Nexus Standard MkII Reviews, Price and Specifications

All-Purpose Land Metal Detector

Retail Price: 1795 EUR ($2,405.00)

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Specifications:

• Operating Frequency Range: 6 – 18 kHz
• Coil Design: DD and Twin Concentric Overlapping
• Coil Weights:
Dual 9 inches or 13 DD – 650g
10 inches DD – 540g
6 inches – 450g
4 inches – 380g
7 inches DD – 350g
• Coil Case Construction: ABS plus Fibreglass
• Audio Frequency: Custom tuned
• Audio Output: 6mm stereo headphone jack
• Power Supply: 15v (10 AA alkaline batteries)
• Battery Life: up to 10 hours
• Operating Modes: All-Metal, Discriminate and Auto tune
• Optimum Temperature Range: 15° to +60° C
• Optimum Humidity Range: 0 to 85% RH
• 13” DD High Energy search coil utilizing 124 Volts transmitter and Glass Fiber matrix support
• Auto function which controls together the Threshold, Discrimination, Ground Balance and Iron Rejection Mode
• Bi-colored DDM system – Definite Discrimination Meter, based on LED technology. Operates in two colors, Red for Non-Ferrous targets and Blue for Iron.
• Filter system named Silent Motion. It is designed to eliminate every undesired object, metallic, ground minerals and hot rocks alike to almost nothing.
• Ultra power transmitter that is over 5 times more powerful than the Nexus Standard SE transmitter.
• Tri-pole stem construction enables every user to work with the detector on very steep surface, river banks, caves, narrow spaces.
• Manual controls:
Volume combined with a Power On/Off switch
Threshold combined with Auto function switch
Sensitivity
Discrimination
Ground Balance
Multi tone
Recovery Speed toggle switch
Silent motion – Standard motion toggle switch combined with a Battery test
Iron Rejection Mode toggle switch
• Build in loudspeaker
• Headphone socket
• Battery recharge socket
• 10 AA battery compartment
• Weight (main unit only): 1.0kg (without batteries)

Nexus MkII

Mark Swenson in New York -
My biggest surprise ever, the Nexus Standard MkII. I have been in the metal detecting hobby for over 30 years, and the most often encounter I had had so far was big manufacturer's claims but average return in actual use of all detectors that I used. Before I go on describing my amazement with the new Nexus, I would like to mention that I have purchased and used every top model from every popular metal detector brand, apart from the brands that sell detectors for insane money like 10000+ USD, 50000 Euros, etc. Those are not my type. My favorite detectors so far are Minelab Explorer II, Whites Eagle Spectrum from the distant past, and lately Whites V3i. For deep seeking, my best by now was Nautilus. I tried the old Arado 120B, but Nautilus exceeded its performance and it became my favorite for the deep stuff. When going trough the Nexus web pages for the first time naturally I was skeptical. Well, who in his right mind would believe this kind of claims: the deepest, the best for this, the best for that, and so on. Then I tried to find information on the Internet, some reviews, opinions. Didn't have much success with that. So If I was to make a move and get one without much information, it seemed risky, hell, the price is kind of heavy if the detector turns out to be a hype. The one thing that caught my eye was the bubbling about this resonance tuned search coils. Now, this was something I have never seen on another web site or heard of. So I began digging for information. It turned out Nexus was using a principal invented long ago that for some odd reason no one else is using or at least I haven't heard of any other detector made in this way. It took some thinking and scratching my neck and finally, after a month, I decided, "What the hell, let's see what is this resonance trinket is about." First, indoors, what got my attention was this impossible stability. Normally most detectors I try would pick up some electrical interference inside home, but this MkII is dead silent. Only if I push the sensitivity up, it would start chatter from the power cables, but this goes for all other detectors I used. During the air testing, I could not believe what I saw and honestly still have difficulties to adjust to the fact that this is actually possible. Even at minimum sensitivity the Nexus Standard MkII with the weird search coil (the Nexus thing) would detect a Roman Denarius at 44 cm in air. The signal was very faint of course, but nevertheless far out of reach for any detector I have ever tested. Then I took an Aluminum frying pan from the kitchen, almost 30 cm in diameter. I'd decided to push the sensitivity to the end just to see what is going to happen. Holly cow!!! This thing detected the pan at 2 meters in air with a very decent signal. My eye balls were popping out. Then I got the worry. What if it one of those detectors that are so stellar in the air, but fail in the real life? Oh! So I went out for some trails and tribulations mostly prepared to see some decent loss of that magnificent air tested power. To reduce the expected difficulties, I went on pasture with some trees here and there. I have searched that land many times over the years. To make sure I wouldn't have to blame my self, I took the manufacturer's advice seriously and set the detector as described in the User Manual, step by step. Ahh, those User Manuals! Nexus is not sending any printed materials, and I had to download those from their web site. I like dainty booklets, but those guys don't make any. It took me some couple of hours to get used to a detector that does not squeal, tick-tack, chatter or make any stupid sounds while been used over the ground. BIG SURPRISE FOR ME!!! At minimum sensitivity this machine is either dead quite or I am deaf, but after having been set as per User Manual recommendations, the MkII would not signal at all unless there is a very good reason for it. After searching for a half a day, I didn't find much gold, silver or any so precious ancient stuff, in fact just bits of lead, copper and modern aluminum foil. All down to 30 cm depth. The fact that kept me going was that I did not dig not one piece of Iron under a false non-ferrous signal. The Nexus Standard MkII have exhibited the most deadly discrimination ever. I kept searching, digging everything the detector have picked up both Iron and non-ferrous signals, just to see when it will send me for wild flowers. Not one wrong turn. Well may be there will be such some times in the future. The ground can play funny jokes, but this very first time with the MkII was outstanding in this regard. The best discrimination in my experience so far. After 3 hours of search, I heard this small, but audible signal that was showing good red color on the bi-color meter. I usually dig these kind of signals as slow as I can, removing one thin layer of dirt after another. I did the same this time to check what would be the depth of this non-ferrous target. I have recovered a led musket ball 12mm in diameter at 32 cm depth, measured as accurate as I can. This result at minimum sensitivity settings made me feel faint. I have never seen ever any detector going this deep on such small object. Now I begin to realize that the Nexus web claims may just turn out to be real for a change. I have visited the new building site of a friend to make a test about some extreme depths as I have seen many have been trying to do. There was this deep ditch that was 185-190 cm on one side and much lower on the other. So I got my testing aluminum frying pan (the 30cm one). I dug a narrow hole that will just fit the pan and made about 80 cm deep into the ditch wall right down to the bottom. This took some effort. I didn't think the MkII will pick this signal up, but what the hell. The other detectors I have tried over and over on similar tests didn't do better either. And there it came, that experience I still can't grasp. The ground was mild, and the sensitivity was almost up to the end. And the signal was awesome. I asked my friend to repeatedly remove the pan while I was swinging so I could check over and over. I bloody didn't believe it. All that came in my mind was if the Nexus Standard MkII with their 9" coil, could do this, what the digging with their big SE Ultima coil would be? I couldn't help my self, but to write about my experience with the MkII so others can test it and confirm that I am not mad. I do need it, because it is difficult to believe what my eyes are seeing. I also purchased the Nexus 4" search coil, the 7kHz type, to help me check the deep holes. This small and insignificant in appearance coil turn out to be a non-ferrous signal hoover that performed exceptionally well in an Iron infested test conditions. I got a friend of mine with XP Deus - a very popular detector that is thought to be one of the most productive detectors in Iron infested fields. I have been detecting signals, that my friend have checked with the Deus. Then he have found signals that I have checked in return with the MkII. We have investigated total of 76 targets: 35 non-ferrous and 41 Iron. The Nexus Standard MkII have detected every single one of them without waver in the discrimination. This small 4" coil is fantastic. The Deus with standard factory fitted search coil have missed 6 non-ferrous targets that turn out deeper than 25 cm and it also have mistakenly identified 17 out of 41 Iron targets as non-ferrous, mostly flat Iron pieces and rusty Iron wires. The Deus successfully identified 29 non-ferrous targets. All I can say is that I am a happy man. This purchase was the one time in my life that a manufacturer did not overrated their product and accurately described what it can do. Funny as all companies are racing to make big claims, that there is one telling just the facts. Try it out and see for your self!

Mar 04, 2014
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