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Multifunction Decoder:

Zimo: MS518N18

Summary: The prominent feature of the Zimo MS decoders is the 16-bit sound, which improves the sound quality.

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General information
Manufacturer Zimo
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Product information
Part Number
Decoder Core Features Motor, Functions, Lights, Sound

Product URL External Product Link
Product Manual URL External Product Link
Year Released 2019
Hardware Information
Scales HO, N
Connection Method Next18 / NEM662
Length 24.9 mm2.49 cm <br />0.0249 m <br />0.98 in <br />0.0817 ft <br />
Width 10 mm1 cm <br />0.01 m <br />0.394 in <br />0.0328 ft <br />
Height 4 mm0.4 cm <br />0.004 m <br />0.157 in <br />0.0131 ft <br />
Continuous Amps 0.8
Max Amps 1.5
Voltage Range
General DCC Information
Extended Addressing Yes
AnalogConversion Yes
Speed Steps 28/128
User Loadable Speed Table
Back EMF
Programming Modes Ops, Address, Direct, Paged, Register
Decoder Assisted Consists
CV Readback
Silent Running (HF) Yes
Kick Start
Function Information
# of Functions 6
Function Amps 600 mA Total
# of Lighting Effects
# of Sound Effects
Programming Information
Programming Lock
Decoder Programming Modes
Misc Items
SUSI Interface Yes
RailCom Yes
Has computer interface
Firmware Upgrade Possible Yes
UPC Number


The first-generation MS sound decoders were introduced in 2019, as successors to the long-standing MX decoders. The core of the MS sound decoder is a 32 bit ARM microcontroller with DSP characteristics and generous memory.

  • 16-bit audio by default, 8-bit for simple noises and older sample files.
  • 22 kHz sample rate by default, with 11 kHz for simple noises (like station announcements) and 44 kHz for full HiFi quality
  • 128 Mbit sound memory for 360 seconds playback time (16-bit sound and 22 kHz)
  • Sixteen audio channels, simultaneously playable, separately adjustable, with stereo decoders (especially large scales) distributable to two loudspeaker outputs
  • Adjustable timbres for driving noises (e.g. chuff sounds, diesel engine) via CV configuration of high and low pass filters
  • Overcurrent protection for function outputs
  • Connections for larger external energy storage devices

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