I would like to say that I wrote a field test for Lost Treasure that was never published. The reason was the company didn't like my evaluation of part of the test of the detector and wanted me to change it. I told them, what I wrote was the truth and if they thought I had a defective unit, I would send it back to them for evaluation. I never heard from them again.
Now, I would also like to say that LT always backed me and my articles. They never changed a one.
With that said, I also tried to point out weaknesses but did so in a polite manor. You can say the same thing in many ways with some of them being quite rude while others say the same thing but in a different tone.
As an example, you could say that trying to ground balance a detector is a pain in the a** at some locations or you could say the adjusting the ground balance is quite touchy in certain areas where the ground conditions are severe. In my opinion, both tell you adjusting the ground balance may not be as easy as it could be.
I remember when I field tested a new (at the time)Compass unit and I mentioned in my opinion the autotune needed to be adjustable for the best results. Well, before the article went to print, the Company modified the detector and made the autotune speed adjustable. The enhancements made the detector much more pleasant and easy to use.
So, you may not see all that goes into a field test, but I will say, I never candy coated anything by ignoring what I felt was a weakness or a flaw. Sorry if you feel otherwise.
Finally, most field tests are very limited because of the amount of space allocated for the test. Sometimes a field test has to be expedited for different reasons. So, it is possible some things are missed or not stated that may show up quite some time down the road. That doesn't mean they were hidden or not brought forward for any reason. In simple terms, a field test isn't designed to give you all the answers, but merely a foundation from which to make a decision.
Last but not least, all to many people try to compare carrots and prunes and then complain because the differences were not brought forward. By this I mean, one should expect a field test to compare a $200 detector to a $5000 one. Certain followers of one of the foreign companies seem to love to do this. The truth is, manufacturers produce several different models aimed at different price ranges so everyone can, hopefully, find a new model that meets their needs are a price they can afford.
Field tests, in my opinion as I wrote them, were designed to provide you with the fundamentals of a detector as it compares to similar priced units. At least, that is the way I wrote my field tests.
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