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Simrad ES80

The Simrad ES80 is the fifth generation professional split-beam fish finder for the world wide fishing community.

The latest computer and signal processing innovations are used to create a sophisticated and intuitive echo sounder. It can operate with operational frequencies ranging from 10 to 500 kHz. With a suitable transducer, the ES80 can use frequency sweeps ("chirps") across a range of frequencies.

With the CP200-5C transducer, the ES80 offers accurate current velocity measurements in up to five individually defined layers. The speed and direction of the currents throughout the water column are measured and presented as a function of the depth. The transducer operates on 200 kHz. This frequency offers a range that is deep enough for most purse seines.

Important: To use the ADCP functionality, your system must have a CP200-5C transducer and software version 21.15 or later.


This screen capture shows the Simrad ES80 set up for a close inspection of fish close to the bottom. A small school is placed in the zoom window. Aegean Electronics, Greece, kindly provide the capture.

Key features

  • Split beam operation
  • FM (linear) and CW pulse forms
  • Large dynamic range
  • Low self-noise
  • High ping rate
  • Simultaneous transmission of all frequencies
  • Several transceivers can run simultaneously.
  • Wideband frequency sweep ("chirp"), in combination with advanced signal processing, gives an excellent echo quality.
  • Acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) functionality provided (requires special transducer)
  • Define and save your own user settings
  • Easy operation with an intuitive user interface
  • Clear and easily comprehensive echo data

System description

The Simrad ES80 is the most modern “high-end” split beam echo sounder in the professional fishery market. Based on more than 60 years of research and development in close collaboration with fishermen and leading marine scientists, this wideband echo sounder system has succeeded the famous ES60 and ES70 systems.

Simrad has manufactured fish finders for over 65 years, and we have more than 25 years of experience with split-beam technology. Our first split-beam fish finder, operating on 38 kHz, came on the market in 1984. A 70 kHz system quickly followed it. Today, we can offer a wide range of operational frequencies from 18 kHz, used for detecting deep water species, up to 333 kHz, used for finding and measuring plankton.

The Simrad ES80 is the fifth-generation professional split beam fish finder for the worldwide fishing community. We have designed it to satisfy the increasing need of our demanding customers: "Top performance at any depth and easy to operate”. The latest innovations in computer and signal processing techniques are used to create a sophisticated but also intuitive echo sounder.

The Simrad ES80 is a wideband echo sounder. It can operate with operational frequencies ranging from 10 to 500 kHz. With a suitable transducer, the ES80 can use frequency sweeps ("chirps") across a range of frequencies. This functionality gives you an increased resolution on the longer ranges.

Initially designed for our scientific sounders, the ES80 can also offer the "target response" (TS) curve. This function makes it easier to determine which species you are looking at.

The echo sounder system is modular, and you can assemble any combination of transceivers and transducers to fit your purposes. In a typical configuration, the ES80 comprises:

  • Display
  • One Processor Unit (computer)
  • One or more transceiver units
  • An Ethernet switch (if you use more than one transceiver)
  • One or more single- or split-beam transducers

The ES80 can work with the General Purpose Transceiver (GPT), the Wide Band Transceiver (WBT) and the EK15 Transceiver.


Services et support

  • 24/7 Technical support

    Our 24/7 technical support team is there to help at any time, day or night, wherever your vessel is.

  • Conversions, retrofit and refit

    We understand the importance of having the right parts, available in the right place, at the right time.

  • Training

    Ensure that your crew is properly and thoroughly trained. This will reduce operational risk, downtime and maximise return on asset investment.

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