XP Gold Maxx Field test by Garys detecting
metal detectors look exactly the same and have identical control
panels, the difference is the G-Maxx runs at 4.6KHZ and the Gold
Maxx runs at 18Khz.Any well established metal detectorist knows
the frequencies are the key to your specific targets. For example
4Khz will detect very deep on bigger targets such as hoards and
large bronze or copper items, lets not forget it will still
locate small targets, but not as well as the 18Khz machine which
will be razor sharp on small Roman and Hammered coins still with
excellent depth and discrimination. Your success with the XP Gold
Maxx depends on your knowledge of the machine as I will mention
later in the test.
The G maxx vs. Gold Maxx a simple test
I buried a 1922
sixpence at 8 inches until the Gold Maxx just lost the signal, the
G Maxx picked this target up with a clean tone, raising the coil 1
inch the target was lost.
The G Maxx and Gold Maxx have virtually the same depth on a
sixpence size target in clean soil, however the Gold Maxx will have an
advantage when looking for smaller targets or searching
mineralised ground. The G Maxx will be better for bigger targets
The XP standard search
coil is a 9" 2D widescan ,optional coils are the 11" (right) or
an elliptical. The coils are very well made and unbelievably
light making this a very well balanced metal detector.
The XP coil cables are
slightly thicker than most other detectors, Alain told me this is
because the cable has double shielding for added strength, with
which are very expensive.
The G-Maxx control
The XP control box is
very light it can be stem or hip mounted, the machines come with
a top quality hip mount bag and new lightweight collapsible
Controls left top to
2 or 3 tone
and multi tone select control
on/off rotary control
level rotary control
Ground accept/reject rotary control
The 1, 2 or 3
toneThis works when the
discrim is turned fully anti-clockwise and clicked into position, this now
places the machine in the all metal mode, all types of metal will be detected
giving a low tone for Iron a middle tone for low conductivity targets such as
foil, and a high tone for high conductivity objects.
2 tone Still operates in all metal but will give a low tone for Iron and a high tone for
any other non ferrous target you will encounter, now for the clever part....There is an Iron volume
control which can be adjusted by the operator to make the iron sound as loud or
as quiet as you wish, you can turn the Iron volume to zero or just a faint
suit your preference, the clever part is this will not affect the
volume of the other 2 tones.
Turning the discrimination control on will de-activate the tone feature and make the
machine a mono tone only with conventional discrimination, rejecting Iron at
around level 4 on the decal, turning the discrimination to full will only reject
some ring pulls.
Top right is a
silencer switch, on level "0" you may hear some ground chatter at
high sensitivity levels, switching to "1" will filter the noise a little more
and level "2" will filter it further without compromising
performance. I found level 1 to be adequate.
The ground cancel has a pre set mark (red triangle), some claim you
can use this feature to eliminate troublesome coke and gain extra
performance, but I noticed no difference and found the pre set to work fine.
On with the
Field test part
I collected Alain from
High Wycombe train station, we chatted and had a meal, I
mentioned that the Weekend wanderers had a dig on Sunday and did
he want to attend possibly to compare his machines against other
makes, he was very interested, so the next morning we made the
trip to South Warnborough in Hampshire.
After a very short time
trying to search in heavy stubble we returned to the car and
started chatting with other detectorists, Alain soon had a small
crowd gathering around him, he placed some iron on the ground and
put a coin next to it, then invited everyone to try to detect the
coin with their machines, some machines nearly found the coin,
but the XP Gold Maxx found it at least 6 inches above the target
with a good clear sound.
Then he put a tiny gold ear ring
underneath a ceramic tile 1 inch thick, most machines failed
again, but the Gold Maxx gave a great signal. We carried out
several tests that afternoon and everyone was impressed. The day
was going fast I really wanted to try this machine on one of my
favourite fields, I suggested to Alain that perhaps we should
head for home and get an hours searching before we lost the
light, he agreed so we left the dig.
The site I wanted to try
was a small area on a large field which is very Iron
contaminated, lots of interesting finds have been made over the
10 years I have been searching it, I had given this patch a good
working over some days before with the Explorer and my trusty
Lobo, and the week before that Mark and myself spent a whole day
searching this area approximately the size of a tennis court, so
I knew finds would be scarce, it was indeed going to be a real
test for this machine.
We had around 1 hour of daylight left, both of us were using identical Gold Maxes Alain set my machine
up in the way his was set, we searched 5 meters apart so the
machines did not interfere with each other. I could see him
digging out of the corner of my eye, then he walked across" I
have just found a Sestersis are you sure you have been over this
area" he said, "Lucky find" I replied, then 2 minutes later
"button" he shouted, I found a small Roman and a large piece of
With Alain's experience and knowledge he was running circles around
me. He called me over to listen to a signal, I tried it but only heard a one way
bleep and a poor signal in the other direction, "Iron" I said, No he
replied not with my machine it can be a target next to Iron, he explained this
was a feature with the xp gold max and to never ignore a one way signal
on a productive site.
Not convinced I dug the hole before he had
a chance and retrieved a small lump of bronze, then checked the
hole sure enough there was an Iron spit in the hole. After this
short lesson my finds rate started to go up, infact I found a
strange hammered and some bronze Roman, 1 Sixpence, and several
other non-ferrous targets including 2 coke cans at over a foot
deep. Yes I did dig some mis shaped Iron, but to me this was
acceptable as we had the machines running on the edge to find
targets close to Iron.
finds over 50 targets
This machine will take
time to learn, I have written this article having only used
the Gold Maxx for a short amount of time. I have not had time to
test the G-Maxx, but Alain has kindly left me the machines to
carry out more thorough tests over this winter, and to
demonstrate the XP's capabilities at local clubs.
Was I impressed with the Gold Maxx.. Yes, having now seen
what this machine is capable of there is no doubt in my mind the
XP Gold Maxx can not be beaten on an ancient site......It's a winner.
My only advice to prospective buyers would be have a
demonstration in the field. I had Alain with me which was so
helpful, it cut the learning curve down from 2 weeks to a matter
of hours. I have written a comprehensive set up guide to help you during the learning curve. The way this fantastic machine performs and sounds can
not be described on paper and in the manuals, the best way to get
the most from the Gold Maxx is hands on tuition.
I have given this metal
9.5 / 10
Room for improvement....yes : I can't
fault the gold maxx it has fantastic performance, 2 things I would like reviewed
The stem has a shallow bend which can cause wrist ache.
Far to much wire on the coil making it bulky and time consuming when assembling
in the field.
and info read on!!
Sorry if things are not in any
specific order with this article, I will re arrange things when I get time, I
have some pictures of the flexible arm cup to show the quality of
I have easily adapted the
hip mount bag to become stem mounted
On some fields I have
encountered problems with large square iron, this concerned me a little
because it broke through as a non ferrous tone, this is where beginners may have a problem in the early
days of learning this machine. There is always a trade off when
finding goodies close to iron, in this case you may dig a little
more unwanted targets. After some practice you will soon learn
what large Iron sounds like, a new upgraded chip is now
available to lower the Iron tone, making the machine much more
user friendly when identifying Iron.
There is now a comprehensive UK set
up guide which I have written during my tests it will be supplied
along with an English instruction manual when a Gold Maxx or G
Maxx is purchased , this will help you to learn this
fantastic machine faster.
One thing I have
completely forgot to mention, because I haven't been aware of
is...this machine has no pin point function, just simply cross
the target and bang its dead centre every time.
Gold Maxx headphones...Important
As with all Gold Maxx models headphone quality is paramount, get the
wrong match and the singnals will sound dead and lifeless.
I would recommend using the original backphones supplied with the
machine, cordless WS1's or 2's the best heavy duty headphones we
have used so far are the Sprite's, naturally available from me. !!
If you are having problems learning your Gold Maxx it
is more than likely your headphones and not you or the machine !!
XP Metal Detectors France will not sell direct
to the general public.
Gold Maxx letters
hi gary k## #### here. quick note to say got my Goldie on
hardest part about setting it up was getting it out of the reinforced cardboard
had a quick half hour on a building site down the road where i had found
the remains of an 18th century outbuilding which has thrown up some nice
odds and ends to my Hawkeye. You can tell where the floorboards had been because
of the abundance of hand cut iron nails which stopped the Hawkeye from locking
on .It still managed 10 to 15 targets but oh what an ear bashing. Im not knocking
the hawkeye because its a great meter id machine the best in my opinion, and
im keeping it ,but this is the kind of situation i brought the GoldMaxx for
ie target separation in iron infested areas.
i set up as per the helpful leaflet you enclosed (although completely forgot
to ground balance. never had to before!") in just 10 minutes i had 10 targets
including 3 nice lead bag seals, a leaf style brooch and a button from the
marines light infantry. I dug a few bits of iron to confirm it was iron and
i probably missed some signals next to iron but i was in a hurry! cant wait
to try it out on my medieval site.
im trying it out this Sunday on the wanderers dig so ill let you know how
i get on.
thanks for the information gary. k ####
How to fix an XP headphone socket
Now some of your XP's may be out of warranty, here is and quick and easy
fix to a common problem.
If your speaker does not work when the headphones are disconnected.
Remove the 4 cross head screws holding the face plate do not loose the tiny
Then undo the large nut underneath the box
Carefully withdraw the face plate about 1" so you can see the headphone socket,
you will need to take out the face plate stud to
allow better access to the springs.
Now you will see the 3 chrome springs which make contact when the headphones are
removed activating the speaker.
All you need to do is very gently pinch the springs together with long nosed
pliers so they make a better contact.
And that's it !!!!!
Take your time putting the face plate back on, it is a little tricky
lining things up. It will be easier if you replace the removed
face plate stud last of all. Don't tighten things up
until you are 100% everything is located back into it's original position.
Garys detecting holds no responsibility for any machined messed up using these
It is a very simple operation and should take no more than 10 minutes.
It is up to the individual if they wish to remove the batteries before
undertaking the repair.
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