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Old 09-03-2014, 06:32 AM
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Need to replace a classic Raymarine C120 that finally called it quits. The boat has RM open array radar, a C120W unit, and other accessories, so sticking with Raymarine is going to be the most cost effective option.

I would like to have touchscreen capability, but need some help discerning the pro's & con's of the new A series vs the E series units.

Other than the E being both touch & button operated, are there any benefits to the A series over the E? I'd also like to have built in sonar so I can migrate off of the DSM 300.

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Old 09-03-2014, 07:15 AM
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Need to replace a classic Raymarine C120 that finally called it quits. The boat has RM open array radar, a C120W unit, and other accessories, so sticking with Raymarine is going to be the most cost effective option.

I would like to have touchscreen capability, but need some help discerning the pro's & con's of the new A series vs the E series units.

Other than the E being both touch & button operated, are there any benefits to the A series over the E? I'd also like to have built in sonar so I can migrate off of the DSM 300.

Thanks!
I personally would not give up a working DSM300 just to get the built in sounder. I would add the Chirp/DownVision module. Every package I've been selling keeps the DSM300 and does what I've been suggesting. So, back to your question. A couple of differences.

A series has pinch to zoom. Very nice feature!
A series has a damn sweet $99 external gps that works great wonderfully

http://www2.raymarine.eu/e/7392/2-Fl...bk8x/443281303

It's really about price-point.
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Both series can do what your looking for. New a series has a 10Hz GPS receiver that will allow you to do radar overlay without a heading sensor. Neither series will network with your C-Wide. Going to come down to buttons or touch and what your willing to spend.
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Ok disappointing, but good to know that neither will network with the c120w. So i guess they will each need to be set up as stand alone units.

CME, just curious, if i added the chirp module for the new display, why would the DSM 300 still be necessary?

Also, which transducers would be compatible for chirp? The existing transducer is an in-hull and I'd like to stick with in-hull if possible for ease of installation.
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I agree with CME..if you have a working DSM 300 keep it.
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Ok disappointing, but good to know that neither will network with the c120w. So i guess they will each need to be set up as stand alone units.

CME, just curious, if i added the chirp module for the new display, why would the DSM 300 still be necessary?

Also, which transducers would be compatible for chirp? The existing transducer is an in-hull and I'd like to stick with in-hull if possible for ease of installation.
Performance. The only CHIRP sonar Raymarine has that would outperform a DSM300 is the CP450C and that gets into price considerations.
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Because I have all three and I know real world useage and the DSM300 to a good transducer may have an edge in performance when doing 25kts. I like to know my depth and contours at all speeds. Getting depth is easy on the CP100 and CP450, but noise and clutter do get overwhelming on Chirp. The DSM with a (for example) B164 hold bottom and provides clearer detail when going 25+ kits.
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CME, which transducer(s) do you have connected to CP450i?

Any screen shots to share? Almost nothing to find on the Web, so it would be very interesting to see how CP450i screen shots compare to the other 2-channel CHIRP sounders.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:36 PM
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This is been my busiest installation season in the past four of eight years. I just haven't had much time on the water, but I will.

One thing is for sure you actually have to spend some time and learn your chirp system before you're going to get the most out of it.

I can see thermocline's, krill, you name it with this thing!

I can also say that the CP 100 will do 90% of what most people need chirp to do.
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The 2D part of CP100 is just CHIRP in the name, performance vice it's comparable to a medium quality fixed frequency sounder. Your advice to keep DSM-300 (which I totally agree with) is supporting this. DSM-300 was a good fishfinder of the pre CHIRP era.
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