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 Posted: Thu Dec 29th, 2011 07:11 pm
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Guys, thanks so much for the info I have a ton of stuff to weed thru now but it looks like NCE is a front runner for the beginner. Pat



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I started with an nce powercab and have just upgraded to an sb3a booster. The powercab ran two bachmann Connie's, my mallet, my #50 without a problem, all with sound.
I have an extra utility throttle for when my son joins me. I am pleased with the price, features, and reliability.



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Virtually all DCC systems are great...a few are really nice. I operate from a budget (one of the 'perks' of being retired) and couldn't afford the 'top shelf' lines. Since I wanted to operate via DCC, I decided to go with the MRC Prodigy Advanced (this was before the Advanced Squared came out). I am completely satisfied with this unit and have added a second (tethered) throttle over the years. I guess it all depends upon your real world needs and the depth of your wallet.

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The CVP system does not have a starter system - you have to buy all or nothing. So it'll cost $400+ vs <$200. to start out.   I've used it but had problems as I'm more used to the NCE Power Cab.  Same thing w/ the Digitrax system. The Power Cab is VERY user friendly! Best advice to any DCC new comer is to go use as many different systems possible in your area (clubs, home layouts & LHS) to find the one YOU like the best.[url=javascript:%20document.editor_form.message.value%20=%20document.getElementById('text_editor').contentWindow.document.body.innerHTML.replace(re_rn,%20'%20');%20document.editor_form.edit_post.value=1;%20document.editor_form.submit();]Send[/url]

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Pat I don't know if you've made your choice yet but I use NCE Procab 5amp radio which to those who don't know is only available in the U.S, Canada and Australia.
I see many people going on about how much it costs to start out in DCC. It makes me laugh that people can spend money on a new car but quibble over the price of a DCC system which may start as mine did at around $1,000. Good heavens my council rates cost more than that for just one year.
There is no best system there is just a system that is best for you. Try as many as you can but it is advisable to get a system that can be expanded as time goes on and you become more familiar with the peculiarities of DCC. There is SO much techno jargon that the techno files just love and anyone considering DCC can easily be put off for life. With NCE you get a manual that is easy to understand even for a beginner. I had no problems at all in using my NCE from the outset.
One thing I found was of a great help is to get the CV list if you have sound locos and have not put the sound on your locos yourself. Then if you have problems like losing the coast feature on a steam loco (side rods clanking) you can then read all the CV's on your programming track, which is about all it's used for. The rest of your programming can be done in POM Program On the Main.

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Hi,

Just for anyone out there I have tried both MRC Prodigy and Digitrax, I find that MRC is quicker to learn, and reliable, but (at least in Georgia) Digitrax is more popular with the clubs in the area. Even though it is pricier it is a very good system, but is not as compatible with other decoders (so I have been told), it is more complex but can do more things. for beginners I would go with MRC, from my experience.



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I was going to post this same question. Like the majority of you all, I've read up on the systems,price also being a factor. You've answered my questions!
Thanks!

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Just to set things straight: Digitrax CUs and throttles are compatible with all decoder makes that confrom to NMRA's DCC standards and RP's. This is info gained from a lot of FREMO meetings, where they use all makes of decoders available and stress the CU's slot capacity to the limit.



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As an update to my previous post: I have now been using my MRC Prodigy Advanced (not 'squared') for years, and have found the learning curve to be relatively shallow. The unit works as well as it did years ago. I recently added a second throttle (Prodigy Advanced 2 type); which worked perfectly with my older base version. I am now contemplating replacing one of my throttles with a wireless version. In short, I am one happy long-term customer.

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