What's that banging in the background I can hear ?
Ah - it's Gary banging the Hornby drum again.
To be honest I was going to reply in depth to your thread Gary but Gordon has beaten me to it & I agree with everything he says. I can only add a couple of comments.
I would not buy a Hornby basic decoder - 2 digit address is no good to me - I do not have to buy one to try it - the spec tells me.
Yes, I have made negative remarks about the Select/decoder regarding the limitations,- this will not stop me trying a Sapphire when it's available.
No, I have not ignored the happy Select owners - if the system does what all they want then all the best to them.
The main problems seem to be when you start mixing DCC gear - there are very few issues using (in my experience) Lenz, Roco, Digitrax, ESU, Fleischmann, Uhlenbrook, Zimo & Gaugemaster. The problems seem to be when you introduce Hornby into the fold.
You did mention that someone had "the guts" to go out & buy a Hornby decoder - good point - how about you having "the guts" to directly answer my points then ?
I won't hold my breath for answer(s).