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Old 07-14-2012, 11:35 PM
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I was looking at a Simrrad unit online and it said it was available with Down Scan. I thought Lowrance only had the Down Scan. Are they the same company? If so, are the units exactly the same and would there be any reason to choose Simrrad over Lowrance or vice versa?
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:52 AM
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Simrad and Lowrance are both Navico brands. They share the same technology platform, but the multifunction screens have different user interfaces and there are also some differences when it comes to functionality.

The sounders, radars and all other accessories are the same. But only Simrad can use BSM-2 CHIRP sounder, and only Simrad have autopilot integration with Simrad pilots. No AP control head is needed in a system with a Simrad MFD.

Simrad NSE is the high-end semi professional rugged units having aluminum chassis. Faster processors, more memory, more network ports, more expandability. NSE also have better 4G BradBand radar support than the other models.

Simrad NSE, same processor system as HDS Gen 2. NSS has both touch, rotary controller and a few buttons.

Lowrance HDS Gen2, Upgraded with the NSS processor system and renamed to HDS GEN2 earler this year, more advanced (and complex) fishfinder settings than Simrad. Only model currently which supports StructureMap. StructureMap will come to at least NSS in a software update later this summer.

All three models can be combined in the same networks sharing accessories and data. Charts can only be shared between Simrad's.

My personal favorite is NSS. Reasonable priced and with the best user interface the industry. I have three HDS Gen2 and two NSS on two boats. I have mixed HDS/NSS networks on both boats. They work very well together, the only thing missing when it comes to integration is back lighting synchronization between NSS and HDS.

I use HDS-8 as plotter and a NSS7 as sounder on one of the boats. When I want to create a new route I do it on the NSS due to the touch, as soon as the route is saved it appears on the HDS screen.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:34 AM
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Thanks for all the info!
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:40 AM
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An impressive conglomeration of talents and capabilities, with each brand able to effectively target all price points within its target niche.

http://www.navico.com/en/About-us/History/
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