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ESU LokSound Micro Select Installation in Atlas N Dash 8-40CW

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in News, Tips DCC Sound, Tips Decoders and Installations |

Hank Boiselle, our Master N scale Installer and resident ESu expert, installed an ESu LokSound Select Micro in an Atlas Dash 8-40CW. Hank reworked the frame by removing apx 0.25mm from the side and reducing the height another 0.30mm under the speakers. This allowed Hank to build two custom enclosures to accomodate two of our SuperSonic Mini Speakers. Hank then mounted two 0603 smd LEDs on the end of each enclosure for the loco’s...

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TCS Wow Steam in a Bachmann Vanderbilt Tender

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Locomotives, Tips DCC Sound, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

A customer of Tony’s was kind enough to share some pictures of his sound decoder project. Bob used the Train Control Systems [TCS] Wow Steam decoder and Keep Alive. Bob used a JST Harness  to connect the decoder to the Bachmann circuit board in the tender. He then neatly placed the TDS SuperSonic Mini speakers in the bottom of the tender which he drilled out Hi, I just wanted to thank Erik for his advice on installing the TCS wow sound and SuperSonic mini speakers in the confines of the Bachmann Vandy tender connected to their Heavy Mountain. It sounds terrific and the motor control is great. Barely creeping at decoder speed step one right out of the box. I also thought you might like to see the way I mounted the speakers and drilled the holes for sound in the tender, it seems to have worked out well. Thanks again for the advice, and let me know what you think – Bob Emmott   Thank you Bob, we think it looks great and thank you for sharing. For more info about what Bob is doing you can visit him at Frog Angle  ...

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Heat Sinking The Soundtraxx Micro Tsunamis

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Locomotives, Tips DCC Sound, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

Heat Sinking The Soundtraxx Micro Tsunamis Soundtraxx The popular Soundtraxx Micro Tsunamis are ideal for adding sound to some small HO and some N scale locomotives where options have not been available in the past! There has been one major hurdle that has made this difficult. The Micro Tsunami overheating and shutting down when operating near the 0.75 Amp max current rating. We were very fortunate that one of our customers, Latham S, a retired engineer and model railroader, engineered a simple-to-make heatsink and detailed drawings to solve the overheating issues. While the heatsink can be used for many Micro Tsunami applications, Latham detailed information for the venerable Bachmann 3 Truck HO Shay. Thank you Latham for providing model railroaders this detailed information! Here are his comments and the precise highly detailed engineering drawings for both the Shay installation and the heat sink. “This is the file I have on the Shay. The drawing of the sheet metal heat sink is included with photos of the Shay installation. It is wise to either disconnect the fire box light or put a smaller current draw bulb in its place. A remedy to motor current draw which contributes to over temp. The bulb is connected to the motor at the brush location! I have replaced the head light and rear light bulbs with LED 3mm as shown in photo of tender installation to further reduce current draw. This I also believe will reduce problem of over temp. I think with these changes it may not be necessary to use the heatsink but I am not going to take a chance ….since to make these mods you must remove the boiler and headlight detail. A lot of labor wasted if it doesn’t work and an unhappy customer. I have one person who has bought a new Bachman Shay equipped with factory Tsunami who claims to have had same...

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Speakers – Innies or Outies

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Tips DCC Sound, Tony's Tips |

TDS Speakers & Enclosures When you are mounting speakers in enclosures you have the option to mount them with the speaker magnet facing in or facing out. Facing out is better if you have sufficient vertical clearance, but do you know why? When the magnet is facing out you have a slightly larger enclosure volume generally producing better sound. You also have the terminations exposed simplifying installation and maintenance! A magnet facing in benefit: The benefit is that with the speaker cone pointed into the enclosure there is zero chance that an errant wire will contact the speaker surface and possibly kill your sound...

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New TDS SuperSonics Are Here

New TDS SuperSonics Are Here

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in News, Tips DCC Sound, Tony's Tips |

TDS SuperSonic Speakers & Enclosures With the SuperSonic series you are getting Tony’s newest state of the art Dream Speakers & Enclosures. These super compact rectangular speakers have incredibly big sound when paired with our matching TDS SuperSonic Enclosures. You will find that you can use these speakers and enclosures in the tight confines of locomotives where other speakers just will not fit! Almost 15 years have passed and we’re replacing the venerable Micro and Mini oval speakers. After many months of extensive testing, our new SuperSonic Mini [15*11mm] and Small [18*13mm] speakers are ready for release. We also have matching, precision machine engineered enclosures. These speakers are a significant improvement in sound quality over their predecessors, 35% smaller and best of all, will come at a lower price point. The Supersonic Micro [16*9mm] will hopefully be ready for release this 1st half of 2015. The SuperSonics compare MUCH better than the original mini & micro ovals. It is important to note, however, that this is ONLY true if you mount the SuperSonic  face DOWN in the enclosure (i.e. with the electrical connections exposed on top). If you mount it with the electrical connections INSIDE the enclosure, the performance of the SuperSonic degrades significantly. For example, the distortion decreases from over 16 % to 4.8% with the connections exposed on top. The speakers also gain an octave of frequency response! Since most people will tend to place the wires inside, we will would include a drawing/picture that shows the speaker mounted with the wires on...

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