterproof)

The Equinox 800 features:

  • New Minelab 5Fx3 technology which allows it to operate at (5 kHz, 10 kHz, 15 kH, 20 kHz, 40 kHz) simultaneously
  • 20 kHz is ideal for general treasure hunting and gold prospecting
  • 40 kHz is optimum for sensing very small gold nuggets
  • Covers a broader range of targets when operating in “Multi” rather than operating in any one single frequency
  • Eliminate excessive ground noise by switching into a single frequency
  • 4 Detect Modes (Park, Beach, Field, Gold)
  • Combined with its 40 kHz frequency capabilities, you will find this detector is great for finding small pieces of gold
  • Backlight Options: “Low”, “Medium”,”High”, or “Off” which will help save battery life for long hunts
  • “Auto” and “Manual” noise cancel settings
  • Bluetooth Audio compatible
  • WM 08 Wi-Stream compatible
  • Includes Bluetooth and aptX™ Low Latency headphones (non waterproof)

Overall, the new Equinox 600 and Equinox 800 metal detectors from Minelab are both excellent all-purpose machines. They both include brand new technologies that bring more power and versatility to an affordable line of metal detectors. The Equinox 800 contains all of the features of the Equinox 600 plus more, such as Gold mode and an included pair of Bluetooth headphones, which will allow you to fine-tune your machine to exactly how you want it. But the Equinox 600 still delivers an exceptional amount of adjustable settings, unique features, and versatile technologies which will allow the user to completely customize their metal detector to fit their needs.

Provided below is a table comparing the specifications of each metal detector:

minelab equinox 600 vs 800 metal detectors comparison
SPECIFICATIONSEQUINOX 600EQUINOX 800
Detect Modes:3 (Park, Beach, Field)4 (Park, Beach, Field, Gold)
Operating Frequencies (kHz):Multi, 5, 10, 15Multi, 5, 10, 15, 20, 40
Noise Cancel:AutoAuto; Manual (-9 to 9)
Ground Balance:Auto, ManualAuto, Manual
Sensitivity:1–251–25
Target Volume:0–250–25
Threshold Level:0–250–25
Target Identification:50 segment notch discrimination, Ferrous: -9 – 0, Non-ferrous: 1 – 4050 segment notch discrimination, Ferrous: -9 – 0, Non-ferrous: 1 – 40
Threshold Pitch:Fixed0–25
Target Tones:1, 2, 5, 501, 2, 5, 50
Tone Break:FerrousFerrous
Tone Pitch:FerrousFerrous
Tone VolumeFerrousFerrous
Depth Indicator:5 levels5 levels
Length:1440 mm (56.7″)1440 mm (56.7″)
Weight:1.34 kg (2.96 lbs)1.34 kg (2.96 lbs)
Standard Coil:11-inch Double-D Smart coil with skidplate (waterproof to 3m/10′)11-inch Double-D Smart coil with skidplate (waterproof to 3m/10′)
Audio Output:• In-built loudspeaker
• 3.5mm (1/8″) headphones (included)
• Bluetooth compatible
• WM 08 Wi-Stream compatible
• In-built loudspeaker
• 3.5mm (1/8″) headphones (included)
• Bluetooth compatible
• WM 08 Wi-Stream compatible
Headphones (included):Wired 3.5mm (1/8″) headphones (non waterproof)Bluetooth and aptX™ Low Latency headphones (non waterproof)
WM 08 (included):NoYes
Display:Monochrome LCD with backlightMonochrome LCD with backlight
LCD Backlight:On, OffLow, Medium, High, Off
Battery:In-built rechargeable Lithium-ion batteryIn-built rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Battery Runtime:Approx. 12 hoursApprox. 12 hours
Waterproof:Waterproof to 3m/10-feetWaterproof to 3m/10-feet
Key Technologies:Multi-IQ, 3F×3, Wi-Stream, Bluetooth, aptX™ Low LatencyMulti-IQ, 5F×8, Wi-Stream, Bluetooth, aptX™ Low Latency
Other Accessories:USB Charging cable (1.5A), Multi Language Screen protectorsUSB Charging cable (1.5A), Multi Language Screen protectors
Software Upgradeable:Yes, via USB connection (Windows and OSX)Yes, via USB connection (Windows and OSX)
Warranty:3 years control box and coil3 years control box and coil

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