I got the email from Bird that states the enhancements with the 2.700 update for the Onix. It says it will enable CHIRP, and I am not fully grasping this. I thought chirp would be a major deal with a transducer change. Has anyone here loaded the new software or can anyone elaborate on this? I'm sure it is elementary to a lot of people, but I'm pretty electronically challenged.
No, CHIRP is software. Any unit can CHIRP its standard transducer (I call it cheap CHIRP). The quality of CHIRP sonar is determined by the transducer. That is why true CHIRP transducers are very expensive.
The Helix 12 models are CHIRP and they CHIRP the same transducer as the discontinued units and smaller Helix models. I have both, have not used the new ONIX CHIRP function, just came out this week. I have used the Helix 12 CHIRP SI GPS.
Humminbird Helix 12 CHIRP SI, 1198c SI, 1198c SI, ONIX 10 SI NT, Helix 7 CHIRP SI GPS G2, 360, RC-1