QUOTE We now know the Elite is a full 4 digit address system
Sorry it is not a full four digit address system. According to Hornby's specifications, it apparently does program in the 4 modes. This is entirely different to four digit addressing.
I repeat that if you buy cheap and go for so called bargains you will be sorry you didnt buy a full spec system. Budget entry systems are budget for a reason, quite simply they don't offer features. So if you want to take full advantage of DCC it stands to reason to buy the best control unit you can afford. With the best hand set that you like.
If on the other hand you only want a simple system fine. Expect an amps limitation, limit on the addresses that the system can use. If you have sound and other features they may not work, with the next generation of feature packed sound decoders. You will have DCC with many of it's advantages. The reality is manufacturers will not drop prices just because folks in the UK are taxed out of existence, most other countries have much more disposable income.
There is one exception in the budget range that offers a full and complete system on a budget and that is the
Digitrax Zepher. Even this restricts amps to 2.5 .
There's no techno garble in this view point just plain and simple logic.
QUOTE Didn't Alan Sugar and Clive Sinclair and their supporters take similar flak from IBM users in the 1980's when they bought computers out for the masses?
And look at the rubbish they produced, Sinclar spectrum running on a 4 track tape, well if that's your idea of DCC you really are in another sphere. For a few pennies more you can have a real system, and not see the
secondhand & E Bay market flooded in 12 months time by second hand Tesco DIY DCC units.