I have been looking at the different offerings from Lionel and MTH with regards to sound produceing locomotives. I see there is a wide offering of sound versions available from both. Sound seems to be the driveing force in price. What is not made clear is the difference between each of the offerings. I know that MTH has Locosounds,Protosound 1.0, and Protosound 2.0. I know Lionel has Trainsounds, Railsounds, Railsounds 4.0, and Railsounds 5.0.
This brings me to the following questions:
1. We all know Trainsounds is the bottom level for sound from Lionel, but is there a substantial sound quality difference between Railsounds, Railsounds 4.0 and Railsounds 5.0? Is the sound qaulity comprable with the difference being feature based, such as number of announcements and so on?
1. Locosounds was the earliest offering by MTH. The quality (in my opinion) is much better than enrty level Trainsounds from Lionel. I have a Locosound equipped F3 Pennsy.I am moderately satisfied - especially for the money. I had (before I sold it) a Trainsounds 2-4-0 from Lionel. I was not satisfied.
2. What is the difference between Protosounds 1.0 and Protosounds 2.0 with regards to sound quality? Or, is it primarily rooted in features such as the number of announcements and that sort of thing.
Here comes the "Ford or Chevy" type arguement:
Compairing Apples to Apples, how do each of the above Manufatuers offerings pair off, and, which is the best bang for the buck?
I am writting this because I do not have the money to go buy one of each. I want to be educated by you all before I make buying decisions.
I will say this: I have a Protosound 2-8-0 Pennsy with Protosounds 2.0 Locomotive. The sound and smoke are impressive.I paid $168.00 for it . I have (being shipped to me as I write this) a Lionel NYC GP9 with railsounds. I paid $175.00 for it. I hope I will not be disappointed.
I am posting this for selfish and unselfish reasons. I want to know what I bought and I want others to know more before they by. There are some of you guys out there who are experts and can helps us who are new or relatively new to O guage.