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How many digital sound locos so you have?
How many sound locos in total?
1315.79%
200.00%
3210.53%
400.00%
500.00%
6-1015.26%
11-15210.53%
16-2000.00%
21>315.79%
0842.11%
How many are Steam?
1421.05%
2-515.26%
6-10210.53%
11-20210.53%
21>15.26%
0947.37%
How many are electric?
1526.32%
2-5210.53%
6-1000.00%
11-2000.00%
21>00.00%
01263.16%
How many are diesel?
1421.05%
2-5315.79%
6-1015.26%
11-1500.00%
16-2015.26%
21>15.26%
0947.37%
Do you prefer sound or no sound?
No sound315.79%
sound1684.21%
Is it an expensive extra which is not worth the money?
Yes526.32%
No, it is worth the money1052.63%
Maybe or not sure421.05%
Do you consider it essential standard equipment?
Yes842.11%
No736.84%
undecided421.05%
 

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Over in OO world where digital sound has recently arrived there has been a poll on how they would like to see DCC sound develop in the future. Given that we have had digital sound in US and Continental modelling for a long time now, I thought it would be interesting to see how popular this was with people who are familiar with it and for whom it is no longer a novelty but standard equipement available as an option on most locos.

Has the novelty worn off?

Is it an expensive extra which is not worth the money?

Would it affect your decision to buy a loco?

Lets find out.
 

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Since I model in N-Scale I have not yet purchased my first sound equiped locomotive but plan on doing so in the near future. As far as the US goes it's become pretty standard now for any DCC locomotive to also come with sound so it is becoming very popular. Plus the idea of having enviromental sounds has been popular for a long time.
 

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Hi Neil,

Well thought out poll thanks.

Although I have only 3 sound equipped locos at present it's only really because my "personal" resources have been directed to SNCB rolling stock for St.Laurent over the last 18 months or so.

The next "sound" purchase will probably one of the Roco SNCB diesels (not much SNCB steam about, let alone with sound).

Yes, sound is definatly here to stay, from N upwards. It may very well "peak" but who knows. When decent sound decoders cost around the £20 mark...............
 

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Aaaargh! Neil, you b*****r!

This poll could me cause more brain damage than a crate of hooch and ten cell-phones strapped to my head!


Where's me bloody Valium . . .


I'll come back when the little yellow pills have kicked in
 

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Hi Neil,

I think DCC sound is here to stay. It gives a layout a completely different perspective especially when the layout is well scenicked. It is quite fun to watch the general public at model train shows when they realise that the locomotives are actually making the real locomotive sounds.

I am a member of an operating group that meets once a month at a friend of mine's layout. It is a American end of steam/ beginning of diesel era layout of approx 50 sq m that allows for lots of operation. All the steam and diesel locomotives are sound equipped and it is quite something to experience when the operating session is in full swing with all the loco sounds as well as some environmental sounds.

Although we all like the sound of a steam locomotive hard at work, the sound of those diesel brutes is also something to admire.

Kind regards.

Johan
 

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Dear Neil,

You need to add a 0 (zero) option to each of the radio buttons for steam, diesel and electric. I have only one sound equipped loco and it is a steam loco. Your poll would not allow me to vote until I entered a value for diesel and electric and there is no zero option for any of these categories. You now have too many diesel and electric votes.
 

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QUOTE (John @ 9 Mar 2007, 13:12) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>You need to add a 0 (zero) option to each of the radio buttons for steam, diesel and electric. I have only one sound equipped loco and it is a steam loco. Your poll would not allow me to vote until I entered a value for diesel and electric and there is no zero option for any of these categories. You now have too many diesel and electric votes.

Ditto. At present I don't have any sound locos, so I can't vote. (cries into beer)

Regards

John
 

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Thanks for adding the 0 option Doug, I've now been able to vote for my G-Scale narrow gauge steamer

David
 

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That made life a lot easier!


I have really mixed feelings about loco sound.
On occasions, on a single loco, that one is concentrating on, it can definitely enhance the experience. I have no doubt about that after watching some of Doug's videos. I was FAR more impressed than I expected to be! The synchronisation seemed excellent and the sound was authentic to my ears. But I've also witnessed inferior demos elsewhere. . .

On balance, after many years and a reasonable fleet, I'd be reluctant to accept the time and cost of conversion. I'd suspect this might be a common view for people with established stables, but perhaps very different for those with fewer locos needing investment.
 

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95% of my locomotive purchases are now sound-equipped locos - I only buy the odd non-sound loco when it is apparent to me that a sound version will not be released - such as the recent Bachmann Chinese/Japanese 4-4-4T steamlined loco.........
 

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Sorry for no zero option there folks. I wasn't aware that you had tick an option in all the sections of the poll for it to go through. Good to see it is a popular option with those familiar with it and that it isn't a novelty that will wear off. It seems to be steam, diesel then electric in order of popularity so far.

Dennis, if you get the MiniTrix steam sound loco please tell us about it as it's a first.
 

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QUOTE (dbclass50 @ 9 Mar 2007, 18:03) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>There, there diddums - you can borrow one of my nasty old German ones
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Only if you buy me a Brawa 2-8-0

Regards

John
 
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