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Steve Herschbach
10-01-2012, 01:49 PM
Minelab is discontinuing the Sovereign GT & Explorer SE Pro. The Base CTX 3030 package without the wireless headphone module (the Starter Pack) is also being discontinued due to the popularity of the Standard Package with wireless headphone module.

Units will be availbale until the end of the year for those that want one of these units new before they are gone forever or who want a CTX at a slgihtly lower price.

10-03-2012, 06:56 AM
Steve, What is the difference between the Explorer SE and the Explorer XS? I have had the XS for about 9 years or so.

Steve Herschbach
10-03-2012, 10:38 AM
Most obvious difference was the new coil design on the SE Pro. New features in the SE Pro versus XS:

Improvements & Features

"3rd generation" Software features include:
•New "logical" Main Menu format, re-arranged "selections" to make browsing easier with one hand.
•Now displays two separate screens, Smartfind and Digital - Learn and Edit screens now accessed through Main Menu.
•New pin point -VCO type rising sound with improved volume on deeper targets.
•New Iron Mask scale - now displays Ferrous range from 0 - 31 and AM = All Metal.
•Fast turn on, quieter/faster turn off.
•Audio 1, 2 & 3 are now Long, Smooth & Pitch Hold respectively. Pitch Hold similar to the BBS series of detectors.
•Faster loading of User settings.
•Factory preset Gain now set to 8 (used be 5)
•Stabilized Threshold in high-trash environments.
•New larger fonts.
•New updated detection results on Fer and Cond in Pin Point mode.
•Improved behaviour of the Depth indicator during detection and pin pointing.

Hardware changes include:
•New colour, style and appearance.
•New thinner, lighter coil with better balance (weight reduction 60grms)
•New front keypad decal
•Current consumption reduced by 8%

10-03-2012, 03:50 PM
So the Sovereign metal detector line ends here at the GT. I would thought Minelab would make at least one more upgraded Sovereign version with 1)--a better built-in TID meter instead of the exising external one. 2)--And with auto-GB tracking that also fully works in the discriminate mode.

But I guess not and the buck stops here the same as the Musketeer Advantage which is also discontinued, a bit sad.

People have said the Sovereign BBS handles highly mineralized soil better than FBS machines.