Teknetics Omega 8000

Teknetics Omega 8000 Price: $600
Avg. Score: 4 stars 4.22
Based on 18 reviews
Helpful Tips: 1
Avg. Durability: 4 stars4.17
Avg. Ease of use: 5 stars!5.00
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Very nice machine

September 12, 2016
Omega 8000, used this machine in some real high iron-oxide (CA red dirt) ground without problems. Mine is a V4 model and after trying the v5 version in the field, I prefer the older machine. Yes, the V4 can be a bit "chatty", but reducing the gain to 80 or so it smooths out nicely. Did not like the stock concentric coil and went with the 5.5' and the NEL Sharpshooter DD coils. The NEL on this machine is "Solid Like A Rock" and still gets good depth.
I have a couple of the "Greek" machines and this unit is the best Omega detector IMHO.

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 9 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 4 stars
Durability 3 stars
Ease of Use 5 stars!
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
42

Fantastic detector that loves silver

April 10, 2016
I recently got my hands on a "like new" Omega 8000, version 4 with the stock 10" concentric/elliptical coil and I already love this machine. I started detecting in June of 2014 with a Bounty Hunter Tracker IV, a Pioneer 202 and a Radio Shack Model 63-3015 which is the BH Land Star Clone. I've written reviews on all of these units. Then I stepped up to the Teknetics Delta 4000, a fantastic machine I have reviewed here as well. Moving up to the Delta changed my entire hunting style and I felt like I was really hunting the way I wanted to yet with the intention of a future upgrade.

I love the Teknetics brand because my treasure finds went through the roof after my initial upgrade. So after some serious thought and research between the G2, T2 and Omega, I settled on the Omega when a deal came my way. I really got a sweetheart deal on it too which makes it that much better. I took it out on my first hunt to a field I've pounded heard for almost two years to see if it would find anything I may have missed with the Delta. I was not disappointed AT ALL. First off, going from the Delta to the Omega was simple. The primary difference was setting the manual ground balance which could not be more simple. You just hit the ground grab button and pump the coil (over a metal free area of course) a few times until it settles. Then you're ready to roll.

I quickly realized that this is a very hot machine. I started running it at the max 99 sens. It can be a bit chattery when you run it wide open depending on where you are but at this particular site the only EMI I have to worry about is the occasional overflying aircraft. I've since learned that you really don't need to run the Omega too much higher than 70-80 sens. At that level it's really a surprisingly quiet unit that still hits impressively deep. So the site I hunted has yielded at least 15-20 pieces of assorted silver and gold jewelry and tons of junk jewelry, but only ONE silver coin in almost two years. That changed with the Omega. In the last three hunts I've dug a 1920 Mercury dime, a 1957 Washington quarter, two silver religious medals and a small Sterling ID bracelet on a silver chain. That's FIVE silvers in three short hunts. The Omega LOVES silver and hits really HARD on round objects. That's great news if you love old coins and rings like I do. If the target is circular or semi circular the Omega will see it every time.

I dug an old trolley token from a Baltimore company that was in business from 1899-1935. It's smaller than a dime. I'm not sure of the composition but it may be bronze. It's really small and was at least 7-8 inches deep but the Omega sniffed it right out with no problem. It sees the tiniest targets you can imagine at incredible and surprising depths. I also hit a three wheat cent pocket spill and an old flat button that was UNDER a large hunk of can slaw in a pretty heavily iron infested spot. The Omega had no problem seeing those coins under that trash. The signal was a bit bouncy but it saw those coins. Needless to say I was very impressed.

I've only been on maybe 5 relatively short hunts with the Omega but as much as I LOVE my old Delta, I can say that I REALLY love the Omega. I'm digging DEEP targets in spots I've swung over 100 times or more. It's very lightweight. You can swing this machine all day and never get tired. It's very sensitive and very simple to use. It has every feature you need including an incredibly deep all metal mode, excellent notch capability, 3 frequency settings to deal with any EMI and 4 tone options depending on your preference. It also has two headphone jacks, 1/8" and 1/4", so you can use anything from high end headphones to ear buds with no need for any adapters.

The one and only "complaint" I HAD was the lack of a volume control because I'm used to having it with the Delta. My original intent was to get some wireless headphones with volume control. As it turns out, it hasn't bothered me AT ALL. It's not offensively loud in any way plus the headphones are still an option. Plus, as you reduce the sens down to around 70 it will reduce the volume a bit. I'm not a huge fan of headphones anyway because I just find them a bit too cumbersome for my personal taste. I do keep them handy though in case I ever need to keep a low profile for any reason.

Overall this is a great detector. To me it's like the Delta 4000 on steroids. If you're familiar with the Greek series already you'll be digging targets in a few minutes with the Omega. It's incredibly simple to slide right into and the learning curve is not difficult at all. Yes, the more you use it the more you'll understand it's language and nuances but that applies for any machine. For me, the more I use it the more I LOVE it. This is also a machine that will leave you confident that you're not leaving anything behind. Now this is not a salt water/wet sand machine. It will do just fine in dry sand but like any VLF machine the salt water can be a problem due to the high mineral content. It can be used but only at reduced sensitivity which will cost you depth. But then that isn't what it was designed for. But for an all around, general purpose detector it's a great machine.

It also IS a bit chattery around any high voltage power lines and you will have to back off on the sens until it quiets down. The only real problem I've had so far with EMI was at a site about 50 yards from a cell tower. But then, every machine I've used at that particular site has had EMI issues. It really depends on how active the cell is at any given moment. That particular day I had to really back down on the sens and use a frequency that handled it fairly well under the circumstances. And again, keep in mind that you do not have to run the sens wide open with this machine. It does fantastically well at 70 as a starting point and still hits deep.

I read a couple of the reviews here that claim it's too noisy but again, that is almost always a direct result of running the sens way too high. It's just not necessary with this detector. I've also been told by several users that with the NEL Sharpshooter DD coil it's even more stable with the EMI and basically unstoppable. That will be my next upgrade in the near future. I'll probably put the 10" concentric on the Delta and see how it does. With these two machines in my arsenal I feel like I can pretty much call it a day at this point.

If you're on the fence about the Omega 8000 or wondering if it really is as good as everyone claims, rest assured, it is. This is now my "go to" machine hands down. The only upgrade I can see at this point is maybe a fully submersible machine for water hunting, which is something I have not yet gotten heavily into but would love to try at some point. If you already have the Delta 4000 and like it, you'll absolutely LOVE the Omega 8000. I highly recommend this detector to anyone who is serious about stepping up their game in this hobby with a sensitive, deep seeking, tough, capable machine. So far in my case, my old sites are like new again because I'm digging targets that I've passed right over many times with other detectors and I'm just getting started. With the Omega 8000 I feel that it's gonna' be a great year for hunting treasure. My ONLY regret is that I didn't get this detector a long time ago.

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 9 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 5 stars!
Durability 5 stars!
Ease of Use 5 stars!
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
66

Great cellar hole machine

August 01, 2015
Been using the O8 as they call it for 6 months now, very easy machine to master. Has great target separation with the 11DD coil. Deepest relic 9" and deepest coin about 8". It is a noise box if you have the sens cranked! Waiting for the O-8500 to come out to see what they have improved on?

Can hunt all day with this light machine. Only negative is the display easily scratches and control box is a bit flimsy on its mount.

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 8 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 4 stars
Durability 3 stars
Ease of Use 5 stars!
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
103

Love it

June 07, 2015
Yes the Omega 8000 Pro is a chatter box, but very easy to use, great coin catcher, but most of all it will find a lot of great stuff. With EMI issue you do lose depth, but found coins down as 7".

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 7 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 5 stars!
Durability 5 stars!
Ease of Use 5 stars!
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
91

Teknetics omega 8000

December 14, 2014
I have had my Omega for over a year and love it. I feel I am metal detecting with utmost efficiency when I use it. I have the stock elliptical concentric coil, and the 10X5 DD elliptical coil, and both are terrific. It has great depth, incredible target separation, and super fast recovery speed.
I can detect all day due to it being extremely lightweight. I find TIDs to be accurate, and emi has not been a problem. I particularly like the variable audio pitch, and having TID in all-metal as well as disc. My usual settings are Disc. At 20, sens. at 65-80. I usually don't notch, except for aluminum foil when at parks. The detector is durable as long as you protect the control box or at least cover the LCD display so you don't scratch it. Long use on a 9volt battery.

I would like in the future a small coil for trashy areas, and a large one for doing fields and large open areas. I highly recommend the Omega and don't believe you can do better for its price.

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 12 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 5 stars!
Durability 4 stars
Ease of Use 5 stars!
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
135

Coin killer!

August 19, 2013
The Omega is very light, powerful, and easy to use. Target and Number ID are very accurate at depth. The audio is like joining analog to digital. I had a T2 SE for a while and went back to the Omega due to its superior multi-tone audio. If you hunt trashy public areas the Omega is the best way to go. The low 7.8kH frequency makes it "dumb" to small flakes of iron as well. Targets are easily locked onto next to pieces of old nails.

Mainly keep the 11" DD coil on as it's still very sensitive and separates well. The 5" coil is just an inch or so less depth and like coin scalpel out there in the trash. The 10" elliptical concentric coil has a great balance of the other two and better with bottle caps. 11" DD coil can be sensitive to power line EMI. Mainly the buried power sources. In ground max 8" quarter and 6" dime with 11" DD. Will air test 3" further.

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 10 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 5 stars!
Durability 5 stars!
Ease of Use 5 stars!
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
213

Treasure trove

March 13, 2013
Been detecting for about 10 years using Whites (exlusively), I recently busted my DFX and purchased an Omega 8k. It's lightweight, operates for approximately 25 hours on 1 9v battery and is fairly balanced. As far as depth, I've dug a couple 3 ringers at 11"+, wheaties at 7" and a couple dimes at 9". I've hunted my yard to death, but my first trip out with the Omega produced a 1944 dime under a tree I'd detected 100's of times before. I would give it an overall rating of A-, the screen does scratch easily, but that's all the faults I have with it.

Overall Rating 5 stars!

193

Omega 8000

March 13, 2013
I just bought a used Omega and it is my second one. I did not review the first one, but after the first hunt with this one, I will say, it is a quality detector.

I watched a couple of youtube videos to get me up to snuff before taking it out in the field. I set the Omega with no discrimination (nothing notched and disc at 15). I bought the 11 inch dd coil which I had with my first Omega and found it to be razor sharp in reporting signals.
I used the three tones, disc at 15, and sens at 75.

The biggest drawback to my original Omega was the very weak audio on coins in the 7-8 inch deep range and this Omega was absolutely no different. I was expecting weak audio and even with my bad hearing, the first couple of 8 inch deep wheat pennies were easily distinguished.

Remember, I was not new to the Omega. For any new users, I would recommend a set of quality headphones. The deepest coins I dug were about 8 inches deep and were surrounded by trash, both modern tabs and rusty iron.
The Omega did fantastic in this site. I just read the newest review of the Omega and the person told how easily the screen can be scratched. I use Kindle screen protector material easily obtained from Walmart, Office Max, and etc. for 15 bucks or so. If you want your equipment to be nice, do yourself a favor and cover the screen.

I can buy enough screen protectors to do several of my ID detectors. I have done so many reviews and I give most of the detectors I try high scores. I am an experienced detectorist and I can get the most out of most detectors I use.

Without doubt, the Omega is a detector that an experienced or newbe can make quality finds in short order. No long learning curves here. Learn the unmistakable sound of a deep coin and you will be on your way.
To learn this sound, lay a clad dime on the ground and slowly lift the coil while scanning over the coin. When you get to where the signal just about disappears, this is what kind of audio loudness you can expect on a deep coin. Great detector and deadly on coins.

Overall Rating 5 stars!

233

Sold that junk pile

February 24, 2013
I sold that pile of crap last summer.
I was told when I got it that it was so good... "wrong".
Two months I used it and it was crap.
I sold it to a friend of mine for $200.00 so I lost big time on it, no he is trying to sell it because it is junk.
I ended up getting the t2 se what a nice detector and has way better depth then the omega. Don't waste your money on it you will sell it.

Overall Rating 1 star

462

Very Nice to Use

November 13, 2012
I have well in excess of 20 years detecting and have experience with many machines over the years. I got interested in this machine because my friend has one and continually had the best finds on many rallies and always seemed to find something when out locally. On sourcing the internet, I was interested to learn that it is the favourite machine of the Teknetics range designer which includes the T2.

I managed to get an almost unused recent model with 11" DD coil.

First time out, on a patch of ground I always use to test a new machine I found an 1817 George 111 sixpence I must have missed MANY times with other machines. Shock, and horror!

I have a few outings out with it now and it's a very nice machine to use in terms of it's lightness and ease of use. Ground balancing is so easy as is adjusting any of the controls via the lovely big display.

The machine is very stable. I have been under electricity pylons and no great problems even with high sensitivity.

Pressing the Freq button makes the machine quiet even when no EMI nearby, so you hunt quiet and easy hear the good target/s.

Although I haven't used it on the beach, my friend uses his on the wet sand (I've seen it) so I really don't know why others say otherwise. Okay, it's never going to be a multi-frequency on the beach but it works.

I'm enjoying using this machine and, as a result, have uprated to the 13" Detech Ultimate coil.

For the price I doubt if there is a better or nicer machine out there that will hold it's own against machines costing well over twice the price.

Overall Rating 5 stars!

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