Whites Matrix M6Price: $700
Based on 58 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 4.70
Clint from Michigan
Had used a Bounty Hunter starting machine b4 I decided to look around. And look around I did.
You don't spend £500+ without doing some homework and it took awhile b4 I could sift out the honest metal detector reviews from the 'questionable ones'. Lets be honest .. bad detector reviews don't seem to exist..
Anyway I chose Whites Matrix/M6 3 1/2 years ago and I have not looked back. This machine found me my first hammered coin and now I am nearing 50 !
It found me my first treasure item (a 17th Century Gold Memento Mori Ring), my first gold coin (a 1762 Quarter Sovereign), my first Celtic coin (Dobunni Uninscribed Silver Unit circa 30BC), and a 'Monnaies a la Croix' Silver Unit from Gaul circa 200BC- one of the oldest coins ever found in the UK.
This machine has found me two of the smallest hammered coins around (Charles I half penny) measuring a mere 10mm.
Heck anyone reading this would think I work for Whites - but no.. I am just giving you the evidence and if you want proof check out my web site http://stubblehunter.com
Now I have a bit of money coming to me next year and so I have been looking at the new machinery and to be honest do I really want a £1,000 machine with, what appears in some cases, to involve designing your own programmes.. do I want to go to the depths of hooking up a USB from one to my pc. I just want a turn on and go machine - nice and simple where I only have to adjust the sensitity and discrim to my taste. To be honest - I dont run on the factory advised settings.. I choose to almost max out to all metal and go as far with the sensitivity as I can without giving myself an ear bashing. I rarely look at the display - what for ? I know my tones so well. Though if I see a figure around 35 that is telling me it could be on a hammie.. depends on the silver content/thickness of course but the display is a pretty reasonable guide. Like any machine you purchase you have to learn it - practice it - get used to those sounds and know what to reject. I should add that I change my batteries when they get down to 10 not 9 - I'm that fussy. So the all important question is would another similar machine have found all the above.
I will never know but the answer is 'probably'
yes BUT only if you learnt that machine as thoroughly as I have learnt mine.
I am used to what I have .. in these 3 1/2 years the only fault was one I created (putting the batteries in wrong .. embarrassing but I had the repair done free without any questions ! Joan Allen - two words.. 'superb service'.
I cannot knock or praise other machines - as their is little to choose between the top end machines but next year when it comes to choosing another machine I think I will get another Matrix/M6 as a backup. There is a saying "If it works - dont try to fix it". Cheers ! John
John Feenan from Gloucester. United Kingdom
M 6 is a great machine
Wolfy from San Francisco , CA USA
If the M6 says its there IT IS
Jim Peppers Jr from Bluffton, South Carolina USA
Not what i expected
Will from MD
Finding british coins
With the detector info being set to read American coins I thought that anyone using it for the first time in the UK this would help. Set to the 2 white triangles as recommended in the instruction cd. £1 coins are detected @ vdi+ 65-67 ..5p 14-15... 10p 22-24...just make a note on the number when you hit something as long as the number is stable and not jumping about you usually have something worth digging. Hope this helps anyone using the matrix m6 for the first time saving a bit of the learning curve. For the price it is a great detector.
IAN from WEST YORKSHIRE UK
5 Star Machine
I have 3 Rings (1 diamond) It was a solid 47 VDI Reading. I have been detecting since 1987 and have used all the machines out there. The M6 Runs at 15 KHZ so it Hits hard on Jewelry.
Also The M6 is a silent (no Threshold) detector, at 1st I did not like that But heck I'M just looking for Recently lost Jewelry & coins at the Parks, Sports fields, Beach and like to relax while hunting.
For The performance VS price you cannot Beat the M6. Good luck & Happy Hunting.
Rob O from Ca, USA
Simplicity at its finest
I hope you will consider this machine even though the price is a little more than entry level, it will more than prove itself worth it.
Jason P. from Lancaster PA
Excellent machine, for its mid range price
The M6 it simplicity itself to use. I have now ordered a dedicated 15"x12" SEF coil to use with it and I await its arrival and the opportunity to hopefully attain even greater depths, with some anticipation.
Gary Thornton from Lancashire, England.
Lethal Weapon !
Lionel Rigby from Lancashire UK.