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Re: Are Bachmann's Econami Soundtraxx Sound Decoders Any Good?
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2021, 08:34:15 PM »
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The fact that you can’t program new sounds into the Soundtraxx decoders doesn’t mean they sound bad.

I have never mentioned that Econami has an inferior sound - just that it is not as flexible or feature-rich as some of other sound decoders.  I believe that I also mentioned earlier that it is the speaker and its enclosure (not the decoder itself) that has the greatest contribution to the sound quality.

Then there is also the capability of the audio circuitry.  There are decoders with 8-bit and 16-bit audio channels, with various sampling rates, but IMO in N scale, where we use such small speakers and enclosures, the difference is not readily apparent to most ears.  For example, a 16-bit decoder using high sampling rate with a poorly chosen speaker and no enclosure will not sound as good as a 8-bit decoder with a good speaker/enclosure combo.
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Re: Are Bachmann's Econami Soundtraxx Sound Decoders Any Good?
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2021, 10:24:58 PM »
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I believe that I also mentioned earlier that it is the speaker and its enclosure (not the decoder itself) that has the greatest contribution to the sound quality.

In order to use a larger speaker and fabricate a better enclosure for it, would it be possible to mount them in an unpowered dummy diesel locomotive, or a dedicated head end car?


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Re: Are Bachmann's Econami Soundtraxx Sound Decoders Any Good?
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2021, 11:10:03 PM »
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In order to use a larger speaker and fabricate a better enclosure for it, would it be possible to mount them in an unpowered dummy diesel locomotive, or a dedicated head end car?

Yes that is a workable solution. for an example see https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=51532.msg700252#msg700252 .
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Re: Are Bachmann's Econami Soundtraxx Sound Decoders Any Good?
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2021, 12:21:59 AM »
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Yes that is a workable solution. for an example see https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=51532.msg700252#msg700252 .

Thanks for sharing the link to the the very interesting thread.

Also found your comments on speaker size and inefficiency to be very useful.

LOL, like you, I have found "TRW is such a useful resource.  I learned about "passel", and now about daisies."


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Re: Are Bachmann's Econami Soundtraxx Sound Decoders Any Good?
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2021, 02:15:10 AM »
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LOL, like you, I have found "TRW is such a useful resource.  I learned about "passel", and now about daisies."

It is true, it's true - TRW is a very useful resource!

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