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wb2002

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« on: December 21, 2015, 12:37:42 AM »

I have a DCC system and about 13 diesels equipped without sound. I would like to know if there is anything like under-the-layout sound equipment that could imitate the sounds of the locomotive and be sync'd with the control of each of the locomotives similar to action/sound of having a sound decoder/spkr in the engine itself.

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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2015, 12:45:44 AM »

Click Here for info about SurroundTraxx DSP-80  Multi-Train Sound System for DCC
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wb2002

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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2015, 02:11:53 AM »

Thanks for response and suggestion. Now I remember why I did not have much of model trains when I was a kid - too expensive. Are there any other decent system like this?

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billgiannelli

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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2015, 07:05:16 AM »

Is this used instead of the DCC decoders in the locomotives?
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Bill
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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2015, 08:45:50 AM »

Bill,
Your question is answered in the product information in the link How it Works.
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2015, 08:55:21 AM »

this is the sound system I have been dreaming of.
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Jeffery S Ward Sr
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2015, 07:26:40 PM »

You may want to check out the Kato Sound Box.  This plays through a central or under-the-layout speaker.
It carries nothing on the locomotive itself.

There are various sound cards available to produce sounds appropriate to different locomotive models.

I use one and am happy with it.

Les
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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2015, 08:06:36 PM »

The Kato Sound Box is for use with analog (DC) control.  Sounds for one type of locomotive at a time.
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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2015, 01:49:16 AM »

the kato sound box also does not follow the train around the layout like the soundtraxx version does. a few months back I had described a "dream" sound system similar to this, I had no idea one actually existed.
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2015, 06:01:24 PM »

If cost is the issue, someone used to make a shack building with a whistle in it that would blow when you pushed the button.  That ought to be pretty cheap.
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wb2002

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« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2015, 08:45:30 PM »

If cost is the issue, someone used to make a shack building with a whistle in it that would blow when you pushed the button.  That ought to be pretty cheap.

The only thing that is "cheap" is your response. How can you be so insensitive to make such a comment as this? Sarcasm is not required.  The cost is always an item for many.
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kewatin

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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2015, 11:32:14 PM »

i have and still use MRC SYMPHONY 77 system that mounts under my layout. you have achoice of using it in either diesel mode or steam.you can control or sync the idle to start up and running sounds for each. i got this system 4 yrs ago &now most of my locos are sound equipped i still have an occasion to use this unit for locos i haven't added sound too. i paid $50 new for this  when it was on sale at a large maryland e tailer but checking ,they have no stock but you might try e bay. their are also buttons for x crossing gate bells. all aboard, volume control ,bell, different whistles and diesel horns etc. i think if you can find one ,it would suit your needs and are reasonably priced.
 regards&later merry xmas  KEWATIN
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« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2015, 11:39:14 PM »

2002,

When I posted, I forgot that you are using DCC.  The Kato Analogue Sound Box only works with DC.
The device has to be in the circuit to the locomotive, so it cannot work with DCC.

Les
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« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2015, 12:35:44 PM »

Firstly, I will recommend going to "Greenway Products" (greenway.com), and go to their electronics section.  They have a pretty good selection of horns, toots, and whistles to tickle your fancy, as well as other sound cards.
WHat I do is set up a speaker (a simple 8-Ohm) in an enclosure; now, as an example, I have a speaker at-say-a tunnel portal.  to control what happens, I have a selector switch going to several sound card, each emulating a different steam type whistle (all steam layout), so I have some variety, to say the least, when a train is coming out of the tunnel.  Now, I also have a momentary switch in series with these componets, so as to whistle when I need to.

An other eample is the service facility; Again, several sound cards are employed here; coal dropping into a tender, wattewr sloshing into the tender, a drifting (idling) locomotive, the sound of a conveyor bring up anddropping into the coal tower, coal, and on and on...

This is a partof this hobby that, for some reason, is just recently being gotten into as it has.  Not sure whay that is, but it sure makes good stuff better.  Now, all we need is to satisfy the olfactory aspects without offending milady's schnozz...

Rich C.
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wb2002

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« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2015, 02:47:01 AM »

Thanks for all responses and suggestions. After looking into this concept I think the SurroundTraxx system is quite the best application for  the under-the-table approach and best for me. Only problem is that it cost $over 400.00 to acquire. For many this may not be a problem at all but for some others it is a major monetary addition to a layout. I only wish there were more competition, where in most cases, have the benefit of reduced prices for the consumer.

Again, thanks to all
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