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Digitrax sound decoders cheaper than MRC

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Digitrax sound decoders cheaper than MRC
Posted by joe-daddy on Thursday, August 14, 2008 6:51 PM

Looking at the sale items in this month's Walthers sale catalog, I see the Digitrax Sound bug advertised for 25 bucks while the MRC units are all over $60 bucks. 

Why the fire sale on Digitrax?

 

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Thursday, August 14, 2008 6:56 PM

The Soundbug itself is still at the regular price of $50.  Read carefully.  The lower-priced decoders have Soundbug sockets on them.  They are motor-only units that will accept the soundbug plug-in, but don't have sound themselves.

Dang.  I got excited for a while.

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Posted by loathar on Thursday, August 14, 2008 8:20 PM
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Posted by cacole on Thursday, August 14, 2008 8:51 PM

You have to realize, though, that the cheaper SoundTraxx decoders are very old style and some of them had poor motor control circuitry, so it's a case of, 'You get what you pay for.'  The DSX decoder is sound only and you need an additional decoder for motor/lights.

Tsunami is the new and improved SoundTraxx decoder, and anything less is not worth the cost differential.

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