November 16, 2005

Garmin Fishfinder 340C, 160C, 140 and the 90; Announced

Garmin announced its new lineup of 2006 fishfinders, packed with features that will excite both the weekend inland angler and the serious offshore salt water fisherman.

"Garmin's new line of sonar devices offer a great combination of features that will satisfy just about any boater"s requirements," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "These units offer the same value, reliability, and innovation that boaters have come to know from Garmin."

A number of new features come standard on all new Garmin fishfinders. To help freshwater anglers better pinpoint fish, Garmin now offers Ultrascroll, which allows boaters to get a much faster refresh rate on their sonar display. The new line of units also have improved performance in shallow water - as little as a foot deep - that makes it easier to determine depth, structure, and fish targets. Auto gain, as well as user adjustable gain, is also standard on all of Garmin's new fishfinders.

For serious anglers, Garmin offers the Fishfinder 340C - a full-featured sonar that offers a sunlight readable five-inch (diagonal) 320 x 234 pixel full-color TFT display. The Fishfinder 340C is offered in either a dual frequency configuration (50kHz, 45 deg and 200 kHz, 10 deg) - or, for inland anglers needing a wider fish-finding cone, a dual beam model (80kHz, 45 deg and 200kHz, 14 deg). Water temperature, a round flasher-style display, and an A-scope display also come standard on the Fishfinder 340.

In addition, the 340C is also enabled with Garmin's new CANet -- a one-megabit Controller Area Network that allows users to connect their unit to one of the new GPSMAP 200, 300, or 400-series chartplotter. This allows boaters to read sonar displays on chartplotters located elsewhere in the boat.

The new Fishfinder 160C offers anglers both utility and affordability. The unit is primarily targeted at inland boaters, with the same dual beam transducer as the Fishfinder 340C. The unit features a sunlight readable 4.5” (diagonal) 128 x 128 pixel, 16-color CSTN display.

For the value-minded boater, the new Fishfinder 140 features a 4.7-inch (diagonal) four-level grayscale FSTN display and a dual beam transducer (80kHz, 45 deg and 200kHz, 14 deg). For entry-level consumers, Garmin recommends the Fishfinder 90, with a four-inch (diagonal) 128 x 64 pixel black-and-white FSTN display.

Price for the Fishfinder 340C - $470 (street)

Features of the Fishfinder 340C
* 256-color TFT display, 3.0" W x 4.0 H, 5.0-inch diagonal, 240 x 320 pixels
* CCFL backlight for display and keypad
* Power output: 500 watts (RMS) 4000 watts (peak to peak), dual frequency 400 watts (RMS) 3200 watts (peak to peak), dual beam
* Depth: 1,500 feet (dual frequency), 900 feet (dual beam)
* Choose Dual Frequency 50kHz (45°), 200kHz (10°) for maximum saltwater performance or Dual Beam Width 80kHz (45°), 200kHz (14°) for maximum freshwater performance
* Patented transom/trolling mount transducer
* Unit dimensions: 6.3"W x 6.2"H x 3.1"D
* Ultrascroll high rep rate sonar
* New AutoGain technology to see more fish
* CANet proprietary bus allows display and control of full feature sounder data on 2nd Garmin chartplotter
* New sounder design featuring excellent shallow water performance
* See-Thru technology: shows weak and strong returns simultaneously
* Water temperature log and graph
* Round flasher display mode
* A-scope
* Whiteline
* Adjustable depth line
* 2X and 4X Automatic and manual zoom
* Water speed capable
* Odometer
* Adjustable keel offset
* Alarms for fish size, shallow water, deep water and low battery
* Battery voltage indication
* NMEA sonar data output
* Power down backup of settings: customer settings are not lost when the unit is turned off
* Pre-loaded with over 15 user-interface languages

More on the Fishfinder 340c
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Posted by Scott Martin at November 16, 2005 6:25 AM

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