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Tsunami for N-Scale
« on: July 20, 2007, 06:16:20 AM »
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Just received this from Litchfield Station......

"The Micro-Tsunami TSU-750 sound system is SoundTraxx’s new high-performance, onboard locomotive sound system. Like the TSU-1000, the Micro-Tsunami integrates a full-featured sound system, two Hyperlight lighting effects, a motor controller and a DCC decoder into a single, integrated package and is compatible with the NMRA DCC Standards and Recommended Practices. The Micro-Tsunami sound system can also be used on ‘Analog’ layouts and controlled with a conventional power pack, though it really shines on DCC controlled layouts. This "micro" decoder will fit into most HO and many N scale locomotives, and is rated for a stall current 0.75 Amps."

Read more about them here: http://litchfieldstation.com/xcart/product.php?productid=999002769

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Re: Tsunami for N-Scale
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2007, 07:35:25 AM »
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At over 111 smackers thats a hit some anal-retentive (analog/DC) modelers which I am , will balk at if its a no choice loco . It occurs to me that if somewhere along the line the chip was left as is for long enough , maybe the price would come down . But if the wheel gets reinvented every 9 months , we will be paying top dollar forever . At 111 bucks it , in many cases , is more costly than the loco itself . Thats too much money IMO . 

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Re: Tsunami for N-Scale
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2007, 01:16:32 PM »
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Richie .. thats a stand alone decoder .. so anal retentive DC users will not need to spend the $111 unless they want to ...

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Re: Tsunami for N-Scale
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2007, 08:57:37 PM »
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This is a 16 bit sound decoder with 4 channels, in a very small package. Almost all other sound decoders out there are 8 bit decoders with 3 and in some cases just 2 channels. That means you can't have things like background noise, bell, horn and anything else, like water fill or injectors or dynamo sounds also. With 2 channels you basically get background and bell or whistle or just bell and whistle. In terms of what you can possibly shoehorn into an N-scale engine, the sound you can get from the standard sized Tsunami is much better sounding than the MRC steam sound, noticeably better. I think the no longer made, hard to find, Soundtraxx LC090 steam sound better than the MRC steam at about the same price as the MRC, but it doesn't sound as nice as the Tsunami. The micro sized version is supposed to sound the same. I'll hopefully find out in the next few weeks as these start showing up and I actually buy one.

Which means there is an expensive but actually good sounding option now for N-scale sound. I'll be even happier when they move to adding diesel sounds to their line.

I've done enough installs for folks with HO locos, that I've decided when I go to move to sound I'll pay the extra to get the better sounding decoders, it really is a case of getting what you pay for.

The current MRC options of 1 sound fits all types of (steam or diesel) just doesn't cut it. Having my AC4400 sounding the same as a PA just ain't right.