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|Author||Topic: LOWRANCE 2009|
posted 10-30-2008 05:33 PM ET (US)
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posted 10-30-2008 05:50 PM ET (US)
Hmmm....High Definition Sonar??....
I seem to recall a discussion here about the Broadband Sounder and what it really did.
posted 10-30-2008 05:51 PM ET (US)
The smaller 5.25" screens will come with the HD Sonar embedded in the unit. There are some other real nice features to go along with the sonar.
posted 10-30-2008 06:04 PM ET (US)
High Definition System, I was close and the broadband sounder technology is built in.
posted 11-01-2008 08:50 PM ET (US)
I almost bought a LCX-38C to network with my LX-26C a few weeks ago. I am glad I held off. I might consider upgrading to the new unit.
posted 11-05-2008 09:49 AM ET (US)
It looks like Lowrance's new units will come in four screen sizes, 5", 6.4", 8.4" and 10.4". This is a good compilation of all the different models:
What are your thoughts about an optimum screen size for center console mounting?
posted 11-05-2008 11:20 AM ET (US)
Lowrance appears to have introduced a new GPS receiver module with NMEA-2000 networking, the LGC-4000. One improvement is noted as a "high speed 5 Hz update rate."
posted 11-08-2008 10:48 PM ET (US)
At a recent marine electronic distributor show, these new LOWRANCE units were not announced or mentioned. Shortly afterwards retailers were a bit surprised to discover that the LOWRANCE units they'd just ordered were about to become obsoleted by these HDS units.
posted 11-09-2008 10:27 AM ET (US)
The current screen size on my boat, a Dauntless 16, is 10.4 inches. In order to install the unit I had to relocate the compass to one of the two helm seat cup holders. I like the screen size as it is easy for me to read at a glance while underway at speed.
If I was to replace with a new unit I'd strongly lean toward 8.4 inch size. Installation of and acess to the rear of the 10.4 inch unit was and is difficult. The fit is so close that the screen cover is a very tight squeeze between the windshield port side and the console center stainless steel support for the windshield guard.
If considering a larger unit for your console I strongly suggest careful measurement before purchase. The drawings I found on the Lowrance site did not include the dimensions with the screen cover in place and I was not smart enough to consider it before buying the unit on the internet.
posted 11-18-2008 03:44 PM ET (US)
The new LOWRANCE website went active this week. Check out the new products.
posted 11-18-2008 08:49 PM ET (US)
The Lake Insight™ cartography being bundled with the new Lowrance High Definition System looks like a significant improvement. It has a three-dimensional shaded look to the display, which helps to visualize the depth contours. The Great Lakes are included in the bundled cartography.
posted 11-23-2008 11:31 AM ET (US)
LOWRANCE showed their new HDS products at the METS 2008 (marine equipment trade show) in Amsterdam, Holland. According to some reports published on PANBO.COM, the HDS products are not going to be available for purchase until late spring, i.e., April or May of 2009. The units on display were described as "a work in progress" and apparently had occasional malfunctions.
Given the cold and snow we're having in the Great Lakes already, ice-out may not be until April or May for many of us, so perhaps the long delay won't affect buyers too much.
posted 02-10-2009 10:21 AM ET (US)
I've been tracking the HDS product info since they were announced last fall. After a few emails to Lowrance I found out that both the Basemap and Insight map files only include US waters. Those of us how might need data for Canadian waters will have to buy that data on a supplemental SD card.
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