I did a search of the group and know this issues was hashed many times, but most/all of the postings were one-plus years old.
I want to get an introductory DCC system. At my local hobby store I can get the MRC Prodigy for $112 or the Atlas Commander for $99 ( both are on sale and are complete with power supply, minus the decoders). Any recommendations? As for my requirements, I suspect I will probably have not more than 8 - 10 engines in my collection, and will want to run no more than 3 or 4 running at a time. I will not use DCC for the switches, since I prefer the 'control board' style. I'd like to be able to run a consist once in a while.
I read numerous posts about problems with the Prodigy system but again these posts are pretty old and maybe they were fixed. Issues that were noted:
- throttle control was only active across the first 25% of the motion of the control knob
- existing MRC decoders did not work with Prodigy
- Prodigy could only program MRC decoders
- 14/28 speeds steps is too limited
Can anyone comment on these issues? Have they been resolved?
Also, users of the Atlas system, does it meet your needs and would you buy it again?