The Raymarine Element HV units come in various bundles with different charts, with or without a transducer. We’ve already reviewed the Element 9 HV that comes with the LightHouse Charts. So, in this post, we’re going to address the Raymarine Element 9 HV part number E70534-05-NAG, the one that includes the new Hv-100 transducer and the Navionics+ charts for the United States and Canada.
Key Features and Specifications
- Display: 9″ diagonal, 800H x 480V pixel resolution, WVGA color, LED backlight, LightHouse Sport
- Sonar: 2D CHIRP, DownVision Hyper, SideVision Hyper, RealVision 3D Hyper
- Transducer: Hv-100
- Operating frequencies: 200 kHz / 350 kHz / 1.2 MHz
- Depth Capability:
2D CHIRP: 900 ft. (274 m)
DownVision: Standard 600 ft (183 m) / Hyper 100 ft. (30 m)
SideVision: Standard 300 ft. (91 m) / Hyper 100 ft. (30 m)
RealVision 3D: Standard 300 ft. (91 m) / Hyper 100 ft. (30 m)
- Operating Voltage: 12V DC (8 V to 16 VDC)
- GPS: Internal, 28 channels
- Maps: Navionics+ for U.S. and Canada
- Routes, Waypoints, Tracks: 50; 5,000; 15 (10,000 pts / track)
Sonar and transducer
The Raymarine Element 9 HV has four pre-loaded types of sonar; these are RealVision 3D, SideVision, DownVision, and 2D CHIRP sonar. This being said, you don’t need an additional sonar black box for any of these sonar technologies. It’s also important to mention that the unit offers HyperVision sonar technology, which means that it can operate at 1.2 MHz for all the structure scanning sonar technologies (DownVision, SideVision, and RealVision 3D).
The unit itself supports three main frequencies. These are 200 kHz for the 2D CHIRP sonar, 350 kHz for regular structure scanning sonar, and 1.2 MHz for Hyper sonar. It does not support 50 kHz or 83 kHz, though. This being said, if you will pair the unit with a 50/200 kHz transducer, the system will only be able to use the 200 kHz channel.
Since this is the E70534-05-NAG unit, it includes the new Hv-100 transducer. This transducer integrates a temperature sensor and the unit can display the water temperature based on the data provided by the transducer. It has a transom mount and 20′ (6 m) of cable with a 15-pin connector. It’s also important to mention that there is a cable extension available for it, its part number is A80562.
Needless to say, the included transducer supports all the sonar technologies provided by the unit, including the Hyper modes. For RealVision 3D, SideVision, and DownVision, it uses oval-shaped beams. Their exact coverage is not specified. The depth capabilities and the side coverage of the beams for SideVision are specified, though. The Down Imaging beam can reach depths up to 600 ft (183 m) @ 350 kHz, and 125 ft (38 m) when using Hyper mode. RealVision 3D can reach depths of 300 ft (91 m) @ 350 kHz, and 125 ft (38 m) when using Hyper mode. While for SideVision, the depth capabilities are similar to the RealVision 3D sonar, while the side-to-side coverage of the beams is 300 ft (91 m) on each side @ 350 kHz, and 125 ft. (38 m) on each side for the Hyper mode.
Needless to say, the unit offers a pretty decent range of standard sonar features. The list includes A-Scope, Sonar Scrollback, Fish Icons, White Line, Bottom Lock, different alarms, etc. A Temperature Graph function is also available. However, the unit does not have a Circular Flasher mode for ice fishing.
As we’ve mentioned above, this is the Raymarine Element 9 HV part number E70534-05-NAG, which includes the Navionics+ charts for Canada and the United States. It’s important to mention that the charts are not built-in; the unit actually does not have any built-in chart platform. So, the Nav+ charts are included as a microSD card.
The Navionics+ charts offer coverage for the U.S. and Canada inland and coastal waters. They cover more than 22,000 inland lakes, with a huge database of points of interest and listed data for each point of interest.
The Navionics+ charts include the SonarChart application which gives you the possibility to map your own lake. However, the unit has its own depth contours mapping feature. It is called RealBathy and it’s one of the new types of software released by Raymarine in 2019. RealBathy is included with all the Element units. This feature gives you the possibility to create 1-foot contours bathymetric charts, also offering features such as safe depth colorization and variable transparency. It is important to mention that RealBathy requires a data microSD card as support for the created charts; it cannot save them into the internal memory of the unit.
Of course, the unit supports all the other charts listed in the Raymarine chart store section. It is compatible with LightHouse NC2, Navionics Platinum+, C-MAP Essentials, and C-MAP 4D MAX+.
The unit’s internal GPS offers a frequency range between 1574 MHz and 1605 MHz and 28 channels. It is GLONASS compatible, and also supports MSAS, WAAS, EGNOS, QZSS, and GAGAN. Waypoint creation, route creation, and trackplotting functions are also available. The Element 7 HV can save up to 50 routes with 250 waypoints per route, and a total of 5,000 saved waypoints with various icons. It can also save up to 15 plotted tracks; each track can have up to 10,000 points.
Last but not least, the Element 9 HV unit does not have a built-in Radar application and does not support Radar modules. It does support GPS heading sensors and VHF radio units, though.
Control unit features
As its name suggests, the Element 9 HV features a 9-inch display. Evidently, it’s a full-color unit, with LED backlight (1,500 nits), featuring a pixel resolution of 800 x 480. It is also IPX6 and IPX7 rated, which essentially means that it can withstand incidental water exposure, rain, and even immersions in freshwater.
The unit is equipped with a quad-core internal processor. This being said, it offers high responsiveness for all the applications. It has 8.0 GB of internal memory for waypoints, routes, and other data storage. It also has a microSD card slot for charts or external data storage, which you can load up with the included Navionics+ card or other chart options.
The unit has a keypad-operated interface; it does not have touchscreen technology like other models, such as the Axiom 9, for example. Its operating system is the new LightHouse Sport which provides configured application pages for quick usage, and several other new features. It’s also important to mention that the unit offers a split-screen format for up to four panels, so you can view and work with up to four applications simultaneously.
The unit supports NMEA 2000 and SeaTalk so you can integrate it into an already existent boat grid and enable communication and feedback from other devices such as heading sensors, VHF radio, etc. Wireless connectivity (WiFi and Bluetooth) is available as well. Therefore, you can connect it to a WiFi hotspot to download software updates or sync it with your smartphone or tablet.
Finally, the box includes the classic trunnion bracket mount, a surface mounting kit, a unit cover, and the transom mount for the transducer. In-hull or trolling mounts are not available for this transducer. So, in case you need a thru-hull transducer, you will have to opt for the HV-300 model, sold separately.
- 2D CHIRP Sonar;
- HyperVision sonar (including RealVision 3D Hyper, SideVision Hyper, and DownVision Hyper);
- Supports 1.2 MHz sonar frequencies for crisp-clear structure scanning images;
- HV-100 all-in-one transducer included;
- Multiple sonar functions available such as Scroll Back, Bottom Lock, White Line, A-Scope, Fish Icons etc.
- Fast and accurate, 28-channel internal GPS / GLONASS receiver;
- Navionics+ charts for the United States and Canada inland and coastal waters;
- Compatible with various other charts, including Raymarine LightHouse NC2, Navionics Platinum, C-MAP Essentials, C-MAP 4D MAX+;
- RealBathy sonar mapping;
- VHF Radio capable;
- Trackplotting, routes and waypoints functions;
- 800 x 480 resolution, optically bonded LCD, multitouch display, with LED backlight;
- LightHouse Sport operating system, which offers a highly intuitive and easy to use interface;
- Fast quad-core processor;
- NMEA 2000 and SeaTalk networking possibilities;
- WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity;
- MicroSD card reader (1 slot);
- IPX6 & IPX7 waterproof;
- Trunnion and flush mounts included;
- Sun cover included;
- Fairly easy to install.
- Does not support Radar;
- Does not support 83 kHz and 50 kHz sonar;
- No circular flasher sonar mode.
The Raymarine Element 9 HV E70534-05-NAG is a fish finder and chartplotter combo offering CHIRP Sonar, HyperVision Sonar, GPS, Navionics+ charts, and RealBathy mapping. It includes the HV-100 transducer which supports all the four sonar technologies built-in the unit – 2D CHIRP, SideVision, DownVision, and RealVision 3D, including their HyperVision (1.2 MHz) modes. It also offers excellent networking possibilities via NMEA 2000 and SeaTalk; plus, it has internal WiFi and Bluetooth. It’s an excellent unit for inland fishing and navigation, but can also be used offshore with no problem if you don’t require deepwater scanning.