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    #21
    I'm such a noobie to this stuff that I don't see a drastic difference...

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    #22
    Quote Originally Posted by bk09 View Post
    I'm such a noobie to this stuff that I don't see a drastic difference...
    I'm new to these units as well but if you see them on the water there is a huge difference. Running the standard transducer on a Helix 7 and the HDSi on a 999. Still playing with the settings to get the best picture (and it seems that has as much to do with the water clarity and depth as it does the unit) but it is fun "seeing" what is down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bk09 View Post
    I'm such a noobie to this stuff that I don't see a drastic difference...
    Look at the right side especially...
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    #24
    Quote Originally Posted by steakified View Post
    Hey everyone, BBC newbie.

    I've engaged hummingbird support and you're able to trade in the compact transducer that comes with the helix 5/7 for the HDSI one for an upgrade charge of 85$. This only applies to unopened brand new compact transducers.
    WooHoo! I will be getting a Helix 7 then!
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    #25
    This post should be stickied
    2013 Skeeter MX1825 with Yammy F150 & Helix 10si
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeetzx225 View Post
    This post should be stickied
    Agree.... I always have a hard time finding it when people want to see the difference
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    #27
    I have a 899 si, I'd guess i have the compact transducer. If I do have the compact, can this unit be upgraded to the hd? Thanks

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    #28
    Yes it can; Brian and I both ran the HDSI on ours when we owned them (our 899's).
    Last edited by sfw1960; 10-01-2016 at 08:32 PM.
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    Robert
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    #30
    Thanks, compact is what I have. It's good to know that it could be upgraded.

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    #31
    The HDSI is really a great XDCR.
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    #32
    Is there an adapter that would allow you to use the XT 14 20 HDSI Onix transducer with a Helix unit? Just curious...
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    #33
    Quote Originally Posted by Topwater All Day View Post
    Is there an adapter that would allow you to use the XT 14 20 HDSI Onix transducer with a Helix unit? Just curious...
    No.
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    #34
    HELIX 7 HDSI, 455kHz, 20ft, 75ft range:
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    #35
    Wayne, were these set to 455 khz?
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    #36
    Quote Originally Posted by October1 View Post
    Wayne, were these set to 455 khz?
    Yes, I don't use 800 kHz. It has less coverage.
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  17. #37
    Just put on the hdsi. It's much better. Except it loses bottom on plane no matter where I set it. Never had that problem with the compact transducer. You can't use a thru hull on a metal bottom correct?

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    #38
    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne P. View Post
    Yes, I don't use 800 kHz. It has less coverage.
    That's very interesting! I'm glad I asked. I had contacted HB recently and asked about doing this upgrade when I buy the Helix 7 SI G2N and was told they didn't believe it would make any difference because the Helix doesn't support 800 khz, but obviously it somehow improves the image quality even with the same 455 khz frequency. Hopefully the improvement is still there or even greater with the CHIRP frequencies.

    Quote Originally Posted by wllye View Post
    Just put on the hdsi. It's much better. Except it loses bottom on plane no matter where I set it. Never had that problem with the compact transducer. You can't use a thru hull on a metal bottom correct?
    Wllye, what head unit are you using?

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    #39
    @ wllye -No you can only use an "Alumi Ducer" to shoot thru, I think Wayne has one, but I don't run one.

    If you diddle with the HDSI it can get pretty hi speed readings, my rig is slow so I don't have too much problem with one.

    When it comes to cSI vs HDSI on 455 KHz....
    The proof is in th' puddin' above in post #4:
    http://www.bbcboards.net/showthread....=1#post5972427
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