LokSound 5 DCC Direct (58921)

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Electronic Solutions Ulm: LokSound 5 DCC Direct (58921)

Summary: With its unique design LokSound 5 DCC Direct, with integrated PowerPack can easily replace boards that provide poor motor control, low volume, or generally inferior sound. The decoder works with most factory installed speakers. Worried about dead spots or pesky yard ladder switches? There’s no need as we’ve built in ESU PowerPack direct into the decoder!

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General information
Manufacturer Electronic Solutions Ulm
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Release information
Manufacturer Part Number 58921
Common Name LokSound 5 DCC Direct
Decoder Core Features Functions, Lights, Sound
Product URL Product Link
Manual URL Manual Link
Year Released
Year EOL
Hardware Information
Scales HO
Connection Method Board Replacement
Length 69 mm6.9 cm <br />0.069 m <br />2.717 in <br />0.226 ft <br />
Width 17 mm1.7 cm <br />0.017 m <br />0.669 in <br />0.0558 ft <br />
Continuous Amps 0.75
Max Amps
Voltage Range
General DCC Information
Extended Addressing Yes
AnalogConversion Yes
Speed Steps 14, 28/128
User Loadable Speed Table Yes
Back EMF Yes
Programming Modes Ops, Address, Direct, Paged, Register
Decoder Assisted Consists Yes
CV Readback Yes
Silent Running (HF) Yes
Dither Yes
Kick Start Yes
Momentum Yes
Function Information
# of Functions 32
Function Amps
# of Lighting Effects
# of Sound Effects
Programming Information
Programming Lock
Decoder Programming Modes
Misc Items
SUSI Interface
RailCom Yes
Has computer interface
Firmware Upgrade Possible Yes
UPC Number

The LokSound 5 DCC is made for the North American and Australian markets. It is a pure DCC Decoder, which supports RailComPlus and can be used on DC layouts.

LokSound 5

All LokSound 5 Decoders are designed around a powerful 32-Bit processor and are improved in many aspects:

  • LokSound 5 Decoders reproduce 10 sound channels simultaneously.
    • Each sound channel features 16 Bit resolution and 31250 Hz sampling frequency achieves HiFi quality.
    • Authentic reproduction of the prototype sounds.
    • LokSound 5 Decoders achieve a discernibly better sound experience.
  • Improved load control with up to 50 kHz PWM frequency and noise optimized motor control assure that, in future, coreless motors accelerate with excellent low speed characteristics.
  • For the purpose of controlling lighting and other functions LokSound 5 Decoders have numerous outputs. Can control RC servos / SUSI modules, if required.

True multi-protocol Decoder supporting all four popular data formats:

  • DCC with RailComPlus
  • M4 format
    • Automatic registration with modern Märklin® central units.
  • Motorola® and Selectrix® facilitate the operation with older central units as well.
  • All LokSound 5 Decoders (even N scale) support analog operation.
  • North American and Australian customers, the LokSound 5 DCC family features DCC with RailComPlus only.
  • Up to 32 functions, which can be assign any type of function and function button.
  • Three new adjustable brake controllers
  • Two-step heavy load simulation
  • Random functions that allow control of special lighting effects randomly.
  • Firmware of LokSound 5 Decoders can be updated to a newer version.

Part Numbers

Some other ESU Part Numbers:

  • 58420 LokSound 5 DCC Blank Decoder, 8 Pin/NEM652, gauge: 0, H0[1][2][3]
  • 58429 LokSound 5 DCC Blank Decoder, 21MTC NEM660, Gauge: 0, H0 [1][2][3]
  • 58410 LokSound 5 DCC/MM/SX/M4 Blank Decoder, 8-pin NEM652, with Speaker 11x15mm, Gauge: 0, H0[2][4][5][6]
  • 58412 LokSound 5 DCC/MM/SX/M4 Blank Decoder, PluX22, with speaker 11x15mm, Gauge: 0, H0 [2][4]
  • 58416 LokSound 5 DCC/MM/SX/M4 BlankDecoder, 6-pin NEM651, with Speaker 11x15mm, Gauge: 0, H0 [2][4]
  • 58419 LokSound 5 DCC/MM/SX/M4 BlankDecoder, 21MTC NEM6660, with speaker 11x15mm, Gauge: 0, H0[2][4]
  • 58449 LokSound 5 DCC/MM/SX/M4 BlankDecoder, 21MTC "MKL", with speaker 11x15mm, Gauge: 0, H0[2][4][7]



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Related Videos

There are number of videos available regarding the LokSound 5:

  1. Sound Slot Design
  2. Creating Sound Slot Templates
  3. Creating Random Sounds
  4. Physical Output Configuration / General Output Settings

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Only available from ESU LLC (USA)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Blank Decoder: Firmware and sound projects must be loaded by dealer or user
  3. 3.0 3.1 These multifunction decoders support NMRA DCC mode only
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  6. MM: Marklin Motorola
  7. Many newer Marklin and some British locomotives with a 21-pin interface may not follow the standard 21MTC interface. These locomotives require amplified signals at the AUX3 and AUX4 outputs which are available with "MKL" decoders.