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Old 02-17-2012, 04:47 PM
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Raymarine vs Furuno Open Array----does it really matter which brand you get?
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:53 PM
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Yes. I would unequivocally recommend Furuno over Raymarine.
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:58 PM
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^what he said, no question
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:30 PM
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Why?

I have never seen a benchmarking between Furuno UHD and Raymarine SHD open arrays, and I expect there is a quite limited number of people having experience with the newest technologies from both companies. I have seen benchmarking between domes, and I have also tried both Furuno UHD and Raymarine HD domes, and Furuno has a slight edge when it comes to domes. Raymarine SHD open arrays are based on more advanced technology than their domes, while according to my understanding Furuno uses similar technology for both open arrays and domes.

They are both excellent systems, I know there are some differences between the two radars. Furuno offers for example true motion also in course up while Raymarine only has this for north up. Raymarine has some clever signal processing algorithms able to reduce the horizontal beamwidth to get the performance of a larger array.

It would be very interesting if anyone can share some screencaps showing Furuno is better when it comes to open array radar. And the comparison should be done against Raymarine Super HD, not HD or analog. I think too often people are claining Furuno is best when it comes to fishfinders and radars based on experience from systems which are based on 5 or 10 years old technology.
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Interesting, want to hear more opiniosn, thanks fellas
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:58 PM
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Why?

I have never seen a benchmarking between Furuno UHD and Raymarine SHD open arrays, and I expect there is a quite limited number of people having experience with the newest technologies from both companies. I have seen benchmarking between domes, and I have also tried both Furuno UHD and Raymarine HD domes, and Furuno has a slight edge when it comes to domes. Raymarine SHD open arrays are based on more advanced technology than their domes, while according to my understanding Furuno uses similar technology for both open arrays and domes.

They are both excellent systems, I know there are some differences between the two radars. Furuno offers for example true motion also in course up while Raymarine only has this for north up. Raymarine has some clever signal processing algorithms able to reduce the horizontal beamwidth to get the performance of a larger array.

It would be very interesting if anyone can share some screencaps showing Furuno is better when it comes to open array radar. And the comparison should be done against Raymarine Super HD, not HD or analog. I think too often people are claining Furuno is best when it comes to fishfinders and radars based on experience from systems which are based on 5 or 10 years old technology.
Granted there has not been enough time to prove it with the latest HD radars but Furuno would get my vote based on dependibility of past radar units.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:01 PM
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
Why?

I have never seen a benchmarking between Furuno UHD and Raymarine SHD open arrays, and I expect there is a quite limited number of people having experience with the newest technologies from both companies. I have seen benchmarking between domes, and I have also tried both Furuno UHD and Raymarine HD domes, and Furuno has a slight edge when it comes to domes. Raymarine SHD open arrays are based on more advanced technology than their domes, while according to my understanding Furuno uses similar technology for both open arrays and domes.

They are both excellent systems, I know there are some differences between the two radars. Furuno offers for example true motion also in course up while Raymarine only has this for north up. Raymarine has some clever signal processing algorithms able to reduce the horizontal beamwidth to get the performance of a larger array.

It would be very interesting if anyone can share some screencaps showing Furuno is better when it comes to open array radar. And the comparison should be done against Raymarine Super HD, not HD or analog. I think too often people are claining Furuno is best when it comes to fishfinders and radars based on experience from systems which are based on 5 or 10 years old technology.
+1. Very well said.

I'm not knocking Furuno, they make, and have made a great product for longer than I have been alive. Having said that, Furuno is no longer the hands down leader. Furuno's radars are good, however Raymarine and Simrad now have a comparable product. Same with sounders, while not too long ago Furuno was the bench mark, Garmin and Simrad are now as good, if not better.
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I think Furuno still is superior reliability-wise - hands down. Others may be catching up in terms of performance.
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I don't think you will find any dicernable difference in the array quality. 3 years ago I would have said that Faruno is ahead in this arena. However, I am running with a 6ft, 12KW Raymarine and the details are amazing!

When I can pull out individual pilings under a bridge, see rain 5 miles off, see seabirds flying past, and pick up wakes of boats that are close, I believe it is a great system.

Like any electronics you need to be able to fine tune it for what YOU want out of it.

My vote today - Raymarine.
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Originally Posted by Valkyrieyachts View Post
I don't think you will find any dicernable difference in the array quality. 3 years ago I would have said that Faruno is ahead in this arena. However, I am running with a 6ft, 12KW Raymarine and the details are amazing!

When I can pull out individual pilings under a bridge, see rain 5 miles off, see seabirds flying past, and pick up wakes of boats that are close, I believe it is a great system.

Like any electronics you need to be able to fine tune it for what YOU want out of it.

My vote today - Raymarine.


Ya with a 12kw you should be able to see all those things... it doesn't however bring any relevance to the COMPARISON between Raymarine and Furuno. With that reasoning, because my 4kw furuno does alot of those things you just mentioned Furuno must be better.

No doubt the others are catching up but Furuno is still out front.
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