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Online stockists are now listing the new Hornby decoders with the Sapphire having a RRP of £19.99 and the Mini Sapphire a RRP of £18.99.

QUOTE Sapphire Decoder
· Built to conform to all relevant NMRA Standards - as listed in specification item
GS001
· High frequency back-emf motor control - high frequency to reduce audible noise
· Supports RailCom. Asymmetrical DCC support
· SUSI Sound Interface
· Size: Length 23mm x Width 16.5 mm x Height 6.5mm - estimated.
· Low speed gear for shunting operations.
· 14, 28 and 128 speed steps.
· Optional operation on conventional DC layouts
· Provides 1A continuous motor current, 1.5A stall.
· Four function outputs rated at 200mA each - further functionality can be driven
through the SUSI interface. Total current sum of function outputs = 500mA.
· Directional or independent lighting with dimming and extensive special effects.
· Supports advanced consist control and extended addressing.
· Support for programming on the mainline (operations mode programming).
· Support for all form of programming as described in NMRA RP-9.2.3
· 21-pin connector.

Sapphire Mini Decoder
· Built to conform to all relevant NMRA Standards - as listed in specification item
GS001.
· High frequency back-emf motor control - high frequency to reduce audible noise
· Supports RailCom. Asymmetrical DCC support
· SUSI Sound Interface
· Size: Length 23mm x Width 10 mm x Height 4mm - estimated and to be confirmed.
· Low speed gear for shunting operations.
· 14, 28 and 128 speed steps.
· Optional operation on conventional DC layouts
· Provides 0.5A continuous motor current, 1A stall.
· Four function outputs rated at 200mA each - further functionality can be driven
through the SUSI interface. Total current sum of function outputs = 400mA.
· Directional or independent lighting with dimming and extensive special effects.
· Supports advanced consist control and extended addressing.
· Support for programming on the mainline (operations mode programming).
· Support for all form of programming as described in NMRA RP-9.2.3
· 8-pin connector.

Advanced Features
Set amounts of "water and fuel" can be stored in the decoder which will
enable Simulation driving. Burn rates can be selected.

The locomotive can start / stop based upon Asymmetrical DCC input or
clock without input from the controller.

Different lighting effects can be set at the four function outputs:
- steady state
- strobe
- flickering / random fast flash
- flashing including Marslight, Gyro etc

The R8248 Hornby DCC Access One Hand Held IR unit has a RRP of £74.99.

The RRP of the Elite is £149.99.

Happy modelling
Gary
 

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Well, the spec' looks good - question is - who makes/licences it - looks very "Lenzy" to me.

Better late than never, let hope it performs.
 

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I was quite surprised when I noticed that the first decoder listed is actually a 21 pin. Do Hornby make a 21 pin engine?

The nearest comparison (especially supporting Assymetrical DCC) is the Lenz L10321 silver 21 pin. This is 20.5mm x15.5mm x 5.2mm and retails at £20.

As I have problems fitting the Lenz silvers into Hornbys steam loco's, why have they chosen to make one bigger? Perhaps they are going to make their diesels 21 pin in the future.

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Hornby don't do the 21-8 pin adapter either. I think the website has got the spec wrong or Hornby are throwing a lot of £3.95 for adapters Baccy way!
 
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