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Old 12-13-2019, 08:39 PM
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Default RayMarine v Hummingbird v Lowrance v Garmin

Anonymouse has to rig his latest 22' acquisition with a new fish finder this spring.
After a lot of careful research it's looking like there are 4 contenders and without any real-world experience on any of them, Anonymouse is at an impasse.
All of the candidates run pretty much in the $775-$925 range - depending on how badly a person wants or needs additional maps from those built in.
(Sheesh, Anonymouse still remembers buying his EAGLE Sea Charter 480DF & Ultra III 3D for under $300 each.)

Working the 9" screens with 800x600 resolution:
All can be found with or without extra map card deals and all have at least some maps built in.
Do NOT need networking, so saving money on units without bluetooth or Wi-Fi is a bonus.


• RayMarine Elements 9 HV w/HV-100 Transducer
• Humminbird HELIX 9 CHIRP MEGA SI Fishfinder/GPS Combo G3N (pricey)
• Lowrance HOOK2 9 w/ TripleShot Transducer
• Garmin echoMAP Plus 93sv with LakeVu g3 Charts and Transducer


So, the question for the class today is:
Do you have real-life experience with TWO or more of these units, so that you can honestly make a first-hand testimonial as to which technology YOU found preferable?
Also, some of these units have 2 levels of transducer quality & Anonymouse can probably figure that part out - but it would be important to state WHICH transducer(s) your particular experience was obtained on.

Gotta admit, right now Anonymouse is slightly leaning toward the RayMarime Elements 9 HV model but that's WHY he needs imput from the valuable experience of those on this forum.

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Old 12-14-2019, 05:12 AM
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What transducers with each unit?
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:15 AM
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What transducers with each unit?

One unit a wide cone angle transducer and the other narrow cone angle. The wide angle will show more fish obviously and will cause one unit to look to be better because it shows more fish. I lean to the Garmin for reasonable cost above mid range priced transducer selections. Next would be the HB imaging on side scan and down scan (mega)

Like with stereo systems, transducers act like a speaker, better speaker offer better performance.

One last tip, networkable units offer so many options, important if your fishing positions are at the bow and stern.
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Old 12-14-2019, 08:11 AM
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One unit a wide cone angle transducer and the other narrow cone angle. The wide angle will show more fish obviously and will cause one unit to look to be better because it shows more fish. I lean to the Garmin for reasonable cost above mid range priced transducer selections. Next would be the HB imaging on side scan and down scan (mega)

Like with stereo systems, transducers act like a speaker, better speaker offer better performance.

One last tip, networkable units offer so many options, important if your fishing positions are at the bow and stern.
With my Lowrance HDS7 Gen 2 Touch unit it came with a HDI transducer that has 4 Frequency: 83/200/455/800 kHz............so that's also 4 different cone angles to choose from. Great for searching fish and then narrowing in on them. It's my best weapon against Lake Erie perch.

It's also completely compatible to being networked if you choose so.

These units can still be had for around $500 in used after market via the internet.
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Old 12-14-2019, 12:19 PM
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With my Lowrance HDS7 Gen 2 Touch unit it came with a HDI transducer that has 4 Frequency: 83/200/455/800 kHz............so that's also 4 different cone angles to choose from. Great for searching fish and then narrowing in on them. It's my best weapon against Lake Erie perch.

It's also completely compatible to being networked if you choose so.

These units can still be had for around $500 in used after market via the internet.
So two 2d and 2 down scan
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:00 PM
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So two 2d and 2 down scan
Yes, but if you want a side scan transducer can be added...... I have no need for one.
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Old 12-14-2019, 11:11 PM
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Hey Anonymouse , I know everybody has their own budget limits but I think you'd be much happier in the end going to a 12" screen. Perhaps even grabbing a unit off the second hand market at a substantial savings. That way you could get a top tier model too.
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Old 12-15-2019, 09:56 AM
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Hey Anonymouse , I know everybody has their own budget limits but I think you'd be much happier in the end going to a 12" screen. Perhaps even grabbing a unit off the second hand market at a substantial savings. That way you could get a top tier model too.
Agree with this and now through the boat show season is a perfect time to find a unit within your budget. Bigger is certainly better, as many know am a huge fan of the Lowrance HDS 8 Gen-1, 2 is first choice. For straight up sonar LCX 37 or 38 no DS or SS. Pretty good sonar images. Sharing the screen with map and sonar for sure the 12" screen a plus. And I have said before I prefer HB lake master maps for the smaller inland waters of Minnesota
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Since Anonymouse asked about specific transducers I'll add this pic of one of my favorite sonar images from my summers trip to Mille lacs. This is with a 12" BG ( Simrad) using sonarhub and med chirp with an HDI transducer. I will note that starting with the gen 2 touch Lowrance units there is no need for the separate sonar hub as its built in. My gen 2 equivalent Simrad and BG units do not have an integrated sonar thus my need for the sonarhub.
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Old 12-15-2019, 08:42 PM
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I don't know the A/B comparison, but my son has been running the RayMarine on both of his boats for the last year and has been more than satisfied.
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