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Old 05-30-2013, 10:11 AM
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Default Anyone allready used Garmin baby-chirp sounders?

Have anyone had a chance to test Garmin new baby-chirps? The smaller model 527xs came to shops yesterday here in Finland but we don't have yet baby-chirp transducers on the market here.
I'm interested to buy 527xs. I need to upgrade my old Garmin 240 Blue ff and this way I get backup gps in same package. Can I use my old p66 Garmin six-pin transducer with the unit if I use 8-pin adapter block? It has only depth and temperature capabilities.Thinking of buying TM150M transducer later. My fishing is trolling for salmon in 50-200 ft waters, do I get any benefit of the baby-crirp?
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Anybody?
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I don't believe the transducers are available yet
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Originally Posted by CMEBoston View Post
I don't believe the transducers are available yet
http://www8.garmin.com/transducers/d...tion-Guide.pdf

Page 5. You will want to make sure it states "8-pin" not bare wire.

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I will hopefully get a 527xs this week.
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
I will hopefully get a 527xs this week.
With all these sounders and transducers, do you have any firing forward as a front looking sonar yet?
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I have 547xs and on the back you can either use 8 pin or 12 pin transducer. I tried looking for a 8 pin to 6 pin cable for my old transducer when I had 546s but couldn't find one. I now have p66 and works great. I fish at about 70-250 ft of water.
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The baby chirp ducers are available I have a 547 and TM 150 in hand will install this weekend.
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I have shipped several 527xs units and they were with the Tm150M but the B75 is also available.
The B175 may not be availbe until about October.

My customers comments coming back to me were that the images were nice and clear but they wished they had gotten the bigger screen version.(It is a 3" x 4" screen.)
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
I have shipped several 527xs units and they were with the Tm150M but the B75 is also available.
The B175 may not be availbe until about October.

My customers comments coming back to me were that the images were nice and clear but they wished they had gotten the bigger screen version.(It is a 3" x 4" screen.)
There really isn't a bigger screen, is there? The 741xs screen is 3.6" tall compared to the 527xs 4" tall. With a fish finder, the width only dictates historical data. Height gives more viewable detail.
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I think they were talking about overal larger viewing area..
The 741xs is twice as wide as the 527xs...and that is what they seemed to have thought would have worked a bit better for them while in split gps/sonar.
When you split the 527xs you have only a 2" tall sonar screen....and when you split the 741xs you still have a 3.6" tall screen.

Three of them had the 740s previously and 1 had the NSS7 so that was what they were used to as far as viewing area.

They were not all that unhappy but they just said with "their older eyes" it took a bit to get used to while in split screen.

I think as a first unit for someone ..or even a supplement....this will be a good point to start but if someone is used to the larger screens it may take a bit getting used to going smaller.
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A 527xs as standalone fishfinder would be a nice addition to a 6.5-7" unit which then can be used as chartplotter only.

Due to screen height and vertical resolution (640 points) and since baby CHIRP is single frequency band 527/527xs currently is the best baby CHIRP sounder alternative.

Instead of buying the 7" CHIRP combo unit, buy a 740 and a 527/547xs
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I am waiting for a garmin 547xs to ship to me. It's replacing a 10 year old garmin 188. I'm going to use the current Airmar p66 transducer until a couple more chirp transducers come out and down in price. I'll report how it works as soon as I put it in.
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Originally Posted by FLMarine View Post
I am waiting for a garmin 547xs to ship to me. It's replacing a 10 year old garmin 188. I'm going to use the current Airmar p66 transducer until a couple more chirp transducers come out and down in price. I'll report how it works as soon as I put it in.
Did you bought a new 8-pin p66 transducer with the unit or is it possible to use old 6-pin p66 transducer with the 8-pin female to wire block adapter Part Number: 010-11613-00?
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Originally Posted by Jaketti View Post
Did you bought a new 8-pin p66 transducer with the unit or is it possible to use old 6-pin p66 transducer with the 8-pin female to wire block adapter Part Number: 010-11613-00?
I did have an older P66 transducer so I did have to get the cable adapter you mentioned thanks for the part number, that made it simple to find. I'm planning on replacing the transducer in the fall or winter with a chirp transducer.
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527xs with TM150

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Looks nice. Compared to your Furuno 627 is this worse, similar or better unit as a fishfinder?
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I don't have a FCV-627 anymore, sold it last week, my fishfinders are Simrad and Lowrance units (including BSM-2 CHIRP). I have only tested 527xs is shallow waters (25' or less), the target resolution is much better than FCV-627. Under the conditions I've tested the baby CHIRP I'm impressed by the performance. What I don't like is the user interface, a lot of fiddling in sub menus, not very user friendly or fast to operate compared to FCV-627 and Simrad NSS.

I hope to be able to test baby CHIRP on my trolling boat the coming weekend, but I've not sure I manage to install it before the fishing. On this boat I have NSS12 with BSM-2.

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