for those of you who dabble in DCC & sound, what type of sound decoder are you using? These can get real pricey and I find it difficult to pull the trigger on one as an experiment. I have bought several from a guy on ebay, XL systems, who used to do all the decoders for MRC. They are cheap, ~$30, and they are ok, not great. I use them for conversions of older engines. I did get a Tsunami recently that was good but not sure if it was twice as good. I put in my recently acquired Kato Santa Fe F7, which is a great runner. I think that reflects more on the engine than the decoder. Anyway, I'm getting ready to order a bunch to finish the rest of these engines and looking for anyone's experience.
In this group, I'm not going to make the b units sound, so I'll just get the reliable digitrax dn136 from Yankee dabbler for those, but I need a sound decoder for the engine.
I have a few locomotives with DCC and Sound decoders in them...I think some of the biggest leaps in technology that is making the sound better has been with the speakers. Don't scrimp on the speakers!
ESU LokSound decoders are nice, I have a couple of locomotives with them. Modeltrainstuff has them for $92.
I have several locos with Soundtraxx Tsunami decoders, they are not bad at all but I think they have been phased out.
I have one loco with a Soundtraxx Tsunami 2 in it, sounds great! Modeltrainstuff has them for about the same price as the ESU decoders.
I also have a handful of MTH locomotives with the Proto-Sound 3 decoders in them. The steam sounds are fair and the diesel ones are too for the most part except for the diesel horn, it sounds "off". Even if they were not going out of business I would not recommend their sound decoders.
I know there are a lot of the sound snobs (they tend to be rivet counter snobs as well) out there in the model train world but honestly sometimes too much sound gets old after awhile of running trains.
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I just like blowing the horn! It makes me feel good. a little bell goes a long way and I usually turn the engine sounds down low so they don't grate after a while. I have a tsunami decoder and it runs well. I just ordered a tsunami 2 as comparison. these are all getting too expensive. I'm ok if the sound is not an exact replica, particularly if if it is cheap!
methuener: My wife is always mad at me...Sixth day of 90+ heat today. A cool down is finally arriving tomorrow.
Jun 9, 2021 15:09:28 GMT -5
rbturner: Jim, when my wife gets 'fussy' with me I tell her; "play me or trade me-don't sit me on the bench".
Jun 10, 2021 9:51:11 GMT -5
umpdan31: Jim, if I told my wife that, I'm afraid she'd trade me. After all, she's 9 years younger than me.
Jun 10, 2021 11:29:25 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: Looks like it's going to be 90+ here in Buzzardly until October
Jun 10, 2021 16:44:08 GMT -5
rbturner: But it's a dry heat.
Jun 10, 2021 19:20:23 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: Actually it's a jungle heat, straight up from the Gulf. John gets the dry heat out west.
Jun 10, 2021 22:24:30 GMT -5
John: It was a cool Wet Spring, but is was 102 this week. The rain Delayed the Cotton Planting!
Jun 10, 2021 23:30:20 GMT -5
TK Dave: It's been gorgeous and hot the last few days. Today, I'm freezing my gheezah off again, at 59, and the high will only be 67. I'll take 80, 90, 100 any day.
Jun 11, 2021 5:35:58 GMT -5
umpdan31: I'm totally with you on that, TK Dave. I've always told people if you don't like the weather here, just wait.
Jun 11, 2021 7:26:58 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: That explains a lot about the both of you. Lizard DNA
Jun 11, 2021 14:18:45 GMT -5
dastumer: We’re wearing T-shirts when it gets above freezing up here. 59 is plenty warm!
Jun 11, 2021 17:10:37 GMT -5
ZeldaTheSwordsman: I prefer cooler. Too much heat does to my brain what leaving a soldering iron on it does to a plastic frame.
Jun 11, 2021 18:13:49 GMT -5
ZeldaTheSwordsman: Track erasers... There's a thing that's the same but not specifically branded for model trains, right?
Jun 11, 2021 18:15:04 GMT -5
dastumer: The bright boy is made by Walthers. One would last you several lifetimes. I never really use mine, I just go at the track with a rag and some alcohol to get the gunk off, and run a track cleaning car when it gets bad. I rarely need to clean track though.
Jun 11, 2021 20:27:34 GMT -5
ZeldaTheSwordsman: Well, my track is in dire need of cleaning and I've tried rag-and-alcohol.. Didn't make much of a difference. What I was asking was if there was an equivalent to the Bright Boy that you could buy in a regular department store.
Jun 11, 2021 22:24:54 GMT -5
umpdan31: As far as I know, track erasers are designed for model trains. I got mine at a LHS.
Jun 11, 2021 23:41:23 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: I don't know of any Bright Boy equivalent out there. Maybe one of those dish scouring pads?
Jun 12, 2021 7:18:00 GMT -5
TK Dave: ZeldaTheSwordsman, if it's general crud on the track, try ammonia on a rag. I've been able to remove thick, cigarette build up from tracks using it. If the track needs to be shined to clean metal, I use 3M dish pads, available at supermarkets
Jun 12, 2021 7:27:31 GMT -5
TK Dave: then vacuum afterward.
Jun 12, 2021 7:27:39 GMT -5
rbturner: Peco makes the best track eraser I have seen. Life-Like makes one too but it isn't very nice. For cleaning I switched to mineral spirits after reading the science about it on the MRH forum. It has to do with poplar and non-polar solvents leaving residues.
Jun 12, 2021 16:27:07 GMT -5