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#11633027 - 05/28/16 10:28 PM Helix 12 vs Lowrance HDS GEN 3 9
redmojo Offline
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Registered: 03/02/14
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I'm sure this has been discussed before but what would you go with and why. 12 Inch Helix or 9 Inch HDS.

Thanks

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#11633108 - 05/28/16 11:37 PM Re: Helix 12 vs Lowrance HDS GEN 3 9 [Re: redmojo]
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
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Registered: 06/25/12
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Loc: Lufkin Texas
I have been Lowrance since the lcx days, however my 2017 boat will have helix 10s on the console. I plain on running a 10si and a 10sonar/gps next to each other. This is 2500$ retail. The single Lowrance hds9 gen3 is 2300 plus the 3D structure scan. I love the Lowrances and their customer support, but I'd rather have 20inches of display.

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#11633483 - 05/29/16 10:31 AM Re: Helix 12 vs Lowrance HDS GEN 3 9 [Re: redmojo]
grout-scout Offline
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Edit due to wrong info


Edited by grout-scout (05/29/16 11:46 AM)

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#11633573 - 05/29/16 11:41 AM Re: Helix 12 vs Lowrance HDS GEN 3 9 [Re: grout-scout]
kellisag Offline
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Originally Posted By: grout-scout
Well the drawback of the helix is it will do either SI or DI; but won't do both. If I went that route it would be the SI model. As far as brand, meh; whatever.


That's not true. I have the 9si and it does 2d, di, and SI

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#11633585 - 05/29/16 11:43 AM Re: Helix 12 vs Lowrance HDS GEN 3 9 [Re: kellisag]
grout-scout Offline
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Originally Posted By: kellisag
Originally Posted By: grout-scout
Well the drawback of the helix is it will do either SI or DI; but won't do both. If I went that route it would be the SI model. As far as brand, meh; whatever.


That's not true. I have the 9si and it does 2d, di, and SI


Really? I could have sworn they were sold as either DI or SI. Guess I was wrong.



Do they have one that is just DI? Might be what I was thinking. Anyways, I'll edit the other post.


Edited by grout-scout (05/29/16 11:45 AM)

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#11633592 - 05/29/16 11:47 AM Re: Helix 12 vs Lowrance HDS GEN 3 9 [Re: redmojo]
kellisag Offline
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Yes they do have one that is DI only that isn't capable of SI.

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#11633835 - 05/29/16 03:26 PM Re: Helix 12 vs Lowrance HDS GEN 3 9 [Re: redmojo]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Offline
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They have a DI and 2D version with GPS

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#11634170 - 05/29/16 06:53 PM Re: Helix 12 vs Lowrance HDS GEN 3 9 [Re: redmojo]
the skipper Offline
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Between the two you mention I would go with the big screen. I have run birds for around the last 7 years and they work good. They can be a little picky on getting the images dialed in just right but once you get it there small changes keep it looking good. That said, I just switched to lowrance. My dad has a hds7 and 5 and they show fish a lot better than the bird. I haven't got to use mine yet so the verdict is still out but if they give me to many problems I will switch back

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