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#12368880 - 08/02/17 12:10 AM Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging
Klinker Offline
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Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 93
Mega side imaging is +$300 to the "regular" side imaging. Any opinions appreciated - is the Mega visibly clearer?


Edited by Klinker (08/02/17 10:31 AM)

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#12368885 - 08/02/17 12:33 AM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: Klinker]
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I do not have one myself but from what I have read from people who DO have MEGA and what I have seen in comparison pics.... YES, it is worth EVERY penny.
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#12368899 - 08/02/17 01:17 AM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: Klinker]
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Yes, it's night and day.
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#12369298 - 08/02/17 09:41 AM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: Klinker]
stxrippinlips1 Offline
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Registered: 04/17/16
Posts: 140
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Mega is definitely worth the extra money imo!!
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#12369423 - 08/02/17 10:45 AM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: Klinker]
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Registered: 10/31/10
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1000% worth it

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#12369439 - 08/02/17 10:54 AM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: Klinker]
Sinkey Offline
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Im a Lowrance guy. But fished with a buddy of mine the other day. He's running Mega on his birds and it was super clear! Id definitely say get it! I was pretty impressed.
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#12369452 - 08/02/17 10:59 AM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: Klinker]
Usmc826 Offline
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Registered: 04/20/17
Posts: 36
Loc: Oak leaf, Tx
Yes I got the Helix 9 Mega side and down Imaging just had Slade Dougherty tuning calibrated All In well worth the money. Look him up when you get it installed.

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#12369494 - 08/02/17 11:16 AM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: Klinker]
TrailHand Offline
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Registered: 05/18/17
Posts: 99
Here's Slade's number from an earlier post. i'd be interested in what he charges for a graph setup.



817-797-8762


Edited by TrailHand (08/02/17 11:22 AM)

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#12369568 - 08/02/17 12:14 PM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: Klinker]
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Registered: 04/10/17
Posts: 180
Loc: Sanger TX
I have the regular Helix 9 DI SI and GPS. I was very disappointed in the overall clarity of the of the returns. I asked around on here and was told that the 9 has the lower resolution than the 10 and 12. With that being said I spent quite a while on the water playing around with it and got it to look a lot better. Still not anywhere close to what the newer versions look like.

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#12369621 - 08/02/17 12:48 PM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: Klinker]
DEFMP Offline
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Registered: 10/18/13
Posts: 425
Loc: DFW
If you get the Helix 9 G1, you will also need to upgrade your transducer to the HDSI transducer; that's an added cost you may not have taken into account.

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#12369623 - 08/02/17 12:50 PM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: Klinker]
Shallow Waters Online   content
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Registered: 01/03/17
Posts: 285
The Mega images are much clearer than the gen1 SI. It is worth every penny to get the G2 Mega. I also have a Gen1 I use on the bow and I just swapped out the 9 for a 10 because the resolution is a lot better. There are a lot more pixels in the 10 and the unit size is the exact same which is why the 10 is a lot clearer than the 9.

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#12369650 - 08/02/17 01:15 PM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: DEFMP]
BCBassCat Online   content
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Registered: 04/10/17
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Loc: Sanger TX
Originally Posted By: DEFMP
If you get the Helix 9 G1, you will also need to upgrade your transducer to the HDSI transducer; that's an added cost you may not have taken into account.


I asked this same question to a gentlemen here and he said on the 9 the HDSI didn't make a difference due to the resolution...

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#12369821 - 08/02/17 03:32 PM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: BCBassCat]
Wayne P. Online   content
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Registered: 11/16/10
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Loc: Charlottesville, Va
Originally Posted By: BCBassCat
Originally Posted By: DEFMP
If you get the Helix 9 G1, you will also need to upgrade your transducer to the HDSI transducer; that's an added cost you may not have taken into account.


I asked this same question to a gentlemen here and he said on the 9 the HDSI didn't make a difference due to the resolution...


The HDSI transducer will provide sharper images to ANY unit that comes with the Compact SI transducer.
That is because the transducer is 2" longer, has longer Imaging crystals that produce a thinner Imaging pulse= sharper images.

It won't change the unit display quality.

The Helix 10 display has about 3,000 more pixels per square inch and the gen1 SI model comes with the HDSI transducer.

The MEGA SI G2N Helix 9, Helix 10, and Helix 12 comes with the same MEGA SI transducer.

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#12369885 - 08/02/17 04:15 PM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: Wayne P.]
BCBassCat Online   content
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Registered: 04/10/17
Posts: 180
Loc: Sanger TX
Originally Posted By: Wayne P.
Originally Posted By: BCBassCat
Originally Posted By: DEFMP
If you get the Helix 9 G1, you will also need to upgrade your transducer to the HDSI transducer; that's an added cost you may not have taken into account.


I asked this same question to a gentlemen here and he said on the 9 the HDSI didn't make a difference due to the resolution...


The HDSI transducer will provide sharper images to ANY unit that comes with the Compact SI transducer.
That is because the transducer is 2" longer, has longer Imaging crystals that produce a thinner Imaging pulse= sharper images.

It won't change the unit display quality.

The Helix 10 display has about 3,000 more pixels per square inch and the gen1 SI model comes with the HDSI transducer.

The MEGA SI G2N Helix 9, Helix 10, and Helix 12 comes with the same MEGA SI transducer.



So you would say it's a worth while upgrade?

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#12369950 - 08/02/17 04:51 PM Re: Hummingbird Helix 9 - Regular vs Mega Imaging [Re: Klinker]
Wayne P. Online   content
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Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 3811
Loc: Charlottesville, Va
Yes for high quality images, even better with the Helix 10, Helix 12, or SOLIX 12 SI.

Keep in mind that the 1200 kHz as well as the 800 kHz has less coverage and range than 455 kHz.
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