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Best 3-4 function DCC Decoder with a Bachmann EZ-DCC
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 Posted: Sat Dec 17th, 2011 07:27 am
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Ok... I have the "original" DCC unit that came with my Bachmann On30 "gas siderod." its a great 2-function unit but part of me wants to be able to do more than just have headlights and tail lights that come on and off on their own. In the perfect world i'd love to be able to at least turn on and off interior lights and maybe some "other" lights on the locomotive.

My DCC unit is the EZ-DCC by Bachmann... I know it is bare bones but for what I paid, its a miracle machine :thumb: That being said, what are some good, reasonably priced, decoders that are 3-4 functions. I only say 3-4 since I am un-sure of the use of a 4th function. But... if the 4th function was a few $$$ i wouldn't hesitate on pulling the trigger on one :)

This is for the passenger locomotive build I am doing in the On30 area if anyone was wondering :P



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 Posted: Sun Feb 5th, 2012 05:21 am
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Hi

Just new here and saw your question. NCE do some nice decoders (no sound tho)

You may be interested in the D13SR decoder - see info below

This is an EPF (extended packet format) decoder supporting:


Silent Running TM motor drive


Torque Compensation for ultra smooth low speed performance


Programmable Start, Mid and Maximum speed works for all speed modes


Motor rating 1.3 Amp continuous, 2 Amp peak (stall)


All four function outputs have lighting effects generators


Select from 15 different lighting effects (Mars, strobes, beacons, flicker, etc)


Function outputs can be mapped to different functions


Two or Four digit addressing


Uploadable speed table interpolated to 128 speed steps


28 and 128 Speed mode operation (always works internally at 256 steps)


Support for all forms of DCC programming


Decoder programming lock mechanism


Brake on DC feature assists automatic train control

I have no relationship with NCE other than I like their products enough to have a DCC Power cab system, and I have retro fitted NCE decoders to all my old DC locos

Hope this helps

TREV



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 Posted: Mon Feb 6th, 2012 08:58 pm
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Thanks, i think ive decided sound is out for now, at $100/decoder it is NOT cheap and with a basic DCC system last thing I want is to invest a ton of $ into something to not work.

Plus the layout won't be leaving my little loft area prob so if I wanted sound I could use an external system. Thanks to Ebay decoders with multi functions are cheap! :)



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 Posted: Wed Feb 8th, 2012 03:19 pm
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Take a look at the MRC sound decoders.   About $65 for some of them and the sound is supposed to be real nice.
http://www.modelrec.com/train-controls/dcc-decoders.asp



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 Posted: Wed Feb 8th, 2012 06:42 pm
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The MRC sound boards I have heard sound as nice as the really expensive ones (to my old ears). Most sound lovers seem to want their locos to sound far louder than they would in real life. Remember, less is more..

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