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After a 7 year absence I have purchased 4 On30 locos from Bachmann all sound equipped.

Now I am looking into 3-4 makers of DCC sound controllers.
Anybody have any insight into what they are like and why.
Ease of use, easy to learn ?? are important.

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Hi Mike


I moved your new topic into the  'D.C.C. Electrical & Sound'  forum

The Freerails sound gurus are sure to be able to help you find the right answers


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Thank you, did not see that forum, now gotta find it

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Hi Mike,

I don't understand so exactly what you are looking for,
a DCC device to control your existing sound locos or just alternative DCC sound systems.

Anyway this link may help for the first

http://www.girr.org/girr/tips/tips.html

Just scroll down to the DCC section.
Pages are are a bit older but still give a good overview over the market I think.


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Mike,

Two more good places to look for general DCC information:

https://dccwiki.com/Main_Page

https://sites.google.com/site/markgurries/

For wiring and other info:

http://www.wiringfordcc.com/

Each person had the DCC system they feel works for them.
If there are any clubs in your area you might look at what they use and ask them the good and bad of the system.

I use NCE for both N scale and G Gauge and am very happy with what I can do.
Yes there are systems that cost less.
NCE is easy to learn and very reliable.

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Juergen,

what I am asking about is the 3-4 makers of controller systems for sound and loco control. 
From what I read in the section I posted in, was people having problems with individual systems, trying to avoid problem plagued systems. 
One has to be better than others with less nonsense.

I originally used my MRC controller with big handle and momentum and brakes to run my Broadway Limited C16. 
That thing made all kinds of sounds and I did not have to do anything. 
Not sure on the sound equipped Bachmann loco I had. 
I was able to get the basic sound, bell and something else. 
But these Tsunami sound systems are capable of so much more.

That's why I want to get a Digitrax or some other system to run it.
My friend Bob 40 miles away has an older Digitrax, so I guess a road trip is coming up to evaluate his. 
Other than that I will read the other posts on this thread and see who is saying what.

Thanks guys ...madmike3434   

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I use Bachmann On30 locos with sound on my layout, and control them with a NCE Power Cab.
I've heard good things about Digitrax as well.

One DCC controller I advise you stay away from is the Bachmann E-Z Command Controller: 
It's VERY basic and cannot program all functions, nor can it reset a malfunctioning decoder.



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Thank you Eric,

I was looking at the Bachmann unit, not any more.

Was also looking at the Digitrax offering on ebay.

Just bought some 6 pcs of On30 Micro Engineering weathered flex track and 4 turnouts LH, searching for their RH.

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I had (still have) a Bachmann EZ Command unit that I picked up used just to get a feel for how DCC works. 

Think I paid something like $35 for it.


Learned enough to install a decoder and sound in one locomotive.


EZ Command is not a bad system, but it is very limited in what it can do.



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MICHAEL.........

It's coming down to a choice between DIGITRAX or NCE system.

Both have gotten good response from fellow modellers I have poled.


Want to visit my friend Bob who has a Digitrax system,
and take one of my new locos with me to hear and watch in action.

Maybe that new 2-4-4-2

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Made the jump and purchased a Digitrax DCS51 along with a separate small hand held controller


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HOLY HI-TECH !  Mike.   :brill: :brill: :brill: :brill: :brill:



Sure looks com-ple-ca-ted !  L:



My one, has got a big dial on the front, & some smouldering ni-chrome wire inside !!  :P





I quite like the look of the 'brake' & 'throttle' controls.  :thumb:  ( Thumb free operation )  ;)





$4!7 ... Might have to read the manual.  :dope:



The 'POWER IN' ... I think I got it on that one.  :cool:

I'm guessing 'RAIL A' and 'RAIL B' ... go to the rails ( Dunno if you got 'Lionel' though )  ;)



'JUMP' ... 'PROG' ... 'GROUN D' ... & those baffling computer network sockets ...

... look like Rocket Appliance stuff to me !

Better ask Woodie  :cb:  about those ones !!  :P





I normally nod off at the back of the class ...  :y:
... but I'm gonna try and pay attention & learn something here, for my D.C.C. exams !  :old dude:



Nice looking new toy Mike !  :thumb:



:moose:



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YUP, thats the one


I put on my Zorro mask threw in my bid on ebay USA with 8 seconds to go and stole the thing for $133.60


Here is a video that shows how to operate this particular controller, not too complicated,
seems simple enough for this non techie, no cell phone hair ball


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWtpwkxEo8A


mike


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" seems simple enough for this non techie "



Hi Mike  :moose:



Haven't heard from you for a week.  :time:

I guess you've watched the video a few times ...  :P

... & R.T.F.M.  ;)



I just thought I'd see how it's going ?  ??? L:



Don't expect any help from me BTW.  :us:

I told you earlier ...

... my controller is a dial & a smouldering piece of nichrome-wire !  :shocked:



:java::moose:;)



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Yes watched it more than a few times,
plus put it in my favorites to review again if needed.

Been busy buying more weathered flex track code 83,
more right hand Micro Engineering code 83 turnouts,
some rail joiners, some 1/2" long track spikes,
in case I want to go nuts and start hand laying track. 

Plus some rail weathering solution from Micro Engineering.
 

Actually the best prices wasn't ebay my main source of finds,
but calling and dealing direct with Micro Engineering in Missouri.


Hopefully April gets here quickly,
so I can head to USA and pick up all my new On30 M R R goodies.


mike lynch



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