Minelab X-Terra 705 Review

Very Good
Metal Detector
  • Country AU
  • Released -
  • Warranty 2 years
  • Additional
  • Headphones included

Best for

  • Coins
  • Relics
  • Gold

Minelab X-Terra 705 is one of the best VLF metal detectors that is capable of being used in a wide range of environments. Minelab X Terra 705 has interchangeable coils that suit different applications. It is a dual-purpose detector suitable for being used to hunt for coins and relics, as well as in a prospecting mode for locating gold nuggets. It has great ground balancing features, which makes it more stable to use on highly mineralized grounds, such as beaches and gold fields. It is also equipped with a depth gauge to show the depth of the target location.

Rating Explanations
All Purpose
Key Features
Easy to Use
Reviewed by
Michael Moore
  • well-balanced and lightweight
  • great design, cool display
  • battery life is decent and suitable for long search
  • interchangeable coils providing tons of flexibility and versatility
  • batteries and headphones are not part of the kit
  • not totally waterproof
  • Technology: VLF Multi Frequency
  • Frequencies: 3
  • Search Coil: 10.5" (7.5 kHz)
  • Waterproof: Coil only
  • Updatable Software: No
  • VDI (Target ID): Yes
  • Search Modes: 3
  • Ground Balance: Automatic / Manual
  • Pinpoint Mode: Yes
  • Audio Tones: Multi-tone
  • Batteries: 4 AA batteries required
  • Weight:2.9 lb
  • Warranty: 2 years

Minelab X-Terra 705 Features

VLF Technology

Applies an electromagnetic field to the ground in a continuous sinusoidal wave.

DD Coil

The best shape of the search coil effective even on very mineralized soils.

Manual Ground Balance

Allows variety in tuning, depending on location and on skills of the user.

Iron Masking Technology

Enables the user to differentiate a valuable potential target next to a piece of trash.

Noise Balance

Controls the response of the metal detector to various non-target electromagnetic fields, like trash or ferrous metals.

Two Types of Pinpoint

Auto Pinpoint allows to spot targets more accurately, while Sizing mode allows to identify the suggested size before you start digging the object out.

The Shaft

The three-parts shaft is easy to assemble and set, making the machine very portable. You won’t spend much time unfolding it, and the whole structure does not seem flimsy because of being foldable. The control panel and the battery box are very easy to fasten. Min length is 48 inches, max length is 56 inches. The weight of the tool is only 1,3 kgs / 2,8 lbs, making it convenient for long search sessions.

Search Modes

Except the two modes of pinpoint, this model by Minelab offers five search regimes. The first one is All-Metal, a typical mode that makes the machine react to any metal object in the ground.

The next mode is for all non-ferrous metals including precious metals. Pretty straightforward and there is nothing complicated about this mode.

However, the other three modes should be tried out in the field by the user before the user gets to understand the difference. The last three regimes of search suggest filtering signals from ferrous metals each, but in combination with certain ground balance and discrimination, they will spot different types of targets. To assess these, the detectorist has to analyze target ID numbers first.



This detector has a range of coils that are interchangeable. Each coil is designed to suit different search applications.

This is a 6″ DD coil. It is the most sensitive coil available for the X-Terra range. The pros of this coil include its being waterproof and very good for locating small targets such as earrings, pendants, and rings. The cons are that due to its small size the coil does not cover as much ground as a larger one.

This is a standard 9″ Concentric search coil provided with the detector. It is a good all-round piece with good depth, great target separation and accurate pinpointing.

This is a 10″x 5″ Elliptical coil. It has great sensitivity, good ground coverage, and is easy to use on rough terrain. Efficient for finding gold in goldfields. Also, it shows nice smooth performance on the beach.

Minelab X-Terra 705


Michael Moore

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