23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2011
I must disagree with the previous posters. I purchased these headphones to use with my Silver Umax, Compadre, and Fisher F5. The sound is no where near as clear as it is with my Killer B's. Then again, they're only 30 bucks. Note: It's important to match the impedance of headphones to get the best sound. These are OK for starting out, but you're going to want better headphones very soon. The plus side is these headphones are VERY comfortable. I've had no problems hunting for hours with them on. The wire to the cuff however, does make a distracting sound when you're using silent discrimination. That could probably be fixed by adding some shrink tubing where the wire meets the cuff.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2013
A real review: So far four stars in appearance and air test. Just got these phones today and will be field testing tomorrow, then I will do an update. Many of the reviews about these phones are useless and for the sake of those actually considering these phones I will give you a report fitting of the sport of MD. One thing right off the top is the product description and a feature that upset a couple of reviewers and for good reason. It has to do with this part of the Product description -- "...1/8-inch Mini Plug with 1/4-inch plug adaptor..." -- this is not true, there is no adapter. I was a bit apprehensive about this part of the description for the opposite reason of the other two reviewer, I did not want to have to use a 1/8" mini plug adapter and after checking with the manufacture I found that it is a 1/4" jack on the end of the pig tale with a 90 degree jack and when I received the phones today I can say, it is most definitely a 1/4" male jack and there is not adapter of any kind in the package. That aside, I gave the phones an air test over a penny, dime, quarter and half-dollar. The sound separation was great and distinct, the quarter and dime being close but slightly different. The sound is clear and no unusual sounds or noise as you might hear in cheaper phones. I have a good set of phone loaned to me by a friend, until I received my new phones. My older and cheaper phones lasted about a year and began to fall apart and the sound began jumping all around -- these were a cheap set they used to package with Bounty Hunters MD Kits. The loaners are Jimmy Sierra's phones and look a lot like the $120 Gray Ghost, same shape and specs. To be perfectly honest the Garrett's seem to be made out of a thinner plastic and the shape more boxy than the Sierras, Gray Ghost, and Killer B but, and this is important, the Garrett's fit over my big ears just fine and comfortable, the Sierra's I had to move them around a bit and they covered okay but seemed tighter, still okay. (Note: the Gray Ghost, Killer B, and Sierra phones all look very similar, in fact, alike and are all over $100+ -- a deal at $100) The sound of the much cheaper Garret? Compared to the higher priced Sierra's (I have used the Sierra phones on three hunts) I like the Garrett phones better, more distinct and better separation (air tested only so far), but like I said, I have not gone out in the field with the Garrett's yet and that is where the real test is. So far I am liking these phones a lot and will update this post as soon as I do that. Also, there is a stereo/mono slider switch mounted up and out of the way, while on the Gray Ghost and Sierra's there is a flip switch for this purpose but it is close to the volume control and is a bit in the way -- luckily I do not see any difference when MDing which position this is in, stereo or mono, did not matter to me. The flip switch on the higher priced phones with this flip switch just seems to be asking for trouble -- I wonder how many of these have been busted off or damaged? The Sierra's fold up really nice, while the Garrett's are compact enough they do not fold in any special way. Okay, off to the parks to give these a try out and I will get back with and update -- promise. One final note -- the switch on the Sierra, and I assume on the GG and KB models, is called a "limiter" switch, something about limiting the sound if you hit a sudden high level signal so you don't get an ear blast? I guess it would be useful?
Update: 09/19/2013 - Just got back from my first hunt with these phones -- These phones worked great, very clear target sounds -- while I did not find a lot on this hunt -- we went to a park that has never been very productive. Lots of trash for a good test. When a good target was hit, like a dime there was no mistaking it for trash. This park had lots and lots of bottle caps and I dug them all just to make sure of the reading -- caps try to mimic quarters some times but only if they are close to the surface. All 8 dimes I found were unmistakable dimes, nice sharp and steady signal. I did not find any quarters in this hunt. As far as I can tell, I do not see how any headphones used for metal detecting could produce any better sound or separation than these phones. They worked really good and were very comfortable, no ear pinch. The volume controls, one on each ear worked great, no problems. Now the only thing is to see how well they hold up. The coiled cord was super, it stayed out of the way but allowed me to move the detector around, while digging, without putting any undo strain on the phones. Are they worth $29> You bet, and when you consider the higher end models, like Gray Ghost, Killer B and Sierra, all well over $100 each -- well, its your money. I might add that the high end phones I borrowed from a friend were a year old and had been sent in for repair once. My friend bought a second pair and loaned me the new phones and to tell the truth they did not sound better, they had a little higher pitch and seemed off in the distance, sort of, unlike the Garrett which sounded out clear as in real time. I cannot explain it exactly but they both worked for what they were supposed to do. Considering you could purchase three of the Garrett's for the price of the high end models -- like I said, it is your money. Durability may be a question, but I read on another forum that a reviewer said he had a pair of Garret phones for over ten years now? Okay, if anything unusual happens I will come back to this review and update again, until then, good hunting. No, I do not work for Garrett -- I own two Fishers, an F2 and F70 with a 11" DD coil and have been hunting about 4 years now. Hope this review helps in making a decision.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2014
This is probably not the use case these headsets were designed for, but I couldn't find a similar design that would do the job. I was looking for headsets to be used by singers to record vocals in a studio setup. I create the audio mix via the aux ports on my mixer so they can hear the instruments and music tracks, but it is not convenient for them to communicate with me regarding the volume, and boy are they picky about the volume. Individual volume control on each ear cup in this model comes handy. I also do not want to occupy two aux ports for a stereo output. This model has the mono mode that can play a single aux port output to both ear cups. I found the sound quality to be excellent. I investigated similar headsets used in classroom setup for language learning. Those headphones have similar features in terms of volume control and stereo/mono mode, but many people complain about lack of comfort and poor sound quality. I have not tried the others but I am happy with this model.
The bigger 1/4" plug works perfectly with a professional grade mixer (no need for a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter, which I keep losing). The only thing I need to do is to cover the word "Mental Detector" on the headset so I don't get to asked a lot of questions.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2012
Quality earphones, nice stereo benefit. If you take the cushions off to clean, I have found the thin rubber on the edges tend to split. Garrett should have this cushion part easily available to oder X-tra's, as customers will need them if you frequently take the cushion off to clean. My recommendation is to not take them off and clean carefully around them while leaving the cushions on.
Otherwise, I love the product. This is the only reason I am giving it a 4 star instead of a five.