XP Deus HOT program – XY or Horseshoe

The XP Deus Hot program
Comparing the XY and the Horseshoe graphics.

The XP Deus metal detector | version 4.x has seen the introduction of the new XY graphic screen, I have been asked many times what is the best one to use.
To be perfectly honest I don’t think there is a solid answer because they both offer their own individuality.

XY Graphic

The XY is a nice simple  “Yes – No” interface which is easy to understand, personally I would have liked some kind of mineralisation bar as this is the only thing I miss having.

The target report is mainly a straight line, which increases in size depending on the intensity of the target, the sensitivity of the line can be adjusted by the user, this is called the zoom feature.
Why would you want to increase the sensitivity of the line.
That’s a question I asked when I first started using the XY, but now it makes a lot of sense, for example : My zoom setting is set at 3, rather than the pre-set 6, this is because I find the audio is far more reliable when deciding to dig deep or small targets, compared to a meter.
In a nutshell I don’t want an inconsistent meter reading to cloud my decision.

So what advantages can the XY screen offer :

Identification of Coke – Hot rock – and large iron, in most cases coke gives a true top bottom reading, hot rock gives a left right reading and large Iron is just plain ugly.


The coke signature is pretty reliable, a top bottom thin line, however my tests on some very thin Gold can also give this reading, so it is up to the user to make the decision to dig or not.

Hot Rock

When using program 10 Goldfield I am regularly bothered by hot rock, the XY screen nails it every time.

Large Iron

Sometimes this gives a good audio and a solid number on the Horseshoe meter, but the XY is pretty accurate with identifying these targets.
most coins and pure targets are represented by a pure line, with no deviation, in many cases shotgun shells give a slightly disrupted line, but this should never be taken as gospel.

The Horseshoe graphic

There is a lot more information on this screen, including a bigger target ID, but in many cases too much information can be a bad thing, take for example the ground phase reading and the adjusted ground balance numbers, this encourages people to chase the numbers when in most cases they are random numbers.
More is explained in this video.

As said earlier, the mineralisation bar is, to me very important as it is a good indication of the ground strength, in many cases here in the UK a high ground level can be a sign of habitation.

The horseshoe meter works on a similar principle to the XY, left for ferrous, right for non-ferrous, I say similar because somewhere deep within things are different.
When using the HOT program the XY gives a true left right reading, where as using the HOT program with the horseshoe every target (Ferrous or non-ferrous) will give a positive Non ferrous reading.
This is because program number 9 HOT uses an open discrimination, if you wanted to see a ferrous reading on iron, you will need to introduce some discrimination.
I personally feel program 9 HOT compliments the XY screen.

Here is a video demonstrating the 2 screens using the HOT program I hope it is of some interest.