Whites Matrix M6 metal detector reviews and pricing

Whites Matrix M6 – The Whites Matrix M6 metal detector is one very unique and user friendly metal detector.

Whites Electronics has been one of the leaders in the metal detecting industry since the 1950s when its founders, Ken & Olive White, started building Geiger counters for the people out searching for Uranium at the start of the Cold War. When that demand dried up, Ken White switched over to building metal detectors and as they say, The rest is history.

Whites Matrix M6 metal detectors cheap
Whites Matrix M6 metal detectors cheap

When I first got into treasure hunting more than 40 years ago, there were dozens of manufacturers and even more models to choose from; however, even then Whites had the reputation of being the “brand that would produce” and I can attest to that in reviewing my old logs from when I started using some of the original Coinmaster and Goldmaster models. With that background and experience with Whites products, I was looking forward to testing their latest addition the Matrix M6.

Features of the Whites Matrix M6

The M6 specializes in finding coins and jewelry with turn-on-and-go convenience.

It’s a high-performance, MXT-style detector that’s suitable for all kinds of ground conditions and is equally at home in parks and yards, playgrounds, and even at the beach. It’s simple to use with three controls that all have easy-set labels and still offer full-range maximum depth.

Seven tones audibly identify different targets, while the display shows target labels, VDI numbers, and depth readings.

Additional Matrix M6 highlights

7 Tone ID Auto Trac Toggle Full Size Display Operating Frequency Pinpoint/All Metal Mode Turn-on-and-go Simplicity

Adjustable Length: 45″-52″
All Metal Audio: Non-VCO
Audio Output: Speaker & 1/4 Headphone
Batteries: 8 “AA”
Battery Life: 40
Disc Audio: Threshold & Silent Search
Optional Coils: Eclipse Family
Standard Coil: 9.5″
Number of Presets: 3
Frequency: 14 kHz

The Matrix M6 arrived in the typically- sturdy Whites box which ensures it arrives undamaged and can also be used for storage. Assembly was intuitive and I was out in the test garden minutes after unpacking it.

General Features
Adjustable Arm Rest
Adjustable Shaft
Low Battery Indicator
Optional Coils
Submersible Coil
Target Identification
Water Resistant Coil
Additional Features Auto Trac
Collapsed Length 44.5″
Display Type LCD
Search Modes 3
Ground Balancing
Headphone Output 1/4″
Sensitivity Adjustable
Coil Shape
Open Round
Coil Configuration
Concentric Circles
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Coil Technology
VLF (Single Frequency)
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Operating Frequency
Battery Life
40 HRS Battery 8 x AA Batteries

The M6 shares some of the circuitry from its bigger brother the MXT and as such, operates at 14 kHz which provides increased sensitivity to low conductive targets (great for beach hunters in search of gold jewelry).

The M6 is controlled by two knobs and a toggle switch on the housing and a three-position trigger on the handgrip. The SENS knob serves a dual function; i.e., ON/OFF and adjusting the output signal strength. The DISC control allows you to select what targets are accepted or rejected. The AutoTrac toggle has three positions BEACH, OFF and ON. This circuit allows even a novice to quickly and precisely compensate for ground mineralization and then if desired, have the M6 automatically adjust for any changes in conditions that might occur. Ground balancing could not be easier – simply set the toggle for the type of ground you’ll be searching and raise-&-lower the coil a few times thats all there is! If you find yourself hunting a site which is littered with rusted ferrous targets or the ground conditions change rapidly causing the M6 to false or chatter, rebalance it and then place the toggle switch to LOCK which fixes the ground balance setting and may result in smoother operation under these conditions.

The toggle switch in front of the handgrip serves multiple purposes. In the center position, the M6 will produce a single audio tone for any target that registers above the DISC control setting. When you pull the trigger back and hold it, the M6 switches to a non-motion all-metal pinpoint mode. The LCD display changes as well to provide depth indication and a graphic that aids in precisely pinpointing the target to reduce recovery time. Pushing the toggle forward, it locks into a new mode added to the M6 called the Tone ID mode. The M6 provides 7 different audio tones ranging from low (iron) to high (silver coins). With a little practice one can ID targets based on their audio response and confirm that with the LCD indication. Having either option to choose from is a nice addition.

The LCD screen is typical High-Quality Whites and provides one with a great deal of information even in bright sunlight that allows targets to be identified quite accurately and then easily pinpoint them within the 3 open center of the coil. The target ID information includes a VDI (Visual Discrimination Indication) value that ranges from -95 (ferrous) to +94 (non-ferrous), labels which reflect what the M6 believes the target is most likely to be (in terms of common targets; i.e., 5c, tab, screw cap, 25c, etc.) and a series of 16 blocks that appear along the bottom of the screen which line-up with values and icons on the label. A point to remember is that these blocks are generated independently from the VDI number so a comparison check between the two can further aid in deciding if a target is worth recovering. Depending on how sure the M6 is as to the targets identity, the height of the block will vary.

A full-height block means it is 100% sure, while a half-height indicates a strong probability it knows and a quarter-height block means very little information about the target was extracted and identification is questionable. Switching to the pinpoint mode changes the display to indicate depth in inches and a set of blocks that move from left to right as the coil moves over the target. When the maximum numbers of bars are showing, the coil is precisely centered over the target what could be easier!

The M6 uses the standard Whites drop-in battery pack which takes 8 AA batteries. The new circuitry produces almost 40 hours of use from alkaline batteries and the optional Whites rechargeable pack can also be used if desired. A standard stereo headphone jack is provided on the rear of the control housing and as always, headphone use will extend battery life and ensure weak signals are not missed.

Reviews of the Whites Matrix M6

Timing on field tests always seems to be inopportune for some reason or another and the M6s arrival was no different. At the tail-end of recovering from a broken right shoulder received in a car accident, I was a bit limited in how much swinging I could do so I improvised. Playing on his sympathy regarding my condition, I enlisted my 16-year old son Paul to swing the detector while I made various adjustments and took notes (actually I found this is to be a great way to detect!). Thanks to an unusually warm winter in the Southeast, we were able to get out throughout December and January in weather that approached 70F at times.

Since the M6 is geared primarily for coin and beach hunting, we took it to a few local parks and schools which were still in active use thanks to the warm weather. After a brief tutorial, I had Paul see how simple it was to adjust and operate as its simplicity was one of the M6’s big selling points. Ground balancing has always been an adjustment that Paul has struggled with so when I told him that the M6 had a ground balance circuit, his eyes started to roll. What he found however was that it couldnt have been easier! A few pumps up-&-down and he was off. We tried both of the audio search modes and in less-trashy areas, I personally preferred the single tone and a quick glance to the LCD screen when a target was detected while Paul preferred the Tone-ID mode at all times.

The White’s Matrix M6 is a high performing, medium priced, easy-to-use coin and jewelry detector perfect for parks, beaches and general use in ALL ground conditions! It is one of the most affordable and easy-to-operate metal detectors from White’s. Perfect for finding jewelry, gold and silver coins in almost any terrain – it even features a “beach mode” to hunt on wet, salty sand!
The seven tone target identification will keep you from even having to glance at the M6’s display – just listen for the sounds you want to dig! The tones range from 57Hz to 900Hz, and the visual display has a corresponding VDI number to help you know what you’ve found BEFORE you dig! Go anywhere and find everything with the White’s Matrix M6!

Some people have stated on the Internet forums that there is a difference in detection depth between the two modes; however, in checking every signal we could not discern any noticeable difference between them. Having used notch-type discrimination detectors extensively, the M6 took a little while getting used to with the conventional non-notch system especially in trashy sites; however, we found that by using the Tone-ID mode combined with watching the VDI & depth readings, a slightly slower sweep speed, locking the AutoTrac circuit (center position) and in extremely trashy areas, switching to a smaller coil (an Eclipse 5.3 coil borrowed from a friend) resulted in some nice finds from sites others (and myself) had long since given up on.

Due to work constraints I was not able to take off between Christmas and New Years, so I stayed home while the rest of the family went to visit relatives in Charleston, SC. The warm weather afforded them the opportunity to spend time at Folley Beach and the M6 went along with them.

Paul, my wife and her 80-year old aunt all took turns using the M6. Having used single-frequency VLF detectors on the black sand salt water beaches of the Carolinas before, they fully expected to be forced to stay in the dry sand or put up with consistent falsing and popping once they reached the wet sand region (which is usually where the good finds come from). Using the BEACH position of the AutoTrac toggle switch, Paul pumped the coil up-&-down a few times and started hunting in the wet sand area being swept by an occasional wave or two.

What little chatter he did receive was easily discernible from actual signals and despite the crowds having been absent for months, he was able to pick up a handful of coins from the surf line. As Paul and my daughter headed off exploring the beach, my wife and her aunt tried their luck with the M6. Again, setup and ground balancing the black sand proved to be quiet simple and they were also able to find a number of coins & other items in both the wet and dry sand.

New Years Day 2006 was picture-perfect for detecting and the previous weeks rain made the ground ideal for digging. Paul and I went to a spot near the local college hoping for a silver coin or two. By now he needed no instruction and before I had the rest of the gear out of the truck, he was off hunting. The ground was quite hot resulting in some chatter so Paul dropped the SENS to the 70 mark and the M6 ran silent.

A number of coins turned up over the next 2 hours but other than a lone wheat cent, they were all modern vintage. As we started back to the truck, Paul hit a target that registered 32/35 pull tab / ring but sounded different than some of the trash we had recovered. Rechecking it in the TONE ID mode and then checking the depth he saw it indicated 6. Since all of the tabs and screw caps we had recovered had been 3 or less, it was a promising signal. Well, we cut a deep plug and the unmistakable glint of gold was visible in the bottom of the hole.

Carefully pulling it free, we saw it was a class ring from the college dated 1946. We are drafting a story on this great find for a future issue of Lost Treasure but suffice it to say that we tracked down the daughter of the rings owner who said that her mother had never returned to the area once she graduated meaning the ring had lain there for close to 60 years! It was truly special being able to return the ring to the daughter . . . . as her mother had passed away just 4 months prior to our finding the ring.

Over the next few weeks I put the M6 through its paces at a number of sites in the Carolinas some of which were notorious for their highly mineralized ground or trash conditions. The M6 with the stock 9.5 concentric coil resulted in a fair amount of chatter in these challenging locations; however, I was fortunate to have a 6×10 DD Eclipse coil which resulted in much quieter operation and more stable target ID readings as ground conditions deteriorated.

If you experience less than optimal results with the stock coil, give one of the DD coils a try! At a few old homesites I used the M6 at, the heavy concentration of pieces of rusted iron caused the detector to chatter a good deal with the AutoTrac circuit in the ON position, but as recommended in the manual, switching to LOCK allowed me to hunt these areas with much greater success.

Prices of the Whites Matrix M6

Prices of the Whites Matrix M6 metal detectors – The Matrix M6 lists for $699.95 and comes with the standard two-year transferable warranty. The wide range of optional coils and other accessories greatly expand the versatility of the M6.

  • KellyCo – White’s Matrix M6 Metal Detector
    with 950 Search Coil
  • Leggy
  • Whites
  • Amazing Grace
  • Ebay/Craiglist

Videos of the Whites Matrix M6

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Additional information on the M6

The M6 was designed for coin & beach hunters that might not have wanted the additional modes/features found on the MXT. The addition of the 7-tone audio ID circuit is a real advantage for those hunters that want as much information as possible as to a target’s possible identity before they take the time to recover it; yet, with the flip of a switch, single-tone audio is available. Ground balancing is a snap and it worked well even under some harsh conditions on land and at ocean beaches. The weight and balance of the M6 make it a detector that one can use for extended periods of time without fatigue. A few comments that deserve mention are that the stability of the target ID indications (VDI & bars) drops off noticeably on deeper targets; in extremely mineralized ground the stock coil is a bit noisier than Id like to see (but the DD coil can address that issue) and if you are wearing a jacket, you need to be careful when putting your arm in-&-out of the arm cuff so that you do not inadvertently bump either of the knobs or the AutoTrac toggle (which happened to us in a few occasions).

Best Metal Detector March 22, 2008, 1:13PM
Reviewer: Orlando Parker – Expert (Omaha, Ne, USA)
The Whites M6 electronics is one of the easiest to use high power detector for the professional and the novice to use. I found this detector to be very powerful and fast to setup for coin hunting. I have been using detectors or over 40 years and I have used most of the brands of detectors. The M6 has the same power as the Whites MXT and goes just as deep MXT. This detector is very stable at high sensibility. This is very important for finding the old and deep coins. The best thing the M6 have is the seven tones for different metals. This feature is very useful for hunting coins at night and you also have the ID meter and tones to help identify good items in the ground. One thing I like about the M6 is the ground balance control. All you have to do is point the coil in the air; click the switch to air, and you will get a beep. The next thing is to put the coil on the ground that is clean of metal, set the switch to ground, and hear a beep. Now this is one way I ground balance the M6. I set the switch to auto ground and the detector will ground balance it self. Now how simple can it get. With the M6 you can use all the coils for the MXT and DFX. You will have a lot of coils to choose from. I like the 6 inch coil for hunting coins. The super 12 coil will detect very old and very deep coins. One big secret is the M6 is a very capable relic and gold detector. The super 12 and the 14 inch coil is what I use for relic hunting. I use the 6 inch and super 12 coils for gold. As with any detector if it is fun to use it will be used a lot. The M6 is easy for the novice to use and powerful enough for the professional. This detector is nearly a do all detector.

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Best Metal Detector March 21, 2008, 10:47AM
Reviewer: Rae Whisner – Newbie (Egg Harbor Township, Nj, USA)
I purchased new a White’s M6, I choose this detector as for me, its excellent for the beginner and even great for a seasoned hunter. I had absolutely no problems learning this machine, I love the look of it, the feel of it and how well it perform for me in the field. I found over 1,000 regular coins at a closed down bar’s parking lot, along with a beautiful mens sterling very heavy chain. This machine was right on the money on the target id and pinpointing is so easy as well with the M6. I have also used this on the beaches in beach mode and have enjoyed finding rings, coins and plain old just enjoying myself being able to go out and hunt. Its the thrill of the hunt that makes it the best for me along with my M6. I just love finding goodies and recommend this detector to anyone who is considering metal detecting. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would find over 1200 coins in less then 6 months. This is one of the best hobbies and one of the best detectors to use. Thank you and Happy Hunting to all.

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Best Metal Detector March 17, 2008, 9:35PM
Reviewer: Tammie Garland – Beginner (Madbury, Nh, USA)
Let me say first that I have avoided owning a Whites detector since I began detecting about 4 years ago because I was told they are “too noisey”, “too heavy”, and that they are over- priced for what you get and being a woman in a hobby that for some is just for the guys does not help either! Well I have owned 2 other top brands formerly before owning my Whites M6 and the only complaints I have are about the other two brands! Thanks to online auction, I was able to sell the other two detectors to buy my Whites M6 from a “certain” very reputable company” (Hm, who could that be!) and it is the best purchase I have ever made! It is well balanced, not heavy at all you can also look at this machine in awe its sturdy metal construction beats the other two plastic models I owned! The choice of multi tone or single tone is a great idea, the target I.D. is right on and the control switches are so easy to understand no programs or setting on keypads here! The first time I took it out was at the beach, the last detector I owned went crazy even though it had “manual ground balance” ( I never knew if I had it set right or not!… talk about a lack of confidence in your machine!) So when I turned on my M6 and started swinging it and it was quiet I had to throw a penny in the sand to make sure it was working! Well it certainly was, As a matter of fact the “BEACH MODE” is an awesome feature, you already have an edge in the salt sand because the setting is specialized for BEACH hunting! The spot I go is a rocky to sandy beach with some black sand here and there, it is a difficult beach to detect but it is near one of the first settlements in New England and was a former military bunker in the 1800’s my other detectors only worked in certain areas so I knew I was missing out! Well let me tell you I was very impressed with my M6, it did chatter a bit at first but all it took was a little turn of the sensitivity and the chatter stopped, I was able to run this

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Best Metal Detector March 20, 2008, 5:49PM
Reviewer: John Richardson – Expert (Winston-salem, N.c., USA)
I was so happy to receive my last White’s detector – an M6! It’s all American made and very simple to operate with just two controls (disc and sense), one toggle switch (beach/on/off) and the switch for pinpointing. It has a trigger and a seven tone ID. I was very happy to take this machine out to a local park under the swings where I located my first coin. The pinpointing was so easy! I left the swings and tried searching by a skating rink area where people skated years ago. I got a hit and clear signal, cut out a half circle and pulled out a mercury dime! Shining but a little worn – still a good find! I am impressed with the White’s M6 detector and I enjoy searching in every type of soil – jewelry at the beach has made my money back and more! I enjoy looking at the easy-to-read and see display, but there are times I try just listening to the seven tone ID. The White’s M6 Matrix is a joy to use and a simple, good detector. It continues to impress me.

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Great Metal Detector March 17, 2008, 4:39PM
Reviewer: Kevin Breen – Newbie (Madison, Nj, USA)
I purchased my White’s M6 metal detector from Kellyco about 10 months ago. I wanted a good detector to start off with as I am new to the hobby. Boy does this detector meet all my expectations. I like to detect mostly in the sandy beach areas of my state which are numerous. In the ten month period that I have had my M6 I have probably only used it about 10 times due to work restraints but it has lived up to its reputation. I have found various US coins from pennies up to dollars, rings, watches, necklaces, earrings and other items totalling over $300. I have also found numerous foreign coins. Not bad for a beginner with infrequent use. The detector is very easy to use with a toggle switch for automatic tuning with 3 settings. The discriminator works very well and blocks out those iron items while still allowing recovery of coins and jewelry. It has a graphic id screen that is very accurate and I usually dig up what is depicted on the screen. The last item that was shown on my screen was a nickel; but how was I to know that it would turn out to be a 1937 buffalo nickel! The coil is waterproof so I can also go into the surf for a foot or two and search that area. It is also very lightweight and I can stay on the beach for hours with no fatigue. While I prefer the beach areas I have also used my detector in backyards and forest areas. I have found numerous coins and other items in these areas as well. It is a very versatile, all around detector. I would highly recommend this detector to beginners and veterans alike. It is very easy to use, yet has many high end features. I can’t wait until the new season begins!

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