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Lenz DCC- A bit of confusion...

6017 Views 14 Replies 10 Participants Last post by  Sir Galahad

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I have read the Lenz Set 100 review which says it is good but has out of date software but I have yet to find a review on the Gaugemaster Prodigy Advance system which I thought was a popular system?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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QUOTE (Sir Galahad @ 8 Feb 2008, 22:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>then the chap said that the Lenz system was dated and had not been changed in ages.

The Lenz LH100 is a very reliable bit of kit. Just because it's not been upgraded for ages does not mean you should not consider it - remember, all NRMA systems are based on Lenz.

Having said that, the GM Prodigy is also good.

Both systems do exactly what is said on the box & we have had no complaints about either. About the only thing the GM will not do is interface with a PC. Otherwise it's really down to personal choice - try & have a play with both or attend some shows & talk to operators.

Have a trawl through the DCC posts as well, unless you have narrowed down to these two. Digitrax & NCE also make some good kit with good support.

If you want any further info' on the Lenz or GM please send me a PM.

Hope this helps.
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QUOTE (Makemineadouble @ 9 Feb 2008, 08:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>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.

Personally, I tend to agree with this, maybe old fashioned but I prefer to use something "as bought" during it's service life be it a DCC set or a PC.

It's this issue (plus the attitude of the UK importers) that put me off the ECoS.
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