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The best XP Deus settings for trashy parks, in general, is the Deus fast, which is a preset program for mineralized and iron-infested soil.
This is a summary of what the settings should be. I’ll elaborate further in the following paragraphs.
- Discrimination: 6.1
- Frequency: 18 kHz
- Reactivity: 3
- Sensitivity: 90
- Ground balance: 90
However, please note that there are no best settings for each type of soil. Because every area is different.
The soil composition may even change when you walk a couple of steps away.
This means that you have to keep adjusting the settings until you find the right combination for the place you want to hunt.
One park could contain more trash than the other. Or it could be full of a different type of trash (pull-tabs, bottle caps or nails…)
In addition to the recommended settings, I have a bonus…
At the end of this article, I’ll show you a trick that many Deus users don’t know and it will help you to better identify buried metal objects like bottle caps.
Discrimination and notch
As XP Deus owners, I guess you’re expert users and you know that discrimination helps you decide whether to dig or not, which is a helpful feature in trashy parks.
The discrimination allows you to ignore undesirable metal objects having a digital display below a threshold that you choose.
The digital display is based on the object’s conductivity. It extends from 0 to 99. This number is displayed in the center of the remote’s screen.
If you want to get rid only of ferrous junk, set the discrimination to 10.
If you want to ignore pull-tabs, set it between 60 and 75. However, good targets like gold rings will be discriminated too because their conductivities are very close.
The measured value of a target’s conductivity may change when the frequency is changed. Therefore, the digital ID (which is based on the target’s conductivity) will also change.
This means that you may have to relearn the meaning of the target digital ID whenever you adjust the frequency.
But, you can enable the ID NORM so that the target ID don’t shift with the frequency. The same value will be displayed for all the frequencies. It’s based on the 18 kHz.
Of course, you can hunt in the all metal mode and use the target ID to decide whether or not to dig.
Another alternative is to rely on the multi-tone mode. Which emits a particular beep for each conductivity range.
If you hear the audio tone selected for unwanted targets, then you’ll know that you don’t have to dig.
You can notch undesirable targets by rejecting buried metals whose conductivity is within a selected interval. The width of an interval is by default 6 units on the conductivity scale.
When you use the discrimination, you can only reject items having a conductivity below a selected value.
The sensitivity determines the amplitude of the detector’s reaction when getting a signal from the receiver coil.
The XP Deus has 100 sensitivity levels (from 0 to 99).
When dealing with trashy areas or when there’s too much interference (power lines, fences…), you have to adjust it as low as possible.
However, lower sensitivity means less depth range.
The frequency on which the XP Deus operates is adjustable. You can choose between 4 and 80 kHz.
The adjustable frequency will help you adapt your metal detector to find the desired targets and to deal with different types of soil.
8 kHz is suitable for general use. If you’re looking to find jewelry on a wet beach, use the 18 KHz.
The reactivity determines how fast the Deus will analyze the signal generated after detecting a buried metal. That’s why it’s also called the recovery speed.
Adjusting this setting will help you hunt trashy parks easier. Because the higher the reactivity, the faster the signal will be analyzed.
Which means that the metal detector can separate signals coming from targets that are very close to each other.
If the reactivity was low, a signal from a good target could be hidden by a signal from a piece of junk close by.
Because the detector wasn’t fast enough to analyze the two signals when you were swinging the coil.
So instead of getting two audio responses and two target IDs for each target, you’ll get a single beep indicating the presence of the trashy item.
The Deus didn’t have enough time to finish reacting and analyzing the first signal (from the junk). And at that moment, the coil passes over the good target…
But because it wasn’t fast enough to deal with its signal, it will be hidden.
Therefore, set the reactivity as high as possible if you want to hunt trashy parks. The downside is that the depth will be reduced.
There are seven reactivity levels: 0, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 4 and 5. The beep duration depends on the reactivity.
The higher the reactivity the shorter the audio signal duration.
As I said about the digital ID in the first paragraph, this means that you have to relearn the meaning of the audio responses whenever you adjust the reactivity.
So pick a reactivity level and stick with it. You can’t standardize the duration like the ID NORM.
If you’re an experienced user and you know what you’re doing (well, since you invested a lot of money to buy the Deus, I mostly assume you are), adjusting the ground balance will increase the detector’s performance.
This way, the metal detector will take into consideration the mineralization in the soil, which can be ferrous or non-ferrous.
If you’re still a beginner and you don’t know very well how to adjust the ground balance, leave it at the level 90.
Here’s the trick I told you about at the beginning of this article and I think you’ve been eager to know…
It’s another way to identify buried metals. This video will help understand the importance of this feature.
I think you got the point from the previuos video. However, this one may also be helpful.
In a park, to avoid annoying bystanders, use headphones.
The Deus has two of them: the WS4 and the WS5.
Both of the headphones are wireless and they work in the same way. The only difference is the shape.
You can adjust the Deus settings using the headphones, which has a mini screen.
For trashy parks, pick the Deus fast. It’s a preset program that should be enough for this type of soil.
One of the best ways to deal with trashy parks is to dig and learn. Slowly but surely, you’ll learn how to distinguish between junk and good targets.
Don’t turn on the Deus when the coil is close to an iron infested ground, when it’s close to a metal or when it’s folded.
If you do any of these, the metal detector will behave abnormally.