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Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?

by , Posted to on 12/27/2006 1:28 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
Here is the question? I have been wanting a Vexlair For a few years now. Well now they have these Marcum LX-1?s on sale for $169.00. I have been waiting for a Fl-8 in that same price range. Which is a better unit? Do I go with a used old Vexliar FL-8, or a brand new Marcum LX-1. In your opinions, which is the hands down best unit to get? What are the pro?s and con?s. I just don?t want to spend all that money just to hear from everyone, ?man you should have got the_______!? lol thanks in advance.
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 1:36 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/25/2002
Location: ND
VEXILAR!!! I'd go straight to the 18 though.
I like the color variances better on the Vex then Marcum.
The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 1:37 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/07/2002
Location: ND
well personally the seperation on a vex is better you can see a split shot a half inch above the minnow, where as the lx-1 has less target seperation, but the lx-1 has the ability to zoom the bottom which in my opinion is important when fishing for walleyes laying on bottom, plus the lx-1 has a good transducer setup for laying over the hole, it easily reads through the ice if you pour a little water on the ice saves a lot of time when checking depths. Plus a new lx-1 has a warranty and is probably still cheaper than a used fl-8, i have used the lx-1 and it is painless to use and read i really liked it for under 170 bucks and it seems to work pretty well the, it only has 600W not sure on the fl-8, but the gain can be a little tricky to set right if there are weeds, but with a solid bottom it works unbelievably well.
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 1:49 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
I know the FL-18 is the way to go... I just cant spend that kind of money. Want to stay below that $200 mark.
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 1:54 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
also, a few of my friends have a vexlair, will a marcum and three vexlairs in a ice house mess each other up?
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 1:58 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/08/2003
Location: ND
Fin,

Drop me an email at tdawglures@yahoo.com, I will give you a price on a new FL8 SE Genz Pack if your interested.
 

Good Luck and Good Fishin'

Eric T


Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 2:00 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/07/2002
Location: ND
the marcum has 6 different interference settings, so hopefully you can find one that won't mess up the other's, with the push of the IR button it changes settings, which is nice, I haven't ever had to change mine but we usually only have 1 or 2 within 10 feet.
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 2:02 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/14/2003
Location: ND
I have run my FL8 right next to my uncle's LX3 in a Eskimo Grand Caravan without a problem.

Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 2:12 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/06/2002
Location: ND
You will be much happier with a Vexilar. It is worth a few extra dollars for the best.

Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 3:10 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/13/2005
Location: ND
I have and always will be a Vexilar guy, but the price is hard to beat. Marcumm Brags about "True Color" from what I can tell is that it gives you just yellow, red, or green. The Vexilar has those colors, but if you look close enough there are a few different shades. Learning the shades can tell you more than a yes or no from marcumm.
Hail the Bison!
Go Pack Go!

Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 3:30 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/08/2005
Location: WI
I go the Marcum because I couldn't afford an LX-1. Personally it has been an awesome machine especially for the price. Iterference reduction has been a little touchy but works. It puts out 600 watts instead of the 400 that any of the vexilars put out. The target seperation isn't quite as good as vexilar, but the bottom zoom more than makes up for it.

I work at a sporting goods retailer and after careful consideration unless you intend to spend most of your time in more than 20 feet of water the FL-12 is the best vexilar choice. If you decide to wait and save up one more season the marcum LX-3 is an amazing unit shutting out 1500 watts and has an equal or better target seperation than that of the fl-18. Also has a moveable zoom that you can put wherever the fish are in the water column. If I had the money thats where i'd put it. (they run 310-350)
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 3:36 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/06/2002
Location: ND
All this talk about wattage means is how much power it is using. It has nothing to do with seeing the water column better.

Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 4:07 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/07/2002
Location: ND
actually the power does help you see certain things better, with a lower wattage peak to peak you will have trouble reading as accurate or fast in deeper water as far as more power , there are two places more power seem to make a difference. Deep water (over 30 feet), especially if you are looking for thermoclines. Thermoclines on a powerful unit show up as a line of clutter(probably not going to be that big of a deal on on the ice because most ice units are flashers that put out less than 1000W) - the unit is actually showing the change in water density between warm and cold water. The other place I find power important is in mucky basins where the walleyes are belly to the bottom. Do not misunderstand that more power (more watts) is always better. The depth sounder sends an electronic pulse to a transducer. The transducer converts the electronic pulse to the sound ping. This ping travels through the water and bounces, or reflects, off of any object which is not water. The more dense the object, the more ping is reflected. When the reflected part of the ping returns to the surface of the water, the transducer hears this and convert this ping back into an electrical signal. The depth sounder, depth finder, fish finder, LCR, LCD, graph, and flasher electronic equipment device then measure the difference between the time it sent the ping, to the time it received the return. But i wouldn't base my whole choice on watts for what most of us use these for it doesn't really matter.
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 4:32 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/06/2002
Location: ND
I'm sorry but more power doesn't mean anything for reading structure. When you adjust the gain on a flasher or any depth finder you are adjusting what the transducer is reading not what that unit is sending. A flasher for example always sends the same amount of power whether it is 400 or 1500 (unless on LP) the gain and adjustments is dictating what the transducer is letting back in to show you on the screen.

I appologize for getting off topic. We are supposed to be helping finfighter choose a unit.

Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 4:54 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
LOL! Is this a ford vs.chevy debate? Thanks for all the info... Tough choice though! New LX-1 for $169.00, or used Fl-8 for a little more. I'll figure it out! Thanks again! Have a good new year!
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 5:16 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/07/2002
Location: ND
well good luck with either one they both are good the fl-8 or the VX-1.
so...... now back to the power part if you were using 600W from your 12 v 7 amp battery it probably wouldn't last too long in all reality you are using around 150-350milliAmps that is why you can use the thing for 15-20hrs without a recharge, i agree that it doesn't show you the bottom better because that depends on the sensitivity of your unit reciever, and the target seperation, all i am saying is the higher watts peak to peak(RMSx8roughly) will give you a better "punch" for deeper water, like i said earlier not to important under 30ft. no big deal to me i'm not trying to call you a liar or an idiot either way, i was just telling you why the higher watts has some importance, for FIN's decision probably not going to mean a lot. to technical for most of us to care about though..
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 11:02 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/15/2006
Location: AL
the LX-1 sounds like a sweet deal for 169.00 Toss in the bonus of the 5 foot bottom zoom. You arent going to get that with an fl-8, trust me I have one. I bought the 8 from a friend for 150. If I would have looked around a little more I think I would have gone with a LX-1 too. Why spend twice as much to get brighter lights and a different colors???? Both MarCum and Vex are great products. Just depends on the bells and whistles that you want I would guess.
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 11:33 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/20/2006
Location: ND
i would go with a vexilar, but i would jump up to the Fl-18 right away i have one myself and it is the best thing i have ever bought for ice fishing (wont go with out it). the nice thing about the Fl-18 is the auto zoom feature it has on it, it splits the screen in two, on the right side it has the normal view and on the left side is last six feet to the bottom it also has the normal view as well and it very easy to use.
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/27/2006 11:51 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/15/2006
Location: AL
The LX-1 has a bottom zoom of the first 5 feet instead of the 6 feet that the vex has. Same spilt-screen feature as the vex too.
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/28/2006 00:17 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/29/2005
Location: ND
Go with the Marcum Lx-3. It is 400 dollars though. You cant beat the price of the LX-1 though. Where are they selling these so cheap???
Re: Vexlair FL-8 or Marcum LX-1?
by on 12/28/2006 00:22 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/29/2005
Location: ND
Are we talking the LX1 or VX1....I heard the VX1 has bad interference.
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