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Mammut Barryvox vs Barryvox S

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Barryvox S

The following are some of the differences between the Mammut Barryvox and the Barryvox S avalanche transceivers.

You can also refer to a comparison of the Barryvox S and the Pulse and to BeaconReviews.com's Avalanche Transceiver Comparison.


  • The Barryvox's retail price is $350.00 versus the Barryvox S's $499.95.
  • The Barryvox's housing is a combination of light- and dark-gray. The Barryvox S has a dark-gray housing.
  • The Barryvox S has a "bitmapped" screen that is approximately 40% larger. This bitmapped screen can display advanced graphics (e.g., a person running down the avalanche debris, slowing down during the coarse search, and showing how to probe). The Barryvox has a "segmented" display where its contents were defined when it was manufactured (as do almost all avalanche transceivers).
  • The Barryvox focuses on simplicity with a one-button user interface. The Barryvox S is also very easy to use, but it has two additional buttons that allow you to customize the transceiver and to activate additional search features (e.g., extended range mode and alternative search mode). These additional search features do require additional training and practice, but they can be ignored if you simply want the Barryvox S's beautiful screen without additional complexity.
  • The Barryvox S's direction indicator is a unique a curved arrow.
  • The Barryvox S supports analog and digital audio. The Barryvox always emits digital audio.
  • The Barryvox S offers "auto guidance" which continues to direct you to the victim even when multiple transceivers are overlapping.
  • The Barryvox S can display a "visual guidance" during the fine search. (I personally don't find this helpful and set the fine search to use the "Classic" mode.)
  • The Barryvox S can use lithium batteries which last ~400 hours vs the ~250 for the Barryvox using alkaline batteries. And lithium batteries can't leak corrosive acid.
  • The Barryvox reverts from search to transmit after four minutes and cannot be disabled. The auto-revert on the Barryvox S can be disabled or set to either two or four minutes.
  • The Barryvox S has an "Pro Check" mode during the group check that will display the frequency and interval of the transceiver that is being checked.
Model:  Barryvox
Manufacture:  Mammut
Retail Price:  $350.00
Score: 
Type:  Digital
Antennas:  3
Marking:  Yes
Updateable:  Yes
Owner's Manual:  Read It

Pros: Easy to use, good display, good audio, mitten friendly.
Cons: Nothing significant.

 

Model:  Barryvox S
Manufacture:  Mammut
Retail Price:  $499.95
Score: 
Type:  Analog and Digital
Antennas:  3
Marking:  Yes (menu)
Updateable:  Yes
Owner's Manual:  Read It

Pros: Unmatched display and audio, excellent direction arrow, toggles to analog.
Cons: Pricey. Moderate learning curve for enhanced features.