I've been looking at the info on Hornby Digital with interest. Remember we talked about wether Hornby may use an old technology or borrow technology from other manufacturers. It has been confirmed by Honby that they have developed this system from the ground up and that they have not used the Arnold DCC system as a starting point.
The Hornby Digital Elite
(above left) and Select
(above right) are two very simple systems that can manage the basic DCC needs of most modelers. They are aiming at entry level and conversion modelers. It would make a lot of sense to pick up a Select
unit with a set and then add an Elite
unit for advanced programming and extended control.
Perhaps later they will bring out other units - I would like to see wireless cab control, dedicated point switch keyboards and feedback modules.
Power will be a big issue. Extra transformers and the available power of the Elite
unit will be hot topics. Interesting to see the the unites take DC power. DCC is a form of AC so usually the transformers are AC. We'll have to wait a few weeks for more specs.
It will be interesting to see what they propose to supply as a PC control suite. I hope they keep it simple, but allow it to grow and develop. Some existing PC control systems suffer from developer burn out and a lack of support.
The prices for the digital componants are great. Not at all overpriced - sending a signal to those other companies to get real or get out.
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