Frequently Asked Questions

Detector General Concept

What is the general concept of DEUS?

The innovative design of DEUS is based on three elements communicating via a digital radio link. In this new design the coil, remote control and audio headphones have each been made independent through the integration of very compact, high-capacity lithium batteries.

An ultra-miniature electronic circuit, incorporated in the search coil, digitizes and analyzes the signals. Data is then sent to the headphones and remote control in real time via the digital radio link. With this method, the signal is processed at source and not conveyed via a wire link, which greatly improves data quality.

Incorporating components from leading-edge technologies such as scientific instrumentation has enabled us to produce a powerful, rapid, lightweight, compact and fully controllable digital detector.

If you are an experienced user or a beginner, DEUS lets you decide whether or not to modify any of its settings. Powerful pre-configured factory programs enable all users to get started immediately, while expert detectorists can choose more advanced parameters via the intuitive interface.

The 'Remote Control' is in fact the user interface, known as the 'control box' on conventional detectors. It enables the detector's many functions to be precisely adjusted via a graphical interface. It can also receive program updates (via internet) through its USB socket.

DEUS is also exceptional in being able to function without the remote control, with the ability to use just the coil and the wireless headphones, for an even more compact, lightweight configuration (just 2 lbs.)!

Like the remote control, the headphones contain all the components needed for detection — they are a genuine control unit in themselves, but on an ultra-miniature scale. They take over in the absence of the remote control for adjusting the detector settings.

With the headphones you can turn DEUS on and off, change the main detection settings such as sensitivity, discrimination, ground balance, tone, frequency (4 kHz, 8 kHz, 12 kHz, 18 kHz), volume, etc. as well as select the factory programs or those previously configured with the remote control!

Performance is identical whether you are searching with or without the remote control!

Lastly, the XP stem has the combined advantages of an S-shaped stem and a straight telescopic stem.

It enables you to deploy or fold away the device in just a few seconds, and to change the coil in an instant. Its user-friendly design ensures comfort and convenience for the user: length is fully adjustable by millimeter increments; improved operating angle and shaped rubber handle for a firm, controlled grip. Now you're ready for a new adventure!

What is the advantage of a "wireless detector"?

The disappearance of the traditional cable linking the coil to the control box (and the disappearance of the control box itself) has two immediate advantages: first, an obvious reduction in weight and bulk, no more problems with storage or folding up the stem, nor with broken or snagged cables in the woods and second, a gain in signal acquisition quality, as the signals no longer need to be conveyed via a wire link but are digitized and analyzed closer to the source by the ultra-miniature electronic circuit housed in the coil.

Can I use the detector without the remote control or without the headphones? Or do I need both in order for it to work?

It really is possible to use one without the other. The remote control is fitted with a loudspeaker and a 3.5mm audio headphone jack output. There is a screen and a keypad on the headphones. Of course, the information is more comprehensive and easier to read on the remote control's graphic screen, and the sounds are more easily interpreted using the headphones. Nevertheless, DEUS is designed to expand your possibilities while being more compact. The loudspeaker gives good quality sound and DEUS's most important settings can be modified from the headphones. This includes:

  • Volume control
  • Choice of detection program
  • Discrimination level
  • Sensitivity level
  • Ground effects correction
  • Choice of frequencies (4, 8, 12 or 18 kHz)
  • Choice of tones
  • Choice of coils
It looks great, but what does DEUS actually offer in terms of detection?

Firstly, its appearance is closely tied to its qualities. DEUS was designed to be compact, lightweight and easy-to-use, so as to minimize the constraints of having a device that is often carried long distances and manipulated for several hours at a time. This was made possible by a team of designers who are themselves keen detectorists.

In addition to its practical features, DEUS also encapsulates the long-standing aspirations of XP users: several devices in one and even better performance. But above all, by opting for an entirely digital device that can be precisely configured, XP has created a metal detector that each user can adapt to his/her own detecting style, habits, sites and terrains. Moreover, DEUS is upgradable, meaning that improved versions of the software can be downloaded when available.

Isn't there potential for confusion between the settings adjusted with the headphones and those modified with the detector's remote control?

No. The headphones are subordinate to the remote control. DEUS's settings can only be changed via the headphones when the remote control is switched off or absent. As soon as the remote control is switched on, it takes precedence over the headphones, which then resume their function as wireless audio headphones and can only be used to adjust the sound volume.

Are regular users of XP detectors going to be on familiar ground? Has DEUS retained any of the characteristics that made the previous models so popular?

Yes, of course it made sense to keep the best features from the earlier devices. One idea behind the DEUS concept was to combine the Gold Maxx Power and G-Maxx models in a single device that would respond to the wishes of certain fans. The decision to produce a digital device then enabled us to reproduce and even exceed these detectors' performance.

Regular users will therefore find the 4 and 18 kHz frequencies supplemented by two intermediary frequencies, 8 and 12 kHz. The pitch of the XP multi-tones modes has been retained and enriched, and is now configurable. The speed of the Gold Maxx Power serves as a reference and can be increased or decreased via the Reactivity menu, etc...

The coil, remote control and headphones communicate via radio waves — are they really reliable?

In all our comprehensive testing of DEUS, we did not come across any interference on the wireless radio link, even when close to Wi-Fi systems or mobile telephones. Users familiar with the XP wireless headphones will find the same level of reliability in signal transmission, with no sound or hiss! The digital wireless link is flawless. To further improve the radio link's reliability, DEUS is fitted with a double antenna system on the headphones and remote control. Just like the wireless links used for stage microphones, if one antenna is lacking any information the other instantly compensates.

How is the device powered? Are the charger and batteries supplied? Can you recharge all three elements (headphones, remote control and coil) at the same time?

The search coil, remote control and headphones are all powered by identical lithium polymer batteries. These miniature, high-capacity batteries can be recharged quickly.
The power adaptor supplied, enables all three elements to be charged simultaneously when used with the USB/3 mini-B cable, also supplied.

Our retailers offer numerous optional charging accessories, including a charger that plugs into a car cigarette lighter. There is also a miniature field charger powered by just a single 1.5 volt AA battery, which enables the detector to be partially charged (40 to 60%) in just 25 to 40 minutes — very practical!

Isn't there a risk of interference with other devices because of the radio link or detection frequencies? In brief, is it OK to operate the detector close to another DEUS device?

a) To eliminate the likelihood of interference between devices, DEUS has 36 different channels available. When you switch DEUS on, communication is automatically established on a random channel selected from these 36 available channels. The risk of two wireless detectors interfering with each other is therefore very low. However, if this does occur, you just need to switch one of the devices off and on again to reinitialize the channel search.

b) Concerning interference between two detectors in very close vicinity:
It is possible to avoid interference between two users because of the multiple frequencies available with DEUS. For example, if your buddy is using the 18 kHz detection frequency, you could either switch from 18 kHz to 12 kHz, or shift your frequency from 18 kHz to 18.1 kHz using the FREQ — EXPERT menu.

Doesn't the battery in the coil cause interference when detecting?

No. As the battery is sealed, fixed and very small, it does not affect detection. In conventional metal detectors it is mainly the cable or connectors which, when they move, cause interference by sending static signals back to the circuit.

In the DEUS, signals are digitized at the coil terminals, so this also eliminates any static that cables or control box electronics might receive. Once the signal has been digitized in the head, it can no longer be affected by electromagnetic interference like conventional detectors.

How did you manage to get so much power from such small, lightweight batteries, when those in most other powerful metal detectors weigh 3 to 6 ounces?

Despite the battery's small size, the power of the coil is at least as great as the Gold Maxx Power, for instance. It is difficult to explain in just a few lines as it involved a great deal of research. We optimized the efficiency of various elements such as the coils and the amplification stages. There was also the choice of a high-capacity lithium battery and leading-edge electronic components that were more expensive and precise than those usually found in metal detectors. These highly efficient circuits waste far less power: It's a little like the ordinary incandescent light bulbs used in the home which are very inefficient, actually losing 80% of their energy as heat; compared with that of LED lighting, which uses all its energy for light rather than heat!

Is DEUS complicated to use?

DEUS has been designed to be easy for everyone to use. Experienced detectorists can of course finely tune their device using the advanced settings. But beginners can start detecting effectively as soon as the device is switched on, using one of the nine pre-configured programs, just with a simple click. DEUS is really not complicated at all!

How is DEUS "more lightweight"?

The full configuration of DEUS weighs just 2 pounds. When the remote control is worn on your belt, the total weight comes down to 1.9 pounds! When the remote control is worn on your belt, the total weight comes down to under 2 pounds! This achievement has been made possible due to the utilization of miniaturized electronics, in particular leading-edge components developed for scientific instrumentation, high capacity lithium batteries and a few other manufacturing secrets.

What is the advantage of a no motion mode?

DEUS is designed to operate most of the time in motion mode, which means that a metal target will only be detected if the detector's coil is moving. However, the detector can also be operated in none motion mode (pinpoint), if required, which means that it will detect even if the coil is motionless above a target.

In modern detectors, no motion is most often used to locate a target more precisely (pinpointing). However this mode is also very useful for detecting the presence of metal in cramped locations, where there is not enough space to swing the coil, or if there is too much interference from other metals around or close to the target. For example, locating hiding places inside houses, cellars and walls.

No motion mode is also widely used in the construction industry to locate metal pipes, as it enables them to be continually tracked.

How is DEUS "more compact"?

What stands out most is its fully telescopic stem (extending from 23" to 51"), which marks a breakthrough in the appearance of XP detectors. And this new telescopic stem can be used with all other XP detectors.

DEUS's most innovative concept is its wireless technology and the miniaturization of all its elements. The traditional control box is gone, as is the cable, because a sizeable amount of the signal analysis is actually performed by the coil. DEUS's "remote control", about the size of a mobile telephone, merely acts as a communication interface, since most functions can also be performed by the headphones!

Is DEUS suitable for saltwater beaches?

Yes, DEUS has a wide range of GROUND BALANCE settings and a special signal processing method that enables it to limit most interference generated by salt water.

After selecting BEACH ON in the (GROUND—BEACH ON/OFF) menu, you need to adjust the GROUND BALANCE manually or by pumping in the wet zone concerned in order to cancel out the ground signal.

In this mode (BEACH ON), the GROUND BALANCE settings no longer range from 60 to 90, but from 0 to 30.

Note: In wet zones you can also select the WET BEACH factory program directly, which has pre-configured settings to deal with zones that are saturated with saltwater. But don't forget to adjust the ground balance by pumping in the wet zone concerned in order to cancel out the ground signal.

Note: In wet zones (salt water), it is important to sweep while keeping the coil parallel to the ground, yet not touching it. It is also a better idea to search on flat beaches as irregularities in the ground (wet sand) generate more interference.

How is DEUS "faster"?

If we take as a reference a device such as the Gold Maxx Power that is already very fast, DEUS is even faster when the Reactivity function is used.

How is DEUS "more powerful?"

It would be misleading to talk about pure power, but DEUS can offer enhanced power as a result of adapting the detection parameters more closely to the particular ground characteristics, which makes it far more efficient. Although the power of the wave field emitted by DEUS can be adjusted, it is important to realize that you will obtain better ground penetration by adjusting the detector's frequency, reactivity speed and ground balance according to the actual environment you are detecting in.

Is DEUS completely safe with regard to the HF radio waves?

DEUS complies with standards for user safety with regard to electromagnetic waves. The strength of the radio signals used is considerably weaker and on a much smaller scale than those emitted by mobile telephones (2,000 to 4,000 times weaker!), as well as being much less than those used by Wi-Fi systems.

Moreover, when the complete system is used, the audio headphones only act as a passive radio receiver, and do not emit any signals.

Is this screen really readable in all lighting conditions?

Yes. Even in full sun.