I'm trying to chose a mobile decoder for an HO KATO RS2.
Which is best, the NCE D14 SRP or an MRC # 1834 Direct Connector?
What do you reccomend?
Must I consider another brand or model?
I discarded the idea of a sound decoder because there is no room inside RS2 for a speaker.
Back EMF and excellent lighting.
I pray every day I break even, Cause I can really use the money!
I started with nothing and still have most of it left!
Of the two I would say that the NCE is the best. There have been many reports on this forum about the poor quality of MRC decoders (Not their DCC systems). I have used Digitrax and TCS decoders and have found them to be quite satisfactory. I'm sure that you will get many more opinions on this - be prepared.
My Kato RS2's (and one RSD2) are the only engines without sound on my layout - because of the space limitations you mentioned. I put LokPilot decoders in all three of them.They run beautifully,and low-speed control is especially good. I also have 12 other engines that came with sound,but not DCC. These are BlueLine models by BLI. I put LokPitots in all of these as well, and I'm very happy with the way they perform.
So,if you do consider other brands,you might look at the LokPilot. It's been a while since I bought them - I'm not sure how they compare with other brands cost-wise.