My Review of the Gray Ghost Headphones for Metal Detecting
Gray Ghost (Amphibian) Underwater Headphones
Using comfortable headphones with a clear signal response is an important consideration to make when buying gear for metal detecting. You'll be wearing them on your head all day long, so comfort is crucial. If you plan to go treasure hunting in the water, you need underwater headphones, which don't always come with a detector.
When I bought my Garrett AT Pro metal detector, I had to eventually upgrade the non-waterproof, stock headphones with waterproof ones, so I could use my gear underwater. I actually really like the Garrett headphones that came with my detector, but if you drop them in the water, they're toast. I now primarily use the Gray Ghost headphones, keeping the stock ones in my vehicle as a backup.
Garrett sells waterproof headphones separately, at a reasonable price, too, but the dealbreaker for me was not having a volume-control knob. Their headphones are loud, but even the stock headphones have a knob to adjust the volume.
The Amphibian Gray Ghost headphones are designed for the AT Pro and AT Gold detectors with matching specifications to ensure a secure connection. These are submersible down to 30 feet, but I don't think I've ever dove down more than three feet with them on my head.
These are noticeably more comfortable to wear all day than my stock headphones from Garrett. The seal over my ears is tighter than the stock ones, but I can wear them for five hours without developing ear pain. The padding is soft and cushions my ears and head.
Using the Headphones Underwater
I've used them underwater multiple times in rivers and lakes without any issues whatsoever. The cables on the Gray Ghost headphones are designed to match the connection holes on the control boxes of both the Garrett AT Pro and AT Gold. Water doesn't leak in, but I always check the cables to make sure they're fastened tightly to my detector before submerging them.
While I don't submerge mine in water deeper than 3-4 feet, I haven't had any problems with water leaking in when wearing them on my head in shallow water. These headphones are all I wear now when metal detecting on land, too. The cable is a lot longer than the one that came with my detector, making it easier to set my detector down to recover a find without the cord pulling.
The tonal sound on the Amphibian is a little different than the sound of the stock one Garrett provides. The sound of each signal is noticeably more clear and defined, which helps with accuracy.
If you've been using the stock headphones for a long time, it will take a few hunts to get used to the change in the sound, but I didn't find it to be a huge difference other than signals beeping more clearly. When metal detecting near heavy traffic or rushing water, I can't hear the beeping with the volume set below number 5. I leave the volume set at number 7, which is plenty.
Are the Gray Ghost Headphones Worth it?
The are all I use now for metal detecting with my AT Pro on land and in the water. I've used mine now for close to two years without experiencing any problems. I can go in and out of the water without having to unscrew cables and switch gear. Gray Ghost Amphibian headphones
You can use the stock headphones from Garrett for water detecting too, but you cannot submerge the cable connection (where it connects to the control box of the metal detector) without ruining your gear.
I definitely recommend this upgrade if you want to waterproof your gear. While I usually don't go metal detecting in the rain, it's nice knowing that a sudden storm won't ruin my headphones if they're exposed. This particular model is for Garrett detectors, but I believe there's a separate model designed to fit the Minelab E-trac.
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