Headphones are important to metal detecting. While many detectors have speakers, using headphones lets you hear the nuances of sounds much better – which makes you a better detectorist. And they block out distracting sounds and keep you from annoying those around you.
Any headphones with a 1/4" jack. like this Koss UR-20 $15
The majority of lower-cost metal detectors have a 1/4 inch jack which you can plug any headphones into. Over-the-ear, on-ear, ear-buds, what kind of headphone is up to you. While over-the-ear kind like this Koss keep your ears warm and block out environmental sounds, they do get hot in summer. So perhaps buy one to match the season.
Pro Power Metal Detecting Headphones $15
The Pro Power Metal Detecting headphones look to be sturdy, and are well reviewed. And they have the important individual ear volume controls. If you want to save a few bucks vs Garrett try these.
Garrett Easy Stow Headphones $25
The Garrett Easy Stow headphones are on-ear type headphones with a 1/4 inch jack. On-ear are split-the-difference type headphones between in-ear and the sound-blocking over-the-ear type.
Garrett Master Sound Headphones $28
The Garrett Master Sound headphones are what I started with when I got my Ace 250. In these lower-end detectors, the headphones are often not included. So when I bought my Ace from a dealer in Chicago he recommended these. They are well-built and have individual ear volume control.
Rapoo H3070 RF Wireless Headphones $40
The Rapoo H3070 RF Wireless headphones are a nice wireless alternative to metal detecting standards. If you go wireless, you want Radio Frequency vs Bluetooth because Bluetooth produces a delay. You will need to get a 1/8th to 1/4th adapter and depending on your detector you may also need an in-line volume control.
Garrett Submersible Headphones $85
The Garrett Submersible Headphones are specifically made for the AT Pro, making both detector and headphones submersible to 10 feet. I don’t own these, but I have heard they are LOUD above water and you can’t control the volume. Some people stick foam in there to quiet them down some. For waterproof with volume control, step up to the Grey Ghosts.
Chefphones $82 (varies)
Chefphones is an English company that makes quality headphones for a variety of detectors. The ones pictured here are for the XP Deus. I have read reviews saying that Chefphones have better sound reproduction than the Grey Ghost.
Detectorpro Rattler Metal Detector Headphones $85
Detectorpro Rattler Metal Detector Headphones are great if you need to hear your detecting buddy or a rattlesnake!
Love em! I use my rattler headphone quite a bit, as I find myself often detecting in areas where I feel it prudent to keep an ear on my surroundings. My rattler headphone delivers clear pleasant tones with adequate volume to enable signals/tones to be heard easily, while my other ear is free to hear what’s going on around me. – John Oliver
Minelab Koss UR-30 Headphones $90
These are the Minelab Headphones that you get with your detector. But if you break them here’s where to get another pair. Are they worth $90? If you own them send me a review.
Gray Ghost Ultimate Metal Detector Headphones $126
The Gray Ghost Ultimate Metal Detector headphones are very durable and waterproof. If you wanted great all terrain phones look no further. They also make these for the AT Pro, Minelab CTX3030, and XP Deus detectors.
“Best headphones I’ve ever used metal detecting. Most comfortable headphones I’ve used for anything, period.” – William Johnson
Killer B Wasp Optima Headphones $130
The Killer B Wasp Optima headphones are feature-packed and high quality.
“These are great headphones. Do a very good job for purpose designed, would not hesitate to buy again.” – Dennis Adams
Gray Ghost Amphibian for Garrett AT Pro/Gold $150
The Grey Ghost Amphibian Headphones for the AT Pro/Gold are a terrific upgrade to the stock headphones that come with your ATP/G. The stock ones are not waterproof. The Garrett waterproof headphones are loud and have no volume control. Buy these and you’re set in and out of water.
I have been metal detecting for years, but this was my experience using Detector Pro headphones. I was looking for a headphone that would work in all weather conditions to use with my Garrett AT Pro. I don’t have the luxury of planning my hunts around the weather and have had to detect in driving rain storms from South FL to MN. The Gray Ghost Amphibian headphones have worked flawlessly in all conditions encountered from driving rain to extreme heat/humidity causing sweet to fill the headphones. Money well spent. – James Heydenreich
XP Deus WS5 $429
XP Deus’ WS5 Headphones are one of three headphones available for the XP Deus. Unlike the other two they offer over-the-ear coverage.
Yes these are expensive, but Deus is a premium-priced and fantastic detector. But I’m sad to say that XP missed the mark with these. The best thing going for them is the tones. I’ve tried other headphones with the WS4 adapter, and nothing beats the tone on the WS4s or WS5s. But that’s where the quality ends. For the price you’d expect these to be built with quality materials but they feel like cheap Koss headphones. They are too loose fitting. The ear pads come off so easily I’ve had to gaffer tape them to stay on. Though the speakers make great tones, they look cheap. I own some $250 VModa headphones and the build of those is far superior. – Damian of MDGear.com