Review of the New LokSound DCC Decoders and Programmer

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Tips DCC Sound, Tony's Tips |

by Don Fiehmann Download in PDF (263 kB) Buy It Here LokSound Basic Programming Guide (PDF – 120 kB) HISTORY Trains and sounds always seem to go together. This is one reason we affectionately refer to them as choo choo trains. Lionel started adding an optional whistle to locomotive tenders as far back as I can remember. To put sounds in model locomotives, one group of modelers built a box filled with railroad sound making gadgets. A microphone picked up the sounds and...

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Sound Decoder Comparison

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Product Compare, Tips DCC Sound, Tony's Tips |

by Don Fiehmann See also Decoder Installation Handout (PDF – 1.02 MB) Click here to download (51 kB) this document in easy-to-print Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Product Pages SoundTraxx Tsunami SoundTraxx LC Digitrax SoundFX ESU LokSound MRC Brilliance TDS Speakers are available here. This is a preliminary comparison of DCC sound decoders by Don Fiehmann. It will be updated with many performance features as the units become more available and more testing is completed....

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Soundtraxx TSU-IM1000 Digital Sound Decoder™: January 4, 2014

Soundtraxx TSU-IM1000 Digital Sound Decoder™:   January 4, 2014

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Tips DCC Sound, Tony's Tips | 0 comments

Plug and Play Digital Sound Decoder for InterMountain HO Diesels SoundTraxx has developed a Digital Sound Decoder designed specifically for recent production InterMountain HO diesels. There is no need to shoehorn larger decoders or use those close-but-not-quite board formats. Now you can have the best digital sound in those InterMountain diesels! Tsunami provides waves of pure 16-bit digital sound that will delight your senses; with effects so amazing you won’t...

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Crazy! WOW101 Steam Sound From TCS: October 18, 2013

Crazy! WOW101 Steam Sound From TCS: October 18, 2013

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Tips DCC Sound, Tony's Tips | 0 comments

CS – Train Control Systems – just announced the production of their WOW101 (SKU 1516) smaller sound decoder. Release is expected next week and we are taking orders now. The new product info appears below: Important note: The prior, newly released WOW Sound Decoders, 1511-1515, are being discontinued and all will be replaced by the WOW 101. The 101 does not include the “Keep Alive” features but it is much thinner than the 1511-1515 units. We have a limited qty of...

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New SHD2 from Team Digital Makes Signaling Easier: June 21, 2013

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Tips DCC Sound, Tony's Tips | 0 comments

Team Digital has just released the SHD2, a dual signal head accessory decoder. This affordable decoder can handle 2 signal heads (4 aspects each) with simple wiring. It is compatible with JMRI Signal Heads and with Digitrax Signal Masts. It connects to your DCC power bus. Don’t get me wrong, signaling is still fairly complicated, requiring block detection and a computer running your favorite software to control the signal logic, but the SHD2 has simplified it a...

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