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 Posted: Fri Feb 14th, 2020 01:14 am
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Hi Michael  :wave:



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I wonder what the sound is like through a regular Hi-Fi speaker ?  L:


The actual transducer & its implementation can vary massively.

The digital sound generated by these things is pretty standard.



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The digital sound is pretty standard. 

Not bad, but not great. 
About average I would say. 
Still it's kind of neat to have sound.
 
But, I didn't really buy the Loco Genie for the sound,
but because it was small and fairly simple installation. 
Just needed to add battery for power.

I still see it as very affordable,
if you can find a Loco Genie at a discounted price. 
For the Genie plus battery I'm into it for about $55.

Hope to post some final photos real soon.




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The battery and on-off switch is hidden under the oil bunker. 

The Loco Genie will continue to run as long as it has power. 

By installing a simple on-off switch, I don't have to disconnect the battery all the time.










Well, that's about it for installing the Loco Genie. 

Works well, and a fairly easy installation.

Now to run some trains.




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" About average I would say.
 
Still it's kind of neat to have sound "



Hi Michael  :wave:



As an 'audio guy' ...  :pimp:

... the first thing I'd do, out of curiosity ...  L:

... is to wire up the sound output, to some headphones and/or a 'regular' speaker.  :dt:

Just to check out, what it  REALLY  sounds like.  ???



The sound output on these should NEVER be connected to a Hi-Fi amp input directly ...  :f:  :td:

... but connecting the output to any 'regular' headphones or speaker is fine.  :)


Just for laughs, I'd try it through my DIY made 15" 'Eminence' Beta-15 !  :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:




The enclosure design makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE when it comes to sound quality.  :brill:


It is possible to find small speakers, used in laptop computers, quite cheaply.  :cool:

The enclosures are generally small & kinda flat, but make the most from a tiny speaker.


A styrene DIY mini enclosure is another experimental option.  L:

I gotta get me one o' these lil' babies & have a blast !  :pimp:



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Some other possible speaker wiring schematics, which could be used.  :brill:

:java: :P

The basic single 8 Ohm speaker, wired in series, for an 8 Ohm load.  L:





Two 8 Ohm speakers, wired in series, for a 16 Ohm load, would reduce the volume output ...  :f:

... unless of course, both the cone areas were larger & more efficient.  :thumb:





Four 8 Ohm speakers wired in series/parallel ...

... for a 'regular' 8 Ohm load.  :)

(typical 'Marshall' 4x12" cabinet, as used by 'Spinal Tap')





And NOT ^^ RECOMMENDED, two 8 Ohm speakers wired in parallel ...  :td:

... for a 4 Ohm load, which would probably OVERLOAD ! the amplifier !  :shocked:



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Hi Michael  :mex:


:cool: :cool: L  shot of the ol' No.7 Spot 'Genied' on your nice lookin' turntable.  :thumb:



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Hi Michael  :mex:



How's she ^^ runnin' ?  ???


Any latest  'Loco Genie'  news ?  L:



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#7 is running just fine. 

Acceleration is slow (you can make adjustments to start up faster)
but I'm kind of liking it that way. 

By slowing things down it makes the layout seem larger,
and takes longer to get the job done.

Did find a few spots in the track work that #7 didn't care for.


I've got another 'Loco Genie' that will go in the Athearn SW1500. 
Starting on a new cab now.




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Hi Michael  :wave:


So you are generally impressed by the 'Loco Genie' sound,

Maybe a larger speaker as well for MAX effect



How is the handset ?

Does it fit OK in your hand & the buttons are good to use.


I have been offered a 'Small Steam', one inside a 'Model Power' loco,

It has a slightly different design of handset to yours.






I guess the battery lasts a fair amount of time on the transmitter ?

Cheapest I could find.  :bg:
 


:java::moose: :dt:


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On your handset the buttons look layed out in a different way to mine ?







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Si.

The transmitter fits in my hand just fine. 
No trouble using the buttons. 

Haven't had to replace the batteries. 
I figure it should last as long as a TV remote. 

I prefer MRC's transmitter over the regular RC transmitter.

I'm installing another Loco Genie in an Athearn SW1500,
and I am pleased with the ease of installation and the compactness. 

I'm hoping more people will jump in BPRC by using the Loco Genie,
since they're made for HO locos. 

The only real issue is finding room for the batteries.


I would be interested to see how the one in the Model Power locos work. 




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