Whites Spectrum XLTPrice: $800
Based on 49 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 4.86
Have used Tesoro, Minelab C-scope, Fisher and these machines are all great, but I believe that every machine out there really wants to be an XLT, quite simply a lot of machine for a little money.
I just cant put it down, and when you cant get out, your still messing with it at home, changing programs and trying them out. Definitely one of the best and most enjoyable machines ever made, and one of the best I have used, (don't like the coin program though, too much discrim. )but there are lots of fine programs out there to load up instead.
p.s. Will buy a new one and put it in the cupboard, just in case they stop making them, now that would be a REAL BIG MISTAKE, just get one, you'll love it!
Lordbaltimore from Northumberland
Great Deep Relic Machine
I've dug tons of relics and shells with it. Very hot on iron and shell. Darn good on brass and lead too.
Made my best find in 2000 with it, a medium lead filled CS buckle pictured in E&W Treasures April 2000. Found in a CS camp beat to death with all kinds of machines. Whites even used my pic in their add that month.
Just scroll on down to Relic Mode and do a little tweaking and just glide that coil all over and up next to trees and gullies ever so smoothly and listen. Just an awesome machine. You don't have to whip it like a step child like other machines. Best deal going these days with everyone claiming to have the best and selling over priced plastic junk for upwards of $800-$1000. Its like they set their detector prices like gas prices at the pump, future digging I suppose.
A good used XLT can be had for a realistic price of $300-$400. If your like me and are sick of every detector maker claiming theirs is the best nowadays just because they put a bigger than 8" DD coil on their new machines and call it "revolutionary", then get a XLT. It was way ahead of its time and its better than a lot of the top of the line crap today. Get one, you won't regret it.
James R. from Hohenwald TN.
You will never out grow it
Caretaker from Maine
Five yrs an still going
I have to admit I haven't played with the settings a lot, mostly use preset programs. Depth I feel depends on the soil, seems to go deeper in sand. One thing I have noticed is when the ground is wet expect a lot of dimes why I don't know. It is heavy compared to some. Display is good. Rechargeable battery pack didn't last but a couple yrs, maybe thats normal. It is a pick up an go machine. I would buy another one, hope this helps.
Mike from Indiana
Mike Sleeter from GA
I've found more than i can count with it.
JAMES BOND from NEVADA
A very capable machine
1)The four pre-set programs are good, if a little lacking in depth. It's possible to increase sensitivity & pre-amp gain to get a bit deeper. The coin program still will only get you about 6-7 inches on a dime/sixpence. This is your limit for a trashy park.
2) very sensitive on hammered & small items-very useful for the ancient & medeival sites we have in the uk.
3) The use of mixed mode with a enhanced relic mode really shows the XLT to be a depth monster!
Silver threepence at 7 inches gives a huge signal!
This program not possible on aluminium infested parks, only quieter fields. Also the mixed mode operates like a goldmaxx, not nulling out a coin next to a nail.
In short a great detector. It will take a while to be at full speed with it, though it will be worth it.
Alex white from Uk
The good and Bad
Barry2b from Eastern USA
XLT--Excellent detector well balanced easy to use.
I think this is a great detector because of the many features if offers.
Another great feature is the battery, easy to change and as I have the Whites BHID can also interchange batteries with this machine.
Would highly recommend the XLT .
Joel-Wpg. from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
Charles from Georgia, USA