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Old 02-12-2017, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Airwire G3 with Soundtraxx Econami?

Hey everyone,

I recently purchased an Aristo SD45 from eBay and wanted to give it the whole overhaul (Sound, Battery, etc) and was feeling to trying something other than Phoenix. I liked the samples from Soundtraxx and wanted to see if anyone had experience with Airwire, Soundtraxx, and Aristocraft products all mixed together. I also saw the CONVERTR series from Airwire but wasn't sure how they've would be compatible with Aristo. I know Airwire has the ADAPTA board for an Aristo/G3 combo.

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The AW Converters are a RC device that is designed to drive a DCC decoder with battery power. They are very simple to hook up, two wires from the battery, two wires to the decoder. They have up to 6A output.
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Yeah, a Convrtr that plugged into the Aristo socket might not be a bad product.

Or maybe they will offer the Adapta boards with a Convrtr built in.

With the costs of quality DCC motor and sound decoders coming down, paying for an "extra" motor control circuit seems to be an unnecessary cost.

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Yes, the best application for them is to power a sound, motor decoder like Zimo.
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Thanks for the info guys! Looks like I'll just stick with a G3 and Phoenix. But dang does that soundtraxx sound good...
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Woah! You asked about G3 and Soundtraxx instead of G3 & Phoenix.

Some discussion on going Convrtr and an even better sound card (full decoder, not sound only)

So sorry, maybe we did you a disservice by suggesting an alternative that was different from the 2 choices you asked about.

Have you compared the soundtraxx to the Phoenix directly, in person?

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Default Convertr-6 and Soundtrax Econami-400

The combination of a CVP Airwire Convertr-6 and a SOundtrax Econami-400 is a wonderful solution. The Econami-400 can power a 2 or 4 motor G Scale engine and give you wonderful sound AND motor control. THe Convertr-60 can put out enough power for the Economi-400 and gives you great wireless control by just hooking the unit between the battery & the Soundtraxx. An alternative to the Economai is a QSI Magnum which gives great sound and great motor / function control w heavy amp capacity. The QSI remote option is no longer made but you get the same thing with the Convertr-60.

If you have your heart set on a Phoenix I'd pair that with a CVP NW2 adapter board (built in radio and motor / function control). But the Economai and the QSI have great motor/function control & sound at a great price. The NW2 board also has built in support for the Phoenix remote control couplers - a real plus for switching operations. The NW2 board is small enough for most engines but you may have to fool with the daughter board w switches (meant to go behind the NW2 radiator).
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Actually I believe the QSI radio receivers are once again available.

And to just help people reading, there was a product called a QSI Magnum that predates the current production unit called a QSI Titan... The titan has the "locomotive simulator/emulator capability"..

I'd like to hear more experience on the Econami power handling, especially in a 2 motor USA trains diesel.

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