The Striker Vivid 9sv is one of the Garmin fish finders released in 2020. It’s pretty similar to the older Garmin Striker Plus 9sv, but it has the new Vivid Color Palettes for the structure scanning sonar. Just like the other Striker units, it does not support maps. For reference, this is the Garmin part number 010-02554-00.
Key Features and Specifications
- Display: 9″ diagonal, 800H x 480V pixel resolution, WVGA color, backlit
- Sonar: High Wide Traditional CHIRP, CHIRP ClearVü, CHIRP SideVü
- Frequency and Coverage:
2D CHIRP: High Wide CHIRP 150-240 kHz, 24°-16°
ClearVü: 455 kHz (425-485 kHz) 2.0° / 50° and 800 kHz (790-850 kHz) 1.0° / 30°
SideVü: 455 kHz (425-485 kHz) 2.0° / 50° and 800 kHz (790-850 kHz) 1.0° / 30°
- Depth Capability:
2D CHIRP: 800 ft. (244 m)
ClearVü: 500 ft. (152 m)
SideVü: 500 ft. (152 m)
- Transducer: GT52HW-TM (12-pin)
- Power Output: 500 Watts (RMS)
- Current Draw: 12V: 0.75A
- GPS: High-precision, internal
- Charts: No
- Waypoints, routes, tracks: 5000, 100, 50
Sonar and transducer
The unit has three built-in sonar technologies. These are standard CHIRP, ClearVü, and SideVü. It supports multiple base frequencies, including 50/77/200 kHz for standard CHIRP, and 260/455/800 kHz for SideVü and ClearVü. Unlike the ECHOMAP UHD 93sv, it does not have the UHD sonar mode, so it does not support the 1,000 kHz frequency channel. It also does not support Panoptix sonar.
The transducer included with the unit is the GT52HW-TM. This transducer features a transom mount, 20 ft. (6 m) of cable, and an internal temperature sensor. It has a 12-pin connector, but this Garmin fish finder pack includes a 12-pin to 4-pin adapter cable.
The GT52HW transducer supports three frequencies. For the CHIRP sonar, it uses a conical beam in a CHIRP range of 150-240 kHz with a variable coverage of 24° – 16°. Its depth capability is 800 ft. (244 m). For the SideVü and ClearVü sonar, it uses two oval beams. Their coverage is 2.0°x50° @ 455 kHz and 1.0°x30° @ 800 kHz. The maximum depth range for ClearVü and the maximum side range for the SideVü sonar is 500 ft. (152 m).
The unit offers a fairly decent range of standard sonar functions. The list includes Fish Symbol ID, Amplitude Scope, Bottom Lock, Split Screen Sonar Zoom, Circular Flasher for ice fishing, Adjustable Depth Line, Sonar AutoGain, and more. However, it does not have a Sonar Recording function.
The Garmin Striker Vivid 9sv does not support charts but does have a built-in GPS plotter. This being said, it can still indicate your current coordinates on a blank background, as well as the coordinates of any waypoint marked. It offers the possibility to save up to 5,000 waypoints, in its memory, 100 routes, and record up to 50 tracks.
Although the unit does not have built-in maps and does not support any maps, it has the Garmin Quickdraw Contours feature. This is a bathymetric mapping application that uses the 2D CHIRP sonar and the GPS function allowing you to reveal and record the depth contours of the lake that you are scanning. This being said, you can create your own fishing maps with the most up to date contours.
It’s also important to mention, though, that unlike the ECHOMAP units, the Striker Vivid 9sv does not have the SailAssist page. It also does not support VHF radio, AIS units, or Radar.
Control unit features
As its name suggests, the Garmin Striker Vivid 9sv features a 9-inch WVGA color display, with a pixel resolution of 800H x 480V. It has LED backlight for improved readability in direct sunlight and at night. It is IPX7 waterproof which means that it should withstand incidental water exposure with no problem. It has a user-friendly interface, easy to customize with the most used application combos and split-screen modes.
The unit does not have networking features such as Ethernet or NMEA but does have built-in WiFi. It is also compatible with the ActiveCaptain app which offers quite an impressive range of features. For example, it offers the possibility to pair your smartphone with your Striker unit in order to transfer waypoints, access the Garmin Quickdraw Community for map downloads and uploads, update your unit’s software with ease if any updates are available, and even receive smart notifications from your phone on the display of the Striker unit.
The unit comes with the standard tilt mount. The box includes a Garmin bumper sticker but does not include a unit cover, a flush mount, or a trolling mount for the transducer.
- CHIRP Sonar;
- ClearVü sonar;
- SideVü sonar;
- Vivid Color Palette for Sv and Cv;
- GT52HW-TM transducer included;
- Capable of 50/77/200 kHz frequencies for the 2D sonar & 260/455/800 kHz frequencies for the structure scanning sonar;
- Dual-frequency capable;
- Various sonar features such as Fish Symbols, A-Scope, Ultrascroll, Circular Flasher, Bottom Lock etc;
- High-sensitivity GPS;
- Quickdraw Contours;
- Depth Range Shading;
- Waypoint and route creation functions;
- Track recording function;
- GPS speed function;
- Built-in WiFi;
- ActiveCaptain compatible;
- Large, ultra-bright display, 9″ in diagonal;
- User-friendly interface;
- IPX7 waterproof and LED backlight for better readability in direct sunlight;
- Easy to install.
- Unit cover not included;
- Flush mount not included;
- No microSD or SD card reader;
- Not networkable.
The Garmin Striker Vivid 9sv is a fish finder featuring CHIRP sonar, ClearVü, and SideVü sonar. It has a basic GPS plotter, and the Quickdraw Contours feature. It includes the GT52HW-TM transducer, which supports all the unit’s sonar technologies. Plus, it has built-in WiFi and is compatible with the ActiveCaptain app. It’s an excellent unit for boats of all sizes, for both inland and off-shore fishing. It doesn’t support charts and doesn’t offer NMEA support, but on the other hand, it costs a few $100s less than a full, 9″ chartplotter.