How many prefer to by DCC equipped vs. DCC ready?

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Genetk44

Active Member
#21
Until you discovered that each model manufacturer built their's differently.
Not at all Toot. I’ve done other decoder installs, both PnP and hardwired, I’ve even done speakers and sound too. However I’m just lazy so why bother if I can buy it already done for me. :D:D
 

tootnkumin

Well-Known Member
Staff member
#22
Not at all Toot. I’ve done other decoder installs, both PnP and hardwired, I’ve even done speakers and sound too. However I’m just lazy so why bother if I can buy it already done for me. :D:D
Now that most model manufactures seem to be installing full function capable sound decoders ex factory, I would prefer to buy them so fitted, and will. I've gotten myself to the point of installing sound into a dozen or so, mostly earlier pre sound, but DCC ready versions, using both PnP boards and wired decoders using iPhone speakers or Railmaster hobbies. I've just done 2 MTH 'ACe's, DCC ready's, using Tsunami 2 boards and pairs of the 28mm in each. The most challenging so far has been putting another Tsunami 2 PnP into a Scale Trains Gevo T4 DCC ready. That involved removing the ECU Motherboard to make way for the Soundtraxx and I used an iPhone 7s speaker, mounted above the board on that one. I would have used their sugar cube speakers had they been supplied, but being DCC ready, they don't of course. They do supply the plastic enclosure for them, but then you would no doubt have to use their ones, ordered from them. To get to them, it's necessary to split the chassis (horizontal joint).

I'm just finishing an Atlas SD35 DCC/sound ready (2 30mm round speakers in a tent shaped weight over the rear drive shaft). I've used an old Tsunami TSU1000 in that, that I had and a iPhone 6s plus speaker. I have to say I prefer the board type decoders to the wired/wrapped types for ease of connecting the power pickups to in particular. This one, I was lucky, I re-routed the wires from the trucks so only one joint was needed on each side.
 

bnsf971

AKA Gomez Addams
Staff member
#23
Just an FYI, Bachmann only has a one year warranty. The only ones with lifetime warranty are the ones grandfathered in when properly registered back when they still offered that. And when you send in yoyr lifetime warranty loco for repair or replacement, your replacement has a one year warranty.
 
#24
Are the US makers doing more sound trains in N? N is harder to put sound into as the space is a lot less for the speakers.

I have a couple Minitrix (a DB BR 101 and a Taurus "Wagner") that have factory sound and decoder. And I've built sound into one (Fleischmann DB BR 147). I have a bunch of sound decoders that run over SUSI that I can attach to an existing motor decoder (that has SUSI outputs) that will allow me more latitude to find space for the sound decoder and speakers -- maybe in an aux wagon or something).
 

tootnkumin

Well-Known Member
Staff member
#25
Are the US makers doing more sound trains in N? N is harder to put sound into as the space is a lot less for the speakers.

I have a couple Minitrix (a DB BR 101 and a Taurus "Wagner") that have factory sound and decoder. And I've built sound into one (Fleischmann DB BR 147). I have a bunch of sound decoders that run over SUSI that I can attach to an existing motor decoder (that has SUSI outputs) that will allow me more latitude to find space for the sound decoder and speakers -- maybe in an aux wagon or something).
Here'ya, have a hunt through these
https://www.ebay.com/b/N-Scale-Model-Railroad-Locomotives-with-Sound-Function/69812/bn_56995353
 





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