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Lowrance HDS-9 LIVE vs Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv

Feature & Specs | Comparison

Lowrance HDS-9 LIVE vs Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv

Feature & Specs | Comparison

by | Last updated: Mar 23, 2024

HDS-9 LIVE or ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv

About Review Marine - Rodney on Deck of the HUNA Flying the Drone

Key Differences


Both are excellent fishfinder/chart plotters, but they do differ somewhat in their capabilities.

The Ultra 106sv is an excellent chart plotter with serious 600W Ultra Hi-Definition sonar fish-finding capabilities. It also comes loaded with a very solid charting package with the BlueChart g3 U.S. coastal LakeVü g3 inland + Navionics.

The screen is a little bit bigger, it has a bit more waypoint storage, and offers support for an external GPS antenna.


The HDS-9 LIVE  is more of a full network chartplotter with excellent fishfinder capabilities and a very crisp clear screen.  It also supports  Halo Series Radar and puts out 1KW of sonar power.



► HDS-9 LIVE vs ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv ◄


  • Screen Size – 9″ vs 10″
  • Physical Size – 11.02 ” x 6.56 x 3.05″ vs 11.6″ x 7.7″ x 3.9″
  • GPS Antenna – Internal vs Internal or External
  • Supports Radar – Yes vs No
  • Sonar Power – 1Kw vs 600W
  • Forward Sonar – LiveSight vs Panoptix | LVS
  • Sonar Frequencies
    • HDS-9 LIVE – SideScan/DownScan | 455/800kHz – CHIRP | 50/83/200
    • Ultra 106sv – SideVu/DownVu | 260/455/800/1000/1200 kHz – CHIRP | 50/200, 77/200, 83/200
  • Waypoint Storage – 3000 vs 5000
  • Tracks – 100 vs 50
  • Additional Memory – 8GB vs None
  • Maps & Charts
    • HDS-9 LIVE – Preloaded C-MAP DISCOVER OnBoard charts with high-resolution coastal coverage and 1-foot contours on 19,000+ US lakes and 9,400+ lakes in Canada.
    • Ultra 106sv – Preloaded BlueChart® g3 U.S. coastal LakeVü g3 inland + Navionics
  • Video Input – 1 RCA  vs None
  • Supports Weather Input – Yes vs No
  • Weight – 4.14 lbs vs 4.0 lbs
  • Power Consumption – 2.16 A vs  2.9 A
  • Supports Remote – LR-1 vs None
  • Trolling Motor Support –
    • Lowrance – Power-Pole anchors, Ghost Trolling Motor Trolling Motors
    • Garmin – Power-Pole anchors, Force Trolling Motors

► Or, jump straight to the:

Side by Side Comparison – InfoGraphic

Which one do I choose?

Should I upgrade to an HDS-9 LIVE or ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv?


Both the Lowrance HDS-9 LIVE and Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv are excellent choices and offer all the features necessary for serious anglers.

The choice between the two will depend on individual preferences regarding display size, specific sonar capabilities, mapping options, and whether or not you plan to use radar.

If possible try and play with both of them to see which one you like better.

Pay close attention to how easy it is to use and be sure to look at the charts and mapping for your area and see if the detail is any better on one or the other.


► ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv– I like the Garmin charts a little bit more and the user interface feels a little easier to use for me, however, I’ve had other people say exactly the opposite.

Also, if you decide on the Ultra 106sv, make sure you choose the newer GT56 transducer for much better down & side imaging. 


► The HDS-9 LIVE  – It’s a solid unit. It has just a slightly smaller screen, supports radar and it is very crisp and easy to read. If you have had Lowrance or have experience with them, then sticking with what you know is often the best choice.

If you do a lot of offshore fishing, the HDS-9 LIVE 1KW sonar output would be a big plus.

Also, keep in mind trolling motor support. HDS-9 LIVE is Ghost Trolling Motor and Garmin is Force.


Pro Tip: Although these models aren’t current, they are always available on the secondary market, new and used, and both are awesome units.


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Lowrance HDS-9 LIVEGarmin ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
Model HDS-9 LIVE ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
Physical dimensions 6.56" x 11.02 " x 3..05"
166.7 x 280.0 x 77.7 mm
11.6" x 7.7" x 3.9"
295 x 195 x 98 mm
Weight 4.14lbs (2.0kg) 4.0 lbs.
Water rating IPX7 with card door closed IPX7
Display type Touch | TouchPad WXGA | Key-Assist Touchsreen
Display size 9" diagonal 8.5" x 5.4"; 10" diagonal
Display resolution 1280 x 720 pixels 1280 x 800 pixels
Display - Brightness 1200 nits Not Available
Power consumption 2.9A at 13.8 V DC -Full backlight | sonar on 2.16A | 12V
GPS Antenna 10Hz internal Internal or external NMEA 2000
Mounting options Gimbal Bracket | Flush | Dash Bail or flush

Maps & Memory

Lowrance HDS-9 LIVEGarmin ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
Model HDS-9 LIVE ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
On-Board Memory 8 GB No
Accepts data cards 2 microSD - 32GB 2 microSD card | 32GB Max
Waypoints 3000 5,000
Routes 100 100
Track log 100 Trails | 10,000 points per trail 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks
Preloaded Maps Built-in C-Map USA enhanced base map(Americas)

Insight HD, Insight Pro, Insight Genesis, C-MAP, Navionics-W/sonar chart live
BlueChart® g3 U.S. coastal
LakeVü g3 inland
+ Navionics

Outdoor Recreation Features

Lowrance HDS-9 LIVEGarmin ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
Tide Tables Yes Yes

Chartplotter Features

Lowrance HDS-9 LIVEGarmin ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
Model HDS-9 LIVE ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
Radar compatible 4G & 3G (Broadband) | Halo24 | Halo 3'/4'/6' (Open Array) No
Sonar compatible Built In - Active Imaging™, FishReveal™, StructureScan® 3D with Active Imaging and LiveSight™ real-time forward or down sonar. Traditional CHIRP
UHD ClearVü
UHD SideVü
Supports AIS NAIS-500 | NAIS-400 Yes
Weather SiriusXM via WM-3 (USA only) No
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes Yes
Supports FUSION-Link SonicHub | SonicHub2 | FusionLink FUSION-Link
Black Box sonar support Yes Yes
Planning Software Compatible Yes - Insight Planner HomePort
App-Control Compatibility Yes - Link | Android & IOS Active Captain
Remote Input Device - compatible LR-1 - Remote Controller No
Alarms Navigation
Radar - when connected
Weather - when connected

Sonar Features & Specifications

Lowrance HDS-9 LIVEGarmin ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
Model HDS-9 LIVE ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
Transmit Power 1kw RMS | when connected to a 1kw transducer 600W Traditional | 600W SideVü/ClearVü
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable 50/83/200kHz (Broadband) | 3500' Yes
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable 455/800kHz (StructureScan) Yes - 50/200 | 77/200 | 83/200
CHIRP sonar technology Low/Mid/High CHIRP | 3500' | 40-60, 85-145, 130-210kHz CHIRP: 50-200
ClearVü | Down DownScan - StructureScan 3D | 300' | 455/800kHz UHD CHIRP ClearVü | 260/455/800/1000/1200 kHz
SideVü | Side SideScan - StructureScan 3D | 600' | 455/800kHz UHD CHIRP SideVü | 260/455/800/1000/1200 kHz
Forward View LiveSight™ Panoptix | LVS


Lowrance HDS-9 LIVEGarmin ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
Model HDS-9 LIVE ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
NMEA 2000 compatible 1x Micro-C Yes
NMEA 0183 input ports 1 1
NMEA 0183 output ports 1 1
Marine Network Ports Ethernet | 2x 100Mbit | 6 MFD's max 2 Panoptix
Video input ports 1 - Composite video RCA - single channel via optional adaptor No
Video output ports No No
Wireless connectivity Yes Yes
BlueTooth connectivity Yes Yes


Lowrance HDS-9 LIVEGarmin ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
Model Lowrance HDS-9 LIVE ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv

ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv - Price
Additional - 1 Sailing Features

In The Box

Lowrance HDS-9 LIVEGarmin ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
In The Box HDS-9 Live unit
U-bracket kit (Plastic)
Sun cover
Power cable kit
Documentation pack

ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv
BlueChart g3 and LakeVü g3 for U.S.
Power/data cable
Tilt mount with quick release cradle
Flush mount
Protective cover

Some Bundles include
GT54UHD-TM transducer
Rodney L.

Rodney L.

NavGuy | Lead Writer

Charter Boat Captain, Avid Cruiser, Boat Builder & Marine Electronics Pro:

With over a decade of experience in the marine electronics industry and over 30 years of cruising the Bahamas on boats of all kinds, Rodney is well-positioned to help boaters of all levels sift through the many choices we have today in marine electronics.

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