Compass Metal Detectors

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Compass xp-pro plus

September 20, 2005

I first caught the detecting bug as a kid of 10 when mom let me buy a Compass Coinhustler for around 50 bucks...I found everything with that machine and it was great.

In my later years i stepped up to the xp-pro plus machine which retails for $771.00.

What a piece of crap! My buddies and there Garretts were finding all kinds of nice things and nomatter how committed....i couldn't find Squat.

So we ran some experiments, they would get a hit and we would see if my machine could also pick it up. Can you believe that nomatter how we set the Compass, it still hard a hard time getting so much as a chirp,even in all metal mode?

It wasn't that the batteries were dead, the thing was like new, what a piece of junk,i will never again spend that kind of money on an unproven machine again.

I now own a lesser classed machine (supposedly) that outperforms and was $200 cheaper, a Garrett GTA-X 550, i wouldn't trade it for the world.

The depth of the Garretts is without paralell,i don't care what you've read, or what your buddies tell you, they are the best detectors period.

Why do you suppose the Military and every police force in the USA uses a Garrett?....Because they are without paralell thats why.

I hear all kinds of great things about Minelabs new machines and am curious.

But they want over 2 grand for the high enders and i will never again drop over 700 without having a detector i can take for a demo spin.

If you don't find somthing in the first hour or so in a known hot-spot, take it back.

Now don't anyone go getting angry, thats just my opinion. Have fun!

Overall Rating 3 stars


Review of my review

September 18, 2005
Well, here I am again, with another piece of info about the Compass "Scanner" detector.

I've really begun to nit-pick the Fisher cz-70 vs the Compass Scanner.

I've found another interesting quirk between the two. Lately, I have noticed that the Compass Scanner actually makes a sound (tone) ID deeper than the Fisher cz-70 on a coin-sized object. The Fisher often will ID it on it's meter deeper than the Compass Scanner, but it won't actually locate it deeper.

I located one token in a very badly ironized ballfield in Lebanon, Oregon. that was around 5 inches deep. The Fisher read "$". The Compass read "foil". When I lifted the coils higher off the ground, the Fisher quit making a beep closer to the ground than did the Compass. On nickles, the Fisher will always read "nickel", and (at times) the Compass will read on the high end of foil. But, the Compass absolutely finds them deeper. This is true of other coins too. The Fisher ID's them a bit deeper (about an inch), and the Compass Scanner will locate them (with sound) deeper than the Fisher, by as much as two inches.

Only in moderate to light mineralized soil will the Fisher out-do the Compass, but that' only in in "all metal" mode. In bad soil ussing "all-metal" mode, the Compass will find (anything) deeper than the Fisher..

The Compass beats the Fisher for depth while in discrimination mode, while the Fisher oftentimes outdoes the Compass on it's meter.

Personally, I dig everything but the iron. At times, the Fisher calls a nail a nickle, or, "money" while the Compass ID's it as iron, meter or not. However, there are two good reasons to also own the Fisher; Better battery life (two 9v), and a lighter, better balance of either machine. The Fisher is extremely well-balanced and it's quite light, too. Both of those machines beat the stuffings out of the weight and balance of the Minelab Sovereign Elite Pro. The Minelab does run smoother on the beach though.

Actually, I really don't need the Minelab, because the Compass finds things just as easily, even though it does drift a tiny bit before it automatically retunes itself again (I use it in automatic retune). I find it equally as easy to use on the beach, and it's much lighter..

Incidentally, I own two White's machines. One is the 6000di Pro. It's a good machine when it's running, especially in the all-metal mode, but that's as far as it goes. Even in all-metal, it doesn't even stand a chance against the Fisher and the Compass. Right now, the thing shuts of and quits working completely, and whenever it wants to. I think it has a poor connection inside somewhere. Whites (my next door neighbors) have tried to repair it, but it still does it over and over again. I quit using it, and if I ever had an enemy, it might make a good birthday present for them (just kidding). My other White's is an old TR discriminator..

I have weighed my new machines against other Whites, and found the other White's to be too time consuming to be used in a practical way, and none of them have even approached the capabilities of the Compass, the Fisher, and the Minelab. I leave the White's at home, and I sometimes bring two older Tesoros and two other Compasses and a ten-turn retuned Bounty Hunter along. I considered buying a Garrett just for the fun of listening to it talk to me, but from what I've seen, it makes a bit too much noise and chattering sounds in the field for my tastes. I don't like the idea of spending hours trying to learn all about all the bells and whistles either.

PS I bought my Compass from Anderson Detectors. I think they are in Kentucky or Alabama. It cost me $700


Overall Rating 5 stars!


More about Compass detectors..

August 13, 2005
I wrote a review about comparisons between certain Compass, Fisher, and Minelab detectors.

I wish to clerify a few points;

Recent testing has found me a bit in awe at the depth of detecting of the Compass Scanner detector compared to the Minelab Sovereign Elite detector and the Fisher CZ-70, all which I bought within the last eight or so months.

In moderate-to-highly mineralized soil, the Compass Scanner is now consistently outdoing both other detectors while using the discriminate mode. It normally finds a copper penny at about 8-9 inches in this nasty ground here in Oregon. There are times when the Fisher has not been able to quite match the Compass. At times, the Fisher loses an inch or even two inches, depending on the soil. I have been using detectors since 1975, and the first two that I owned, I built from a schematic and was able to find a quart jar sized lid with either of them and at about 2-3 inches in the ground. I am no stranger to the metal detector world. For a time, I repaired many brands of detectors for a dealer in Salem, Oregon, because oftentimes it took too long for the factor to take care of those problems.

I tried the MInelab Sovereign Elite against the other two, and found that it only outdoes them in the most heavily laden of black sand soils.

There werre times when neither the Minelab nor the Fisher would find an item that the Compass found quite easily. The reason for this is probably because the Compass has a ten-turn ground balance, and both the Fisher and the Minelab have this mode functioning in strickly automatic. Nevertheless, my vote now goes for the Compass for the best of all three for depth and ease of detection. The Minelab still gets my best vote for the beaches here in Oregon, and the Fisher does the best and the deepest in moderate soil, and is the easiest to use for long periods of time. The Fisher still goes deeper than all three in all-metal mode, no matter where it is used. Still, I find more things with the Compass than either other detector during the same time period of use. When I looked for lead weights down by the river, it found roughly 4X as many of them in the same amount of time, than with the other two detectors.


Minelab for the salt water beaches ($600)

Fisher for the parks ($800)

Compass for everything
(including nugget hunting) ($700)

Overall Rating 5 stars!


Fisher vs Minelab vs Compass

June 05, 2005
My name is Larry. I live a stone's throw from one of the world's largest metal detector manufacturers home office and plant.

I recently bought a Fisher cz-70 Pro, a Minelab Sovereign Elite, and a Compass Scanner (originally called the "Goldscanner"). I also bought a Garrett Ace 250.
I live in Oregon and I wanted to find the very best machine for beaches, and the best for coin-hunting in highly mineralized soil. I also wanted a nugget hunter.

The Minelab worked beautifully on the beach. It matched the Fisher in discriminate, and was able to detect just as deep, even after the soil was disturbed or dug. The Fisher lost about an inch once the soil was disturbed, and took second place to the Minelab (7" on a dime, compared to 8 for the Minelab) , but the Fisher had a 3 inch + greater depth in all-metal than the Sovereign Elite. The Compass Scanner didn't lose depth once the soil was disturbed either, and had an equal depth in both discriminate and all-metal, at around 8 and 9 inches.

The little Garrett was a joke! It was playing in the wrong ball field. I put it back in it's bag.

In all-metal at the oceanside, the Fisher spanked the Minelab and the Compass equaled the Fisher, but not in all-metal.. The Minelab had the widest search area of all three. The Compass found things so tiny, that neither of the other machines could find them, even if the item was held 2" from the search coil.

Inland, in depth of inches, the Fisher beat the Minelab in the highest mineralized soil while searching in the Oregon parks and schoolyards, both in discriminate and in all metal. It had a 1" advantage over the Minelab in disc and a 3" advantage in all-metal. Everywhere I tried it, the Fisher beat the Sovereign, but the Sovereign ran smoother..
The Compass beat the pants off the Minelab in both disc and all-metal, and matched the Fisher in discriminate.

When I tried searching for something big, like a car body, the Minelab beat the Fisher, and the Fisher beat the Compass.

The cz-70 was difficult to use over highly mineralized soil, unless one got used to running it about 2 " off the ground. It often would not ground-balance completely, but it could still be used well enough to run circles around the Minelab Sovereign Elite. At the beach the Minelab ran the smoothest, with the Compass coming in at a close second. The Minelab ran like a brand new Cadillac!

The Compass had the most accurate discrimination system, with the Fisher coming in at a close second. The minelab discriminated iron better than all of them though.

I would rather use the Sovereign Elite mostly at the beach, and the Compass at either place, plus the Compass is a very effective small item locator, especially for gold nugget sized objects. The Fisher is a real bonafide race-horse. It has so much raw power, that it takes a real pro to run it, but it will beat anything else on the market in depth. IF, you know how to run it.

The Compass is the best all-around detector if one also wants to search for gold nuggets, Otherwise, the Fisher would be the best choice. The Minelab is the best large object finder, and has a much wider scanning capabilities. It is the detector of choice for beach hunting, and the smoothest operating of all three, no matter where it is used.


Overall Rating 4 stars


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