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QUOTE (evilzenscientist @ 12 Jun 2008, 11:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Newby to DCC as the intro post shows - I'm looking for any guidance from the rest on Lenz vs. Digitrak vs. Zimo.

I'm a walk-around controller guy; I'll want to integrate with the computer side of things (probably running the schedule, signals and routing via the laptop); I do care about upgrade and compatibility.

Also I'm in the US and the exchange rate is killing me


Any ideas?

***If you are in the USA then definately go with the NCE PowerHouse Pro:

Commonly used with computer control, exceptional features (and can control the max of 28 decoder functions), It is ergonomically excellent, well supported by all major train control software & the most user firendly of all and available with very high quality and reliable bidirectional radio at a reasonable price. Excellent Mfr and E-group support.

Many US clubs that were Digitrax are moving or have moved now to NCE.

The NCE Powerhouse pro has direct computer connection from the system command box - no need for any added interface at all.

Zimo is an excellent system but to me is overly expensive even allowing for its quality. EU based products are mostly good but generally desk bound and you specify walkaround being your stryle. Lenz is competent but tired and almost stagnant development wise.... and needs an expensive black box for computer control. Digitrax is competent and well supported but can be confusing to many users compared to NCE which I find anyone 7 to 70 is comfortable with in 5 inutes.

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QUOTE (John @ 14 Jun 2008, 02:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I just compared prices for the NCE Power Pro with the Zimo MX31ZL (at DCC Supplies), and the Zimo controller is slightly cheaper. Zimo supports RailCom, which the NCE controller does not. The Zimo controller has a 4 amp limit wheras the NCE controller goes to 5 amps. I have not had time to compile a full feature by feature comparison, but the Zimo may be worth a 2nd look, based on this small comparison.

From my experience, Zimo provide excellent support. They issue new versions of the software for the controller whenever new features are added or minor bugs fixed. This new software can be downloaded from the website and installed in the controller via a simple USB connection which is built-in with this controller.

***However the thread starter specified walkaround types and as the primary electronics are in the Zimo handset on the 31ZL model its not in fact a proper walkaround controller as it can't be unplugged without stopping the trains.

Therefore in the context of this enquiry the MX31ZL is directly comparable to the NCE PowerCab at only appx 100 quid, not the NCE PowerHouse Pro.... so the "Zimo is far more expensive" is still correct I am afraid.

Also: The thread starter is in USA not UK, so the Zimo will be much, much dearer than the NCE.

Richard
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