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Bachmann Sound Value decoders

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Posted by Harpo1me on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12:51 PM
This way they do not have to claim what it actually does support. They have a thing going with Soundtraxx who provides a nice list of configuration variables that shows the sound ,light and motor functions that can be adjusted by the user. Problem is they list things on the list published that they do not have to make it look like they have many more functions then they do if someone likes to do research right from the company that made the sound decoder. After a wile they correct them . Strange when they list new released models they do the same misprints. Aexample is the new Bachmann ho gp 30. The list shows cv 112 sound configuration 1 . If it were a Tsumani this adjustment controls fans and compressor sounds. Sound Value does not have it Bachmann claims,but blames Soundtraxx for the error. Soundtraxx customer service says it has it along with brake squeal.But it does not. Tag team scam aparently.
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Posted by Harpo1me on Thursday, May 09, 2019 2:48 AM

We all wish they were ,but they are a China copy with completely different firmware and electronics .Only thing is the same is th board itself. Aparently the reason neither Soundtraxx or Bachmann knows what is on them to get the documentation correct was lost in China and they did not give them even 1/4 of what a real Tsumani sound decoder has. They controll the motor good but just suport 8 prime mover notches 3 horns 1 bell ,dynamic brake on some and a couple lighting outputs with light effects.No brakes fans compressors,pop valves ,air releases,start up and shut down sequences ,12 more horns a 7 baND eq and a reverb eq. That is not missing some .It is missing practically everthing. Cheepest sound decoder made with the least functions. They sound good for what they have ,but after a wile they are as interesting as watching grass grow

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Posted by richg1998 on Thursday, May 09, 2019 8:46 AM

Last I knew all the decoders are made in the USA. A few years ago I saw the machine they are made in.

They can modify the machine for different boards.

Documentation can be an issue with many companies.

Rich

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Posted by joe323 on Friday, May 10, 2019 6:45 AM

Guessing that Bachman/Soundtraxx feel that if you are running a DCC layout you have and know how to use the internet.

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Posted by rrinker on Friday, May 10, 2019 7:11 AM

 Or like pretty much EVERY DCC decoder maker, they are smart enough not to print and ship a 50-100 page fully detailed with every last bit of information book with each and every decoder. Even if you only have a dozen locos, what are you going to do with 12 copies of the same giant manual?

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