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Garmin 7616s VS 8617s??

Old 11-20-2017, 03:54 PM
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Default Garmin 7616s VS 8617s??

Why should I get one over the other in Garmin? 7616s vs 8617s?
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Old 11-20-2017, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Kendall View Post
Why should I get one over the other in Garmin? 7616s vs 8617s?
8617....very nice but a lot more $..and you then need to add the sonar module , antenna..etc.

If your mostly fishing .....the 7616xsv should be more than adequate.
And a very good built in sonar.


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Originally Posted by Kendall View Post
Why should I get one over the other in Garmin? 7616s vs 8617s?

The 8617 is designed for larger boats, using external sounder modules such as the Garmin GSD26 and for pushing 2 and 3KW transducers.


The Garmin 7616XSV with its built in sounder is capable of dual band chirp sonar as well as Down and Side imaging. Keep in mind that it has 1 8 pin transducer port and 1 12 pin port.
If you use the 12 pin port for the dual band chirp such as the B275 you wont be able to run a GT series for Down and Side Vu as it also would need the 12 pin port. The 8 pin port is for single band Chirp and non chirp transducers.


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Old 11-21-2017, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineBrian View Post
The 8617 is designed for larger boats, using external sounder modules such as the Garmin GSD26 and for pushing 2 and 3KW transducers.


The Garmin 7616XSV with its built in sounder is capable of dual band chirp sonar as well as Down and Side imaging. Keep in mind that it has 1 8 pin transducer port and 1 12 pin port.
If you use the 12 pin port for the dual band chirp such as the B275 you wont be able to run a GT series for Down and Side Vu as it also would need the 12 pin port. The 8 pin port is for single band Chirp and non chirp transducers.


I hope this helps

Good post.

How much do you gain with dual band chirp vs single band?
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Originally Posted by Lazy Bones View Post
Good post.

How much do you gain with dual band chirp vs single band?
You are gaining the ability to run a transducer with both high and low low and medium frequencies Etc versus just a transducer that would only contain the high-frequency chirp element medium frequency chirp element or low frequency chirp element
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Old 11-21-2017, 04:51 PM
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The 8617 is faster, has higher resolution and a larger screen area than a 7616. You can see the difference easily if they are side by side but I am sure for most people, the 7616 is more than adequate.

I have two 8617s and they are very nice if your budget permits and you have room for the necessary peripherals such as the sounder box.
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