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anything as good as a Furuno620?!?

Old 10-06-2011, 04:00 PM
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Default anything as good as a Furuno620?!?

I'm thinking about electronics for my (project) 21 foot aluminum center console.......

is there any alternatives? a combo FF/GPs would be GREAT as long as the FF quality is comparable to the Furuno......

any input is appreciated-

thx- Bob
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Originally Posted by bsquare View Post
I'm thinking about electronics for my (project) 21 foot aluminum center console.......

is there any alternatives? a combo FF/GPs would be GREAT as long as the FF quality is comparable to the Furuno......

any input is appreciated-

thx- Bob
I don't have an answer to your question, but I really wish they offered the fcv620/585 as combo units. Maybe someone will come on here and say that a furuno multifunction display with such and such components is pretty much just that????
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I have many customers who we put into the Furuno MFD's like the MFD8 NavNet 3D

The NavNet3D can use the DFF1 or DFF3 sounder modules.The DFF1 is comparable to the FCV585 circuit.

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what does the black box do for you? and ho much of a price difference is there?/
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The DFF1 black box sounder has the same basic sonar circuitry and functions found in the FCV585 plus some.
They run $650.
And when you add the NavNet3d MFD 8...thats another $2650. or so.

http://www.furunousa.com/products/pr...t+Fish+Finders
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I know that the Furuno GP7000F has been out for a while. It is a GPS/Sonar combo with a 7" screen. I have one and for my "limited" uses, it is fine. I have a 600w thru-hull, but I believe the machine can also use a 1000w transducer.

Does the fishfinder on this machine compare to the stand alone Furuno units in question? IF so, this may be an option. for the OP for significantly less $.
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The GP7000F is a unit I have limited use on..only about two days.
The differences I see are this.
The stand alone FCV620 and FCV585 and the black box DDFF1 have a far better filtering system. And they are fully digital. Very easy to use and upgraded software.

The GP7000F is a slightly older unit..I think of it as an analog/digital hybrid.
With a top of the line transducer I see it on the level of the stand alone FCV585 except for some slight differences.
In more difficult fishing conditions the FCV 585 will have the edge.

But as a combo unit..I still have many customers who want the GP7000F.


And for a stand alone sounder the Si-tex SVS650 gives an excellent showing and in many areas has the edge on the Furuno FCV620.

And at $200. less than the FCV620 a lot of bang for the buck.

Si-tex SVS 650 pricing:
http://www.thehulltruth.com/fishing-...50-rebate.html

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Thanks for your insights, SemperFi. With the MFD, are the ff controls as user friendly as the manual gain and view dials on the 620/585?
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If you are considering a combo unit or MFD, Simrad NSS is an excellent alternative. I have FCV-620, NSS7 and several HDS (same fishfinder as NSS). I would rank NSS/HSD at the same level as FCV-620, or above, as a fishfinder. Different technologies but both excellent. The hybrid touch and rotary button interface of NSS makes it even simpler to use than FCV-620.

GP7000F is old technology when compared to NSS.
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Originally Posted by JoshKaptur View Post
Thanks for your insights, SemperFi. With the MFD, are the ff controls as user friendly as the manual gain and view dials on the 620/585?
I have used both and find the FCV585 and FCV620 offer split second ease of adjustments.
Click..and you're there.

With the MFD..easy to utilize but just a few more steps to reach some options and adjustments.

It's hard to beat the FCV620 or FCV585 for ease of use.
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Check into the Sitex SVS-650. We have one in our showroom mounted next to a FCV620 and the Sitex unit blows it away. The screen is bigger, brighter, and higher resolution. It is Digital too. Since putting it in our showroom its rare somebody picks the Furuno unit. Feedback on the water and from users on forums like this has been great to. So its worth looking into. Here is a link - http://www.boemarine.com/SI-TEX_SVS-...Ducer-SVS-650/
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