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Useful report indeed. I wish the RM magazines could regularly do as well!
Clearly Hornby has a long way to go with sound and I suspect we will start to have Version1, Version2, Version2.1 etc. The simple failure to have a speaker enclosure and volume setting less than 100 per cent shows that a little more expertise needs to be brought (or should it be bought) in.
As from the box I doubt whether the product will wow many people into starting in DCC sound. But as a starting point it is not too bad and I look forward to the time when Bulleid pacifics (a nice easy one!), Black 5 s and 9Fs (work already done) are all available off the shelf with acceptable sound. In the present economic climate Hornby needs to get it right first time and not have to rely on the forbearance that many of us feel for the iconic brand.
 

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Thanks Barry,

QUOTE (barrymx5 @ 13 Jan 2009, 16:47) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>In the present economic climate Hornby needs to get it right first time and not have to rely on the forbearance that many of us feel for the iconic brand.

I agree with you on this however, from my point of view Hornby have done a better job than I had hoped for. There two errors beng the lack of an enclosure and setting the volume too high can be easily fixed. At least the sound files are good enough! It s a shame that H hadn't invested a little more thought into this and corrected the errors before market, but at least we can fix them ourselves if we want to.

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Imagine buying a Hi-Fi and having it set at full volume by the factory. Only by reading the manual and twiddling with the settings can you bring it down to a comfortable level - nuts.

I get the impression that many of these models are well designed and generally well made, but fall short on final configuration or when checked by quality control.
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 13 Jan 2009, 21:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Quality control does seem to be an area where Hornby fall down. I have had a couple of models that certainly haven't been checked.

Agree on that Neil, but then again I had a Western Ranger from Heljan without any sign windows, I looked everywhere so made some rather than wait.Best Hornby mistake thus far was an A4 with no tender included
Fouling wheels is a fairly regular problemfrom new.

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Thanks for a clear review Robert
So what actual settings did you set the Cvs for - you say a 30% reduction could you kindly let us now what actuall numbers you changed the Cv(s) too
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Hi zep75,

To reduce the volume to 70% you only need to change one value, CV 63. It can range from 0 (off) to 64 (full). As supplied, the CV was set at 64. I reprogrammed it with a value of 45.

Hope that helps!

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Thanks Paul,

Now that you mention it, the only way I can think of turning off the air pump as a random sound is to turn off all random sounds. This can be done by I THINK setting CV 61 and 62 to 0. I'm not at home right now so I can't check to be sure. If no one else comments I'll confirm it tomorrow!

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Sorry for the delay but I have now checked and I got the information in the above post right!

Rob
 

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Thanks paul i will give mine a go

Anyone fitted a different speaker - How difficult?What modification is neccesary etc
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Just got my "City of Sheffield" with DCC Sound and am quite deighted as its my first train in 50 years!

However it comes out of the box with no couplings to attach carriages! It does have a small plastic bag with what looks like a small coupling with a hole and screw but i cant see where it should go. I know Im probaly being dense but I dont want to start doing anything that breaks what is after all a very expensive toy!!

Can anyone help?
 

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Hi carnut,

The couplings are contained in the plastic bag. There is a NEM socket on the back of the tender, about halg an inch in from the back. It looks a bit like this: <_> Simply push the coupling from the bag into it. If that isn't clear enough, I'll photo myself doing it and add it to the thread later.

Rob
 

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yes please to the photo

as im so new Im hopeless at recognising what must be obvious to otheres with more experience
 

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QUOTE (80class @ 20 Jan 2009, 17:54) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi carnut,

The couplings are contained in the plastic bag. There is a NEM socket on the back of the tender, about halg an inch in from the back. It looks a bit like this: <_> Simply push the coupling from the bag into it. If that isn't clear enough, I'll photo myself doing it and add it to the thread later.

Rob,

Are you sure about that? Every recent Stanier tender from Hornby that I have seen still has the old push fit design of coupler; there's a rectangular slot just under the rear buffer beam, and the supplied coupler locks in with a push. To be sure I would be very pleased if an NEM pocket has made an appearance on this tender, as it is something of a PITA for fitting a Kadee, where an NEM pocket would make it very simple.
 

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QUOTE (34C @ 20 Jan 2009, 23:46) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Rob,

Are you sure about that? Every recent Stanier tender from Hornby that I have seen still has the old push fit design of coupler; there's a rectangular slot just under the rear buffer beam, and the supplied coupler locks in with a push. To be sure I would be very pleased if an NEM pocket has made an appearance on this tender, as it is something of a PITA for fitting a Kadee, where an NEM pocket would make it very simple.

I have spoken to Hornby Customer Service this morning who were very helpful; they said that the NEM coupling should have been attached to the tender as standard and that they will send me a new one ( with "pocket" for tender)

The coupling in the bag is for the front if you want to have one there.
 
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