Here you will find XP ORX metal detector review. The article contains information about the device operating frequency, its search coil, if the headset is included into the package set, whether the device differs from XP Deus, etc.
What the device was designed for?
At the end of 2018 XP company, a French manufacturer of metal detectors announced its new metal detector – ORX. The company aimed at creating a metal detector that would be easy to use and efficient at the same time.
The manufacturer itself positions this new metal detector as a light weighted multi-purpose device which can be used to search for some historical relics as well as fully-featured gold nuggets prospecting.
At that XP ORX metal detector is a ‘younger brother’ of already existing XP Deus metal detector.
The device operates using the same principle that XP Deus, it has a wireless search coil and wireless headset. Also, XP ORX supports wireless connection with a pinpointer XP Mi-6.
It can be supposed that the company decided to open up a market of affordable gold prospecting metal detectors as Minelab did when they designed their Minelab Gold Monster 1000.
ХР wanted to enter the market and create a metal detector that would be a rival to other gold prospecting metal detectors.
ORX has several signs that XP succeeded in this task. First of all, these are a high-frequency search coils (HF) and two modes for gold prospecting.
|Batteries||Inbuilt lithium batteries|
|Standard Searchcoil||22cm (9’) Round or 24/13cm (9.5’/5’) Elliptical|
|Operating Frequencies (kHz)||21 Frequencies (from 13 to 81 kHz)|
|Water resistance||Waterproof coil|
|Ground Balance||Auto, manual|
|Sensitivity – Depth Adjustments||Yes|
|VDI (0 to 99 scale)||Yes|
Despite the fact that the metal detector is quite similar to the older model, yet it has several differences. For example, it has 15 languages to choose from in its menu. You can even find Chinese language there, which indicates the manufacturer’s extensive plans to widen its consumer audience.
ORX is completely compatible with MI-6 and offers such options as an advanced menu for MI-6 and a search mode.
Pay attention that MI-6 pinpointer can use wireless connection to work both with ORX and Deus. When MI-6 is connected to the device you will see an additional menu on the display to change the pinpointer volume settings and sensitivity.
The new metal detector has another kind of shaft. XP ORX shaft is monolithic, completely made of plastic and it is lighter than that of XP Deus.
This time, the shaft is completely made from composite materials and it is not divided into sections.
As a result of such technical decision, the metal detector has become 60 gram lighter and now this light weighted metal detector weighs 770 gram.
Actually, the difference isn’t that significant, but when using a plastic shaft in the metal detector construction the manufacturer saves essentially. Firstly, it saves on using plastic instead of aluminum, and secondly, on obtaining a simplified manufacturing and assembly process.
Please, keep in mind that this is a simpler and cheaper metal detector.
ORX is supplied with white high-frequency search coils (concentric and elliptical) 9″ HF. The coils use 3 basic frequencies with 7 additional possible frequency shifts (in the range from 13 to 81 kHz).
ORX offers general frequency of 13 kHz, which does perfectly well for most of search conditions. But the device also enables using operating frequency up to 30 kHz, 60 kHz and 80 kHz (the frequency value is extremely important when treasure hunting on mineralized ground).
XP ORX metal detector can also use Х35 search coils that have 5 basic operating frequencies — from 3.7 kHz to 27.7 kHz.
These coils when connected to ORX won’t have additional setting BOOST for the frequency 3.7 — 4 kHz.
ORX is supplied with the control unit and WS Audio headset. You can use the metal detector without the headphones, since the control unit has an embedded speaker. However, there is no possibility to adjust the volume using the control unit, only WS Audio headset has it.
If in case of XP Deus you can control the metal detector by means of the headset, XP ORX has just a new headset which can’t do anything else except transmitting target signals.
WS Audio headset doesn’t have such a screen, as Deus headset has (WS4 or WS5), thus you can’t adjust the metal detector using it, like you can do it with Deus.
This small sized wireless headset only has headphones and volume adjustment function.
The new headphones use a wireless technology of sound transmission developed by XP and they are very easy to adjust by means of just two buttons + and -.
Well, if there is no display, how to understand what is the headset battery charge level? When you turn on WS Audio, one blink of the LED indicator means that the charge is low, two – middle and three mean that the battery is charged completely.
When you turn off ORX the headset turns off automatically.
You are welcome to use your own headphones if you have ones, but there is no point in doing so, since the metal detector package set always includes the headphones.
WSA headphones are not compatible with XP Deus, while Deus headset can be used with ORX.
Like in the older model, ORX uses embedded accumulator batteries. At that the headset also has accumulator batteries as well as the coil and the control unit, which means that you should charge all of them separately and keep an eye on all the batteries charge level. Any USB charging unit will do for this purpose.
Continuous operation time of the metal detector is more than 23 hours (as the manufacturer states).
The device coil is submergible, but the control unit requires a waterproof case. At that, WS Audio headset is protected from rain and other precipitations.
The control unit
ORX control unit interface has changed and become simpler to use which also simplifies using the metal detector itself. The firmware can be upgraded via computer.
ORX control unit appearance resembles the one of XP Deus, however it has different functionalities and operation algorithms. This control unit has 4 pre-set search modes, two of which are for gold prospecting.
You’ll see VDI number and Iron Probability scale on the display.
The manufacturer aimed at creating a metal detector that would suit any types of treasure hunting including gold prospecting. Since, usually for the latter a special search mode is required and moreover it should be designed for highly mineralized soils.
The device operates using 4 pre-set search programs: 2 of them are for gold prospecting (Gold and Fine gold) and 2 for coins and relic hunting (Coin Fast and Coin Deep). Also, XP ORX has two more user’s modes (which are – 5 and 6, correspondingly. You can’t rename them).
There is a separate search mode for beach hunting – SALT.
In ORX settings you won’t find search modes used in Deus control unit. The difference is rather essential: Deus has 10 search modes plus many kinds of user’s modes.
This is the device feature: ORX is based on simplified usage of the device.
The metal detector has two ground balance modes: manual and auto. Changing the ground balance value is performed manually by pushing + and – buttons. The manufacturer recommends using pre-set ground balance values as they are the most suitable ones for various kinds of soils.
You can set the ground balance manually. Just find a place clean from metal objects, swing the search coil above the ground till you see the ground balance value on the display. While the coil is close to the ground you should push the pinpoint button once.
So, what can I say to sum up here?
The device menu has become simpler and it has less settings and search modes, therefore I’d recommend this metal detector for beginners. Undisputed advantage of this metal detector model is its operating frequency that varies from 13 to 81 kHz in its basic package set, which means that you won’t miss small sized targets.
Nothing has changed in terms of detection depth. In my opinion, this device doesn’t see targets as deep as Deus. At that, the metal detector is not noisy, though it has phantom signals sometimes.
This device is good for detecting small targets such as gold nuggets, small sized coins, but it’s definitely out of Deus’ league.
Peter Harrington is actually the founder of UnderCoil. He is keen on relic hunting, antiquities collecting and a big fan of aquarium husbandry.
His favorite season is early spring. Peter likes studying new models of metal detectors and creating new site content. However, he’s not into social networking stuff.