>And as for those on a steep DCC learning curve surely the best thing to do is to purchase a budget Hornby or
Bachmann digital system and try DCC for yourself!
It all depends on where you think DCC might take you. If you can't imagine having more than say 50 locos and you will only run Hornby then go ahead buy the Hornby. The company is making money and so will remain in business for years to come.
If your way ahead is not so clear and you fancy a Bachmann or two, I would suggest waiting a couple months until the dust has settled and we find out exactly what the Hornby system can and can't do.
As for Bachmann, I don't recall reading of any compatibility problems with their digital system, but then they bought in the technology from Lenz rather than giving a design company the spec and a load of dosh. So testing the water with Bachmann is a more conservative route.