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Electronics- best bang for the buck? #13203971 07/03/19 09:42 PM
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I haven't fished much in past 6-8 years. Recently bought a boat that needs an electronics upgrade, but I was wondering, in this day and time, if you buy 2 year old technology and 7" to 9" screen size, what would you wind up spending and what would you get? I understand it improves each year, but I'm not trying to out-do A-Mart or EE. I just want to know where I'm at on the lake and see some what's under me

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Re: Electronics- best bang for the buck? [Re: JPPlemons] #13203978 07/03/19 09:53 PM
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I think the Lowrance Elite series is a good bang for your buck. You can still find the last generation Lowrance Elite Ti or go with the latest Elite Ti. I'm running both generations on different boats and am very pleased with them.


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Re: Electronics- best bang for the buck? [Re: JPPlemons] #13204051 07/03/19 11:17 PM
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I can HONESTLY say that my HDS7 and HDS5, both gen 2, when used with the LSS box have 95% as good an image as my Carbons with Actuve Imaging. The big differences are screen brightness and some user interface upgrades. As for finding structure or fish arches, theyre almost the same, in my opinion.

If I was budget conscious, Id look for a gently used 10 for the console and/or a 7 for the front. And get a used LSS box. Probably could get it all for the price of one 2019 7 finder.

Come to think of it....I happen to know where a gently used 7, 5, LSS, and all the stuff to make it work is. (My garage ) bolt


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Re: Electronics- best bang for the buck? [Re: JPPlemons] #13204187 07/04/19 01:27 AM
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While I agree with the poster above that the Lowrance Elite series are a good unit for the money.....I would caution using navionics or other high capacity topography chips in them. They accept them but their processor just isn't fast enough to keep up. They will eventually load but only after a frustrating delay. This was my experience with mine anyway. From what I have read....the HDS units process data quickly and efficiently. Other than that the Elite series with chirp show a good picture of detail below. Have since switched to Hummingbird and no complaints there.

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Originally Posted by mossyback75
While I agree with the poster above that the Lowrance Elite series are a good unit for the money.....I would caution using navionics or other high capacity topography chips in them. They accept them but their processor just isn't fast enough to keep up. They will eventually load but only after a frustrating delay. This was my experience with mine anyway. From what I have read....the HDS units process data quickly and efficiently. Other than that the Elite series with chirp show a good picture of detail below. Have since switched to Hummingbird and no complaints there.


I have two Elite 9ti's on my dash, one has a Navionics card and it only takes a few more seconds to boot up then the one without it.

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While I agree with the poster above that the Lowrance Elite series are a good unit for the money.....I would caution using navionics or other high capacity topography chips in them. They accept them but their processor just isn't fast enough to keep up. They will eventually load but only after a frustrating delay. This was my experience with mine anyway. From what I have read....the HDS units process data quickly and efficiently. Other than that the Elite series with chirp show a good picture of detail below. Have since switched to Hummingbird and no complaints there.


I have two Elite 9ti's on my dash, one has a Navionics card and it only takes a few more seconds to boot up then the one without it.


Hmmm. Maybe mine was an older version. The loading of the map was relatively quick but the constant reloading of the map as I moved around was delayed.

Re: Electronics- best bang for the buck? [Re: JPPlemons] #13204290 07/04/19 02:39 AM
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Take a look at the new raymarine element. Touch screen, but looks to be awesome image quality, reasonably priced, and good customer service.

Re: Electronics- best bang for the buck? [Re: JPPlemons] #13204469 07/04/19 11:32 AM
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Anything specific to stay away from?

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The older big screen Humminbirds are hard to see in bright sun, Im not sure about the Helix or Solix in the sun, but my 998si is impossible to see, I never realized how bad my humminbird was until fishing out of my sons boat which is running lowrance HD9 and HD7 you can see very good and my Garmin 93sv does good in the sun,


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Re: Electronics- best bang for the buck? [Re: JPPlemons] #13204572 07/04/19 01:56 PM
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Helix is LED backlight. No problem in sun. Older birds like 999 are hard.


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Re: Electronics- best bang for the buck? [Re: JPPlemons] #13204728 07/04/19 04:30 PM
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I appreciate all the information.

Re: Electronics- best bang for the buck? [Re: JPPlemons] #13204841 07/04/19 06:31 PM
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I would look at Garmin echo map series 73sv and 93 sv


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Re: Electronics- best bang for the buck? [Re: Capt. Bryan] #13204856 07/04/19 06:54 PM
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Tell me why??
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I would look at Garmin echo map series 73sv and 93 sv

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