What Garmin Units Work With LiveScope? (2022 List)

UPDATED 03 JANUARY 2022

by Robert Ceran

Garmin LiveScope provides some of the finest live sonar imaging in world, and is a game changer for any angler who takes advantage of it.

But if you want to use Garmin LiveScope, you first need to set it up correctly, and a key part of this is choosing the right Garmin unit that works with LiveScope.

In this article we’ll walk you through all Garmin units that are compatible with LiveScope, and will also cover the differences between different LiveScope transducers. 

List of Garmin units compatible with LiveScope in 2022

Garmin unitPanoptix LiveScope System compatiblePanoptix LiveScope LVS12 compatible
Echomap CHIRP 70CV/70SV/90SV seriesNoNo
Echomap Plus 70CV/70SV/90SV seriesYesNo
Echomap UHD 70/90 seriesYesNo
Echomap Ultra seriesYesYes
GPSmap 701/800/1000 seriesNoNo
GPSmap 702/902 seriesYesNo
GPSmap 1002/1202 seriesYesNo
GPSmap 1202/1202XSV Touch seriesYesNo
GPSmap 7400/7600 seriesYesNo
GPSmap 702/902/1202 Plus seriesYesNo
GPSmap 8400/8600 seriesYesYes
GPSmap 8000 series chartplottersNoNo

The table above lists all Garmin chartplotter and high end sonar series, as well as their compatibility with both the Panoptix LiveScope System and the LiveScope LVS12 transducer.

In general, LiveScope is compatible with most Garmin chartplotter units with advanced mapping capabilities, but not with smaller sonar units, such as the Garmin Striker series. 

But it’s important to keep in mind that Garmin LiveScope compatibility also varies depending on the type of LiveScope transducer that you want to use, and we’ll discuss this in full further down.

What all is needed for Garmin LiveScope?

In order to run Garmin LiveScope on your boat, you need two main components: a LiveScope transducer, and a compatible head unit that can display the sonar data produced by the transducer.

In general, it’s best to choose a head unit with the biggest display possible, since that gives you a better view of the amazingly detailed sonar data produced by LiveScope. So if you want to get the very best LiveScope quality, then a big GPSmap unit in the 8400/8600 series with a 22 or 24 inch display is the right option for you.

However, if you are limited by budget or space constraints, a 9 or 10 inch display size works fine for most purposes, though you can also go with a 7 inch unit and still get acceptable results. 

One thing to keep in mind is that the head unit does not need to come with its own transducer, as you just need it to plug in the black box of the LiveScope system, in order to view the sonar signals.

This means you can opt for a pure chartplotter unit that doesn’t have any sonar capabilities, which helps to reduce the cost. A popular unit used in this way is the GPSmap 1022, which comes with a 10 inch screen and very high screen resolution producing excellent results with LiveScope data, but doesn’t have sonar capabilities of its own. 

Alternatively, you can also opt for a sonar capable chartplotter, but purchase it without a transducer, which also helps to reduce the cost. The most popular unit used in this way is the Echomap UHD 93sv, which comes with a 9 inch screen and also produces great results with LiveScope data. 

See also: What is the best LiveScope setup for the money?

Garmin LiveScope compatibility of different LiveScope transducers compared

Garmin makes two different LiveScope transducers, the LVS32 and the LVS12. The LVS32 is part of the Panoptix LivesCope System, and comes with a black box, while the LVS12 transducer is sold on its own, and doesn’t require a black box.

It’s essential to be aware of these different transducer options, since Garmin LiveScope compatibility varies dramatically between them. While the LVS32 is compatible with most Garmin chartplotters, including the majority of Echomap and GPSmap units, the LVS12 is only compatible with the Echomap Ultra series and the GPSmap 8400/8600 series.

So if you already have an existing Garmin chartplotter on your boat, this may restrict your choice of LiveScope transducer, since most units are only compatible with the LVS32 transducer, but not the LVS12.

The nice thing about the LVS12 is that it doesn’t need a black box in order to work, and can be plugged directly into a chartplotter unit. In contrast to this, the LVS32 can only be used with a black box, and the latter is then plugged into the chartplotter. 

See also: Is LiveScope worth the money?

What Garmin units are compatible with LiveScope?

Now let’s take a closer look at the different Garmin chartplotter units and their LiveScope compatibility. 

Echomap CHIRP series: this series is not compatible with either LiveScope transducer, but has also been discontinued by Garmin a few years ago.

Echomap Plus series: while the Echomap Plus series has also been discontinued by Garmin, just like the Echomap CHIRP, it is compatible with the LiveScope System, and thus can still be used if you have one of these units on your boat. It requires a black box in order to work properly.

Echomap UHD series: this series is compatible with the LVS32/black box system, but not with the LVS12 transducer.

Echomap Ultra series: these units are compatible with both LiveScope transducers, though you need to keep in in mind that the LVS32 requires a black box to work with an Echomap Ultra, while the LVS12 can be directly plugged into the head unit.

GPSmap 701/800/1000 series: this series doesn’t work with either LVS32 or LVS12.

GPSmap 702/902 series: this series works with the LVS32/black box system, but not with the LVS12 transducer.

GPSmap 1002/1202 series: this series is compatible with the LVS32/black box system, but not with the LVS12 transducer.

GPSmap 1202/1202XSV Touch series: this series works with the LVS32/black box system, but not with the LVS12 transducer.

GPSmap 7400/7600 series: this series is compatible with the LVS32/black box system, but not with the LVS12 transducer.

GPSmap 702/902/1202 Plus series: this series works with the LVS32/black box system, but not with the LVS12 transducer.

GPSmap 8400/8600 series: this series is compatible with both LiveScope transducers, though you need to keep in in mind that the LVS32 requires a black box to work with an Echomap Ultra, while the LVS12 can be directly plugged into the head unit.

GPSmap 8000 series chartplotters: this series doesn’t work with either LiveScope transducers.

In general, the Garmin chartplotter series that aren’t compatible with LiveScope are the ones that were discontinued before LiveScope was introduced, which means you only have to worry about this if you have legacy models still in use on your boat.

See also: What Humminbird units are compatible with Mega 360 imaging?

Final remarks

This concludes our article on Garmin LiveScope compatibility, which hopefully will help you to figure out which unit is right for your purposes. Tight lines and see you on the water!

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