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#10785776 - 04/21/15 07:54 PM Garmin 7612xsv
Diel11 Offline
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Registered: 10/27/11
Posts: 681
Loc: Frisco, TX
Received this 42lb box today!! Already updated both units and should be starting the installation tomorrow. I have the GT50, NMEA2000, Point 1 Antenna and all the electrical blocks so it shouldn't take too long. Have to come up with a way to mount the forward Panoptix to the trolling motor but hopefully my plan will work.



Couple of quick notes:

1. The unit boots up to the warning screen in about 25 seconds. That's faster than my Simrad Evo2 by a bit.
2. The screen is very bright and the touch interface is fast and precise.
3. Updating the unit is very easy. You download the update from Garmin, open it up and it starts a wizard to transfer the update to the SD card. Then you put it in the unit and follow the instructions. Very simple.
4. The unit is very light and narrow compared to the Simrad or Onix.
5. GPS was acquired extremely fast and inside my house I had 8 satellites locked in about 1 minute.
6. The unit comes with a NMEA2000 drop cable included.
7. So far this thing is pretty impressive.
8. My all time favorite feature of the Humminbird Onix was the maximizing of screens. On a multiple pane view you could touch a pane with 2 fingers and it would go to a full screen. You then touch the maximized pane with 2 fingers again and it would go back to the multiple pane view. Garmin took that to the next level as you only use one finger and you don't have to touch it for 2-3 seconds. You then hit the "back" key and it returns to the multiple pane view. Just works much better and faster also.


Edited by Diel11 (04/21/15 10:56 PM)

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#10786384 - 04/22/15 06:10 AM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
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Sweet!!

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#10786450 - 04/22/15 07:11 AM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
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Loc: Cedar City, Utah
I've got the 7608xsv on my boat. AWESOME, you're going to love it!!
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#10788970 - 04/22/15 08:00 PM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
Diel11 Offline
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Registered: 10/27/11
Posts: 681
Loc: Frisco, TX
More playing around.

Custom frequencies are super easy to set. I've been using CHIRP on my Simrad with a TM150 and when I get shallow (less than 10') I usually switch from medium CHIRP to a custom frequency (either 93 or 105khz). In order to do that with the Simrad you have to choose "custom frequency" then type it in, then accept it. But if I change back to CHIRP I lose that setting. With the Garmin you can have preset custom frequencies, so all you have to do is go under frequencies, hit the preset and you're good to go. If you want to change to a frequency you haven't used before, you type it in and the unit will remember it and show it as a choice from then on. On the GT50 you can go from 85-168khz (if I remember correctly). What that does is give you many choices and on top of that a really fast way to try them when you're on fish.

Like I said before, booting is around 25 seconds. Shut down is about 2 seconds, by far the fastest I've seen. The Onix takes almost 40 seconds, the Simrad is around 10-15 seconds.

For those using the CHIRP transducers out of the water, hit the power button and you will see the sonar pause button. It will shut down all transmissions until you hit the button again.

The screen backlight can be set to auto but in my opinion that makes the brightness go up and down a lot. I have mine set at 85% and it's plenty bright. Haven't had any problems with freezing up or slow downs but please remember I am testing this at the house right now.

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#10788977 - 04/22/15 08:02 PM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
Diel11 Offline
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Registered: 10/27/11
Posts: 681
Loc: Frisco, TX
Messing around at the house with my ps30 and ps31, these things are pretty trick. The AHRS sensor adapts to whatever angle you move the transducer to. So you see this cone on the screen and depending on how you move the transducer, the cone shifts. There's no delay or jumping around, the cone just rotates. You can turn on a grid to have a better idea where exactly the fish are, and you can change backgrounds, etc. Range is also adjustable, so is Gain, noise reduction, etc.

When you switch to 3D that's where you truly realize how usable this technology is going to be. You can rotate the view in any direction, zoom in or out, etc. I have to get this mounted and tested on the water!!!

The mounting brackets are almost as heavy as the transducers, nothing cheap about them. The edges are extremely sharp but I don't think that's going to be a problem.

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#10795395 - 04/24/15 10:06 PM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
Todd Driscoll Offline
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Registered: 11/22/08
Posts: 120
Relative to Panoptix, Garmin has now provided additional details at the links below. The “Specs” tab has been updated to show more details about the beam coverages in the different modes of operation and the installation manual is now available for download. Note that there is still no user guide exclusive to Panoptix, but this information is included in the updated versions of the respective chart plotter user manuals.


Panoptix PS30 Down

Panoptix PS31 Forward


Edited by Todd Driscoll (04/24/15 10:07 PM)

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#10795483 - 04/24/15 10:39 PM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
Diel11 Offline
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Registered: 10/27/11
Posts: 681
Loc: Frisco, TX
Thank you Todd. I should have the ps30 installed tomorrow and hopefully the ps31 on Sunday.

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#10795792 - 04/25/15 07:12 AM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
Allan W Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/04/09
Posts: 1166
Loc: EM Lake
Please keep us posted.

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#10797108 - 04/25/15 07:04 PM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
Diel11 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 10/27/11
Posts: 681
Loc: Frisco, TX
Just finished the install. Took about 4 hours. Here are some pics.














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#10797339 - 04/25/15 09:20 PM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
Allan W Offline
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Registered: 09/04/09
Posts: 1166
Loc: EM Lake
Lookin good, I bet your ready to get on the water.

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#10801320 - 04/27/15 04:32 PM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
Todd Driscoll Offline
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Registered: 11/22/08
Posts: 120
Install looks great!

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#10804573 - 04/28/15 05:07 PM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
benp Offline
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Registered: 06/28/12
Posts: 929
Loc: Addison
Wow that is pretty sweet man! Where is the old stuff lol I could use it lol. That GARMIN series is epic I want the 7610 but alas I must wait till price comes down... Just got a super bait tank though. You find the fish and I will have live bait!!!
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#10804700 - 04/28/15 06:10 PM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
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Registered: 12/08/08
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Loc: Boerne, Texas
Diel, which part do you like more, the tinkering of installing these products or the fishing part of it?

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#10804721 - 04/28/15 06:25 PM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
Diel11 Offline
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Registered: 10/27/11
Posts: 681
Loc: Frisco, TX
I like them both. I like the technology for sure but once it's set up I like to chase the fish. That was the problem with the other equipment I had. The tinkering got to be over a year long and that just got old. So far with these there hasn't been much tinkering. Should be on the water tomorrow to get it rolling.

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#10804960 - 04/28/15 07:48 PM Re: Garmin 7612xsv [Re: Diel11]
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thumb I can't wait to hear your report, you always do an awesome job.

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