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QUOTE (PhilRMK @ 30 Nov 2008, 22:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have heard that although it is NMRA Compliant, the Hornby Elite has problems with some loco decoders
I am just changing to DCC and will be using the Elite. Should I only get Hornby Decoders or will other Decoders work

*** I have to ask... given that awareness, why would you still buy the Elite when there are better otions not so far away in price that will give better results?

Re your specific decoder question, if you are in OO then the best option is actually the MC2 not the M1 as recommended by Upnick - the M1 is superb but also super-micro so is good for Nicks N scale. the MC2 is identical in performance and being only very slightly bigger will still fit all your 4mm scale locos at far less cost per decoder.

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*** Try the MC2 first - its universally good in every loco we install it in, and the last Hornby software revision has fixed most of the interoperability problems which hornby had with other brands. The "economical option" brand would be the current bachmann chips, but TCS has a better back EMF and a totally goof proof one year warranty, so it should be first choice.

Apart from that, most brands will be OK but prices are very varied by brand. Beware of very cheap though - there is always a quality cost to go with the price saving. The only chip brands I now regularly see problems with are earlier Digitrax designs, ZTC, hornby and MRC (sold in UK as Gaugemaster).

Enjoy your start with DCC - I'm sure you will be deighted with the change.

kind regards

Richard
 
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