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Lowrance HDS-16 Live Active Imaging 3-in-1 C-MAP Enhanced

HDS-16 Live
AI 3-in-1

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2D: 1,000'


10 Hz,
US Enhanced


The HD-16 Live is one of the new units released by Lowrance at the beginning of 2019. It’s a multi-function display capable of Active Imaging 3-in-1 sonar, and as its name suggests, Live Sonar. It also offers a wide array of navigation and networking features. For reference, this is the Lowrance part number 000-14434-001, the one that includes the Active Imaging 3-in-1 transducer (not the LiveSight one), and comes with the C-MAP Enhanced chart platform.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Display: SolarMax HD, 16″ diagonal, 1920H x 1080V Full HD, with LED backlight and multitouch technology
  • Sonar: Active Imaging 3-in-1, StructureScan 3D, LiveSight Sonar capable
  • Transducer: Active Imaging 3-in-1
  • Frequency and Coverage (with the included transducer):
    83/200/455/800 kHz
    300′ (91 m) on each side – 455 kHz SideScan
    150′ (46 m) on each side – 800 kHz SideScan
  • Depth Capability (with the included transducer):
    1,000′ (305 m) for the CHIRP sonar
    300′ (91 m) for DownScan and SideScan
  • Supply Voltage: 12VDC (10.8-17 VDC)
  • GPS: 16-channel, 10Hz internal GPS
  • Maps: U.S. C-MAP Enhanced Basemap
  • Routes, Waypoints, Trails: 100; 3,000; 100 (10,000 per trail)

Sonar and transducer

Just like the HDS-12 Live, the HDS-16 has built-in Active Imaging 3-in-1 sonar, which means it offers 2D CHIRP sonar, DownScan sonar, and SideScan sonar. Also, as its name suggests, it supports LiveSight sonar, but in order to use this sonar technology, you will need the LiveSight transducer. The unit also supports StructureScan 3D.

Since this is the Lowrance part number 000-14434-001, it includes the Active Imaging 3-in-1 transducer. The main body of this transducer is ABS made but does include a metallic jackplate for trolling mounting, and a transom mount. It has an internal temperature sensor and 25′ (7.6 m) of cable with a 9-pin connector.

As its name suggests, the transducer covers the three main types of sonar of the unit – 2D CHIRP, DownScan, and SideScan. Its operating frequencies are 83/200 kHz for 2D CHIRP and 455/800 kHz for DownScan and SideScan.

For SideScan and DownScan, the transducer uses oval, thin beams. Their exact coverage is not specified, but for SideScan, the maximum side range of the transducer beams is 300′ (91 m) at 455 kHz, and 150′ (46 m) at 800 kHz. The maximum depth capability for the structure scanning sonar of this transducer is 300′ (91 m).

For 2D CHIRP, the transducer uses conical beams. Again, the exact coverage of the beams is not specified. The maximum depth capability of this transducer is 1,000′ (305 m), which can be obtained when using the 83 kHz beam.

In terms of sonar, there are several other notable features offered by the HDS-16 Live. To begin with, FishReveal gives you the possibility to combine the 2D CHIRP sonar with the DownScan Imaging Sonar, in order to view the get a better view of the fish targets in relation to the bottom, cover, or structure. This pretty much eliminates the need to view the DownScan and 2D CHIRP in split-screen. Surface Clarity and Live Network sonar support are also included. Surface Clarity is a sensitivity adjustment mode that allows you to reduce the surface clutter for a better view of the fish targets that are closer to the surface. The Live Network Sonar feature allows the unit to control two independent sonar sources and view them in split-screen.

Of course, the unit also provides the full range of standard sonar features. Among them, we can count Fish ID, A-Scope, Bottom Lock, Circular Flasher, Sonar Recording, various alarms, and more.

Navigation features

To begin with, the Lowrance HDS-16 Live is equipped with a 10 Hz internal GPS with 16 channels. This means it can provide position updates 10 times per second. It has a GPS speed function and can also augment data via WAAS, EGNOS, or MSAS. The unit can store up to 3,000 waypoints in its memory and you can choose from an extensive database of icons for your waypoints in order to personalize each one better. It also has trackplotting and route creation functions, being able to record up to 100 tracks (10,000 points / track) and save up to 100 routes.

The unit’s internal chart platform is the C-MAP Enhanced Basemap. This chart platform offers extra detailing compared to the basic C-MAP included with the Elite Ti2 units. It offers inland coverage with 1-foot contours for more than 4,000 U.S. lakes, and also offers U.S. coastal coverage including Hawaii and Alaska. Of course, the unit supports various premium charts, including C-MAP MAX-N, C-MAP MAX-N+, Navionics Gold & HotMaps, Navionics+, Navionics Platinum+, Nautic Insight Pro and HD, and more.

Similar to the older units, the HDS-16 Live has the StructureMap feature. This is a sonar mapping application that allows you to overlay data from the SideScan Imaging Sonar on the maps. But even better than StructureMap is the GenesisLive feature. This is an application similar to the SonarChart offered by the Navionics charts. It offers the 2D sonar data and the GPS data in order to reveal and record the depth contours of the body of water that you’re scanning. This way, you can create personalized maps with the newest contours. You can also view Genesis Live and StructureMap in split-screen for better awareness.

SmartSteer is also a feature supported by this unit. This feature offers autopilot and other functions for MotorGuide Xi5/Xi3 trolling motors; however, this requires MotorGuide PinPoint Gateway. It provides control for Power-Pole anchors. It can also show data from an AIS unit. Plus, the unit has an internal Radar application which means it can show data from an external Radar module, including 4G (Broadband), 3G (Broadband), Halo24 (Pulse Compression Dome Radar), Halo 3’/4’/6′ (Open Array Pulse Compression Radar).

Control unit features

The HDS-16 Live is one of the largest Lowrance multi-function displays at the moment. It has a 16″ display with a Full HD pixel resolution 1920H x 1080V. Needless to say, it’s a full-color unit, with integrated LED backlight (>1,200 nits). Also, since it’s a SolarMAX display, it provides excellent readability in direct sunlight, even if you’re wearing polarized sunglasses.

The unit is IPX7 waterproof. This means it is designed to withstand incidental water exposure and even full immersions in freshwater. It includes the classic U-bracket, a bezel mount, and a sun cover.

The unit has a multi-touch interface. This means it responds to any touch command just as any tablet or smartphone, but also has the side keypad with the 8-way directional button, zoom keys, page key, quick waypoint creation key, enter/exit menu, and four user programmable quick keys. It offers the possibility to view up to 6 separate displays at once in split-screen format. And you can customize your homepage with the most used applications for quick access.

A dual microSD card reader is available on this unit. Therefore, you can use a data card as support for Genesis, as well as a card with premium charts, without the need to swap them.

In terms of networking, the unit provides Ethernet and NMEA 2000 support. It has once Micro-C NMEA 2000 port and two Ethernet ports. Therefore, you can connect it to an already existing grid, or plug-and-play various other boating instruments, such as Radar modules, GPS sensors, AIS units, etc. It’s also SonicHub, SonicHub2, FusionLink and SiriusXM capable.

The unit also offers wireless connectivity. It has internal Bluetooth and WiFi. Therefore, you can connect online and download software updates or charts, watch videos, and view Google maps via LiveCast. You can even get notifications from your smartphone on the unit’s display.

The Pros

  • Active Imaging 3-in-1 sonar;
  • StructureScan 3D sonar support;
  • LiveSight sonar support;
  • Active Imaging 3-in-1 transducer included;
  • Various sonar functions, such as DownScan Overlay, FishReveal, Bottom Lock, A-Scope, Circular Flasher, Fish ID, Sonar Recording etc;
  • C-MAP U.S. Enhanced Basemap included;
  • Genesis Live sonar mapping feature;
  • StructureMap feature included;
  • Compatible with a wide array of custom charts, including Navionics Gold, Navionics+, Navionics Platinum+, C-MAP Max N, C-MAP Max N+, Insight Pro and Insight HD.
  • Internal, 16-channel, 10 Hz GPS receiver;
  • Autopilot functions via SmartSteer, for Xi5 trolling motors;
  • Waypoints, routes, and trackplotting functions;
  • Full HD display, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, 16-inch diagonal;
  • Easy to use touchscreen navigation;
  • 6-panel view presentation possibilities;
  • Super-bright display, excellent readability even through polarized sunglasses;
  • Dual-core processor for high responsiveness;
  • 8.0 GB of internal storage;
  • WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity;
  • LiveCast smartphone integration;
  • NMEA 2000 and Ethernet support;
  • Dual microSD card reader for data backup and transfer;
  • Supports AIS, Radar, SiriusXM Marine Weather and Audio systems, and SonicHub 2 audio servers;
  • Gimbal bracket mount included;
  • Bezel mount included;
  • Suncover cover included;
  • Available in multiple language packs;
  • Fairly easy to install.

The Cons

  • The Genesis Live feature requires microSD card support.


The Lowrance HDS-16 Live is a multi-function display offering Active Imaging 3-in-1 sonar, LiveSight sonar support, GPS, C-MAP Enhanced charts, Genesis Live, and a wide array of other navigation and networking functions. It includes the Active Imaging 3-in-1 transducer. It also has integrated WiFi and Bluetooth, offering the possibility to connect online, download content, view Google Maps, and even stream videos. It’s one of the largest and most complete Lowrance units at the moment, great for a wide array of boats, for both inland and off-shore fishing and navigation.

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