Hobby: Metal Detecting – Headphones

Headphones are essential for metal detector enthusiasts. Many aspects need to be considered when choosing what pair to buy. Do the headphones offer stereo and mono capabilities? Not every metal detector has the option. Generally, metal detectors have a 1/4″ plug for headphones so you’ll need to ensure your headphones have that size plug. Many metal detectors don’t have a volume switch so finding headphones with a volume switch is very important. Good audio quality is important in allowing the user to hear hits on the metal detector. Some headphones offer dual volume controls for both ears. This is particularly useful if the user is deaf in one ear or you’re out with friends and want to stay social. Make certain that you like your headphones fit. You’ll be wearing them for some times hours at a time. Most importantly though, headphones need to be durable.

So which headphones are right for you? Let’s take a look at a couple.

1. Bounty Hunter metal detectors are favorites among hunters and the headphones they build are rated just as high. One thing to remember, though, is that Bounty Hunter headphones do not work with other brands of detectors, nor are they compatible with the brand BH Junior.

They are priced a little over $30. They have awesome sound quality and two volume controls. The headphones block outside noises very well.

On the negative side, the headphones don’t always arrive with a coiled cord. The straight cord may pull out of your detector easily and the volume control is not in a place that many people would find convenient.

2. The Treasure Wise headphones are only $20 so you can’t go wrong with this purchase. They feature the stereo/mono switch that you will want and can be used with any metal detector. There are two volume controls on them and a six-foot coiled cord makes it easy to lay down your detector and dig without unplugging your headphones.

While the sound quality is awesome, they are not quite as sturdy as some of the other headphones.

Whites is a name that many hunters know and trust. These headphones cost about $50, so they are a little more expensive than others we have talked about. However, they allow you to hear the tones for objects that are small and buried deep. There is a right and left volume control so you can adjust it to your needs and they are also very sturdy. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are using a White metal detector that was built before 1995, you will need a stereo/mono adapter.


Headphones are key to a successful and longer treasure hunting experience. They help conserve the battery life of your metal detector and give you a better listen when hunting for smaller objects. Keep in mind though, If you’re in an area where there is wildlife or other potential dangers it’s always a good idea to keep an open ear.