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Old 02-26-2011, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cost of DCC.

I have the "HO scale" NCE system, that I bought for my On30 locos..it cost about $150 a few years ago..
really nice system! I like it very much..

I assumed the Large Scale version might be a *little* more expensive..maybe $200 or $250..I dont know what is different about the Large Scale version,
other than it can handle more amps..So tonight I decide to look into it in more detail, since I already like the NCE system, and im considering it for my Large Scale control system..
I read that its best to just skip right over the 5 amp system..if you going to do it at all, might as well go with 10 amps..

MSRP of $649?? seriously? is that right? (and that doesnt even include the power supply?) am I missing something?

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Old 02-26-2011, 10:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's actually pretty cheap if you compare it to other wireless DCC systems that can handle 10 amps and 27 volts if there are any, when I bought mine the next best was only 8 amps

I got my PH10R wireless system for $585 a few years ago, the price has come down since then.

Here is a link to Tony's sight only $545 there NCE PH10-R (click me)

A good regulated 10amp power supply is only $80.

Best decision I have made so far I have no regrets.

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Now you can see why Revolution and other proprietary non DCC radio systems become attractive to Large Scalers.
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Scott....just remember that the $700 you spend to get the 10 Amp DCC command station and power supply is the same you spend to buy 6 of the G-Wire receivers...or six of the Airwire RX's...plus decoder/sound board you'll need anyway. Six engines seems to be the crossover cost point. With DCC...it's just more up front.
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Default RE: Cost of DCC.

You spend your money one time on your system... it's the cost per loco you need to focus on, thats where you see the real cost in a system, unless you only have one or two locos.

You can buy cheaper systems too, you are picking one of the top systems out there.

Also, list price means nothing nowadays, the bachmann K is $1200 list... no one pays list.

Yes, buy the 10 amp system.

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Old 02-26-2011, 10:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Posted By TonyWalsham on 26 Feb 2011 10:12 PM
Now you can see why Revolution and other proprietary non DCC radio systems become attractive to Large Scalers.

OH NO YOU DIDN"T
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This is a DCC forum, and a DCC topic, "spoiler" battery posts and non DCC posts are just as welcome here as track power posts in the battery forum.

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Posted By TonyWalsham on 26 Feb 2011 10:12 PM
Now you can see why Revolution and other proprietary non DCC radio systems become attractive to Large Scalers.






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Old 02-26-2011, 11:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Touchy!!!
I didn't mention battery power. So don't y'all get your knickers in a twist. Revo runs on track power. At least it is supposed to.

I was merely saying, that because of the high upfront cost of worthwhile DCC systems, The Revo looks to be an attractive proposition. Certainly to newcomers.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:31 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Tony

I agree.

I think it would be interesting to have a side by side comparision of the revolution and a DCC system, and perhaps your system as well.

Use street price and include instalation cost. For this case Scott says he has an HO scale NCE system. To do the compariison we would need to know which one. From the cost I would assume the power pro which likely does not have a lot of usable parts. (likely only the non wireless throttle)

Lets also assume for this an Aristo locomotive with a socket and do the comparision for converting 5 locomotives with 3 operators.

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