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Lowrance HDS vs. Others??

Old 10-12-2014, 07:11 PM
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Default Lowrance HDS vs. Others??

I recently purchased a 2002 Trophy 1904 CC. It is bare as far as electronics go at this point in time. I am debating on outfitting it with either the HDS 8 or something else of another brand. I previously had an HDS 5 and liked it. Most of the fishing that i do consists of inshore striper & bluefish fishing. I do also get offshore to do some cod and haddock fishing as well. I do plan to eventually put on a radar as well. But i am curious if there is something better to go with than the HDS 8 that is in the same price range that would be better for my application. Let me know what you think! All input is well appreciated!
Old 10-13-2014, 03:09 AM
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Consider Simrad NSS8 as well. It has the same sounder and CPU system as HDS, but has a much better combined touch and rotary knob user interface. Lowrance and Simrad are both Navico brands which share technology.

The Lowrance and Simrad 3G and 4G BroadBand radars are the best small boat radars so going with one of these brands would be a good idea.

For your inshore fishing StructureScan would have been a good. Lowrance HDS Touch and Simrad NSS Evo2 has StructureScan built-in, but these models are more expensive. You can add StructureScan to HDS and first generation NSS by adding a StructureScan HD box or SonarHub.

SonarHub will also bring a 2D CHIRP sounder, NSS Evo2 has SonarHub built-in.

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