Related perhaps, but not strictly DCC sound. Has anyone ever used/tried the systems like Surroudtraxx? I.e. the surround sound system that I believe uses transponders for loco location and plays sounds around the layout? It seems JMRI also has a module for this.
Si, please move if there is a better forum for this.
I took part in an op session once where the layout had such a system. It sounded exactly like I would have thought: the sound passing from one spot instantly to another. The owner of the layout kept trying to hype the system (sounding more like he was trying to convince himself it was great, more so than any of us) and nobody running there was having any of it.
I don't understand the merit to something like that in an era of 'plug and play' sound that can be small enough to stuff even into a N scale locomotive in many cases. The only time I'd see merit to it is in the case of you not having enough room in your locos for ANYTHING else.
Last edited on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 12:23 am by Lee B
Helmut F wrote:
Do you have any idea how large his detection blocks were? That might have something to do with the sound jumping around.
No idea, sorry. I agree that the sensors might have bene very far apart. I know he didn't have many speakers, though. I think they were about every 5 feet or more. It sounded like the locomotives were teleporting from one spot to another, as if in a science fiction movie.
It was very distracting and several people discussing it away from the owner all agreed it would have been better to have no sound at all.
The BLI Rolling thunder is a way better system.
The only thing that's being broadcasted is the bass tones.
I would like to build something similar with a Bluetooth transceiver in the loco, connected to the speaker wires, and a subwoofer under the layout.
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