Minelab Sovereign XS-2a ProPrice: $500
Based on 9 reviews
Still the best on the beach
Because these machines are getting on a bit the original battery pack may be not take a full charge.
You can obtain a battery pack and charger which is superior to the original, these machines are good beach and inland machines simple to use, now have almost a cult following, you wont be disappointed!
Peter Abbott from United Kingdom
(A Real Metal Detector)by Minelab
Well I had to get my girlfriend one so I found a Garret 250 ace at a pawnshop locally for $250 and I liked it better than the GTI 2500. It reminded me of my old Tesoro Silver Sabre. It was just a little better with all the different modes at your finger tips and a little more on depth.
I still wasn't quite satisfied. With all the information at with the World Wide Web I began my search for me a real pacifier. I new from all he forums that I read that Minelab Sovereign with a meter was in the stars.
On Ebay I chose a Minelab Sovreign XS 2aPro. I picked it up December 29,2011 from the post office.
I had read the instructions online and watched the beginners video on youtube.
On the way home from the Post Office I spotted a 1930's style home with someone in the back yard so I stopped and ask permission to detect their front yard and they said yes. I set the detector at the beginners setup positions that are pre-marked for you. I found quite a few coins but nothing real old, a Texas shaped rabies tag from who knows when and a few pull tabs.
Used it the next day at a school and found my first silver dime since I retuned. I used it everyday and today I graduated. I don't need any discrimination anymore. I have paid attention. When this unit hits something it wants me to dig it screams a higher pitch scream than aluminum.
When this unit says 520 to 525 there is something copper clad or silver down there. You better dig till its not there anymore. It can have a tab right next to it saying 479 1/4 inch in another direction but you dig and get the silver. It may be 12 inches or more down but its there. And if it quits giving you a signal and you haven't found it on top you dig some more because you turned it on edge and its still there. It has not lied to me yet.
Take your time in trashy areas. As I said before you can move it ever so slightly and get a different target. Mount the brain on your hip. I took a nylon tool pouch and took a wood burner and made a whole in the bottom for the coax to run into for the brain. I can swing it for 3 hours without a break.
Depth is great, a shovel head and a 1/2 is as deep as I have dug and got a target. Needs a little time to recover so take your time. I have the 10" coil which I understand is a little tougher to get acquainted to but I did not have any problem. I think I am going to settle on this one. Prices on these are $300 to $400 and I paid closer to the higher for mine with shipping. I can't see going below 5 STARS
Curtis Schoen from Austin Texas
Dean from London
MINELAB SOVEREIGN XS2A PRO A GREAT MACHINE
On my fist trip out with this machine I thought what the hell is going on with all the nulling noises and holes that were so deep that I thought the machine was playing games with me, but it was not.
This machine is easy to use after a couple of trips out, with the best depth I have ever come across in the past, it is true that a multi frequency bbs machine sees alot more stuff in the ground and the finds just keep on coming, I recently went over a field that I have done to death with other Tesoros machines and counted the signals and holes I dug, I was amazed that the sovereign found 17 copper coins, six buckles, 1 Roman coin and two watch key winders, these were the finds that was instantly identified with a further 121 other pieces of metal that were not easy to ID and also no iron was dug at all with the discrim set at nil.
There is no doubt about it that Minelab bbs system works and works very well indeed and as far as I am aware is the only company with this system in place.
Also the sovereign ranges are heavy, but I have set mine up on a straight shaft and hip mounted the box in the Minelab accessory pouch, also I purchased two more v clips and fixed them to a short piece of cut stem so that the meter is clipped on the control box, all you swing around is the coil and stem and this can be done all day long.
My over all verdict on this machine is that it is deep, sensitive, well built and does not lie and most of all finds loads of finds in iron infested ground, this is a machine you will not want to get rid of well done again Minelab.
There is no doubt about it that Minelab know how to build good quality machines with bbs and fbs multi frequency this is where Minelab leave the rest behind, why search in one frequency when you can search with many all at once.
ANDY TAYLOR from KENT UNITED KINGDOM
There Is None Better
In all the years that this detector has been on the market there is still nothing that can outperform it in stability, depth of penetration and accuracy of discrimination on saltwater beaches, some may match it but none can beat it.
If anybody out there knows of a detector that is better in all aspects than the Sovereign as a beach machine, please tell me what it is?
Sandgroper from Australia
Minelab Sovereign XS
Ron from Michigan from Oxford MI
Sovereign XS-2a PRO
Arthur Dingbat from USA
Sovereign XS-2a Pro
Goldmask from USA
Minelab Sovereign XS-2a Pro
They all are basicly the same as far as performance, the XS2 was the first to have the waterproof coil and drop in battery pack, the XS2a Pro come with a toggle switch to go from the muliti tones of the Sovereign to a signal tone which I felt was a useless feature as the whole strenght of the Sovereign is it multi tones.
The Sovereigns have been a excellent detector for those that take the time to use this detector and understand it, the depth has been some of the best I have seen and the ID is better than anything out there, but you have to know what the Sovereign is telling you.
For the first few times out with it and all the tones and nulling I wondered what I got myself into, but after I seen this detector was telling me more info that I was used to hearing and seeing I realized I just have to short out the info, plus it was seeing more than any detector had before. With the digital ID meter and the tones I found that the Sovereign was telling me what it seen and let me decide weither or not I wanted to dig or not, not like some detector that just beep if it think you should dig or not.
If you have a little patince and want to find the deep coins and the ones close to trash other have missed the Sovereign is the one for you. I use the rescaled Minelab digital meter that read 180 number so all my copper and silver and clad coins will read 179-180 while a new zinc penny or even a IH penny will be 176-177 and ny nickle which the Sovereign is hot on is 144-145 plus a diffent tone for each item, so you only have to look at the meter for the close tones.
Been detecting since 1973 and I find the Sovereign one of if not the best there is.
Rick from ND