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Updated: 4. November 2008

Type Scale & Loco type Current [A] Motor [A] Features Outputs Effects Price [Euro]
$=MSRP
Atlas
Dual Mode (342) H0 Atlas 1.2 1.2 1 4 4 x 0.2 FX $ 35.25 
Brawa
91851 4) 2m Brawa RhB G4/5 3,0 3,0   1 4 H L S SUSI ?? d H: 264,54 
Digitrax T) selection chart
DG383AR G Aristocraft (single motor per truck) 3.0   t 3.0 / 5.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 8 x 2.0 FX3 B:   55.70 
DG583AR G Aristocraft (two motors per truck) 5.0   t 5.0/10.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 8 x 2.0 FX3 B:   57.70 
DH123AT H0 Athearn 1.5   t 1.5 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 2 x 0.12 FX3 $ 24.99 
DH163AT H0 Athearn 1.5   t 1.5 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 $ 34.99 
DH163L0 H0 LifeLike Proto 2000 GP30, GP9, SD60, 0-8-0 and others 1.5   t 1.5 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 $ 29.99 
DH165A0 H0 Atlas U33C & U36C; Athearn Genesis SD60; Kato  & Stewart 1.3   t 1.3 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R Soundbug 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   24.90 
DH165K0 H0 Atlas RS1, RS3, C424, C425, GP7, RSD4/5, RSD12, & C30-7; Kato GP35, SD40 & C44-9W;
Stewart RS11, F3A/B, F7A/B, F9A/B, U25C & Baldwin AS16
1.3   t 1.3 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R Soundbug 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   24.90 
DH165K1A H0 Kato SD40-2 & AC4400 1.3   t 1.3 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R Soundbug 6 x 0.5 FX3 $ 27.99 
DH165L0 H0 Lifelike  GP7, SD60 and similar 1.3   t 1.3 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R Soundbug 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   24.90 
DH165Q1 H0 Atlas,; Intermountain,; LifeLike & other factory sound-equipped locos 1.3   t 1.3 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R Soundbug 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   24.90 
DN122K2 N Kato RDC 1.0   t 1.0 / 1.5 S 1 4   L 2 x 0.12 b s $ 44.99 
DN163A0 N Atlas GP40-2, U25B, SD35, Trainmaster & B23-7 1.0   t 1.0 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   29.90 
DN163A1 N Atlas SD50 & SD60 1.0   t 1.0 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   29.90 
DN163I0 N InterMountain SD40T-2 Tunnel Motor 1.0   t 1.0 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   33.70 
DN163I1A N Intermountain FT A 1.5   t 1.5 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   29.90 
DN163I1B N Intermountain FT B
DN163I1C N InterMountain F3, F7 1.5   t 1.5 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 $ 34.99 
DN163K0A N Kato P42, PA1 & E8 1.0   t 1.0 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   29.90 
DN163K0B N Kato F3 A & B 1.0   t 1.0 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   29.90 
DN163K0D N Kato F40PH 1.0   t 1.0 / 2.0 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 $ 35.99 
DN163K1B N Kato SD40-2 (pre 2006), SD70MAC, C44-9W and AC4400 1.0   t 1.0 / 1.5 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   29.90 
DN163K1C N Kato SD40-2 production 2006 and later 1.0   t 1.0 / 1.5 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   29.90 
DN163K2 N Kato SD80/90 MAC's, RSC2 & RS2 1.0   t 1.0 / 1.5 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   29.90 
DN163M0 N MicroTrains FT 1.0   t 1.0 / 1.5 S 1 4 H L R CV 16 6 x 0.5 FX3 B:   30.50 
SDH104K1 HO Kato AC4400 (...A), SD38-2 (...B) & F40PH (...C) 1.0   t 1.0 / 1.3 S 1 4 H L R S use FN04K1 $ 64.98 
dito+FN04K1 4 x 0.2 FX3 B:   72.50 
ESU
LokSound XL
V3.5 Class 66
G Bachmann Class 66 – #51370 = German sound / #51371 = British sound 3,0   O+S 3,0 1 b H L R U 8 x 0,6 FX f m S: 159,99 
Heller
HFD2 G LGB sound board function controler – size: 33/26/?? Addition to LGB decoder! Needs original decoder. H:   33.23 
MaWe
LGB Adapter G LGB On-Board decoder replacement board for Zimo MX69 or equivalent Adaptor only! Needs extra decoder. X:   24.00 
LGB A. Maxi G LGB On-Board decoder replacement board in steamers  for Zimo MX69 or equ. Adaptor only! Needs extra decoder. X:   30.00 
Brawa Adapter G Brawa G4/5 adaptor board for Zimo MX69 Adaptor only! Needs extra decoder. X:   30.00 
MRC (Model Rectifier Corporation)
0001634 (Diesel) H0 Diesel 1.5   1.5 1 4     S 4 x 0.2 d D g s $ 54.98 
0001636 (Diesel) N Atlas Diesel 0,75   0,75 1 4     S 2 x 0,2 r $ 86,98 
0001641 N Atlas GP & others 1.0   1.0 1 4 2 LEDs r $ 33.98 
0001642 N Kato SD70 & AC4400 1.0   1.0 1 4 2 LEDs r $ 33.98 
0001644 N Kato SD70MAC & AC4400 1.0   1.0 1 4     S 2 LEDs r $ 86.98 
0001645 N Kato GE P42 and EMD E8 & E9 1,0   1.0 1 4     S 2 LEDs r $ 86.98 
0001648 N FP7 ?.?   ?.? 1 4     S ? x 0.?   $ 89.98 
0001658 N Kato F3 ?.?   ?.? 1 4     S ? x 0.?   $ 89.98 
0001659 N Kato F ?.?   ?.? 1 4 ? x 0.?   $ 33.98 
0001660 N Lifelike C-Liner ?.?   ?.? 1 4     S ? x 0.? r $ 85.98 
0001663 H0 Atlas S2/S4 ?.?   ?.? 1 4     S ? x 0.? r $ 85.98 
0001664 H0 Kato P42, E8 & E9 ?.?   ?.? 1 4 ? x 0.?   $ 33.98 
0001801 H0 Alco, SD60, SD70 & F ?.?   ?.? 1 4     S ? x 0.?   $ 89.98 
0001802 H0 Kato SD40-2 ?.?   ?.? 1 4     S ? x 0.? r D $ 89.98 
0001804 H0 Athearn MP15 ?.?   ?.? 1 4     S ? x 0.?   $ 89.98 
0001806 N KATO SD40-2 ?.?   ?.? 1 4     S ? x 0.?   $ 89.98 
0001820 H0 ATHEARN ALCO RS-3 ?.?   ?.? 1 4     S ? x 0.? r $ 89.98 
NCE (North Coast Engineering) selection chart
ATLS4-SR H0 Atlas S1, S2, S3 and S4 1.3   1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H D   CV 16 2 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
ATL-O 0 Atlas, some Weaver and others size 61.1 x 23.8 x 9.5 ?.? ?.? / ??.? 1 4 ? ? ? x ?.?   $ 49.95 
Atlas Harness 0 Atlas, and Weaver conversion for D408SR Harness only! Needs D408-SR decoder. $ 12.95 
BachDSL H0 Bachmann "DCC Equipped" diesel 1.3   1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H D   CV 16 4 x 0.1 FX M $ 19.95 
D14SR
(was: D14SRP)
H0 Atlas AEM-7 GP7/GP40,  U23B, U33C, U36C, C30-7; Kato RS2, RSC2, C44-9W, SD40-2 & SD45;
Bachmann Spectrum Steam;  Lifelike FA1, FP7 & ER Models Sharknose size 21.0 x 16.0 x 3.2 mm3
1.0   1.0 / 1.5 1 4 H D   CV 16 6 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
DA-SR H0 Atlas GP38/40 RS1/2/3, C424/C425, GP7, RSD4/5/12, C30-7, U23B, U33C, U36C, F3A7B & F7A/B;
Athern SD70 & SD75; Kato GP35, & SD40; Stewart F9A/B, U25B & AS16
1.3 1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H D   CV 16 5 x 0.1 + 1u FX M $ 24.95 
KRS-SR H0 Kato RS2, RSC2 & C44-9W; LifeLike 0-8-0; Intermountain F7; Steward VO-1000 1.3 1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H D 4 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
N12A0 N Atlas GP40-2, U25B, U23B, B23-7, 30-7, 36-7, GP38, SD25, Trainmaster, etc. - white LEDs 1.0   1.0 / 1.25 1 4 H D 2 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
N12A0e N Intermountain Tunnel Motor - white LEDs 1.0   1.0 / 1.25 1 4 H D 2 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
N12A1 N Atlas SD50, SD60, SD60M - white LEDs 1.0   1.0 / 1.25 1 4 H D 2 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
N12A2 N new Atlas "Classic" GP30, GP35, GP7 and GP9 1.0   1.0 / 1.25 1 4 H D 2 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
N12K0a N Kato P42 Genesis, PA-1, E8 etc. - white LEDs 1.0   1.0 / 1.25 1 4 H D 2 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
N12K0b N Kato F3 A&B 1.0   1.0 / 1.25 1 4 H D 2 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
N12K0d N Kato EMD F40 1.0   1.0 / 1.25 1 4 H D 2 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
N14IP N ConCor N-Scale locos, HO LL Alco S1 1.0   1.0 / 1.25 1 4 H D   CV 16 2 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
NAVO N Atlas VO1000 1.0   1.0 / 1.25 1 4 H D 2 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
NIMFT-A N Intermountain FT A 1.0   1.0 / 1.25 1 4 H D 2 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
NIMFT-B N Intermountain FT B
NMP15 N Atlas  MP15 1.0   1.0 / 1.25 1 4 H D 2 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
P2K-SR H0 LifeLike GP7, GP9, GP30 & SD60 1.3 1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H D   CV 16 4 x 0.1 FX M $ 29.95 
SW9-SR H0 LifeLike SW9/SW1200 1.3 1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H D   CV 16 3 x 0.1 FX M B:   29.90 
Soundtraxx
DSD-AT100LC 82004x H0 Athearn Genesis SD70 & SD75; Atlas RS1, RS3, GP7, GP40, U23B, U33C, U36C & C30-7 — different Sounds available 1.0 1.0 1 4     S 2 x 0.1 FX3 B:   60.00 
DSD-LL080LC 820080 H0 LifeLike 0-8-0 1.0 1.0 1 4     S 2 x 0.1 FX3 $ 80.00 
DSD-LL110LC 82007x H0 LifeLike GP7, GP9, GP30 and SD60 — different Sounds available 1.0 1.0 1 4     S 2 x 0.1 FX3 B:   60,00 
TCS (Train Control Systems) *) Installation Pictures
A4X H0 Atlas, Athearn, Kato, Bachmann, etc. 1.3 1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H D L CV 16 4 x 0.2 FX f $ 27.95 
A6X H0 Atlas, Athearn, Kato, Bachman and other Diesel 1.3 1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H D L CV 16 6 x 0.2 FX f $ 32.95 
AMD4 N Atlas GP-38, RS-11, Dash8-40B, Dash8-40BW, C628, C630, B23-7, B30-7, & B36-7; + DCC ready version of GP-40, GP-40-2, SD-7, SD-9, SD-35, TrainMaster & U25B. 1.0 1.0 / 2.0 1 4 H D L CV 16 4 x 0.1 FX f $ 36.95 
ASD4 N Atlas GP7, GP9, GP30 & GP35 1.0 1.0 / 2.0 1 4 H D L CV 16 4 x 0.1 FX f $ 36.95 
Classic N N split lighting board locomotives – size 21.2/9.2/2.6 mm 1.0 1.0 / 2.0 1 4 H D L CV 16 2 x 0.1 FX f $ 38.95 
CN-GP N split lighting board locomotives – size 18.8/9.2/3.8 mm 1.0 1.0 / 2.0 1 4 H D L CV 16 4 x 0.05 FX f $ 38.95 
M1P-UK H0 harness for UK Euro Steam 1.0 1.0 / 2.0 1 4 H D L CV 16 2 x 0.1 FX f $ 36.95 
M1P-15 H0 harness for Atlas MP-15 1.0 1.0 / 2.0 1 4 H D L CV 16 2 x 0.1 FX f $ 36.45 
MP-15N N Atlas MP-15 1.3 1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H D L CV 16 4 x 0.1 FX f $ 36.95 
VO-1000 N Atlas VO-1000 1.3 1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H D L CV 16 4 x 0.1 FX f $ 36.95 
Tillig
TE2 (66301) TT Tillig German locos V180, 119, 218, 250, 243 & ICE 0.5 S+t 0.5 / 0.8 O A B H L R 2 x 0.1 g M s L:   29,40 
TTE (Tony's Train Exchange)
AtlasS1234 H0 Atlas Alco S Switchers 1.3 1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H 4 x 0.1 FX M $ 25.95 
TTE/GP7/30 H0 LifeLike GP-7, GP-30 and other new releases 1.3 1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H 4 x 0.1 FX M $ 25.95 
TTE RS-2 H0 Kato RS2/RSC2, SD-45 & C44-9W; Atlas U23, C30 & U33; Bachman Doodlebug 1.3 1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H 4 x 0.1 FX M $ 25.95 
TTE SW9/12 H0 Lifelike Proto 2000 SW9/12 1.3 1.3 / 2.0 1 4 H 3 x 0.1 FX M $ 25.95 

Explanations:

Current:   
Permanent total decoder current [A]
S = Short circuit protection
O = Overcurrent protection
t = thermal protection
None of this protective measures can in all cases prevent the decoder from being damaged or destroied. If the corresponding letter is given in the column for the motor current the protection covers only this output.
Motor: Permanent / Peak current [A] at motor output
Features:
1 = 128 speed steps
All decoder support 28 speed steps; all but those from NCE 14 speed steps.
All Lenz decoders may be operated with 27 speed steps using internal averaging.
A =Asymmetrical Signal detection. Locomotive may be stopped with diodes at the track compatible to a proposal for the NMRA RPs.
All decoders with an "A" support 128 speed steps.
a =same as "A" but no support of 128 speed steps.
4 =4-digit addresses (see also "B")
B =NMRA Bi-Directional Communication = Lenz RailCom, i.e. feedback during operation.
b =Prepared for Bi-directional Communication, corresponding software may be uploaded by the manufacture or user.
All decoders with a "B" or "b" support long (4-digit) adresses
D =TCS decoders: Dither, NCE decoders from version 3.5: Torque Compensation.
Both apply extra low fequency pulses to compensate for the torque loss due to the high frequency PWM. They are different schemes to do this and how pulse power is reduced at higher speeds.
H =High frequency PWM for coreless motors like Faulhaber
L =Load compensation (= back EMF or speed stabilization)
R ="Rangiergang" = half speed + supressed accelleration and decellation delay.
r ="Rangiergang", supressed accelleration and decellation delay only
S =Sound
Meanwhile there are Decoders with interated sound function from many manufacturers with different memory size, dynamic range, sampling rate and number of channels. The different features are beyond the scope of this table. For more information please use the links provided.
CV 16  = decoder programming lock via CV #16
Implementation by Digitrax, NCE (see decoder manuals) and TCS
Soundbug  = Digitrax Soundbug ready Decoder. These support also CV 16 decoder programming lock.
SUSI  =SUSI Interface with connector
Outputs: Count x maximum current [A] 
There may be further restrictions for the maximum current for groups of function outputs
At NCE and TTE 40 mA with incandescent lamps.
#u = Count of unbuffered outputs
Effects:
b  = Blink   r  = directional lightning only
d  = Dimming i  = independet control of 'white' und 'yellow' lead only
D  = Ditch lights FX  = "b d D g m s" ("b d D g s" if together with "M")
f  = Flicker FX3 = "b d D f g M s"
g  = Gyro & mars lights m  = Manufacturer dependent mapping of outputs
c  = Coupler control M  = Mapping of outputs according to NMRA RP-9.2.2
s  = Strobes  
Footnotes:
4): 4 Operational modes: DCC, Digital Motorola (Märklin digital ~), DC and AC (Märklin)
A):   Obsolete, no more available from manufacturer
T): All current Digitrax decoders support Transponding
*): TCS: Starting with version 41 in July 2007 all TCS decoders got BEMF but without changing the names of the decoders. Check package or manual to insure you get a decoder with BEMF. At the decoder itself there is nothing to tell the difference – you will have to check CV #7.

Dealers:

Most plug & play decoders are not available in Germany. Therefore in most cases the MSRP is given.
Where a dealer is given (letter with colon) look at the main decoder tabel.
Within the Europe NCE decoders may be ordered at
·  Knut's Maskinservice,†Hesteskoen 2, 3186 Horten, Norway,†Tel.: +47 33073 355, Fax: +47 33073 375
Within the Europe Soundtraxx decoders may be ordered at
·  Feather Products, Zuerich, Switzerland, Tel.: +41-1-433-1454
·  Revalda AG, Allschwil, Switzerland, Tel.: +41-61-481-8585
·  Scale Rail Model Centre, East Sussex, United Kingdom, Tel.: +44-1-323-646400
·  Sunningwell Command Control, Oxon, United Kingdom, Tel.: +44-1-865-730455
Within the Europe SystemOne decoders may be ordered at
·  M. G. Sharp Models, 712 Attercliffe Road, Sheffield S9-3RP, Great Britain, Tel: +44-1142-640-851, Fax: +44-1142-440-434
·  Knut's Maskinservice, Hesteskoen 2, 3190 Horten, Norway, Tel.: +47 33073 355, Fax: +47 33073 375



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