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Old 07-08-2013, 03:03 PM
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Default Garmin Chirp vs Furuno Chirp shoot out!

I thought I'd help Brian out with the thread. We're all anxiously awaiting the screen shots!
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I thought I'd help Brian out with the thread. We're all anxiously awaiting the screen shots!
Ironworker, I'm with you awaiting to see this challenge. I have the money to spend, but which one???
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Yep, me too. I'm ready to dip in the baby shoe fund to buy a new fishfinder but waiting on some facts.
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So is it go smaller screen but with chirp, or bigger screen for visual, that is the question?
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The screen size is not my biggest issue but fish discrimination at depths below 500'. I get disgusted every time I see a chirp shot at 30' or less.
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The screen size is not my biggest issue but fish discrimination at depths below 500'. I get disgusted every time I see a chirp shot at 30' or less.
Now you're talking...don't have the depth issues here in the Gulf off the Florida Panhandle, roughly up to 300ish feet. You have to go "really" far out to get deep.
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me two have the money but waiting results do i buy baby chirp all pictures so far are 30" or less show us some real shots of bottom and fish on near the bottom at depth.

Do i spend the doe on Garmin GSD26 or the new Furuno chirp the results for this shootout i thought would be posted by now GIL said a member was trialing both together a week or so back..
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me two have the money but waiting results do i buy baby chirp all pictures so far are 30" or less show us some real shots of bottom and fish on near the bottom at depth.

Do i spend the doe on Garmin GSD26 or the new Furuno chirp the results for this shootout i thought would be posted by now GIL said a member was trialing both together a week or so back..
Sitting ready to spend, money burning a hole in the pocket...if not, I know mama wil find something to spend it on.
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yeah mines already talking holidays or a new roof not good.
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The suspense is killing me!!
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The screen size is not my biggest issue but fish discrimination at depths below 500'. I get disgusted every time I see a chirp shot at 30' or less.
Some people only fish in 30' or less. Why are you so disgusted by that!? Just because you don't doesn't mean other people don't!
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Some people only fish in 30' or less. Why are you so disgusted by that!? Just because you don't doesn't mean other people don't!
If you're fishing in 100' of water or less there is no need to spend the money on Chirp unless you think the guys at Garmin need another condo in Hawaii. There are some excellent fishfinders that have amazing results up to 500' or so that are about half the price of chirp systems.

Personally, from what I've seen so far, chirp is over marketed for the current state of the technology. I'd really like to see some great comparison screen shots.

I also believe that chirp is the next best thing in fish finders when the technology is mature. It may be now but I haven't been sold just yet.
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we don't have a problem with people fishing in under 30"water.
We are asking for some better shots of these baby chirps showing decent details in deeper water we aren't going to spend money on something that doesn't meet our needs.
Also the results from the trial between GSD26 and the new Furuno chirp unit you are side stepping the question asked in this thread.
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If you're fishing in 100' of water or less there is no need to spend the money on Chirp unless you think the guys at Garmin need another condo in Hawaii. There are some excellent fishfinders that have amazing results up to 500' or so that are about half the price of chirp systems.

In 100' of water or less the new single band CHIRP units will give better results over a traditional tone burst sonar for anyone who uses them on halibut or other hard to detect bottom fish ... and pricing of the new CHIRP units is certainly reasonable.
A CHIRP 527xs is only $749.... add a TM150 at $265......just over $1000.
No unit "half the price" ($500) that will give the same results...or even come close.

Of course I know you were referring to the GSD-26's / BSM-2's check book choking price but perhaps you overlooked these new single band units and their excellent price point and performance.

The new Garmin single band CHRIP units are certainly deserving of a serious consideration for anyone looking at a new 5" to 7" system for fishing in shallow to medium water and hardly bank breaking .
Excellent performance... reasonable pricing and exactly what many have been looking for in a shallow to medium water unit.

I have used and am very impressed in these new units .
In fact ... I will offer any THT member a 30 day return option (Including shipping) if they are not pleased with any Garmin xs CHIRP unit.
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My set up includes a Garmin 547/TM150m and a Simrad NSS8/TM260. Use both FF ... I think you guys losing sight of something here ..... you have two vendors at the moment offering combo MFD/CHIRP units at the same for the same price as mfd/pulse tone combo units. I've installed 5 of the Garmin 547/TM150 & 2 of the 741sa/TM150 units to date and everyone has been extremely happy with them. Something that won't break the bank and works as advertised.

I fish anywhere from 3 to 1000' mostly trolling but some bottom/deep drop. I really think these new units shine in the 3 - 500' range.

That's a great offer Gil ......

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Add Raymarine into the mix.

http://www.raymarine.com/view/?id=8069
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That is a pseudo CHIRP module, you should link to the 450C to compare their real CHIRP module.
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bluewaterpirate, I don't think I've seen anything yet in the 547xs screen shots you have posted which can't be done with similar performance using a constant frequency pulse sounder with relatively short pulse lengths.
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Your right, but why would someone want to spend $1000 to replace something they already have? To me it depends on the type of fishing you do versus cost effect. If you fish 1000 - 5000' then go for it spend the money go with the mega CHIRP.

My 547 suits my needs as does my NSS8. But I find my 547 does the same things better than my NSS8 without having to change gain/TVG/color settings all time in a lot of cases. I fish the edge of and in the gulf stream most of the time so I'm looking at varying water conditions .... this is where I feel the Garmin will excel. To me the 500/700 sereis puts CHIRP technology in reach of a lot of fisherman. Where I fish it's a 25 - 40 mile run just to get into 150' + water.


Sorry abbor .... I forgot to answer you're question in regards to how I was able to use 65 kHz using my TM150. I have cross connected my 547 so I can use my TM260 or my TM150 if I want to experiment. The 65 kHz screen shot was using my TM260 transducer.
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Your right, but why would someone want to spend $1000 to replace something you already have? To me it depends on the type of fishing you do versus cost effect. If you fish 1000 - 5000' then go for it spend the money go with the mega CHIRP.

My 547 suits my needs as does my NSS8. But I find my 547 does the same things better than my NSS8 without having to change gain/TVG/color settings all time in a lot of cases. I fish the edge of and in the gulf stream most of the time so I'm looking at varying water conditions .... this is where I feel the Garmin will excel. To me the 500/700 sereis puts CHIRP technology in reach of a lot of fisherman. Where I fish it's a 25 - 40 mile run just to get into 150' + water.

And an added plus is the 547 also has Bluetooth wireless, Sonar recording, connection to Fusion media, supports DSC with a DSC capable VHF.
Plus it is both CHIRP and Tone burst capable.

The 547 is just another good option for anyone looking for a new unit ...that has some positive features both above and below the waterline.
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