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Thinking about a new DCC system - please help me decide

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OK, I have a great DCC system. My Lenz 100 system does everything I want except for a few things. It does have a few limits though, so is there a system out there that can match all my requirements?

Lenz is great except:
  • I can switch easily between two locos, but I often run more. Running more requires more cabs or a better system of switching between locos with one cab. The Lenz switches between tow locos with the Esc key. If you want to control a third or more, you have to dial it in or look for the list (pile) and select the loco you want.
  • I have XpressNET sockets around my track, but plugging and unplugging the cab controller is a pain. I want wireless.
What I want from a DCC system:
  • Simplicity
  • Programmability
  • Expandability
  • Manoeuvrability (of the operator, i.e. wireless)
So what do you recommend?
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If you wanted to spend a lot more money you could get and ECoS with Mobile Control. The base station will allow you to readily switch between 12 locos and you can have another on the go on the wireless mobile.

It's updatable, easy to use, you can add more mobile controls if you want and programming is very easy. You can also continue to use your Lenz system through the Ecosniffer.
QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 18 Sep 2008, 12:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>As always its a very personal thing, but having sold very many systems to very many clients, I can say without doubt that those who bought by looking at the pretty control panel and lots of glitzy bits are always less happy long term and always enjoy running their trains less than those who bought based on ergonomic comfort and pragmatic operational need.

Couldn't agree more Richard, these were precisely my considerations when I bought my system.
The pretty control panel was a bonus.
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Doug, why not make a day of it and go to a well established store that sells several DCC products. Try out all the DCC systems and see which one suits you best. At the end of the day it is down to personal preference.
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