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I've got alot of Bass Pro Shops gift cards saved up and I've decided i gonna get some new electronics. I have an older model Garmin that does ok but I need something a little more sensitive that will show more detail. I also want something fairly inexpensive and small. I've done some research and i was looking at the Lowrance X96. Heres a link:



Lowrance X96



It looks like a very good sonar unit for the price. I was wondering if any of you guys had this sonar unit and what you thought about it. Also, what are your opinions on some good fish finders around the same price range?? I was looking at the Hummingbird 500 series too, but i've heard the Lowrance is a better unit. What are some features i need to look for in a good quality sonar? Thoughts??



Thanks in advance guys!!
 

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That one looks like a weiner to me! For straight sonar you want Lowrance. The humminbirds, to be honest with you, just don't hold a candle to them.
 

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I like Lowrance. The x96 should do just fine depending on your application. Will this be put up front or in the back? With 1500 watts peak to peak, you should be able see things just fine. They do have stronger units, but the more power the more you pay.



With the 96, you should be able to see a jigging spoon just fine.



Just my .02 cents worth.



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Thanks guys.
Jtewes, I'm going to install the unit on the bow. I'd like to have something a little stronger, but like you said, the more power the more you pay. I dont plan on having my boat too much longer, maybe another year or two, so I'm not looking on getting anything too expensive. I like the fact you stated that i should be able to see a jigging spoon on the screen, thats really the sensitivity i was looking for. I've never owned a Lowrance but, like Bad Habit stated earlier, I've heard the Hummingbirds are inferior sonars. The X96 seems about perfect for me. Anybody else wanna chime in??
 

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I do not think you can go wrong with the X96. I own a Eagle FishMark 480 on my bow and absolutely love it. I can clearly see anything that I drop next to my depth finder all the way to the bottom. Last year I was showing a buddy of mine how you could see my lure dropping all the way to the bottom. While I was talking to him I seen some clutter around where I was jigging my bait. Low and behold it was a bass that decided to hit my worm that I was shaking below my transducer.




So there is another option for you. Eagle is made my Lowrance so I don't think you could go wrong with either of these units.
 

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Don't forget about the pixels either. The higher the pixel count, the clearer screen resolution you will have. The X125 I think is the same power (watts) as the X96 only with a 480x480 vs. 320x320 pixel count. I think when you step up to the 135 you gain watts and pixels over the X96. But, for a good all around sonar i'd say the x96 would be hard to beat.
 

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I run a Humminbird 525 in my little modded jon boat. It does the job for what I do. I personally like the Lowrance line of Sonars, and would use them if I had a Bass Boat and fished in tournaments alot.
 
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