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The parameters of modern detectors

The parameters of modern detectors

The parameters of modern detectors

  • Bounty Hunter Land Ranger
  • Bounty Hunter Land Star
  • Bounty Hunter Quick Draw II
  • Bounty Hunter BUD220 Select
  • Bounty Hunter Tracker IV
  • Chronos VLF Discriminating Metal Detector
  • Compass X-200 Challenger
  • Compass Scanner Coin Pro II
  • Compass Judge 6 Discriminator
  • CScope 1220XD
  • CScope R1
  • CScope VLF-TR 1200B
  • CScope 550
  • CScope 2MX
  • discovery
  • Discovery Treasure Baron
  • Fieldmaster FX 200
  • Fisher 1225
  • Fisher 1266-X
  • Fisher 1266
  • Fisher Aquanaut 1280-X
  • Fisher Cz 7 Quick Silver
  • Garrett ADS7
  • Garrett ADS
  • Garrett MH7X
  • Garrett CX
  • Garrett CXII
  • Garrett GTA 1000 Power Master
  • Garrett GTA 1000 Ultra
  • Garrett GTI 2000
  • Garrett GTI 2500
  • Garrett ACE 150
  • Garrett ACE 250
  • Garrett Freedom 1 Coincommander
  • HS-3 (produced by H. Smętkowski)
  • Pulse Star I homemade
  • Jonny Van Norden VXR 3003
  • Micront 3001
  • Micront 4003
  • Minelab Tribune
  • Minelab Sovereign XS
  • Minelab Sovereign XS2a PRO
  • Minelab SD 2200D
  • Minelab Explorer XS
  • Minelab Musketeer XS Pro
  • PI (prod. Nowak-Myszkow)
  • PI another model (produced by Nowak-Myszków)
  • PI “folding”
  • Homemade PI
  • LIS-2 production – Water Meter Plant”
  • Rambo-Armand
  • Rimatron Viking 8MX Series II
  • Rimatron Viking 6DX II
  • Tesoro Amigo II
  • Tesoro Laser B3
  • Tesoro Silver Saber
  • Tesoro Cutlass II
  • Tesoro Stingray
  • White’s 3900
  • White’s 5500D Series 3
  • White’s 5900/Di Pro SL
  • White’s 6000 Di Pro Plus
  • White’s 6000D
  • White’s 6000Di
  • White’s Quantum XT
  • White’s Spectrum XLT
  • White’s Eagle II SL
  • Whites BC4
  • White’s Coinmaster Model V
  • White’s Classic II
  • White’s Classic III
  • Wilson Relic & Coin IV
  • W-3-P sapper detector
  • XinG Yang 3003
  • XinG Jang 63-3005
  • XinG Jang 63-3006
  • Performance Chart for $25 (Air test and Ground test)
  • COMPARATIVE STATEMENT

This page is intended to present the parameters of modern detectors. I invite you to cooperate in creating its content. I suggest adopting the following metal detector testing methodology :

  • we carry out tests in the air, the so-called “air test” (I will also be happy to post tests in the ground on the website, they are more practical, but it is difficult to compare detectors on their basis due to the differences in the conditions for conducting such tests resulting, for example, from ground mineralization).
  • as a test object, please accept US coins (available in exchange offices): 1 cent ($1), 5 cents ($5), 10 cents-Dime ($10), 25 cents-Quater ($25). This will enable a later comparison with manufacturers’ tests, usually based on these coins.
    Note: the size of these coins is not in the order of denomination, so:
    the largest coin is the 25 cent coin (dia. 2.4 cm), then the 5 cent coin (dia. 2.1 cm), then the 1 cent coin (dia. 1.9 cm) and 10 cents (dia. 1.8 cm)
  • tests are performed separately for the All Metal mode and work in the discrimination mode (of course, if the detector has discrimination)
  • in discrimination mode settings should be set to accept all metals (zero discrimination)
  • the sensitivity of the detector is set to the maximum (we do not test the factory settings) at which you can work without signal interference.
  • if possible, we test with headphones
  • if the detector has more coils, tests for each of them will be indicated (please specify the diameter of the tested coil)
  • we make two measurements for each operating mode:
    1. we check the maximum range (the detector generates any signal indicating the existence of the object)
    2. we check the maximum range at which the detector correctly identifies the object (type of metal) if it has such a function
  • test results (range for each mode and coil diameter are given in centimeters):

The results of tests carried out in accordance with the above assumptions, sent to my e-mail address: wwwdark(insert @)interia.pl Darek will be presented on this website.

Garrett
– Grand Master Hunter CX

Coil 4.5 in (11.3 cm) 8.5 in (21.4 cm) 10″*(25.2cm) 12.5 in (31.5 cm)
mode discreet all met discreet all met discreet all met discreet all met
measurement max ID max ID max ID max ID max ID max ID max ID max ID
$1 16 16 16 16 17 15 21 14 28 20 32 20 29 17 33 19
$5 15 15 15 15 21 13 21 8 26 18 32 18 28 15 31 16
$10 14 14 16 14 19 14 19 14 25 18 31 18 27 16 thirty 19
$25 17 17 19 17 22 18 24 17 27 18 34 18 thirty 19 35 19


* 10″ Hot Head Coil

Garrett – Grand Master Hunter CXII

Coil 5*7 inch ellipse 8.5 in (21.4 cm)
mode discreet all met discreet all met
measurement max ID max ID max ID max ID
$1 13 9 plt 17 9 14 10 plt 22 10
$5 14 8 na 17 9 16 11 noon 22 7
$10 16 11 noon 19 11 19 13 no 20 13
$25 13 9 sq 18 10 14 14 sq 22 12


Legend:
plt – pultab; ni – nickel; qa – quarter; ID – object identification (in all metal mode, CXII recognizes the object in the same way as in discrimination, the difference is only in the distance from the object)

Comparison with others..

Garrett GTI 2000

Coil 9.5″ (24cm) 12.5″ (31.5cm) 10″x14″(DD)
mode discreet all met discreet all met discreet all met
$1 26 cm 37 cm 32 cm 38 cm 22 cm 30 cm
$5 30 cm 36 cm 29 cm 35 cm 19 cm 32 cm
$10 29 cm 33 cm 29 cm 30 cm 20 cm 32 cm
$25 35 cm 36 cm 30 cm 37 cm 20 cm 34 cm


Test Author’s Notes :
Discrimination set to zero. For the standard 9.5″ coil, the sensitivity is 10 (on a scale of 12).
The 12.5″ coil (No Imaging) without visualization, full construction.
The 12.5″ Imaging coil (with target visualization) does not differ in “performance” compared to the Noimaging coil. The air test for both coils shows differences within the limits of measurement error, therefore it is not shown in the table as a separate item)
. “Imaging differs in construction, it is openwork (not full) and covered with composite (probably not disassembled). Unfortunately, the target visualization for the GTI2000 model does not work properly. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it is adapted to work with the GTI2500.
The GTI2000 uses this coil to image all targets as a coin-sized object (size B). Other functions (identification, discrimination work properly).
Power DD 10″x14″ is a coil without visualization (No imaging) with an openwork construction, flooded with composite. Designed for work in highly mineralized soil and on beaches.
The test was carried out on headphones with the sensitivity set to 8 (on a scale of 12). In the field, depending on the conditions, it is possible to work at slightly higher settings (9, 10). An increase in sensitivity by one degree translates into an increase in range by about 2 cm.

Garrett GTI 2500

Coil 9.5″ (24cm) 5″*10″ (ellipse)
mode discreet all met discreet all met
$1 27 cm 37 cm 21 cm 22 cm
$5 30 cm 36 cm 21 cm 25 cm
$10 29 cm 34 cm 20 cm 22 cm
$25 35 cm 36 cm 22 cm 27 cm


Legend: Discrimination set to zero. Sensitivity approx. 80% (10 on a scale of 12) Test without headphones. Coil 5″*10″ (No Imaging Ellipse).

Garrett ACE 150

ACE 150 Ellipse coil 22×16 cm
measurement limit range sure signaling correct ID
$1 20 cm 19 cm 17 cm
$5 21 cm 20 cm 16 cm
$10 20 cm 19 cm 18 cm
$25 22 cm 20 cm 22 cm

Maximum sensitivity, All metal dynamic mode, 6.5 inch x 9 inch probe.
Garrett ACE 250

ACE 250 Ellipse coil 22×16 cm
measurement limit range sure signaling correct ID
$1 22 cm 19 cm 16 cm
$5 22 cm 20 cm 17 cm
$10 21 cm 20 cm 16 cm
$25 24 cm 22 cm 18 cm

Garrett ADS

Coil 7″ 12.5″
$1 20 28
$5 19 25
$10 19 28
$25 21 31

Garrett – Master Hunter ADS7

Coil 18.2cm 34.5 cm
mode discreet Gnd Bal discreet Gnd Bal
$1 17 19
$10 17 17 26 26
$25 20 21 32 32
$0.5 22 20 35 35
$1 26 23 38 36

Garrett – Master Hunter 7X

Coil 12.5″(31.5cm)
mode discreet Gnd Bal
$1
$10 21 25
$25 27 28
$0.5 thirty 31
$1 31 32

Garrett GTA 1000 Power Master

Object Coil 8 inch DISC
$1 22 cm
$5 22 cm
$10 20 cm
$25 24 cm

Garrett GTA 1000 Ultra

Object 10*5 inch coil
Mode disc ID
$1 22 cm 19 cm
$5 21 cm 17 cm
$10 21 cm 28 cm
$25 23 cm 18 cm

Garrett Freedom 1 Coincommander

Object coil 7″
Mode disc Pinpoint
$1 15 cm 18 cm
$5 17 cm 17 cm
$10 15 cm 19 cm
$25 18 cm 21 cm

White’s 3900

Coil 20 cm
mode non-motion disc
$1 19 cm
$5 18 cm
$10 17 cm
$25 20.5 cm

White’s 5500D Series3

Coil(20cm)
mode GEB NORM GEB DISC TR DISC GEB MAX
$1 13 cm 19 cm 25 cm 23 cm
$5 13 cm 19 cm 26 cm 23 cm
$10 12 cm 18 cm 23 cm 22 cm
$25 14 cm 18 cm 27 cm 25 cm

White’s 5900/Di Pro SL

Coil 9.5 inches (24cm)
mode discreet all met
measurement max ID max ID
$1 30 cm 30 cm 34 cm 30 cm
$5 31 cm 31 cm 36 cm 31 cm
$10 28 cm 28 cm 30 cm 28 cm
$25 32 cm 32 cm 38 cm 32 cm
$1/2 37 cm 37 cm 42 cm 37 cm
$1 38 cm 38 cm 47 cm 38 cm

Test in the air, discrimination on “0”, sensitivity on MAX (100%)
ID – deflection of the indicator (correct identification when the coil moves in one direction)
max – identification of the presence of an object by changing the signal
Detector 5900/Di Pro SL at setting the sensitivity to MAX (100%), it maintains absolutely full stability and correctness of indications. However, you can only work in open areas and outside buildings. When using the detector indoors, it is necessary to set the sensitivity to the “PRESET” position, which completely eliminates the influence of interference from electricity receivers. Then there is a certain loss of general sensitivity.
Since the 5900/Di Pro SL and 6000/Di Pro SL are mounted on the same PCB (5900 vs. 6000, the auto ground balancing components have been removed and replaced with a 10-turn potentiometer), the results of the above tests can be regarded as fully applicable to the White’s 6000/Di Pro SL detector as well.

White’s 6000 Di Pro Plus

Coil 20 cm
measurement GEB/NORM GEB/DISC TR/DISC GEB/MAX
$1 23/16 cm 13/13 cm 20/16 cm 30/15 cm
$5 24/14 cm 14/14 cm 18/12 cm 30/15 cm
$10 21/16 cm 12/12 cm 20/13 cm 30/14 cm
$25 24/15 cm 14/14 cm 20/16 cm 35/16 cm

White’s 6000D (not to be confused with 6000 Di/Pro!)

Coil ? cm
measurement GEB/NORM GEB/DISC TR/DISC GEB/MAX
$1 20 cm 15 cm 17 cm 22 cm
$5 19 cm 14 cm 18 cm 23 cm
$10 19 cm 17 cm 18 cm 20 cm
$25 19 cm 14 cm 22 cm 23 cm

White’s 6000Di probe BM950 – 9.5″ (24cm)

Coil 9.5″
measurement GEB/NORM GEB/DISC TR/DISC GEB/MAX
$1 28 cm 22 cm 30 cm 32 cm
$5 27 cm 22 cm 31 cm 34 cm
$10 26 cm 20 cm 29 cm 32 cm
$25 28 cm 25 cm 32 cm 38 cm

White’s Eagle II SL 9.5″ probe

Coil 9.5 inches
mode discreet all met
measurement max ID max
$1 16/21 12 25/30
$5 15/18 14 26/30
$10 17/21 16 20/25
$25 19/21 14 25/32

headphone test, DISC sensitivity 6 (max 7), All metal max sensitivity, preamplifier at minimum, transmit gain switched on for the value after “/”.

White’s Quantum XT

Coil BM950 (9.5″) BM1500 (15″)
mode all met discreet Discrete ID all met discreet Discrete ID
$1 32 cm 30 cm 10 cm 29 cm 28 cm 7 cm
$5 27 cm 23 cm 11 cm 30 cm 28 cm 8 cm
$10 30 cm 28 cm 12 cm 28 cm 28 cm 8 cm
$25 33 cm 30 cm 15 cm 32 cm 33 cm 15 cm

Noise Reduction Off, All Metal sensitivity 20 (out of 20), Disc sensitivity 12 (out of 20) headphone test.

White’s Spectrum XLT

Coil 9.5″ (24cm)
measurement DISC ALL METAL
$1 28 cm 38 cm
$5 25 cm 33 cm
$10 24 cm 36 cm
$25 26 cm 37 cm

test without headphones, AC Sens 65 (up to 80), DC Sens 45 (up to 60), Preamp Gain 12 (up to 15), Transmitt Boost On.

Sovereing XS2a PRO:

Coil 10″ (25cm)
measurement DISC ALL METAL
$1 26 cm 33 cm
$5 27 cm 31 cm
$10 25 cm 30 cm
$25 29 cm 34 cm

the test was carried out in headphones, automatic sensitivity, minimal discrimination, tone identification switched off (fixed), 10-inch coil (DD), at maximum sensitivity, the range is 2-3cm better, but difficult to achieve in field conditions. Advantages: stability, sensitivity, efficiency. Cons: heavy weight, poor balance, no practical pinpoint button.

Simple older model White’s metal detector (Coinmaster model V, no discrimination)
– Whites

Object 7 inch All Metal coil
$1 14 cm
$5 9 cm
$25 14 cm

White’s BC4

Coil 20 cm
$1 13 cm
$5 15 cm
$10 13 cm
$25 16 cm

White’s Classic II

Coil 20.5 cm
mode disc
$1 18 cm
$5 17 cm
$10 17 cm
$25 18 cm

detector sensitivity set to max.

White’s Classic III

Coil 20 cm
mode discreet all met
$1 16 cm 22 cm
$5 14 cm 22 cm
$10 16 cm 21 cm
$25 20.5 cm 24 cm

Fisher 1225 – 10″ probe

Coil 20 cm
mode DISC PINPOINT
$1 25 cm 29 cm
$5 25 cm 28 cm
$10 24 cm 30 cm
$25 26 cm 31 cm

Wilson Relic & Coin IV

Coil 20 cm
mode boost HI boost normal
$1 27 cm 24 cm
$5 27 cm 25 cm
$10 25 cm 24 cm
$25 29 cm 28 cm

detector sensitivity set to max. motion disc, test without headphones, no ground compensation.
Simple legacy metal detector Micronta 3001 (no discrimination)
– Micronta (Radio Shack)

Object 5 inch All Metal coil
$1 10 cm
$5 12 cm
$25 14 cm

Jonny Van Norden VXR 3003

Object 9.5 inch All Metal coil
$1 28 cm
$5 26 cm
$10 25 cm
$25 27 cm

Micronta 4003

Coil ? cm
measurement VLF TR1 TR2
$1 14.5 cm 13.5 cm 14.5 cm
$5 14.5 cm 15 cm 15 cm
$10 13 cm 13 cm 14 cm
$25 16 cm 17 cm 17 cm

Discovery Treasure Baron (Base Module)

Coil 25 cm
mode discreet all met
$1 32 cm 30 cm
$5 33 cm 33 cm
$10 31 cm 26 cm
$25 34 cm 27 cm

Discovery (Radio Shack)

Coil 18 cm
mode discreet all-metal ID
$1 12 cm 21 cm 7 cm

CScope 1220 XD

Coil 20 cm
mode meter disc audio disc
$1 25 cm 29 cm

CScope R1

Coil 6″(15cm) 10″(25cm)
mode discreet all met discreet all met
$1 17 cm 18 cm 33 cm 34 cm
$5 15 cm 17 cm 32 cm 34 cm
$10 14 cm 15 cm 30 cm 32 cm
$25 19 cm 20 cm 35 cm 37 cm

Notes by the author of the test: tests were carried out in headphones, sensitivity max. 15, motion mode, the first sound signal heard in digital mode and the activation of the radar indicator indicated the correct ID on the identification indicator, when listening to the signal in analog mode, the correct ID appeared on the display after lowering the coil by 1-2 cm.
CScope 2MX

Coil 20 cm
mode all-metal disc*
$1 22 cm 20 cm
$5 23 cm 22 cm
$10 21 cm 20 cm
$25 24 cm 23 cm

Test Author’s Notes : Discrimination enabled on the first disk set to 0,* Discrimination on the second disk disabled.
Comparison with others..

CScope 550

Coil 10″ (25cm)
$1 10 cm
$5 11 cm
$10 9 cm
$25 12.5 cm

Notes by the author of the test: the test was carried out in headphones, listening set to max. before retuning, motion mode. This detector has no discrimination function.
CScope 1200

Coil 8″ (20cm)
$1 25 cm
$5 25 cm
$10 23 cm
$25 27 cm

Rimatron Viking 8 MX Series II

Coil 21 cm
mode all-metal disc
$1 18 cm 16 cm
$5 18 cm 18 cm
$10 15 cm 13 cm
$25 18 cm 15 cm

Rimatron Viking 6DX II

Coil 21 cm
mode all-metal disc*
$1 17 cm 14 cm
$10 15 cm 13 cm
$25 17 cm 15 cm

Test author’s comments :
* Discrimination set at 4 out of 10.

Fisher 1266 X

Object disc pinpoint
$1 26 cm 31 cm
$5 23 cm 30 cm
$10 25 cm 30 cm
$25 27 cm 33 cm

Author’s comments :
10-inch coil, sensitivity about 75% of the normal range, test without headphones.

Fisher 1266

Coil 8″ standard (20cm) 10″ spider (25cm) 11″ Hothead (28cm)
$1 24 cm 25 cm 28 cm
$5 23 cm 23 cm 27 cm
$10 23 cm 24 cm 26 cm
$25 25 cm 28 cm 29 cm


Author’s comments :
Spider probe 10.5 inches, sensitivity on the 2nd range, sense = 60%, volume = 50%, disc = “0”.

Fisher Aquanaut 1280-X

Coil 10″ (25cm)
$1 21 cm
$5 20 cm
$10 21 cm
$25 27 cm

Fisher Cz 7 Quick Silver probe Spider – 10.5″ (26 cm)
Comments of the test author:
The maximum sensitivity was set at which the device maintained sufficient stability. For AUTO and PINPOINT ranges – SENS=8 and for ID – SENS =6 For all ranges VOLUME=6 GROUND BALANCE=5, NOTCH=0,1,1,1,1,1,1

Coil 10.5″
measurement Car Pinpoint ID repeatable ID
$1 23 cm 26 cm 28 cm 21 cm
$5 22 cm 24 cm 26 cm 18 cm
$10 22 cm 24 cm 26 cm 22 cm
$25 26 cm 27 cm 28 cm 24 cm
$50 29 cm 31 cm 32 cm 28 cm
$1 32 cm 34 cm 35 cm 32 cm

Tesoro Amigo II

Object 5 inch zero disc motion coil
$1 15.5 cm
$5 16.5 cm
$10 15 cm
$25 17.5 cm

Tesoro Laser B3

Object 8″ (22cm) coil
$1 21 cm
$5 21 cm
$10 20 cm
$25 21 cm

Tesoro Silver Saber

Coil 20 cm
mode pin point disc
$1 23 cm 19 cm
$5 24 cm 20 cm
$10 24 cm 17 cm
$25 23 cm 19 cm


Test author’s comments :
Tesoro Silver Saber (MAX with 20cm coaxial probe, sensitivity 10, test without headphones, MIN discrimination.

Tesoro Cutlass II

Coil 20 cm
mode disc all-metal
$1 22 cm 22 cm
$5 23 cm 25 cm
$10 19 cm 20 cm
$25 21 cm 23 cm


Test author’s comments :
Tesoro Cutlass II with a 20cm probe, sensitivity 90%.

Tesoro Stingray (underwater detector)

Coil 20 cm
measurement AM Motion Disc TR Disc
$1 22 cm 18 cm 21 cm
$5 24 cm 22 cm 21 cm
$10 20 cm 19 cm 19 cm
$25 22 cm 20 cm 20 cm

W-3-P sapper detector

Object Coil 14*25cm
$1 15.5 cm
$5 16.5 cm
$10 15 cm
$25 18 cm


Notes by the author of the test:
This is the limit range, it works stably at ranges about 10% smaller. Coil generator frequency 880-900 kHz. The coil has two turns in a 14×25 cm Al tube.

LIS-2 type BFO detector.

Object 30 cm coil
$1 18 cm
$5 17 cm
$10 18 cm
$25 21 cm


Test Author’s Notes :
Production Water Meter Plant. Currently not produced.

Minelab Sovereign XS

Coil Coinsearch 25 cm Coinsearch 20 cm Seasearch 19 cm
mode all-metal disc all-metal disc all-metal disc
$1 31 cm 24 cm 26 cm 18 cm 21 cm 20 cm
$5 26 cm 24 cm 23 cm 18 cm 19 cm 19 cm
$10 29 cm 23 cm 25 cm 17 cm 18 cm 20 cm
$25 31 cm 28 cm 26 cm 17 cm 23 cm 25 cm

Author’s comments :
10 inch coinsearch probe test, detector sensitivity set to 50%.

Minelab Tribune

Coil 21 cm
mode all-metal disc
$1 23 cm 21 cm
$5 22 cm 20 cm
$10 22 cm 20 cm
$25 23 cm 22 cm


Author’s comments :
detector sensitivity set to 7 (max 9).

1c – 28cm 25c – 35cm (quite clear signal, range in the ground).
Minelab SD 2200D

Coil 28 cm
mode all-metal
$1 28 cm
$5 – cm
$10 – cm
$25 35 cm

Test author’s comments :
11-inch DD probe. headphone test ,

Minelab Explorer XS

Coil 10″
mode disc
$1 29 cm
$5 30 cm
$10 27 cm
$25 31 cm


Author’s notes :
Audio1 = Normal, Volume Gain Max
Sensitivity 25 (max32)

Minelab Musketeer XS Pro

Coil 20 cm
mode DISC POINT AM
$1 21 cm 26 cm 18 cm
$5 21 cm 26 cm 17 cm
$10 20 cm 26 cm 17 cm
$25 23 cm 25 cm 18 cm

Compass X-200 Challenger

Coil 29 cm
mode 6KHz 14KHz
$1 32 cm 35 cm
$5 30 cm 31 cm
$10 32 cm 34 cm
$25 38 cm 40 cm


Comments of the author of the test:
The detector works optionally in two frequency ranges: 6khz and 14khz. 29 cm (11.5″) coil. No volume control. Zero discrimination test. No longer manufactured.

Compass Scanner Coin Pro II

Coil 20 cm
mode all-metal disc
$1 20 cm 17 cm
$5 22 cm 17 cm
$10 19 cm 14 cm
$25 22 cm 14 cm


Author’s comments :
detector sensitivity set to 8 (max 10).

Compass Judge 6 Discriminator

Object 7 inch coil
$1 23 cm
$5 23 cm
$10 23 cm
$25 27 cm

Fieldmaster FX 200

Coil 20 cm
mode all-metal disc
$1 20 cm 16 cm
$5 19 cm 15 cm
$10 19 cm 16 cm
$25 20 cm 18 cm

Polish PI prod. Nowak-Myszków
Model with 34 cm (13.5 in) coil.

Coil 34 cm
mode all-metal
$1 23 cm
$5 25 cm
$10 22 cm
$25 22 cm

Polish PI prod. Nowak -Myszków
Model with 37 cm (14.7 inch) coil tested after a slight tweaking.

Coil 37 cm
mode all-metal
$1 29 cm
$5 25 cm
$10 28 cm
$25 28 cm

Test author’s comments :
Before retuning about 20% worse.

Polish “folding” PI

Coil 20 cm
mode all-metal
$1 10 cm
$5 8 cm
$10 5 cm
$25 11 cm

PI “home made” – Made in Poland

Coil 35 cm
mode all-metal
$1 33 cm
$5 34 cm
$10 31 cm
$25 36 cm

Pulse Star I homemade – Made in Poland

Coil 20 cm
mode all-metal
$1 16 cm
$5 10 cm
$10 13 cm
$25 18 cm

HS-3 (H. Smętkowski)

Coil 30 cm 37 cm
mode Disc/All Metal Disc/All Metal
$1 24 cm 29 cm
$5 30 cm 31 cm
$10 29 cm 33 cm
$25 34 cm 32 cm


Author’s comments :
Detector sensitivity set to max. 30 cm (12″) and 37 cm (14.5″) coil, headphone test. Performance in All Metal mode is identical to zero discrimination due to the design of the detector electronics.

Armand “Rambo”

Coil 40 cm
mode all-metal
$1 20 cm
$5 21 cm
$10 20 cm
$25 22 cm


Note – Armand detectors: Rambo and Penetrator are simplifications of the Prospector detector, they differ in the number and type of functions.

Bounty Hunter Land Ranger

Coil 10″(25cm) 4″ (10cm)
mode all met discreet all met discreet
$1 30 cm 22/15 cm 19 cm 13/10 cm
$5 31 cm 24/18 cm 21 cm 11/6 cm
$10 25 cm 24/19 cm 18 cm 10/8 cm
$25 32 cm 24 cm 20 cm 12/10 cm


Legend: The value after “/” is the range when correctly identified.

Bounty Hunter Land Star

Coil 20 cm
mode all-metal disc Correct ID
$1 21 cm 14 cm 11 cm
$5 21 cm 13 cm 9 cm
$10 20 cm 14 cm 12 cm
$25 24 cm 16 cm 13 cm

Bounty Hunter Quick Draw II

Coil 20 cm
mode all-metal Correct ID
$1 19 cm 11 cm
$5 19 cm 10 cm
$10 18 cm 11 cm
$25 20 cm 13 cm

Bounty Hunter BUD220 Select

Coil 20 cm
mode all-metal disc Correct ID
$1 25 cm 16 cm 14 cm
$5 19 cm 17 cm 13 cm
$10 25 cm 15 cm 15 cm
$25 27 cm 18 cm 17 cm

Author’s comments :
headphones test, sensitivity 75%,

Bounty Hunter Tracker IV probe 20cm

Coil 20 cm
mode all-metal
$1 14 cm
$5 15 cm
$10 13 cm
$25 14 cm

Author’s remarks :
headphone test, max sensitivity,

XinG Jang 3003 probe 15cm

Coil 15 cm
mode all-metal
$1 11 cm
$5 11 cm
$10 11 cm
$25 13 cm

Author’s comments :
test on headphones, max sensitivity,

inG Jang 63-3005 probe 15cm

Coil 15 cm
mode all-metal
$1 11 cm
$5 11 cm
$10 11 cm
$25 13 cm

Comments of the author of the test:
test on headphones, max sensitivity,

inG Jang 63-3006 probe 15cm

Coil 15 cm
measurement VLF TR1 TR2
$1 12 cm 11 cm 9 cm
$5 13 cm 14 cm 12 cm
$10 11 cm 11 cm 9 cm
$25 14 cm 14 cm 15 cm


Test author’s comments :
headphone test, max sensitivity,

Chronos VLF Discriminating Metal Detector

Coil 30 cm
mode disc
$1 25 cm
$5 22 cm
$10 24 cm
$25 26 cm


Notes by the author of the test:
headphones test, sensitivity 70%,

Measurements for 25 cents in All Metal mode (test in the air and underground) for detectors:
Garrett (GTI 2000, Treasure Ace 300, GMH CXII, GTAX 1000 );
Whites (Spectrum XLT, 6000 Di Pro ,Quantum XT,Classic SL III,Classic SL II,);
Fisher (1225X, 1235X, 1265X, 1266X, CZ5, CZ20);
Tesoro (Lobo Super Traq, Toltec, Golden Saber, Bandido, Silver Saber, Sidewinter, Cutlass, Amigo);
Discovery (Baron Module base);
Minelab (Sovereign XS, Sovereign XS-2)

all-metal Measurements for $25
DETECTOR COIL AIR GROUND
Garrett GTI 2000 9.5″ 37 cm 25 cm
Garrett Treasure Ace 300 8.5″ 17 cm 13 cm
Garrett GMH CXII 8.5″ 24 cm 18 cm
Garrett GTA X 1000 8.5″ 25 cm 17 cm
White’s Spectrum XLT 9.5″ Blue Max 30 cm 21 cm
White’s 6000 Di Pro 9.5″ Blue Max 35 cm 22 cm
White’s Quantum XT 9.5″ Blue Max 26 cm 20 cm
White’s Classic SL III 9.5″ Blue Max 24 cm 15 cm
White’s Classic SL II 8″ BlueMax 19 cm 14 cm
Fisher 1225 X 5″ 17 cm 12 cm
Fisher 1235 X 8″ Spider 21 cm 16 cm
Fisher 1265X 8″ Spider 25 cm 17 cm
Fisher 1266 X 10.5″ Spider 29 cm 19 cm
Fisher CZ5 8″ Spider 32 cm 21 cm
Fisher CZ20 10.5″ Spider 36 cm 24 cm
Tesoro Lobo Super Traq 10″ x 5″ ellipse 28 cm 20 cm
Tesoro Toltec 10.5″ 26 cm 18 cm
Tesoro Golden Saber 8″ 21 cm 16 cm
Tesoro Bandido 8″ 22 cm 14 cm
Tesoro Silver Saber 10.5″ 24 cm 17 cm
Tesoro Sidewinter 8″ 20 cm 16 cm
Tesoro Cutlass 8″ 19 cm 14 cm
Tesoro Amigo 7″ 17 cm 13 cm
Discovery Baron Module base 8″ 32 cm 23 cm
Minelab Sovereign XS 8″ 24 cm 18 cm
Minelab Sovereign XS 7.5″ 26 cm 19 cm
Minelab Sovereign XS-2 10″ 33 cm 22 cm


NOTE: I received the statement from France without any additional information as to how the “underground” tests were carried out. The author of the above tests is probably Alain Chatillon

COMPARATIVE LIST (according to max. performance)

object/measurement [cm]
coins/depth [centimeters]
average[cm]
average depth

metal detector

coil size coil
$1 $5 $10 $25
White’s Spectrum XLT 9.5″ 38 33 36 37 36
Garrett GTI 2500 9.5″ 37 36 34 36 35.7
Garrett GTI 2000 9.5″ 37 36 33 36 35.5
Compass X-200 Challenger 11.5″ 35 31 34 40 35
Garrett GTI 2000 12.5″ 38 35 thirty 37 35
White’s 5900/Di Pro SL 9.5″ 34 36 thirty 38 34.5
White’s 6000Di 9.5″ 32 34 32 38 34
CScope R1 10″ 34 34 32 37 34
Homemade PI 14″ 33 34 31 36 33.5
Discovery Treasure Baron 10″ 32 33 31 34 32.5
Garrett CX Hot Head coil 10″ 32 32 31 34 32.3
Garrett CX 12.5″ 33 31 thirty 35 32.3
Sovereign Xs2a PRO 10″ 33 31 thirty 34 32
Garrett GTI 2000 14″*10″DD thirty 32 32 34 32
White’s 6000 Di Pro Plus 8″ thirty thirty thirty 35 31.3
Minelab SD 2200D 11″ 28 35 31.5
HS-3(Smetkowski) 14.5″ 29 31 33 32 31
White’s Quantum XT 9.5″ 32 27 thirty 33 30.5
White’s Quantum XT 15″ 29 thirty 28 32 29.7
Fisher 1225 10″ 29 28 thirty 31 29.5
Bounty Hunter Land Ranger 10″ thirty 31 25 32 29.5
Whites Eagle II SL 9.5″ thirty thirty 25 32 29.3
Minelab Explorer XS 10″ 29 thirty 27 31 29.3
Minelab Sovereign XS 10″ 31 26 29 31 29.3
CScope 1220XD 8″ 29 29
HS-3(Smetkowski) 12″ 24 thirty 29 34 29.2
Garrett ADS7 13.5″ 26 32 29
Fisher 1266 HotHead probe 11″ 28 27 26 29 27.5
Garrett ADS 12.5″ 28 25 28 31 28
PI-Nowak(Myszkow) 14.7″ 29 25 28 28 27.5
Wilson Relic & Coin IV 8″ 27 27 25 29 27
Jonny Van Norden VXR 3003 9.5″ 28 26 25 27 26.5
Garrett MH7X 12.5″ 25 28 26.5
White’s 5500D Series 3 8″ 25 26 23 27 25.3
Fisher 1266 X 10″ 26 23 25 27 25.3
Fisher Cz 7 Quick Silver 10.5″ 26 24 24 27 25.3
Minelab Sovereign XS 8″ 26 23 25 36 25
CScope 1200B 8″ 25 25 23 27 25
Fisher 1266 Spider probe 10.5″ 25 23 24 28 25
Chronos VLF 12″ 25 22 24 26 24.3
Garrett GTI 2500 5″*10″ 22 25 22 27 24
Compass Judge 6 Discriminator 7″ 23 23 23 27 24
Bounty Hunter BUD220 Select 8″ 25 19 25 27 24
Fisher 1266 8″ 24 23 23 25 23.7
Tesoro Silver Saber 8″ 23 24 24 23 23.5
PI – Nowak (Myszkow) 13.5″ 23 25 22 22 23
Minelab Tribune 8″ 23 22 22 23 22.5
CScope 2MX 7″ 22 23 21 24 22.5
Tesoro Cutlass II 8″ 22 25 20 23 22.5
White’s Classic III 8″ 22 22 21 24 22.3
Garrett ACE250 6.5″x9″ 20 21 20 22 22.3
Fisher Aquanaut 1280-X 10″ 21 20 21 27 22.3
Garrett GTA 1000 Master 8″ 22 22 20 24 22
White’s 6000D 8″ 22 23 20 23 22
Tesoro Stingray 8″ 22 24 20 22 22
Garrett GTA 1000 Ultra 5″*10″ 22 21 21 23 21.7
Garrett CXII 8″ 22 22 20 22 21.5
Bounty Hunter Land Star 8″ 21 21 20 24 21.5
Minelab Musketeer XS Pro 7″ 21 21 20 23 21.3
Garrett CX 8″ 21 21 19 24 21.2
discovery 7″ 21 21
Compass Scanner Coin Pro II 8″ 20 22 19 22 20.8
Tesoro Laser B3 8″ 21 21 20 21 20.8
Garrett ACE150 6.5″x9″ 20 21 20 22 20.8
Armand “Rambo” 16″ 20 21 20 22 20.8
Garrett ADS 7″ 20 19 19 21 19.7
Bounty Hunter Land Ranger 4″ 19 21 18 20 19.5
Fieldmaster FX 200 8″ 20 19 19 20 19.5
Garrett ADS7 7″ 19 17 21 19
Bounty Hunter Quick Draw II 8″ 19 19 18 20 19
White’s 3900 8″ 19 18 17 20 18.5
LIS-2 12″ 18 17 18 21 18.5
White’s Classic II 8″ 18 17 17 18 17.5
Rimatron Viking 8MX Series II 8″ 18 18 15 18 17.3
Garrett CX 4.5″ 16 15 16 19 16.5
Garrett Freedom 1 Coincommander 7″ 15 17 15 18 16.3
Rimatron Viking 6DX II 8″ 17 15 17 16.3
Sapper detector w3p 10″ 15.5 16.5 15 18 16.2
Tesoro Amigo II 5″ 15 16 15 17 15.8
CScope R1 6″ 15 16 14 17 15.5
Micront 4003 7″ 14 15 14 17 15
Pulse Star I homemade 8″ 16 10 13 18 14.3
White’s BC4 7″ 13 15 13 16 14.3
Bounty Hunter Tracker IV 7″ 14 15 13 14 14
XinG Jang 63-3006 6″ 12 13 11 14 12.5
White’s Coinmaster Model V 7″ 14 9 14 12.3
Micront 3001 5″ 10 12 14 12
XinG Yang 3003 6″ 11 11 11 13 11.5
XinG Jang 63-3005 6″ 11 11 11 13 11.5
CScope 550 10″ 10 11 9 12.5 10.6
Polish “folding” PI 8″ 10 8 5 11 8.5


* red color next to the coil size means a non-standard coil for a given model.
* measurement [-cm] means that the author did not carry out a test for a given coin (mainly due to the lack of coins).
Note: When comparing the individual models, pay attention to the size of the coil. Since it is not possible to test detectors with coils of the same size, this parameter has a significant impact on the final position of the detector in the table (a larger coil can “make up” for shortcomings in electronics), but smaller probe sizes are more practical in the field (handiness, less weight, greater precision in targeting). The standard coil is a probe with a diameter of 8 to 9.5 inches (approx. 20 to 24 cm).

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