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Lowrance HDS 12 Touch or Simrad NSS8?

Old 02-22-2013, 02:42 PM
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Default Lowrance HDS 12 Touch or Simrad NSS8?

Well after a LONG wait, I'm back and ready to do the deed and pull the plug. Ended up buying a second boat with a deal I could not pass on. Then had 2 boats sitting in the yard and just sold one yesterday so the time has come.

I am at a cross roads between the Simrad NSS8 and the Lowrance HDS Gen2 12 Touch.
By the time I add the LSS-2 and a decent transducer to the Simrad, I'm looking at a $550 difference between the Simrad NSS8 and the HDS Gen2 12 Touch.

Chirp is a non issue as is the autopilot capability. I'll admit, the big wide screen Lowrance looks pretty damn good. Granted the Simrad has two input sources vs the HDS.

Either or will be networked with my Garmin GPSMAP 720. The NSS8 or 12 Touch is strictly being used as a sounder and structure scan and a backup GPS system.

So gimme some guidance here. Either will fit on the console along side the Garmin so no issues.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:17 PM
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I prefer the NSS user interface, but if the choices had been 8" or 12" screen I would without doubt gone HDS-12 Touch due to screen size.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:31 PM
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Since both are Navico, I would vote to the newer technology
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:01 PM
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Well after a LONG wait, I'm back and ready to do the deed and pull the plug.
I sure hope you mean "pull the TRIGGER."


Ended up buying a second boat with a deal I could not pass on. Then had 2 boats sitting in the yard and just sold one yesterday so the time has come.

I am at a cross roads between the Simrad NSS8 and the Lowrance HDS Gen2 12 Touch.
By the time I add the LSS-2 and a decent transducer to the Simrad, I'm looking at a $550 difference between the Simrad NSS8 and the HDS Gen2 12 Touch.
I would not buy ANY Gen2-Touch model right now.

There are at least two major "issues" that Navico needs to address before these are ready for real-world use; and from what I've seen so far, to at least some degree, they need the pressure of customer rejection to "inspire" them to get on the stick and fix them. The spontaneous sounder shut-down issue has been discussed here at length. The other one involves the chartplotter side; either it's seriously buggy, the preloaded cartography is a mess. See http://www.thehulltruth.com/5372167-post4.html for details.

Depending on your geographical location, you may not have all that much incentive to actually buy this item for at least another couple of months. If by that time Navico has gotten their act together, fine. Otherwise, stick to the Simrad (which is the fundamentally better piece anyway, IMCO; but you're comparing apples to oranges on the screen sizes).


Either or will be networked with my Garmin GPSMAP 720.
No, it won't -- unless you are referring only to NMEA 2000; and the two units probably won't have all that much data to share that way anyway.


The NSS8 or 12 Touch is strictly being used as a sounder and structure scan and a backup GPS system.

So gimme some guidance here. Either will fit on the console along side the Garmin so no issues.
For a semi-dedicated StructureScan display, the HDS-Touch-series "widescreen" display is not the liability is normally is. But all-in-all, I'd still prefer the "long term" plan to be two 8-inch Simrads (be they NSS or NSE models). The Garmin 720/740 series is OK for what it is; but even as a semi-dedicated chartplotter, it pales next to the NSS8/NSE8.

BTW... I have yet to see a THT "Poll" that permitted a meaningfully accurate answer to be entered; this one is no exception. Besides, you should be making this decision based on YOUR judgements, not on some silly popularity context.



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Old 02-22-2013, 06:18 PM
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I do like the knob/buttons of the NSS.... Depending on what's going on, the knob and buttons do come in handy....

But if you compare the HDS7T and the NSS7/8... Those buttons/knob cost screen real state.....

And when you compare the NSS 8 to a 12"... There answer is definitely clear for me... More screen..

My main complaints with both are the way they handle the SonicHub... While their UI is nearly identical for main functions(HDS being slightly more clumsy), they score a miss for me in how they handle common features in the SH...

Either way... They are the easiest to use yet, and be productive even in high speed or slop conditions...
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If you hang on for a week or two :-) i'll give you some feedback. I am just finishing the complete install of NSS8 + HDS12G2 Touch with Stucture Scan HD and 4G Radar. NSS8 for Navigation/Radar and HDS 12 for structure scan/echo sounder.

I would wait slightly on the HDS - there is a new software version due out any time soon and that might fix the above mentioned issues - the new software will enable the "Remote control" via iPad - so it should not be too long.

But from my test install - I can say I think NSS8 screen is to small for structure scan if you start splitting windows. In full screen mode it is fine.

If there had been NSS10's I would have gotten 2 of those and not the HDS.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:35 AM
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Thanks for the feedback I didn't know about the current issues with the HDS series. I'll hang out and wait.
The 12T it will be if they can get their stuff together.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:44 AM
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The HDS Touch issues will soon be fixed, so don't worry. The sounder problem seems only to affect some units or when combined with certain transducer. I've not experienced any problems when using HDS-7 Touch with B60 and TM260.

US cartography I have no idea about, but the unit can use Navionics and soon C-Map will also be available.
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