It is absolutely true that an XP Deus metal detector is designed to perform with maximum efficiency under any metal detecting conditions; however, only if a user knows how to let the Deus do its job.
There are many "Turn-On-and-Go" metal detectors on the market today, and only a few of them can barely compete with the "new-generation" XP Deus metal detector. Besides some unique innovative features (they are described in my article - XP Deus Review), the Deus stands alone in this class for its high versatility when it comes to fine-tuning a metal detector to specific search conditions by means of just a few program settings. Other metal detectors may have the same or similar settings but they lack flexibility in programming.
On the other hand, some modern metal detectors (I am not mentioning their names) are so incredibly complex having a zillion of settings, features, and operational modes that, with such machines, creating an optimal, functional search program may be impossible even for an experienced detectorist. This is why some users end up using just the factory preset programs, which may be improper for specific search conditions, and, as a result, many valuable targets get passed up.
Through substantial research and experimentation, the XP engineers came up with a "lucky" combination of settings and features. This combination has proven to be the most effective in today's metal detecting reality - 90% of hunt sites have been heavily "hammered" by the exponentially growing army of treasure hunters.
The XP engineers have created a fine product - a truly 'up-to-date' metal detector, and now it is the Deus user's responsibility to learn and master the machine in order to fine-tune it to one's likes and metal detecting style. The Deus may only be very complicated to those who do not bother to learn the detector's settings and their effects on the detector's performance. Those who take time and effort studying the user's manual and experimenting with program settings achieve fantastic results even at the most "searched-out" hunt sites.
This article is not an "expanded" version of the entire user's manual which actually explains everything well but only in its own language - this may be a problem for a beginner. If you have just got the XP Deus and never dealt with a metal detector before, this article will help you a lot. Plus, the Deus' factory preset programs, nine of them in version v2.0 and 10 in versions v3.0 and v3.2, are exceptionally efficient for successful detecting right off the start.
This article will be also useful to those who have used other metal detectors prior to using the XP Deus and are quite familiar with "classic" features of a regular land metal detector. For example, the Deus' Audio Response feature, if set at low levels, can function as the Whites XLT's Modulation, and as the Minelab E-Trac's Volume Gain if set at high levels. If one has used either of those detectors before, one could determine an optimal value for the Audio Response setting corresponding to actual search conditions in a field faster than any Deus' beginner-user.
My article does not cover "How-To's" for assembling the Deus, setting a clock, pairing headphones to new coils, editing search programs and fast switching between them (actually this subject is covered in my article - How To Fast Switch Between XP Deus Search Programs). This article was neither created to explain why there is a flashing light on a search coil all the time... Oh, well, ok, the light is there because the search coil always stays ON (in a standby mode)!
The main purpose of this article is to inform a Deus' beginner-user about how each Deus' key program setting, either by itself or in conjunction with other setting, affects the detector's performance under different search conditions, and what settings directly affect the Deus' Operation Depth Range. Thus, my article only covers in details those key features, settings and modes that are the most important for the Deus' superb performance.
I purposefully do not publish any of my successful search programs for Deus because they will not be 100% effective for anyone unless a detectorist has the same level of metal detecting experience and expertise, likes and dislikes, and searching style as mine, and hunts under the same conditions (ground and man-made mineralization, types of good and bad targets, types of hunt sites, stratigraphy of cultural layers, types of hot rocks in soil, types of signal-inducing pottery shards and brick fragments in cultural layers, etc.) as the ones I hunt under. (However, I might change my mind because of many requests from my website visitors.)
And even if two equally experienced treasure hunters operate the Deus using the same search program, they would not have the same results because each detectorist's hearing perception is unique while their visual perceptions may be somewhat equal. Because the Deus is a TONAL metal detector, what counts the most is the user's ability to register, process, and correctly interpret continuously incoming audio information, especially when it comes to deciphering the sound characteristics of "complex" responses to targets.
I did publish my search programs for other metal detectors before because those programs have served as foundations on which a user could create specific search programs according to his/her searching style and conditions. My programs have worked well under most metal detecting conditions only to a certain extent - until the metal detectors reached their technical and/or operational limits under challenging conditions of the new metal detecting reality.
The XP Deus is a totally different "story" - this metal detector deals with the new reality with ease and has a great potential. Plus, the Deus' factory preset search programs were designed to serve as sufficient bases for creating programs for a wide range of specific metal detecting tasks. In fact, the XP Deus requires fine-tuning at every particular hunt site for optimum performance and best results. But do not let that scare you! Instead, see such a trait of this machine as a great advantage! As soon as you get to know the XP Deus (and read this article! - I am almost kidding :-), the Deus' fine-tuning becomes fast and easy.
NOTE: After the first part of this article was published, new updated software versions, v3.0, v3.1 and v3.2, for the Deus were released. Even though the version 3.0, for example, has acquired 13 new improvements (10 of them are reflected in this red font in Part I of this section) and is supposed to provide better digital signal processing, increased target separation and detection depth in mineralized ground, I would not urge you to upgrade immediately, especially if you have used the version v2.0 for a while and got used to it. Same goes for the version v3.1.
I myself, did not upgrade to the firmware v3.0 and v3.1 as these versions had gained a lot of negative feedback from the Deus users around the world (see details on page 19). As for the version v3.2, I tested it in Upstate New York during this metal detecting season of 2014, and I loved it! Except one little glitch in Sensitivity feature (an article on it will be posted soon), the 3.2 firmware worked great under various metal detecting conditions, and the Deus kept surprising me time to time! I will also publish an article on program settings soon.
I did not have problems with downloading the v3.2 and upgrading the Deus' remote control and search coils. I had a little problem upgrading my WS4 headphones, but this problem was easily solved by doing it twice.The firmware version v3.2 can be downloaded from
http://www.xpmetaldetectors.com/uk_detecteurs_DEUS_update.php (copy this link and paste it into your browser window).
Visitor's Feedback to My Article:
From John ("Relichunter") in Ohio, USA:
Hope you are doing well and finding time to get out detecting. I received my XP Deus last week. I did as you had mentioned in one of your articles, read, reread, and reread the instruction manual.
I went to a F&I War site - Braddock Expedition of 1755 camp site. This site, though large, has been hunted heavily over the last 40 years. My first trip to the site was in 1973. But in 40 years or more of hunting, by many, many people and with every type detector imaginable, we considered it pretty much completely hunted out. I thought that would be a good first challenge for the XP Deus, just to see if I could find anything at all.
Much to my surprise, I was still able to find several pieces of iron grape shot (about 3/4" diameter), a grapeshot plate ball separator (very similar to a large steel washer), a half dozen or so .69 caliber Brown Bess musket balls, some fair sized hand forged nails, a very nice but small period brass button with what appears to be a fleur-de-lis on the face, and even some loose change lost by people that must have picnicked in the woods. Of course there were the pieces of junk, pull tabs, foil, newer nails, etc.
I was only hunting for 5 hours but that was the best I have done at that site in the past 15 years. I had even previously hunted it with a Fisher F75, a Whites Spectra, a Minelab Sovereign, a Minelab SD2200d, and the new Minelab CTX 3030.
The lightweight of the coil and shaft assembly was such that I could easily swing the detector quickly and effortlessly without any fatigue to my arm so I probably covered more ground in the time I had to hunt. For me, the (' coil was easier to maneuver through the forest undergrowth, fallen tree branches, and protruding rocks.
I chose not to use the control box for visual target identification but put it in my pocket instead so I could more easily change sensitivity with the changes in ground minerals in the different areas I hunted. I found myself running at a sensitivity of 85 most of the time and sometimes dropping as low as 80 to minimize ground noise. As an old time detector user, I prefer to listen to the signal to make a decision to dig or not. While the Deus sometimes produces a crackling sound, generally speaking I could distinguish most small nails by the double beep in one direction and the single beep at a 45 degree angle. The larger nails I dug intentionally as the signal was strong and I have heard similar signals on things like knife blades or anything else being long and slender such as a broken spoon handle, files, etc.
When relic hunting, I want to find iron, so I used a custom 3 tone discrimination profile with iron being the lowest pitch of 200 at a breakpoint of 10 for T1-T2, 0 discrimination, and iron volume of 5. I did set the ground balance to tracking and that seemed to do the best for me since in some areas it went as low as 70 and in others as high as 90.
I didn't find anything deep enough that pushed the limits of the Deus. Sometimes a bit of ground noise fooled me enough to recheck a spot by passing the coil over it several times. In those cases, repeated passes didn't produce any signal so I never dug a "false" hole.
I have to admit I am very much amazed at what the Deus can do. I think it will be my number one choice when going on most detecting trips. I am looking forward to reading your "Review and Tips" when you find time to write them. I suspect that will be a task since the Deus has so many capabilities.
Mostly I just wanted to pass on to you that I too have found the XP Deus to be the detector other manufacturers will have to catch up to. My other detectors will either be retired or see far less use.
So, thanks again for the excellent write up about the Deus you have on your web site. That write up helped me decide to buy the XP Deus and now I am so very happy I did.
Part I - XP DEUS' SETTINGS, FEATURES and MODES EXPLAINED (v2.0, v3.0 and subsequent versions):
DISCRIMINATION: Function, Options & Effects On Metal Detector's Performance
Levels: 0 to 99 (Page 9 in User's Manual)
On a first glance, the XP Deus' Discrimination seems to function like classic (or conventional) Discrimination using a 1-Dimensional conductivity scale from 0 to 99 (shown on page 9 in the user's manual): all targets below a selected value of conductivity get rejected. In the iron range, from 0 to 10, a digit after decimal point (from 2.1 to 9.9) allows a user to reject additional 82 levels of iron for greater precision.
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