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Old 05-08-2020, 10:36 AM
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Hey guys, don't know if you've checked these videos out yet, but Furuno's doing a pretty good job of being unbiased in these head to head comparisons. This is really a good way of seeing all of these units side by side to see how they all work. Full disclosure, I have TZT2, so I know how to use it, but seeing Furuno against everyone else lets you really see how easy or hard each system is to use. This episode is on the chart plotter user interface.

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Thanks Justin. I am currently deciding on a 16 inch display so I have been watching the videos.

I like the Garmin but its expensive, so I am between the Furuno and Simrad.
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For 45 years have been using Furuno sounders. Tested all kinds of sounders Garmin, Simrad and Lowrance, plus Humminbird. Furuno always comes out on top, for my money would go with Furuno.
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Originally Posted by GSB_Contender View Post
Thanks Justin. I am currently deciding on a 16 inch display so I have been watching the videos.

I like the Garmin but its expensive, so I am between the Furuno and Simrad.
Why is Garmin so expensive? Iíve spent time using Garmin, Simrad and Furuno and I would pay more for Furuno. It seems like Garmin is doing what Yamaha did years ago and getting large manufactures to install Garmin giving consumers no choice.
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Originally Posted by bigk23surf View Post
Why is Garmin so expensive? Iíve spent time using Garmin, Simrad and Furuno and I would pay more for Furuno. It seems like Garmin is doing what Yamaha did years ago and getting large manufactures to install Garmin giving consumers no choice.
I cant figure it out either. All of them seem to have similar specs/features but you can get the Furuno and Simrad much cheaper. The one thing with Furuno I can't figure out is why TZT2 prices have not dropped more. The quotes I got put them within a few hundred of TZT3.
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The Furuno DFF-3D is very interesting.

This morning one of my Furuno customers sent me screen shots he took comparing a TM275 and DFF3D he has on his boat ....and of bottom detail each is showing.


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Medium 1kW chirp 85/135kHz. Furuno GP1971F Transducer has been tested past 1500'ft ( Transducer is not a Airrmar, or Garmin, or even a Navico transducer)
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Just saw episode 3 of their videos. Very informative, but really look forward to real life radar and sounder shoot out.
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
The Furuno DFF-3D is very interesting.

This morning one of my Furuno customers sent me screen shots he took comparing a TM275 and DFF3D he has on his boat ....and of bottom detail each is showing.


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One quick correction Gil
The 275 is a B275LHW. not a TM

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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
The Furuno DFF-3D is very interesting.

This morning one of my Furuno customers sent me screen shots he took comparing a TM275 and DFF3D he has on his boat ....and of bottom detail each is showing.


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Was it the same spot? The depth differs by 20 feet.
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Yes...same spot ...and at the same time....but the 275 might be reading the average......and the DFF3D possibly may be reading the top of the structure.


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Originally Posted by Nomans View Post
Was it the same spot? The depth differs by 20 feet.
I noticed that
just started using all the gear I probably have not adjusted some setting like the depth offset for the DFF3D....image is the same spot and time though

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Very interesting snapshot of the dff3d. I’m betting that the depth of the 3D is to the top of the ridge. Look at the standard FF. It’s showing fish from 80-100’. I’m betting it’s not fish, but ridge. Makes me rethink some of the times I had a FF picture like that but couldn’t catch any fish.
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The FCV295 sounder for the money is about as good as it gets. Thing is badass. No Garmin or Simrad touching that unit.
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The FCV295 sounder for the money is about as good as it gets. Thing is badass. No Garmin or Simrad touching that unit.
Furuno from those early days of paper sounders, has stood the test of time.
I reckon that Koden is up there as well.
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Originally Posted by Flymost1 View Post
Very interesting snapshot of the dff3d. Iím betting that the depth of the 3D is to the top of the ridge. Look at the standard FF. Itís showing fish from 80-100í. Iím betting itís not fish, but ridge. Makes me rethink some of the times I had a FF picture like that but couldnít catch any fish.
You are correct its the ridge.
I had other views that showed the fish in the column all over the wreck....but at the other end. I wish I took more pics but the bite was on.
Il try to find some shots of it marking fish mid column. The cool thing about this unit it it can tell you where you are in relation to fish and structure below your boat.
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We fished in southern Brazil and already had the GSD26 + R509LH + 7610xsv on the boat and last year I installed the DFF3D. I can say that DFF3D changed our game, because even at the depths we fished (200 meters), we were able to find fish more quickly and without losing them at any time. The waypoint marking on the shoal is very accurate and we only use the Garmin setup to have a better detection differentiation (big or small fish). In the images below, some pictures of one of our fisheries in the 150 and 200 meters.






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Originally Posted by mamasso View Post
We fished in southern Brazil and already had the GSD26 + R509LH + 7610xsv on the boat and last year I installed the DFF3D. I can say that DFF3D changed our game, because even at the depths we fished (200 meters), we were able to find fish more quickly and without losing them at any time. The waypoint marking on the shoal is very accurate and we only use the Garmin setup to have a better detection differentiation (big or small fish). In the images below, some pictures of one of our fisheries in the 150 and 200 meters.

https://youtu.be/q49VUPleWz0
Mamasso, the video says it is private, can you set it so we can all see?
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Originally Posted by Justin009 View Post
Mamasso, the video says it is private, can you set it so we can all see?
... please, try again.
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It's amazing how much all of the MFDs have improved in the last 5 years. Competition is great for the consumer.
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