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Old 11-14-2017, 11:58 AM   #1
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Default Garmin 7612 vs 1242 - $1300 difference?

Figured I better break this down instead of continuing to post on my long winded discussion about entire electronic package.

I am trying to determine WHY the 7612 us $1300 more than the 1242 ...see long list below from Garmin site ...while I assume my needs are less than many, why would so many spend so much more money on the 7612 ... is it the GLONASS, the touch screen, the additional ports (although with NMEA 2000 this seems less important), the different sonar capability, or the ability to share data to another MFD?

Anyone beat this to death prior to their purchase - why choose one over the other?

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Both have same size screen
Both have same resolution
Both have WXGA display
Both have two (2) Garmin Marine Network ports
Both use +/- the same amount of power
Both use same data card type
Both have same transducer transmit power
Both have CHIRP, ClearVu and SideVu
Both have two LAN inputs
7612 has more sonar frequency options (but, it is had to tell from the Garmin site)
7612 is touch screen and 1242 is button
7612 has GPS + GLONASS and 1242 is only GPS
7612 has two (2) NMEA 0183 input ports and 1242 only has one (1)
7612 has two (2) NMEA 0183 output ports and 1242 only has one (1)
7612 has two (2) Composite video input ports and 1242 has one (1) BNC port
7612 has one one (1) DVI-D video output ports and 1242 has none
7612 has several special features including ability to share data with other displays and 1242 has a blank field on the Garmin site
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:16 PM   #2
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Touch and dual channel CHIRP are the main differences. Both support GLONASS.
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[QUOTE=stephenson;10842083] why choose one over the other?

With the 7612xsv you can run two differnt transducers a the same time.
For example: you can run a B175HW into the 8 pin port and a GT51-TM into the 12 pin port.
Or if you wish... you can run a dual band transducer such as the B265C-LH in the 7612xsv

With the 2142xsv..you have a single 12 pin port..so only one transducer can be used.
You can only fire a singe band transdcuer..such as the B175..B75 etc..
Or you can fire a Side/Down such as the GT51.

It all comes down to yoru fishing parameters.


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1242 + gcv-10 still cheaper than 7612....
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1242 + gcv-10 still cheaper than 7612....
That works....but limited to a single CHIRP Traditional channel..and the GCV 10 limited to only the GT30.
A good choice if dual band is not required...and one is satisfied with the GT30.

Another good option is to add the GSD25 to the 1242xsv..or to the 1242 chart.


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Old 11-15-2017, 07:24 PM   #6
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Love my 1242. If you buy the one with the included transducer it is a GT51. Presets allow you to quickly access different screens for cruising fishing or whatever you want. I have the other things on it like engine guages and VHF DSC linked. What I do like is no finger prints on my screen

Also what you save between the two almost covers the cost of adding a radar.
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