DCC Mobile Decoder Comparison

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There are many decoders from many manufacturers. Although we would like to think this list is complete, don't assume it is. If you find another model, please add it to the list.

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Decoders Comparison Charts

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Brand Model  #   MSRP Recommended Scales Amps (Continuous / Peak) # of Functions Addressing (2 or 4 Digits) Speed steps (14/28/128) Installation Type Physical Size Back EMF Dither Silent Running Speed Table Kick Start User Identifiers Consisting FX lighting Programing Other Features
Digitrax DG583S $66.99 O/G 5/8 Peak 8 @ 2amps Both 14/28/128 Plug N Play 1.24" x 2.23" Yes Yes Yes Yes - User Loadable Yes Yes Decoder-Assisted Random flicker, mars, flashing headlight, single-pulse strobe, double-pulse strobe, rotary beacon, gyralite, rule 17, FRRD, Blinking ditch lights All Service-Modes, OPS-Mode Transponding
NCE D408SR $89.95 O/G 4/10 7 @ 100mA; 40mA for lamps Both 14/28/128 Solder 2.3" long, 1.2" wide, 0.375" thick, with wires Yes No Yes Yes - User Loadable Yes Yes Decoder-Assisted Mars, Rotary beacon, Gyralite, Double-pulse Strobe, Rule 17 dimm. headlight, Blinking ditch, Alternate Dight lights All Service-modes, OPS-Mode

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Brand Model  #   MSRP Recommended Scales Amps (Continuous / Peak) # of Functions Addressing (2 or 4 Digits) Speed steps (14/28/128) Installation Type Physical Size Back EMF Dither Silent Running Speed Table Kick Start User Identifiers Consisting FX lighting Programing Other Features
Lenz Gold-JST (10432/40433) £23 HO 1/1.8 4@100mA Both 14/27/28/128 9 pin harness; NMRA 8 pin plug, soldered L 0.90" x W 0.65"x H 0.24" L 23.0mm x W 16.5 mm x H 6.3mm Yes Yes Yes- user loadable Yes Yes Advanced Dimming, Mars, Gyra, Strobe, Double Strobe, Flicker, Flashing, Ditch Support for all form of programming as described in NMRA RP-9.2.3. Railcom, USP, Asymmetrical DCC, SUSI
Lenz Silver-MP (10331) £19 HO 1/1.8 4@200mA max, 500mA total Both 14/27/28/128 NMRA 8 pin plug, soldered L 0.90" x W 0.65"x H 0.24" L 23.0mm x W 16.5 mm x H 6.3mm Yes Yes Yes- user loadable Yes Yes Advanced Dimming, Mars, Gyra, Strobe, Double Strobe, Flicker, Flashing, Ditch Support for all form of programming as described in NMRA RP-9.2.3. Asymmetrical DCC
Lenz Silver Direct (10330) £19 HO 1/1.8 4@200mA Both 14/27/28/128 NMRA 8 pin plug- no wires (direct plug) L 0.71" W 0.51" H 0.18" Yes Yes Yes- user loadable Yes Yes Advanced Dimming, Mars, Gyra, Strobe, Double Strobe, Flicker, Flashing, Ditch Support for all form of programming as described in NMRA RP-9.2.3. Asymmetrical DCC
Lenz Standard (10231) £13 HO 1/1.8 3@100mA Both 14/27/28/128 NMRA 8 pin plug, soldered Size: L 1.0" x W 0.61"x H 0.12" L 25mm x W 15.4mm x H 3.1mm Yes Yes Yes- vmax and vmid Yes Advanced Dimming, Mars, Gyra, Strobe, Double Strobe, Flicker, Flashing, Ditch Support for all form of programming as described in NMRA RP-9.2.3.
Roco 10745 £21 HO 1.1 4@180mA, 350mA total Both 14/27/28/128 NMRA 8 pin plug, soldered 26.5 x 16 x 6.5 mm Yes Yes Yes- vmax and vmid No No No Dimming Support for all form of programming as described in NMRA RP-9.2.3.
Zimo MX64 £19 HO 1/2 4 Both 14/27/28/128 NMRA 8 pin plug, 6 pin plug, soldered, 21 pin plug 26 x 16 x 3 mm Yes Yes Yes No No Yes- advanced Dimming, flashing, ditch, strobe, double strobe, gyralight, mars, flicker Support for all form of programming as described in NMRA RP-9.2.3. Railcom, Assymetrical DCC, shunt mode, Connection and control of an external energy source (capacitor) for uninterrupted driving on dead track sections

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Brand Model  #   MSRP Recommended Scales Amps (Continuous / Peak) # of Functions Addressing (2 or 4 Digits) Speed steps (14/28/128) Installation Type Physical Size Back EMF Dither Silent Running Speed Table Kick Start User Identifiers Consisting FX lighting Programing Other Features
Digitrax DZ123 $19.99 TT/N/Z 1/2 Peak 2 @ 0.5amps Both 14/28/128 wired 0.36” x 0.55” x 0.13” ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? Ditch lights, Mars lights, strobes ? ?

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