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 Posted: Tue Jan 17th, 2012 09:49 pm
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Anyone use MRC decoders for thier bachmann units? I have had a couple of guys in the club mention that they love them but I get mixed reviews on the web. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Warren

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 Posted: Tue Jan 17th, 2012 11:01 pm
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Warren-I would tend to go with the guys who ACTUALLY use them. Don't believe the %^&*&** that you read on the net. Everyone has their own agenda. Besides, you can get advice and help if needed from real live people. MRC has been in the business for over 50 years and are a reputable company. I say go for it!

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 Posted: Wed Jan 18th, 2012 05:49 pm
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thanks so much Woody I did. I will let you know how they sound when installed.

 

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I installed some MRC "Sheer Brillance" sound decoders in a couple of On30 locos a while back and they sounded every bit as good as a much more expensive Tsunami board. The key is using the right size (biggest that will fit) speaker and if possible building an enclosure around the speaker. While this isn't possible in a Porter or Davenport, just how LOUD does a loco need to be. We almost got run over by a steam loco once, the sound was so low that we didn't hear it until it was almost too late. This was a big 2-8-2 on the Texas State RR. The loudest sounds were the clanking of siderods and banging of rail joints.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 22nd, 2012 03:26 am
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Hey Woody,
just installed my MRC sound decoders in my Forney and wow they ound awesome! Just thought I would let you know.Warren

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Yes, and you can't hear the air compressor on a real loco from the equivalent distance that one views a model.

And steam locos don't come to a stop going  chug chug  chug   chug    chug      chug       chug          chug           unless they are stalling on a grade, and then usually the drivers slip and all heck breaks loose.

Just my personal observations on model sound systems. Knew the guy that developed the PFM system, and later on the PBS   and tried my darndest to convince him of that--but he was so used to hearing the model stuff by then that he had forgot what the real thing sounded like.


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 Posted: Mon Feb 6th, 2012 03:04 pm
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Just installed more of the MRC decoders and also one for the shay. I bought the sheer briallance and added a larger spaeaker and it sounds AWESOME!:glad:
I also put a smaller speaker in my Diesal critter (which neeeds the board set back to Bachmann)and will posting up some pics of the scratchbuilding I did as as well as the painting and weathering.

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I just looked at the MRC website and they only seen to offer one "universal" steam decoder.  
http://www.modelrec.com/train-controls/dcc-decoders.asp
Is this the one you used and do you have to download your own "sounds" for different steam locos?
Or is there some other website to check other than MRC's?

Last edited on Mon Feb 6th, 2012 03:25 pm by mabloodhound



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Hello I have x2 decoders the 1908 and the 1639 sheer Brilliance.
The 1639 has more options on it and more sounds. This one is a plug and play so I used it for my Shay and changed out the speaker. I also used the the smaller speaker for my diesal and built a small box around it in the cab with a some holes drill out. Will post photos here soon. Dis not have to program any sound since there are so many to choose from. And since the price is great you cant beat it. 1908 $29.99 and 1639 $51.00
hope this helps.
Warren

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 Posted: Wed Feb 8th, 2012 11:59 pm
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You really can't go wrong for the price! When I have extra cash, I usually opt for Tsunami first. I did get a couple of MRC Sheer Brilliance decoders, and really like them.
The BEMF seems to have better crawling smoothness, but the MRC is not bad at all, sounds are very good, and they are absolutely the best bang for the buck! :-)



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