for the price of one Lowrance HDS-7 plotter/sounder, I can buy TWO HDS5 units - one 5x fishfinder, one 5m chartplotter
Am I crazy to think this is a good idea?
They are afterall basically the same price, and I like having dedicated plotter/sounder (boat is used for diving) as more often than not I'm using both functions at once.
imagine if I placed the two HDS5 side-by-side on the console,
I'd get (if my maths are correct):
- 480x960 effective resolution (up from 480x640)
- 9x18cm screen area vs 9.7x13cm: 28% more screen area (162cm2 vs 126cm2
- =higher resolution and more screen area when using plotter and sounder at once: 8% increase in horizontal dpi
(9x9cm at 480x480 for each HDS5 display, vs 9.7x6.5cm at 480x320 when splitscreen on the HDS7)
- =more screenroom to display other NMEA2000 instrumentation onscreen.
- dedicated controls and quick access to controls for both.
- redundancy - if one unit dies, at least the other is working
- no faffing about switching/setting up display splits
- screensize and resolution when only using one instrument (plotter OR sounder)
- console space (two sets of buttons/bezels) - two HDS5 are 14cm wider than one HDS7, but 2cm shorter - so they could be stacked one on top of the other??
- screen height (admittedly only 7mm!)
here come the questions:
What else would I lose by going for two HDS5?- is there any fancy integration between sounder and plotter in splitscreen mode on the HDS7 I would miss out on?
Would NMEA2000 instruments cope with two head units on the one network(I guess so)?
Would I lose or gain with this arrangement if I upgraded to StructureScan package? E.g. if the structurescan was displayed on the sounder screen, would you still be able to mark points on the sounder and have them appear on the plotter?
Would this new StructureMap thing work correctly if the LSS was plugged into the sounder?
Would you perhaps sack off the either instrument for one from a different manufacturer?
looking forward to your feedback.