The Simrad NSX series includes several multifunction displays (MFDs), all released in 2022. They’re essentially the new generation of Simrad fish finder and chartplotter combos that’s meant to replace the Go series. In this post, we’re going to address the NSX 3009 000-15372-001, the one that comes with the HDI Mid/High transducer and the C-MAP Discover X charts.
Key Features and Specifications
- Display: 9″ diagonal, 1280H x 720V pixel matrix, with adjustable LED backlight
- Sonar: 2D CHIRP, DownScan
- Transducer: HDI Skimmer
- Depth Capability (with the included transducer):
1,000 ft (305 m) for the CHIRP sonar
350 ft. (106 m) for DownScan
- Frequency and Coverage:
2D CHIRP: 83 kHz (52°) / 200 kHz (22°)
DownScan: 455 kHz (56°) / 800 kHz (32°)
- Power Output: Max 500 Watts (RMS)
- Power Input: 12 V DC (10 – 17 V DC min – max)
- GPS: 32-channel, 10 Hz internal
- Charts: C-MAP Discover X
- Waypoints, routes, tracks: 6000, 500, 50
- Networking: Ethernet, NMEA 2000, WiFi, USB
Sonar and transducer
The Simrad NSX 3009 is available with various transducers, but as we’ve mentioned above, this is the part number 000-15372-001, the one that comes with the HDI Skimmer for Mid and High CHIRP. The transducer comes with a transom mount, has an internal temperature sensor, and it’s equipped with 6 ft. (2 m) of cable.
Of course, the unit also supports Active Imaging Sonar and SideScan, but for these, you’ll need an Active Imaging transducer. Active Target Live Sonar and ForwardScan sonar are not currently supported. Also, in terms of sonar frequencies supported, the unit can operate at 50/83/200 kHz for the standard CHIRP sonar, and at 455/800 kHz for structure scanning.
The included HDI skimmer transducer casts thin oval beams for the DownScan sonar. Their angles are approx. 32° @ 800 kHz and 56° @ 455 kHz. The maximum depth range of the DownScan sonar with this transducer is approx. 305 ft. (106 m).
The standard CHIRP sonar beams cast by the transducer are conical. Their angles are approx. 52° @ 83 kHz and 22° @ 200 kHz. The maximum depth range that can be achieved with this transducer for the CHIRP sonar is approx. 1,000 ft. (305 m).
Needless to say, the Simrad NSX 3009 offers a fairly decent range of standard sonar features. Similar to the HOOK Reveal 9 from Lowrance, it has the FishReveal function which allows you to bring the fish arches from the CHIRP sonar view into the DownScan view. Overlay DownScan is also available; this allows you to simply overlay the DownScan image on top of the CHIRP image.
Among other useful sonar features, we can count Fish ID, A-Scope, Split Zoom, Temperature Graph, Sonar Recording, and more. It is important to mention, though, that since the unit is meant for boat use, it does not have a Circular Flasher sonar mode, which most anglers use for ice fishing. This feature may be added, though, in future software updates.
Similar to the older Simrad GO9 XSE model, the Simrad NSX 3009 is equipped with a 10 Hz, 32-channel internal GPS receiver. This means it can provide position updates 10 times per second. It also supports GLONASS, MSAS, WAAS, and EGNOS. It offers the possibility to save up to 6,000 waypoints in its memory, 50 tracks, and 100 routes. Each route can have 100 points, and each track can have 12,000 trail points.
The unit comes with the new C-MAP Discover X charts. These are not pre-loaded into the unit. They come as an SD card. They offer a pretty consistent range of feature including full-featured vector data, high-res bathymetry, custom depth shading, detailed marina port plans, harbor and approach details, tides and currents information, and a new map inspector tool, smooth app integration, and more. With the purchase, you will benefit from free updates for 12 months.
The unit also supports the C-MAP Reveal X charts which essentially are the upgraded version of the Discover X. These offer extra features such as shaded relief and satellite imagery. It’s important to mention, though, that currently, the Simrad NSX units do not support other charts from C-MAP, and they also don’t support Navionics or other types of charts. Their chart support may be added in future software updates, though.
The unit supports HALO radar. It should work with 3G and 4G broadband radar units, but these have not been fully tested, and thus aren’t officially supported (at least not for now). It also supports autopilots; the list includes Simrad NAC-1, NAC-2, NAC-3, NAC-D, and SGO5. Trolling motors are not currently supported (support for them may be added in future software updates). The NSX 3007 also supports advanced engine monitoring.
Control unit features
As opposed to the older Simrad GO9 XSE model, the Simrad NSX 3009 offers an upgraded display featuring a considerably richer pixel resolution of 1280H x 720V (up from 800H x 480V). Needless to say, this results in sharper imaging. Of course, the unit has LED backlight and offers superior readability from angles up to 85°. It is also IPX6 and IPX7 waterproof.
The NSX units come with a new operating system called Neon. It’s considerably better than the older OS and has a Wizard Setup feature for extra help if needed. But nonetheless, it has a highly intuitive interface, easy-to-use, and highly customizable. Plus, it offers various split-screen formats with up to four applications per view.
The unit offers superior networking features. To begin with, it has an NMEA 2000 Micro-C port, and an Ethernet port. It also has wireless connectivity; it can connect to a WiFi hotspot for easy software downloads or data uploads.
The unit is compatible with the Simrad App. This app is available for both iOS and Android phones or tablets. Once installed, the app allows you to plot routes, personalize charts, create waypoints and add them to routes, etc., and then sync the data from your phone with your Simrad unit. The app also allows you to see other Simrad App users around you, offers weather data, and gives you the possibility to mirror your chartplotter on your phone.
The unit has a microSD card port and, as opposed to the NSX 3007, it also has a USB port. The USB port supports a 4G dongle for internet connectivity and screenshot storage. A USB unit can also be used for software updates, as the unit will always check the USB port on startup. The microSD card port can be used for chart cards as well as software updates via card.
Last but not least, the unit comes with the standard bracket mount. However, the box also includes a flush mount, a unit cover, and corner clips. The transducer comes with a transom mount.
- CHIRP and DownScan sonar;
- SideScan and Active Imaging capable;
- Med / High HDI skimmer transducer included;
- Depth range up to 1,000 ft. with the included transducer;
- Fast chart updates, fast navigation through menus;
- New and superior operating system (Neon);
- Setup Wizard feature for easy and intuitive setup;
- Easy to use, intuitive interface, with touchscreen technology;
- Super-bright display, excellent readability;
- Various sonar functions, such as FishReveal, Overlay DownScan, Bottom Lock, A-Scope, Fish ID, Sonar Recording, etc;
- 10 Hz internal GPS, 32-channel;
- C-MAP Discover X charts card included;
- Supports C-MAP Reveal X charts;
- Supports AIS;
- Supports HALO radar units;
- Supports broadband 3G/4G radar units;
- Engine data view;
- Autopilot integration;
- One microSD card slot;
- NMEA 2000 connectivity (1 Micro-C port);
- Ethernet connectivity;
- Wireless connectivity;
- USB port;
- Simrad app integration;
- Richer pixel resolution than the previous Go series models (1280 x 720);
- Sun cover included;
- In-dash mounting kit included;
- Available in multiple language packs.
- Does not have the Genesis Live feature;
- Does not support other charts than C-MAP Discover X and Reveal X (at least not for now);
- Does not have a Circular Flasher sonar mode.
The Simrad NSX 3009 is a fish finder and chartplotter featuring CHIRP sonar and structure scanning sonar. It comes with the HDI skimmer transducer for Mid/High CHIRP and DownScan. It has internal GPS, and includes the C-MAP Discover X charts. It also offers radar and autopilot support, as well as superior networking features such as Ethernet, NMEA 2000, and wireless connectivity.