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Old 09-09-2011, 07:40 AM
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updating myelectronics on my 23 seacraft. looking into 2 a57s side by side,one for charts one for depth/fishfinder. with current rebates, cost is almost same as single a70. any input on these, especially quality of depth sounding capabilities/quality greatly appreciated. thanks!
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:13 AM
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The Raymarine A series is very easy to use, reliable , has an excellent sonar circuit and is backed with a 3 year warranty.

If you get the A57 with the US coastal preloaded the unit ships with the Airmar P58 transducer which will give you excellent shallow to mid depths.

For shallower coastal waters many choose to order the A57D with lakes and rivers preloaded and that unit ships with the Airmar P48W. They then also can then add the US Coastal maps if needed.

http://airmartechnology.com/2009/abo...RID=1259112374


My customers feedback has been all positive and I have has many of them doing just as you are thinking..dual units.
Motivated also of course by the $450. rebate.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/fishing-...ml#post4011876

What they do is order one unit with he inland lake maps and the other the coastal maps..that way they get two different transducers and can have the option of having a back up with different operating parameters.

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I'm thinking of doing something very similiar. I was getting ready to buy the Sitex SVS650 but the $450 rebate on the A57 has me reconsidering. I'm trying to figure out if the Raymarine sonar is competive to the SVS650. I would only attach a 600w transducer to the SVS and, of course, the A57 will only accept a 500w.
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I would be all over the A series vs the Sitex. First off, the sitex is just a df/ff. The A series system is a plotter too. Second, that 100w really wont make a difference, at least in my opinion.

BOTH are great, but the A series is a potential SYSTEM.
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:31 AM
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I have run one with the the P58 and P66. The P66 got wiped out by a log so I put the p58 back on. There is NO appreciable difference and the A series will run either just fine. Airmar told me they are the exact same elements. I also routinely fish in 500 + feet of water and get great images of bait fish etc. . The 50 k setting is stable at cruise speeds in 700' or better.
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Originally Posted by edyer View Post
I have run one with the the P58 and P66. back on. either just fine. Airmar told me they are the exact same elements.
Good point...

The P58 & the P66 have the exact same electrical paramaters...cone angle , power rating etc.

The difference is the P66 is a higher quality build..heavy duty so to speak.
Comparing the two side by side shows a marked difference.
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Thanks CME. I already have a Northstar GPS and really just need a sonar to replace a Raytheon L750 (nothing wrong with it but I am looking to get something a bit more powerful). I was raedy to buy the SVS650 until I saw the $450 Raymarine rebate on the A57D which brings the price of the A57D (chartplotter + sonar) on par with the SVS650 (sonar only).

I just want to be certian that the performance of the A57 sonar is equal to that of the SVS650 ..... or nearly so.
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I love the GPS and FF functionality of the Raymarine A70 and was pleasantly surprised that the internal antenna worked despite being under a canvas T Top and recessed mounted in the console. Having said that I am very disappointed in the screen visibility - too dark and needs to be looked at direct on. Sunglasses deteriorate the view further.
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Originally Posted by NYGuy View Post
Having said that I am very disappointed in the screen visibility - too dark and needs to be looked at direct on. Sunglasses deteriorate the view further.
Have you tried setting your sonar palet color to the classic white setting and also try the back light adjustment?

It really makes a difference.





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I've adjusted the back light - didn't seem to help but I will take your suggestion and fiddle with the color palette.
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