I have a Digitrax system for my own layout and use NCE on my club's layout. As far as I can see, there isn't a lot of difference between the two. Digitrax has one advantage in that you can run one analog loco at a time with it but you can't do that with NCE. I like this because not all of my engines are DCC.
Richard in Vermont
MRC may be OK now but I have stayed away from them because of earlier dcc product disappointments, namely, their early decoders were a mess. They were late getting into dcc and may have not had very good engineering to start with, today's products may be perfectly OK but for myself I just never wanted to take a chance on them. This is strange because they have been in the business for may years but mainly building train power supplies. This may be the reason for their shaky start with dcc due to a lack of experience getting started with it. Their advertising would led you to think otherwise. I hope owners of MRC dcc product will chime in on this because I am interested in other opinions myself.
Bear in mind, however, that this 'zero-pulse-stretching' PWM method is most likely to fry almost all modern can-type motors as are found nowadays. The older, open-frame types tolerate it, though. Thus, avoid to operate analog locos with DCC.
Last edited on Tue Nov 29th, 2016 08:15 am by Helmut
Before I had all my HO locos chipped I ran modern can motors for years on my DCC layout and never fried one once. I still use it to test run others locos that are not fitted with a decoder.
What you cannot do is leave a dc motor on a DCC powered track for some time without running it as it will overheat and may burn out. I had some loco storage tracks that could be switched off for use of non-chipped locos. Also if you have a coreless motored model then do not run that on your Digitrax address zero. However I have never had such expensive motors so never needed to worry :>)
Just run trains Michael, leaving the reading until you need to do something more complex. I have Digitrax but you would not have gone wrong choosing NCE. NCE has the better range of throttles, Digitrax the ability to run a dc loco. Lenz is also good but I prefer the throttles from the other two brands.