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propmeup1

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what sound decoder for MT Ft units
« on: May 25, 2021, 08:36:23 PM »
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Thinking about putting sound in my MT FT A&B units. Any ideas on what would be the easiest or best decoder to go with ?

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Re: what sound decoder for MT Ft units
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2021, 12:31:55 PM »
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I used ESU LokSound Micros in IM FTs I did.  I had to mill the frames down a bit to get them to fit.  The MT frames will likely need similar work.

ESU does have a LokSound Micro coming out, which is a bit smaller than the micro.  It might fit without milling.

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Re: what sound decoder for MT Ft units
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2021, 01:48:22 PM »
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I used ESU LokSound Micros in IM FTs I did.  I had to mill the frames down a bit to get them to fit.  The MT frames will likely need similar work.

ESU does have a LokSound Micro coming out, which is a bit smaller than the micro.  It might fit without milling.

If one wants decent quality sound (which required a good speaker/enclosure combo) then some frame milling/filling will likely be required.
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Re: what sound decoder for MT Ft units
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2021, 03:25:37 PM »
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I can mill. Not an issue. Thanks for the heads up.

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Re: what sound decoder for MT Ft units
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2021, 03:58:31 PM »
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Check out this from the dcc section of TRW.  It is not an MT but an IM install done by Rick which I would think would be a good guide due to frame similarities.  For decoders suggest check out the ESU loksound 5 nano or ESU Loksound 5 micro
https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=48978.0
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Re: what sound decoder for MT Ft units
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2021, 05:35:50 PM »
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The LokSound 5 nano isn't available yet.  Maybe in July, maybe not.  If you want to do the install now, use a LokSound 5 DCC micro.  It should fit - maybe without much milling over the motor area, but if not, maybe in front of the motor area, milling off the "fingers" for the old PC board and a little of the chassis for depth.

Mill the rear for an 8x12mm speaker; I'd use a Soberton in a custom enclosure, but you could also get an enclosure/speaker combo from Streamlined Backshops (SBS4dcc.com).

John C.