Six Features we Love about the New Lowrance HDS LIVE Series

Six Features we Love about the New Lowrance HDS LIVE Series

With the new release of the  HDS LIVE series, you might be wanting to know what all the fuss is all about. Besides getting a new name, the HDS LIVE series has added a host of new features compared to older HDS models, giving you an added advantage when searching for the prize-winning catch.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, Lowrance has taken the best parts of the HDS CARBON model and just made it better. As the name implies, live data is at the forefront of this new display. Live sonar images under your boat (requires LiveSight transducer), live mapping through C-MAP Genesis LIVE and live messages and notifications from your phone on your display.

We will run through some of the best new features of the HDS LIVE series below.

Active Imaging

The new HDS LIVE series are designed to get the most out of the new Active Imaging transducers, letting you see structure and cover with a new level of refined detail at a range unmatched by anyone else. With the 3-in-1 Active imaging transducer, you get clearer sonar images from traditional CHIRP, SideScan and DownScan.


Due in Autumn 2019, the LiveSight transducer will revolutionalise the way you fish. Livesight is an exciting new format of Sonar, giving the user real-time images of what’s underneath, and ahead of the vessel. Like looking at an underwater camera, you’ll be able to track fish targets as they move around structure and cover, allowing you to stay in constant proximity to your catch whilst moving at slow speeds. Ever present of the forefront of customer service, all you’ll need is the LiveSight kit, and a software update from Lowrance. 

C-MAP Genesis LIVE

Create your own high definition ½ foot contour maps of your favourite fishing spot and areas where fish like to hide in real-time with C-MAP Genesis LIVE. Genesis Live gives you control over contour transparency, density, depth and more, saving the information as you go on to a microSD card.

High Performance Processor

The new processor is at the heart of the new HDS installment, enabling it to run powerful transducers such as Active Imaging and LiveSight with live images. The super-fast dual-core processor provides smooth and responsive viewing of charts and sonar history without lag. 

Side by Side image display with Dual Channer CHIRP

For the first time, you will be able to view all your structure images side-by-side, with simultaneous viewing of StructureScan 3D, SideScan and DownScan imaging panels. Furthermore, you can also monitor and compare two CHIRP frequencies simultaneously on a side-by-side split screen.

Smartphone notifications

Just got an SMS while trying to land the big catch? The optional smartphone notifications let you view that important text without taking your hands off the fishing rod. Don’t want to be disturbed while fishing? Simply turn off the notifications through the easy-to-use menu.

In essence, the new HDS LIVE series is designed to make it easier to spot and catch fish, letting you see the information you need in real-time.

The HDS LIVE is available in 4 different screen sizes, from a compact 7" up to massive 16" display.  

Continue through to the HDS LIVE units.

Also, check out the post about the new Elite Ti2 series

1st Oct 2018