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|Options||Minelab Xterra 705||Whites DFX|
|Battery Type||4 AA||8 AA|
|Operating frequency||3, 7, 18.75 kHz.
based on coil
|3, 15 kHz.|
|Target ID||Audio+Numeric||191 Segment Numeric+Icons|
|Tone ID||1 - 4 or 28||1 or 191 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Auto, Manual, Custom||Auto, Custom|
|Waterproof||Coil only||Coil only|
|Warranty||3 Years||2 Years|
|Number of Reviews|| 16
|Avg. User Rating||4.38||4.52|
|Avg. Durability Rating||5.00||4.24|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.80||3.71|
|Avg. Depth Rating|
Most helpful review for Minelab Xterra 705I love it
I have had my minelab xterra 705 for about 4 months and just love it. I was using a Bounty hunter landstar before that and that machine did a good job for the $$$, but as I got more into the hobby I wanted a machine that was simple to use with good depth and dependable. I payed about $800(Canadian) for it and it was worth it.
Learning the machine was not bad at all and it is spot on with depth and pinpointing. I have found all sorts of things with it from rings to old coins and much more.
It is light weight and battery life is very good, you can also get 6 or 7 after market coils, so you can upgrade it to your preference. The control box is weather resistant but I did invest in the enviromental cover for about $15. I have used a few detectors like whites dfx and xlt and they worked great too but they are a few hundred dollars more so if you are serious about detecting or just starting out the xterra 705 is an all around GREAT machine.
Stre-Chie from Vancouver B.C. Canada
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Most helpful review for Whites DFXNot a tough to learn as usually claimed.
I've owned the DFX for 2 years. I have several hundred hours logged with this detector and overall I'm fairly pleased with its performance. As stated in the title, the machine isn't that difficult to use. The settings are fairly self explanatory, though the toughest part of actually learning the DFX is finding clever ways to make the settings work together. Some settings impact others (ex sweep speed vs recovery speed vs filters used). This is a mixed blessing with this machine. One the one hand, you have the ability to truly customize, on the other hand it's easy to screw it up and come home empty handed. Also it takes a bit of tweaking at each site which can be time consuming as conditions change in the field. Experimentation is the best way to learn and gain experience. I've found that while there are very good books which can help you explore the DFX, it's really the conditions you personally face which will allow you to find your own best setting.
Depth: It's difficult to truly judge how deep a detector will detect, many things have to be taken into accout, but overall this machine will find 95% of the coins that are there to be found. My one dislike is that the DFX tends to break up fairly badly on deep targets, the Signagraph will also jump around. If the audio is somewhat repeatable with some bars to the right, dig the target. You might be surprised.
Pinpointing: The DFX is an outstanding pinpointer with a concentric coil provided you have ratchet pinpointing OFF. The VCO also helps to determine the depth accurately. Note that the VCO on and DC SENS up will make the detector squeal even though the target may be over 4 inches deep.
Signagraph: Helpful, but can be misleading in some instances. It wants to display iron along with a good target in highly mineralized soil. Overall, a good tool. Listen to it, use the graph as an assistant.
Discrimination: Very good, although setting discrimination with the menu can be a chore. Block edit is still confusing to get right. Small gripe but a grip nonetheless.
Dual frequency: I've found the DFX does a better job when 1 frequency is used in some conditions. Tailor the mode to the targets you intend to find. IE 3KHz coins and 15KHz in the jewelery department.
Battery life: For what this detector does, it's quite excellent.
Build and Customer Support: Second to none for both. My DFX has been used and abused. It's held up extremely well considering it's a computer on a stick. When severely abused, White's has always replaced or repaired no questions asked. Simply outstanding customer support.
GB offset - Makes significant difference on small deep targets. A setting not discussed, but a very powerful option.
Discrimination - Compared to other detectors I rank this one near the top.
Bells and whistles - if you get to know them, they can be a real advantage.
Build quality and balance.
Adjustable filter settings - you'll know what I'm talking about when you hit a trashy patch, notching the machine to 2 filters makes it quite snappy.
Backlight - Very useful
Key shortcuts - Quick adjustments
DC Phase - Good way to gauge mineralization
Susceptible to interference
Need more EEPROM slots for custom programs
Out of the box, performance is abysmal.
Inter-related settings can really increase need for ibuprofen. If in doubt, reload the program.
Very choppy on deeper targets compared to some other machines I've used.
That's about it. I hope you were able to get something out of the review. It's by no means a perfect machine, but it can come very close with a bit of practice and knowing how to tweak the controls properly. This thing is suitably deep for most hunts, this statement is also subjective.
Artur from Duluth, MN
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