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Ah, the black art of DCC! The main problem we found when we defected to DCC was the lack of useful information on the different available sound decoders. That and the tendency for the different programmers to assign different sounds to each function button. This is improving, and can be altered if you know which cv's assign each soundslot.  But the easiest way to standardise them fully is to buy an ESU Lokprogrammer. (other makes are available!)   When you have one of these you can start to make your own sound projects as well as move all the function assignments around. The other big improvement you can make, (in our view at least!)  is to fit a bass enhanced/reflex speaker, its worth the extra work. 

 

Click HERE for a guide to fitting one in a Bachmann class 37.

 

As for the different sounds, the best way to compare them is to find somebody with (or who had!) lots of money who already has them all and listen to theirs! Otherwise look for and listen to them on YouTube and forums, it can be tedious though, and the sound quality is variable to say the least!.

We hope we can help a little here by setting up a 'T.O.P.S.'order list of our reviews of all the sound decoders that we've had first hand experience of. Only our opinion of course, and Messrs Howes and SWD etc are free to come and rip ours to pieces!

To help further we will be adding video links so the sounds can be compared, subject to the limitations of You-tube of course! Many thanks to the fellow  members of RMweb for allowing most of the links. If you have a better clip for a particular class we can use, please advise.

Last updated – 15/4/17

 

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03 - Howes                                                                                      ESU Decoder

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08 -Howes                                                                                       ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                         -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                              -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                        -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments - Full size decoder, not micro. Needs to be driven hard to get the best sounds, easy to rev up but needs a lot of speedsteps down to get the sound to drop back to idle.

VIDEO

08 - Hornby                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok *                       -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std speaker without baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments - Sounds are let down by the poor speaker and lack of enclosure, this causes a lot of distortion.

08 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                             ESU Decoder

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08 - Coastal DCC                                                                         ZIMO Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 266 to 100, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                              -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments - Full size decoder, not micro. .

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20 - SWD/Bachmann(early)                                                           ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                         -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                  -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud                     -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - very poor              -the sound segment when loco is opened up.                                                              (if it has one,some don't!)

Comments - Very annoying idle too!

20 - Howes                                                                                     ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                         -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                                -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok, a bit bland!    -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - The chop loop at low speed is a little repetitive if you hold it there, idle not as annoying as SWD, but can grate!

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20 - DC Kits                                                                                   ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Quiet                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Poor                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - Ok at home if you can turn other loco's down to match!

20 - Olivia's                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                          -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                  -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                                -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                              -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Poor                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments -  A bit of distortion, especially the horns. No two tone horn and a very noticeable drop in volume as it starts to thrash!

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20 - Digitrains                                                                               ZIMO Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 266 to 150,20mm diameter speaker under fan.

Usability - Ok                              -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok*                       -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – * The thrash loop is quiet compared to others as supplied but can be turned up with cv if required. Quite controllable when powering up but can take a while to respond when powering down. Better suited to bigger layouts if you want it to thrash.

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20 - SWD(new)                                                                              ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - A different beast this one! Excellent sounds and drive-ability. At low speeds has built in railjoint 'clacks' which you'll either love or hate!

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20 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - V-loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                               -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                          -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and will not stay there unless ''wide open''. The thrash loop is a little quiet compared with other sounds.

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24/26 - Howes                                                                              ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                          -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                             -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                           -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                          -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - Thrash loop is a little repetitive, better suited to smaller layouts.

24/26 - SWD/Bachmann                                                              ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                  -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                              -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - One of our faves!  Nice noises but difficult to get it to thrash on smaller layouts, needs a long run to get the best out of it. Better suited to bigger layouts, ok on small. Really needs a bass speaker to bring out the best in it.

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24/26 - DC kits                                                                              ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Quiet                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Poor                      -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Good sounds if you turn others around down to match! No thrash loop to speak of. 

26 - Olivia's                                                                                   ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                  -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                                -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                               -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - Gets a bit drowned out, especially at idle. A poor start up sequence but a very nice 'driver playing on the horns' function.

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24 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

Recordings -  Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing -  Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume -  Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and will not stay there unless ''wide open''. The thrash loop is a little quiet compared with other sounds.

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26 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

Recordings – Ok*                       -quality of sounds.

 

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

 

Volume – Loud*                          -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

 

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

 

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

 

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and will not stay there unless ''wide open''. The thrash loop is a little quiet compared with other sounds.

* Sound quality and volume are both very dependent on the quality of the speaker install with this program. The bigger the better!

 

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26 - Digitrains/early                                                                        Zimo Decoder

Recordings – Good                   -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume – Loud                           -cv266 to 80, QSI 28mm speaker.

Usability - Ok*                             -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Two two tone horns, one playable. *Will not drop back to idle normally unless the speed step(on 28) is 6 or below. But does have the option of using a function key at any speed to drop to idle.

24 - SLW                                                                                        Zimo Decoder

Recordings – Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume – Loud                           -cv266 to 117, Supplied twin laptop speakers.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Very controllable, as one notch up or down will increase/decrease the revs, and does have the option of using a function key at any speed to drop to idle. A full complement of 28 functions, some of which do two things depending on whether the loco is stationary or moving. A new fave!

26 - Digitrains/new                                                                       Zimo Decoder

Recordings – Good*                   -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume – Loud*                          -cv 266 to 120, 58 x 22mm bass-reflex speaker.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - The idle & thrash loops are a little quiet compared with other sounds.

* Sound quality and volume are both very dependent on the quality of the speaker install with this program. The bigger the better!

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25/27 - Howes (early version)                                                       ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - An 8 m-bit program, the thrash never really gets going.

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25/27 - Howes (later version)                                                       ESU Decoder

As per Howes 24/26 review,  the same program but with different recordings.

25/27 - SWD - (early version)                                                       ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                          -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                             -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                               -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – An 8 m-bit program, takes a while for the thrash to get going. Better suited to bigger layouts.

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25/27 - SWD (later version)/Bachmann                                       ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                      -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                             -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                               -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - The 16 m-bit version. Very nice noises but difficult to get it to thrash on smaller layouts, needs a long run to get the best out of it. Better suited to bigger layouts, ok on small.

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25/27 - Olivia's                                                                            ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                      -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                             -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                               -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - Very nice noises but difficult to get it to thrash on smaller layouts, needs a long run to get the best out of it.

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25 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits(original)                                             ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud                     -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                              -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and it will not stay there unless ''wide open''. 

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27 - Coastal DCC                                                                         ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud                     -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                              -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Very good            -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments –  Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and it will not stay there unless ''wide open'' but when it does the ''thrash'' is awesome.

27 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

 

Recordings – Good                    -quality of sounds.

 

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

 

Volume – Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

 

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

 

Thrash loop - Good                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up

 

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and will not stay there unless ''wide open''.

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27 - Howes                                                                                  ESU Decoder

As per Howes 24/26 review,  the program behaves the same, but with different recordings.

25 - Digitrains                                                                             Zimo Decoder

Recordings – Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume – Loud                           -cv266 to 80, AB 40 x 28mm speaker.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Very controllable, as one notch up or down will increase/decrease the revs, and does have the option of using a function key at any speed to drop to idle.

25 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits(new)                                                 ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud                     -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and it will not stay there unless ''wide open'', this can be overcome using 'drive hold'.

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31/37? - Howes(early)                                                                  ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                          -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                   -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                             -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                           -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                          -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Unsure about this one, sounds very similar to early Howes 37, but it's not the same!

31 - Howes(later)                                                                          ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                         -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                 -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                               -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                              -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Poor                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – This one sounds more like a 31! But, it only idles or thrashes (poorly). Very little in between!

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31 - SWD(early)                                                                            ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                                -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability -Ok                               -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Poor                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – The 8-bit program. Takes a while to get thrashing, when it does get going its very repetitive.

31 - SWD(new)                                                                             ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                      -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                   -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                             -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                           -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – The 16 bit program. Lots of thrash and nicely responsive, but it can take a lot of speedsteps down to drop back to idle if its on full throttle!

31(37?) – Hornby                                                                          ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                          -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                  -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                             -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                               -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments –  When in motion its hard to hear the sounds because of the constant cooling fan noise running! It can be turned off by changing a couple of cv's, but it then sounds a lot like a 37!

31 - Mr Soundguy                                                                          ESU Decoder

Recordings - Poor                      -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                  -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                                -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                              -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Poor                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Not a lot to recommend on this one!

 

31 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

 

Recordings - Good                      -quality of sounds.

 

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

 

Volume - Ok                                 -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

 

Usability - Good                           -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

 

Thrash loop - Good                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up

 

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and will not stay there unless kept ''wide open''.

 

31 - Coastal DCC                                                                        ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                      -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                             -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                               -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – .

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33 - Howes                                                                                     ESU Decoder

As per 24/26 and 27 reviews,  the program behaves the same but with different recordings.

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37 - SWD (early version)                                                               ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                      -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                             -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                           -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Poor                       -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – The original 8 m-bit version, nice sounds but no thrash!

37 - Howes (refurbished-early version)                                        ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                          -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud!                     -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                               -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – The 8 m-bit version, takes a while for the thrash to get going. Its not recorded in Scotland then! Better suited to bigger layouts.

37 - Howes(refurbished-later version)                                          ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                          -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                   -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud                      -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                           -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                          -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – This one thrashes for England(or should that be Scotland!) if given enough speedsteps. But, for some strange reason gets slightly quieter as it enters the thrash loop! Later ones have intrusive compressors.

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37 - Howes (Un-refurbished)                                                         ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                  -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud                     -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Another thrash monster, complete with wheelslip if driven hard. Thrash loop is a little repetitive and compressor is intrusive. Slight hiccups in the mixing if you listen closely.

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37/4 - Olivia's                                                                                 ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok*                               -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Very nice noises, * Needs a bass-reflex speaker to get the best out of it! Poor two-tone( getting picky now! )

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37 - SWD/Bachmann(new)                                                           ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok*                              -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - OK                             -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Needs a lot of room to get thrashing, but very nice when it does. Also takes a long time for thrash to stop and run down to idle. Better suited to bigger layouts. *Adding a bass-reflex speaker to this this one tranforms it from pussycat to roaring tiger! Probably the most noticeably improved.

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37(0&Refurb) – Digitrains                                                             ZIMO Decoder

Recordings - Good                      -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - V-loud                           -cv 266 to 65, Bass reflex speaker.

Usability - Ok                               -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – Both types of start up on one chip, one cv change to switch. Sounds can also be operated separately from drive by changing a cv, kind of like ESU's notching but far less confusing!

37 multi start – Digitrains                                                               ZIMO Decoder

Recordings - Good                      -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - V-loud                           -cv 266 to 55, Bass reflex speaker.

Usability - Good                           -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – Warm and cold starts as well as much more controllable sounds, further aided by 'drop to idle' and 'shunt' modes. Both of which change the way the sounds behave.

37/0(v1) - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                       ESU Decoder

Recordings -  Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing -  Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume -  Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                           -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and will not stay there unless kept ''wide open''. The thrash loop is a little quiet compared with other sounds.

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37/4(v1) - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                       ESU Decoder

Recordings -  Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing -  Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume -  Loud*                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                           -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok*                        -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and will not stay there unless kept ''wide open''. The thrash loop is a little quiet compared with other sounds.

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37/0(v2) - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                       ESU Decoder

Recordings -  Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing -  Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very Loud                    -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and will not stay there unless kept ''wide open''. The thrash loop is awesome!

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37/9 - Howes                                                                                ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud                     -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Awesome start up, thrash is a little repetitive, but then it is on the real thing!

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37/0 - Hornby                                                                                Hornby TTS

Recordings - Ok*                         -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud*                     -cv 161 to 4, std 28mm speaker.

Usability - Ok*                             -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - *Volume and sound quality depend very much on the speaker install. As supplied it's not very good!  Drivability can be improved by tweaking a few cv's although slow speed is a little 'coggy', and in our case on a Lenz system the emergency stop isn't there!.

37/9 - Legomanbiffo/DC Kits                                                        ESU Decoder

(Mirlees)

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and will not stay there unless kept ''wide open''. The thrash loop is a little quiet compared with other sounds.

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37/9 - Legomanbiffo/DC Kits                                                        ESU Decoder

(Ruston)

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud                     -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and will not stay there unless kept ''wide open''. 

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37/4 Digitrains (West Highland)                                                  ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud                     -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Awesome 'thrash', and a very clever feature on the two tone horn,. these are random, so you don't get the same one every time, some are better than others though.

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40 - Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                         -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                                -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Not bad, perhaps a little bland! Idle annoys after a while.

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40 - SWD/Bachmann                                                                    ESU Decoder

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40 - Mr Soundguy                                                                          ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                         -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Poor                              -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud                     -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Poor                           -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Some nice noises in this one, but also a very annoying electronic sounding one! Levels are all over the place. Idle is too loud, the thrash too quiet. Difficult to drive whilst avoiding 'orrid noise, but ok if you get it right!

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40 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                           ESU Decoder

Recordings -  Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing -  Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume -  Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and will not stay there unless kept ''wide open''. The thrash loop is a little quiet compared with other sounds.

 

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42 - Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

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43 - SWD                                                                                      ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                 -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                               -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                             -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Poor                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Nice but never really gets going, just starts to scream and then nothing!

43 - Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                        -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume – Very loud                   -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                        -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – A lot of scream, but even with bass speaker its ear-splitting! Without one its painful!

43 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud *                          -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok *                      -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable.

* Three quarters power is the sweet spot for max scream!

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45 - SWD/Bachmann                                                                     ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                               -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                              -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                        -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Very nice, Needs a lot of space to get going, better suited to larger layouts, ok on small.

45 - Howes                                                                                     ESU Decoder

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46 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                             ESU Decoder

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47 - SWD(early)                                                                             ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Poor                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – The 8 m-bit program? Thrash loop is repetitive, poor horn.

47 - SWD(new)/Bachmann                                                           ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                         -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Nice program all round, just a little distortion on the horns. It's probably pipped by the Howes one though. Its just not as aggressive!

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47 - Howes                                                                                     ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                   -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Awesome this one, for a Spoon! On 28 speed-steps, give it notch 6, then notch 8, then open it up! Can't think of a bad point, apart from being a Spoon that is!

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47 – Digitrains                                                                               ZIMO Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud                    -cv 266 to 125, 40 x 20mm bass-enhanced speaker.

Usability - Ok                             -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                   -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – Quite controllable when powering up but can take a while to respond when powering down. Better suited to bigger layouts if you want it to thrash.

47 - Olivia's                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                 -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                               -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                        -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – A bit quiet  with some minor mixing glitches. Needs a lot of speedsteps to make it  stay in the 'harder thrash' loop.

47 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                             ESU Decoder

Recordings -  Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing -  Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume -  Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Takes a lot of ''throttle'' to get it to full power sounds and will not stay there unless kept ''wide open''. The thrash loop is a little quiet compared with other sounds.

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50 - SWD                                                                                      ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                              -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                             -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Poor                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – 8 m-bit program. Doesn't really thrash at all, no two tone horn.

50 - Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                   -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – A full house! Sounds even better with a bass speaker!

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50 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                             ESU Decoder

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52 - SWD                                                                                       ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                              -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                             -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                       -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Lots of nice sounds on this one, if you like twin-tubs! Even better with a you-know-what!

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55 - Bachmann                                                                              ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                        -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Poor*                          -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                             -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                       -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – * Rubbish speaker, fit a you-know-what!

55 - Olivia's                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                        -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok*                             -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                        -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                       -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – * Needs a bass-reflex for best effect, lovely 'quacky' horn!  

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56 - Howes                                                                                     ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                        -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                              -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                        -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                       -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Missing something, doesn't really scream enough. Not a thumper either.

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56 - Olivia's                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                              -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                        -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                       -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Nice recordings, but only really gets loud enough when you give it a lot of notches, and then you can't hold it there, the revs die down again.

56 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                        -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                   -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable.

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56 - Hornby                                                                                  ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very Loud                  -cv 63 to full, std 28mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                        -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                       -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable, and the beginning of the start up sequence is very loud!  Not really enough 'scream' but one of the better RTR ones.

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57 - Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

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58 - Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

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60 - Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                              -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                        -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - You've gotta be joking!     -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Sounds as bland as the real thing! Nice horn.

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60 - Digitrains                                                                                ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok*                               -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                        -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Also sounds as bland as the real thing! * Very loud start-up sequence.

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66 - Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

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66 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

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67 - Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

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70 - Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

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70 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

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73/Thumper unit - DC Kits                                                            ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                   -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                           -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Poor                          -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                       -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                      -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments – Far too quiet for exhibition use. 

73 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

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81 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

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85 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Roar loop! - Good                      -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable.

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86 - Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                        -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - Very controllable but some of the running noises are a little repetitive. Slight distortion to the horns.

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86 - Olivia's                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                 -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - Very controllable with a few nice random noises in the running segments. The horns are a little quiet compared to the running noises, although these can be adjusted in the v4.

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86 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

 

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

 

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

 

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

 

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

 

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up

 

Comments – Give it lots of throttle and it plays acceleration noises. Brake hard, and the rheo-static brake noises kick in!

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86 - Digitrains                                                                                ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                         -the sound segment when loco is opened up.

Comments - May be lacking in ''play value'' to some, as there are not many ''user playable'' noises.

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87 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                             ESU Decoder

 

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

 

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

 

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

 

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

 

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up

 

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Give it lots of throttle and it plays wheel-spin noises. Brake hard, and the rheo-static brake noises kick in!

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90 – Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                         -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - V - Loud                      -cv 63 to 129, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                        -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments - as per 86 above.

90 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

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91 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

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92 - Howes                                                                                    ESU Decoder

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108 - Mr Soundguy                                                                       ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                        -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud                    -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive unit with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                        -the sound segment when the unit is opened up.

Comments – Very nice for gear-changes as you can choose when to notch up, but you can't hold it in thrash. Better for small layouts.

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108 - Howes                                                                                 ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                               -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                              -how easy it is to drive unit with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when the unit is opened up.

Comments – Good all round, with added flatulence! The air release at gear-change is very intrusive though.

108 – SWD                                                                                   ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Ok                                -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                             -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                       -the sound segment when the the unit is opened up

Comments – As supplied, the sound struggles to keep up with the acceleration of the model! After changing a few cv's it's much improved.  Air release sound on gear change is very loud.

108 - DC Kits                                                                                ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                        -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Poor                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Quiet                          -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                             -how easy it is to drive unit with this chip.

Thrash loop - Poor*                   -the sound segment when the the unit is opened up.

Comments – *The sounds disappeared when driven aggressively! Lots of clicking on the idle loop.

10? unit - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                   ESU Decoder

 

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

 

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

 

Volume - Ok                               -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

 

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

 

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up

 

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable.

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121 - Howes                                                                                  ESU Decoder

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142 – Howes                                                                                 ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                        -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                              -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                        -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                  -the sound segment when the unit is opened up.

Comments – Very controllable, but a bit of distortion in the horns.

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150 – Howes                                                                                 ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                             -how easy it is to drive unit with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                   -the sound segment when the unit is opened up.

Comments – Not bad all round, a little bland, either idle or thrash, not much else to running noises.

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150– Olivia's                                                                                  ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                        -the sound segment when the unit is opened up.

Comments – Lots of added function sounds.

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150 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                            ESU Decoder

 

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

 

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

 

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 40 x 20mm                                                                   speaker with baffle box.

 

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

 

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up

 

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable.

153

153 – Howes                                                                                 ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                             -how easy it is to drive unit with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                   -the sound segment when the unit is opened up.

Comments – As you might expect, very like the 150 but with only one engine start, a little bland, either idle or thrash, not much else to running noises.

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156 - DC Kits                                                                                ESU Decoder

Recordings - Ok                        -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive unit with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                        -the sound segment when the unit is opened up.

Comments – Nice, with some nice random noises.

156 – Digitrains                                                                             ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Very loud*                  -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                        -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Ok                       -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – * apart from the horns which are a little ''wimpy''. The thrash loops are a little repetitive, but a ''thrash on a function button'' feature makes it great fun to drive!

158

158 - SWD                                                                                    ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                    -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                            -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                           -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                         -how easy it is to drive unit with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                   -the sound segment when the unit is opened up.

Comments – Nice, probably the best of the modern unit ones, so far!

158 - Howes                                                                                  ESU Decoder

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158 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                          ESU Decoder

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Thumper - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                  ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                               -cv 63 to full, std 40 x 20mm                                                                   speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive loco with this chip.

Thrash loop - Good                    -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable.

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304

304 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                          ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive unit with this chip.

Roar loop! - Good                       -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments – No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. The very distinctive compressor sound is on a separate function, so does not play on the unit stopping if you forget to press it!

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320 - Legomanbiffo/DC kits                                                          ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Loud                            -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Ok                              -how easy it is to drive unit with this chip.

Roar loop! - Ok                           -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments –  No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable. Needs to be driven hard to get the traction motor sounds to kick in.

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08 -16 - Legomanbiffo/DC Kits                                                  ESU Decoder

Recordings - Good                     -quality of sounds.

Mixing - Good                             -transition between sound segments.

Volume - Ok                                -cv 63 to full, std 23mm speaker with baffle box.

Usability - Good                          -how easy it is to drive unit with this chip.

Thrash loop! - Ok *                     -the sound segment when loco is opened up

Comments –  No two tone horn, but hi & low horns are fully playable, plus a 'car' horn  and siren too! *sounds like a truck!.

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4 - Cep

4 - Cep Howes                                                                             ESU Decoder

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Kettles

Yes, we have some. They hiss, chuff and whistle! (that will get them going!).