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Lenz DCC- A bit of confusion...

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Have been serching for a DCC system to get started on my layout with. I phoned a hobby shop to enquire about prices for the Lenz set 90 and transformer which came to over £200, then the chap said that the Lenz system was dated and had not been changed in ages. Then he reccomended the Gaugemaster Prodigy Advance which was £190 ish. It's odd that he is trying to sell us a cheaper system so I get the feeling that he has some serious reservations about the Lenz system.

I have read the Lenz Set 100 review which says it is good but has out of date software but I have yet to find a review on the Gaugemaster Prodigy Advance system which I thought was a popular system?

Anyway, I was just wondering what people thought I should do. Go for Lenz or Gaugemaster?


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When you buy a more expensive system there are several things you should demand. One of them is a stable platform that does not require constant upgrades and revisions. Lenz, NCE, (Digitrax which wasn't mentioned and which is the biggest seller world wide), do not require so many revisions and upgrades as for instance the ECoS which has recently been introduced.
The next thing to look for are the features, make a list and compair systems capabilities, to some extent this has been done for you if you look at Liza's DCC
systems chart on this forum.
Finally try out those systems you have short listed, it might be you have a particular liking for one make of handset, or even a central console. Put some effort into your selection and keep reading as much as you can from various sites, that way you will make you own informed decision, and not depend on others for judgement.
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QUOTE Digitrax actually has 2 knobs which are actually not bad for train driving.
well actually with the DT400 you have a choice of knobs or using the plus and minus keys.
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