Whites Spectra V3 and V3i
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Whites Spectra VX3 $1200
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Minelab Explorer SE $1200
Minelab Explorer II $1200
Patience, patience . . .
August 06, 2010
I currently own a Minelab Explorer II, SE, SE pro, Whites XLT, GMT, and
Fisher F75 with a wide variety of aftermarket coils. In the past, I have
owned a Heathkit, White's Coinmaster II, and DetectorPro PI. This is by
far the best detector I have ever used.
Recently, I took it to Ganes
Creek in Alaska to hunt gold. In a site that has been constantly mined
since 1906 iron trash is a real problem. The V3i's ability to discriminate
iron and other metals is unparalleld. One day I averaged three holes dug
per nugget. With the White's GMT I constantly dug "iffy" targets that were
Having said that, a word of caution. It is unlike any
detector I have seen previously. If you try to use the same detecting
techniques that work well with other machines, you will be frustrated. It
took me two full days of using the detector and collaborating with another
V3i owner to finally "get" the machine. The 3 by 3 id method is unique.
Stick with the factory settings and only adjust the volume. Use the
prospecting mode for nuggets and not coin and jewelry.
Spectra V3 GrabA** Junk
April 13, 2010
I had a whites DFX 300 it was a great detector and I found a few real cool
coins with it ... I really liked the pinpoint on the detector when the
spectra v3 came out, I sold the DFX and got the spectra v3 for 1500 ... I
noticed that I couldn't detect gold right and couldn't pinpoint the target
as well as the DFX could... I reset the system to defaults and placed 3
gold rings in my yard and it couldn't detect them... maybe I had a damn DUD
I just sold this one on ebays to buy a mindlab e trac ... I
guess I will give this a whirl .... if you would like to respond to me
great @ email@example.com or
myspace.com/kentuckytreasurehunter I own a computer store and 6 months
out the year I'm the guitar tech for a rock and roll band on tour called
Black Stone Cherry on Road Runner Records... Thanks ... Kevin
Kevin Groce from
Too Much Money For Alot Of Nothing!
April 02, 2010
$1500 bucks! We all love metal detecting but that much for a detector?
Seems like whites has started dealing with all the high rollers and forgot
about us folks who are not rich. I'm tired of the nickel and dime shell
game. Buy this detector for $1200 and if you want more depth buy this
$300 dollar coil! I hear of guys wanting a big foot coil for the v3s. Well
for $1500 bucks that thing should pull china men out of the hole! If you
want a good detector buy a whites eagle2 sl or a spectrum. They can give
this one a run for it's money! I see they are starting too pile up on ebay
like the prizm lines are! tesoro and garrett are getting more competative
with deeper machines for $600 dollars or more less than the v3. I wonder if
a jar of vasoline comes with the bonus package when you buy one!
V 3 DETECTOR, AWESOME MACHINE
March 24, 2010
I have hunted over 30 years, bounty hunter, whites xlt, and whites dfx, my
yard the site, 1890 farm house in Medinah, Ill. I have gotten some nice
coins, mercury dimes, barber half dollars dfx pounding my yard, nothing
showed up, cleaned out my yard, V3, with eclipse shooter, 4x6, in 45
minutes, 1917 mercury dime, 4 wheat pennies, all earlier 1920's, all 6
inches deep, V3, awesome machine.
GREG WARREN from
March 23, 2010
I've owned my V3 for 2 months now. I've owned a Minelab Explorer xs,
GTI2500, Cortes Tesoro, and a DFX.
To compare this to them.
Deep as the Explorer on silver.
Deeper than the DFX and that was with a 10x14 on the DFX.
Incredible Nickel machine.
Massive amount of tweaking can be done to every aspect of this machine.
From Tones to recovery to depth. Awesome ability to determine what you are
going to dig before digging by learning to read the 3 frequencies and what
Worth it if a person wants to take the time to learn and study the
I like all the other machines but have to say this out does them all. And I
still have allot to learn.
February 05, 2010
I have used lots of different detectors in my life. I have used alot of the
whites brands starting with the 5900 di pro. I had the dfx for a long time
and made some really good finds with it. Then came the V3. This machine is
For what I want out of a detector...there is nothing like it out there! I
do not just hunt silver coins as some people want, I hunt everything I can
find thats old and some new stuff. This machine will let me adjust and do
pretty much what I want. And I am not just talking about the colors and
looks. If you are new to detecting or not good with computer type stuff or
just want a turn on and go machine, I wouldnt recommend this one. You can
turn on and go but it will not be at its full capacity. I will have this
detector for years to come without having to buy a newer one. I dont think
I would want to dig much deeper than this machine has already had me
Price wise...You get what you pay for. I would have paid 2500 for this
Spectra V3 a great detector!
January 30, 2010
I've been detecting with Whites equipment since 1978. The V3 is a huge step
above anything I have ever used. It can be used right out of the box but
offers more. Don't expect to learn the depth of this machine over night.
Read, watch the videos, ask questions on the Whites forum, spend time
learning the language of this detector and you will be rewarded with
amazing finds. The price is more than worth it. I would buy one again in a
Tybee Island, Ga
Very nice features, Very High tech
January 29, 2010
I've had this detector only a few weeks now, and it is very much a
different machine than my old DFX, it is much deeper, and the target ID is
really good, I really enjoy the graph feature that shows size and probable
target and I LOVE the wireless headphones, I agree with some of the other
users that the price is sort of outrageous, but I bought mine used for much
less than Whites retail price, I also agree that the stock DD coil is
marginal at best, but I acquired a 950 V rated coil and a super 12 V rated
coil and those 2 are all I will probably ever need.
There is quite a learning curve to this machine, so certainly give it some
time before you give up on it if you buy one.
La Verne , CA
December 24, 2009
If Whites wants to invent and sell a detector where you read lots of new
meter information, it should be accurate. After looking/hearing all the new
bells and whistles, does it find more? All I can say is - Not yet! I should
have tested one before buying. After all is said and done, it better find
more than my $100 detector (which it does not) or something is wrong here.
Yes, White's needs to pay the bills so it's up to the buyers to send a
message - IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE!
Happy Whites Owner
November 01, 2009
I purchased a new Spectra V3 and within hours was out searching for lost
gold and much to my suprize within ten minutes I found a gold wedding band
. This machine is simple to operate . As a Old friend once told me "You Pay
with Peanuts you get a Monkey to do the Job ! " So this machine is worth
every penny I paid for it! Very pleased owner .