Minelab X-Terra Pro vs Quest Q35 vs Nokta Double Score

As I stood in a muddy field in Cheshire, the crisp air nipping at my cheeks, I couldn’t help but marvel at how far metal detecting technology has come. Today, I want to share my thoughts on three metal detectors that have been causing quite a stir in our community: the Minelab X-Terra Pro (£329), the Quest Q35 (£339), and the Nokta Double Score (£349). These machines sit in a similar price bracket, but each offers something unique to the discerning detectorist.

Let’s start with the Minelab X-Terra Pro. The standout feature here is Minelab’s PRO-SWITCH technology, allowing you to switch between 5, 8, 10, and 15 kHz frequencies. I’ve found this incredibly useful when dealing with different soil conditions or target types. The lower frequencies are brilliant for depth on larger targets, while the higher frequencies excel at finding those elusive hammered silvers that make our hearts race.

The X-Terra Pro is also fully waterproof to 5 meters, which is a game-changer for beach hunters or those who detect near water. I took it to a local stream recently, and being able to search in the shallows without worry was liberating. The built-in flashlight and vibration feature are nice touches, especially for those early morning or late evening hunts.

Moving on to the Quest Q35, the first thing that caught my eye was its three interchangeable search frequencies: 5, 13, and 21 kHz. This versatility allows you to adapt to different hunting scenarios easily. The 28 x 26 cm DD Raptor11 search coil is a beast, allowing you to cover more ground in less time – a real boon when you’re trying to make the most of a permission before the farmer needs the land back.

The Q35’s wireless audio capability is something I’ve come to appreciate. Being able to use the included wireless Quest Lite headset eliminates that annoying wire that always seems to get in the way. After a long day of detecting, not having to worry about tangled wires is a real comfort.

Last but certainly not least, we have the Nokta Double Score. The name gives a hint to its standout feature – this detector operates with simultaneous multi-frequency (SMF) technology. In the field, this translates to excellent target separation and identification. I’ve used it in areas with a lot of iron contamination, and its ability to pick out good targets amongst the junk is impressive.

The Double Score also features a custom LCD display with backlight. Now, I’m not usually one for bells and whistles, but I have to admit, the clarity of information this screen provides is genuinely useful. Being able to quickly and easily interpret your signals can make the difference between digging that bit of modern scrap or unearthing a piece of history.

So, which one would I recommend? Well, after extensive testing in various conditions, I find myself reaching for the Minelab X-Terra Pro more often than not. Its PRO-SWITCH technology gives it an edge in versatility, allowing me to adapt to different soil conditions and target types on the fly. The fully waterproof design means I can take it anywhere without worry, and the built-in flashlight has saved my bacon more than once when I’ve stayed out later than planned.

The Quest Q35 is a close second, particularly impressive with its large search coil and wireless capabilities. It’s a fantastic choice for those who prioritize coverage area and comfort.

The Nokta Double Score, while impressive with its SMF technology, feels a bit more complex to use in the field. It’s a powerful machine, no doubt, but for my detecting style, the X-Terra Pro’s simplicity and versatility win out.

Ultimately, all three are capable machines that can serve you well in the field. The best choice will depend on your personal detecting style and the types of sites you typically search. But for me, the Minelab X-Terra Pro hits that sweet spot of versatility, depth, and ease of use that makes it my go-to detector in this price range.

Remember, though, that the most important tool in detecting is persistence – and the willingness to swing your detector for hours on end, knowing that the next great find could be just a signal away. Happy hunting, and may your next dig yield something spectacular!