Garrett AT MAX Metal Detector
Garrett, a company known for offering quality metal detectors like the AT Pro and AT Gold, will be unveiling a new model you should be able to purchase in June 2017. Veteran detectorists will want to circle that month on their calendar because if they are fans of Garrett’s AT Pro and AT Gold, they’ll want to check out this detector.
It combines the best of both those machines into a heavy-duty detector aimed at the serious coin, jewelry, and relic hunters.
This detector features built-in Z-Lynk wireless technology, and it also includes new Garrett MS-3 Z-Lynk wireless headphones.
Here is why you’ll like the Z-Lynk technology -- it has near-zero delay. It operates six times faster than the speed you’ll get with BlueTooth.
What this means for you as a detectorist is that you’ll get a signal when your detector is right over your target - something that’s been hard to accomplish in the past with wireless headphones
The wireless headphone is a nice touch because you don’t have to worry about pesky cords getting in your way while you’re detecting. I’m personally ready to break out the champagne over this feature!
I hate wearing headphones while I’m detecting. It honestly drives me nuts.
Every time I put my detector on the ground to check out a signal, I also have to take off my headphones because of the wire attaching them to the machine. That’s a lot of trouble when you’re on an all-day hunt hitting frequent targets.
But I don’t like to go without headphones because they are helpful to detectorists.
They help you better hear and distinguish the sounds your detector makes.
Plus, when you’re in public places like parks, headphones are essential, so you don’t always annoy other people with the chatter from your detector.
But with these headphones, you can leave them on without annoying yourself or others because there’s no cord to worry about.
What Else Does It Offer?
You’ll get even greater depth detection because of increased transmit power and enhanced electronics.
That means if you go over your old stomping grounds with this new detector, you may find some signals you missed with your other machines because they didn’t go deep enough.
Some of my best finds have been made while reexamining grounds I had previously searched.
One of the best times to take a closer look at ground you’ve already hunted is right after you get a new metal detector.
It’s exciting to see what you missed and to daydream about what might still be there waiting to be found!
Here are some of the other features this detector has:
AT MAX Features
An operating frequency of 13.6 kHz, which is a good frequency for all sorts of targets, including coins and relics.
It’s also sensitive enough to pick up small gold nuggets that lower-frequency metal detectors wouldn’t register.
But this is not a machine I would use for gold prospecting. See our complete list of gold detectors here.
Even though the frequency is different than both the AT Pro and AT Gold, all AT coils will be compatible with the AT MAX.
True All-Metal Mode
A true all-metal mode, which gives you the best depth and sensitivity - a must-have for serious relic hunters.
This feature is not available on the AT Pro, but it is part of the AT Gold.
A backlight, which will help you operate your metal detector in the dark -- you won’t have to quit when the sunlight does.
Adjustable Ground Balance
Both automatic and manual ground balancing, which will help you hunt in mineralized soil conditions and even saltwater beaches. You can now change the ground balancing in quarter-point increments.
Ground Balance Window
An automatic ground balance window, allowing the AT MAX to simultaneously ground balance to a range to account for localized change in mineralization.
Sharper Audio Signals
Pulse width modulation audio response that will give you sharp signals and more information about your targets, which will help you decide whether to dig or pass them over.
Bigger display numbers, including the popular digital target identification numbers and the iron discrimination numbers.
Adjustable threshold, which is nice if you have problems hearing softer, fainter targets above the hum of the machine.
Iron audio to help you avoid the scourge of metal detecting -- bottle caps.
All-metal iron audio, which lets you operate in the all-metal mode and hear discriminated iron targets at the same time.
Adjustable frequency, which you can use to help get rid of interference from things like power lines and nearby detectorists.
Notch discrimination that can also help in your fight against pull tabs and other undesirable targets.
High-Res Iron Discrim
High-resolution iron discrimination, up to 44 points, which is a great feature because you’ll avoid things you don’t want to find like nails and other junk.
One word of caution though, don’t set this too high routinely, or you may miss some good signals too.
With this detector, you’ll get four search modes -- the true all-metal mode, a custom mode, coins and zero discrimination mode.
To help you while using whichever mode you choose, the AT MAX also has top-notch target separation and good recovery speed.
Target separation is especially important while hunting grounds that have a lot of signals -- you don’t want to miss a coin because you find a nail right next to it and you prematurely give up the search.
A Great All-Terrain Detector
This detector is a solid option for metal detectorists who are planning to hunt in a variety of soil types and terrains. It’s an all-terrain detector that can stand up to the rigors of rough conditions.
You can use it in fresh water and can be submerged up to 10 feet underwater -- so you might want to invest in a good pair of goggles as well.
Note that this is not a saltwater machine, despite some of the marketing materials out there. No single frequency VLF performs well in salt.
Click here for our guide on the best saltwater beach metal detectors.
If you go underwater with your unit, you should swap out the wireless headphones to use hardwired ones that are made to be submerged - these are sold separately and can be found here.
To Sweeten the Pot, You’ll Get an Extra Item
To protect your investment in an excellent high-end detector, when you buy the AT MAX, you’ll also get a cover for your search coil.
For a short while, when it first comes out, you can also receive an AT MAX hat. Although those won’t last long, so if you really want one, you should buy this detector as soon as possible!
So in closing, the Garrett AT MAX looks like it’s going to be another awesome machine by Garrett.
If the AT Pro, AT Gold and Z-Lynk wireless kit had a kid, you’d have the AT MAX.
For more pre-release information and pricing, see Garrett.com and checkout the official launch video: