What scale are into?
This is something of a religous thing. If you are into N scale
modules you will probably be drawn to DIgitrax since it is more
prevalent, in my experience.
I prefer NCE power but, partly because the club I belong to is NCE.
I run mostly Digitrax decoders.
Good luck filtering through the responses you are likely to get,
To begin, I suggest a search on "digital command controll DCC". It will
give you lots to chew over, and will help you clarify your objectives.
"Best" is rather vague: best for what? would be my answer to your
question. For example, what's best for a club-sized layout isn't
necessarily best for a room-size or smaller home layout.
Then there's the issue of sound: almost all the most recent systems and
upgrades include sound capability, but sound decoders are considerably
more expensive than plain DCC. And many of the higher-end locos now come
in sound-equipped versions.
Are you planning to add DCC to an existing layout, or are you building a
brand new layout and want to use DCC? Do you have bunch of non-DCC
locomotives and want to add DCC control to them? Or do you plan to buy
only DCC-controlled locomotives? All these factors impinge on "best."
Eg, if you want to retrofit locomotives, then one of the primary
concerns is, Is there a decoder that fits? Another is, How much of a
hassle is it to add DCC to this or that loco?
And so on.
So you see, asking for what's the best is asking the impossible. Not
that some won't give categorical answers, and leave it up to you figure
out whether what they recommend suits your circumstances. Some of the
arguments about DCC systems remind me of the Windows vs Mac vs Linux
wars now raging on several comp. newsgroups.... :-)
One thing I do strongly recommend however: no matter what, make sure the
system you finally choose is NMRA compliant. You do not want to be
locked into any one manufacturer's proprietary system.
in article firstname.lastname@example.org, Bill at
email@example.com wrote on 2/4/07 6:40 AM:
I must be getting old. I had to run the sparky the shark's card trick twice
to realize what was happening. Pretty cute! Like all "magic," misdirection
I was going to ask if Lionel's and MTH's control systems were at all
compatible. I guessed they wouldn't be. Thanks for the confirmation.
That's a shame. Why don't these guys get together and cooperate a little
for the good of the hobby? Fear of more court dates maybe...
Short-sighted though. If someone has a Lionel layout with TMCC, the only
MTH products they will ever buy would be rolling stock. And vice-versa.
That is unless they want to run Lionel's system on an insulated section,
and MTH's system on another. Kind of a pain with two remotes.