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    Just started looking at odd shaped nuggets and this one I originally called "swiss cheese". It is just the way it came out of the ground with all the holes. After looking at it awhile it does kinda look like a buffalo. I thought this might start a good picture post for others to add their oddities to for the viewers. Hapy Huntn.
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    A good friend and I explored a few new areas yesterday and sweet talked some nuggets out of the ground Is this the part where we break our arms patting ourselves on the back for the arduous hike ? We actually found more than the pic shows but we're not telling Think we'll spend a few days on a return trip next week and clean it up Another X on the old map Maybe this will inspire someone out there
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    When prospecting, the primary virtue of quality headphones is the user's enhanced ability to hear faint signals, which can be indicative of small or deep targets. That being the case, higher decibel output headphones CAN find more gold than lower decibel headphones, or using no headphones at all. What we are seeking here is enhanced volume, not "pristine clarity and reduced studio noise" like the $2400.00 ones advertised. Thus, best value for the buck? Koss UR-29's and UR-30's. By far. Personally, the UR-29's fit me better then the bulkier 30's, and have a smaller earmuff profile, yet have the performance. Thus, Bill, come to my booth at Tucson and try on a pair and see if they fit you better. Forget what Kevin says.
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    Great topic Morlock. IMHO (perspective) “better” in this context is subjective. What is better or best for one person may not hold true for the next. As an example, I have a friend who wears Rattlers, the one headphone setup, because he prefers to hear what is around him as he hunts. Having one ear to hunt and one ear to hear gives him peace of mind. Peace of mind in turn allows him to focus and the result of that focus is gold. He’s a very successful detectorist. Over the years, I’ve met detectorists with TMJ type issues who prefer low cost headphones or ear buds because some of the higher end ones like Black Widows cause them pain due to the styling and fit. Again, being out of pain allows these folks to focus on the hunt and find gold. Like Bill, I prefer Koss and have tried Black Windows, Grey Ghosts, Jimmy Sierra, Rattlers, earbuds, you name it, mostly borrowed from friends. The Koss are just my preference for comfort, durability, and fit. Did I find more gold using the other brands? No. The WM12 external speaker on the GPZ has proven to be the best external speaker setup that I’ve used and it’s produced some great gold for myself and others. It has been very nice on humid days where the headphones were just a drag and when crawling on my hands and knees through thick brush and under trees. The benefit of using the external speaker has allowed me to not get tangled up in the sticks. The sound quality of the speaker vs is the headphones seems to be apparent but both are adequate. Sound quality is important but it’s just part of the whole equation of success. The same holds true for the unit, the detectorist, and the location. Each one of these is really just a part of the whole. So to your original point: “But would anything like these pay for themselves by producing more then the Sunrays, Grey Ghosts, Nugget Busters, Black Widows, etc.” in some cases, yes and in some cases no. Life’s not a one size fits all thing, and not everyone will benefit from the sound quality difference between the brands, sometimes another factor is more important to the individual’s success. In looking at many of the brands one observation that I’ve made is several of them are essentially the same base unit with branded logos, stickers, etc. Kind of a common theme in manufacturing. That's a whole different rabbit hole to go down One thing I’ve wondered about with these kinds of threads is how are people measuring or perceiving “sound quality”? There are established methods to measure sound quality like Total Harmonic Distortion, Signal to Noise Ratio, etc. but I don’t know of one dirt digger who goes that far and even if someone did, again, that benchmark alone would only be one ingredient in the recipe for someone’s success. $2,400 will cover gas to Alaska and food for a couple of summer months Well, that was long winded, clearly, more coffee is in order to make thoughts more concise
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    Love my SunRays!! They take a beaten and keep on beeping. Never tried Koss, but now you got me curious. Had the Nuggetbusters , Grey Ghosts.....all seemed fine and capable. I personally would never spend that kind of money on headphones.
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    Curious question and one that will generate many a reply as the what folks like, use, and why. Me? I agree the price is insane for those they show in your link and I have tried many brands and even some pricy Bose noise canceling type and always go back the Koss UR-30 made for Minelab detectors. Kevin is always giving me crap about looking like Princess Laya from Star Wars, but for my hearing as well as not getting my head squeezed like with Nugget Busters I always come back to the UR-30 (100 ohm) and I am better able to hear signals (I have hearing loss like many here) The higher impedance headphones seem to make the signal harder for me and many of the aftermarket for nugget shooting are 150 ohm or more. Just my individual preference is Koss....
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    Thanks and good question fish. I might give a dumb answer There is no red dirt with iron stained quartz in the area. There is a little red ochre/iron type soil (spotty, here and there) under the top layer of material. Again, very spotty. Red dirt with iron stained quartz can be a good thing; however, not every inch of ground that has red dirt with iron stained quartz produces gold. It's just a good bet worth checking out. The pic below is great gold ground that produced many ounces of gold but I'm sure many people would pass it up because they primarily focus on red dirt with iron stained quartz. Hope this helps
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    Ya I was out scrapping yesterday as well but was only rewarded with Uno Dink But its better than Uno Skunk Mike C...
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    ground balance till nice hum . there is no trick to this just balance it out by pumping up and down about 1 inch of ground until it levels out. you will find that you balance in 1 area and works great and then move and have to readjust. as you learn the detector you will be able to tell when the ground changes. turning the gain down a little may help depends on the ground but when you do this you lose a little depth. lines of heavy black wont let the machine balance . some hot rocks can be tuned out but then again you lose depth and targets. always go back to the user manual . it doesn t lie. I have an old whites gm 4b [since 2001 been detecting for 16 years] all manual settings. once I learn it works great. get some dirt from different area and practice ground balancing be sure it contains some black sand. metals will sound real high when and can overload that will scream. heavy black sand will do the same. hot rocks will have different sounds depending on the rock. lead will sound like gold small piece of al. will sound like and small piece of rusty metal , small wire will also sound like gold . my advice is to practice ,practice and practice some until you learn the machine.sometime in certain ground the machine will not balance at all and the only thing to is move on .I have 3 detectors gm 4b ,goldbug 2 and whites tdi sl . I run all 3 at highest settings as the ground will let me . remember the ground will change and you will find you may have to reground balance . hot rocks are a problem they make different sounds so just kick out of the way and detect that spot .I can t say this enough practice practice and more practice until you learn the detector. you have to have confidence in yourself and the detector if you don't have that then you are just out walking . I tell myself when I go detecting , I will find gold and I keep that in my mind as I detect. at the end of the day I not find gold but tomorrow is a new day . when I detect that is all I do .I don't think about anything else .
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    QZ99's - $69.99. Passive noise cancelling, (oil / foam in ear pads) adjustable volume per side. Very comfortable.
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    some nice stuff here!
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    Anybody seen my turtle?
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    Dragon, Seahorse or what ever.
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    Another cool Nevada specimen...
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    This was one strange nugget. A friend of mine purchased it. I have forgotten the weight but it was over an ounce I remember. A very ODD piece
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    All nugget's are beauties. But to me this is my favorite nugget. I call it "Miner." lol! Well I wish it were mine but I guess it's Bill's. This was in the next to last contest we had here. See his head? See his arm on the right side of picture? Look's kinda like he's wearing coveralls...unreal! And I like the second one too. I think it came out of Paradise Alaska. If I remember right it weighed like 8 ounces. I call it "Chocolate Chip Cookie." YUM YUM!!!! And one more to grow on. I have no name for it but I wonder whos hand it is...hmmm. I like the shiney one with all the bumps. Rim
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    Welp.....I call it our pizza nugget. Its flat and looks like a well roasted anchovie pizza! Heck, at 1.27 oz.....I dont care if it looks like a turd! Dont really have any other unique pieces. Tom H.
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    Here's a sweet little wire specimen from Nevada.
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    Here's one I call my Feather Nugget... Ron in WA
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    We call this one the seahorse
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    The piece that is my avatar my son and I like to call the Miami Dolphin nuggett.
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    Sure does look like a scotty dog shape. I believe it Goldfinger A friend of mine posted this on his site one day. I believe it is a most beautiful piece to look at.
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    This one is a present Don (Garimpo) gave to me because of the love I have for dogs.