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jorgeraidel posted 06-14-2012 06:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for jorgeraidel   Send Email to jorgeraidel  
I have Standar Horizon CPV550 and am very unhappy becuase i spent a lot of money in all extras like GPS antenna, bracket,FF525 fish finder,ect and last week installed FF525 and works with very low resolution and their have problem with software development beucause only is working in 16 colors and 2 weeks talking with tech support from standar horizon and finally their told me that in this moment standar horizon no will update this model CPV550 very very bad support for customers :( and i spent more that $1000 in this peaces of hardware :(
Jefecinco posted 06-14-2012 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
Is the poor resolution a new problem since you installed the FF 525?

If so, the fault may lie with the installation, the FF525, the connecting cable, or some other gremlin associated with the FF525 installation.

Tell us a bit more about the problem and we may be able to suggest something.


jimh posted 06-15-2012 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I don't think that a Standard-Horizon black box SONAR is really at the top of the list of choices for SONAR. If you want the absolute best SONAR performance, you will probably have to go with a dedicated SONAR device such as a Furuno or a Lowrance. Most of the fishing boats I see that are serious about echo locating fish are using a dedicated SONAR, not an add-on black box SONAR. Also, I would not say that Standard-Horizon is a brand known for SONAR. I find Standard-Horizon radios to be excellent. That their SONAR is a not a match for Furuno or Lowrance does not come as a surprise for me. Also, I never heard of a SONAR or a chart plotter with more than 16-colors on the display. I don't think this is a limitation that is unique to your device.
jimh posted 06-18-2012 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Jorge writes:

"... [I] spent a lot of money in all extras like GPS antenna, bracket, FF525 fish finder..."

I would not consider a GPS receiver to be an "extra" component of a chart plotter. Most chart plotters require some method of finding their position, and that is almost alway provided by a GPS receiver. I don't find that to be an "extra" item. If you bought an external antenna or an external GPS receiver, I would assume you must have decided they were necessary. I don't see this as a fault of the manufacturer.

I would not consider a bracket an extra item. Most chart plotters need some means of mounting or attaching. A bracket is usually provided. For flush mounting it may be necessary to buy a flush mounting kit. I don't find that notion that a flush mounting kit is not bundled in the base price to be objectionable.

If you wanted a chart plotter and SONAR combination instrument, there are many choices. Some chart plotter devices are set up to be used as multi-function displays and require a separate black-box SONAR. Almost all chart plotter makers who offer a combined plotter and SONAR also offer just a chart plotter. When you decide what device to buy, you should not condemn the manufacturer for selling a unit that needed a black box SONAR; you probably made that choice yourself. There are many options.

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