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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

http://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?path=-1%7C344%7C2028688%7C2028737& 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:

http://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?path=-1%7C344%7C2028705%7C2028876& 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

--NMEA-2000

--NMEA-0813

--Ethernet

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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