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Old 05-27-2016, 10:56 PM
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Default 94sv or simrad go7 xse

I'm a novice concerning marine electronics, and a novice off shore fisherman. Ive played with both units in the store and both seem simple enough.

I plan to fish 20-220,.25' cc,

The simrad go7 is easy to use while the garmin 94 seems old school simple.

Go7 is $750 with side view
While the 95sv is $1299

Garmin list their specs clearly while simrad seems to hide there specs at least on there website. i couldnt find them.

I think I've gathered that the go7 can't show chirp and side view split screen nor down view with chirp.

Also the go7 can't chirp down view or side view.

I can't find the transducer wattage for the go7

I also haven't seen any real world test of the go7



The garmin 94sv is a considerably more money, but both are in budget.

Which would you choose, or is thereally another you'd use? I don't plan to get a radar.
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Here, hope this helps:

http://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-e...d-go7-yet.html
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I just purchased the the go7xse last week. I took it out on the water for a test run and was having problems with the setup, so I called Simrad customer support (800-628-4487) they were very help full. Call them with any questions you have about the unit.
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Thanks for the replys I will call. Anyone else have feed back on the two?
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The additional 2 inches of the Garmin is a nice upgrade. If you are a button guy go with the Garmin, if a touch screen fan then the Go7XSE, (the nine wont be out until much later this year into early next year.)
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Im looking between these two as well except 74dv. I really liked the speediness of the G07xse and it seems far faster than the Garmin when moving the map around. I didnt like how blurry the waterway image got when zooming in on the G07xse. When running at night, I zoom way in to have an idea on markers coming up. Does anyone know if either of these units will swap depth colors. As in, swapping from shallow areas dark blue and deep areas white to the reverse of shallow areas white to deep areas blue. If possible on either, it would be my tie breaker.

Which has the better stock map? Which has the better aftermarket map?
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The stock mapping of the Garmin are my preference, it all comes what works best for you.
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Originally Posted by davlan88 View Post
Im looking between these two as well except 74dv. I really liked the speediness of the G07xse and it seems far faster than the Garmin when moving the map around. I didnt like how blurry the waterway image got when zooming in on the G07xse. When running at night, I zoom way in to have an idea on markers coming up. Does anyone know if either of these units will swap depth colors. As in, swapping from shallow areas dark blue and deep areas white to the reverse of shallow areas white to deep areas blue. If possible on either, it would be my tie breaker.

Which has the better stock map? Which has the better aftermarket map?
I'm " pretty sure" the 94sv can change colors according to depth.
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With Navionics charts the Simrad lets you choose map colours ie deep water = darker colour, shallow = loghter, or the other way around. Your choice.
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I've got a 94sv and have only been on the water w/it 3 times. Have been very impressed w/the sonar so far. Only using the CHIRP, no sv or dv since I've got an in-hull x-ducer. The mapping and nav functions seem very good and it's a simple unit to operate. Good luck w/your choice.
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My 94SV is less than 30 days old and I have had nothing but problems with the sonar. The down view and side view stop working and the shallow water alarm comes on. The traditional sonar works okay. The problem may be in the CHIRP part of the system. Garmin just sent me a replacement transducer to try. Also, I purchased the Vision chart and it slows down the chart plotter. The auto guidance feature is not as good as I thought it would be.

After owning several Garmin units throughout the years and seeing the problems I am experiencing with the 94SV, my next unit will not be a Garmin. If the problem is not resolved soon, I am running out of patience and may use the unit as BBQ fuel.
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Consider the 74sv (or 94sv) CHIRP and the GO7xse the same price (I know they are not)

Now, which is better? Side-scan and good deep water sounding/fish marking are the two important features for me. An accurate temperature reading is important also.

Is the $500 more for the Garmin justified?
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Originally Posted by Robertl211 View Post
Consider the 74sv (or 94sv) CHIRP and the GO7xse the same price (I know they are not)

Now, which is better? Side-scan and good deep water sounding/fish marking are the two important features for me. An accurate temperature reading is important also.

Is the $500 more for the Garmin justified?
This is where I am torn as well. I like that the Garmin has the buttons, but the speed of the Simrad was impressive. But I did have issues with my last Lowrance keeping up with the map at speed. I had so many issues with Lowrance that I swore them off, so going Simrad worries me a bit. Ive never experienced issues with Garmin units. Personally, I use the mapping more than the scanning piece, but I like having it as an option. At the price point of the new 74sv, is it just worth going to the NSS7....
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Originally Posted by davlan88 View Post
This is where I am torn as well. I like that the Garmin has the buttons, but the speed of the Simrad was impressive. But I did have issues with my last Lowrance keeping up with the map at speed. I had so many issues with Lowrance that I swore them off, so going Simrad worries me a bit. Ive never experienced issues with Garmin units. Personally, I use the mapping more than the scanning piece, but I like having it as an option. At the price point of the new 74sv, is it just worth going to the NSS7....
I already have a raymarine c90w, and like my current charts. I usually am zoomed out very far and do not need much update speed. I am deciding between these two based on the sonar and side scan only, gps will only be a bonus. I have a furuno FCV 627 but want another sounder unit capable of side scan
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Originally Posted by davlan88 View Post
This is where I am torn as well. I like that the Garmin has the buttons, but the speed of the Simrad was impressive. But I did have issues with my last Lowrance keeping up with the map at speed. I had so many issues with Lowrance that I swore them off, so going Simrad worries me a bit. Ive never experienced issues with Garmin units. Personally, I use the mapping more than the scanning piece, but I like having it as an option. At the price point of the new 74sv, is it just worth going to the NSS7....
Found this about the Simrad:

With a high-speed GPS receiver updating your position ten times every second, the Simrad GO7 XSE is ideal for use aboard fast-moving RIBs and powerboats. Watch your boat’s movement tracked smoothly, accurately, and in real-time, without ‘jumping’ from point to point on the display.
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Your boat size provides plenty of space for two units. I would buy a Lowrance sonar with CHIRP and a Garmin GPS chart plotter.

Why separate units? Size of screen matters. The separate units provide two large screens.

Lowrance images on sonar are excellent. The CHIRP technology is theirs, they developed it.

Garmin GPS is easy to use and extremely accurate. I would not buy a Vision card, the blue chart that comes with most of their units is plenty.

I would place emphasis on getting the best sonar affordable. After all, knowing the coordinates or having marked a spot, even the simplest of handheld inexpensive GPS will get you there.

If they price separate units you will find that you are close to the cost of the 94SV
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I got the 94sv 2015 model gt41 transducer without chirp for $750. I haven't got to use it yet cause my boats in the shop getting repaired.
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Where did you find that deal?
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This week I tried the 74SV (smaller version of the 94SV) with the GT51M Thru Hull transducer. I fished 70 feet salt water. The image quality was excellent. The thru hull transducer makes a huge difference when you are running, as I noticed no noise interference at the surface and pretty much all the way to the bottom.

I use the down view to see the texture (structure) of the bottom and use the traditional to find fish. So a split screen is what I use.

I did not alter any of the factory settings except for the shallow water alarm.

I will never use a transom mounted transducer again.

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