Metal Detecting Headphones… are they a necessity, if so what is the Argument for wearing Headphones whilst Metal Detecting…

I think the answer to the question is a definite yes, but there are several answers to this question, here are the immediate ones that spring to mind, even out in the middle of a field, somewhere with no one around you, i think you should wear headphones, the main reason for my theory is like so many have said before me, and it is true, very rarely do we get a perfectly still day, so most days we get a slight breeze or it can be very windy, & when you’re detecting in windy conditions, the headphones will block out the majority of wind, If it’s raining, again they’ll keep the noise out, headphones will help you hear first hand that faint whisper of a signal direct to your ears, and not have it whisked away by the wind, that is the main reason for headphones, a signal being directly delivered to your ears will enhance your finds rate, & i believe the headphones will even help you detect slightly deeper due to the fact you will be able to hear those whispers, and signals that say “am i dig’able or not” so you start to investigate, these are the hard to hear signals, that get away from you sometimes…. also headphones allow you to make educated guess’s as to the sounds your ears are picking up, those low grunt sounds of the iron and those high squeals for those quality dig me signals, your recovery rate will help increase those finds by not having to check and recheck those small signal to see if it was there or not…

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If your detecting with people around you, it is common courtesy to wear headphones, as they do not want to be distracted, from your metal detector constantly sounding off, worse still if your detecting in parks, on beaches or areas where the public are, then wearing headphones is a matter of common courtesy, and again allows those coins which might be side on or just within reach of the metal detectors capability’s to be heard, with the all allusive jewellery making a faint but welcome gesture through the headphones…

Can any headphones be used for metal detecting…

The answer to this is yes, i believe it should be ok, you might want to check your detector to see whether it has either a stereo or mono output, most headphones today have switches which allows you to switch between the two… In ear Buds Should be avoided, & like everything in life you get what you pay for, dedicated metal detector headphones invariably have a stereo or mono switch to enable you to switch between the two to find out what your detector operates on, the only thing else to say is try and use a full cup set of headphones as these keep out most if not all the ambient noise from outside,  & this is what we are after, as we rely on the sound of the detector for our good, bad or indifferent sounds, by blocking out the excess noise from outside we get a personal sound direct to our ears for our brain to analyse…

An old but very serviceable headphones, with extra thick coiled lead, making these headphones very capable of living life outside….

Something worth considering & for some it is an important factor, when looking for headphones you might want to check to see if they have volume controls on your headphones, “some metal detectors don’t have volume controls” so if you plug in “headphones without volume control” your ears might get a bashing, these headphones on the right don’t have volume control, but have never been a problem of being too loud, the only problem i have with them is going over a roman or an old house site where there are lots of iron you cannot turn down the volume to help sift through the signals…. So if you can get headphones with volume controls, make sure the rotary volume controls are on each ear, this helps you to balance the headphones to your own needs, thus ensuring your headphones and detector are fine tuned together with everything optimised to your hearing… One final thing, most metal detectors will have a ¼ inch female input, so the male jack should be the same ¼ inch -input, some detectors benefit from either a straight or 90 degree jack, i try to go for a 90 degree angle as i find it allows the curly lead to have less stress when out in the field…

Weight- Weight is really not a factor here as almost all of metal detecting headphones look cumbersome, but are far from heavy, because most headphones are adapted from ear defenders and as such the design has already had stress tests , durability tests and comfort tests for all day wear, just by adding a pair of speakers, and some wiring, the weight is not altered that much and so the intended purpose of wearing them all day is not compromised, even by adding a curly lead into one cup for the speaker’s, the weight is not that noticeable, i do not recommend the lightweight headphones, as they do not block out any ambient noise, whilst not sitting properly on the head, so if you can get headphones with volume controls, make sure the rotary volume controls are on each ear, this helps you to balance the headphones to your own needs, thus ensuring your headphones and detector are fine tuned together with everything optimised to your hearing…

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One final thing, most metal detectors will have a ¼ inch female input, so the male jack should be the same ¼ inch -input, try and avoid the adaptors, they soon become worn and lose… some detectors benefit from either a straight or 90 degree jack, i try to go for a 90 degree angle as i find it allows the curly lead to be less stressed….

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The Gold Headphone Adapter shown here is the – 1/4 inch [- 6.35mm – ] Jack Adapter which converts a headphone with an 1/8 inch [- 3.5m -] Jack Plug into 1/4 inch Headphone Audio Jack Plug, allowing the ease of having the smaller Jack Plug being used on your detector, but they do become worn and lose after a while, and sometimes create an intermittent signal through the headphones…

Wireless Headphones are they better for Metal Detecting?

Garrett MS-3 Headphones with Z-Lynk Wireless Kit


Garrett MS-3 Z-Lynk Wireless Headphones (KIT) for Garrett Metal Detectors – Volume Control and Super Fast Response Time –



Some of the best Metal Detecting Headphones;

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