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What do you prefer or think is the best sonar out there? Feel free to tell us what you use and why. If other, tell us what you use.

Marcum
213 (38.8%)
Vexilar
186 (33.9%)
hummingbird
92 (16.8%)
Other
58 (10.6%)

Total Members Voted: 547

Author Topic: Marcum vs. Vexilar vs. hummingbird vs. other POLL(Lets settle this finally!)  (Read 44424 times)

Offline quickco

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I have not been around too many BUT the marcum i used from a friend convinced me to order my first, just a vx-1i but i liked it compared the the vex another guy tried getting me turned onto. the extra cash for the soft case for the vex is silly, and I didnt try the zoom on the vex but i hear they are not so good.
SO   MARCUM!!

Offline Bigfathead

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Dodge Ram with a Marcum

Now if I put Marcum into the category of a Dodge I wouldíve kept the Vexilar as my first unit!😂

Offline Doeslayer

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Vexilar all the way
Catch and release, into the grease!
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Offline sfw1960

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 ???


There is NO "G" in Humminbird....



HB Helix Chirp DI GPS G2/XI 9 1521 on !CE sure is n!CE - Lose the Vex and get 4 KiloWatts of Vex-blinding 'Bird power, and "see ALL of what's down there"   >:D

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Offline Seamonkey84

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I go with other, panoptix is the new game in town.
That said, havenít used it though the ice yet, but Iíd go with any graph over a flasher any day. Though I just learned the The biggest difference between vex and everything else, graph display aside, the raw analog signal.
Described very well in this video, towards the end at the 6 min mark


That kinda gives vex an advantage when it comes to display speed and the slightest movement showing as a flicker. but when it comes to overal user options and abilityís like graph display, gps, and eveyhing else that others have to offer, itís kind of lacking. 

Offline HWeber

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yeah almost comparing apples and oranges at this point even among the typical "flasher" brands throw in garmin and they win without question.

Offline fishinjohn

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LOVE MY MARCUM!!!!!!!!

Offline esox_xtm

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I have a question. This thread started in February 2016. Does anyone believe this can ever be "finally settled"?  >:D

On the other hand I do enjoy reading all the different viewpoints and experiences. Carry on...  :clap:
To fish or not to fish? That's a stupid question!



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Offline Iceassin

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I have a question. This thread started in February 2016. Does anyone believe this can ever be "finally settled"?  >:D

On the other hand I do enjoy reading all the different viewpoints and experiences. Carry on...  :clap:

As long as there is new and improved and hell hasn't froze over there will be different viewpoints, preferences and debates on this topic.

So, St. Croix vs. Jason Mitchell vs. Frabill...let's settle this finally! :whistle: :roflmao:
"Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice."
 


Offline Chesterpeak

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LX-9 mounted on vexilar ultrapack.
Just fits in a 5 gal bucket

Offline JonPerry

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Like apples & oranges... ;)

Offline icebuckboy

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I had 2 different Hummingbirds that I used before. Leaning towards a Marcum Showdown now.

Offline ice dawg

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I have an FL18, LX5 and Helix 7 g2 gsp. I like all of them.
It seems to go from zero to hero all some have to do is lie.

Offline Snitch#8

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"Bird" Ice 55 for me!

Offline HWeber

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We need a new poll

Offline appleye

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Garmin and Lowrance need to be added to the poll.  ::)
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Offline jbird68

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First flasher was a Aqua Vu VPG (Marcum Showdown).
Then I added a Lowrance EliteElite-5 Which was a little buggy.
Now I have a Garmin EchoMap 73dv with gt-8 transducer.


But my favorite is still the Showdown. The target separation is awesome. Used the Garmin and showdown side-by-side last year and the showdown seemed to be able to tell my jig apart from the bottom or fish better. On the Garmin everything just seemed to be mashed together on the screen. But I was also using the transom mount transducer mounted on a pvc pipe. This year I have the gt-8 ice transducer. Can't wait to try it and see if it makes a difference.
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Offline Mancaveburnett

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Marcum lx5i
Hands down the best flasher/ fish finder
Argument settled
Good day

Offline Iceassin

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I vote it will NEVER be finally.😉
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Offline esox_xtm

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Marcum lx5i
Hands down the best flasher/ fish finder
Argument settled
Good day

Oh good! Finally this is over!  :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:
To fish or not to fish? That's a stupid question!



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Offline Iceassin

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Oh good! Finally this is over!  :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:

Oh Brother...🙄🤣
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Offline iceman260

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Vexilar FL-18 very reliable no issues in twenty years catch a lot of fish with it.
If fishing is a sport are we considered athletes?

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I have Vexilar, Marcum and Humminbird ice units. What to do? What to do?  :o
It seems to go from zero to hero all some have to do is lie.

Offline DR.SPECKLER

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I have Vexilar, Marcum and Humminbird ice units. What to do? What to do?  :o
get rid of the marcum.jk

Offline bigfoot86

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Marcum lx5i....love it!

Offline Iceattic

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I bought a vex fl8  2years ago for $150 and was amazed. Really like it. This year I found a Marcum lx5 on eBay for $200. Cant wait to try it out, if we get some ice here in ne pa! I have a split decision.

Offline Unclegillhunter

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What ever sees fish on the ice is alright, alright!
Keep it safe! JDL

Offline Tom7541

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I use my humminbird 798ci off the boat with the portable shuttle best of all world gps, graph and flasher mode if you like that can use rts window for great separation. Zoom the entire water column, and mapping is great see something you like while trolling lake drop a mark and can hit it dead on during hard water so humminbird for me, i also have a marcum flasher thats almost 20 years old still works great take that as a backup or for a friend.

 



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