Decoders & Installation

There are many brands of decoders out there, so how do we choose what to offer you?

Some are easy to dismiss, especially the train-set brands, because they are inevitably compromised and often with limited features. Those with poor support or reliability that just let us down too often are quickly taken off the list too.

We look for sheer “first time reliability” in running, versatility, adherence to standards so they work with all systems and many other things too. Usually we also look for perfect running under DC control for those in transition to DCC.

Differences can be small so the positives are often harder to see, so it can be hard to pick a winner… Many have OK features, run OK and meet the standards, and even price will not help if it is in balance with results…but we DO have one test that never fails.

We look at all of the decoders, we test and review and ask ourselves one simple question: Would we spend OUR money on this decoder?

So.. We have carefully chosen an overall range that we really like, to cover every possibility.