Originally Posted by 03silverTJ
To piggy back on OP's thread instead of starting a new one I'd like any info on these you guys can provide as well. I'm starting to consider one as a supplement to my current electronics. I was going to buy a 7212, but Gil (Semperfifishing) recommended one of these.
I see right off the bat that the sounder capability is better, or more options (SideVu/DownVu).
It seems that the 1040xs has more ability out of the box then a 7212, yet the 7212 carries a much larger price point over the 1040xs. Why?
With the 7212 you NEED to buy a sounder module, with the 1040xs it's included. The 1040xs also functions as a plotter, is compatible with radar and the likes.
Is there an advantage to the 7212 over the 1040xs? I'm not seeing it...
The reason I thought you should also also consider the 1040xs along with the 7212 was based on your fishing depths and the fact you wanted CHIRP.
Your normal depths are 100'...and you stated seldom over 500'.....that puts one into the range of the single band units...especially in shallower water.
The 7212 with a dual band GSD-26 CHIRP and a B75 averages around $5600.
And a great system with expanded sonar capabilities due to the dual band sonar which if used with a dual band transducer (More $) and when needing deep dropping capability.
But you may be mostly using one band of the GSD26 in your average depths....100' or so...so the GSD26 may not be needed.
The 1040xs is $1999. and already has a built in single band CHIRP so adding a B75 transducer you are less than $2700.....and you will have everything you need for fishing with CHIRP within your conditions.
That is a savings of about $2900.or so vs the 7212 system.
You can even add GCV 10 side scan..$500.....and even a 840xs..for a second screen and still be about $900 less less than the 7212 system.
Just one of many options to consider.
That is the advantage of the new single band and dual band CHIRP systems from Garmin, and Simrad...one can have far greater flexibility and options in choosing a system that fits both their fishing paramaters and their bank account.