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31  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Buzzing Sound-Value S2 on: May 15, 2016, 02:54:46 PM
genetk44,
A damaged speaker has not been eliminated as being the cause of the buzzing.


Agreed...so I'm considering a sugar-cube speaker replacement as somebody suggested on another forum yesterday.
32  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Buzzing Sound-Value S2 on: May 15, 2016, 01:30:56 PM
Replace the loco? Seems extreme at this point. I'm on the road for 2 weeks...when I get back I'll contact Bachmann and ask for a replacement decoder as per your suggestion. At least this loco is very easy to open and the decoder replacement is a simple job. After that we shall see.
Thanks for your help guys...it was appreciatted.


I normally only buy my locos from local shops and have never had a problem....I think this is my 4th loco online in 4 years and I'm batting 50%...this loco and one that was a pair that I pre-ordered from Atlas that took 13 months to get here and one was duff straight out of the box, the other was perfect.....took 6 weeks to get it back from warranty repair.
The 4 th loco was a Bachmann RS3 via Micro-Mark that was perfect.

33  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Buzzing Sound-Value S2 on: May 15, 2016, 12:25:59 PM
So I reconnected the speaker wire and the buzzing is still there with the sounds muted and at speed-step 0
As I increase power the buzzing diminishes and by speed-step 3 it is almost gone...the grinding gear noise takes over....but it can definately be heard to decrease as power is applied and before the grinding gears get too loud.
34  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Buzzing Sound-Value S2 on: May 15, 2016, 11:54:11 AM
You are correct...when F8 is pressed and the sound-files are muted completely there is a buzzing sound from the loco even when it is at a complete standstill...as best as I can hear it is coming from the speaker. When I disconnected just one speaker wire from the decoder the buzzing was gone and of course so were the loco sounds both at the stand-still and when the loco was moving.
35  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Buzzing Sound-Value S2 on: May 15, 2016, 11:04:15 AM
Ok...clarification.
There are two types of " noise" happening with this loco.
One is a motor/geartrain growl/grinding noise , that doesn't worry me too much...it is kind of common especially on older locos like the 70 tonner...I'll be able to sort that out in due course.

The one that bothers me more is the buzzing which seems to be electric/electronic related with the decoder or speaker or both combined and thats the one we are concerned with here. The buzzing is there with both the sound-files on and muted. Granted you really have to get your ear right up and listen really hard for it under the sound files but it is there. When the loco sounds are muted there is no mistaking it...with the throttle at speed step 1, loco not moving and the sound files muted you can hear the buzzing from 5 ft away.

So I just did as Hunt suggested and disconnected just one of the speaker wires from the decoder and the buzzing is gone with the loco standing still and moving. The lights still work and the loco moves in both directions.
36  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Buzzing Sound-Value S2 on: May 15, 2016, 01:22:14 AM
Ok...its 1:20 in the morning so I'm not in shape to do that now...I'll disconnect one wire tomorrow and report back the result. Thanks hunt.
37  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Buzzing Sound-Value S2 on: May 15, 2016, 01:01:54 AM
Hunt...yes it was...seemed to be coming directly from the speaker as best as I could tell.
38  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Buzzing Sound-Value S2 on: May 15, 2016, 12:45:57 AM
Hunt...yes thats when you can hear the buzz is when the sounds are off/muted.
39  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Buzzing Sound-Value S2 on: May 14, 2016, 09:07:21 PM
Thanks guys. I will give the loco some more time to break in. Brokenrail...can you advise on the brand of sugarcube speaker to buy?
The buzzing does appear to come from the speaker.

Cheers
Gene
40  Discussion Boards / HO / Buzzing Sound-Value S2 on: May 13, 2016, 03:20:22 PM
I just received my B&O Sound Value S2 today and am a bit disappointed. So far I've had very good luck with my Bachmann locos including my 9 Sound Value ones,both steam and diesel. I'd say the worst problem I've had so far is over lubrication(grease) by the factory.

Anyways my Sound Value S2 arrived direct from Bachmann today and I have to say I am disappointed. The sound files are pretty anemic compared to my steamers and RS3s. And of course the trucks are overloaded with grease as usual. But the biggest disappointments are the noisy gear/motor noise and the buzzing. The loco runs pretty well and quiet in reverse but in forward the motor/gear noise actually overpowers the sound files. That and the background buzzing. Even when the sound is muted and the loco is at a standstill the motor buzz is very loud and noticeable.  So far I have cleaned the excess grease out of the trucks and gears and I am breaking the loco in at half-speed on my rolling road with the sound off...hopefully that will help but I doubt it.

Sending it back to the factory is not an option...between shipping costs and the hit from Canada Customs shipping it back to the US isn't happening....so I have to sort it...hopefully with help from you guys here
41  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Club Open House Oct. 17/18, 2015 on: September 16, 2015, 05:15:22 PM
       
           
42  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Freight cars for steam engines on: October 22, 2013, 04:23:37 PM
I think Roundhouse makes some very nice cars from that era..in particular wood sided billboard reefers.
43  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann OO Gauge Branchline on: October 18, 2013, 04:22:37 PM
I'm in Montreal...and the last time I checked we use the exact same current, voltage as the USA...oh...yeah we sell a ton of the stuff to New England.....anyways...I model both UK and US and they all run just fine out of the box on my layout.... Grin
44  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: S4 on: October 01, 2013, 01:41:16 PM
Start by making sure the wheels and track are clean and that the pick-ups are correctly adjusted and making good contact with the wheels
45  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Best seller in the UK to purchase Bachmann Branchline? on: September 25, 2013, 04:01:54 PM
I'm in Montreal , have been modelling UK trains for about 10 years and am also a member of a british model railway club here. I also do most of my ordering from Hattons and i highly recommend them., usually takes about 4 days for an order to arrive here....there are other shops in the UK that are also good for online ordering...SWdigital for UK sound decoders as an example, Olivias Trains is pretty good also.
Some shops do not deduct the VAT off of your cost...but Hattons definitely do deduct it.

I tend to stick with Bachmann products  but Hornby do have some excellent locos and goods(freight)wagons.  Heljan also do some very good UK locos.

Good Luck
Gene
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