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ceiteach1
March 16th, 2011, 11:52 PM
Hi. Question for those who installed the plug in decoder in the FVM ES44AC.
I understand the Digitrax #DZ125IN and TCS # EUN651 both work with this model.

I appreciate comments pro and con as to which one is better, for this model.
Is there any functionality one provides that the other doesn't ?

Has anyone installed 1 from both manufacturers in 2 units and run them together ?
I assume these should play well together. I'm wondering if consisting is better
with one or the other manufacturing, or would it matter ?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Keith.

DCESharkman
March 17th, 2011, 02:27 AM
Hi. Question for those who installed the plug in decoder in the FVM ES44AC.
I understand the Digitrax #DZ125IN and TCS # EUN651 both work with this model.

I appreciate comments pro and con as to which one is better, for this model.
Is there any functionality one provides that the other doesn't ?

Has anyone installed 1 from both manufacturers in 2 units and run them together ?
I assume these should play well together. I'm wondering if consisting is better
with one or the other manufacturing, or would it matter ?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Keith.


I have done this to both. A couple have the TCS decoder and the others have the Digitrax decoder.

Both are about the same. No real bonuses, they are standard two output decoders like the DZ125. The lighting effects are better on the TCS usually, but the light levels are so low, I do not see the difference as much as I would normally.

As for running together, that depends on what you are trying to do. Digitrax are easier to speed match, both move pretty well so it is really a toss up.

The install is just plain simple so there are no worries there.

Just pick which one you like the best and go for it.

ATSF5078
March 20th, 2011, 12:19 AM
I have used ten of the Digitrax DZ125IN and have no problems with them. TCS decoders are also good, I just prefer to standardize on one brand to simplify programing. The dim lights on thes locos are due to the LED fox valley used. I replaced some with bright LED's taken from DC Kato light boards.