Whites DFXPrice: $1000
Based on 96 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.24
Avg. Ease of use: 3.71
Complicated Cacophony of Computer Created Craziness
Where I live in the UK, it had to be set up differently almost every time I went out. Most of my time was spent fiddling with settings when I should have been digging.
I found it either very noisy or very shallow. The stock programs for the UK are no use at all and I did not dig a single coin in Coin Mode. Swapping over to my C Scope produced coins on the same area. Obviously a case of a wrong set up but for me it just too laborious, over complicated, time consuming and just complete technological over-kill.
It did fare better at the beach with the Wet Sand Program and was extremely stable when moving from the surf to the wet sand and into the dry
sand. It rarely falsed.
To rely on the ID in UK though would be foolish. 1 pound coins showed invariably as foil and ring pulls showed as coins.
It would obviously work better in the US as it was designed for the conditions there. The Whites M6 is a much better detector in my opinion and works better, faster and the ID is absolutely 99.9% correct even in the UK. If the M6 says it's a coin - then it's a coin. A pull tab IS a pull tab.
I would choose the M6 over the DFX any day.
This is my opinion for my regular conditions in the UK and I am willing to accept that elsewhere in the world, the DFX might just be the correct choice. Also, if you are willing to put the time in - then it COULD be a winner here too. BUT - I want to spend my time detecting, not fiddling with controls. I would urge anyone in UK to consider a different model to DFX such as the M6 or 6T.
Mike from Wales, UK
What a great machine
Tuco from Uk
White's DFX is a fantastic metal detector
Some say this is a great detector for even beginners, I disagree. There are many other capable beginner detectors. If you are an experienced detectorist looking for a great detector and willing to read and learn its programability, you'd find it difficult to top this detector. This detector in the hands of someone who understands its capabilities and learns how to read its display and interpret its audible tones would be able to dig only the best targets ignoring the junk.
Gregg from So. California
Old models vs new models
The old machines would find rings, the new, zip tops. Any time you turn up the discrimination, there goes you detection depth. The new machines definitely are easier to use though, with the turn on and go. Good luck hunting, ron rambo
Ron rambo. [firstname.lastname@example.org] from Montgomery,pa
Not getting the results from DFX........try this.
After gaining more confidence in using the machine, I would enter information for custom settings into my search browser for "White's DFX", and you can even be specific about your part of the country or the world for that matter. It will not perform the same in every part of the country, it's all about tweaking for your corner of the world, and you can get some pretty good info on settings by searching online.
There are also books on the market with more detailed info on the DFX. After all if you beared the expense for a DFX, a couple more bucks for good info is a no brainer. Just my opinion, good hunting to all, hope this helps.
JB from Florida
Paid for itself in less than an year
Hunted fields over twenty hammered and countless other coins this is the only detector I have owned so I cannot compare with others but every time I go out I never fail so in my eyes I made the right choice.
Gordiebob1938 from Uk
First Outing on a beach
Kiddy from New Jersey
The Dfx is one great whites detector!
It has 2 frequencies which are great one for silver and clad and one for Gold. Its by far the most versatile detector I've ever used. Few detectors have the option that this detector has. Yes it does have a bit of a learning curve but once you tweak the machine just a little it rocks. I also found a nice 64 silver dime and plenty of coins and misc charms etc. It also gets pretty good battery life.
I had the whites Mxt before but like the Dfx a bit better because of the versatility and better id system and ability to chose 2 frequencies and use it at the beach with better performance than the Mxt in that area. Its also less chattery than the Mxt. If your looking for a all around versatile detector you wont be disapointed.
Jo from La
DFX IS GREAT
Tony from Oklahoma
WHITES DFX ROCKS
Andy from Northern England UK