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#11116816 - 09/20/15 09:02 PM Helix series "SI" worth it?
SteezMacQueen Offline
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Well. It's time to upgrade the old electronics on my boat. I am really interested in the Helix 7 series stuff from Humminbird. I'd like the Helix 7 SI/GPS for the console. A Helix 7 Sonar W/ GPS and a Helix 7 DI for the bow. Is the level of detail even close to the higher prices side imaging units out there? The prices seem a little good to be true. Granted, there is no linking of the units. Hence the reason for a front and rear GPS unit. I also like the idea of the dual units up front for a bigger sonar and DI screens. Beats having a 3"'wide image of each from one unit.

I guess what im getting at is.... Are the Helix 7 units decent. I know they are inexpensive. Just don't want to buy them and have buyers remorse after installing them, then have to take a hit selling them to buy some better ones.

Anyone using them? Like them? Wish they were better?
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#11117074 - 09/21/15 05:02 AM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
Wayne P. Offline
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The sonar technologies are the same as the top of the line units, just less features.
They are equivelent to the 300, 500, and 600 series in features.
The Helix 7 series just has a larger and brighter display.
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#11117096 - 09/21/15 06:13 AM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: Wayne P.]
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Originally Posted By: Wayne P.
The sonar technologies are the same as the top of the line units, just less features.
They are equivelent to the 300, 500, and 600 series in features.
The Helix 7 series just has a larger and brighter display.
I thought so. Is there some features that you consider "must haves" that the higher end units have, that the Helix units lack? That's kinda what I am wondering. I have 500 series units now... No side imaging. And they are small. Lol. Hard to see for an older guys eyes. Lol. These have larger, brighter displays.

My budget is $2000 max. I have to get seats and carpet too. The boat has been neglected....a little.
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#11117110 - 09/21/15 06:31 AM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
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No particular "must haves".
Convenience features would be sharing GPS data, an extra memory card reader (mapping and recording), and favorite view buttons like the higher end models have.

Larger is good for Side Imaging since the image sizes are based on the SI Range setting instead of the depth.

The Helix 9 series should be out soon. That will have the convenience features.
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#11117156 - 09/21/15 07:18 AM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
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Thanks for the input. I do need some help deciding.

As for waiting? I need them before this weekend. Lol. Gotta head to table rock Sunday.
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#11117374 - 09/21/15 09:11 AM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
Wayne P. Offline
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I have four Humminbird Side Imaging unit's, so IMHO, they are "worth it".
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#11117825 - 09/21/15 01:46 PM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: Wayne P.]
SteezMacQueen Offline
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Originally Posted By: Wayne P.
I have four Humminbird Side Imaging unit's, so IMHO, they are "worth it".
cool. Gonna order them today. Anywhere where I can get them for less than MSRP?
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#11117925 - 09/21/15 02:28 PM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
Mike_Kelley Offline
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larger units coming earlier nextyear.. Think a 9 and 11" screen
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#11120709 - 09/22/15 06:09 PM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: Mike_Kelley]
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http://www.shut-up-and-fish.com/

Shut up and fish posts on here a lot...and seems to have good deals on electronics and trolling motors...I personally have not used him but lots of folks on here have...you can look up his profile and send him a message..or give him a call...have heard nothing but good things about his service...

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#11120726 - 09/22/15 06:19 PM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: Mike_Kelley]
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Originally Posted By: Grasshoppah
larger units coming earlier nextyear.. Think a 9 and 11" screen


Anticipated release of the Helix 9 is October.

There will be a 10 and 12 version also.

Pictures of them have already been posted by Shut-up-and-Fish.

http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/11090011/Helix_7#Post11090011
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#11121382 - 09/22/15 10:15 PM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: Wayne P.]
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Originally Posted By: Wayne P.
Originally Posted By: Grasshoppah
larger units coming earlier nextyear.. Think a 9 and 11" screen


Anticipated release of the Helix 9 is October.

There will be a 10 and 12 version also.

Pictures of them have already been posted by Shut-up-and-Fish.

http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/11090011/Helix_7#Post11090011
I was told February of next year. So, I ordered 3 Helix 7's. And added the HD side scan transducer, and a trolling motor adapter. Also added lake master pro.

Should have them Thursday. Installing them Thursday and Friday. Hopefully finding more "fish caves" by Saturday.
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#11121815 - 09/23/15 08:00 AM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
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Did Humminbird tell you Feb. of next year?

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#11123441 - 09/23/15 06:45 PM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
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Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: Wayne P.
Originally Posted By: Grasshoppah
larger units coming earlier nextyear.. Think a 9 and 11" screen


Anticipated release of the Helix 9 is October.

There will be a 10 and 12 version also.

Pictures of them have already been posted by Shut-up-and-Fish.

http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/11090011/Helix_7#Post11090011
I was told February of next year. So, I ordered 3 Helix 7's. And added the HD side scan transducer, and a trolling motor adapter. Also added lake master pro.

Should have them Thursday. Installing them Thursday and Friday. Hopefully finding more "fish caves" by Saturday.

Please post next week and let us know how they worked out. Thanks

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#11123582 - 09/23/15 07:56 PM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
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Helix 9" 10" and 12" series to be released late fall/early winter. I anticipate this means February.....
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#11123930 - 09/23/15 10:22 PM Re: Helix series "SI" worth it? [Re: BrazosRiverTom]
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Originally Posted By: BrazosRiverTom
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: Wayne P.
Originally Posted By: Grasshoppah
larger units coming earlier nextyear.. Think a 9 and 11" screen


Anticipated release of the Helix 9 is October.

There will be a 10 and 12 version also.

Pictures of them have already been posted by Shut-up-and-Fish.

http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/11090011/Helix_7#Post11090011
I was told February of next year. So, I ordered 3 Helix 7's. And added the HD side scan transducer, and a trolling motor adapter. Also added lake master pro.

Should have them Thursday. Installing them Thursday and Friday. Hopefully finding more "fish caves" by Saturday.

Please post next week and let us know how they worked out. Thanks
I will, but I will have to post back in a few weeks. I probably will not get a chance to try them until I get to Table Rock. I really won't know for sure how good thy are until I get a chance to compare what they show me vs what I know my old graphs show. On my home lake.

Looked at the screens at BPS tonight. They look way bigger than 7". Lol. The screen is around 8.5". Viewable is actually 7". The unit overall is really Pretty big. The screen resolution looks nice. Overall they look kinda cheaply made. I guess I'll know more tomorrow.
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