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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What you should know before buying a sound decoder...

Our technology makes them better…

Some decoders offer just 12 functions, MRC decoders deliver 28.  That means access to more functions while running, more choices of bells, whistles or horns. To assure maximum enjoyment and minimum tedium, our decoders allow you make changes on the fly. This avoids the hassle of stopping to reset a CV every time you want to change a horn or bell. These changes can be accomplished by simply using the function buttons. Our advanced decoder technology makes it easy to run your railroad. 

MRC Decoders Give you More...

More memory, more sounds, a difference you can hear… at this writing, our memory chips have four times more capacity than the nearest competitor.  This lets us put up to 34 different horns and 14 different bell sounds on a single chip, plus multiple prime movers, so you can pick the one that’s right for you. Our cutting edge decoder technology means we can do more. More memory means we don’t have to skimp on realism. If it’s in the real world, we’ll capture it for your real-life layout.   

Our Advanced Decoders Are Easy To Enjoy

Tiny drop-in sound decoders with matched speakers…

MRC’s engineers and tech experts are model railroaders. They understand that while building a railroad is a labor of love, it takes enormous time and effort. That’s why every decoder and system we make is designed to make life easier for you. It explains why no one has more convenient, easy to install, drop in sound decoders than MRC. These include our incredibly small, one-piece, dual mode N Scale on-board decoders, complete with mounted speakers.  

Want to change speakers? No need to test your soldering skills on a delicate PC board... because all our HO decoders have plugs for easy speaker change-outs. Just unplug one speaker and plug in another. MRC’s powerful speakers, aren’t just paired with any decoder. We make sure speakers are matched to decoders. The results are crisp, genuine sounds that elevate your model railroading enjoyment. 

Sound Facts About Decoders

Why are our decoder sounds so loud? Because we have nothing to hide… we’re not ashamed of our sounds. Each one was recorded from real locos on a real railroad. And not massaged in a studio. We want you to hear it all… the clanging, moans, groans, hisses and squeaks. We want our decoders to express the symphony of heavy metal that signals a genuine loco is at work… including all the ambient sounds of a real railroad.

On the other hand, decoders using distorted, synthesized sounds don’t want you to hear everything. Look at it this way. You can always lower our sounds if you like. But when decoders have been programmed to maintain low volume you can’t ever raise it enough to  hear the real sounds of a working railroad.

Find out what the competition doesn't want you to know about MRC sound decoders 

Decoder Facts

  • MRC offers by far the widest range of sound decoders
  • Each decoder comes with matched speakers
  • MRC decoders operate with all NMRA compatible DCC systems
  • Our O, G, HO and N scale decoders fit in most popular locomotives
  • For maximum realism, our sounds are recoded trackside from working engines, we don’t use computer generated or studio enhanced sounds

Decoder Differences
Real Digital Sounds from Real Prime Movers… ahhh the tricks of the trade. Some decoder makers record train sounds at idle and then play them back at a faster rate and higher volume. It sounds like the loco is actually notching up and picking up speed… when in reality all they’ve done is modify the same idle sound 

At MRC, our sound engineers go trackside and record each loco at its various speed notches. If the loco has eight notches, which most do, we record the eight notches in sequence as the RPMs are actually increasing. Our decoders allow you to hear a diesel motor actually change pitch relative to engine speed and load. When we say the sound is an actual SD45-2 with turbocharger or a specific GE or Alco loco, you can rest assured it’s for real. 

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