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Posted by MisterBeasley on Sunday, April 6, 2008 7:46 PM

The Digitrax PA-2 unit will allow you to program decoders in general, and also play with the sound files on those Digitrax decoders that are programmable, like the SFX0416.

I'm seriously thinking of getting myself one of these, just to play with my trolleys.  I've looked at the manual (available on-line) and it appears to be a stand-alone programmer.  It doesn't hve to interface to the rest of your layout, so I'm in luck, because I've got a Lenz system, not Digitrax.  Also, I can just hook up a programming track by the computer, rather than having to move the computer into the train room, where it doesn't belong.

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Posted by tstage on Sunday, April 6, 2008 4:08 PM

John,

The Loksound decoders are very nice indeed.  I have two: One in a Trix 2-8-2 Mike and another in a PCM F3 A-B.  I actually prefer the chuff of the Loksound decoder over the QSI decoder; more "throatier" and realistic sounding.  The brake release sound and hesitation before it starts out is pretty cool, too. Smile [:)]

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, April 6, 2008 3:54 PM

I think I found what I was looking for at Tony's under the LokSound area. It's alittle more broken out as far as individual loco's . Great help, although pricey I guess. Not that familiar with prices.....Guess I will be soon ...LOL!

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Posted by Bapou on Sunday, April 6, 2008 3:09 PM
I think they are going to offer the same service with the QSI decoders coming out soon.
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Posted by Bapou on Sunday, April 6, 2008 2:27 PM

YOu can buy a programable decoder from Tony's Train Exchange, and they will program it to your specific needs. YOu can tell them what type of engine it is and they might ask what type of horn you want. Otherwise that's it.

Also useually sound and motor in one is better I have been told. 

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Posted by gandydancer19 on Sunday, April 6, 2008 1:11 PM

This question is related to two things:  How much you have to spend; and how much space you have in your locos. 

If you have the room, a second sound only decoder will work. 

It is also starting to look like the very best way to go to get the specific sounds that you want is by using a programmable sound decoder.  But the setup cost more money.

Being the cheap fellow that I am, I go for sound specific decoders that are of the sound and power variety in one package.  Mostly Soundtraxx right now. 

I would say, look at each engine individually and select a decoder that will provide the right sounds.  Once your decoders are installed, you won't be switching them to other locomotives.

Elmer.

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Sound question
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, April 6, 2008 12:13 PM

Now that I'm bitten with DCC, what's the best way to match up sound decoders to engine types? I know Soundtraxx breaks it out some, by manufacturer, but is not specific enough for me...

Also, whats best...a sound ONLY decoder on top of a function decoder, or an "All in one" decoder?

Thanks

John

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