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jimh posted 08-05-2015 01:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
I just came across a mention that DEFENDER.COM, the on-line marine store with generally excellent pricing, is presently selling the SIMRAD NSS7 Chart plotter and SONAR for only $499. That is a reduction of $500 from the list price. See id=1701991

I don't think there is a transducer bundled with the unit, but many boats already have a compatible Lowrance transducer installed.

If you want to use the NMEA-0183 interface or the composite video inputs, you may also need to buy the $20 NMEA-0183 interface cable: id=2533250

Usually when top-line products like this are on such an aggressive mark-down in price it foretells new models in the works.

The NSS7 has rather extensive connectivity. It has




The display can also work with RADAR overlays and AIS receivers. It can also display engine data. It even works with sophisticated electrical controllers like C-Zone.

kwik_wurk posted 08-06-2015 07:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for kwik_wurk  Send Email to kwik_wurk     
Simrad's website says this is a discontinued product, hence the price. The new version has evo2 desgination. I have never used a Simrad chart, sonar, and multi-function display, but at that price--for new out of box--it becomes interesting even at last year's technology. My only concern is finding compatible sub-components like BSM-2, which also appear to be discontinued.
msirof2001 posted 08-07-2015 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for msirof2001  Send Email to msirof2001     
This is exactly the unit I have on my 1995 OUTRAGE 21. I originally ordered the boat 21-years ago with a Lowrance LMS 1000. It died when Northstar was transitioning to the 6000-8000 series from the 952 series. I got a 952 WAAS since it was being discontinued and the price dropped from $3250 to $1350 almost overnight. The 952 died a few months after my repower in 2014 and I didn't have a lot of money lying around. The SIMRAD NSS7 was c.2012 state-of-the-art and the evo2 was just coming out. I got a great deal on the NSS7, not as great as $499.

After having the NSS7 for a year and a half, I am thrilled with it. The touch screen is great, menus are easy, and the display is great. Yes, it integrates with other modules so I could put a transducer on it and use the fishfinder. I currently have a Furuno 582 which is 21 years old and that transducer has a different number of pins. So for the Simrad, I would have to upgrade the transducer. When the Furuno dies, that is when I would get the Simrad BSM-3 and the Airmar pocket-mount wide-angle transducer. I may get the Simrad NSS12 evo2 at that poing leaving the NSS7 as an additional display. The NSS7 is great and $499 is a phenominal value. Only complaint is the Newport Beach harbor entrance jetties are barely displayed as dashed lines. The NSS7 allows you to use the Navionics Platinum+ card instead of the Simrad Insight. I would recommend using some of the savings on that.

I'm a happy camper with the NSS7 after one-and-half years of constant use.

peteinsf posted 08-07-2015 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf  Send Email to peteinsf     
What would be a economical transducer for this unit? A 10,000-foot [depth capability] would be [excessive] for my initial install.
msirof2001 posted 08-08-2015 12:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for msirof2001  Send Email to msirof2001     
I saw this recent press release from Airmar. I don't know the pricing but in the press release, they use the term "lower price." And, I know that a lot of people are adverse to drilling through-hull or pocket mount transducers into Whaler hulls. They offer a transom mount version. This potentially could be a way of utilizing the Chirp capability with the NSS7 at a more reasonable cost. I would definitely consult an expert but this may be a possibility.
Hoosier posted 08-10-2015 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
After looking at the specs this looks like an HDS-7 Gen 2 with the added feature of a touch screen. It's a good deal. If you want to have CHIRP you'll have to shell out another ~~$500 for the Sonar Hub; it's not worth it. A better option, if you can live without ethernet, is the Simrad Go7, there you get CHIRP, touch screen, AND Down Scan Imaging.

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