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Looking at a Lowrance Mark 5x DSI featuring what they call "Down Scan Imaging" and was wondering if anyone has any positive, or negative experiences with this particular model.
Of course I would be interested in the consensus of what the board feels is the best bang for the buck, especially when it comes to reliability.
I'm afraid a good Furuno is beyond my reach.
Thanks in advance.

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Make your selection based on your needs and your ability to use and understand the equipment so you can maxamize your use . Go to all your dealears that have displays and pick they brains on every function and make YOUR choice.
 

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some of the same features available on the side scan machines and some of the same features too. One of the best features is using the track-back and setting waypoints,hmmmm, maybe a hi def gps fishfinder is a better deal ?
Check around, determine your needs, do you fish in a lot of different areas with the need for GPS too ?
A lot of info needed to decide what is best for you.
Anyway, for my money, Lowrance is the way to go.
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Just went through the exercise. Been with Lowrance and raymarine in the past.Looked at those again. Furuno too pricey..pulled the trigger onthe Hummingbird 596c HD DI this time....looks like a nice unit with killer features at a good price. reviews from users are all very positive. 1st time with a hummingbird.....
 

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I have a garmin and suggest you don't. For the money the garmin is like a fisher price toy instead of a quality bottom machine. Humminbird or Lowrance HDS is the way to go.
 

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I am in the homework stage myself now to replace an 11 yr old Garmin unit.
I am really excited about the side/structure scan (add-on) capability of the Lowrance HDS units, assuming the fishfinding capabilities are waht they appear to be, but the models you linked to above (ste6168) look pretty nice too, especially price-wise if structure scan isn't in your requirements.
The Furuno 585 is in the ball park of the HDS, but it appears to be a sounder only - no GPS.
 

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The Furuno 585 is in the ball park of the HDS, but it appears to be a sounder only - no GPS.
Yes, the ageless Furuno 585 is a sonar only model. It's been around for a long time. A bit on the pricey side at $1200 (plus the cost of a transducer), but still an excellent sonar. And you never have to worry about software updates!

But you get so much more for your money with today's modern technology MFD units!!!
 
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