XP Deus Program Settings, Features and Modes Are Explained, page 19
PROFILE Feature Explained + Pros and Cons of v3.0, v3.1 and v3.2 Firmware
Profile Feature: Function & Usefulness
The Profile feature (Page 39 in User's Manual) has two graphic options, a Representative Curve and an Indicator for target's Depth and Ferrous/Non-Ferrous properties. Either of these two options can be selected from the OPTION menu...
...to appear in the left part of the screen.
The Representative Curve reflects a summary combination of the Deus' four key settings: Sensitivity, TX Power, Reactivity and Silencer. The higher the levels of Reactivity and Silencer, the narrower and shorter the curve (curve A on a picture below). The curve becomes higher and wider when the Sensitivity level is increased, the TX Power is at maximum, and both the Reactivity and Silencer levels are low (curve B).
Curve A represents a combination of settings, which is suitable for metal detecting at hunt sites with high levels of iron junk content (former village, homestead, blacksmith or farm sites), and provides a better Target Separation. Curve B reflects a combination of settings that are implemented at search locations with the medium- or low-trash content (farm fields, tavern sites, picnic groves, market sites, etc.), and provide better Operating Depth Range (Detection Depth).
The Representative Curve's height reflects the Deus' Detection Depth which also depends on levels of the Reactivity and Silencer besides the Sensitivity and Ground Rejection Level (GRL) settings. The curve does NOT visually represent the Deus' actual DEPTH PENETRATION during metal detecting, which solely depends on a level of mineral content in the ground. I am not sure what practical use can be for the Representative Curve.
Neither I can name any practical use for the Fe/Non-Fe function of the Profile's second option - Depth and Fe/Non-Fe Indicator. Many times during metal detecting, when a detected target was iron, the indicator would display it as a non-ferrous target (a RIGHT upper section of a "horseshoe" was partially blackened). Halo Effect may take its toll on this visual indicator; thus, making it incorrect in many cases. Sometimes on a rare occasion, when the ferrous target was of a large size or did not have substantial Halo Effect, it was correctly indicated by a blackened portion in the horseshoe's LEFT half.
After getting "let down" by the Indicator a few more times, I stopped consulting with it and began fully concentrating on the Deus' audio responses. Because the XP Deus is a 'tone detector', it is best to follow a simple rule: "Do not believe what you see (on a screen). Trust what you hear."
As a DEPTH gauge, the "horseshoe" indicator is quite accurate for COINS: a deep coin will only be indicated with a miniscule blackened tip of the horseshoe's right half. In general, the closer a target to a search coil, the larger the blackened area within one of the horseshoe's halves.
A Few Words On Deep Non-Ferrous Targets
The XP Deus' responses to deep non-ferrous targets can be hard to recognize as these targets usually induce signals that are similar to "questionable" or ambiguous signals. However, it is easier to discern a response to a potentially good target from responses to deep ferrous targets if the following occurs upon receiving such a response:
- An audio response of the high-pitched tone (assigned to non-ferrous targets by you) is not accompanied by a VDI read-out on a display, may be "clipped" a little, and is sometimes accompanied by faint iron buzz. If it is a 2-way audio response of the high-pitched tone that does not change much even after making a 90° turn of your sweep direction - sure dig it!
- The "Horse Shoe" Depth Gauge shows just a pimple at the top of the right half, and the target does not register in the Pinpoint mode. In fact, the target may be so deep that its "weak" signal would remain weak even with the Audio Response setting at 5.
If you encounter a signal with the above-mentioned audio characteristics, try to remove a couple of inches of soil off the target's spot and see if you get a VDI reading, or a better audio response. To get better understanding of questionable signals, you may want to read Part II of my article - How To Decipher XP Deus' Ambiguous Audio Responses To Targets.
NOTE: In the v3.0 and subsequent versions, the Profile feature has an additional option - ID Norm, which is described on page 8 of this article (page 27 of the Deus v3.0 User's Manual).
PROS & CONS of XP Deus v3.0, v3.1 and v3.2 Firmware
Release of the firmware versions v3.0 and v3.1 by the XP Metal Detectors in June and July of 2013 respectively right away caused a wave of negative feedback from users of a previous version v2.0 on various metal detecting forums. The main complain of these metaldetectorists was that using the v3.0 or v3.1 would be like buying your first metal detector and starting the process of learning it all over again. Most users found extra settings that appeared in the v3.0 and v3.1 quite unnecessary and did not want to go through the hassle of figuring out quite different settings to get the Deus stable; hence, they switched back to the version v2.0.
Whatever worked in V2.0 would not work in the same way in the v3.0 and v3.1; therefore, one had to forget the v2.0's functionality and get used to the new v3.0 or v3.1 version in order to fine-tune the updated Deus v3.0 or v3.1, and, that would result in gaining just a little more Detection Depth. Climbing the "updated learning curve" would require weeks of valuable time that could be spent for metal detecting instead. But even if that was done, a user would have to face the following general problems in the Deus performance:
- With any program utilized, the Deus' would 'chatter' regardless of the ground mineralization level (Ground Mineralization Index) or the Actual Level of Ground Effect Correction (Ground Balance) value selected.
- The Depth Indicator (the "Horseshoe") was "way out": it would indicate a target to be shallow while, in fact, the target was very deep. Thus, a user would have trouble telling the depths of targets. However, the Depth Indicator would give correct depth readings for targets detected on the beach.
- The Deus responded to iron objects of all sizes, regardless of depth, with crackling (broken or inconsistent) signals, and to the non-ferrous targets at depth with iron tones.
- Poor discrimination of rejected targets
- If the Auto GB feature was implemented, and the GB values fluctuated, the detector's operation would become very noisy, thus, compelling an operator to switch to the Manual GB.
- The headphones would return to a default volume setting of level 5 after being switched off thus causing some annoyance.
In September of 2013, the newer software version v3.2 became available for downloading. The good thing was that all the above-mentioned problems of the v3.0 and v3.1 firmware versions did not exist in the v3.2. The only inconvenience for those who had previously used the v2.0 may be that they would end up digging up more iron targets than before. This could be explained by the v3.2's provision of less stable target ID deep down when the Silencer is set low to improve separation of targets. And if you change it from -1 to 1 or 2 to "quiet" the iron, the Detection Depth will be decreased. Nevertheless, the positives sure outweigh the negatives in the newer v3.2 firmware:
- More stable operation and clearer signals in comparison with the v3.1
- Noticeable increase in operational depth: coins, especially silver ones, can be detected deeper
- Accuracy of the Pinpointer is improved
- The mineralization strength reading is more reactive to changes in the ground mineral content
- The Notch Ground function is off by default
- The v3.1's issue with the battery charge indicator is fixed
- The headphones current audio volume is saved upon turning the headphones off
The great thing about the Deus firmware is that you do not get stuck with one software version that came with your metal detector! You can choose whatever version you like, download it from the XP Metal Detectors web site for free, and upload it onto your Deus anytime! The software version v3.2 can be downloaded from here: http://www.xpmetaldetectors.com/uk_detecteurs_DEUS_update.php (copy this link and paste it into your browser window).
The main goal in programming the XP Deus is to make responses to desirable targets sound with maximum clarity so that you can quickly distinguish "keepers" from trash. Understanding the Deus' settings, features and modes is a starting point in fine-tuning the detector. Practical knowledge of the Deus' capabilities is what ensures an operator's success in creating a "golden" search program for the detector's optimum performance under particular metal detecting conditions. Thus, the "trial and error" approach is the only way to truly master the XP Deus. And I hope this article can provide enough useful info for you to start with.
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- My Review on XP Deus
- XP Deus Air Test and Sergei's 100-Target VDI Chart for US Coins and Relics
- XP Deus' Features, Specifications and Other Users' Reviews
- How To Double Up Your XP Deus
- Advantages in Fast-Switching Between XP Deus' Search Programs
- Practicality of XP Deus' Emergency Field Charger
- How To Decipher XP Deus' Ambiguous Audio Responses To Targets
- My Review on DetectorPro Grey Ghost Headphones for XP Deus