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Options Whites MX5 Minelab Xterra 505
Detector Type Coin and Relic Detector Coin and Relic Detector
Price $600 $600
Manufactured in 2013 2010
Battery Type 8 AA 4 AA
Weight (Lbs.) 3.9 3.1
Operating frequency 14kHz. 3, 7, 18.75 kHz.
based on coil
Display Yes Yes
Backlight Yes No
Target ID 190 segment Audio+Numeric
Tone ID up to 8 tones 1 - 4 or 19
Search Modes
  • All metal
  • Coin/Jewelry
  • Beach
  • Pinpoint
  • Coin & Treasure.
Ability to change coils Yes Yes
Ground balance AutoTrac Manual
Waterproof Weather proof Coil only
Warranty 2 Years 3 Years
Number of Reviews graph 6
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Avg. User Rating 4.75 4.56
Avg. Durability Rating 4.63 4.67
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 4.75 4.33
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Most helpful review for Whites MX5

Mx5 very nice!!
Whites newest detector based on the mxt platform. I really like this detector.
Things I like:
It has all the qualities of the mxtpro but in a fully digital design. Its ability to go deep with good vdi. Simple to use yet enough different settings to please most anyone. Lightening fast response makes it great in trashy areas. The mx5 is very very good at finding good targets in the rusty nail infested yards. It also uses all of the eclipse coils.Its lighter and feels very comfortable.

The things that I'm OK with but could be better:
The coil connection kinda tight. That's about it. So many good features and it performs so well makes the mx5 one of my favorite detectors.
Bill from Central ohio

Thumbs up! 73
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Most helpful review for Minelab Xterra 505

Minelab 505 is a great metal detector!!!
I got the 505 after wishing I had never sold my other minelab xterra 50. I have been through alot of good metal detectors and I know them quite well. If your not going to look for gold then I would suggest the 505. Do not believe a lot of the bad reviews about the minelab xterra's here on this review site. They either have something against the xterra's or they do not know how to operate a metal detector.
It has one of the largest easy to read screens available. The number to me is better than a probable description ID like a lot of other units have. It is very light weight and last a good long time on a set of batteries. Pin point is dead on and accurate with the stock concentric coil. The option to choose how many tones you want is nice too. If the machine gives a good unbroken signal and the number locks on or only varies a little then the target is worth digging. The stock coil is good enough for all round detecting.

The Xterras have a great selection of optional coils too that are made by Minelab. I relic hunt and coin shoot and to me this is the perfect machine for my kind of detecting. The controls are user friendly and easy to understand. You do not have to re program settings after the unit is turned off as it saves your settings. Just make sure you ground balance correctly and off you go.

If there was anything I could say I did not like about the xterra it is the narrow stand under the arm cuff. It tends to not sit straight up when you set the detector down to dig the target. Also the large DD coils for it tends to make the xterra a little front heavy when you use them. That is not enough to merit loosing any stars for how I believe this machine performs. It is a 5 star unit all the way.
Tim from Middle TN

Thumbs up! 36
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