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I upgraded the Electronics on my Ranger last year, purchasing two Lowrance Elite 7 Units. Keep in mind that Lowrance often has rebates that you can take advantage  of from time to time. If not, I believe the units are right in the vicinity of your price point. I am impressed with the Units, and it has great mapping capabilities which are a breeze to operate. The Navionics chip is also helpful to finding high percentage areas in new, big bodies of water.

 

The only issue I have with the Unit is the DSI was not as clear as I would have liked. It is by no means a poor image, it just isn't fantastic. It is good. I played around with the sensitivity and the other options, however I was unable to get the detail I had expected. The new CHIRP Sonar version appears to be a much better unit, so take a look at that unit too- it may be worth the extra $ in the long run. 

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The "BEST" is to get the most technology you can within your budget.

Do your shopping on-line with a marine electronics dealer. Typically they sell below MSRP all the time and ocasionally have a sale.

The big box general sporting goods places like BPS and Cabelas sell at MSRP and sometimes have a sale.

 

You may find more for less.

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Academy has the humminbird 598 for $499. Great deal on a good unit right now.

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There may be some good "black friday" sales going on at the big outdoor stores. Might be worth checking in to.

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Sometimes guys who are upgrading sell their older units cheap.  I just upgraded myself and sold an HDS 8 for $700 and it was still under warranty.  Check out the for sale here.  Also check prices at places like BBG and BOE marine.

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