Marcum Lx5 VS An LX6

1/2/15 @ 12:32 PM
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wink1
wink1
USER since 2/5/11
Hi, I currently have a Marcum VX1P and am looking to upgrade. I'm trying to decide between the LX 5 and the LX 6. Can anyone speak to their experience with these models? I would value your input.
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10/11/18 @ 7:43 AM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
USER since 12/22/04

I would never buy an Lx 6 or 7, if you are going that route, get an open water unit with ice bundle is my opinion.   

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10/11/18 @ 7:31 AM
kvandehei33
kvandehei33
USER since 12/19/11

It's funny how much technology has changed. When the digital units first came out they were criticized as just another feature that could potentially break. Now everything is going digital and it's being argued as a borderline necessity which really can't be denied.

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10/11/18 @ 6:35 AM
SnakeSter
SnakeSter
MEMBER since 7/9/12

Yea Ulbian, With all the money we’ve spent in the last two years, I’m satisfied with the 5. I believe everything you said, but just can’t justify the need at the moment. If I get on the move this spring, I’ll finally sell my HD Shovelhead that is currently in my bar as a conversation piece!!! Lol Then I would think of upgrading!! Good post!!!

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10/8/18 @ 3:52 PM
Ulbian
Ulbian
USER since 9/24/03

SnakeSter,

The LX5 is a good unit but I think the extra money for a digital unit is worth it. When set in graph mode you have a history to look back on instead of a dial. So if a fish comes in you can see what your jigging cadence was to bring it in. I never run my 7 with a flasher dial. I’m looking at a graph, a vertical view of the water column, and a vertical zoom of the depth I’m fishing in. again, nothing wrong at all with a mechanical flasher because it will do the job but the digital units that allow you to customize your views is an enormous leap ahead. 

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10/8/18 @ 8:00 AM
SnakeSter
SnakeSter
MEMBER since 7/9/12

I have a LX5. Can’t give you any complaints what so ever. As long as you have a good battery, you’re good to go for a little less money then a 6 I think? 

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10/8/18 @ 7:53 AM
Ulbian
Ulbian
USER since 9/24/03

I have an LX7. I love the thing. There’s a bit of a learning curve because you are pushing buttons instead of turning knobs but it’s pretty easy to learn. If you do get one shoot me a PM because I have some baseline settings to start with. If you just start adjusting everything all at once you can throw yourself off and get frustrated quickly. Start with those settings and fine tune from there. I run it on my boat as well and honestly think it’s better as an open water unit than it is as an ice unit, 

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10/7/18 @ 3:27 PM
svitreum
svitreum
USER since 8/29/06

Thinking I'm gonna pick up an LX6s. Anybody try these yet?

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1/14/15 @ 8:52 PM
FALLSWALLEYEGUY
FALLSWALLEYEGUY
USER since 1/1/10
I had a 5 and switched to a 6 shortly after when I thought my 5 had issues (turned out to be loose battery connection) but anyways I ended up switching out and at times I wish I had a simple old flasher just a few dials flip it on and its going, but in reality the 6 really is simple once you figure out how you like it best and the digital aspect is great, good colors and no annoying motor noise. If you can front the extra money, the 6 is worth it for sure.

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1/11/15 @ 9:21 AM
boattech
boattech
USER since 12/22/04
I have the 6 and love it. Big upgrade from a fl8. Bought it from my buddy because he liked his fl8 better. Screen size is perfect for having the zoom and flasher split. Nice to be able to choose between the cone angles for deep and shallow water.

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1/11/15 @ 12:53 AM
abacab
abacab
USER since 12/23/03
The lx-6 is set on the same frame as the lx-7. Only difference is screen size and target seperation. I do love my 7 though. I ran a 5 for a few years and kept it when I bought the 7. I just don't want to give it up. Plus if someone needs one that goes fishing with me can use it.

Edited on 1/11/15 12:55 AM
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