Like 2LaGrange said, you'll need to configure the new decoder to suit the lighting outputs.Hi Bill,
If you use Decoderpro, that task will be a lot easier than doing it manually via individual CVs.
Personally, I bought 7 sound-equipped 48/830s and they are all sitting on my work bench at this moment.....all have been opened up.....all have been totally "gutted" of their decoder/main board and speaker.
I've installed a KA4 in the area above the front bogie of each loco and I'm awaiting the arrival of 7 new Econami PNP decoders and 7 new Zimo speakers.
Once I'm finished my locos will have NO LIGHTS whatsoever. One less thing to worry about. Just my personal taste.
I am curious.
Why would one buy 7 locos with sound, then remove the chips and replace them with new ones? The speakers are even going west. Would it have not made more sense to buy non-DCC versions, then fit DCC chips and speakers? I can see no benefit from the $700 odd investment.
Ahh, yes...hindsight is a wonderful thing and if I had my time over again I wouldn't have paid another $700- for the sound option. I'm facing the same dilemma when the 442 arrive; but I only have 3 of them coming (all sound equipped).
The "problem" is that I find it difficult to master the combining of Soundtraxx and ESU decoders on my layout. It's a bit like the old VHS v Beta video thing in the 70s. Or, Ford v Holden etc.
When these 7 new locos arrived, I spent some time trying to get the first one programmed to be compatible with the rest of my fleet (all of which are Tsunami + Keep Alive equipped).
It's the little things that annoyed me.
The two main ones are
(1) the fact that it is not possible to select SS1 on a ESU decoder, without it actually moving off. I have all my other locos programmed to not move until SS2 is selected. That way, I can dial up a loco on my NCE "hammerhead" move the speed to SS1 and the engine will start up, but the loco won't move off....until I select SS2 or above. It's just the way I do it.
(2) the sound arrangements annoyed me. For the ESU decoder, you MUST press F8 (or you can select an alternative F key) in order to fire-up the prime mover sounds. Okay, so picture this. I have a Traino 44 class with Tsunami which I want to double head with a ESU equipped 48 class..... I reverse the 44 onto the 48....the 44 is "noisy"....the 48 is quiet. So, I couple them up, form-up the "consist" and I now have the 44 "noisy" but the 48 is still "quiet". Buggar...I forgot to select the 48 before hand and press F8 to get it's prime mover sounds to fire-up. No worries, I'll just press F8 now and that'll fire-up the 48's sound files. BUGGAR!! Pressing F8 not only turned on the sound of the 48, it also turned the sounds of the 44 OFF. So, now I've got a noisy 48 and a dead 44!!! GGRRRRR..
Yes, I know, these are first world problems and some poor little fella in southern Africa is dying from starvation.
So, to keep my blood pressure under control, I'm switching them all over. I've already sold the ESU decoders for almost as much as the new decoders/speakers are costing.
The Auscsion speakers didn't turn me on. They were large but lacked the good sound quality that you can get with a smaller sugar cube speaker.
I value operational qualities MUCH MUCH higher than I would ever value the various lighting options a loco can offer. Hence my desire to fit Keep Alives to all my locos.
I may get in touch with Auscision and ask that they alter my 442 class order back to non-sound versions....or I may just leave it and do the same with them when they arrive. Not sure yet.