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|Options||Whites TreasureMaster||Whites Prizm II|
|Battery Type||2 AA||Two 9V|
|Operating frequency||7.812kHz.||8.1 kHz|
|Target ID||8-Segment||8 Segment|
|Tone ID||4 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Waterproof||Coil only||Coil only|
|Warranty||3 Years||2 Years|
|Number of Reviews|| 3
|Avg. User Rating||4.00||4.50|
|Avg. Durability Rating||4.25||5.00|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.75||5.00|
|Avg. Depth Rating|
Most helpful review for Whites TreasureMasterPro features, amateur price.
It's been a very long time since we've seen anything TRULY new from the big "W". The MX5 was the last 'new' machine but was based on MXT technology. While it did pretty well, it never really seemed to find it's market. It's priced up there with the AT Pros but never garnered the respect the AT Pro gets.
Enter the Treasuremaster. I've been detecting 30 years, and I've used 'em all. This little machine has more 'pro' features than any other machine out there in it's price range. It's sensitive, deep, easy to use, lightweight and should give that little banana colored beeper some serious competition as the Treasuremaster isn't even in the same class as the Garrett Ace, but it's priced where the Ace is.
Real automatic ground balance, VCO pinpointing, adjustable target volume, 4 tone ID, 8 segment disc, threshold hunt (a sensitivity feature that no other detector has under $300), runs on 2 AA batteries for 20 hours and it's weatherproof. (Let's call it rainproof). It's weighs in at about 3 lbs. A little extra 'beef' than the featherlight detectors like the Tek Delta 4000 but the extra heft makes it feel like a better built detector.
I've had it out about 5 times now and have re-hunted some sites that I've been over. Finding a lot of clad. I'm not finding much in the way of serious keepers, but that's the fault of my location and not the detector. The detector hits coins very solidly and will lock on a target. Target ID is pretty much the same as other White's machines. 70's-80's are dimes/pennies/quarters, nickels ring up at a consistent 20-24, zincs read 59-61. I hunt in Georgia red clay and it seems to handle the hot soil well. You can hear the detector update the ground balance if you lift the coil about waist high and walk with it in the air. You'll hear a deep beep every few seconds.
Using it is as easy as turning it on, use the UP/DOWN arrow by the Options button to set a slight threshold and start swinging. If the detector falses, simply turn the sensitivity down using the +/- buttons. The various settings are selected by pressing the Option button and cycling thru the various tweakable settings.
The display numbers are large and easy to read. Not as big as the Fisher F series, but much easier to read than even my expensive MXT. I found the 4 tone ID a little annoying especially in hotter ground and it can false and cause some random low tones. Setting the tone ID to 2 tones solved that. Overall, the Treasuremaster is MUCH more machine than the Coinmaster/Pro series it replaces and MUCH more machine than it's target competition the Garrett Ace series. I think given some time, the Treasuremaster should become a popular choice in the vast array of detectors out there.
Jay Emm from Georgia
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Most helpful review for Whites Prizm IINewbie gives 5 star Review to Prizm II
As a newbie, I wanted an inexpensive, light (under 3 lbs with batteries), but well-made metal detector. I did not want to invest a lot of money, in case I did not like metal detecting. After receiving a $50 off coupon from Whites, I decided to go to the local hardware store, which had a store-wide sale, and take a look at the Whites Detectors. With sale and coupon I ended up purchasing the Prism II for under $150.00, though I could have purchased a Prizm IV for around $300.00, I feel I didn't want to spend that kind of money at this time.
Here is my review:
The assembly of the unit is easy. Directions were clear and easy to follow. One thing I noticed in the directions is that is doesnt show where the Headphone jack is. It is located on the side of the box, there is a black pullout snap cover protecting the opening. The unit is well balanced also, which is very important at the end of a long day. It is not "top" or bottom" heavy and the arm cup is comfortable.
This unit is truly an ON and GO machine. Simply turn it on and you can go hunting, using factory settings for discrimination (factory presets eliminate iron and foil and standard sensivity is set) I found .56 in change including 2 clad quarters at 5 inches in my first 30 minutes at a local park. While the Prizm II lacks a depth indicator ,I still dont feel that for a beginner, a depth indicator (Prizm III) is necessary and I would rather save the $100 and spend it on books or gasoline, or use to buy a better dectector if I get hooked on the hobby, so that is why I didn't buy a Prizm III or IV. 2nd day out at a local man-made beach I found 13 coins (no quarters), 2 hot wheels, fishing sinkers, an old key and over 30 pull tabs. I dug all tab indications. The unit detect via motion sweeping, unless in pinpoint mode. When a target it indicated you get a distinct BEEP. To verify it is a true target, White suggests repeated BEEPS in both the forward and reverse swing to indicate repeatability of the signal. I found this works well.
I feel this unit will go 6-8 inches deep no problem, though i didnt go that deep for my finds as they were all shallower. The Pinpointing mode is very good, in the center of the coil, making it easy use.
Once a person understands what discrimation is and does and how it works (read as many books as you can on the subject), one can adjust it to suit his/her tastes. The control is easy to use. The sensitivity control is easy to use also, if you need to adjust it.
The digital display shows the type of treasure that is most likely to be dug up. At the time , as a newbie, I didnt realize that rings could and will likely show up in the tab range, but never the matter, i didnt miss any jewelry, because I dug all signals. Unfortunatly, I had only 2 days to use the Prizm II before winter snow storm that totalled 17 inches of snow over a 3 day period, sub zero temperatures, so I am afraid my hunting days are over until spring. I am very well satisfied with this unit, and I am hooked on the hobby. I will always keep this unit as a spare, if I decide to go with an update next year. I highly recommend this unit, especially if you can purchase it for between 150-$200.00.
Cary from South dakota
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