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Options Whites Spectra V3 and V3i Garrett GTI 2500
Detector Type Coin and Relic Detector Coin and Relic Detector
Price $1500 $1000
Manufactured in 2009 1999
Battery Type 8 AA 8 AA
Weight (Lbs.) 4.4 4.6
Operating frequency 2.5, 7.5, 22.5 kHz. 7.2 kHz.
Display Yes Yes
Backlight Yes Yes
Target ID 191 Segment Numeric+Icons 24 Segment
Tone ID 255 Tones 3 Tones
Search Modes
  • Coins/Jewelry
  • Salt Beach
  • Relic
  • Prospecting
  • Deep Silver
  • High Trash
  • Meteorite
  • Hi Pro
  • Mixed Mode Pro
  • Custom
  • Coins
  • Jewelry
  • Relics
  • All Metal
  • Zero
  • Custom
  • Pinpoint
Ability to change coils Yes Yes
Ground balance Auto, Manual, Custom Auto, Manual
Waterproof Coil only Coil only
Warranty 2 Years
Number of Reviews graph 29
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Avg. User Rating 4.42 4.05
Avg. Durability Rating 4.88 4.60
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 4.50 4.33
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Most helpful review for Whites Spectra V3 and V3i

Jer from Ks
I have only had this for 2 weeks but I like it better than the DFX. For those people that are good with the DFX it may be a good call. I don't recomend it for one just starting out. If simple is what is desired then this is not ideal. It is the only detector that I ever used that shows what every frequency is doing in color (lots of info at once on screen). It does find deep targets and id them well once ya learn how to interpret all the info on screen. Like the DFX it will be a useless noise maker if one doesn't know what they are adjusting.

I HIGHLY recomend reading the manual cover to cover. I found lots of things this can do that I wouldn't have found exploring the menus. The menu system is not bad. most changes can be made and auto saved without entering menu mode. I like it complex and this is turning out to be my favorite detector. I also like the wireless headphones even though the price seems a bit high at $250 if not purchased with the detector.
Jerry from Wichita, Ks.

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Most helpful review for Garrett GTI 2500

Review; Pro's and con's
Having used the GTI 2500 for a year here are some thoughts:

Good depth (yeah coins at 8" is nice..)
Fair battery life

Sizing is nice
(helps the newbie, can use pinpoint to "size" a target as well)

Big LCD screen (helps those who have poor sight)
Good pinpoint


Over priced (yes, really only basic adjustments)

Sound "quality" is bad
(sounds are almost the same)

The headphones that come with sucks

Discrimination is not good for Europe/Sweden
(only practical for USA/North America??)

Coils are heavy.(9.5" and 12.5", epoxy filled?)

Note: it is more suited as a relic machine as it SUCKS for coins.
(you almost have to dig everything)

Eu_citzen from Europe, Sweden

Thumbs up! 177
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